The theme of today’s leg of our epic journey was “stalking”, as Katebits led us on a walking tour of the most glamorous neighborhoods in Buffalo. We started with a visit to stately Katebits Manor, with its soaring cathedral ceilings and miles of gleaming, polished mahogany trim – it was so opulent it was like something straight out of “Shattuck Boys”, but with plusher carpets. Then we set out to see how many Sabres we could spot in their natural settings.
Our first stop was the famous grocery store, noted for its recent Goose sighting. Goose wasn’t there when we went in, but we perused every single item in the aisles, with a particular focus on the bulk food bins (most notable: the yogurt-covered raisins. The mere fact that there were any left suggested Crunchy hasn’t been in in a while) and the wacky Japanese foodstuffs. We lingered so as to give any Sabres planning to stock up their pantries a chance to run into us, but perhaps it was still too early in the day for them to be grocery shopping. We decided to give everyone else in the store a rest from our ceaseless (and totally subtle) giggling and stepped out for some sandwiches.
Katebits was optimistic that there would be many a Sabre at her choice of sandwich place, but alas, they seemed intimidated by us and refused to make an appearance on the scene while we were there. Pookie ordered a turkey special of the day because it had a cranberry chutney on it, and Schnookie was drawn to the Serrano ham on the strength of its olive tapenade; Katebits is such a conscientious hostess, though, that she was acting as our meddling mom today. As we placed our orders, she interjected to say, “Are you aware that it comes with a cranberry chutney?” and “Be careful of the olive tapenade,” respectively. Thanks, Mom. Both sandwiches were delicious. We picnicked at another spot we were confident would be teeming with Sabres, but again, or sheer hotness was more than they could handle, and they all stayed hidden.