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Paczki

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.

Pączki.

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?"

Alec Baldwin Rides Millard Fillmore's Coattails to Fame on Yahoo

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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."

 

Supermarket Has Gridlock

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 Gridlock in the checkout line at Aldi.

Buzz is a big fan of Aldi brand names -- Millville oats, Happy Farms cheese, and Goldhen eggs. This one ranks with the best. 

Surely it is the greatest name ever for an energy drink.

It is as if it were designed to make your adrenaline rise!

Wegmans Posts World's Most Difficult Job Opening

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Wegmans has posted this job opening for a Sous Chef. No matter what your job is now taking this job would be like going out of the frying pan and into the fire, is all we can think.

Under "I Will Add Value By..." (a quaint way of putting it)... there are 11 different requirements, including but not limited to:

TV's Jimmy Fallon Prefers Mass the Old Way

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The religious blog-o-sphere is abuzz with an interview that Terry Gross did on Fresh Air with new "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon, (pictured above with "Tonight Show" guest Will Smith). Fallon talks about the Catholic Mass and how it can be kind of, ahem, freewheeling. A very dicey subject these days!

The interview is from 2011. You can listen to it on the NPR site. Fallon is reminiscing about when he was an altar boy. He says he wanted to be a priest.

"I just, I loved the church," he says. "I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was – I loved the whole idea of it."

Gross asks if he still goes to church.

Fallon says: "I don’t go to ... I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was kind of struggling for a bit. I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too… There’s a band. There’s a band there now, and you got to, you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that..."

"I’m doing too much," he explains. "I don’t want – there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go, ‘This is too much for me.’ I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass, and the grotto, and just like straight up, just Mass Mass."

Good for UB grad Terry Gross for getting into this, you know?

Let's make it about religion and politics!

 

Grover Cleveland's Spirit Resurfaces in Nondescript Buffalo Building

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Grover Cleveland, pictured above, is everywhere!

After researching Cleveland and exploring the Western New York sites that figured in the lives of Cleveland and Millard Fillmore, Buzz was thrilled to learn about Grover's, the bar on Transit Road situated in the president's old hunting lodge.

Now we are delighted to report that Cleveland's restless spirit has reappeared, this time in a nondescript building at the corner of Linden Avenue and Summer Street.

A gentleman writes:

Grover Cleveland lived in the orange-brick house on the corner of Linwood and Summer -- it's a subsidized, low-profile multi-residential property now; I don't believe there's even a plaque on the outside (but surely there is something within the property to mention its former owner when he was mayor of Buffalo).

Anyway, when I used to live in the neighborhood I saw a soldier cutting the grass and keeping the shrubs trimmed, and because I was walking around the area taking pictures (it was one of those rare spring days of flat-out sunshine) the guy stopped me and told me to be sure to take a picture of the still stately-in-a-low-key-way house. He told me he was from the Army Corps of Engineers, and among the oddball things the outfit does is maintain Grover Cleveland's former home in Buffalo.

How interesting! That Cleveland lived in that house, and that the Army Corps of Engineers maintains the place. These are certainly things to chew on.

Along with, of course, our Groverburger.

A Stirring Sight By the Peace Bridge

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Your heart starts beating faster when you are on the 190 right around the Peace Bridge, and you see this dramatic flag. An American flag, on a flagpole, blowing in the wind, so magnificently tattered that it looks triumphant.

You couldn't take a picture this morning, what with the traffic and the poor visibility -- so just take Buzz's word for it, it looks just like the picture above.

All we could think of was Renee Fleming's dramatic singing of the lines from "The Star-Spangled Banner" about giving proof through the night that our flag was still there.

It starts the workday off on a high note! 

Ghost of Grover Cleveland Appears on Transit Road

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz had fun putting together the story in today's paper about the former stomping grounds of Buffalo's illustrious presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland.

But it could be that we omitted something! We hear that Grover Cleveland's hunting lodge is right there on Transit Road. At 9160 Transit Road to be exact.

It is called Grover's. The News praised it in Cheap Eats a year ago. Buzz has been there! We have even partaken of the Groverburger, a patty that would do the president proud. And yet when we were on deadline the memory somehow escaped us.

We called Grover's and spoke with the owner, Georgina Hartman, and she said yes, the building was the actual building that was Cleveland's hunting lodge. "People had it as a gin mill for years and years," Georgina told us. The booming business on Transit Road helped keep the place from being torn down, she said. "Location, location."

Buzz, thinking of how Cleveland loved hunting and fishing, had to ask: Did she ever sense Cleveland's spirit around the place?

"I've had some odd incidents here, over 24 years," Georgina laughed.

Above is a photo from a year ago, taken by The News, of patrons soaking up the spirit of Grover Cleveland at his old hunting lodge. 

And here is a patron enjoying the Groverburger.

Groverburger

True Valentine's Day Love ... In the Checkout Line

AldiadBy Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz loves today's My View story about the gentleman who went to India on the fellowship, only to discover his true love was waiting back home.

It made us want to tell a story of our own that was also sweet.

The scene: Aldi, yesterday, in North Buffalo. Buzz was in the checkout line. We were scrambling to bag our stuff and heard the customer behind us talking to the cashier.

The customer was a guy wearing frayed jeans. He looked like a construction worker. He was buying a little stuffed bear and some of those yummy German chocolates you can get at Aldi on the cheap.

"We're dead broke," we heard him say. "But my wife was in here the other day and she loved this bear." He was beaming as he showed it off.

Then he held forth to an appreciative audience, Buzz included, about how beautiful Valentine's Day cards are to be had at Dollar Tree, and about the card he had scored there for his wife, for a buck.

This guy kept glowing as he talked about how his wife would love the card and the bear. And Buzz thought: What love!

His wife is a lucky gal!

It really is the thought that counts.

BPO Pianist's Rachmaninoff Above Par At Golf Resort

Bianconi2By Mary Kunz Goldman

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is returning from its Florida tour with lots of dramatic stories to tell. The stories are extra epic considering that the orchestra and JoAnn Falletta have been touring with French virtuoso Philippe Bianconi, who has been playing the tumultuous Rachmaninoff Third. 

Bianconi rocked Kleinhans Music Hall with the Rachmaninoff almost a fortnight ago and Florida audiences, too, have been thrilled by him.

Perhaps most thrilling of all was his solo piano performance at a PGA golf resort 20 minutes outside St. Augustine. We would assume that to be the World Golf Village.

As Buzz understands it, the resort was the only place that could accommodate the orchestra for its Daytona and St. Augustine concerts. Plus, they had a piano where Bianconi could keep his chops up. As board member Cindy Letro reports, the hotel's rooms tower over a central atrium with a piano bar in the center. The focal point of the cocktail bar is a baby grand piano with a flat lucite cover and a tip jar in the corner. The sound of the piano wafts up to rooms high above it.

It was at this piano that Bianconi seated himself to run through his Rachmaninoff.

"Imagine this elegant, self-effacing world-renowned pianist pounding out the Rach 3 for hours on end with the chords resonating to the floors above," Letro marvels. "One couple seated at the bar stayed for the entire session."

Later, the couple commented to a BPO musicians that they had thought Philippe was the hotel's scheduled entertainment. Ha, ha!

Letro recognized the glory of the occasion.

"A great moment!" she marveled.

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