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ready for winter ice skating fun

Winter’s here; snow and ice covers all. Does this mean you should hole up in your home and wait for it to pass? That’s a big NO! If you did, you’d miss out on all some of the most fun Buffalo has to offer. Get into something warm, get out there, and experience some of the best stuff winter has to offer with these activities.

The Ice at Canalside

You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one. The Ice at Canalside, is considered to be one of the largest outdoor ice skating rinks in the area, as well as the country. Opened from Tuesday to Sunday, you can stop by with your own skates, or rent for just $5. The admission fee is a measly $6 for kids (13+) and adults. Children ages 6-12 are only $4, and anyone under 5 is free.

Don’t forget to check out the Ice Bikes while you’re there. Rental costs $12 for half an hour, but the experience is well worth it.

Snowshoeing at Tifft Farm Nature Preserve

Not fond of ice skating, but you still want to enjoy the snow? Try snowshoeing at the Tifft Farm Nature Preserve. You can find over 300 acres of trails to hike through, but make sure get yourself some snowshoes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any because you can rent them for $5 for adults, and $3 for kids. What’s even more amazing is you don’t have to drive very far for this experience. The drive is just a mere 5 minutes from the city center.

Niagra Falls in the Winter

No, you’re not heading there to see the falls completely frozen (because that doesn’t happen). What you’re there to see is a forest covered in ice. The rising mist from the falls cover up the forest and freeze—resulting in an enchanted, iced forest. Go after a fresh snowfall to see the ground covered in a blanket of snow, and a forest glimmering from the ice. The experience is hard to explain in words, but if I had to choose one word, it’d be “magical”. If you haven’t seen this magical site yet, make sure you make it this winter.


Odd, random, and just unknown bits and pieces of information about our beloved hometown.


  • You can have a good time, but flirting in public can result in a $25 fine. Keep the flirting off the streets of Bufflao (according to a silly law).


  • Women who wear tight, “body hugging” clothing are law breakers (thanks to yet, another silly law).


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When it’s cold outside, the most sensible thing to do (especially if you just got done ice skating) is to grab a large bowl of warm soup. You can go for the usual you’ve always enjoyed, but why not try something different? How different? Not much; just a little Vietnamese cuisine, and in this case, Pho to be exact.

What is Pho? Pho is a Vietnamese beef noodle soup and I guarantee a bowl will warm you up “pho sure”. Hold off on ordering something else to fill your stomach because a bowl of pho is quite filling by itself. I must confess though; I am guilty of having ordered several banh mi sandwiches, vacuum sealing them, and tossing them into the freezer to be heated up for one of those late night cravings. So if you have a vacuum sealer, you might be interested in doing what I do (don’t have one? here’s some good reviews).

With that said, let’s go back to the pho. The broth is light, yet rich with flavors. Soaking the in the broth is a good portion of noodles that is enough to fill most people. That’s not all, you also get heaps of thin beef slices, beef meatballs, and seafood (depending on what you order).

Pho Dolla

So where can you warm up with a bowl of pho in the area? I recommend Pho Dollar, located at

322 W Ferry St

Buffalo, NY 14213

Their customer service is great. They’re friendly and quick to get your order. Most of all, their pho is amazing! They do offer other Vietnamese dishes, but we’re talking about pho here, so I’m not going to cover the other dishes. The only thing I’ll say is they’re worth trying if you’re one of the few who are still hungry for more food, or you make another trip back and want to try something else.

Now when your waiter/waitress brings you a fresh, hot bowl of pho straight from the kitchen and sets in in front of you, there’s one thing you need to do first. Grab the spoon and have a taste of the broth. Pho is a dish you’d want to adjust to your likings, so that’s why you want to taste it first. Now of course you can just eat without any kind of adjustments and it would taste just fine. This is something you can consider if it’s your first time eating pho.

If you’d like to enhance the flavor to your liking, you’ll definitely want to reach for the fresh herbs that came with your pho, as well as the bottles of sauces sitting on your table. I recommend squeezing a little lime juice in mine. After that I’ll reach for the fish sauce, and the soy sauce. The key to getting this soup just perfect (for you) is to add a little bit at a time and then taste the broth. You’ll get to the point where it is just perfect for you. Once you are satisfied and the broth tastes perfect to you, go ahead and enjoy all of it.

For those of you who like a little spice to their food, don’t forget the sriracha sauce. A little bit goes a long way, and the same rule of add small amounts and tasting as you go still apply. I like mine spicy, but not too spicy.

Don’t think this is all too much work just another bowl of soup. After a few trips, you’ll have this down and you’ll know exactly how much sauce and herbs you want in your soup.

So if you’ve been out in the cold enjoying the wonderfully fun events winter has to offer, stop by this place to warm up and fill up. Or if you’re just plain hungry, stop by and try the pho because you won’t regret it.


What’s happening? Here’s a list of some local events you don’t want to miss out on.

2017 Auto Show


  • Thursday 2/9/17 – Saturday 2/11/17: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday 2/12/17: 10 am – 7 pm

Get a closer look at the newest automobiles at the 2017 auto show. Whether you’re interest lies in high performance, trucks, or even hybrids, there’s something at the show for you.