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Treat to Try: Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee

First and foremost, Basic Biscuits, Kindness & Coffee lives up to most of its name. It serves up a bevy of biscuits, and the counter team engages guests with warmth and smiling eyes, plus pleasant conversation that doesn’t feel the least bit canned or rehearsed.  About the biscuits: They are not basic. They come in a […]

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Treat to Try: Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Libby Lou’s Fun Factory

Libby Lou’s is a newish joint on the Indianola strip, just spitting distance from the immortal Studio 35. Of course in 2020, there is no “spitting distance,” as everyone is masked. Spitting is distasteful anyway.   Sitting in an older building, Libby Lou’s is homespun as opposed to sleek. It is packed full of hobnob bins of candies […]

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Treat to Try: Elderberry Syrup

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Elderberry Syrup

With Coronavirus season just around the corner, it’s mildly dismaying to find the ventilator masks out-of-stock at big box retailers. But at least we have elderberry syrup.  Elderberry syrup boasts centuries of experience in treating colds and flu. Actually, it boasts centuries of experience of elderberry health benefits, treating lots of things, including infections, burns and high […]

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Treat to Try: B.Y.O.B.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: B.Y.O.B.

B.Y.O.B. is based out of Louisville, Ohio. It’s a home bakery and custom catering business run by Chef Robert Monter, and the B.Y.O.B. doesn’t stand for Bring Your Own Beer. It stands for…Bring Your Own Bob? Nope, that’d be super cool though. The acronym stands for Be Your Own Boss. A baking operation can certainly allow for […]

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Treat to Try: El Rico Pan

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: El Rico Pan

Bakery El Rico Pan is, as the name might suggest, a Mexican Bakery. Guests walk through the doors, and into a room that is wall-to-wall gluten goodness. Breads and rolls and muffins and cookies, all piled high behind plexiglass doors, all waiting to be picked and purchased by guests. Grab a tray, serve yourself.  Fair disclosure: there […]

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Treat to Try: PolkaDot Cupcakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: PolkaDot Cupcakery

February 14 is a little more than a big business day for PolkaDot Cupcakery. It’s not only Valentine’s Day, it’s the bakery’s seventh birthday.  It has been in business long enough to see the meteoric rise…and subsequent culling of boutique cupcake shops. When it comes to long-term success, PolkaDot’s got the secret down pat.  And the […]

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Treat to Try: Omega Cinnamon Rolls

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Omega Cinnamon Rolls

The longstanding Omega Artisan Baking has been artisan long before artisan was a thing. The North Market mainstay is renowned for its croissants, challah, and a host of breads and treats made in small batches.  And although Omega makes lots of (artisan) things, it’s also on everyone’s Cinnamon Roll Bucket List. In fact, “everyone” includes national […]

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