Highlights Of My Winter Break In Buffalo

After a very successful six-week trip home in Buffalo, I feeIMG_9989l as though I have a lot to say about my experiences. I have mostly been surprised at how much this city has changed since I first left for college about a year and a half ago. Even last year around this time, Buffalo was not nearly as booming as it is right now. From the progression at the HARBORCENTER and Canalside to the new additions on the Buffalo Bills, it’s safe to say that Buffalo is definitely on the up and up, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

1.) Ice sFullSizeRender-1kating and 716

Although I have already wrote about this, my number one favorite memory from this break was going to Canalside and eating at the new 716 restaurant. Everyone knows that the HARBORCENTER and Canalside are the biggest change that Buffalo has been working on, and it was great to see it for myself after I have been reading about it for so long. Buffalo is really starting to look like a mini version of New York City. It lived up to all of my expectations, and it was one of the best nights that I’ve had in awhile. Canalside also hosted a Winterfest last weekend, including events such as college hockey games, free skate, a DJ, and an ice bar and live music outside of 716. The U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team played in the HARBORCENTER and defeated Canada 3-2 in overtime on Monday, January 12th, giving the U.S. the gold medal. It’s exciting to see all of the hustle and bustle downtown and the attention that it has drawn to our great city.

2.) The Sabres game 

On January 2nd, I went to the first Sabres game of the year. It was a Friday night game, so the stadium was packed. Going to Sabres games is one of my favorite things to do in Buffalo during the winter, and it was a blast. I sat in a nosebleed seat, and if I was two rows up I would’ve been in the highest seat in the house. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the most riveting game to watch. The Sabres lost 2-0 to the Florida Panthers. It was a little difficult to see us doing so poorly, as we still are now. After the game, I walked to Pearl Street to get a late night pizza. Pearl Street is a great place to go to get the classic Buffalo feel. There was live music and the food was delicious, it was a satisfying way to end the evening.

3.) Squeeze Juicery 

One of my newest obsessions in Buffalo has been with Squeeze Juicery, a newer juice shop on Main Street in Williamsville. I live in Williamsville, so the location is very convenient for me. They serve cold pressed juices, cleanses, smoothies, acai bowls, shots, hummus, wraps, sandwiches and salads. I love their smoothies. Although they are about $7, they are 20 ounces and fill you up like a meal. It’s a perfect thing to have before or after working out. They make pure juice drinks with no added sugar or juice mixes. I’ve gone three times over this break, and my favorite smoothie that I have tried is called Some Kind Of Wonderful: Greek yogurt, coconut milk, coffee, banana and peanut butter. Yum! I highly suggest that everyone tries this juice bar and supports a great local business.FullSizeRender-3

4.) Favorite Italian Eats 

Whether you realize it or not, Buffalo is chock full of amazing local Italian food around every corner. There are two restaurants that have stood out to me specifically over this break; Romeo and Juliet’s and Sinatra’s. Nothing warms you up more on a cold winter night in Buffalo than some homemade sauce. I went to Romeo and Juliet’s twice this break. The first time I got eggplant parmesan, and the second time I got their famous pepperoni pizza. Although they have many tasty entrees, the salad at Romeo’s is also really good and it’s a great way to start of the meal. They have my favorite eggplant parm, and their pizza was seriously the best pepperoni pizza I’ve ever had, I couldn’t believe it.

I went to Sinatra’s on New Year’s Day. It’s a bit of a higher end restaurant, so it was a special treat. I got their chicken palermo, which combines my two favorite Italian entrees; chicken parmesan and eggplant parmesan. I left there completely overstuffed with incredible, authentic Italian food and it felt great.

5.) Buffalo Brew Pub

For my dad’s birthday this past week, he requested that we go to the Buffalo Brew Pub located on Main Street in Williamsville down by Transit Road. I always remember it as the place where you get free popcorn and peanuts, and you can throw your peanut shells on the ground. It’s a typical Buffalo eatery with a huge variety-filled menu. We got stuffed banana peppers to start. I ordered wings, my sister got Buffalo mac n cheese and my dad got a sampler platter which included a mini beef on weck and six wings. My favorite things that we ordered were the stuffed banana peppers and the mac n cheese. Definitely a good place to go if you’re looking for a lot of junky Buffalo food options.

6.) Coles 

Another classic Buffalo restaurant and bar that has been around since 1934. I spent my last Friday night home at Coles because I couldn’t resist spending a cold night in a warm restaurant filled with Buffalo history. There’s such a positive and fun vibe there every time that I go. It echoes with music and flowing conversation between people sitting at their tables or sitting at the bar. I’m always pleased by the food and service with not one complaint to give. A perfect way to end my long break.

7.) Buffalo Bills Changes 

Like I’ve said before, I am not a sports expert, but I figured it’s important to discuss the changes being made to our football team. First of all, we won our first game ever against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium in December. It didn’t really matter since we were already out of the playoffs at that point, but I still thought that was pretty damn cool. As everyone knows, Doug Marrone is gone and Rex Ryan is in. We also have a new offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. Rex Ryan and the Bills have terminated the contract of our defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. It’s safe to say that a lot of change is on the way, and I’m anxious to see how we do this upcoming season.

Overall, what I have observed most over this break is the difference that a few years has made in Buffalo, New York. My next long break will be over the summer, and I know that there will only be more significant changes made before then. I’ve truly enjoyed seeing the progress that has been made in my hometown, and I look forward to seeing it continue on into the future!


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One Comment on “Highlights Of My Winter Break In Buffalo”

  1. merrilom13 January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Reblogged this on buffaloveblog.

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