What I learned as a Frightworld monster — stained teeth, fake blood and all

As someone who has been almost reduced to tears in one of Frightworld’s haunted houses, it was time to turn the tables. What's it like from behind the one-way mirrors?

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These alpacas probably have a busier social life than you do

(Originally published in The Buffalo News on Dec. 14, 2018.) All the alpacas needed to do was stand there. And that’s what they did. That's pretty much all they ever do. At the sprawling Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, the iconic architecture usually steals the show. Each intricately crafted exterior dots a quaint, time-traveling setting. … Continue reading These alpacas probably have a busier social life than you do

Three date nights on Elmwood inspired by romantic comedies

(Photo: Chuck Alaimo/Special to The Buffalo News. Originally published in The Buffalo News on Nov. 29, 2018.) You know that scene in the 1989 romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" (no, not that one) when the two title characters playfully pronounce words such as paprikash and pepper at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well, if you've ever wanted to … Continue reading Three date nights on Elmwood inspired by romantic comedies

Table-smashing isn’t your thing? Try ‘craft tailgating’ at Bills games.

(Originally published in The Buffalo News on Sept. 21, 2018.) Three white, plastic tables sit under a red pop-up tent for a growing crowd of around 85 people in a parking lot outside New Era Field. No one is jumping through these tables. They're used for a more innocent purpose, as brothers Rory and Ray Parker … Continue reading Table-smashing isn’t your thing? Try ‘craft tailgating’ at Bills games.

At Dwyer’s Pub Scotch Club, bonding over love of whiskey – and wings

(Originally published in The Buffalo News on Dec. 4, 2018.) Somewhere in the temperate, seaside country of Scotland, Geoff Boulden's own barrel of young Scotch Whiskey is aging. The barrel, which holds 280 bottles of whiskey, won't be ready for 10 years. But his friends at the Dwyer's Pub Scotch Club bought a share of … Continue reading At Dwyer’s Pub Scotch Club, bonding over love of whiskey – and wings

A guide to Buffalo’s favorite neighborhood dive bars

(Photo: Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News. Originally published in The Buffalo News on Nov. 8, 2018.) At the jet-black hooded Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue, my wallet admired the day's specials, which included buy-one-get-one appetizers and even-cheaper-than-normal, cheap beers. "Goodbar's got a distinct smell to it," my friend said. And it does. Not a bad one, just a … Continue reading A guide to Buffalo’s favorite neighborhood dive bars