Steve turned 34 this year, and this was his birthday cake. I’m not a baker, so when it comes to birthday cakes I’m always at a loss. We had a busy day visiting some great places around the city, sitting in our garden and enjoying one of the first warm days of spring. I almost forgot about a cake. Luckily we live next door to a convenience store.
After a nice spring walk down by Bayfront Park we went to Hutch’s for their classic fish and chips. It was my first time to Hutch’s, and although usually a typical summer attraction, it is open all year round. Everyone must’ve been feeling spring in the air because there was a pretty good crowd ordering up burgers, Stoney Creek Dairy ice-cream, and plates of fish and chips.
*Hutch’s Harbour Front, 325 Bay St. North, Hamilton
When we visited Buffalo to see the Albright Knox Art Gallery we figured our trip to Buffalo wouldn’t be complete without sampling some authentic buffalo wings. After some extensive research pre-trip we had already crossed Duff’s and Anchor bar off the list. Instead we headed to Gabriel’s Gate in Allentown to try their beer, wings and beef on weck.
This was my very first beef on weck, which is apparently a classic Buffalo culinary delicacy. Sliced beef on a soft doughy bun that’s topped with caraway seeds, and massive flakes of salt, served with a nice side of spicy horseradish. Gabriel’s Gate did an OK job (I thought the beef was over cooked). On my next Buffalo visit I want to try the weck at Schwabl’s.
*Gabriel’s Gate, 145 Allen St. Buffalo, NY