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Nope.  Never have been! 

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Buffalo, NY is actually named after nearby Buffalo Creek – at least according to Wikipedia.  I was in town today for an Operation Beautiful presentation at Canisius College. 

 

Things kicked off bright ‘n early with a trip to the Charlotte airport.  I have to say – Jamba Juice is really the best, healthiest airport option at Charlotte.  Not only do they do amazing steel-cut oatmeal, but they also have fresh-pressed carrot juice!

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I’m full of random factoids in this post, so here’s another one:

 

Did you know that baby carrots aren’t actually tiny carrots?  They are just regular carrots that have been shaped into a cute shape. 

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So don’t feel compelled to pay extra for them! 

 

Where was I?  Oh – landed in Buffalo, checked into my hotel, and headed to Twitter to find a restaurant recommendation.  Kim suggested that I try Merge, a mainly local and sustainable restaurant with loads of vegetarian and gluten-free options.  I ended up getting the falafel, which was definitely worth the drive

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You know it’s coming… Fun fact about falafel:  It’s thought falafels, which are fried chickpeas and spices, originated in Egypt as a meat alternative during Lent.

 

Had a yummy Larabar for a snack:

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And then I got my present on.

 

Is this not the most beautiful room you’ve ever seen?  It used to be a church but is now a performing arts center.  Very intimidating.

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But everything went swimmingly – the group was really engaged – and afterwards, the event organizer was kind enough to join me for an awesome dinner.  She took me somewhere ‘very Buffalo-ish’ (unfortunately, can’t remember the name) and I got a entrée of spanakopita and mashed potatoes, plus a big glass of red wine.  It was just SO nice to have company over dinner.  The gesture really made my night.

 

And your last fun fact of the night: I learned the average sales price of a house in Buffalo is about $70,000.  Can you believe it?!  To my Charlotte ears, that seems so affordable.  Now, if I could only brave that blustery winter that everyone keeps mentioning…

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  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 29, 2011, 10:53 pm

    That room is gorgeous!

    I’m always impressed by how healthy you eat while traveling! I have such a hard time with that when I’m on the go/in a new city. I always seem to head straight for the greasy stuff!

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  • Penny September 29, 2011, 10:59 pm

    You are my hero. If I was told to give a presentation in a room like that…I would cry. And sweat. And poo.

    Also….feeling kinda envious of the carrot juice and falafel. :-)

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    • Caitlin September 29, 2011, 11:00 pm

      I did all three, but in the privacy of the bathroom.

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      • Caitlin September 29, 2011, 11:00 pm

        Hehe.

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        • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 29, 2011, 11:12 pm

          I read this comment while I was brushing my teeth. I am now wiping toothpaste off of my keyboard, LOL.

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  • Christina September 29, 2011, 11:05 pm

    There are fake buffalo along the side of an interstate in Buffalo, and they always freak me out when I catch them out of the corner of my eye. :)

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    • Caitlin September 29, 2011, 11:05 pm

      I saw them! They were cute.

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  • Jazz September 29, 2011, 11:12 pm

    70,000?!?!?! amazing!
    Winter’s there arn’t THAT bad.. just never come to Saskatchewan….

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  • Sana September 29, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Yeah, I could not live in a place like that in winter, but summer? Bring ittt!

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  • katie @ KatieDid September 29, 2011, 11:27 pm

    I’ve been to Buffalo once for a skating competition in the dead of winter. It wasn’t that much worse than where I survive the winters now, in VT. And that is incredibly inexpensive for a house in my opinion!! Nothing like where I live and grew up wow.

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  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 29, 2011, 11:35 pm

    My friend moved to upstate New York and while she likes it, I think the winter was a bit intense for anyone who grew up in California like she has :)

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  • Jess@atasteofconfidence September 29, 2011, 11:46 pm

    I’m from Buffalo and live in Rochester now for school. Great place!

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    • PressureCookerDiaries September 30, 2011, 2:46 pm

      I’m in Rochester now too – the summers are awesome, and the winters aren’t that bad. We love it here.

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  • hippierunner September 30, 2011, 12:03 am

    That’s the price of a house?! I didn’t even know that was possible. Around where I live houses are at least 500,000 and they’re not even that nice! #insane

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:44 pm

      I also didn’t know that was possible ANYWHERE.

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  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 30, 2011, 12:12 am

    Wow, I live on the wrong side of NY! The average house price here is three times that. But I’m only 1.5 hours from the city. The closer you get, the more you pay to play and stay. :)

    Didn’t know that about buffalo, but did know that about baby carrots. Glad everything went well!

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 30, 2011, 1:10 am

    I am afraid of baby carrots … they taste nothing like regular carrots to me.

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  • Katie September 30, 2011, 1:21 am

    WHAT. I need to move to Buffalo. I live right outside DC, where a modest home in a nice neighborhood runs around $500.000. If you want a nicer home you’re looking at around $700.000. And that’s not even in the rich neighborhood. This is why I live in a crappy little apartment.

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  • Liz September 30, 2011, 2:00 am

    $70,000? Whoa! I live in northwest Ohio & we have cheap home prices, but that is way impressive! However, I HATE snow & could never live in Buffalo. As a matter of fact, I’m seriously considering a move to the south…like Florida :)

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  • Rachel September 30, 2011, 3:02 am

    I totally thought those Baby Carrots were a different breed of carrot until about 3 years ago! Ha, glad I’m not the only one who was fooled :-)

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  • Khushboo September 30, 2011, 3:32 am

    What on earth is spanakopita?? My wallet is happy because I actually prefer regular carrots to the baby kind!

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    • Vicky S. September 30, 2011, 8:15 am

      It is a Greek dish… “spinach pie,” it has spinach and feta and is baked between filo dough. It is pretty awesome.

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  • Amanda September 30, 2011, 3:35 am

    Hey! I live in Buffalo! Glad somebody showed you around. My best friend works at Merge… I wonder if you saw him. Hmmmmm….

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  • Alexis September 30, 2011, 3:59 am

    Obsessssssssed with Jamba Juice! I live in Hawaii and they’re more common here than Starbucks. Literally one on every corner. It makes me happy:)

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  • Chaley September 30, 2011, 5:32 am

    I went to school in Buffalo and now live near Rochester. Was the place you went to dinner Panos by any chance?

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  • cathy September 30, 2011, 5:52 am

    we canadians love buffalo for the cross-border shopping!

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  • Sarah September 30, 2011, 6:07 am

    I am from Syracuse and went to school just an hour south of Buffalo!! I am sad I was not aware you would be there or I would have come =( Anyways: winters are brutal ( especially having just moved back from FL).Also, the surrounding areas of Syracuse and Rochester DOES beat Buffalo in terms of awesome vegetarian restaurants.

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  • OntarioGirl September 30, 2011, 6:40 am

    My cousin went to Canisius in Buffalo :) I don’t live too far from Buffalo and their Winters are similar to ours in Northern Ontario. They’re really not THAT bad. You get used to it!

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  • Mandy September 30, 2011, 6:50 am

    There are no buffalo in North America (and never were). There _are_ (and were), however, BISON. Sorry, as a prairie ecologist, that’s a major pet peeve! =) Happy travels nonetheless!

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:46 pm

      Can I just say that I LOVEEEEEEEEE you are a prairie ecologist. What do you do??

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      • Mandy September 30, 2011, 6:41 pm

        I generally read blogs when I am supposed to be working…=)

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  • Gloria September 30, 2011, 7:25 am

    So excited to read you were in Buffalo! Hope you enjoyed your time here :-)

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  • Jaclyn September 30, 2011, 7:49 am

    My hubby is from Buffalo! It’s a great town. My inlaws live there and we love visiting… especially for the hockey. Go Sabres! We don’t have any plans to live there, but it’s never off the table. And the winters aren’t that bad! There’s hockey, plus it’s a good excuse to eat lots of soup. Mmmmmmm, soup.

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    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:26 am

      Haha I never used to eat soup until I moved to Buffalo. Now I have it all the time! Globe Market has the best soup!

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  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 30, 2011, 7:53 am

    Dang, the housing prices…that is so cheap! Atlanta is definitely not that low in pricing. Your eats look delicious. Sounds like a great trip!

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  • thatShortChick September 30, 2011, 7:56 am

    I love the Charlotte airport!! jamba juice is my usual stop when I fly out.

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  • Kelly September 30, 2011, 7:59 am

    Wow…that is afforadable. I live in Austin, Texas and they average home price here is around 180K.

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  • Vicky S. September 30, 2011, 8:12 am

    I actually went to college in Buffalo… and the average price for a house is so low because there are mostly poor neighborhoods with a nice neighborhood here and there. Downtown Buffalo is kinda nice…

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  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 30, 2011, 8:17 am

    Haha I definitely think the price is due to having to put up with the weather! But what am I saying? I moved to Chicago!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 30, 2011, 8:24 am

    Merge sounds fantastic! I actually go to Buffalo sometimes since it’s so close to the border, so I’ll have to remember this restaurant for next time I’m there!

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  • J September 30, 2011, 8:28 am

    You were in Buffalo! How awesome – I live in NY and my husband is originally from Buffalo so we are there all the time. The houses in downtown buffalo are much less expensive because it is a city – the houses in the suburbs where most people live are much more expensive. They are actually trying to revamp the downtown area and it seems to be working so far.

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  • Shari September 30, 2011, 8:35 am

    That room is BEAUTIFUL!!

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  • Biscuit September 30, 2011, 8:50 am

    Woah, is that Montante? I used to work for the architecture firm that did the renovation/redesign.

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:46 pm

      Yes – it was sooo beautiful.

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  • Jenny September 30, 2011, 9:08 am

    I’m gonna get blasted for this but….
    Ick. Buffalo? No thanks. You can keep it.
    Crime, bad winters and the downtown area is terrible.
    Surrounding areas of Western NY are lovely though.

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    • Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal September 30, 2011, 8:27 pm

      Amen Jenny.

      My dad’s side of the family is from West Falls/East Aurora (they moved when he was a teen) and while I love that part of NY, Buffalo itself is sketch.

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  • Anna September 30, 2011, 9:17 am

    i kiss the plane too! on another note, buffalo is awful. i live in rochester which isn’t too far or dissimilar but i can confidently say that buffalo is the worst. it’s ugly, poor, miserable, and has little going for it. i think univ. of buffalo is a decent school at least. yes, homes are cheap upstate ny but our taxes are super high. my house is a tiny 1 bedroom cottage on the lake – it 75k 7 yrs ago (we had no housing bubble here). BUT, my mortgage payment is $850 because i pay about double my mortgage in tax/insurance. plus water, trash, etc. not cheap but affordable.

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    • BuffaloYogi September 30, 2011, 10:18 am

      Really, Anna? Ugly? Miserable? Did you know the National Preservation Conference is happening in Buffalo in October? Do you want to know why? You do? Oh good, I’ll tell you. Buffalo has some of the most gorgeous and unique architecture in the Nation. Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Park System (he designed a little known park in NYC.. Central Park I think it is called?) Daniel Burnham’s 1896 Ellicott Square Building, Louis Sullivan’s 1895 Guaranty Building, Henry Hobson Richardson – I could go on and on. It’s fine to have opinions, but please do your homework prior to make such uninformed and ignorant statements. Feel free to watch the video on You Tube for more info. Link is below.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT11IdWPvfc

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      • Jenny September 30, 2011, 11:31 am

        Sorry – I’m on board with Anna. Buffalo’s glory days are long gone.
        Just because Wright used Buffalo as a testing ground for some residential building styles doesn’t make it a great city.

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        • Vicky S. September 30, 2011, 12:25 pm

          I also agree with Anna, I lived there for 6 years. The only good things about Buffalo are that I found my dog there (because some jerk abandoned her in the middle of winter… she was used as a target dog), they have Wegmans, and the Sabres are there. I really dislike Buffalo for many reasons.

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:47 pm

      It was recently voted one of the top 10 places to raise a family! So maybe it’s for some but not others?

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  • kathleen September 30, 2011, 9:23 am

    The weather in Buffalo is horrid- even worse than where I live – Syracuse, NY. Consider yourself lucky to live where you live.

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    • BuffaloYogi September 30, 2011, 10:28 am

      Also false – Last winter Syracuse totaled 106.1 inches inches of snow. Erie, PA – 91.4; Rochester, NY – 89.6; Philadelphia – 78.7; Pittsburgh – 77.4; Baltimore – 77.0 BUFFALO – 74.1

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      • Sarah September 30, 2011, 11:20 am

        Since traveling back and forth between the two I will attest that Buffalo does feel colder than Syracuse and the plowing doesn’t seem to happen as much.

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      • Jazz September 30, 2011, 1:10 pm

        Snowfall isn’t the important thing, I’m from Ontario where we got tons of snow, but I would take that over -40 degrees for weeks on end in Saskatchewan ANYDAY!

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  • Mary September 30, 2011, 9:26 am

    Oohhhh Buffalo! I’m a Syracuse Native; I know right where Canisuis College is. Too bad you’re a veggie, I would have sent you to Duff’s. They have the most EPIC wings you’ll EVER eat in Buffalo!

    ps. Winters in Buffalo are BRUTAL. Windy, lake effect snow that falls in FEET not inches. Be glad you’re a southern belle. I know that I love it here SO much more in Raleigh than I do In Syracuse :)

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    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:28 am

      Duffs does have veggie burgers!

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      • Mary September 30, 2011, 11:35 am

        They do?! All I remember is going there with my ex bf when we were in college (he went to UB) and I told him I wanted hot wings, and he fought with me between mild and medium. We got the medium wings because I fought so hard, and I remember those were THE hottest wings I have ever eaten! I think I ate an entire loaf of bread afterward.

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        • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:52 am

          Yup, the one in Amherst on Sheridan Drive has veggie burgers (I go to UB right now… not gonna lie, probably getting Duff’s for dinner tonight haha). My boyfriend got wings with suicide sauce once, and I had one bite– then proceeded to drink two glasses of iced water, his soda, and all of the carrots and celery that came with the wings. I had tears streaming down my face. I like spicy to an extent, but that was just painful!

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  • Nicole September 30, 2011, 9:38 am

    My parents lived in Buffalo when they were first married, my dad was in Dental School at UB. Photos of my tiny mother in several feet of snow is hilarious. I vote you stay in CLT. ;)

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  • Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee September 30, 2011, 9:38 am

    OMG I am slightly upset about the baby carrots! I feel like I’ve been tricked!
    My boyfriend’s boss is from Buffalo and he always talks about how terrible the winters are up there. I could not imagine! If we even get an inch of snow, my entire city shuts down.

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  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 30, 2011, 9:40 am

    jamba juice also has fruit + veggie smoothies now! my favorite is apple + spinach. yum!

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  • colleen September 30, 2011, 10:05 am

    The presentation room is amazing! So beautiful. Love all the details.

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  • Katie September 30, 2011, 10:06 am

    There are Buffalos in the zoo! I’m a Canisius Grad and am so excited that you’re there. THe winters there were a little rough(I’m originally from NYC), but I live in Chicago now and there is NO COMPARISON. winters up here are BRUTAL. If I were in Buffalo today I might go get some wings from the Anchor Bar, where Buffalo wings were first created or Elmwood Sub shop for a chicken finger sandwich. Buffalo is a fun town. Love it!

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:47 pm

      Hahah good point. Buffalo in the zoo!

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  • Katie September 30, 2011, 10:07 am

    Totally forgot you were a vegetarian. I got into a Buffalo haze! Sorry. Elmwood sub shope whould have a good alternative I’m sure!

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  • Ali @ Ali Runs September 30, 2011, 10:15 am

    I love an hour away from Buffalo so I know all about the rough winters. But you really couldn’t ask for a better place to live. Buffalo has such a great community and is such a fun place to go! Glad you got to experience it!

    Go Bills! ;)

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  • Kelsey September 30, 2011, 10:55 am

    My family is from Buffalo- seek out and buy some sponge candy!! It is amazing, my hubs loves it but we can’t get it here in Ohio. It’s worth every penny!

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:50 pm

      Oh wish I had seen this before I left. Sponge candy sounds good!

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      • Sarah October 7, 2011, 2:06 am

        PLEASE try sponge candy!! It’s so tasty and unique! It’s amusing to remember that it’s a local delicacy :p Makes me proud in a way. I love all the commenters sticking up for Buffalo, NY. I live North of Buffalo and definitely agree on the greatness of the food and the vivid 4 seasons. It’s not a bad place to be at all, but we could use more jobs.

        #OccupyBuffalo

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  • Nina September 30, 2011, 11:03 am

    Ahh buffalo! i’m originally from just north of buffalo by the canadian border (lewiston/youngstown) and went to UB; also met my husband at UB and my entire family is still there. Sabres, Bills, wings, loganberry, beef on weck, waterfront, access to canada, within an hours drive you can be in the mountains, on the lake, on the river, at the Falls, at the farm. Such a beautiful city that has fallen on hard times since the 80s. The median housing price is so low bc that was probably for the city itself which has a lot of poor and crumbling neighborhoods. Most people live in the burbs (amherst, williamsville, hamburg, orchard park, kenmore, etc) and the homes are much more expensive. The winters aren’t too bad once you get used to them. Boo to the ignorant people who downtalk the city. Buffalonians have SO much pride in their city; it hurts to see people say things like that.

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:50 pm

      Yes it was Panos!!! It was good, too!

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      • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:50 pm

        Whoops, wrong comment. :) Sorry!

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  • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:24 am

    Aahh I didn’t know you were in Buffalo! I’m here for grad school. Was the “very Buffalo-ish” restaurant Panos? There are tons of Greek restaurants around here. If you’re ever in the Buffalo area again, I suggest you check out the Lexington Co-Op; it’s a grocery store, but everything is local and/or organic, and they have an awesome hot bar that’s far better than any Whole Foods I’ve ever seen.

    Rent is really low here; I pay $500 a month with utilities included. Last winter didn’t seem that terrible to me, but I’m a native New Englander so I’m well accustomed to snow, ice, sleet, and all that fun stuff. The only thing that’s worse about winter in Buffalo is that it lingers on through April, sometimes into May.

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:51 pm

      Yes it was Panos! It was good, too.

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      • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:13 pm

        Haha that’s awesome! My parents request breakfast at Panos every time they visit.

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  • Kelly September 30, 2011, 11:33 am

    I’m glad to see you went to speak at Canisius. I am from Buffalo, but currently live in Charlotte as well. My family is still up in Buffalo, and I have family attending Canisius. Although the winters can be overbearing sometimes, it was a great place to group up and I visit frequently. Hope you enjoyed your trip!

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  • Lissa September 30, 2011, 11:37 am

    Thank you for the food info at Charlotte airport! We’re heading there tonight for an early flight out tomorrow morning :)

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:52 pm

      Have fun!!!! The Carolina Pit BBQ also has oatmeal.

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  • Carrie September 30, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I’m originally from Buffalo (well, the suburbs) and I went to Merge for the first time this summer when I went home to visit my parents. Loved it! It was the first time I actually enjoyed eating quinoa (which I really want to like all the time, but the little rings just freak me out too much to cook it for myself…)

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  • Samantha September 30, 2011, 12:23 pm

    So cool you went to Canisius! That’s where my brother went to school, and I thought about going there. I ended up going to Oswego, which is right next to Cuse. Can’t avoid the winters there!

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  • Raya September 30, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Buffalo (and all of upstate NY) is SOOO beautiful in the summer/fall…..but let me tell you, the winters are MISERABLE. As someone who lived up there til I was 19, I can vouch for it.

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  • Joy September 30, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I’m from Buffalo and LOVE the city. Elmwood Village and Allentown have great restaurants, art galleries and museums. The city gets bashed so often but really is a great place to live and raise a family. Summer is the best- gorgeous weather and packed with festivals and activities. Hope you enjoyed your quick trip!

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:53 pm

      Elmwood was awesome, I agree!

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  • Dani September 30, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Wow, $70k? I think I could probably buy a parking space for that in DC… Definitely not any sort of housing though.

    As for Buffalo being miserable, there are pluses and minuses to every city/town… maybe we should focus on the positive?

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  • Kellie September 30, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Can’t believe you were in Buffalo! I’m only 45 minutes from there in Rochester. My best friend went to Canisius so I’ve beent here multiple times. How exciting! Upstate New York is such a great place to live.

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  • Kellie September 30, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Just reading the comments about the weather… I actually was just thinking of this while I was leaving Wegmans (best grocery store ever!)… I am just so lucky to live in a place with all 4 seasons. Sure winters are brutal but its so magical to watch the snow fall and to be so excited for teh first 60 degree day in the spring, the hot summers and now the colors changing on the trees and the nice fall air. I love everything about it. I’m not letting the 6 months of snow ruin my appreciation for 4 seasons (even if they only last 2 months)

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:54 pm

      Wegmans is the bomb. And I like your positive attitude!

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  • My Blonde Moments September 30, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I feel so silly now, but I literally had no idea baby carrots were just normal ones cut to look like that. I’ve been duped for years!!!

    My friend actually went to that school for grad school. Other than seeing it listed on her FB page, I had never hear any other mention of it before. It looks like the event space was amazing!

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  • Ellen September 30, 2011, 2:52 pm

    That’s not all about the baby carrot. Baby carrots come from full sized carrots that have rotten parts. They cut the bad parts off, add a lot of water to keep them from drying out, and sell them to you for more money. I was pretty creeped out when I found that out. Wikipedia says, “Taking fully grown carrots and cutting them to make them smaller was the idea of California farmer Mike Yurosek.[2] Yurosek was unhappy at having to discard carrots because of slight rotting or imperfections, and looked for a way to reclaim what would otherwise be a waste product.”

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 4:55 pm

      ew. gross.

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      • DadHTP September 30, 2011, 7:22 pm

        only if you shop at Whole Paycheck and never cut bad spots off things at home…

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  • adie (all of the above) September 30, 2011, 3:25 pm

    $70k for a house?? I’m not even sure you could find a condo for that price in DC…I’m fairly certain the average around my house is upwards of $900k. That’s insane! I’m moving to Buffalo.

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  • MaryBeth September 30, 2011, 4:38 pm

    Merge is so top notch… love that place! Best sweet potato fries!

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  • Charlie September 30, 2011, 5:12 pm

    I did know baby carrots are regular carrots (some packages say baby-cut carrots) but I still buy them. It’s all in my head, but I think they taste better so I eat more ;).

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  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 30, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Argh, I’ve been craving Falafel for days – and now it’s 10x worse!!

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  • Sarah September 30, 2011, 6:03 pm

    I found out about the whole baby carrots just being cut carrots thing last year (I’m 21…) and I was SO upset. It was like learning about Santa Claus not being real.

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  • B n B September 30, 2011, 7:07 pm

    70k?? Holy crap….I’m moving to Buffalo.

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  • Elizabeth September 30, 2011, 7:09 pm

    I am so sad that you were in Buffalo and that I missed you! :( Buffalo is awesome! It’s definitely run down in spots (ok, most of it) but the people are amazing. And I’m so glad you posted about Merge. I’d been wanting to try a veg-friendly place in Buffalo and wasn’t sure where to start. Another reason that you are awesome :D

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    • CaitlinHTP September 30, 2011, 7:11 pm

      Aw, me too. Yes – you would really like Merge! I wanted to try the sweet potato fries.

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  • DadHTP September 30, 2011, 7:21 pm

    you should move to Buffalo for 18 years – averaged with Miami, neither too hot or cold.

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  • Kristina September 30, 2011, 11:59 pm

    Another western New York native here! I miss Merge (the one and only predominantly veg restaurant in like all of WNY) — their food was pretty awesome. If you ever get a chance to go back, you should definitely try their seitan buffalo wings! That way you can partake in the tradition!

    Also, the economy there isn’t as terrible as people think — we’ve met other WNY natives here in Colorado who are moving or know people who moved back because the job market was better back home!

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  • Alett October 1, 2011, 11:25 am

    That is a gorgeous room that you presented in!

    Hope you had a wonderful trip!

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  • Kim October 1, 2011, 9:12 pm

    There are baby carrots, and then there are baby cut carrots, the ones that come from whole carrots are the baby cut carrots. So some are actually baby carrots :)

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    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 9:17 pm

      True! And REAL baby carrots are so delicious.

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  • Karie October 2, 2011, 7:17 pm

    So neat to see that you were here! Buffalo is an awesome city with some rough parts just like any other city, but anyone who says it’s less than stellar has never experienced the REAL Buffalo! I love living in a place with seasons…there’s nothing wrong with snow, any real Buffalonian will tell you PROUDLY of all the great storms we’ve lived through, winters aren’t that bad, we just tend to get a lot of snow at one time..and the weather channel thinks it’s fun to report from here whenever we do get any snow;) We have a world class art gallery, one of the countries oldest zoo’s and there is no place like Elmwood ave anywhere!
    Thanks for visiting!

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