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Margarita dreaming

Centerville’s Las Piramides: a summer destination By Paula Johnson Photo: Las Piramides’ La Cazuelada I’ve often driven by the attractive white building in Centerville Las Piramides occupies and thought how charming the patio looks. I imagined myself having a margarita there, and when the torrential rains of late finally passed, PIP (Palate In Progress) and […]

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Paula’s Palate: Dishing on service

What defines great wait staff? By Paula Johnson Photo: The best servers know how to mirror, and assess whether casual bantering or a more formal distance fits the individual guest’s style. “Do you want ketchup with that, hon?” versus “Would the Madame enjoy enhancing her selection with an artisanal sauce accompaniment?” The wording of these […]

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On a roll

Ariake Sushi is the real deal By Paula Johnson Photo: One of the many sushi offerings available at Ariake Surrounded by the subdued chatter of Japanese conversation in the bustling yet relaxing dining room of Ariake Sushi Bar and Restaurant, you might feel you’ve been transported to Tokyo. Sitting in a comfortable booth, PIP (Palate […]

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Debate Forum: 06/23

Forum Center: There’s a pill for that Women may soon have pharmaceutical arousal option By Sarah Sidlow A little pink pill? Ladies, we may just be one step closer. Last week, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee approved a pharmaceutical called flibanserin, a drug designed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals to boost the low sexual desire […]

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Murphy’s law

Getting lucky at Murphy’s Irish Pub & Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: The Murphy’s Platter, featuring pub chips, fried pickles, boneless chicken wings and pretzels with Guinness cheese sauce As I write this, it’s 303 days, 10 hours and 8 minutes until St. Patrick’s Day. I know this because a running countdown is the first […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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Tipping the scale

Harrison’s is a Tipp City tradition By Paula Johnson Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at PaulaJohnson@DaytonCityPaper.com. The value of tradition is […]

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Sushi Hana? I don’t wanna

Is there such thing as a “disappointment roll?” By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tuna Tataki at Sushi Hana Sometimes you have a restaurant experience that almost seems surreal in its blundering awfulness. You leave, scratching your head and asking yourself, “Did that just really happen?” Before further elucidation, I’ll present the positive notes which bookended […]

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Debate Forum: 05/12

Forum Center: Leggo my liver! By Katie Christoff Illustration: Jed Helmers In early January, a federal judge overturned a California law banning the sale of foie gras, which had originally taken effect in July 2012. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” has been under scrutiny by animal rights activists because in its making, ducks are force-fed […]

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Quibble over kibble?

Dining critic talks puppy palatability with pet food expert By Paula Johnson Photo: Technical services veterinarian Dr. Amy Dicke and Roxie This year Americans shelled out millions of dollars on Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets. But do most pet owners put even a fraction of that thought and energy into deciding what to put […]

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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]