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From Buffalo with Love

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A few months ago I was rather surprised to receive this link from my sister, Kate DiChristopher, an HR specialist with Marina Maher Communications in New York City. Unbeknownst to me, Kate had become a blogger.

Okay, so she’s not terribly prolific just yet, but her single blog post, an endearing love letter to our hometown of Buffalo, is imbued with a disturbingly engaging travel aesthetic. Why disturbing? Because I’m supposed to be the writer in the family, the shiftless and wanderlust-afflicted Type B child.

Luckily, Kate still proves herself far more adroit at Type A things like healthy cooking and retirement planning. Though I am keeping my eye on her. If she starts blogging about discount airlines, I know I’m in trouble. Anyhow, give her story a read, because it really is a gem.

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Traveling Exhibit Focuses on Vietnamese Women Artists

While researching an article on performance art in Vietnam, I came across an interesting art exhibit currently traveling around the United States. “Changing Identity: Recent Work by Women Artists from Vietnam” is comprised of 52 works by ten female Vietnamese artists “who challenge the stereotypes and traditional roles of women in Vietnamese society.” The exhibit’s website at artsandartists.org summarizes the show:

“Each of these women has a particular way of shaping her work and of identifying herself that is both personal and universal. Through the use of various media, subject matters, and aesthetic sensibilities, the artists explore gender and cultural identity and offer a diversified view of Vietnam itself.”

The exhibit, curated by Nora Annesley Taylor of the Art Institute of Chicago, is currently on show at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, Massachusetts. It will next move to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City before reaching the final leg of its tour at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Taste of Nostalgia in Buffalo

Short trips to Buffalo, my hometown, always leave me wishing I had more time, either to visit the excellent Albright Knox Gallery or to catch some free Shakespeare in Delaware Park. With little time to work with this past weekend, I prioritized like a true Buffalonian — by eating and drinking my way through 72 hours.

I set aside Friday afternoon for lunch at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Locals pack this massive historic brick building before Sabres games, swilling a full slate of flagship and seasonal microbrews and dining on hearty entrees that are a cut above typical pub fare, like mushroom-slathered meatloaf with mashed potatos and crisp, fresh veggies. The Street Brawler oatmeal stout tops my list of microbrews, but the Lake Effect American pale ale should not be missed.

And speaking of the Buffalo Sabres, my party dined adjacent to them at Mother’s the following night. Tucked away in a Victorian mansion on Virginia Place off Delaware Avenue, Mother’s offers the best fine dining in the Queen City. The permanent entree menu, while well executed, isn’t particularly exciting. Friends and I usually go family style on more inspired appetizers and share specials. The pan-seared ahi ahi with wasabi mashed potatoes and baby bok choy was the big hit at the table, though my lobster gnocchi was no chopped liver.

Later in the evening, we stayed in Allentown and hit Nietzsche’s on Allen Street, which has all the charm of a hole in the wall despite being considerably more cavernous. Live music and $3.50 Molson Canadians were enjoyed by all. Another favorite spot sits across the street: Hardware Cafe. Considerably more polished, its extensive bottle selection makes it Buffalo’s beer-lover haven.

With plans for a new casino and unrealized Frank Lloyd Wright projects, maybe more out-of-towners will have reason to make use of this short list.

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