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Daily Wing Specials | Buffalo NY

Hello friends.

That’s right…I have now lived in Buffalo for two years and I continue to enjoy my time out here on the Niagara Frontier.  As I noted in my first Chicken Fried Buffalo post, I am a fan of Western New York and the quality of life here.

It is also evident to anyone that knows me or has read this blog that I am also a fan of Buffalo-style chicken wings and my love of wings definitely predates my relocation to Buffalo.  When trying to decide what to write in this anniversary post, I pondering many things but for some reason it all came back to chicken wings.

One of the things that I have founding puzzling about a city and region that boasts some of the best wings in the country was that I could not find a single list of daily and weekly wing specials in one place.  Where could I find a good, cheap wing on a random Wednesday night?  It was that quest that gave me the idea to just start my own list.

My goal in this post is not to do a listing of the BEST wings in Western New York…even though two of my favorites are on the list.  This post is the beginning of a comprehensive list that I will update occasionally.

I know that there are many other establishments that have wing specials on these same days and in some cases might have better or less expensive wings, but I have personally made myself available at each of the places on this list.  As I find others, there will be updates and additions.

Wellington

The Wellington Pub

MONDAY

WELLINGTON PUB

Wing Special Price:  .45 each

1541 Hertel Ave

Buffalo, NY 14216 North Buffalo, Hertel Avenue

716.833.9899

In my opinion, the best wings in the city of Buffalo can be found at the Wellington Pub in North Buffalo.  Every style of wing that I have tried has been outstanding and they feature a different  “special” wing each Monday night.  The dry “fajita” style wing is one of the best chicken wings I have ever tasted.  Also, they will finish your wings on char-grill if requested.  Add to these wings a couple of $1 Molson drafts, Monday Night Football and/or WWE RAW and you have the best of Buffalo.  CFB NOTE:  The Wellington will be full of local regulars so be respectful and don’t be a jackass.  You’re welcome.

TUESDAY

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE

Wing Special Price:  $11.99 All-You-Can-Eat

6727 Transit Rd

Lancaster, NY 14221

716.204.9293

Readers of this blog know that I shy away from restaurant chain locations whenever possible but this wing special is too good to be left off the list.  This Pennsylvania-based chain is a regional competitor to Buffalo Wild Wings.  They have 26 different sauces so there is something for everyone’s taste.  CFB NOTE: Remember, pace yourself because it is a marathon not a sprint.

WEDNESDAY

BUFFALO SPORTS GARDEN

Wing Special Price:  .45 each

2945 Southwestern Blvd

Orchard Park, NY 14127

716.674.4113

If you are in the Southtowns on a Wednesday, the Buffalo Sports Garden serves a quality wing…along with $2 Coors Light Drafts and ½ Price Appetizers.  BSG is also expanding its footprint by adding patio seating.  CFB NOTE:  This place gets very crowded at happy hour and seating at the bar can be scarce.

THURSDAY

GORDON’S ON DELAWARE

Wing Special Price:  .50 each

2263 Delaware Ave

Buffalo, NY 14216

716.874.3020

One of North Buffalo’s best “dive” bars, Gordon’s has over 20 craft beers on tap and live music.  Also, Gordon’s has .50 wings on both Monday and Thursday nights.  They do not have beer specials but Miller Lite and Labatts Blue drafts are $3 every day.  The Spicy Cajun BBQ wings are very good.  CFB NOTE:  The service can be a bit slow because sometimes the bartender also serves as the cook.

FRIDAY

SAVOY RESTAURANT AND TAVERN

Wing Special Price:  FREE (5 – 8pm)

149 Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14201

716.768.3100

What is better that cheap…FREE AND TASTY. One of the trendy “new” bars in Allentown, the Savoy is one of those places that does “handcrafted cocktails” and Whiskey Tasting Wednesday.  CFB NOTE:  The Savoy is small and the drinks are expensive…you have to pay for the chicken in some fashion…but domestic beers are 2-for-1 and for $5 you can get a plate of bacon. This is a first stop on a nice Friday afternoon for a couple of beers and a few wings.

SATURDAY

Mammoser's

Mammoser’s

MAMMOSER’S

Wing Special Price:  .60 each

16 S Buffalo St

Hamburg, NY 14075

716.648.1390

A favorite of most folks in the Southtowns, this is probably the most unique spot on the list. This little bar in the village has great wings…if you like your wings on the dry side.  Also, Mammo’s unique sauce has a chili powder flavor.  They have occasion beer specials but unpredictable.  CFB NOTE:  This special is actually for a double order priced as a single.

SUNDAY

MISTER GOODBAR

Wing Special Price:  .50 each

1110 Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14222

716.882.4000

A dark and dingy “dive” bar, Mister Goodbar has upped its game recently by adding an extensive craft beer selection.  This is one of those places where you can see everything cooked at the end of the bar.  In addition to the wing special Sundays, MGB has $1 off craft pints.  CFB NOTE:  Parking can be a nightmare and its location next to Buffalo State can sometimes add the “young and drunk” element.

 

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50-By-50 | Smoked Gouda Jalapeño Poppers | Donald Sterling

Hello friends…it as been awhile.

First, I need to offer my apologies. As I have noted before, sometimes life gets in the way of a good time and I complicated my life even further back in February.

For some reason, I have decided to begin a grueling march toward a doctoral degree. It has been difficult to get back into swing of writing 15-page papers in APA style, reading dry technical textbooks and competing in class with students half my age. While not an easy journey, I am enjoying it and it looks like I am headed for a break so I can get back to CFB.

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If chasing another degree was not enough, I have also decided to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday on May 5, 2015. Now you may be asking yourself…self, why is a 407x600guy who writes a blog called Chicken Fried Buffalo, posts all these Tex-Mex and Southern comfort food recipes, loves to drink good beer and lives in a city known for fried chicken wings going to start eating grilled tofu and begin training for an Ironman event?

The answer is simple. I am not doing either of those things and you can lose weight and make yourself healthier without giving up everything you enjoy. This is not about The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About book that put infomercial king Kevin Trudeau in the federal pen for 10 years. I am not doing some fad diet with colonic hydrotherapy and seaweed vitamin shakes. This is about a slow, methodical progress toward getting to a weight that will make me healthier and feel better.

This quest began on May 5th and I have already dropped 13 pounds. I still drink beer and eat 40-cent wings on Monday nights at the Wellington Pub on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo. In fact, I have made the determination that the Wellington has the BEST wings in Buffalo…hands down. As an added bonus, they pour Shiner Bock on tap. I will save a full review for a later post.  SONY DSC

The key for me is portion control and eliminating all unnecessary carbohydrates in my diet. Eating a healthy breakfast…a small smoked gouda omelet made with egg-whites…and making only one weekly trip to Tim Horton’s on Saturday morning. Consequently, I am and will continue to eat the foods I like. I will just not eat as much and will add some healthier ingredients on occasion but the recipes are all still things I eat myself.

Summer Grilling and Smoking

This is my favorite time to cook. The weather has turned warm and there is nothing more fun to host a weekend party in your backyard, on your deck or just about anywhere. Last weekend, we hosted a few dozen folks at our house in Hamilton.

Both the Weber Grill and the Master Forge Smoker were in full effect. Grilled chicken, brats and hot dogs were accompanied by an endless collection of side dishes but one appetizer was the hit of the party…smoked gouda stuffed 2012-08-12-18.00.59jalapenos.

I have been making these “poppers” as most people call them for several years. These stuffed peppers are the perfect finger food and can be done in the smoker, on the grill or even in the oven. I prefer the smoker. Just a warning, they are a little labor intensive but are well worth it.

Smoked Gouda Stuffed Poppers

  • 12 Large Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 1 8-ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Shredded Smoked Gouda
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Cooked Chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon VIRGIL’S DIXIE DUST or ACADIANA SEASONING

Slice peppers in half, removing flesh and seeds. Soak peppers in milk for one (1) hour. Soften cream cheese. In large skillet, fry bacon until crisp and then chop. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in mixing bowl. Mix in smoked gouda and chicken. Add SEASONING, bacon and stir. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour. After mix has chilled, stuff each pepper with mix. Place on smoker, grill or in oven and cook until cheese is crunchy.

NOTE: Bacon can be omitted for “non-pig” eaters.

 

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14 Super Recipes for the 2014 Super Bowl | Margaritas, The Big Lebowski, Chicken Wings and Sriracha Sauce

Hello friends.

It is getting close and I know folks across the country are starting to get prepared for February 2nd and the Super Bowl.  More importantly, people are are getting ready for their Super Bowl party.

The Super Bowl is a great American spectacle where an over-hyped game normally makes for boring event.  As a Texpatriate, I am a football fan.  I am a Dallas Cowboy fan.  I am an NFL fan but I am not a big fan of the Super Bowl…of course unless my Cowboys are playing which may not happen again in my lifetime.

So why is a hardcore football nut not a fan of the Super Bowl?  It is mainly because Super Bowl Sunday has been taken over by the non-football, corporate, Johnny-Come-Lately, I haven’t watched a game all year crowd where the game is about the commercials and and the betting pool.

The irony in this is that I do love to attend and host Super Bowl parties so I thought that I would provide 14 different recipes you can use for your party of one you are attending.

DRINKS

Rocky’s Margaritas

Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita

While I lived in Nacogdoches, I had a neighbor that was famous for his margaritas.  He loved to entertain people and was the ultimate host.  Unfortunately, he died a few years ago but he left this very simple…but a little expensive…recipe.  I still make these today.

  • 2  Quarts Ice Cubes
  • 1  6-Ounce Can Frozen Limeade
  • 3  Ounces Patron Tequila
  • 3  Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1  Ounces Orange Juice
  • Margarita or Flaked Kosher Salt

Instructions

Fill blender with ice.  Pour in limeade, tequila, Grand Marnier and orange juice.  Blend at highest speed until drink is almost smooth.  To salt the margarita glasses, pour a single layer of salt on a salad plate. Moisten each glass rim with lime; dip each rim in the salt. Pour margaritas into each glass; garnish with lime.

APPETIZERS

Here are a couple of appetizer ideas.  There are also plenty of other ideas in previous Chicken Fried Buffalo posts.

Monroe Beer Cheese

  • 1 Pound Shredded American Cheese
  • 16 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon Red Pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except chile powder and roll into logs. Roll in chile powder. Cut and serve with crackers.

Creamy Jalapeno Dip

  • 1  Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • ⅓  Cup Buttermilk
  • ⅓  Cup Sour Cream
  • 1  4-Ounce Can Chopped Jalapeños
  • 1  4-Ounce Can Chopped Green Chiles
  • ⅓  Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1  1-Ounce Packet of Dry Ranch Dressing ix
  • ½  Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour.

Sweet Chili Dip

  • 1  8-ounce Cream Cheese
  • ½  Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½  Cup Sweet Chili Sauce

Soften cream cheese. Combine cheese and mayonnaise in mixing bowl. Mix in sweet chili sauce. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour.

CHICKEN WINGS

ncc_logoNothing says Super Bowl or Super Bowl Party like chicken wings.  American will eat over 1.2 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl weekend according to the National Chicken Council.   Now that is a lot of yardbird my friends.

One of my first posts on Chicken Fried Buffalo, I discussed Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings.  I know that from coast-to-coast people will be frying, baking, grilling and smoking wings for their party.  The ways to prepare wings is virtually endless but I wanted to provide some simple prep tips and different sauce/seasonings.

First, I want to make a suggestion.  If you are cooking for a large group, don’t try and cook all the wings yourself.  Find a place that will pre-cook the wings for you without any sauce.  This will allow you to re-heat the wings and toss in any sauce or seasoning you would like.  Trust me…this is a big time saver and it does not add much to the overall cost.

I am going to try and list these different options in order from easiest to most complex.  Remember that the sauce/seasoning will we added to freshly cooked or reheated wings so I am not going to list chicken wing cooking instructions.

Also, everyone should know to place cooked/reheated wings in large bowl and pour sauce or seasoning over wings.  Toss until well covered.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.  I have posted my Cowboy Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing that will work great with wings and who doesn’t know how to make or buy ranch dressing.

Wing Sauces

The Dude’s Buffalo Wing Sauce…because this is the lazy man’s sauce and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the running for laziest worldwide.

The Dude

The Dude

Instructions

Open bottle and pour hot sauce over cooked wings.

Cajun Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Hot Maple Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Virgil’s Famous Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Doc Pham’s Sriracha Sauce…hopefully you have some Sriracha sauce horded due to the much-publicized “shortage” thanks to a California judge.  Of course, Texas to the rescue:  Huy Fong Foods to start making Sriracha in Texas?

Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha Sauce

  • 5  Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓  Cup Honey
  • ¼ Cup Sriracha (Asian Chile Sauce)
  • 1  Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2  Teaspoons Lime Juice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Carolina Wings

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Garlic Parmesan Wings

  • 3  Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • ½  Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2  Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1  Tablespoon Corn Syrup
  • 1  Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • ½  Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½  Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼  Teaspoon Thyme
  • ¼  Teaspoon Marjoram
  • ¼  Teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼  Teaspoon Basil
  • ¼  Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Dry Seasonings

Aussie Dry Wings…this is also nice all-purpose seasoning for grilling.

  • 4  Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 4  Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1  Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon Mustard Powder
  • 1  Tablespoon Coriander
  • 1  Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • ½  Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • ½  Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • ½  Tablespoon Thyme Leaves
  • ½  Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

Combine first 10 ingredients in bowl and mix well.

Indian Dry Wings

  • 2  Tablespoons Cumin
  • 2  Tablespoons Coriander
  • 2  Tablespoons Chile Powder
  • 1  Tablespoon Ginger Powder
  • 1  Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1  Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1  Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Combine first 10 ingredients in bowl and mix well.

DESSERT

Debra’s Chocolate-Caramel Cookies

My sister-in-law makes these very simple cookies and they are great.  You can easily double or triple the recipe for a big crowd.

  • 12  Ounces Rolo’s Caramels
  • 1  Box Devils Food Cake mix
  • 2  Eggs
  • ⅓  Cup Canola Oil

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs. Take a small ball of dough and form a ball around the Rolo. (Only use enough dough to cover the rolo so it can spread through the cookie.)  Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Yields about 3 dozen.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

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Watching the Dallas Cowboys in Public

Well, it is Sunday in Buffalo and the Bills are on the road playing the early game in Miami.  Why is that such a big deal?Cowboys Helmet

Of course, I do follow the Bills since they are my local team and I have recently hired away two of their best employees.  I also have a couple of games in a season ticket group but the main reason this matters is because of NFL broadcast rules.

You see with the Bills playing the early game, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will not be shown on Fox even though it is the national game.  So instead of being able to watch the game in the comfort of my downtown loft, I must make the trek to a drinking establishment to view my beloved Cowboys and unlike my days in Chicago, this is not as easy as it seems.

The King of Craft Beers

The King of Craft Beers

In Chicago, almost any bar you walked in to on a Sunday had DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket.  I spent many Sundays at Kelly’s Pub and Reading Room in Lincoln Park with a group of my ne’er-do-well friends drinking Coors Light in cans, Three Floyds’ Robert The Bruce and making our own lunch.

As all NFL fans know, DirecTV holds the monopoly on out-of-market games and they have continued to increase the amount bars and restaurants must pay for the service.  The pricing is based upon the occupancy/capacity of the establishment.  If you have a small bar…like so many in Chicago…you can afford the fee.  For the big bars, DirecTV has increased the cost so much that fewer of them on the Niagara Frontier are making the investment. I do not blame them.  They will make good money when the Bills play but unlike Chicago, a melting pot of ex-pat NFL fans…there is even a Bengals’ bar my friends…there are not enough fans of other teams who flock to the bars to watch games.

Is that you Keith?

Is that you Keith?

With that context in mind, I made the short drive to Buffalo Wild Wings in the Southtowns for the Sunday Ticket.  While I am not a fan of chain restaurants/bars, I must admit that the staff at this BW3s…as it will always be known to me…does a nice job both in the front and back of the house.  It is close to my office and we have made ourselves available there on occasion after work.

Since I am out in public watching the Cowboys, I just wanted to provide a couple of tips for Tex-pats and Cowboy fans when watching a game outside the safety of your own home.  It might help when you find yourself in the situation I am today.

1.  Keep your head on a swivel…you never know when “that guy” is going to start a lengthy diatribe of why he hates the Cowboys and Texas in general.  This will normally happen when the experts on the pregame show pick against his squad or that team immediately falls behind the Jaguars by two scores.

Chicago-Bears-Starter-Jacket

Old School

2.  Make sure you have a couple of nice things to say about the local team or the team of the fan wearing the Apex or Starter jacket from 1993.  If either of the aforementioned scenarios include the Giants, Eagles or (Insert Politically Correct Name for the Washington Franchise), just lie…God will understand.

3.  Get to the bar early and ask for the Cowboys game on a small monitor in an out of the way place…preferably with your back to the wall and a clear view of the door.  Near the bathroom is always a positive when you need to vomit after a Tony Romo turnover.

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

4.  If the establishment has food, always ask the staff for the corn dog platter or the fish sticks.  The bonus is if they don’t know they don’t have it and head back to the kitchen to ask.

5.  Always ask if Shiner Bock is on special. In the likelihood that they have it, you are in business.  If they don’t, this opens the door for your server/bartender to tell you the specials. If the special is Jagermeister, run for the hills…quickly.

Is that Vanilla Ice?  Of course it is.

Is that Vanilla Ice? Of course it is.

6.  If the Cowboys are playing at Jerry World, tell your server you will be paying $9.50 a beer…just like being there.

7.  Make sure you hydrate with plenty of ice water since you will probably drink a couple of beers.  Sometimes the Cowboys’ performance will force you to self medicate.  In that case, make sure you have access to public transportation or a designated driver.

8.  Finally, show good Texas manners like your mother and grandmother taught you.  NFL Sundays can be a tough shift in a bar.  Tip well and be nice to the staff…you might want to come back for the next game.

Well, it is almost game time and I hope these little tips will help you in the future when you are watching Cowboy games outside of the Republic.

I hope everyone had a great Sunday and Go Cowboys!

UPDATE:  Cowboys win in Philly 17-3.  How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!

Hot Maple Buffalo Wings

Maple SyrupWell, I guess it is about time to talk a little about what everyone thinks about when they think of Buffalo…the chicken wing.

First and foremost, I love wings…period.  I love all different kinds of wings.

It is easy when someone asks about wings in Buffalo to send them to the Anchor Bar.  This is the establishment that is famous for inventing the Buffalo-Style Wing.  The Anchor Bar is located on Main Street in Buffalo, easy to get to and has plenty of parking.  In other words, it is too easy for me.  I am looking for places that are not that mainstream.

There are many places that serve wings and most of them do a nice job but most of them do the same thing…deep fry wings and toss them in Frank’s Hot Sauce with butter.  I have nothing against Frank’s RedHot Sauce.  In fact, I use it several of my recipes.  It is a quality product and is a nice base but very plain when it is used without variations.

One of the best variations on the Buffalo Wing I have found so far is the Hot Maple Wings at Schunk’s West Hill Grill in East Eden.  This is a classic “off-the-beaten-path” bar with great food.  About 30 minutes south of Buffalo, Schunk’s has a large dining room that doubles as the billiard room.  They cover the pool table with a tarp while the dining room in open.

Schunk’s has .40-cent wings from 7-11 pm every Monday and Wednesday.  Very affordable beer...Genesee “squatty” bottles.  GeneseeThey have also begun to take credit cards and it is rumored that the great Willie Nelson stops here when he is playing in WNY.  Yes friends, it is my kind of place.

In addition to great wings, they serve a grilled bologna sandwich or as some friends from Chicago call it…an “Irish Steak” sandwich.

The best and most unique wing Schunk’s serves is their Hot Maple.  The sweet maple flavor balances perfectly with the heat of the hot sauce.  It is amazing to me that more places don’t utilize this type of sauce, especially in this part of the country.  WNY and the Southern Tier produce thousands of gallons of fresh maple syrup every year.

After having these wings for the first time, I decided to develop my own hot maple sauce and after a couple of less than successful tries, I hit on a good blend and I will share the recipe with everyone below.

While Schunk’s adds butter/oil to its hot maple sauce, I have found that the maple syrup helps the sauce adhere to the wings without adding the butter.  This is also a perfect sauce for the chicken wing aficionado who likes to finish wings on the grill as the maple syrup chars nicely.

Also in the recipe below, you will see that I use one of my seasoning blends.  I will be posting recipes to a couple of those in future posts but you can use any blend you have (Cajun, BBQ, etc.).

HOT MAPLE WING SAUCE

  • 1    Cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
  • 1    Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1    Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1    Tablespoon Acadiana (Cajun) or Virgil’s Dixie Dust

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.  Store in refrigerator for up to three months.

Make sure you try this at your next tailgate or cookout.

That’s all for today folks…be safe and see you next time.

Welcome to Chicken Fried Buffalo

It seems like I get these types of questions almost everyday.  What is a Texan…especially one who spent the previous seven years in Chicago…doing in Buffalo?  Why would you move here?  How will you survive the winter?  Why do you have a Dallas Cowboys debit card?

BuffaloatNightWhile some might get annoyed after awhile, I really enjoy the questions and comments.  You see, I have fallen in love with Buffalo and Western New York.  Having been here only 15 months, I have come to appreciate the city, the region and its people for countless reasons.

Most might say that since I enjoy football, good food and an occasional craft beer, I would fit in well here in Buffalo.  While all those things are true, I have found much more in my short time here.

Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier is a proud place where people chant “Let’s Go Buffalo” at just about any event…including a Carnegie Hall performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra I attended in May.

This is a city and region steeped in history, architecture and the arts.  The “Silicon Valley” of its day, Buffalo did not demolish all the buildings designed by Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.  There is much to explore, learn and celebrate.

Also, maybe I like it here because I have always been fan of the underdog, a supporter of lost causes and a closeted non-conformist.  I enjoy watching the reaction when I tell people that I live in downtown Buffalo.

Now that you know that I am enjoying my time here, I should probably tell you why I started a this blog.

I am a proud Texan and Southerner.  I am a 48-year old Texpatriate who enjoys all things Texas but also tries to immerse himself in his current surroundings by making observations from an outsider’s point of view with a Southern perspective.

Like my native home, the people of Buffalo and WNY like good food and fun.  There is much more to this place than “Buffalo Chicken Wings” and “Beef On Weck” sandwiches.  I hope to share some of these expanded Buffalo menu items.

This is not a restaurant review blog that will rate or write negative restaurant reviews.  I will always let the followers of this blog know if I find something special or interesting but everyone needs to make their own judgements.

Also, I will post recipes.  These recipes will be my own or from friends and family.  Unlike other blogs, I will post only recipes that I have tried.  No cut and paste from internet food sites.  These are recipes that virtually anyone can make.  Good food does not have to be complicated.

Finally, I might also work in story or two about my view on life.  This is a blog about having fun and hopefully helping others have fun.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much I am going to enjoy writing it.  If you do, please share it with others.

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