Things I meant to post from the past week…

   I meant to post these things earlier in the week but had forgotten to.  A few cool things went on last weekend:

              -Week 1 of the NFL.
              -City of Night:  An art show event in the old Buffalo grain elevators.

   Football is pretty serious here in Buffalo even though it seems that each year we come closer and closer to losing our team.  While we have a team though, we decided to make week 1 a major event in our household.  My friend Justin brought over 3 monster racks of ribs to BBQ while I picked up the chicken along with the Cajun corn, corn bread, and BBQ beans.  Oh man.  It was amazing.  We had to get a really early start because the ribs take so long to cook.  We started cooking around 10 am.  The perfect time for a Foster’s Breakfast Stout.

Totally not my picture.  I was too excited at the time and drank it before I could take a picture…

    If you are able to get this beer in your area, I highly recommend it.  It is a stout with amazing rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal.  It is nothing short of phenomenal.   We read online numerous ways to cook ribs, the most ideal way would be to grill them on coals.  Unfortunately I have a gas grill, so we had to change the methods a little bit.  We started cooking them in the oven for almost 2 hours and then finished them off on the grill.  We also placed a pan with some water in the oven to help not dry out the meat.  When we finished them off on the grill, it was a bit challenging because there was a grease fire every few minutes, but with skills of some ex-Applebees cooks, we were able to get through it. 
Our friends Molly and Pat also joined us bringing over a S’mores cake that was super delicious.  All of the food was great and it was great watching football again, unfortunately the game was awful and the Bills got destroyed.  Better luck next week.  I won’t be able to watch next week because Nicole and I will be in Chicago.

Getting the corn bread ready.

Ric is waiting for us to drop the ribs.

Luckily the char was mostly just BBQ sauce, the ribs didn’t burn.

   Last Saturday night I rode my bike downtown to the old grain elevators where they were having an event.  I went by myself because Nicole wasn’t feeling well, but it was a nice experience regardless mainly because it was such a nice night and it gave me an excuse to take a bike ride through the city.  It was truly my favorite part of the outing.  When I actually arrived at the event, I didn’t stay too long, but it was definitely cool.  Some people don’t understand the grain elevators, after all, they are just grain elevators right? Whats the big deal?  These structures are a part of our cities history, and are really something to see in person.  I guess you either care about stuff like that or you don’t, but I enjoy these things about Buffalo.

I was there early. This was around 6:30-ish, the event lasted until 2am.  I’m guessing it got busier later.

Artists were scattered all over displaying their work.  Some pretty cool stuff.

My favorite part of the outing was the bike ride along the waterfront.


Fun weekend.

   Sometimes Nicole and I get so wrapped up in working on house related projects, that we get exhausted and forget to have fun.  This weekend, my parents came into town to continue their search for a house in Buffalo or surrounding areas.  This experience has been pretty tough on them because of the lack of inventory in the area, and that when things do pop up they get sold before they get a chance to look.  The weather was amazing and it was a great day to spend looking at some houses.  At night we got to take my parents to the waterfront which is one of my favorite places to go in the city.  We planned on catching a drink at the new “Liberty Hound” restaurant on the water and had some time to walk around.  We took my parents to my favorite spot on the waterfront, River Fest park.  I enjoyed seeing the look on my moms face as we walked through the unattractive, yet oddly memorizing areas that are on the way to the park.  There is a certain beauty about it that is hard to describe.   Near the end of the walk, you get hit with a blast of smells from the General Mills plant; a sweet smell from the Cheerios.  It’s such a crazy thing that I never grew up here, in fact I’ve only been here 10 years, yet I love this city and it’s character as if I’d been here my whole life.

Getting drinks at Liberty Hound.  It was a very cool spot for a drink and a great view.  We were going to eat there but its incredibly loud and the dining area is cramped.

   Next weekend is our wedding picnic/party that my family is throwing for us.  It should be a blast.

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