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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2006|11:04 am]
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angelbunny69
Me and my boyfriend are going to be celebrating Christmas on New Years Eve Eve, so I decided to make Filet Mignon.
Do any of you have any good recipes for this as well as any suggestions on what else to serve?
If it matters we both like our meat medium rare.
Thanks

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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2006|12:04 pm]
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angelbunny69
Hi All,

I'm hosting a housewarming party some time in late January/early February and am looking for some of your favorite appetizers. Ideas, suggestions or recipes.
Thanks!
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anyone ever been to.... [Sep. 20th, 2006|12:07 pm]
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jfer76
[mood |hungryhungry]

...Saffire Grill, Pietro's, LaScala, Calvaneso's or Metropol? I've read the reviews online, but I am looking for more info regarding price, food, atmosphere, etc. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Review: Toro Tapas Bar [*****] [Nov. 22nd, 2005|10:12 am]
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eberg
492 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
716-886-9457
http://www.torotapasbar.com/

My brother and his wife dragged me to Toro on the night my son was born, it being convenient to Childrens Hospital and I having hadn't eaten in a day and a half. I had wanted to go since I heard of the place and my brother had urged me to since his company had an event hosted there. So, in my delirium of new fatherhood and hunger, I was introduced to tapas. It was fantastic. We ordered, all told, more than half a dozen dishes, all of which were shared. Each item was wonderful. The stuffed soft-shell crab; the thin crust pizza; the olive plate with its sausages, nuts, and fruit; the complimentary bread and olive oil dip; and pulled pork. The only bummer was that we didn't have enough people who were into seafood to order their signature paella, but that only gives us a reason to return. I would heartily recommend the experience to anyone, though it isn't cheap. Well worth the price.
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Gervasio's Pizza Cafe [Nov. 20th, 2005|09:10 pm]
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anti_rockstars
I went to Gervasio's Pizza Cafe at 408 Evans (near the corner of Sheridan in Amherst) with my wife and some friends. I saw an ad in a local coupon magazine and we decided to give it a try. It's a small establishment with a fast food style counter and a few fast food style tables and chairs. One of the counterpersons will wait on you if you dine-in. I ordered a personal pizza, my wife and a friend split a large pizza, and his wife ordered a calzone. I found my pizza to be decent, but nothing to get overly excited about. It wasn't bad, but there are so many places out there that do better. Also, I got charged extra for brocolli, which would have been fine, if I wasn't under the understanding that the brocolli was a replacement for four other ingredients (tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, anchovies) that the white pizza normally came with that I did not want. The pizza that my wife and our friend split didn't seem to be overly popular with them. They both agreed it was decent, but not really something they were too excited about. Most of their pizza was left over at the end of the meal. But, in all fairness, they ordered a large pizza, so there probably would have been some left over even if the pizza did excite them. There was lots of calzone left over as well, but I don't know if that's any indication of it's taste. It may have just been too much calzone for one person to handle.

For desert, we all had some gelato. The gelato bar in person looked absolutely nothing like that in the advertisement. It was very anti-climactic in person. There was consensus among us that the pistachio flavor was awful (I won't go into what it was compared to). However, the rasberry and cinamon apple were pretty good. If you're a gelato connoisseur, then the gelato here will probably not meet your standards. However, they only charge $2.00 for three scoops, which (in the world of gelato) is quite reasonable. My wife and I ended up getting an additional serving due to the reasonable price. As far as I saw, gelato was the only desert option there, so that's something to consider if you like a slice of cake or pie at the end of your meal.

It may just be me, but after eating in a tiny establishment with fast food decor (where you go up to a soda fountain to get your own drinks), leaving a tip may not be something to look forward to. But, we did get served, so we did leave a tip. I will say, it took an unusually long time for our food to come, but this was not the server's fault. It also would have been nice if she had mentioned I would be charged extra for the brocolli, rather than leaving me with the understanding it was a substitute ingredient. I thought the server was quite pleasant though.

In all, I would not recommend dining-in at this establishment, but if you live nearby and are a fan of thin crust pizzas, maybe you'll enjoy what they have to offer. There are some varieties here that many pizza parlors do not offer. I myself probably won't be back. But, lets face it -- pizza tastes vary! For instance, a lot of people love Pizza Hut, while a lot of other people think they make the worst pizza in the world! So, if you enjoy experimentation, then give it a shot. Maybe you'll find yourself a fan of Gervasio's.
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2005|04:55 pm]
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kjay1
[mood |hungryhungry]

I was just suckered into hosting a work holiday party at my house, for about 25 people. Can anyone recommend a good place for catering? We don't have gobs of money, so moderate prices are what I need. The past few years we've done Chef's and Chick'n Pizza works. Thanks for any ideas!
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Buffalo Rising [Oct. 12th, 2005|02:51 pm]
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eberg
Found a link to the Buffalo Rising website's Yum! section, which has a lot of stuff on food in the Buffalo area. Worth a look.
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Review: Soupherb Gourmet [***] [Oct. 11th, 2005|01:04 pm]
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eberg
5403 Sheridan Dr (Williamsville Place plaza)
Williamsville, NY 14221
631-3750

I have a great love of puns, so the name of this place always drew me. Once inside, I found good food in a very, very cramped and confused establishment. The place is tiny, long and narrow, with the counters at the far end. The traffic flow is badly hampered by lack of space and obstruction from the tables and waitstaff taking food out to customers. However, what it lacks in layout, it makes up for in food. Providing a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads, it excels at its craft. Price is a bit high, though, so you pay for that quality, and the small number of tables make you feel pressured to finish your food quickly and get out when the place is packed and people are wandering looking for seats. With a larger or better organized floor, this place would be four stars instead of three.
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Review: Chili's [***] [Oct. 11th, 2005|12:54 pm]
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eberg
4153 Transit Rd
Williamsville, 14221
634-0505

1145 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst, 14226
832-3730
http://www.chilis.com

Of all the various bar and grill chains in the area, I've found Chili's to be the most consistant as far as quality of food and service. I've been to both locations near me repeatedly and have never had any problems more severe than a slow waiter, and that is a fairly rare occurance. While the menu isn't terribly new to anyone who eats at such places frequently, the food does tend to be of much better quality. The chili is traditional Texas style, uncomplicated but quite good. Their southwestern eggrolls are tasty, their ribs are good, they make a mean cheesesteak sandwich, and even their salads are good. Prices are okay tending towards a bit on the high side for steaks and ribs, but well within the range for the sort of establishment.
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Review: Atlanta Bread Company [**] [Oct. 11th, 2005|12:43 pm]
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eberg
7770 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY 14221
565-0075
http://www.atlantabread.com

I've been to this place a few times now with my wife and assorted friends and family, and have found the food and drinks to be fairly serviceable. It isn't fantastic, but about what you'd expect from a chain. They haven't been open all that long and still seem to be getting their bearings as to how best to situate staff in order to serve most efficiently. The biggest problem I saw was that they have a seperate counter and register for coffee, tea, and desserts and two of the three times I went there, the station was unmanned and there was no sign directing people to the main counter (which is where we learned we should go). The layout is nice with a variety of options from normal table and chairs to counter seats by the coffee bar to a couple sofas near the fireplace. As for the menu, it is the assortment of soups, sandwiches, and pizzas you'd expect at this sort of quasi-bistro.
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