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Treat to Try: Pattycake’s Gluten-Free Goodies

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Pattycake’s Gluten-Free Goodies

When Pattycake Bakery first introduced its vegan baked goods, it seemed like magic and trickery. Eggs and butter are traditionally viewed as standard requirements in the cookie and cake world. And yet, there was Pattycake, turning out treats that lacked nothing in the sensory department, and it was doing it all without animal products: no […]

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Ohio’s Own: Botanibites

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Botanibites

Botanibites first identify themselves by what they are not. They are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy and guilt. What’s left? A power muffin based on coconut flour with exotic herbal enhancements. Botanibites are also bitty bites. A package of three probably serves one, because they are mini-muffins, literally bite-sized. What they lack in size, […]

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Ohio’s Own: Pierre’s Ice Cream

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Pierre’s Ice Cream

Marc’s is the Ohio Proud destination . . . for the non-artisanal audience. Being Cleveland-based, it has a distinct little network of Ohio producers, and its shelves hold a bevy of lesser-known, but locally-made sauces, condiments, and dairy goods. Which brings us to Pierre’s Ice Cream. It’s not easy to find at Columbus grocers, in […]

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Treat to Try: Bazyani Market and Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Bazyani Market and Bakery

Bazyani Market and Bakery isn’t particularly easy to find online, there’s no prominent website or social media page, but it’s super-easy to find the place on Bethel Road. It’s at the west end of a strip mall on the corner of Godown, a strip mall that boasts a bustling international scene, mixing Asian and Mediterranean […]

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Treat to Try: Jeni’s Buttercrisp Waffle Cones

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Jeni’s Buttercrisp Waffle Cones

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has a mission. It has several missions, it seems. There are the unannounced but evident ones, such as putting goat cheese in perfectly good ice cream. This summer it’s announced a new mission: to promote the use of ice cream cones with its new buttercrisp waffle cones. The argument is this: […]

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Ohio’s Own: Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co.

Relish, generally, can be a mixed bag. Among its variants are chow-chow, pickle relish, and chutney, all of which come in a million variations. Trends in restaurants right now lean toward aggressive recipes: super-hot and super-sour relishes. Which is to say, a purchased jar of Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co. was approached with […]

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Restaurant Review: Caribe Sur

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Caribe Sur

When Cakes & More started stretching its wings with empanadas and the Chivito sandwich, it was just a matter of time before the bakery launched a full-blown eatery. The time has come, sort of. It’s debuted its food truck, Caribe Sur, which is an abbreviated eatery at best. You know how it works: full menu, […]

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