Eastern Destination #2: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

I've been insanely busy my first week of work! I seem to have a knack for starting new jobs that require immediate overtime, ugh. In any case, here's a delayed post on our trip to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Buffalo, New York: it's the perfect place for a destination wedding, isn't it? It is, of course, if the bride-to-be is a Buffalo native! It was a beautiful wedding and so great to see SF friends again.

The ceremony was held at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Downtown Buffalo (aka, the B-lo).After the requisite routine of standing, sitting, and crossing that goes into a traditional Catholic wedding, the happy newlyweds, Amy and Matt, emerged, beaming!We had a bit of time between the ceremony and the reception, so per the bride's recommendation (I have been working too hard), we had our first plate of proper wings at Gabriel's Gate. (Note: if you want to look like a native, wings are just called wings in Buffalo.) Mmm, these were quite tasty!Clearly.Fortified with wings, we headed to the reception, which was held at the Briarwood Country Club in Hamburg, NY.I don't have too many pictures after the reception started and the west coast girls hit the dance floor. (Seriously, the only other guests who really got down were all of the older women to the tune of Billy Idol's "Mony, Mony."* Who knew it was such a favorite?)

On Sunday, we took a trip to the American side of Niagara Falls, which in and of themselves are beautiful and quite impressive. (The surrounding touristy environs...meh, not so much.) No Maid of the Mist tour, but maybe next time, ha.
Other noteworthy, but unrelated sights include the Smoker's Oasis and Butt Depot.Not sure if this is exclusive to Western NY, or if it's an east coast thing. (KW and KN, please clarify.)

We capped off our trip to Buffalo with another one of its specialties, Beef on Weck. Kind of like a french dip roast beef sandwich, but on a wonderfully soft salt and caraway seed encrusted roll. Now this is something I could eat fairly regularly! (Not that I couldn't eat wings regularly, but I think I would explode if I did. Note: the beef on weck actually came with a side of wings, ha.) Such a fun, but quick weekend. Before we knew it, we were flying back home! (See Central Park below.) Until the next eastern destination getaway!

*In the spirit of the last post, here's another musical interlude to get you dancing. Go on, cut a rug!


Loo Kai Xen said...

Hello, nice pictures and the chicken wings look yummy...

krissy said...

I don't think Boston has Butt depots.....i may be wrong though.

Arlene said...

ah, Mony Mony. brings back memories of the cruise Mom and Dad took us on in the Bahamas. who knew a little 8th grade filipina girl would enjoy this song herself in the ship's teenage discotheque. p.s. what is a "Mony"?

Bee said...

Whoo, just looking at the chicken wings is giving me heartburn. But I would still have a plate. : )

Don't work too hard chica!!

Janice said...

Loo Kai Xen: Thanks for the nice comments and thanks for visiting!

Krissy: Yes, I think you're right about the butt depots. I saw another one today in upstate NY.

Arlene: I didn't know Mony would bring back memories for you too, ha.

Bee: You must have a plate of these wings some day. Trying not to work too hard, honestly!