Forever Young sent writers on a quest to find some of the most unique and charming coffee shops in Western New York. We discovered shops serving up everything from plain old coffee to bubble tea to live music and gourmet treats. Read on for the lowdown on these neighborhood java joints. Daily Planet Coffee Company. 1862 Hertel Ave. 551-0661 | dailyplanetcoffee. With signature coffee blends, a variety of loose-leaf teas, delicious homemade food, and a vintage-inspired atmosphere, Daily Planet Coffee makes everyone feel welcome—and hungry. In addition to delicious baked goods, sandwiches, and specials, gluten-free and vegan treats are available. Customers can relax and linger as long as they’d like—which is important to owner (and Superman fan) Mike Caputi, who designed his “third space” café with comfort in mind. “People have their places of work and their homes. I wanted to open a ‘third space’ in the neighborhood, a place where everyone can catch up with friends, have meetings, read, whatever. That’s why there had to be so much seating—I wanted people to be able to buy a cup of coffee and stay four hours. That seating includes plush couches and armchairs, authentic midcentury Thonet chairs at cozy tables, and outdoor patio furniture. When the winter chill sets in, a fireplace keeps customers warm. The coffee shop doubles as an art gallery, featuring a different local artist’s work for sale each month, and triples as a mini concert hall, with live music several nights a week. Caputi keeps the place stocked with board games and reading material, and the WiFi is always fast and free, so no one has to sit idle unless, of course, he or she wants to. Caputi is big on people doing their own thing. “People who walk in the door are our guests. We want them to feel welcome, like they’re coming for a visit. We have a writer in here every day, working on his novel. I’ve seen job interviews, brainstorm sessions, out-of-towners exploring. We love it. ”. – Rebecca Cuthbert. Comfort Zone Café. 17 Main St. , Hamburg. 648-5779 | comfortzonecafe. In December, the Comfort Zone Café will celebrate eighteen years of serving patrons in downtown Hamburg. This family-run business is a neighborhood landmark and, while they’ve welcomed the same regulars for years, the owners and staff don’t rest on their laurels. Source: www.foreveryoungwny.com
This past summer, the York Federation of Students met with Anthony Barbisan of York food services to discuss recommendations suggested by students. Since then, the YFS has proposed ideas to the structure of the food oversight committee in an attempt to provide clear communication between students and food services. Food company monopolies across Ontario university campuses keep students from accessing affordable and good quality food, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Students. Emile Wickham, a York alumnus who campaigned in the YFS elections last year, had a plan to level the playing field. He suggested installing industrial fridges and establishing student union-run food businesses and community kitchens run by volunteers. “Too often students are grudgingly forced to purchase the unhealthy, limited, and overpriced food options because that’s all that is available,” says Wickham. Industrial fridges, he adds, would allow students to prepare meals at home for different times of the day. When students get to campus, they can use the refrigerated food storage option to keep their meals fresh. The CFS report notes that the expensive tuition fees, increasing by three per cent per year in Ontario, has made finding affordable food a major obstacle for many students. However, even though many students do not find campus food affordable, 81 per cent of students still purchase food on campus, ranging from one to two times a month, to more than once a day. Food vendors on campus charge more than their off-campus counterparts, reads the report, and do not offer the same discounts or deals their off-campus counterparts offer. The mass production of food on campus often overlooks the nutritional needs of vegans, vegetarians, and people who eat gluten-free or lactose-free food, according to the report. Similar concerns also come from students with particular religious and cultural background, regarding the lack of halal and kosher food options on campus, which forces them to choose non-meat food or to just not eat. Some students have had good experiences with York’s campus food. Second year student Celeste Marko, who is a vegan, says, “York is actually pretty good compared to other universities I’ve been to in terms of vegan options. She points out that The Underground is the best place for vegans at York because they label everything clearly. Source: www.excal.on.ca
Even a smaller tropical storm can knock out power for days. You may have a roof over your head, but not the electricity to cook dinner or run the refrigerator. That's when shelf-stable food comes in handy. When making up a shopping list, consider whom you are buying for. Is there a baby in the house. A diabetic. In general, don't buy food that your family won't eat regularly - it'll still be in the cupboard for hurricane season 2010. BEVERAGES. Water: A gallon per person, per day, enough for seven days. Or if you buy the bottles, that's eight 16-ounce bottles per person or 56 bottles for seven days. Juice: Juice and enhanced waters in boxes and plastic bottles. Milk: Powdered or shelf-stable, in single-serving boxes. (Store more water if you are planning to use powdered milk. Alcohol: In general, don't. A glass of wine may calm the nerves but too much will cloud judgment. Caffeine: Canned coffee drinks or energy drinks such as Red Bull. SNACK FOOD. Crackers: For snacking or eating with cheese and cold cuts from the fridge just after power goes out. Fruit: Single-serving fruit cups and applesauce. When a storm is a few days away, buy apples and oranges. Healthier snacks: Granola bars, Fruit Roll-Ups, dried fruit, rice cakes, nuts and trail mix offer nutrition and have a long shelf life. Comfort food: You might as well buy the Twinkies (or Pop-Tarts, doughnuts, Nutter Butters or Little Debbies). You know you're going to crave them. Canned soups, chili, vegetables, stews: They can be eaten cold but can also be heated in a pot on the grill. Cereal: Vitamin-fortified cereal can be eaten dry or with boxed or powdered milk. Preserved meats: Beef jerky is high-protein, low-carb and good for diabetics. Canned tuna, chicken, even Spam, also provide protein. Condiments: Mayonnaise is generally a no-no because of refrigeration issues, but buy the smallest jar you can and make tuna or chicken salad. Look for condiments - ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, relish, salt and pepper - in individual packets. MUST-HAVES. Supplies: Garbage bags and ties, paper towels, wipes, fuel (charcoal, lighter fluid, matches) or a full propane tank for the grill, hand sanitizer. Don't forget the manual can opener. Plastic wrap or storage containers. Tableware: Paper plates, napkins and paper or plastic. Source: www.tampabay.com
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