It was an honor to spend the day with Evie, owner and baker of Meli Cincinnati. It’s a local home bakery offering made-from-scratch, Greek island-inspired treats that taste as scrumptious as they look.

All of these decadent items were made fresh, and I can’t tell you how delicious it smelled at this photoshoot. Sweet honey, flaky layers, buttery-soft toppings, powdered sugar sweetness, and the scent of just-made Greek coffee. Yep, this was my happy place.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Baklava, arguably one of the most traditional of Greek desserts. It’s a rich and golden masterpiece of phyllo layers, nuts, butter, and more. Even if you’ve tried it before, there are multiple ways to create this signature treat, so you should definitely try it at least once from Meli.

From the start, however, it was the Melamokarona that caught my eye. What was this beautiful sweet nugget sprinkled with walnuts that photographed so well? Seriously, I couldn’t take my eyes away from them. Take a nibble and you’ll taste a full symphony of flavors, with notes of orange, honey, cinnamon, brandy, and yes, those decadent walnuts on top. This is my new go-to for desserts in a pinch. The best news? They deliver!

Other items you don’t want to miss are Kourambiethes (almond shortbread wedding cookies topped with powdered sugar), Koulouria (classic butter cookies), and Tiropita (cheese pie).

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