Buffalo Foodies: Jessica Black (The Kitchen Creative)

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a fellow local food blogger on the site and today we’re very happy to have Jessica Black featured as our newest Buffalo Foodie. Jessica started The Kitchen Creative in January of this year and has been providing tasty recipes, the occasional holiday post (featuring her French bulldog Oscar) and even wrote a restaurant review for Mike A’s at the Lafayette. Jessica works in the graphic design and it shows, her blog has a really fun/well designed theme and the pictures look fantastic. Her recipes are pretty easy to follow and most of the posts have step-by-step photos to help out some of the more “culinary challenged” readers.

We reached out to Jessica and asked her our usual questions of favorite places to eat, hang out and drink in Buffalo. Here’s what she had to say….

Right now, where are some of your favorite places to eat in Buffalo?

Jessica: I try to stay in the city as much as possible and am always eager to try new restaurants. My favorite cheap eats are Taste of Thai, Vizzi’s, Bertha’s Diner, Amy’s Place and Pho 99 Fast Food. For more upscale, but still casual dining, some of my old stand-bys are Ristorante Lombardo, Left Bank and Black Rock Kitchen & Bar.

Where do you like to grab a drink with friends after work or on the weekend?

Jessica: Bacchus is my favorite place to go for a drink after work. I love the atmosphere there and they have a great wine list. If I’m not feeling that fancy, Founding Fathers is my other favorite. I’m a sucker for trivia (and free nachos)! On the weekends, anything’s game. I love discovering new places, but some of my favorites are Sportsman’s Tavern, Black Rock Kitchen & Bar and Wellington Pub.

What are some food memories you have from your childhood?

Jessica: I grew up in a really small town outside of Poughkeepsie so we didn’t really go out to eat often, it was mostly home cooked meals. My parents were married too young and divorced when I was a baby so my grandparents raised me until I was twelve. My grandmother was 100% Puerto Rican and my grandfather was a mix of Irish and English, so the cuisine in our house was pretty unique. During the holidays I always remember the house smelling of fried empanadas and plantains and on Saint Patrick’s Day my grandfather would make Irish Soda Bread from scratch.

If you had someone visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good time?

Jessica: I’ve had quite a few people come to visit from out of town, since most of my family and friends aren’t from here. I always try to take them to the waterfront so they can see how beautiful it is. That’s usually followed by lunch at The Liberty Hound or Pearl Street. And then I always make sure to bring them out for a stroll down Elmwood.

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We’d like to thank Jessica for answering our questions, we highly recommend you check out her blog The Kitchen Creative if you’d like some ideas for your next dinner or party. If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest on the blog, like The Kitchen Creative on Facebook or follow Jessica on twitter!

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