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George’s Family Restaurant is down-home friendly By Paula Johnson Photo: The Broaster Fish Sandwich at George’s Family Restaurant in North Dayton Familiar friendliness is the order of the day at George’s Family Restaurant. It’s what you’d expect at a home-style diner, and it’s what they deliver. It’s the kind of place where you could very […]

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Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add enhanced flavor and mouth feel notes, can be easily found in many local grocery stores There’s a joke among chefs that goes, “What’s the difference between a two star and a three star restaurant?” The […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Grub to feed an army

Tank’s Bar & Grill: sometimes you just need it By Paula Johnson Photo: A plate-sized pancake and hash browns with onion smothered in cheese and “Bull Dog” gravy at Tank’s Bar and Grill   We’ve all been there. Head a clanging, banging gong. Sahara mouth. Stomach a little iffy. Feeling like a major war has been […]

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Staying Current

Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Apples and oranges

Farmers markets produce more than ever By Paula Johnson Did you know you can pet an alpaca and do yoga at Dayton farmers markets? Talk to the guy who baked your bread this morning and the folks who made the honey you just bought? Pick up a handmade ceramic piece or a painting? Hear live […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Turning the tables

Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s

Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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Culture meets cuisine

Dayton Art Institute’s Leo Bistro By Paula Johnson Photo: Leo Bistro’s Grilled Salmon BLT An outing to the Dayton Art Institute promises a pleasant afternoon strolling through galleries, drinking in works of art from the ages. On this particular visit, I was joined by budding artist Elle, a young talent whose work I’d bet might […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]