Thursday, July 14, 2011

Buffalo MRI

Okay, so it's not everyday you post about a facility that does MRI's and other testing, but I had a pretty awesome experience at Buffalo MRI and felt I needed to share it.

Buffalo MRI is located at 4925 Main Street (near the 290/90). The place is absolutely gorgeous when you walk in and if you are nervous at all about the test you are getting, you are put at ease right away.

I was early for my appointment but they took me pretty much right away so I had no wait time. All of the staff I encountered was very helpful and pleasant. The place is very clean and they really put customer service and care as their number one priority.

If you need to get an MRI, CT Scan, X Ray, Ultrasound, Mammogram, etc...they have it all housed in the same facility. They also are very sensitive to the needs of younger kids who may be scared and go above and beyond treating them.

They also have pretty amazing hours - you can schedule appointments between the hours of 7:00am and 10:30pm Monday - Friday and 9:00am - 4:00pm on Saturdays. Not all the tests are available at all these times, but they are pretty accommodating.

The reason I went there was because the place I usually go for MRI's could not fit me in for at least a week. I called Buffalo MRI and they got me in the next morning!

If you need to have a test done I'd really consider trying out Buffalo MRI.

Give them a call at 716-839-3333 to set up an appointment.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Japanese Gardens in Buffalo

If you are looking for any of the following:
- If you want an afternoon to picnic
- Photo shoot for engagement pics, wedding pics, family pics, etc...
- A place to walk with gorgeous scenery
- Need a break to clear your head

Then hit up the Japanese Gardens. They are located right behind the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society (Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo off of Elmwood). You can park in the lot there and walk around.

The Japanese Gardens were a gift in the 1970 from a city in Japan called Kanazawa. Construction began in 1971 (so this year marks 50 years of friendship between the two cities) and they were completed in 1974. After years of neglect in the 1980's, they began to reconstuct and reinvest in the gardens in the early 1990's. They have done a tremendous job rejuvenating the area. It is currently maintained by the City of Buffalo Parks Department.

The gardens are a symbol of peace and tranquility and if you need a little time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, spend some time at the Japanese Gardens.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Shakespeare In The Park - Merchant of Venice

One of the best things to do in Buffalo if you are a theatre lover is to check out Shakespeare In The Park (Delaware Park right by Hoyt Lake, behind the Delaware Park Rose Garden).

Shakespeare In The Park has been running in Buffalo since 1976! It typically attracts 40,000 people a summer and is one of the biggest and most successful Shakespeare festivals in the country. It is free (they do come around at intermission for donations) and you bring a chair and food/drink for yourself. In case of bad weather, they may cancel shows, and all that information is posted on their website/Facebook pages.

This summer the two shows they are running are Merchant of Venice and As You Like It. A group of us went to see Merchant of Venice on Tuesday July 5th! It was an absolutely gorgeous night and there was a good crowd!

Merchant of Venice happens to be one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and I was really looking forward to it. I thought the actors did an excellent job portraying the characters and I really enjoyed the show as a whole. The actress who played Portia, Susan Drodz did an amazing job and of course Saul Elkin was great as Shylock. Other standouts for me were Bassanio and Gratiano. The costumes were great and the simplicity of the stage was great.

As You Like It will open on July 21st and run through August 14th. Performances run Tuesday - Sunday evenings and begin at 7:30pm.

Make sure you grab some bug spray for at night, a light jacket (it gets cool in Buffalo when the sun goes down, haha) bring a bottle of wine, some snacks and your favorite people and enjoy a fun night with Shakespeare In The Park!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Miss Buffalo II Cruises

The past few weeks in Buffalo have been incredible and my brothers/significant others and cousin decided to take one of the narrated sightseeing tours aboard The Miss Buffalo II. The cruise we chose was the River, Lock & Canal tour and they run at 12:30pm and 3:00pm (they last two hours).

The Miss Buffalo II has been running cruises and sightseeing tours since 1981, and the boat can accommodate a lot of people per cruise.

Our Captain for the day was Captain Heatley and he was great! In addition the tour guide did a great job. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't love learning something new about Buffalo, and I learned a lot of great factoids on this two hour event.

On the boat there is a small snack bar and bar to get drinks (alcoholic daiquiris are $6.25 - and yum).

It is a great thing to do with both family and friends. The Miss Buffalo offers a variety of different cruise/sightseeing options. They have three sightseeing cruises available, offer a TGIF happy hour cruise and a Rockin' DJ party on Friday and Saturday nights. The prices per cruise range from $15 - $22. They also offer corporate parties and private events. Some of the cruises have the option of getting lunch with it for an additional cost. (We chose to bring Wegmans subs to the Marina and eating before we took the cruise)

The experience of touring on The Miss Buffalo II is a must do. It is a really relaxing afternoon on the river and it is filled with gorgeous sights and a lot of great information about Buffalo.

Tip - Get in line to get on a little early. Then get to the front of the boat (it's the BEST spot to cruise from)

If you want to take advantage of the gorgeous weather in Buffalo, get aboard The Miss Buffalo II as soon as you can!

Happy sailing ;)