Nope. Never have been!
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!
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.
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
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:
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.
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…
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!