From 'Hell's Kitchen' to culinary classroom: Niagara's Bobby Anderson
Before Bobby Anderson made his television debut on a popular network cooking show, he dealt with problems similar to those many youths face on urban streets. It was his passion for cooking that saved his life.
Growing up in Niagara Falls in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Anderson says that he spent a lot of time running with the wrong crowd. Eventually he began to see that he needed a way out if he was going to have any kind of a future.
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Food from the family: Buffalo's Osteria 166 has Niagara region talent behind its success.
There are two things that stand out among the online reviews of Osteria 166 Restaurant in Buffalo. Many reviews mention being personally greeted by owner NIck Pitillo. A Toronto couple, who came in one night just before closing, reported how graciously they were treated, despite the late hour. Both had served before, according to the reviewer, "Kate H.," from Canada, and after Pitillo agreed to feed them, they asked jokingly if he would "hate them," for having to hold up the closing the restaurant. To this, he was said to reply "Of course not, I'm going to welcome you like you are family and thank you genuinely for coming."
Niagara Falls hypnotist helps people improve their lives
Several years ago Chris Johnson was a magician who used hypnosis in his act. He would get people on stage to do funny things, such as forget the number six when they counted their fingers. "It works 99 percent of the time," he said, smiling. He says was he was also able to get his stage subjects to temporarily believe napkins were hundred dollar bills or that people in the audience were cats.
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