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Whether you’re socializing with friends or throwing on your headphones to get some work done, Spot Coffee makes you feel right at home with a wide variety of food and high-quality coffee. Spot’s several area locations have bright, colorful mural representing that location’s neighborhood. You’ll notice unique furniture, art, fireplaces and the smells of delicious p…

Whether you’re socializing with friends or throwing on your headphones to get some work done, Spot Coffee makes you feel right at home with a wide variety of food and high-quality coffee. Spot’s several area locations have bright, colorful mural representing that location’s neighborhood. You’ll notice unique furniture, art, fireplaces and the smells of delicious p…

We may be dating ourselves by asking this question, but who didn’t play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder in grade school? That got us to thinking (about our stomach mostly), because we are seeing hot cross buns all over the place. Just what the heck are hot cross buns and what do they symbolize? A quick search reveals quite a lengthy (and fascinating) history tied …

We long for springtime. It’s when our fancy turns to cakes. Yes, the unofficial “cake season” is almost here (and we can’t wait). Starting with darling bunny and lamb cakes, it moves right into the shower, wedding/anniversary and graduation season. (Birthdays go without say.) We had passed Cake Crazy Bakery & Catering for over a year on our drive back and f…

With Valentine’s upon us and Easter around the corner, we spotted these new "candy bars" from Blue Table Chocolates when we stopped to get coffee at Public Espresso in the Hotel @ The Lafayette. We were curious, since Blue Table Chocolates of Buffalo normally sells specialty box chocolates online and for select retailers only. We called owner/chocolatier Ben Johnso…

If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) at home this year, have fun with dessert with a King Cake from Blackbird Sweets (1547 Hertel Ave.). We think the kids would especially like this. “What started as a Christian tradition in New Orleans is now enjoyed by everyone to celebrate Mardi Gras. I have had so many requests in the past, this year I decided to make them,…

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... •    10 Stollen from Wolter's Like Italian panettone, German stollen is a dense, sweet holiday bread, flavored with walnuts, raisins and candied fruits, and rolled in powdered sugar. My local favorite is from Wolter's Bakery ($12.99), with a wonderful anise aroma, and chock full of goodies. Janet Mitchell, m…

What better way to start Christmas Day after a visit from Kris Kringle than with an Ohlson’s Bakery Kringle on your table? As far as we know, Clarence-based Ohlson’s is the only bakery in the area that makes this traditional Danish pastry. Shaped like a wreath, the Kringle has an interesting history tied to owner Lisa Ohlson’s family, who hail from Wisconsin where…

Less than two months after Betty Crockski's owners decided to pursue different paths, The Sweet Hearth food truck founder Kelly Brewer put her business up for sale on Nov. 30. "It feels like putting a child up for adoption," said Brewer in a phone call Thursday. "[The truck] has really been the last five years of my life." She couldn't point to one particular reason why …

Ever want to bite into one of your antique Christmas tree ornaments because it looks so yummy? We found an edible one that looks just as beautiful and can be eaten too. Described as "Individually hand-painted hollow chocolate spheres, to be hung on the tree, then joyfully smashed Christmas morning to be enjoyed with your breakfast coffee," by Blue Table Chocolates owner…

The news of Ted’s Hot Dogs making its return to Buffalo on Chippewa Street is great. But we’re here to tell you about another triumphant return — the Teddy Bar, which will now come in seasonal flavors. Here’s the deal. They are like a Buster Bar, but better. Actually the story of their existence is because of the Buster Bar. Thecly L. Ortolani, president of Ted…

On National Dessert Day, here’s a baker’s dozen of excellent reasons to celebrate. A few of these might be off the menu by now, but chances are there’s something else to fall in love with. Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette’s, 5981 Transit Road, Depew. Because housemade raspberry sauce, ice cream and whipped cream has its own gravitational pull. -----…

Before the Sabres' season opener Thursday, Perry's Ice Cream and Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced their collaboration on a new ice cream, entitled One Buffalo. The new variety of ice cream, only available now at the Sabres' concessions in the First Niagara Center and at Amerks games in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena, is constructed as follows: vanilla ice cream, se…

Even though Public Espresso + Coffee represents the most modern turn of coffee culture in Buffalo, its retro setting makes having a cup there feel like a glimpse of the past. Nestled in the lobby of Hotel @ the Lafayette, the coffee and espresso bar is surrounded by the old-fashioned letter slots and gilded elevators of the opulent French Renaissance-style hotel. This is …

While Buffalo’s food-truck fleet teems with tacos, pulled pork and burgers, the Sweet Hearth satisfies a devoted group of eaters: sweet-tooths. From velvety, rich chocolate bread pudding blanketed with warm bourbon caramel sauce to impossibly light-yet-creamy Key lime pie, Kelly Brewer’s from-scratch desserts remind us that “pleasure” does follow “guilty.” At…