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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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April Fools! There are still only 10 events on the list. Sorry. 1) Edible Book Festival, 3 to 6 p.m. April 2 in WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Cost is $5 cash at the door, or $3 for WNYBAC members. Commentary: I like including the WNY Book Arts Center in The 10 because it really must be an uphill marketing battle to go by the same initials as Buffalo Athlet…

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There’s a reason that dinner has long been the tried and true go-to date - it works. But, when you want to mix things up it can be tough to come up with fun, fresh ideas. Take a cue from the budding Buffalo brunch scene and set up a morning rendezvous with your significant other or newfound romantic interest. It might not seem like it’s that exciting, but a change from th…

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Tina’s Italian Kitchen in Hamburg will be followed by a restaurant owned by Brad Rowell, the current chef at Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora. The Grange Community Kitchen will be a “seasonally-driven neighborhood bistro,” said Rowell. “That’s our goal.” He will own the restaurant with his wife Caryn, who has been a supervisor at Elm Street Bakery. Tina’s Italian Kitchen…

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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. -------------…

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The seasonal produce of Western New York is our reward for surviving winter. I eat my first lush tomato still warm from the sun, and somewhere the last pile of dirty parking lot snow melts away. Mowing down a cob of festival corn, the flavor makes it easy to remember it was grown in Eden. When I stand over the sink with my second Niagara County peach of the day, Western Ne…

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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 …

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In three years and change, I’ve reviewed 173 restaurants in Western New York. (There are excellent places I haven’t reviewed yet, for which you have my apologies.) Of those, here are 20 places I recommend first. I rate restaurants on a scale of plates, with 10 being my top rating. Plates are an indicator of overall happiness, with quality of food, service, room and pric…

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This morning, and in mornings to come, Public Espresso's third-wave coffee kiosk inside Hotel @ the Lafayette will bring to downtown Buffalo some of the finest breakfast pastries, bagels and treats in all the land, by which I mean Erie County. Public Espresso offers fresh-roasted coffee made with an atomic-bomb-level focus on source materials, handling and production. Exc…

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There are pizzas I remember, all my life, though some have changed. Some had peppers, some had cheddar. Some had prawn, and some romaine. All these pizzas had their flavors, The cheese and the sauce, I still can recall Some were thin crust, some were deep dish. In my life, I ate them all. Pizza is personal. We imprint on the pizzas of our youth, so in advancing years we m…

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When you have a particular person in mind, but can’t think of what object would best express your holiday wishes, consider giving them a night to remember. That’s what restaurant gift certificates can be, if the place delivers something the giftee is looking for. Here’s five places that might help you cross that special someone off your list. Oshun, 5 E. Huron St., 848-…

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Every restaurant buys ingredients, fixes them up and attempts to sell them for a profit. At Elm Street Bakery, that’s not enough. The East Aurora restaurant, which opened as a bakery and lunch spot before launching dinner service in March, has gotten a warm reception in town with its rustic-sophisticated crossover cuisine, like Martha Stewart in overalls. Hidden beneath…

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Tomorrow, Elm Street Bakery (72 Elm St., East Aurora, 652-4720) is launching a commemorative cupcake series to celebrate the news that the Buffalo Bills will stay in town. First up: Berry Pegula, pictured above, with raspberry vanilla cake, vanilla and raspberry swirl buttercream, and a fondant buffalo. At $2.95 each, $32 a dozen, they'll be available starting Saturday mo…