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Wingin’ it in Springfield

Eastwood American Grill and Tavern serves wings, pies and more By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Springfield recently, scouring the antiques mall aisles for finds at affordable prices. Peering at old plates and cast iron skillets made us think of dinner, and we hoped to find a meal we […]

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The adulterated virgin

The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Nibble me this

Miamisburg’s Nibbles serves first class eats By Paula Johnson The name of Nibbles, an intimate fine dining restaurant located in Miamisburg, might be slightly misleading. Nibbles implies, according to the dictionary definition, “to bite gently, to take smaller hesitant bites in very small quantities; sort of like dabbling, lacking in serious intent,” almost dilettantish. But […]

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The butter half of breakfast

Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Dramatic gestures

Travel to Korea and Japan at Centerville’s Kabuki By Paula Johnson Photo: Ika Tempura at Kabuki in Centerville Kabuki is the Japanese term for a kind of dramatic theatre featuring exaggerated gestures and body movements. In the Centerville restaurant’s case, the emphatic gesticulations came from the owner as she quickly and efficiently ushered in the […]

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Pop-up like it’s hot

The low down on the pop-up Pop-up dining is coming to Dayton, and Dayton, you want to get in on this. It’s a trend that’s been happening in a lot of American cities and beyond and is now starting to trickle our way. Pop-ups are a one-time unique dining event offering diners a chance to […]

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Deli-aching

Deli at Webster Street I’ve had a deli-ache since I moved to Dayton, and the only thing that will make me feel better is a really outstanding Reuben. So with this in mind, I headed to The Deli at Webster Street. The renovated warehouse building that houses The Deli also houses The Top of the […]

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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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Debate Forum 1/5/16

Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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Let’s go to the movies

Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]