Archive for November, 2009

Coffee Culture – A Canadian Chain Comes to Buffalo

Main Room at Coffee Culture, Sheridan Location

Earlier this year, Coffee Culture, an established Canadian coffeehouse chain, came to Buffalo. Unlike Tim Hortons, a chain that came years ago in the same fashion, Coffee Culture does everything it can to create a relaxed and upscale setting that encourages customers to stay rather than leave. It’s first location (on Main Street near Glen Park, where Sweet Jenny’s used to be) doesn’t even have a drive-through. (The Sheridan Drive location that recently opened up does.) With its coffee, baked goods, lunch items, and espresso drinks, can this upscale chain compete with local favorites such as SPoT?

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Kitchen Essentials #1

There’s a few things every good cook needs, the first of which is time. Time is necessary in cooking, whether it be a 15-minute meal or a 2-hour meal. If you don’t have time or cannot make time, don’t bother cooking. Rushing and impatience just caused wasted time, money, and effort. So, if you have no time to cook one day, get something done the night before, or make something like sauce, soup, or meatballs on a day that you time and then freeze the items so that they are ready to be used on a whim. There are few, if any, legitimate reasons not to cook.

Now out of the ‘philosophical’ means of cooking and onto the material. Despite what you may or others have inspired you to believe, a good chef only needs a few kitchen items at his or her disposal to make a vast majority of dishes. The main problem with this, however, is that there are literally thousands of items up for sale, many of them completely unnecessary. Furthermore, trying to weed out the good from the bad is even more difficult. Yes, a random blog post here, a magazine article there, and a Good Eats episode will all provide some information, but who wants to sift through all of that completely scattered information? No, a single website, or single series of posts, should cover these topics. After all, it’s not as complicated as most would like to make it anyway.

Further segments will reveal items such as cookware (pots and pans), bakeware (more pans), electrics, and cutlery. For all of these segments, I’ll be using (other websites only if necessary) as a source of material as I buy nearly all of my cooking equipment there. It’s easily accessible, there’s a lot of choice, it removes the in-store-impulse-buy aspect (look, a *insert random object here* shaped cookie cutter, how cute!), and the buying and shipping process is well-known and simple. Keep an eye out for the next post in this series, which will be covering cook’s tools, the often cheap but always handy objects such as a whisk or a spatula.

Cooking in WNY

Welcome to Cooking in WNY, a website/blog hybrid that aims to cover a variety of topics related to the culinary world. Recipes, cooking techniques, cookware, and local restaurants will be reviewed and discussed in a semi-regular fashion. Please bookmark the site, comment on its future posts, and most importantly, enlighten yourself to the vast culinary world that exists, as well as the (sometimes unknown) food-haven that is Buffalo, NY.

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