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Not lost, wandering

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Beavercreek’s Wandering Griffin points in the right direction Photo: Wild mushroom pizza from Wandering Griffin By Paula Johnson “Not all who wander are lost” is a bumper sticker I’ve seen on cars. Indeed the act of wandering (and the act of wondering) can lead to the opposite of being lost, and finding something wonderful. The […]

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Time well spent

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No need to hurry at Dayton’s Nanya’s Café Photo: Mixed combo platter and Kiitfo from Nanya’s Cafe By Paula Johnson I had a most unique and amazing dining experience recently at Nanya’s Café and I can’t wait to tell you about this place. And to tell you not to go. Seriously, don’t. That is unless […]

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Kilt-y as charged

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Scotish offerings at Springboro’s Highland Stag Photo: Heather’s corned beef supper from Highland Stag By Paula Johnson My family background is Scottish, and I freely admit to an affinity for all things of the Highland stripe (or plaid in this case). Bagpipes are the music of the heavens, and I can’t look away from a […]

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The Vegetable Butcher

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Eating clean and green with chef and author Cara Mangini Columbus chef and author Cara Mangini. Photo: Matthew Benson By Paula Johnson Most everyone is now becoming familiar with the trend towards “reducitarianism”, if not by the name then by concept – eating less meat. Whether it’s done for the health benefits or for concern for animal […]

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Windows into the unknown

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Yellow Spring’s psychic tarot card reader Leah Gompf teaches us about her art Photo: House of Ravenwood’s Miss Leah prepares for a reading By Paula Johnson My very first experience with a psychic, or fortune teller, as my former mother-in-law used to call them, came at a party she held at her house. This particular […]

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Mexed-up

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Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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The new home cook

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Meal prep kits and what the future holds for how we cook and weat Photo: All ingredients come freshly packaged and ready to cook By Paula Johnshon The rise of convenience food in the mid ‘50s gave us commercially prepared, highly processed, prepackaged food. Most of us grew up with ready-to-eat frozen foods such as […]

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Night of the living dogs

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Topped with toppings at Zombie Dogz Photo: Sink your fangs into Victim 13 By Paula Johnson My first job ever at age 15 was working the counter at a luncheonette in Pittsburgh called Wiener World. I didn’t even like hot dogs when I started there, but came to be crazy for them in short order. […]

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Stay golden

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Traditional values remain at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Dairy Country comfort combo platter; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Young’s Dairy is an iconic Yellow Springs tradition. The giant red barn still stands where the Young family built it in 1869. Over the years the family farmed the surrounding acreage and raised dairy […]

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Nearly perfect

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A true dining experience: Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe Photo: Lobster crabcakes By Paula Johnson Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes, though not often, the dining gods smile down at you and toss you an amuse-bouche, hospitality envelops you, decor and interior design wrap you in their warm, upholstered embrace, anticipatory wait staff provide what you need before […]

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The talking dead

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Mediums Lisa Williams and Cindy Kaza bring supernatural powers to Funny Bone Photo: Lisa Williams is a psychic medium, as was her grandmother By Paula Johnson Lisa Williams is the perfect ambassador for the dead. She’s effusive, warm, vivacious, and filled with mirth, humor, and compassion. In short, the opposite of death. She saw her […]

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Mimosa soaked hours

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Weekends are for brunch in Dayton By Paula Johnson  “In thousands of years, historians may regard modern brunch as the terminal stage of a soft civilization in decline. Now, however, there is no more important social meal, which is less about sustenance and more about making a destination of leisure” –Joshua David Stein, writing for […]

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Ethnic exit

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Why it’s time to 86 the term ‘ethnic restaurant’ By Paula Johnson What is “ethnic food,” exactly? Writer Bruce Palling asked this question in 2011, and he found that key food dictionaries such as “Larousse Gastronomique” and the “Oxford Companion to Food” did not mention it at all. Google the definition of “ethnic food” and […]

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Finding New York in Dayton

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Old Scratch Pizza’s shining resemblance Prosciutto arugula pizza; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Pizza Progenitor One of the most iconic pizza places in New York (and beyond) is Brooklyn’s Roberta’s. It put Bushwick on the hipster foodie map. Called one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the U.S. by Sam Sifton of the New […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas

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Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]