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This is the Something About Food? Blog, where Chef Chris Clarke discusses new podcast episodes, travel, restaurants, and more!

A blog about food, family, and travel by the mostly-vegan Chef Chris Clarke.   

Sum It Up Sunday - Wright at Home

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I spent the past two weeks with family and old friends back in New York State. One of the wonderful things about catching up with younger relatives I haven’t seen since I was in my 20’s, is seeing how these tiny humans became full on adults.

The older cousins were also a delight. Their stories of growing up on the Crazy Irish side of the family helped me see that we weren’t all that different and more often than not, very similar.

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There were plenty of pics of family, including our mom, that I had never seen before. That is a gift, giving me a glimpse of what her life was like one upon a time. I never even knew The Old Bird would wear a swim cap!

The other wonderful thing about going back to Oneonta, Rochester and Buffalo NY (where I graduated from college) is that, now that I am sober, I can appreciate them.

A Frank Lloyd Wright house in Rochester NY, of all places!

A Frank Lloyd Wright house in Rochester NY, of all places!

Canalside Buffallo, where they took abandoned grain silos and made an adult playground!

Canalside Buffallo, where they took abandoned grain silos and made an adult playground!

These city’s were once booming metropolis’ that have gone forgotten or scorned after the different boom’s busted. They are treasures hidden in plain sight.

In Buffalo, I ate amazing food, rode a bike around the Frank Lloyd Wright complex, met with some women with bold entrepreneurial spirit (and interviewed them for a future episode!) and fell back in love with the city. Strangers say hello, stop to chat in the middle of the sidewalk and even let you know how to order a slice at your fav pizza spot that you haven’t been to in 30 years.

I have family not too far from here, so I’m thinking of settling in for summers. There are always festivals that time of year, friends and family to share time with, and a fresh new spirit in these cities that has taken leaps and bounds from their Rust Belt past.

The Buffalo Bills have a lovely field, just wish they would play up to it! Let’s go Buffalo!

The Buffalo Bills have a lovely field, just wish they would play up to it! Let’s go Buffalo!