Taste of Buffalo Pictures

    I was supposed to get this up yesterday but things have been crazy with shirts!  I wanted to post some pictures from the Taste of Buffalo.  I’m pretty sure that this was the biggest one yet in terms of vendors, in fact this year was supposed to have made it the biggest food event in the US.  It was pretty awesome.  I was excited to go this year as a non vegetarian especially.  It’s best to know ahead of time, or to at least get an idea, as to what you want to try there, otherwise you can wander aimlessly in large crowds looking for what you want.  I wanted to try the Lobster Mac & Cheese from Parings Wine Bar, Pierogi from Polish Villa, and wine slushies which are the best when its hot out.  Nicole wanted to try the Pierogi and wine slushies also, but also wanted to try the Stuffed Hot Pepper Roll from Molinaro’s Ristorante & NY Pizzeria.  We got to taste all of these things and they were delicious.  I had two Lobster Macs and Nicole’s Pepper Roll was the best tasting thing out of everything.  If you haven’t attended this event before, you should definitely try to get there next year, especially if you love food!

     Also, an update on the home renovation.  The kitchen is coming along nicely.  Al just finished dry walling the room minus a few small things left.  This weekend we will be able to paint the kitchen before the cabinets go up.  I took some time off next week so that I could help Al with some things.  We cant wait to have storage again!

Fish Friday And an Event or Two.

    This weekend was packed full of good things.  I wasn’t able to get much house work done, but then again, that was the goal this weekend.  We have been doing a ton of work around here, so this weekend we wanted to take a break, or at least cut down ( I caved in and did a little work).
    Friday I met some old friends out for a fish fry.  There are a lot of places that make fish frys in Buffalo, but none of them can even come close to making a fish fry better than Papa Jake’s on Elmwood.  They make a fish fry that is so far better than any other place I’ve been to, that it would be a waste of time and money to consider any other option.  It’s that good.  I hadn’t been there in over 3 years, so I was eager to see if theirs was still the best.  We arrived at around 6:30pm and were fortunate enough to be able to sit down immediately as a table was open in the back.  We could have waited to sit in their outside seating area if we really wanted to, but we were pretty hungry and decided against it.  One thing I noticed when we walked in  was that they increased the quality and the amount of beers they have on tap.  I think I counted over 25.  I was distracted when trying to count the taps when becoming overwhelmed by excitement from the sight of Ithaca’s “Hop Stash” IPA.   The “Hop Stash” is easily my favorite beer of the summer if I don’t consider any of the beer I had in San Francisco.  Ithaca brewed this beer in limited distribution to pay tribute to this year’s Phish tour.  This is the perfect summer IPA, hands down.  I ordered a pint and a fish fry.  They did an upgrade on the fish fry since I had last been there.  This time, the fish fry came with a crab mac salad that was out of this world.  It was the perfect companion.  As a whole the fish fry comes with a piece of rye bread, crab mac salad (I think you have a choice of another salad, but I was so excited when they mention the crab mac, that I didn’t hear the other option), cole slaw, and Papa Jakes fresh cut french fries.

Three pints of Hop Stash later, and a full stomach, I was more than satisfied and I can’t wait to get another fish fry on an future Friday.  If you like a good fish fry, and you haven’t been to Papa Jake’s, you are missing out.
    Saturday we went to the Echo Art Fair at the Central Terminal, one of the most beautiful old buildings in Buffalo.  They hold events there to help fund its ongoing restoration.  There was a decent turn out and the artists where very diverse from photography and paintings, to sculptures and modern art.  There were some artists doing live paintings which is always interesting.  And at every art show, there was always one artist that stands out either it be good or bad.  In this case it was the bad.  There was an artist that did paintings of computer desktops.  Oh no I’m serious.  A beautiful painting of an excel sheet here, a deep and thoughtful painting of solitaire there, this stuff was ridiculous but really funny to look at.  I was actually approached by the artist while looking at them, and thankfully he didn’t seem to take himself all that seriously.  At least I don’t think….

We were able to catch a quick lunch inside the art fair courtesy of Potts Deli.  They are a Polish deli on South Ogden St. in Buffalo.  They were cooking up some fresh pierogi that we smelled as soon as we walked in.  Nicole and I are like basset hounds when it comes to sniffing out pierogi.  Delicious.

    This weekend we also went to the Taste of Buffalo and the da Vinci exhibit at the science museum.  I have pictures and some thoughts on those two things that you can read here throughout the week!  Thanks for reading and thanks for making Super Sweet Shirts #7 on the top 35 Urban Spoon Buffalo Blogs!

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4th of July on the water and some festival notes!

    The Buffalo waterfront has really stepped it up.  We had gone down to the waterfront near the HSBC arena on the 3rd of July to check it out.  In the past, it was a ghost town.  There were no people to be seen, no activity at all.  This summer it is totally different.  There was tons of activity and people enjoying their Sunday afternoon by the water.  It was really awesome.  When we went down on the 4th, it was crazy.  I took some pictures.  The progress and development of the waterfront is definitely coming along nicely. 

    The fireworks display was pretty amazing.  I didn’t get any pictures of them because pictures of fireworks are never impressive unless taken by a real photographer.  I think the most annoying thing that happened during the fireworks display would be the excessive amounts of country music blasting as the fireworks went off.  At one point I had looked to my left to see a family of really overweight trashy people, smoking tons of cigarettes, and getting into the terrible songs playing.  The song “Proud to be an American” might be one of the most embarrassing songs ever written and definitely does not make me proud.  For about 10 minutes, it was mind blowing and it actually felt like I was in some backwoods town in the South.  Luckily they only played like 4 country songs.  Yeah I know, some people like country music, but it is still embarrassing.  All in all, it was a fun 4th in Buffalo.
    This upcoming weekend and the weekend after are super busy.  Nicole and I are volunteering at the Echo Art Fair at the Central Terminal this Saturday.  Sunday is the Taste of Buffalo which, this year, is the biggest food festival in the United States.  I will be eating food and taking pictures!   The following weekend is the Italian Festival.  This festival isn’t all that pretty to look at, but the food is amazing!  I will have pictures of that also. 

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