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Category: grocery

07/03/07 09:15 - 75ºF - ID#39901

Buffalo Grocery Review: Wilson Farms

Wilson Farms ( 304 Elmwood/Summer
Buffalo, NY 14222

This store is located in the North-west corner of the Elmwood-Summer crossing. It has a produce section, but its a high-end (read expensive) version of Wegmans/Tops. The variety of produce is quite impressive but the prices are somewhat higher than what you would be comfortable with, on a daily basis. I would rank its price range in between Tops and Lexington Co-op. It has a generic ATM within its premises. The store also retails NFTA Metro Passes, and some odd auto magazines.

Today, this shop had cucumbers, celery, green bell peppers, limes, lemons, strawberries, peaches, watermelons, apples, oranges, lettuce, grapes, mushrooms, radishes, bananas, onions, potatoes and tomatoes.

In addition to the produce, the shop has the usual 100 million snacks, 200 million soda varieties, about 5 million types of frozen foods, fresh coffee, doughnuts and stuff coated with a triple layer of sugar, candies, a whole range of canned food, cold sandwiches, cleaning supplies and brick-brack, fruit juices and a small section of about 15 different cheeses.

Wilson Farms: Probably good for a big produce emergency but not for daily shopping.
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Category: grocery

07/02/07 11:12 - 65ºF - ID#39891

Buffalo Grocery Review: Main Food Mart

Main Food Mart, 1130 Main St, Buffalo

This grocery is located at the South-West corner of Summer and Main Street. Fresh produce sold here is very limited. The ones that I saw today included:
-- Good quality Bananas
-- Onions
-- Potatoes
-- Oranges

These were prominently displayed in a shelf right in front of the entrance to the shop. Prices are reasonable. Probably good for an emergency shop-stop coming out from the metro station at Summer & Best.

The rest of the shop is well-stocked with the usual 100 million snacks, and carbonated drinks. Apart from the eatables, there are cleaning supplies and other miscellaneous brick-brack.

Good for an emergency potato/onion/orange/banana need.

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: grocery

06/15/07 05:14 - 78ºF - ID#39682

Grocery Stores in and around downtown?

I am about to become an official E-Stripper (well, almost) and I am super-excited. I think it has something to do with the fact that I would be living on Summer Street in the dead of winter. When the city is buried under 10 feet of snow, I will still be on Summer Street. :) How cheerful is that?!! I am in a cloud of cheerfullness over this pleasant fact.

Now for the mundane. I am wondering if e-strippers could rack their memories yet again and please tell me about their favourite/casual/not-so-favourite/loathed grocery stores in and around downtown? Where are the major groceries? Where are the Ethnic speciality groceries - the Chinese, the Indian, the Vietnamese, the Korean, the Thai and the mediterranean stores with the fresh produce/spices/sauces? Where is the best hummus in town? Where is the best produce in town?

I cook everyday and I think I might die a slow death without ready access to good groceries and produce markets.

Inputs HUGELY appreciated!!! Thanks! :)

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: whine

06/13/07 03:15 - 67ºF - ID#39634

"Connection Line Charge: Element 2"

I was setting up the new phone/internet service for my future apartment and everything was going fine. Verizon has a sweet deal for $15 a month (comes to about $34 a month with the landline). I thought to myself, what a perfect little deal for a poor graduate student. And suddenly, out of nowhere came a whopping ~$75 initial charge. On minute inspection, a major chunk of that charge came from something called "Connection Line Charge: Element 2" worth about $40. There is no explanation of this charge on the verizon website so I googled and found this description in some random document:

On June 14, 1993, New England Telephone and Telegraph
Company ("NET" or "Company") filed with the Department of Public
Utilities ("Department"), revisions to the Company's tariffs
D.P.U. Mass. Nos. 10 and 15 to become effective July 14, 1993.
NET applies an Element 1 service ordering charge for the
receiving, recording, and processing of a customer's
request for service (Exh. NET-4, Tab E3). An Element 2
central office line connection charge is applied to recover
the costs of establishing or changing service in the
central office ( id., Tab E4)

It's a charge just to change a single name on a file. Oh well.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

06/11/07 11:12 - 70ºF - ID#39605

Parking spaces around Mayflower?

So the moving date is steadily drawing near. I am thinking of driving into Buffalo with a rental SUV (someone else will be doing the driving). We would need to park temporarily on the curbside till I unload all my stuff and take it inside Mayflower. Then we would need to park the SUV somewhere close till we take everything upstairs and lock up. How strict is curbside towing outside Mayflower on Sunday mornings? Is there somewhere near that we can park temporarily till we return the SUV?
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Category: science

06/07/07 10:21 - 83ºF - ID#39577

Aluminium in deodorants - Do you care?

It has been known for sometime that Aluminium is associated with Alzheimer's disease. However, the past few years has brought forth research that might potentially implicate Aluminium in the development of cancer. Aluminium is the key ingredient in most of the underarm deodorants out there. It is believed to have estrogenic properties. Estrogenic input drives its growth, progression and possibly initiation of cancer.

Women use these deodorants day in and day out and they are applied directly to the axillary (underarm) area. The deodorants remain in contact with skin for extended periods of time. Aluminium in these deodorants is probably absorbed more readily than any other metalloestrogen, because of the microabrasions on the skin in the axillary region (due to frequent shaving).

To all women (and men) out there, does this piece of news bother you? Would you be willing to toss out all your deodorants and get Al-free ones? Or would you rather wait for this association to be set in stone?

As a researcher, can't help wondering how much of an impact such news has on consumers...

Update: Found this article on the Al-free alternatives out there:

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Location: Buffalo, NY
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Category: flat hunt

06/06/07 11:39 - 53ºF - ID#39561

It's a Mayflower!

The update on my drab life: I am done with my qualifiers. *w00t* But I don't know if I passed or am doomed to take them 6 months later. *anti-w00t*

The update on my not-so-drab life: It's the Mayflower!! That apartment on the 5th Storey was in the Mayflower as many of you guessed. It's an absolutely charming "large studio" and I think I love it. However, the lease is not very clear-cut. The present tenant has a lease which ends July 31st, but wants to get out of it early. Though, very enthusiastic, the present tenant has not got hold of the management yet - so they have not got in touch with me. I admit that its been just 3 business days (mon-tue-wed), but.... its been three business days! Hence, the anxiety...

I did a walking piligrimage of Roswell and surrounding areas on Friday and I think I have officially become rather enamoured with all the goodies on Delaware, Allen Street, the fabulous theatre district, funky Elmwood etc. You guys live in an awesome neighbourhood!! What the hell was I thinking, strolling down Ellicott when I first visited Buffalo?!!

I checked out a handful of apartments - the ones on Auburn-Delaware, Elmwood-Lexington/Utica were gorgeous but it took forever to walk to Roswell. Thoughts of a snow-laden walk in the 6 months of Buffalo winter weren't very appealing so they are off the list for now. There was a charming studio apartment in an old mansion on Summer, but the studio was too tiny (and had wild rabbits in the front yard!! yikes!!). Then, there was this apartment building on Elmwood near Summer but this was right next to Section 8 housing and *reeked* of tobacco smoke. No-one showed up to show me an apartment on Franklin, someone on Linwood cancelled on me and it was too late to check out another apartment at Richmond.

So in the end, it looks like I might be living in Mayflower after all, if this lease somehow comes through. If it doesn't, its back to the hunt again, and that would be quite a setback.

I had a MOST delicious lunch at a delighful little Italian joint on Delaware called the "Panaros". Their three-cheese-spinach-garlic pizza is just out of this world (and I was ridiculously hungry after hours of walking).

The apartment hunt hasn't officially ended yet, but I just want to thank all of you for helping me out, and orienting me to the neighbourhood. Can't have gone on the Buffalo piligrimage/hunt alone without all the estripper tips and advice I received over the past two months! Thank you!!

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

05/23/07 06:54 - 85ºF - ID#39393

Multi-storey on Linwood/Summer corner

A nice "large" studio on the 5th Floor --> $550 (everything included) turned up on craigslist. Everything sounds perfect, except there is no picture (and no exact address). I checked on Google-Earth and there is a multistorey on Linwood near where it crosses Summer. I am assuming this is the place. I haven't got a reply back from the advertiser yet.

Since I am an out-of-towner, could I ask you all to rack your brains and jog your memories as to whether anyone has a recollection of any near and dear or far-away ones staying in this multi-storey - any Delta House experiences etc.?

I can't make it to Buffalo till the end of next week (after my comprehensive exams) and I feel that I should aggressively pursue this place, considering the snail-crawl pace my search is moving.

As usual, (and I apologize if I am becoming rather a pest) any suggestions/insights very much welcomed!!

I need to move to Buffalo positively by June 16th (with whatever meagre amount of stuff I have). I then leave for a short vacation from 18th till 24th of June and come back to Buffalo on June 25th. I would be very interested in your place if it is less than a mile from Roswell and within my budget (<$600 including everything). Please let me know, if that sounds good.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

05/22/07 11:50 - 63ºF - ID#39383

The desirable rectangle?

jenks mentioned this rectangle in one of the comments and in one of my bouts of o.bsessive d.eadline e.scapism s.yndrome, I had fun spotting and shading the rectangle. :) The green arrow is Roswell. Nice way of getting to know the neighbourhood. m/
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

05/20/07 10:02 - 51ºF - ID#39356

The Safety issue...

Hey everyone,

Since you are living or have lived in (and around) Elmwood/Allentown/Downtown, what do you think of safety of these areas:

Oak St & E. Huron St.
North Pearl @ Allen
Franklin @ Allen
Virginia St
Summer Street
Linwood Ave @ Barker
North Street
Elmwood @ Tracy, @ Bryant, @ Utica, @ Lexington @ Johnson Park
Jersey St @ Richmond, @ Porter
Prospect @ Georgia
Porter Ave @ Plymouth Ave
Richmond @ Bryant

I am looking to avoid projects, section-8 housing, crack houses, deaddiction centers, emergency shelters, loud bars/clubs and other not-so-great areas for a student who might be staying up late studying and might be keeping late hours at office.

Any advice/input/suggestions/tips are very much appreciated!
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