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Lexington Co-op Shopper Gets Really Picky

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Buzz loves the suggestions posted at the Lexington Food Co-op. There was the one pictured above (click to blow up) about why were all the eggs in Styrofoam cartons.

The answer: "There was a major fire at a packaging plant in the South, so many producers had to go to Styrofoam until they could get the paper cartons again."

A likely story, Buzz thought. But lo! It is true. Luckily no one got hurt. But here it is eight months later and still there are no paper cartons. You have to figure there are people with egg on their faces. 

This complaint was even better:

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Tea tree toothpicks are by the register! We love the big, panicked writing of the tooth picker in need. And the small, tense writing of the reply.

Picky, picky, picky!


A Dash to Dashwey's

Classic Buffalo look, as described in today's Buzz. Get a good look because in the spring, we hear, the sign is going to be completely overhauled as part of of a $2,500,000 remodel. 

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And an exclusive photo of the parking lot of a weekend afternoon.

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It is definitely a funny sight to savor as we move through the great supermarket we call Buffalo history. Bargain Budwey's and upscale Dash's, coinciding for this moment in time.

Enjoy it while you can!



As Snowstorm Peaks, the Beer Poet Speaks


Allow us to introduce Gene McCarthy's Tavern, postponing tonight's meeting of the Better Beverage Society because of the iffy weather.


The weather outside is frightful, even if beer makes us delightful!
But since it's so hard to go, we've postponed cuz of the snow, cuz of the snow!
Better Beverage with Hamburg will happen, on Wed, Feb 19 we'll be rappin!
So please stay home tonight, and drink some craft beer by fire light!

Any person who needs a refund, simply call us and we'll give you one!
Cuz there's always someone else waitin', tho' we'd all love you to make it!
By the time of our next Better Beverage, we may even have our own beer as leverage!And now it's time for me to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
It was signed "The Beer Poet." 
Beer Poet, you are mighty fine.
Now pass, us, please, that frosty stein!

Jackass Sighting at the Lexington Co-Op


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Steve-O from the MTV comedy Jackass is in town to play Helium, the comedy club in the Cobblestone District, and it looks as if he is settling in, because he was spotted at the Lexington Co-op this morning buying three bags of groceries.

He is also making friends! A cashier began chatting with him and he gave her two free tickets for her and a friend.

The cashier then gave the other ticket to a neighboring cashier. Both were super-psyched, said the Buzz spy who observed this.

Buzz was personally not there. we were actually at Lorigo's on Grant Street right about then, which, no Jackass there. But there were 8-ounce bricks of Philadelphia cream cheese at 50 cents each so that made up for the lack of celebrity sightings. We bet Steve-O was not able to nail 50-cent cream cheese at the Lexington Co-op.

Steve-O is at Helium for three nights starting tonight.

Today's Nagging News Question


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz is mesmerized by the Twitter argument going on about which cool people should join that TV-head in a segment on wings on "CBS Sunday Morning." Most of all we love that the segment is part of a package on indigestion-causing Super Bowl foods. Ha, ha! No such thing as bad publicity!

At the same time we are puzzled by this Mo Rocca.

"We struggled," he said in today's story. "Should we go with a football player? Should we go with a legendary local lounge performer? Should we go with a civic booster/clean energy activist?"

He struggled over that?

Gee, who would we rather eat wings with, a local lounge performer (who, it is whispered, would be Lance Diamond ...


... who would chat you up and tell you jokes and encourage you to have another beer while he serenaded you with "Brick House") ...

OR ....

... some clean-energy activist quizzing you about how the deep fryer was powered, what kind of car you drive and what sort of light bulb hangs over your table?

Gee, that is a tough choice!

Waiter, another double order, while we figure this one out.

WNY To Play Host to World's Driest Wine Class


This landed in Buzz's inbox just in time for happy hour. The Starpoint Public School System  -- we learned where that is on Sunday -- is announcing an Adult Education Wine Class.


The WINE APPRECIATION course offering is designed for those with little or no previous wine knowledge, as well as those who are more knowledgeable.  The class will be tailored to fit the attendees.  The course includes: a systematic approach to wine tasting; an introduction to and comparison of a range of wine styles; food and wine matching; wine storage; viticulture and vinification; wines and grape types; and the wine regions of the world.  An opportunity to taste the wines at a licensed facility off school property will be arranged.

Attendees will gain a whole new appreciation for wine and how to differentiate wines from different regions of the world. The course is being held on Thursdays starting February 27th through May 1st, from 7:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. for 8 weeks. No class March 27th and April 17th. Course fee is $59. 

For more information please contact Michael J. VonHeckler at or (716) 352-2750.

There is so much to love about this wine class!

"A licensed facility off school property." We love how they say that and not "a nearby bar."

Also the bit about the class being tailored to fit the attendees. That is brave. What if someone insists on Blue Nun? Or Lake Niagara? 

Buzz wants to sign up and do that.

Somebody has to!

The Fryer's Table


Casey's Tavern, at 484 Amherst St., is not the type of place to have a website or a Twitter account or anything else modern and glitzy. But it has something more wonderful.

Stopping in Sunday night, Buzz was told it was Fryer's Night.

We thought the bartender said "Friar's Night." What, were they playing host to the Christian Brothers? Then we realized it was "Fryer's Night." As in, nothing but fried food!

Beautiful and simple. We thanked God and ate fries and wings.

As the waitress said: "Nothing like fried goodness."

Big Fat Restaurant Coupon Alert


Alert, alert, $25 coupon for E.B. Green's at the Hyatt in the print edition of Gusto today, alert.

The coupon is on p. 19.

Grab it before it goes into the recycling! 

Use it to go hear Jackie Jocko.


Why Popeyes Chicken Didn't Cross the Road


Men see inside the minds of fast-food restaurants as women do not. And Howard, the guy Buzz married, offered insights into why Popeyes Chicken opened at the location it did, at 2160 Elmwood Ave.

It functions as a drive-through for all the guys coming out of Home Depot! Home Depot is at 2100 Elmwood and they virtually share a parking lot. Could any location be better?

Popeyes Chicken is simply following the laws of nature.

It is like the bird that sits on the back of the rhinoceros, feasting on the ticks on the rhino's back and the insects the big beast stirs up as it grazes.


It is like the sea anemone which feeds off the byproducts of nearby algae.


So it shall be with Popeyes Chicken and Home Depot.

They will feed off each other! 

In a Buffalo Snowstorm, If You're Not Doing Doughnuts ...

... you're eating them!

Behold two folks in South Buffalo, heading to Tim Horton's in shorts.


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