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This Café Looks & Tastes So Good, It is Hard to Believe

Backed up against a wildlife refuge and serving food and desserts that look almost as good as they taste, you have to experience this café for yourself. Batar first showed up on my radar a couple of years ago when I saw pictures of stunningly beautiful sugar cookies made somewhere in southeast…

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Candy Lovers Flock To This Indiana Candy Factory

As my children get older and are now 11 and 14, I find that it's harder to find family outings that get them really excited. That is until we headed north to the Valparaiso/Merrillville area on a pilgrimage for candy. World's Best Gummies Ask anyone who has stopped at the Albanese Candy Factory and…

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The Farm-to-Fork BBQ That Revitalized This Small Town

I've been hearing rumblings for a while about a small town in northeast Indiana that is home to a barbecue place that serves up food so good it will blow your mind. So after yet another recent recommendation from friends about Jefferson Street BBQ in Converse, I decided it was time to head that…

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Flowers, Fudge & Fun at this Southern Indiana Greenhouse

My figs are starting to leaf out so spring must be trying to arrive in southeast Indiana. That means it’s time to start planting, so I’m off to visit McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral, 1066 W Eads Pkwy in Lawrenceburg. I Love Pansies This family owned and operated business began in 1974 on the…

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Wayne County: A Treasure Trove of Art, History & Culture

Antique Alley A cultural renaissance is underway in Richmond and Wayne County. Artists and artisans, chefs and confectioners, antique dealers and historians all work together to make Wayne County a destination for those interested in spending a weekend with the arts, history, and proper Hoosier…

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These 3 Ice Cream Places Will Have You Screaming for More

As a parent, I know how important stopping for ice cream is in the life of any child. It's special time for the family to bond or a treat for a job well done. While many places serve up ice cream specialties, it's so much more memorable when the owners go above and beyond the normal offerings and…

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10 Chocolate Shops for Your Sweetheart (And Sweet Tooth)

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and candy and/or chocolate shops around the state are gearing up for the big day, and they produce amazing chocolates and treats all year round. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has 10 sweet spots to make that special someone know how much you…

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You'll Love These Four "Made in Madison" Foodie Finds

Even though cooking, baking and eating are some of my favorite pastimes, I have to admit (reluctantly) there are some things I'm too lazy to make and someone else makes better. Here are four of my favorite food products that are made in Madison and better than mine. Madison Historic District Thomas…

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