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Tops Rolls Out the Red Carpet For New Local Owners

It is a great show of Buffalo strength, the Million-Man Hot Sauce March, shown in this exclusive photo taken in the Grant Street Tops. Surely this extravagant display is a tribute to Tops' new owners.

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It is a sight that stirs the blood.

Next, we expect the Great Blue Cheese Parade!

Once Again, Mark Twain's House Disappears

Twain houseThomas Reigstad, Buff State professor and author of "Scribblin' For a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo," gave a talk about Twain in Elmira on Nov. 30, Mark Twain's birthday. It was sponsored by the, ahem, Elmira College Center For Mark Twain Studies.

Present were two huge sheet cakes from Wegmans, which Reigstad reports were decorated with the gold and purple colors of Elmira College. 

One cake was frosted with the words "Happy 168th Birthday Olivia." Twain's wife was born November 27, 1845.

The other said "Happy 178th Birthday Mark Twain." It also had a huge picture of the house, pictured at left, that the Twains received as a wedding gift, at 472 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo.

Olivia's cake was cut up and went fast. However, Reigstad observed ...

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The Christmas Ornament from the Black Lagoon

In the spirit of Jerry Darlak, God rest his soul, Buzz is doing our Christmas shopping at the liquor store this year. With which, we walked into a Kaisertown wine shop.

And what to our wondering eyes should appear but a representative from Bacardi Rum, offering tastes. We sipped a bit of coconut rum. We left with a warm feeling and a Bacardi ornament that the rep handed us. So nice! Merry Christmas to you, too!

Then we opened up the box and looked at the ornament.

We can't hang this on our tree!


It looks satanic! Like a demon!

Apparently those folks at Bacardi have guzzled a bit too much of their wares. Otherwise they might have thought of a little silver rum bottle, or ... wouldn't a parrot be tropical? Even a "yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" pirate would have been OK, if he wore a red and green bandanna.

But a bat? Or a gargoyle, whatever this is?

Oh well. 

It's the thought that counts.

Buffalo Thanksgiving Music Video Goes Viral


We speak, of course, of "It's The Most Buffalo Week of the Year," performed by cabaret legend Guy Boleri and the guy Buzz married, Howard Goldman. Click here to hear it.

It is the musical version of the cover story in today's Spotlight section on how Thanksgiving weekend reveals our city's psyche. The photos are great. Love the shots of Luna. And the World's Largest Disco.

Everybody sing!


Food Magazines' Hypocrisy Exposed

Buzz was just going over our new Cooking Light and it is all about, ahem, plants. Eat plants! That is the new buzzword.

And we are thinking: It is funny how food magazines are always throwing Meatless Mondays at us and telling us to go meatless. Because you know who is getting all that yummy  chicken and salmon?

Our pets!

Every issue has these ads for dog and cat food. The one in this Cooking Light, it is just one of many. I cannot believe some ad agency got paid to design it. It is this Devil Dog!


"Feed them like family." But we're not supposed to be meat first. Or grain-free.

Our dinner has gone to the dogs!

HSBC Tower Closing Costs Buffalo Important Collection


The emptying of the HSBC Tower comes at a cost to downtown. That is because Ahmed Alhadhari, above, the snack seller who will be forced to vacate, was the curator of a significant collection of diet pop.

Buzz considers ourself something of a sommelier of diet pop, and we have congratulated Alhadhari on his cellar. At last count, which was last week, his offerings included Diet Pepsi, Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi With Wild Cherry (connoisseurs savor the subtle difference between the two); Diet Squirt, Diet Mountain Dew and the rarely encountered Diet Vernors. We have come to love these treats all the more since people have been trying to tell us they are bad for us.

All our friend Ahmed needed to make his collection truly world class would have been some Shur-Fine Diet White Birch Beer and some bottles from the exclusive Diet Polar line -- Diet Grape, Diet Orange Dry and Diet Polar Half and Half. 

Alas, so close.

And now, so far!

The Ultimate Buffalo Bills Snack

Our friend Ryan Lysarz, who shares Buzz's good taste in food, alerts us to this delicacy you can make following instructions from Hillshire Farms.

It is a Lil' Smokie in a football outfit!


The helmet is an olive.

It must be made, in time for the next Bills game.

And dipped in blue cheese!

The Big Macaroni and Cheese Truck Question


Buzz loves living in Buffalo where it is front page news that there is a macaroni and cheese food truck in town. Seeing that headline over the words "The Buffalo News" in this morning's paper made our day!

That is it pictured above. It is called Fally Mac. Which begs the question:

How could proprietor have resisted calling her business ...


The Mac Truck?

As in, "Man, my diet was going great, and then I got hit by this Mac Truck."

These folks shouldn't worry about being cheesy!


New Jersey Dog Displays Buffalo Behavior

Buzz's sister Margie, who lives in New Jersey, came downstairs and found the family dog running around like this:


Margie wrote: "I came downstairs and she was running around the house with the box in her mouth!" She added: "I guess it would've been funnier if it were full."

Bet the dog wishes that too.

She is taking Mayor Griffin's advice about staying home with a six pack!

Tea-d Off Buffalonian Gets Outpouring Of Sympathy


A friend got angry at the Republic of Tea when she bought a Hibiscus Coconut blend, took it home, tried it, disliked it and found it contained Stevia.

Stevia is a sweetener she did not want and she had not noticed it because it was in the fine print. And so after pawning the tea off on Buzz, who will drink anything, she emailed the Republic of Tea to complain.

She got an email back addressed to "Citizen" and her last name.

The Republic of Tea was recognizing her as a citizen!

The Republic offered her a replacement tea for the one that she bought and deplored. This is what is known as Tea and Sympathy.

With a twist! The message was signed:

Best Sip by Sip Regards,

The Minister of Information.


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