Trying new restaurants is literally one of my favorite pastimes. Nothing better than sampling a chefs yummy creations!!!
When I noticed Mother’s Day was days away, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try SEAR Steakhouse in Buffalo, NY. The restaurant had been on my bucket list for awhile so I told my husband to make a reservation!
SEAR is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse and features a contemporary, chef-driven menu, an extensive wine list and well-curated craft cocktail program.
SEAR marks the first collaboration between some of Buffalo’s best: restaurateur David Schutte of Oliver’s and Creekview Restaurants, former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, cornerback Terrence McGee and punter Brian Moorman, David Anderson, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dave Pietrowski, President of LoVullo Associates and Ron Raccuia, President of ADPRO Sports.SEAR has also partnered with Pegula Sports and Entertainment in various aspects of the business including marketing, branding and creative services. The SEAR experience promises to be completely unparalleled to anything that we have seen in downtown Buffalo.
Located in the heart of Buffalo just a few minutes from Canalside, SEAR is a modern steakhouse situated on the first floor of the Avant and Embassy Suites Hotel.
The best thing about the location of Sear is that it is indeed inside of a hotel which means Valet parking! No need to pay ridiculous downtown parking prices. Just validate your parking at Sear before leaving and your valet parking is FREE!
COMPLEMENTARY BREAD SERVICE
Who doesn’t love bread! I swear carbs are life. Sear goes on the awesome list of restaurants that serve complementary bread!!!! The complimentary bread service Parker House rolls topped with rosemary butter and salsa verde for dipping. Beyond delicious!
SEAR Executive Chef JT Nicholson showcases an innovative menu featuring a wide variety of prime and dry-aged steak selections, fresh seafood, creative small plates, sauces and side dishes. 350 wines have been hand-selected to be apart of an extraordinary wine list. SEAR proudly focuses on using locally grown produce and meat and also features impressive cocktails, desserts and after-dinner drinks.
We Started with the Wagyu Tartar, I had the Wagyu Flat Iron with asparagus for my main course. My husband has the Steak Fritas & my daughter had the Mac & Cheese!
Honesty hands down my new favorite steakhouse in Buffalo. The restaurant would be considered on the pricey side. However, if you are into high end dining, you would be rather happy with the prices. I never once glanced at the menu thinking ripoff. Prices were fair and food was amazing! My wagyu Flat Iron was literally to die for and ran about $40. The Steak Fritas was in the $20’s if you are looking for a budget friendly meal option.
The only downside was no kids menu which was rather shocking since the place was packed with families. Sear will work with you though and help create a kid friendly meal option. They turned their lobster Mac & Cheese into a super cheesy plain Mac & Cheese which tasted amazing. I may have taken a scoop for myself since the portion was ridiculously big for a 6 year old.
If you find yourself in Downtown Buffalo and have a steak craving, SEAR is definitely the place to go! Two thumbs up from us here at The Trophy WifeStyle :)
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
We just love visiting Texas! The state is so large and grand that every time we make a trip, it’s always a totally different experience since it’s literally IMPOSSIBLE to see everything. So much to do & as always on any trip, so little time!!!!
While we were on our San Antonio trip, we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at one of the most unique amusement parks we had ever been to!
What Is Morgan’s Wonderland?
Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is the first theme park of its kind in the world. Morgan’s Wonderland is a purpose-
built 25-acre theme park for guests of all ages and abilities. That’s right, kids with disabilities of all kinds can have the same fun as everyone else!!!
The park, which opened in spring 2010 on the site of the former Longhorn Quarry, was developed by Gordon Hartman, a former homebuilder from San Antonio. He said his daughter, Morgan, who deals with cognitive and physical challenges, inspired creation of the park. He wanted a place she could enjoy!
Rides custom-designed to accommodate wheelchair riders means that every family member can enjoy the fun. WooHoo!!! Adapted rides include the Wonderland Express train, with a half-mile of track that wraps around the park’s scenic lake. The Off-Road Adventure, where guests can test their driving skills in sporty vehicles. The Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel, with a dozen brightly colored gondolas that rise up to 5 ½ stories high for panoramic views of the park and a carousel, offering all kinds of horses and other animals ready to be ridden. The latter sits flush with the ground and has “chariots” that move up and down as the carousel turns, giving those in wheelchairs the same sensation as guests riding horses.
At The Wharf that juts out into the lake, guests can captain their own remote-controlled pirate ships or enjoy catch-and-release fishing for catfish or bass. There’s also the Sensory Village™, a cluster of storefronts with activities to encourage imaginative play and stimulate all the senses.
After playing in either of two expansive, shaded playgrounds or on a large variety of swings (including wheelchair swings), guests can enjoy a family picnic at the covered Picnic Place. Families have the option of purchasing snacks and drinks at Morgan’s Wonderland or bringing food with them to the park.
Morgan’s Wonderland has welcomed approximately a million guests from all 50 states and 67 other countries! Admission for those with special needs is free! Admission fees for accompanying family members, friends, caregivers and the general public are nominal.
PricingSpecial Needs - Free
Children 2 and under - Free
Children ages 3-17 - $ 11.00
Adult ages 18-61 - $ 17.00
Military with valid ID - $ 11.00
Seniors 62+ $ 11.00
Morgan's Wonderland Admission Includes: • Full access to Morgan's Wonderland park only.
• GPS Adventure Band (Optional) - Group ID and code embedded band to auto-track and locate all group/family members plus Instant free photo-captures at several park features, sent instantly to you through e-mail.
• FREE Parking
• Picnics welcome (No glass containers.)
*Prices as of May 12th, 2018*
I think it’s safe to say that this place is incredible for ALL children. Non-judgment and my child could just be free. Being a mama of a non-verbal child, I’m used to going places and all eyes are on me and my child since we communicate differently. The term “non-verbal” just means your child doesn’t speak like you and I. So when my daughter does talk, questions galore on why a 6 year old speaks babytalk. Me being an introvert that hates small talk, those situations are always tough regardless on how many times they happen a day. At Morgan’s Wonderland, people would talk to my daughter & zero questions about her speech. She was accepted just the way she is and I didn’t have to have small talk with anyone lol....It was such a stress-free environment. I wish we had a Morgan’s Wonderland in NY we could get seasons passes too. We would go all the time for the environment alone!
As for the rides, we all had a blast!!!! I just love that all the rides were inclusive. I can only imagine how tough it must be being a wheelchair bound kiddo not being able to ride the same rides as your friends. Morgan’s Wonderland does a fantastic job of including everyone.
If you couldn’t tell, we are Morgan’s Wonderland’s biggest fans!!! I recommend this park to everyone!!!! Not just special needs. It’s the perfect place for toddlers. Would also make an awesome place for play dates since the environmental is so non-judgmental. Your kids can just play freely and no one will bat an eye! I wish the whole world could be that way.
Long story short, if you find yourself in San Antonio and have a free afternoon, I highly recommend Morgan’s Wonderland. Your kids will have a blast!
Have you ever been to Morgan’s Wonderland?
Hi! My name is CourtneyLynne & I’m a theater junkie! I just can’t get enough of these awesome productions. The obsession began many years ago when I was in elementary school. The very first broadway musical I had the pleasure of seeing was the Original Phantom of the Opera. I fell in love with Phantom & made my mom purchase the soundtrack after the show. I literally listened to that soundtrack on repeat for weeks. Safe to say I have been hooked on musicals ever since.
When I spotted a Facebook event a few months back for a remake of Andree Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, I was intrigued. I just had to see it. So I googled for tickets and scooped up two seats for the preview night in Buffalo, NY. I couldn’t wait to see if it would live up to the original.
Did It Live Up To The Original?
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Cameron Mackintosh’s version of Phantom of the Opera is not the lavish spectacle you may fondly remember from your childhood. This is definitely a very stripped-down version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. This director tries to eschew eye-popping scenery and sets in favor of character-driven intensity, but falls far short. Sadly, this less haunting Phantom has lost much of its power to mesmerize.
I totally get it!!!! The director’s more minimalist approach makes perfect sense on paper. The only way to revive a show this beloved after 30 years is taking it in a whole new direction. For me, I missed the over the top sets!!!! No ghostly candles rising from beneath the lagoon in the phantom’s lair. Even the chandelier crashing is no more. Now it just sputters and sags.
However, if you were crazy obsessed with Webber’s soaring melodies, the score and plot will still cast a spell. You will have the tunes stuck in your head for days!! It’s just that the original production had a sweeping sense of extravagance, that this revival never musters.
At the end of the day, I am glad I purchased tickets. I’m spoiled so we attend shows frequently. It was something interesting to do on a Thursday evening. However, if you have to choose between two shows and can only attend one. I would scoop up tickets for the other show you are eyeing. Don’t spend your savings on this production.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service for free.
It’s finally that time of year again folks!!! Spring weather is finally trying to make its presence here in WNY, which can only mean we here at The Trophy WifeStyle are ready to get our travel on!!! Winter weather is just too unpredictable in these parts. You never know when the next blizzard will hit. So we tend to hibernate until the open roads are clear! Once Spring hits, it’s fair game and we try to travel as much as possible as a family.
Most of these trips are long weekend getaways, so we hate to overpack. Over stuffing the car is never fun! And that $25 luggage fee on flights really does bite. Long story short, the lighter our luggage and carry-on the better. That even means must have items like laptops.
Have you had the chance to play around with the new high performance Chromebook and Pixelbook Pen1 — the smart, responsive stylus?!?! These two gadgets are designed to enhance the way you work AND play. Perfect for all you travel buffs like myself.
It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. From its ultra-thin design (perfect for carry-on packing!!!!) to its collection of apps, Pixelbook is beautifully versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features 3.
Google By Your Side
Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen1 : simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant. You just never know when you might need some travel advice at 1am in your hotel room ;-)
At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. I told you it was perfect for us travel buffs.
The 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever you’re doing, too. You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device5, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.
Complete Peace Of Mind
With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates3 in the background. Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are, too: it starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery6 that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge7. Can we talk about a long fight game changer with a charge like that!!!!
Apps For Work And Play
Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red and Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi. Perfect for that flight entertainment you will need!!!! Plus, nothing makes me happier when my techie toys can be used for business AND pleasure!
You can see that this laptop is a must-have item for all of you that have been struck by wanderlust! Lucky for you, you can head on over to Best Buy where they are offering a savings of $100 on a Google Pixelbook until April 7, 2018! You better scoop one up while the price is hot!!!
Thankyou Experience Columbus for sponsoring this post.
Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, my family and I had the chance to explore all the family fun that Columbus, Ohio has to offer. If you’re traveling to Columbus with the kids, COSI will definitely be the highlight of your trip.
COSI is Columbus, Ohio's dynamic Center of Science and Industry - named America's #1 science center by Parents Magazine!!! Definitely a destination hot spot you will not want to miss!!! Between seeing a real T-Rex, chillen in the Planetarium & playing scientists throughout the museum, your kids will never want to leave!
Here are a few helpful tips to consider before planning your first visit to COSI!
Just like most awesome places in the world, you will have to pay to park at COSI, so be prepared. COSI’s parking lots actually do not belong to COSI at all. They are owned by the City of Columbus, so the rates have nothing to do with COSI. On busy days, the lot managers will pre-collect the $5 parking fee (as you drive in). Otherwise, you pay as you leave the museum using a payment machine before heading to your car. There are metered parking spots on the streets around COSI if you’re really trying to keep to a certain budget, but they do not yet accept credit cards and tend to fill up when COSI opens in the morning.
You will be paying $20+ a person for admission into COSI. If you plan on visiting the Planetarium, there is an addditional charge. We went to COSI on a Saturday and boy was the place packed with family’s ready to learn! So plan extra time to wait in line for those tickets. Even if you have complementary tickets as we did, or purchase your tickets online, you still need to wait in line to exchange those tickets for a wristband. The fabulous news is, the willcall line is shorter than the other lines. If you’re on a schedule or have antsy kids, purchase those tickets ahead of time to save yourself time.
3. Pack Snacks
This is something I really wish we did! The one time I plan on actually spending my own cash on food, ughhh.... COSI is very limited in this department. They have vending machines throughout the museum and snack stands set up, but your selections are very limited. Unless popcorn,soda and soft pretzels are your fancy, pack those snacks. I was starving and had my husband stop at a CVS for some snacks for the hotel room on the way back.
4. Perfect Age
While I feel a child at any age can enjoy a museum, my recommendation would be wait for your kids to be a tad bit older before planning that COSI trip! My daughter turns 6 this month and I feel that she was the perfect age. COSI is definitely an educational learning experience not an amusement type of attraction. COSI does have an area upstairs exclusively for little ones called LittleSpace with play ambulances, train tables and baby slides. Even a few Elmo activities! My daughter was a tad bit on the older side for most of the activities in this play area, but she wanted to check them out anyway and did enjoy it. However, if you’re paying $20+ for admission and this is the only thing your child finds entertaining, you will be rather bummed.
5. How Much Time
Honestly, COSI is such a large museum with tons of awesomeness to explore that I would recommend spending the entire day at COSI! COSI is definitely not a place to rush through. We spent 5 hours at COSI, and I feel we still didn’t have enough time to do EVERYTHING. I recommend getting there as soon as they open so you can spend the entire day having good ole family fun. We will definitely be returning again soon because there was so much we did not have time to explore. We had such a great time that my daughter passed out on the way back to the hotel.
6. Must See Exhibits
This is the one question I have been getting nonstop from friends & family. Columbus is only a few hours away from us here in WNY, so EVEYONE who spotted our photos on social media have been buzzing about making their own trips to COSI & want our highlights.
While I really do suggest you plan enough time to explore the entire museum, I will tell you our favorite parts.
• Dinosaur Gallery ~ you can get up close to dinosaurs like the incredible T. rex and find out why these amazing animals never really vanished from the Earth.
• OCEAN ~ Mighty Poseidon reigns over a mythical playground symbolizing the ancient stories of the sea. Explore the physical nature of water through laminar streams, eroding sand, and energetic waves. Ocean’s sparkling world of water will delight all ages.
• The Planetarium ~ the largest in Ohio—features state-of-the-art digital technology that offers an unsurpassed glimpse of our incredible universe. The COSI Planetarium’s new Digistar 5 projection system and 60-foot dome will transport you to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, to undersea volcanoes and distant lands, and even into the human body.
• Space ~ Ride in a space capsule, test your skills as an “armchair” astronaut, or maneuver a rover through a Martian landscape. Explore the effects of gravity on different planets. Learn about life in orbit inside a mockup of the International Space Station or watch live NASA TV.
333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614.228.2674 or 888.819.2674
COSI Operating Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sundays: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays (unless noted on their site, they are open on many Monday holidays).
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Have you had the chance to visit COSI? If so, what were your favorite parts of your trip?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.