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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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Close, but no cube

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Singing the food critic blues at Miamisburg’s Blue Note Bistro and Lounge By Paula Johnson Photo: Barramundi Almondine and Creamed Spinach at Blue Note Bistro and Lounge in Miamisburg; photo: Paula Johnson The definition of a “blue note” in jazz is a minor interval instead of the expected major. Thus, the Blue Note in Miamisburg […]

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At the kids table

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Dining, learning with children By Paula Johnson Photo: Teaching your little ones basic social skills in a restaurant ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone Q: Still looking for restaurants with family sections so we can have dinner without being interrupted by screaming children, which is annoying especially when paying a premium price for food. […]

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Fool me once

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The joke was on me at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Pizza, topped with tofu, pesto, falafel, and ricotta, at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs; photo: Paula Johnson There was a certain, less-than-delicious irony that the day PIP (Palate In Progress) and I met DCP pals for lunch at […]

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Taste sans taste

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Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheng Du Chicken at Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia; photos: Paula Johnson Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi, located on Poe Avenue in Vandalia, is a lot more upscale than the average casual Chinese eatery. With an ample parking area and two large cement dragon sculptures […]

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Skeeeewwwing left

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The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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(Almost) king for a day

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Spice up lunch at Los Reyes in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: Los Reyes in Kettering glows with a cozy atmosphere; photos: Michelle Strauss It wasn’t Cinco de Mayo. The calendar reflected a day that was actually much closer to Cinco de Marcho when DCP pals and I visited Los Reyes in Kettering. No matter […]

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Sip, sup, gussy up

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Reminisce at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: Beef Wellington at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville; photo: Paula Johnson Today we are going to talk about Centerville’s Paragon Supper Club, but we can’t do that without some context, and some nostalgia on this critic’s part. I begin by invoking The […]

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Crème de la crop

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Sign an elite guestbook at Lebanon’s The Golden Lamb By Paula Johnson Photo: Cauliflower and Short Rib Darphin appetizer at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon; photo: Paula Johnson William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, William Howard […]

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The limits of Sky

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Kettering’s Sky Asian Cuisine By Paula Johnson Photo: Sushi Sashimi Platter at Sky Asian in Kettering; photo: Paula Johnson     Sky Asian is the newest kid on the pan Asian restaurant block. Pan Asian means “we cover all the bases to appeal to the largest number of diners.” There are Thai restaurants and Korean […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]