Tom & Jerry: Kid Cartoon or Adult Cocktail?

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It’s the holiday season – the time when ugly sweaters (see my proud display on the right), horrible food arrangements and amazing, soul-warming beverages temporarily make their way into your life.

The classic Tom & Jerry is a sweet and spicy, frothy and foamy, addictive and awesome holiday drink. Overuse of alliteration aside, it’s a great libation to be enjoyed this time of year – whether it be home-made or served to you in the festive company of friends at your favorite local watering hole. Take a look at the goodness served to Karen and I from the Place on Lexington Ave in the Elmwood Village. If you add the warm charm of a wood burning fireplace and some dancing snowflakes outside the window, you’ll really be in a winter wonderland.

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Friend and fellow Buffalo Blogger, Katie Krawczyk, did a bang up job writing words about everything you need to know about Tom & Jerry’s. Finding them, drinking them, making them. It’s all there in her latest Visit Buffalo Niagara blog. (You’ll want to click that link.)

I actually am thinking about giving the home-made recipe a shot…we’ll see how that goes!

The list of locales offering T&J’s within Katie’s blog is extensive, but I thought I’d add in a potential Hertel option because my Hello Hertel contract requires I do so. While not promoted, rumor has it that the bartender at Lombardo’s will stir up and serve a very fine Tom & Jerry, should you ask.

And if by chance he (or anyone, anywhere) says no, just throw your smuggled in moose mug on the bar and ask for some good old fashioned egg nog!

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Merry Christmas, happy holidays to all of you fine folks!

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Hip and Happening

After a long winter, we all look forward to the month of May. May means warmer days are in store, flowers are in bloom and patio beers are in my not-so-distant future.  The fifth month of the year also symbolizes Buffalo’s kick off to the summer travel season.  In my line of work as the Marketing Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara, that’s kinda a BIG deal.  Most destinations are at their finest when summer rolls around and Buffalo is no exception.

CoverTo mark this momentous annual occurrence, our Buffalo Niagara Touring Guide rolls off the presses and arrives on our company’s doorsteps every May. My role as Senior Editor on the project has me offering insight on content. We can’t include everything so what’s makes the cut? What’s new? What’s hip? What are Buffalonians talking proud about? What would make someone in New Haven, Connecticut get up out of their recliner and make the 437 mile trip to Western New York?  It’s not all Bills games and chicken wings (although it IS the 50th anniversary of our saucy staple).  This year on our Hip and Happening list is Hertel!

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A full page devoted solely to Hertel Avenue. We tell prospective visitors to look for the marquee lights of the newly-restored North Park Theatre, to channel their inner interior decorator at room and to follow their nose to Romeo & Juliet’s. A few more shout-out’s to Mes Que and Modern Nostalgia and that there is how you make your neighborhood famous.

Interested in getting your hands on your own FREE copy? We’ll mail it to you! Request one here.

This year’s guide is truly our best yet, I know I know I’m biased but trust me on this one.

Once it arrives, bring it to Mes Que, we’ll share a patio beer and cheers to Hertel.

 

 

A guy walks into a theatre…

I popped into the North Park Theatre this past weekend to inquire about partnering with the Advertising Club of Buffalo to screen a film. I walked away with much more than an answer to my inquiry.

I had a great conversation with programming director, Ray Barker, who was excited to discuss bringing a new film to the theatre. He also showed me around the lobby a bit. I quickly bought a bag of popcorn.

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I then was given a mini-tour of the theatre by co-owner, Tom Eoannou. It was incredible to hear what he had to say about the restoration work, but what was even better was seeing his enthusiasm about it all. It’s such an exciting time for the theatre and for Hertel.

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Check out what else I had to say about it in my blog written for Visit Buffalo Niagara, here.