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Not quite the ticket

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Tickets Pub and Eatery in Fairborn By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek Hot Plate for two at Tickets in Fairborn I’ve always felt that the job of a police sketch artist when confronted with an average guy who lacked any salient attributes or distinguishing characteristics would be a tough one. This is what I imagine: What […]

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News isn’t all that’s fake

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Beware of fake ingredients in your food By Paula Johnson Photo: Buyer beware: foods you routinely eat, like fish, are also routinely forged Look, it’s the dead of winter here in Dayton and the skies are gray and cloudy, and it’s cold. So if you, like me, are already suffering from depression about the weather, […]

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A beckoning beacon

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Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Fire Alarm Burger at Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs; photos: Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Yellow Springs late on a cold Wednesday evening needing to stop somewhere for dinner. Drawn by the building’s cheery […]

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From pants to pashas

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Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill surprises with authentic touches of Istanbul By Paula Johnson Photo: Small Appetizer Platter at Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill; photos: Paula Johnson I am not the biggest fan of shopping centers, but occasionally retail calls, so off to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek it was. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were well […]

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Choppers

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Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse delivers biker and family fun By Paula Johnson Photo: Broasted Wings at Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse; photos: Paula Johnson For the drive out to Rip Rap Roadhouse, I put together a playlist to prep for the experience—my first visit to a biker bar(!). Selections included Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” “The […]

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Reservations

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What restaurants wish you knew By Paula Johnson Photo: Changing ingredients in carefully crafted food or drink can drastically alter your experience at a restaurant Recently, I wrote about what it’s like to review restaurants for a living and talked about a few things readers might not know about the job. It occurred to me […]

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Dayton’s little black dress

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Coco’s Bistro in Midtown offers comfort, food in style By Paula Johnson Photo: Duck Ramen at Coco’s Bistro in Midtown; photos: Paula Johnson When you look at the Coco’s Bistro website, you will see an enticingly lovely photo of an elegant dining room with these words in a banner overlay: Comfortable. Neighborhood. Warm. Romantic. Business. […]

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Get lucky

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Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café serves up a surprise, or two By Paula Johnson Photo: The Vick Burger at Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café; photos: Paula Johnson Ah, Yellow Springs, that progressive, funky, hippie haven that’s impossible not to fall in love with. This village has a vibe, and there’s no better way to soak it all […]

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Moaning about munching

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Being a food critic isn’t all champagne and caviar By Paula Johnson Photo: Writing a bad review is the worst part of dining out any year for DCP Epicurean Empress Paula Johnson On a Monday morning at the end of 2016, I found myself where I am most every Monday morning, sitting in the DJ […]

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A philosophy of pizza

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Beavercreek’s Spinoza’s delivers Italian enlightenment By Paula Johnson Photo: Slices of Ezzo Pizza (left) and Yin Yang Pizza at Spinoza’s in Beavercreek; photos: Paula Johnson My friend Barrister Greg and I met up for pizza recently at a place I won’t name, which left me as usual asking the question “Where can a girl get […]

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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

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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 […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]