Friday, October 7, 2011
Have you noticed it around town?
26's, 57's, 21's, 30's?
Smell it, breathe it in, feel it. Its Sabre's Opening day.
The Bills have been a pretty great story this year, and if they keep winning it will be fantastic, but there is almost no other feeling than opening day in Pegulaville. Casual fridays at offices all around could field a complete sabres team full of jerseys, everyone will be streaming the game (played in Finland) quietly on their computers. Bar's will be more full at 1pm on a friday afternoon than 11pm on a saturday night (ok...that might be stretching it a little bit, but it's not too far off). Its an exciting time to be a Buffalonian.
If you're into sports, that is, and most of western new york lives and breathes with our professional teams. The day after wins are always better than the days after loses, proverbial water coolers light up with "did you see that sick goal last night?", and car flags fly more freely in the wind on the way home from the arena.
Strap yourself in, WNY, its hockey season.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
What I miss about Buffalo, NY. By Margot:
Its clear when we all leave our home how the things we took for granted can mean so much, including a routine.
In the best and worst of all my jobs I never looked forward to going into work but the drive seemed so much better with Tim Horton's coffee and a maple dipped donut.
After I moved to LA to pursue a career as a musician I was not successful at finding a similar coffee, but I was successful in convincing family and friends to send me out some every month.
Buffalo has some of the greatest bars to meet your friends at and watch a Sabres Game. Out in LA, its not so easy trying to convince the waitress to turn the Lakers off and put on a Buffalo Sabres game, but, I find out a way to not miss a game.
In all, I miss the people- I miss family and friends that are so irreplaceable its heartbreaking. I have met many Buffalonians who come out to LA to pursue a career and they are the type that care for everything they work to achieve as if it could all slip away.
The friends, which I've worked with years ago or that have come to one of my gigs, have a sense and respect that is not a characteristic developed in any other place. In no other city can there be so much history and from no other city can so many people leave only to return someday to the very people they miss.
I left Buffalo to find more work only to want to bring all of the friends ( this means you Bob) that have been with my career since the beginning out to LA to enjoy what it has become.
As far as wings, I'm an Anchor Bar kinda girl.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
CHRIS NATHAN: MUSICIAN, NASHVILLE, TN
What I miss about Buffalo I brought with me wherever I go. My life is now on the road doing buisness as well as playing shows on a National Level. So the biggest thing i bring with me is my pride.
Knowing, people in Buffalo work really fuckin hard for what they have on their table and in their homes. The pride that takes a little kid into a grown man in this world. I wear that on my sleeve every day and night and I'm proud to say that I'm from Buffalo NY, because of how we work.
By the way... I never miss a Sabres game... I get the games streaming on my phone, PS3 and TV. It's something i truly miss but luckily, through cyber world, i get to have that part of home with me for 9 months. I think it's time for us to make the run to the cup.
One more thing... Best Wings in Buffalo? ... Castaway's in Angola,NY- get the honey hot
New data shows that Buffalo's 7.7% unemployment rate is over 1.5% less than the national average, and puts it in the Top third for lowest unemployment in the nation.
Betcha wouldn't have guessed that.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
In the 64th minute (while i was buying a new Flash jersey, but still able to see the play!) Christine Sinclair came through on a nice goal to go up 1-0. It looked as though the Flash would be taking home the championship with that goal, but with 3 minutes of regulation time left, Independence's Amy Rodriguez scored a nice goal on a rebound off the post to tie it all up. I think all of us from Buffalo in the stands felt a huge lump in our throats, because usually these types of games do not end well for buffalo teams.
But through 2 scoreless overtime periods, the 1-1 tie held up, and it went to a shootout. It was a blast to see Marta come out and score the first shootout goal (the new jersey i bought is a Marta jersey! haha), and the Flash scored on all 5 of their attempts. In high dramatic fashion, Flash goalkeeper Harris stopped the final Philly shot and the championship was won. What a great game, and go Flash!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Monday, August 22, 2011
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You'll find me parked at the "I Got It" games with fried dough and curly-q fry stains on my shirt, while people watching in between games and trying to win a knock of set of Ginsu Knives.
Photos by Bob Z Photography (click to enlarge)
I will be attending next Saturday and no doubt have a ton to talk about!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Believe you me, owning a 160 old house has its struggles, but it's worth every second of it.
Monday, August 1, 2011
"In his own garden, Charlier spoke to people from Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Nebraska and Washington, D. C., as well as a woman who lives “150 miles north of Toronto.”"
"Garden Walk Buffalo was founded in 1995 by Marvin Lunenfeld and Gail McCarthy with 29 gardens around the Norwood-West Utica area. This year, more than 350 Buffalo gardens within a five-mile radius are included. "
(Hat Tip to the Buffalo News)
Friday, July 29, 2011
Great article at the Buffalo News, click here
Thursday, July 28, 2011
"it was a good show, i liked sitting on the hill to people watch and listen to the band play. i have been to art park before and sat near the stage, i actually like sitting on the hill better ... I think art park is a great place to have a outdoors concert...you have the great scenery behind the stage and the village on the main street is really nice too, a lot of little shops and restaurants."
That sums it up nicely, except i like sitting closer, but to each their own!!!
(camera phone picture)
(camera phone pic by Liz Jenney)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I thought what better way to understand what it's like to be a tattoo artist than to tattoo someone yourself... Just kidding! Interviewing Craig was the best way i could go about finding out more, and i wanted to let you know just how interesting a guy he really is. When you get tattooed by him,youre getting a great tattoo and an interesting, smart guy who's doing it. Now on to the interview.
Queen City Love Afair ( QCLA): First the boring stuff, how long have you been tattoooing for?
Craig Cheape (CC): I started tattooing 15 years ago after about a year of apprenticeship
QCLA: What drew you to tattooing?
CC: I can't say I was drawn into it nor that I fell into it. I was an 18 year old punk with no marketable plan, and I needed something to do, seemed like as good a gig as any.
QCLA:Where you an artsy kid growing up?
CC: I always doodled growing up, instead of playing sports and dating girls and other normal pursuits. I had this sketchbook that I carried around for like a year, and showed it to Ed Walker at American Skin Art after he tattooed my brother one day. Ed looked down at me and my sketchbook and my torn jeans and said "I s'pose you wanna fuckin learn how to tattoo." I said "Yeah, that'd be cool." He looked through my sketchbook and said "Be here tomorrow."
QCLA: Now the more fun stuff,What's your favorite thing to tattoo?
CC: I try to bring the broken dreams of comic book illustration to the pieces I can. Sometimes it works pretty well. I prefer the objective stuff. Figures doing stuff. Nouns verbing. Faeries, angels, dragons, Koi, etc. Lettering was never my thing. When you start, you find out it's a service industry, and that most of the time, you're not going to be doing your art. It's about giving people what they want, within reason, and trying to make them happy with the piece they have to spend their lives with. But it's a delicate dance of ethics.
QCLA: Does it make you nervous knowing that this is going to be on someone forever?
CC: Everybody sweats bullets their first few tattoos. Sometimes it takes months to get over. Of all the first tattoos I've seen, mine was the worst. It was a sad onion lookin rose on my man, Bob. I've since covered up the cover up I covered it with. It takes a while to get over the pressure of permanently changing someone. You get a couple successes under your belt, and start to feel better. Once you get some confidence, then it's just goin' to work. You stop thinking about if they'll like it, and just try to do your best, according to what you know.
QCLA:Have you ever had a tattoo that you thought was a terrible idea, but ended up doing it anyways?
CC: Not every idea can make a good tattoo just like not every story can be a good movie. Most tattooists know what pieces are bigger mistakes than others, and we have a good idea when someone is going to regret their decision big time. Nobody wants to hear it though. Some days I have more fight in me than others. I gotta admit my ethics are inconsistent. Some days I refuse the bad ones- the everlasting jobstoppers - some days I just do it. I sleep better when I don't feel like the agent of peoples' mistakes.. I doubt I'll ever tattoo some 19 year old chick's neck. I don't need that cash.
QCLA: Anything else you'd like to say/would like people to know about you or the shop?
CC: I've been working for Tattoo Don for 10 years, and can't see workin for anyone else. The shop is busy and the job can be stressful, but it's a blast too. The crew is great and I get to laugh every day. It's not what they show you on cable, but it's a good gig.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The rooftop view was gorgeous, and seeing the museum up close at night was equally as awesome.They had a live DJ spinning on the second floor, tables of local wines and handcrafted beers available with admission. The 4th floor science floor looked even cooler at night. Overall, with tunes spinning, really good beers (and wines) flowing, gorgeous views of the city, it was one of the best night of the year so far.
Friday, July 22, 2011
On the walk home from Merge (see below) we spotted both a parking lot movie theater set up, and a fancy dinner at the Delaware Mansion with live music on the roof. It was great to see people out and about (although when i went to snap the mansion picture everyone was clearing out.)
The service was also fantastic, very prompt, very friendly. If i hadn't been so tired we probably would have had a drink at the nice bar in the back. Plus there's a small stage right in the middle, so the occasional live performance happens, which would be great for dinner and drinks.
Overall i would recommend giving Merge a chance!
Monday, July 18, 2011
I would say great for kids, and people's who want to eat, i would have liked maybe a little more to do for the late 20/early 30 something crowd, but hey, who's complaining?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Official Italian Festival Website
Monday, July 11, 2011
More here in a Sports Illustrated article on the entire team, Click Here
"the WPS expansion team has put together perhaps the most fearsome women's club soccer roster of all time, led by the electrifying Brazilian superstar(Marta)."
Friday, July 8, 2011
So stop on down and try the appetizers, entrees, deserts and more!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
An awesome yearly event called Star lights is coming up July 23rd at the Buffalo Museum of Science. It's a formal affair where we get to party on the rooftop of the museum, with a great view of the buffalo skyline. Plus with drinks, finger foods, and all access to the museum itself, it should be a great time. NOt to mention the telescopes on the rooftops, so plenty of stargazing! Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Highly recommend it if you're looking for some inexpensive, but delicious Cajun food. I had the Eggplant (vegetarian) Po' Boy and a side of baked mac and cheese. Both good. I always like mac and cheese with some crispy baked crust on it, but it was smooth and delicious.
Liz had the Vegetarian Jambalaya, which she described as "delicious and full of fresh seasonal vegetables. Huge portion for the price, and a delicious savory sauce." Sounds about right to me!
So stop on down to the Allentown district and grab some delicious Cajun!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gotta love Thursday At the Square in downtown Buffalo!
Grace Potter covering "white Rabbit", this cover alone is worth going downtown!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
One of the leaders!
Katie M (far left) and family afterwards. When i asked her "does it hurt to run in stiletto's?" she responded like a trooper, "Not if you're used to it!"
"this time, I got to know the place and the people. Turns out, they like us, and they really want you, Toronto, to like them. Give them a chance and you will"
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