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Viva La Colombiana!

Where everything is about family By Paula Johnson Photo: Bandeja Paisa from La Colombiana I am sorry I didn’t get to La Colombiana in Beavercreek on July 20 for Colombian Independence Day. And I’m really sorry I didn’t get there to watch Colombia play in the World Cup. This is because my recent visit, in […]

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Sweet dreams are made of these

Chocolate benefit has tails and tongues wagging By Paula Johnson Photo: The Oh, So Sweet Chocolate Benefit for The Humane Society of Greater Dayton begins at 1 p.m. on Oct. 12; photo: Jessica Garringer The sweet hereafter There are many ways to define heaven. In my version, those gates aren’t pearly, they’re made of solid […]

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Dark Horse by a nose

Texas Style BBQ in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: The Combo Platter at Dark Horse Tavern In politics, a “dark horse” is a come-from-behind candidate whose success would be considered surprising. My visit to Dark Horse Tavern on Byers Road in Miamisburg led me to consider the restaurant’s similarities to the political definition. Dark Horse […]

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Twist and shout

Pretzel Festival in historic Germantown By Paula Johnson Photo: The Germantown Pretzel Festival begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27 At the entrance to Germantown, a historic hamlet southwest of Dayton, there’s a plaque that reads, “Germantown, Jewel of Twin Valley, founded in 1804 by Philip Gunckel.” It’s a safe bet that Gunckel, a German […]

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They grow this stuff in Ohio?

Freshwater Farms’ annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival By Paula Johnson Photo: Retail Marketing Manger Cherie dela Rama digs into a box full of fresh shrimp; photo: Gary Haber Fish festival fever Ohio is famous for festivals of all sorts. So far, I’ve counted more than 50 in the southwestern part of our state alone. […]

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Street eats and sweet treats

Colombian comfort in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: The Colombian platter at Arepas & Co. Imagine a little Colombian grandma stirring a fragrant stew, then imagine the sights and tantalizing cooking smells of a busy city thoroughfare. You’ll experience both at Arepas & Co., a new Kettering eatery which highlights home cooking and street food. […]

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Martin x Martin = Magic

Family fish team carves salmon niche By Paula Johnson Photo: The unique balance between smoke, salt and sweet is what makes salmon from family-owned Oaked & Smoked smokery so special Boredom on a business trip led Martin Davis, Jr. to rummage around a bookstore in Silicon Valley. It was 1993 and Davis, a computer science Ph.D, […]

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Hey Jude’s!

Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen really does know best By Paula Johnson Photo: Pad Sei Ew at Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen Thai cuisine is experiencing a wave in popularity in the U.S., with two 2011 James Beard Best Chef Awards going to Thai restaurants. Until the 1960s, Thai was relatively unknown here, and didn’t really explode on […]

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A place at the table

Advocates 4 Animals food pantry By Paula Johnson Photo: Advocates 4 Animals co-founder Amy Beatty holds Pearl the cat Everyone knows pets contribute to the psychological and physical health of their owners. In the case of seniors, older pet owners require less medical attention and are one-quarter less likely to develop clinical depression. CDC and NIH […]

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It Figlios so good

A wood-fired pizza treat with endless possibilities By Paula Johnson Photo: The build-your-own-pizza option at Figlio provides over 3 trillion different possible topping combinations It’s an axiom in the industry that nothing fails faster than a restaurant started by a bunch of lawyers or doctors. These businesses almost always tank, due to the lack of commitment […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]