From apples to chocolates to sub oil, there's no lack of food gifts from the Niagara Region
When you look past the obvious, the Niagara Region in particular has produced many unique food items, from candy and baked goods, to wines and ciders and barbecue sauces. And with Christmas time approaching, they can be a way to give a small taste of home to a Western New York expatriate or someone who simply doesn't need more knick-knacks.
- CRIB NOTES: Getting your money's worth at Disney World Orlando, Fla. -- Having the ability to type that dateline preceding this column didn't come cheaply. Getting here cost a lot, and then life got kinda expensive once we started spending time in the Sunshine State. Mouse ears can't be had cheaply.
- NATURAL HEALTH: Protect yourself from the winter blues Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that affects many individuals especially in regions that experience longer and colder winters. The farther north you are from the equator, the higher your incidence of suffering from this very real form of depression.
- CRITTER COMPANIONS: Robots better than the real-deal in zoos? In one essay, Bekoff argues that the movie "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" proves that real primates no longer need to be used in movies.
- Lions Club seeks funds for new screening camera When little kids with sight problems finally get glasses, everything they're learning becomes a lot clearer. "It opens up a whole new world for them," said Shawn Licht, executive director of the Niagara County Head Start program.
- THROUGH THEIR EYES: Fun and tradition at the Herschell Carrousel Museum The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda is open from the spring to the end of December, and especially with the new Kiddieland exhibit outside, it certainly has plenty going on during the warm-weather months.
- VUKCEVICH: Granola great for Christmas gifting, enjoyment "There's nothing quite like making your own granola for the holidays, and for gift-giving," she said. You can toss in as many nuts and fruits as you want and sweeten it to your taste. While the possibilities are endless, we love this honey-sweetened variation for Christmas with sesame seeds. The cardamom clings to the almonds, dried apricots and pears, and oats, adding a Christmasy touch.
- BOOK NOOK: Not much changes in the political climate Jack O'Donnell's "Eye of the Tiger" explains a slice of machine politics as it was, circa 1900-1915, Sulzer is undermined by Tammany Hall politics.
Tonawanda pizza kitchen features fast-fire conveyor brick oven
The newly opened PI Craft Fast Fired Pizza Kitchen in the Town of Tonawanda features a variety of specialty pizzas, foccacia sandwiches and chopped salads, but regional manager Jason Singer said the new restaurant isn't looking to replicate the experience found at a typical Western New York pizzeria.
- FIT FOR LIFE: Lessons learned from 2013 As we are approximately 82.7 percent through the year, here are my thoughts in no particular order and for no particular reason. -- Taking guitar lessons has made me a better personal trainer. Doing something I have no previous experience with and paying for lessons has helped in the following ways: It puts the process of obtaining a skill set(s) in perspective. Contrary to my false sense of confidence, I sound no where near like Jimi Hendrix after a year of lessons.
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- From apples to chocolates to sub oil, there's no lack of food gifts from the Niagara Region