It’s been a long time since we’ve interviewed someone on this blog but as we continue to rebuild Buffalo Eats for 2017, we are going to start reaching out to some local folks who are doing interesting things in the community about their favorite eats. Our first one this year is Amanda Valentine, owner of Buffalovely. We are huge fans of her hilarious home goods, so much so that we have several in our kitchen and have bought them for friends.
How did Buffalovely get started?
AV: I started Buffalovely in 2010. I knew exactly what I wanted to sell because I knew exactly what I loved to shop for myself- housewares! When my husband and I purchased our first home, I quickly fell in love with styling our home and with creating my own items to give our house a look that reflected our style.
Right now, where are some of your favorite places to eat and drink?
AV: I’m obsessed with Deep South Taco, Joe’s Deli, Churn, and Riverworks. I love the nachos and fish tacos at Deep South and Churn is a breath of fresh air for me since I was dying for an awesome ice cream shop on Hertel! Riverworks has the best beers and the outdoor beer garden inside the remnants of the old grain silos is my favorite place to be on the weekends. I love their Rejuvenator IPA, that’s my go-to there. Another one of my favorite spots is Hydraulic Hearth– their pizzas are incredible and the outdoor space is perfect for summer nights with friends. For Sunday brunch after all of those nights out I can’t recommend Betty’s enough. So good.
What are some of your favorite food memories from your childhood?
AV: I was born in Buffalo and a lot of my favorite places as a kid are still around. I’ve always been a Ted’s girl, I love shopping and getting lunch in the Elmwood Village and I’ll never outgrow my favorite lemon ice at Hanna’s Frozen Treats. Buffalo is home and as much as I love all of the exciting improvements that have been happening in the past few years, I’ll still love to see that things about the city that have never changed.
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a “classic Buffalo time”?
AV: So many choices! I love taking people out for wings and my spot lately has been Wing Kings. They have so many flavors that I’m always excited to share with people new to the city. It’s not all about mild, medium or hot with them! I love taking people to the waterfront to show them all the changes there and there is never a shortage of fun things to do. Step Out Buffalo is my main resource for all of the information on what’s going on and when.
Is there anything you think is missing in Buffalo’s restaurant scene?
AV: I have a lot of family in NYC that draws me there a lot. In years past I would look around Manhattan and wish we had as much culture and vibrancy back in Buffalo. My dreams have come true with all of the new restaurants and events that have been popping up in Buffalo. There really isn’t any kind of cuisine you can’t find in Buffalo and that’s fantastic. It feels as though there is always something going on and that’s an amazing feeling for someone like me who has always loved Buffalo and has always known its potential. This city is my happy place.
We’d like to thank Amanda for taking time to answer our questions. If you’d like to see some of her stuff, check out her store online. You can also follow her on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with the latest offerings.