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Everyone has their own definition of hidden gem. It's an idiom that can send you on long, country roads for an hour or through your own neighborhood to a place you never thought to check out before. When I asked bloggers about their favorite hidden gems, I expected a range of answers. Surprisingly, there seemed to be only two categories: food and attractions. Foodies…

Food and Drink

Powered by a second round of loans from its customers, Five Points Bakery has opened the second story of its West Side establishment, expanded its hours, and its offerings. The whole-grain bakery at 44 Brayton St., run by Melissa and Kevin Gardner, is the rare business funded by its customers. After raising $150,000 in loans from loyalists, projects including the openin…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs is opening its new restaurant next month, introducing the Washington, D.C. specialty "half-smoke" sausage along with its standard lineup. "We're pretty much in the home stretch," said Paul Tripi, who owns the outfit, one of Buffalo's most popular food trucks, with his twin brother Frank. "I don’t have an exact start date, but it looks like early J…

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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…

Featured

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…

Art

We've entered high mural season on Buffalo's arts scene, as demonstrated by three new eye-catching additions to three historic neighborhoods. In the Old First Ward, a group of artists is toiling diligently on "The Worker," a tribute to the historic industries responsible for the neighborhood and the city's development and prosperity. The piece is a kind of thank-you prese…

Food and Drink

The newly reopened Five Points Bakery, built into a 115-year-old West Side structure, has a handsome interior with original hand-hewn wooden beams, exposed brick and 40 seats, where customers can enjoy slices of toast. It has a counter where customers can choose loaves of bread or sour cream crumb cake and other treats. It has Ethernet ports for the laptop-bound, and coff…