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Demystifying Kettering’s Park City Club By Paula Johnson Photo: Burnt Carrot Salad at Kettering’s Park City Club; photos: Paula Johnson Up in the Club Here’s what I knew about Park City Club before I went: it’s the second restaurant opened by Dana Downs, chef and owner of the successful and well regarded Roost Modern Italian in […]

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The house wins


Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood By Paula Johnson Photo: Silver Dollar Corn Cakes at Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood; photos: Paula Johnson   Slot Me In Located just off the highway at the Monroe exit, Miami Valley Gaming casino offers easy access and ample parking—plus a whole lot of slot […]

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Texas in the Oregon


Downtown’s Smokin’ Bar-B-Que By Paula Johnson Photo: The rib plate at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que; photos: Paula Johnson A Date in Dayton One of my favorite downtown Dayton date nights is the double bill pairing of a movie at the Neon and dinner at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que right across the street. A former White Tower, this tiny diner-style BBQ […]

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The state of the State Fair: 


Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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What’s in store?


Big bites at Jerardi’s Little Store By Paula Johnson Photo: The Triple Decker sandwich at Jerardi’s Little Store; photo: Amanda Dee When I was a little kid, I went to a little store. The one in my neighborhood was called Paterni’s, but I knew it simply as “The Little Store.” It was where moms would send […]

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Live mas


Authentic taste at Centerville’s Chiapas Mexican Grill By Paula Johnson Photo: Taco at Chiapas Mexican Grill; photos: Paula Johnson Every time I review a Mexican restaurant (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) I always get asked “Is it authentic?” In the words of author and chef Anthony Bourdain, “I’ve seen zero evidence of […]

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Sacred cows


Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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Since 1920


Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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‘Tis the Seasons


Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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A hoppy ending


Ollie’s Place in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ollie’s Burger at Ollie’s Place; photos: Paula Johnson Everyone has heard the saying “Beer is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” (Myself, I’d substitute wine and a really good slice of cake, an indication of where I start when considering Ollie’s Place, […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]