March 11, 2014 - 11:35 AM
In today's Buzz we learn of Geraldo Rivera winging it while in Buffalo in the last couple of days.
Meanwhile, the Anchor Bar has been soaring on eagle's wings as far as good publicity goes. Over the weekend Cigar Dave, the nationally syndicated radio guy originally from Buffalo, paid an on-air paean to the place.
He made the outrageous move, which Buzz loved, of stacking the Anchor Bar up against a chi-chi New York City three Michelin-star restaurant at the Time Warner Center, Per Se.
"Per So-So," he called it.
March 10, 2014 - 11:50 AM
Geraldo Rivera is in town to speak at a job fair today at the Millennium Hotel, and the first thing he did was head to, you guessed it, the Anchor Bar.
Man after our own heart! Other people can mock him for doing the touristy thing. Buzz has great respect for the Anchor Bar and its portions and its prices. Look how many locals go there. Lots. Anyway, Geraldo joined them, and he posted the picture above on his Twitter page.
He captioned his picture: "With Founder of Anchor Bar."
Since then he has posted a pic of himself at the job fair.
No need to rehearse your remarks, Geraldo.
Just wing it!
A funny Twitter trend, still going on, has people posting pictures of themselves getting their ashes, with the hashtag #Ashtag. Above is ours! That is Buzz in the lower right-hand corner, kneeling and awaiting our ashes.
Solemn as we look in the picture, we got some laughs, too, with our ashes. We went to Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Michael's Church downtown. This being Buffalo, after Mass ended, the stranger in the pew in front of us turned around and said hello.
"Don't you write for The News?" he asked.
And Buzz said yes, and introduced ourself, and said something silly like, "Happy Ash Wednesday."
And the guy gestures toward his forehead. And he says to us: "You've got something on your face."
Hahahahaha! An obvious joke, and yet we have never heard it before.
The drama eclipsed the Oscars!
A photo of the Broadway Market that Buzz posted the other day captured a rare and elusive figure and took Facebook by storm.
An actual nun!
With nun shoes! (As one Facebooker marveled.)
That is a sight you never see any more. Spotting a nun made Buzz's experience as a Paczki judge that much more memorable.
Another nun and we could have had a Mel Brooks movie. No Mel Brooks production was complete without a couple of nuns.
No Broadway Market production is complete without them either!
Buzz was downtown 'round midnight last night and was shocked when suddenly we began hearing muffled booms. Like an ammunitions plant exploding.
Fireworks, were our first thought. But how could they be fireworks? It was midnight. It was winter. And it was stormy. Snow was coming down and the roads were slick.
Boom, boom, boom! The explosions seemed to be coming from the direction of the river. Maybe they were blowing up ice on the lake or something? We put something up on Facebook, looking for answers, and found we weren't the only ones alarmed. One woman wrote: "Fire in the popcorn factory? I'm hearing it in Williamsville."
As the noise went on it grew frightening. We thought we saw flashes reflected in a window. Howard, the guy we married, said, "We better get out of here."
Buzz judged Paczki today at the Broadway Market. Above is a picture of us, second from the left, looking judgmental (as the friend said who snapped the picture).
We sat in supreme judgment! And visible to the left of us is our friend and colleague Samantha Maziarz Christmann, the Discount Diva.
We tasted and discussed and tasted and discussed and tasted some more and wished there were more. The texture of these doughnuts were unbelievable. Coated with sugar, they oozed deep, thick jam. It got to the point where all you could think about was having more.
And our friends are all on board!
Many more of them live next door.
And the band begins to play.
(They are the magnificent Bison City Stompers, jamming as we ate jam.)
And the Pączki winners were ...
February 28, 2014 - 1:17 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Tragically, we don't have the Trinity Episcopal Church White Elephant Sale any more. We do, however, have the church's annual Snowflakes and Starlight Auction, which was Wednesday.
There was, to quote one friend of ours, "prodigious spending." She herself, coming to her senses the next afternoon, had to sit down and make a list of the "unnecessary objects" that had followed her home:
-- Five wallets with two micro coin purses (they were all in one lot)
-- An American Kestral wind chime, (that looked artisan made until we hung it up by the kitchen window and noticed the coin-sized made-in-China sticker)
-- a black and white photo of the yacht club that neither one of us has any affiliation with
-- And the coup de grace ....
February 27, 2014 - 12:21 PM
1. Enjoying urban vistas like the one above, pictured above in a snapshot we took this morning with our mittened hands. Scoot over, Charles Burchfield!
2. Catching the bus in the snowy shadow of Voelker's Bowling.
And finally, best of all ...
February 26, 2014 - 11:57 AM
It happens Saturday at noon at the Broadway Market ... Paczki Day!
You know you are a Buffalonian when you can spell Paczki correctly, even when you are not Polish, and even when you are not sure what Paczki is, or rather, are. They are doughnuts! Buzz has been invited to be a judge on Saturday at the Broadway Market. We cannot wait.
Meanwhile we read on Facebook of a site that tells you how to get that little thingie under the "a" to make it authentically Polish. Let us try it and see if it works.... Here goes.
It worked! But the technology still has room for improvement.
As one Polish gentleman writes:
"Which shortcut key do I used to have a Pączki come out of the disc drive door?"
February 25, 2014 - 4:05 PM
Featured this minute on Yahoo! is the much-touted resemblance between Millard Fillmore, pictured above, and actor Alec Baldwin. No kidding, when we logged onto the home page, there were their two pictures, splashed across the top.
We personally think Fillmore was much more handsome. Even if he does not have a yummy treat named after him as Grover Cleveland did with the Groverburger.
Be that as it may, the comments on Twitter are coming thick and fast.
CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca, seizing the moment, writes: "I hope the whole Alec Baldwin imbroglio encourages more people to watch my Millard Fillmore piece."