September 11, 2013 - 3:39 PM
We don't remember seeing these before!
This is on the back of the AM&A's building, on the west side of Washington Street, beneath the scaffolding that is over the sidewalk. The inscription on the left reads: "Ask the women who sew with Vogue."
Every once in a while you glimpse past glories.
You have to keep your eyes open!
August 15, 2013 - 2:41 PM
The Extreme Chicken Wing Hip-Hop Video was a sign. For one moment, one brief shining moment, Buffalo is the food capital of the world.
Our food is weirder and better than anybody's!
In today's Gusto, Food Critic Andrew Galarneau writes of a “seafood trio presented in dessert forms,” starting with octopus and squid ink “Oreos." And foie gras doughnuts with Jamaican coffee crema dipping sauce. They are at Butterwood Sweet and Savory.
Meanwhile, let us wallow in the new foods that have debuted at this year's Erie County Fair. There is a Bacon Bomb. A Deep-Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Alligator and Shark Kabobs. Deep-Fried Gummy Bears. Shrimp Dogs. And our favorite, immortalized in a photo by our friend Ryan Lysarz ...
Pig Butt on a Stick!
Not Pork Butt, Pig Butt!
Alas, gather ye pig butts while ye may, because time is a-flying. The fair runs through Sunday, and at Butterwood, Andrew writes that the chef is soon to be simplifying many of the menu items. No more foie gras doughnuts, alas! None of these delicacies is here for long.
The moral of the story: Eat up.
For a few precious days, this is one great gourmet town.
August 12, 2013 - 10:01 AM
... has to be Paul Crapsi, pictured at left, seen pressing the flesh at both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, held two Sundays in a row at Martin Luther King Park.
Crapsi is a Democrat running for Erie County Family Court Judge. He made the rounds of big concert/picnic with his little daughter in tow, handing out flyers.
Two hot Sundays in a row, shaking hands as saxophones blared, yelling over the din of risque blues lyrics! ("Stoop down, mama, let your daddy see/You got somethin' down there, mama, somethin' that been worryin' me...")
This is the kind of dedication that transcends political boundaries.
If he gets on the ticket, he has earned our vote!
August 7, 2013 - 11:54 AM
It is humiliating to admit but Buzz is addicted to CVS's Magic Coupon Machine, pictured at left.
Every few days we just have to check to see if it has new coupons for us! Sometimes it gives you freebies, like pop or nail polish or something. Other times it offers some kind of discount but you have to strategize a little in order to get something free or at deep discount. You know those little games you play that brighten your day? This is one. It is like Soduku only you wind up with pop or nail polish or whatever.
So. This morning we stop at CVS. And there is this guy sort of loitering in the parking lot. Perfectly normal, this being within the Buffalo city limits. And he holds the door open for us and says good morning and smiles at us, not unusual because we are wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt and a yellow skirt, plus green nail polish we got courtesy of the Magic Coupon Machine. People have been smiling at us all morning!
Then he says: "Your name is Mary, isn't it?"
"Yes," we said, thinking: Aha, so he recognizes us from the super-popular Buzz column and Buzz Blog! Perhaps he even read it this morning!
Then he says: "You work here, don't you?"
Hahahahaa! Hopes of local celebrity, dashed.
"No," we said. "We just come here a lot."
God knows how he knew our name, you know? That is one question we have not answered.
On the other hand, this is Buffalo.
It is an unexpected slice of life that the Italian Heritage Festival has a new big cheese behind it. It is Galbani Cheese!
(Helpfully and most Buffalonially, that link takes you directly to the page of the site where you can get a coupon.)
The Italian Heritage Festival has been sponsored for Sorrento Cheese for so long that it will be hard not to say "Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival." When people say, "Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage Festival" you are going to want to respond: "No whey!"
Oh, well, hard cheese.
It's all good!
Guess it is true that there are two seasons in Buffalo, the school season and the Fourth of July.
Exhibit A: the Procter and Gamble flyer in today's News.
Yikes, here it is July 7, and already, back to school!
No wonder kids freak out.
This sign at Elmwood and Amherst was fun to puzzle over whilst waiting at a red light.
To gas up or not to gas up, that is the question.
The quality of ethanol is not strained.
It is the East, and Juliet is the Sun-oco!
OK, mercifully, the light is changing.
Gallop apace, ye fiery-footed Ford!
Buffalo, the Other Red Meat!
Such is the siren song of Wild Idea Buffalo, which sells grass-fed buffalo meat. The company woos customers with pictures of bison meat smoldering on coals, dripping with juices. The price of beef is rising, Wild Idea Buffalo crows, and so hearty and heart-healthy buffalo is a bargain.
Their May Special is $17.95 a pound. And that's on sale! Kind of hefty if you ask us, and not enough to tempt us away from Scime's Sausage just yet.
Still, what a pleasure to see the words "Buffalo" and "healthy" in the same sentence!
Must be why they call themselves "Wild Idea."
You know those signs you see stuck into the ground on street corners, hawking a mattress or bedroom set for sale?
Now there's one pitching a Tralf concert!
Buzz snapped this picture while waiting for the light to change. In case you do not have time to blow it up and study it, the sign reads:
"MICHAEL JACKSON CONCERT TRIBUTE, MAY 24, TRALF, 7 P.M."
We've spotted this sign stuck into the ground at other intersections too. Which, we have no problem with that. Good for the Tralf. Why should this form of direct marketing, which predates the Egyptians, be reserved for the sellers of mattresses and bedroom sets and people offering you cash for your house?
We should all go grassroots!