Buffalo: Day 2
It sure didn’t feel like we’d only been in Buffalo for 12 hours what with a belly full of wings and taking in the EDM Glamour and Glow Fashion Show last night. So now what? Breakfast was in order and I’d done a little research so we headed off to Five Points Bakery which was on the westside. I’d read some good things but didn’t really know what to expect. They bill themselves as a “toast cafe”. Very intriguing. We drove up and saw some handwritten signs directing us to a building which led me to believe that we weren’t going to a big ol’ corporate chain. I loved the place as soon as we walked in. Despite the enormous building with super high ceilings, the place felt homey and warm. You can imagine the smells, can’t you? Freshly baked bread punctuated with cinnamon and coffee wafted through the air.
I had to have the Extra Sharp Cheddar Toast which was accompanied by St. Agur Bleu cheese, hot sauce, sour cream and garlic pickle. Put all of those tastes together and what do you get? Buffalo Wings!!!!
Short selected a bunch of different items and created her own toasty greatness.
She also got the granola and yogurt and claimed it’s the best she’s ever had.
This place is family friendly and had me wishing that we had one back in Toronto. I’d definitely be there every weekend if we did. Their ingredients are locally sourced. Their vibe is super laid back which I totally dig. The cutlery and dinnerware are vintage mismatched and they play a great selection of jazzy fun tunes. They’ve even got an outbuilding called The Bikery for anyone that might want to bike over. And you get a discount if you do!
If you are ever in Buffalo, make sure to look this place up. I wish they franchised. With brunch over, Short suggested that we take a trip to Trader Joe’s. Much to her shock, I’d never been and I knew I was going to be in trouble and buy way too many things from what she had described. Trader Joe’s is a pretend grocery store that houses a whole lotta products that just taste damn good. Here’s a small example of the “groceries” that I picked up.
Needless to say, I walked out with a couple of hundred dollars worth of unnecessary food items and have already downed half of them. I am very glad we don’t have Trader Joe’s in Canada.
We drove over to Parkside which is a well-to-do part of Buffalo so that we could take a tour of the Darwin Martin House that was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. We opted for the one hour tour but it wasn’t starting up for another 45 minutes which meant we had some time to kill so we circled back to Parkside Candy. I’ve seen commercials for Fowler’s sponge candy for years now through the Buffalo TV feed we get but it was closed on the weekends. Google pulled up Parkside Candy as another option. I’m soooooo glad it did.
Open the door, step inside and you are swept back in time. This place has been around since 1927 and can only be described by photo.
I wish we could have stayed all afternoon but we purchased the all important sponge candy (what we call sponge toffee) and were on our way back to the tour.
I’ve been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright for a very long time but have never had the opportunity to see any of his work up close. When humans create things that are beyond awesome, I get emotional. The Darwin Martin House had me a little teary. The hour long tour allowed us on the first floor which was enough for me but I wouldn’t mind checking out the second when I visit again. First off, let’s talk ego. Frank wanted the visitors to have to search for the entryway because that meant they’d have more time to take in all of the features of his spectacular building.
I can’t imagine how charming Frank must have been? Talking billionaires into structures like this decades before anything even remotely close to it was even considered “normal”. Insanely ahead of his time and an attention to detail that is beyond reproach. His bricklayers were instructed to painstakingly recess the horizontal mortar lines and make the vertical lines flush so that the overall look was consistent. Insane.
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but I found some online…
Overwhelmingly awesome. An inspiring man who was a true genius. I feel lucky to have seen his work.
We jumped into the car to head back to Toronto and realized that this whole adventure had taken us a mere 24 hours. That’s a whole lotta living in one day. Thankfully Short needs just as much stimulation as I do or we’d drive each other nuts. We will definitely be shuffling back to Buffalo sometime soon.