These scrumptious treats are almost too beautiful to eat (we said almost)

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Salted Caramel Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED
Salted Caramel Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED

Michelle Adams, 27, of St. Marys offers the following job title for her business Michelle’s Macarons: Owner, baker, photographer, marketer, dishwasher.

In other words, she does it all — which is typical of many small businesses.

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Adams’ journey started around four years ago when she started making her trademark French macarons for her friends and family. This quickly grew to increasing production, manning booths at farmers markets, and eventually expanded to sales at different coffee shops and bakeries in Ohio. Her creations have brought sugar-infused happiness to many weddings, parties, coffee dates and gift-giving occasions since.

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Michelle Adams, owner of Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ERICA LEE PHOTO(Contributing Writer)

“I like them because they’re easy to eat, a nice size, and I feel like they’re not too unhealthy because they’re made with almond flour, which is just ground up almonds … you can eat a couple and not feel bad,” said Adams. “They have a thin crispy exterior but the inside melts in your mouth. It’s crispy and creamy all in one bite.”

After someone told her macarons were impossible to make, Adams was on a mission. She made her first macaron in 2014, posted about it on social media and had her first orders from there.

Love is one of the ingredients for Adams’ meringue-based cookies sandwiched around filling, but so is the almond flour she uses from a family farm in California and the supply of local eggs she bakes with whenever possible.

“You have to want to make a great macaron. They’re hard to make at first, but just keep trying. And using really good ingredients is so important. I’ll never skimp on ingredients,” said Adams, who just started a blog where she shares her recipes with her fans. “I really love making them and I treat every batch like I’m making them for my family.”

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Macaron batter from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Her macarons are all gluten-free, light and packed with flavor. Adams has gotten really creative with some of her past offerings. Nerds Blizzard unicorn macarons were the craziest thing she said she has come up with so far.

Adams features two different flavors every month. Popular offerings include salted caramel, birthday cake, raspberry cheesecake, cookie dough, cinnamon roll, cookies and cream, lemon and mint chocolate chip.

Nerds Blizzard Unicorn Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“I (also) do custom flavors and designs,” said Adams. “Once I made Butterbeer macarons and painted them with all sorts of Harry Potter designs for a Harry Potter wedding shower. I’ve also made macaron towers for people to serve at their wedding for their gluten-free guests.”

Cinnamon Roll Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

With summer coming, a light macaron is a nice way to wrap up a meal and Michelle’s Macarons offer something different with her flair for creative flavors and skillful execution creating a soft, crispy cookie that melts in your mouth.

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Blueberry Lemon Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Visit Adams’ website at to learn more, or visit one of the following shops that has her macarons available for purchase:

Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co.

317 Public Square SW, Troy or 937-339-8100

Brew Nation

110 S. Main Street, Celina or 419-584-1705

Cake, Hope, & Love

1490 N. Fairfield Rd., Suite B, Beavercreek

Website or 937-912-9253

Flatlands Coffee

138 N Main St, Bowling Green,

Website or 419-482-8049

Flourish Cake Co.

115 E. National Rd., Vandalia


Downtown Troy Farmers Market

South Cherry Street between West Main and West Franklin streets, Troy


June 10 through Oct. 7 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon

Raspberry Cheesecake Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Macarons vs. macaroons

From Michelle Adams, owner of Michelle’s Macarons, blog: “Macarons are light, airy meringue-based cookies sandwiched around a delicious filling. Macaroons are chewy coconut lumps.”

Both are derived from the Italian word amasser, which means to crush. Both are sweet treats, but as Adams points out, there’s not much difference after that.

Adams has a step-by-step online video course on her blog that teaches people how to make macarons that is available for purchase for those interested in learning more. Click here for more information.

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Birthday Cake Macarons from Michelle’s Macarons. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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Sonic Drive-In selling pickle juice slushes

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 5:26 PM

As we get closer to summer, Sonic Drive-In will have the perfect slush flavor to cool you down: Pickle juice.

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This is Sonic's new pickle juice slush, debuting this summer.

It's sweet and tangy.

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It's also a great partner with burgers, hot dogs, and tater tots.

Pickle flavored drinks are a trend in the U.S. There are bars serving the juice in shots and even a pickle juice flavored sports drink on the market.

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9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Must try sandwiches

Few things in life are better than a well-made sandwich. The cheesiness, the meatiness, the crunchiness, the toastiness...the list goes on. 

Luckily for us, there's a slew of sandwiches to try in the region. Here's a list of 9 must-eat sandwiches in the Dayton area. 

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The Ruck 

The Ruck at the Dublin Pub is the No. 1 seller. It features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll. Don’t forget a side of cheese fries.

Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m - 12 a.m.

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The Champ 

The Champ at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. They also have fantastic vegetarian options for those less inclined to eating meat.

Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

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Smokey the Bear

Charlie’s Deli & Catering’s sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber’s smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll.

Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Brother Reuben 

With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. “Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness,” says Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard.

Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering

Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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El Meson's Cuban sandwich(Source: El Meson)

The Cuban

El Meson’s signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll.

Address: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 - 10 p.m.

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Ladder 11  

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is the restaurant’s namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread.

Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

Trolly Stop’s dish features pulled pork with their own bourbon BBQ sauce, house-made apple cole slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun.

Address: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Loose-meat sandwich

Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. 

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Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo

Italian grilled cheese

Coco’s Bistro makes the list for their panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping.

Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m.

Did we miss one? Tell us which sandwich you’d add to the list in the comments or drop us a line:

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Your guide to local Pi Day deals

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

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It’s Pi Day, and the deals are piping hot. Here’s how you can celebrate with delicious pies around Dayton. 

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Dorothy Lane Market — $3 off pizza (limit one, applies to 14-inch homemade pizza from the Deli and “Tradizional” Naples-style pizza). $1 off pot pie (limit two, applies to small 12-oz DLM pot pie from the meat department). $4 off cherry pie (limit one, 9-inch whole cherry pie from the bakery). While supplies last. Must use Club DLM card. No coupon necessary. 

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Whole Foods — $3.14 off any large bakery pie while supplies last.

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Blaze Pizza —  Get a pizza for only $3.14 when you dine in.

CiCi’s Pizza —  Buy one adult buffet, get one for $3.14Just show this coupon.

Domino’s Pizza —  Now through March 18, buy one get one free when you order online and pick up in-store.

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O’Charley’s —  Every Wednesday, O’Charley’s offers a free slice of pie with any entree purchase. Choose from southern pecan, country apple or ooey gooey caramel.

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Papa John’s —  Now through April 1, use code 40MAR to take 40% off your online order of any regular priced pizza

Whole Foods Market —  Select stores are offering $3.14 off large bakery pies. 

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WATCH: Skyline Chili is turning GREEN for one day only

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Skyline Chili Facebook
(Skyline Chili Facebook)

Forget green eggs and ham.

Skyline Chili will be serving their signature noodles piping hot and bright green this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Announced on the chili king’s Facebook page earlier this week, Skyline said it will dish out its classic 3-Ways, 4-Ways and 5-Ways with green noodles for one day only on Saturday, March 17. 

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Green chili noodles not calling your name? Regular spaghetti will be available upon request.

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“Green Ways” will be available at most locations,” according to Skyline Chili. For a full list of their locations in the Dayton-area, visit the website.

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