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Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
WHERE TO BUY THEM
Visit Adams’ website at www.michellesmacarons.com 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
bakehousebread.com or 937-339-8100
110 S. Main Street, Celina
Facebook.com or 419-584-1705
Cake, Hope, & Love
1490 N. Fairfield Rd., Suite B, Beavercreek
Website or 937-912-9253
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
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.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM
— Starting today through July 1, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a free lasagna deal when you buy one of three signature dishes.
HOW IT WORKS
Choose from wood-grilled Chicken Bryan, savory Chicken Marsala, or creamy Pollo Rosa Maria. With your purchase, you can take home an order of lasagne for later. This special can be found on their Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu.
900 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Township
IF YOU’RE TRAVELING
3949 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard
5152 Merten Drive, Mason
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7500 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati
Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— It’s classic. It’s simple. It’s elegant.
The martini is a signature drink at most bars. But some martinis are just a little extra special.
Here are some of our favorite spots that can serve up a martini to compete with any of them:
1. Salar, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Salar’s knowledgeable bar staff is well-known for delicious and globally-inspired signature cocktails. But they can just as easily go classic and can serve you up a delicious true martini.
2. Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Beeker Road, Butler Twp.
This is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943. The Buckhorn is best known for flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, but it also has a robust wine list and can serve up a perfect classic cocktail.
3. The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood
The Oakwood Club is obviously renowned for its steaks along with its classic atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that their martinis would also be top-notch and true to form.
4. Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Lily’s has a full menu of specialty (and classic) hand-crafted cocktails, so we’d expect nothing less than a great martini.
5. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton
A seafood restaurant for martinis? It’s true, we promise! We dare say a great dry martini would go deliciously with their oysters on the half shell.
Bonus: The blue cheese-stuffed olive-filled martinis made at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., are a delicious addition, if not keeping with the true martini recipe. We’re willing to let it slide, because they’re that tasty.
Need some more options? Here are five other superb locations:
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:01 AM
— One of Dayton’s favorite farm to table eateries, Lily’s Bistro, will celebrate its 5 year anniversary this week with “The Whole Beast Feast”
The restaurant’s chefs brought in a whole hog from Keener Farms this week and have been breaking it down and utilizing all of the parts respectfully and resourcefully, according to a press release sent to this news organization.
“This is going to be a ‘nose to tail’ meal, which means we’ll be utilizing every possible part of the animal...” Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro said.
“We'll start with a local whole hog from Keener Farm that we will be butchering in house, and the menu will have everything from house stuffed sausages to pressed terrines and candied pork belly with bacon fat beignets.”
“A lot of people can be intimidated by things they haven’t tried before, and we’re hoping to help people understand that just because you haven’t had something doesn’t mean it’s not delicious,” said Executive Chef Jansen Trotman of Lily’s Bistro.
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“I was born in Trinidad, and one dish I’m very excited about is based off a traditional ‘souse,’ which is a dish that uses pickled components like cucumbers along with parts of an animal that are overlooked in some cultures. I’ll be using the pork knuckle from around the trotter of the hog as well,” he said.
In addition to Thursday’s The Whole Beast Feast, 5-year anniversary celebrations continue with Happy Hour specials all night long on Friday, June 22, and Rum Night on Saturday, June 23, featuring special cocktails and the Sailor Jerry Girls giving away merchandise.
Then, on July 12, Lily’s will host a counterpart 6-course dinner that is entirely plant-based for vegetarians and vegans.
The Whole Beast Feast costs $49, which includes tax and tip, and takes place at Lily’s Bistro on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Bar Manager Amber Brady is also planning an optional $14 craft beer pairing to spotlight a number of local and Ohio-made beers.
Want to go?
WHAT: The Whole Beast Feast at Lily’s Bistro
WHERE: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton
WHEN: Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.
TICKETS: $49 (includes tax and tip) purchase via Eventbrite
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Less than two years after it opened, a restaurant known for its spicy chicken has closed one if its Dayton-area locations.
>>RELATED: ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken coming to Austin Landing, Centerville (Sept 26, 2016)
The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant at 6230 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in the Shops of North Village retail center in Centerville is closed, employees at that location and the Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant in Austin Landing told this news organization.
The Centerville location opened Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is next to a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop that opened in May 2014.
>> Opening day today for new Mike’s Nashville Hot in Centerville (Jan 30, 2017)
When it opened, the Centerville Mike’s location had seats for about 72 and employed about 40.
This news organization is attempting to reach owner Mike Craddick and left a message seeking additional information from the management team at the Austin Landing location.
Customers are being directed to the Austin Landing location.