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There may be no more passionate bond between eaters and their sense of home than baked goods that serve as part of their morning ritual. Take the phenomenon of Paula’s Donuts, tucked by the dozen into airliner overhead compartments to cushion expats’ post-holiday return to the West Coast. Or consider how inconsolable – and insufferable – people from New York City and Lo…

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French pastry chef and restaurateur Camille LeCaer is planning a crepe-centered café downtown, in the Washington Street end of the Market Arcade building. Savory and sweet crepes, croissants and coffee will be mainstays of the brief menu, he said. There will also be buckwheat waffles and macarons, the delicate French sandwich cookie. “We’re not to go crazy at the beg…

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For years we have yearned for a way to work off Cheap Eats calories simultaneously as we eat. We think we found an experience that comes pretty close. The Clarence Pizza Company sits just off the Clarence bike path where it crosses Goodrich Road, for an easy pedaling stop. (Of course you can drive there, too.) The menu includes standard pizzeria fare and more. Regula…

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Amanda Bernardini created a following by posting adorable, intricately decorated sugar cookies to Instagram. But her dreams were bigger. Bernardini is taking her sugar-taming skills to 220 Allen St., where she plans to open a dessert bar called Mundy Cakes. The space was last Sweet Temptations du Jour. "It already was a bakery, so everything's already in there, an…

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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…

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Camille Le Caer and his band of bakers opened Pastry by Camille on June 21, providing Hertel Avenue with an assortment of French flavors. The bakery-cafe at 1416 Hertel Ave., the former Globe Market space, kicked off its menu of pastries, crepes, coffee and bread to a waiting coterie of customers. Baguettes ($2.90) and seasonal fruit tarts ($6.50) can be had else…

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How do you go from working in manufacturing to making homemade sweet treats for the public? Simply come up with a “pie in the sky” idea like Kristin Linn. She opened Armor Sweet Treats in November after things just fell into place. Linn still works in the manufacturing industry, but also runs the ice cream shop and bakery, which feature both indoor and outdoor seating, …

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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For Gary Wilcox, life has come full circle. Wilcox remembers when his father, a grocer, wanted to buy a milk-bottling operation called Creamland Dairy in Niagara Falls. His mother talked him out of it, but Wilcox never forgot about his dad’s idea and today he is the proud owner of the site, along with his son, Ryan Wilcox, and his nephew, Robert Urso. The former milk bo…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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It’s official. Ice cream season is here. But for Sweet Jenny’s it began even before Memorial Day. At the first taste of spring, customers were lining up at the Williamsville Water Mill for a taste of homemade, handcrafted ice cream. A wide variety of flavors, ranging from Jack Daniel's to Smurf, coupled with the setting, creates an experience that draws families, tour g…

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Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

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Danielle Sass is the sass and the baker behind the food truck Sassi Cakes. She founded her baking business in 2011 and added a food truck, of which she speaks very fondly, a few years later. Her original idea was to travel around Buffalo streets with a cake and ice cream truck, but when food trucks became popular she took that route and focused on cupcakes. Now you’ll f…

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Ask Tony Sunzeri where he got his restaurant experience and he’ll tell you he grew up in a restaurant – right in his mother’s kitchen. She was fondly known as Aunt Millie to all of the family members she fed at her home on a regular basis. In 1987, Sunzeri, along with his mother and two cousins, officially opened a restaurant for the public, called Aunt Millie’s, in Irv…

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Chilly Billy's Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing, prepackaged ice cream novelties—just like the ones you loved as a kid. Owner: Bill Pavone Price range: $1-$3.50 Established: 2006 Dishes to try: Perry's Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate center and cake crunch coating, on a stick), $1.50; Choco Taco (sugar cone "taco shell" filled with fud…