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Mexican Mecca

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Taqueria Mixteca shows the West Side their best side  By: Tom Baker   Photo: Huarache with carnita at Taqueria Mixteca in Trotwood East Dayton’s Taqueria Mixteca, recognized as one of the top taco connections in town, now has a location in Trotwood on Shiloh Springs Road. The original location on East Third Street has been serving […]

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Sit up. Lay down. Roll over!

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Your dog deserves a treat from Lindy & Company By Tom Baker Photo: Lindy’s Sampler and the latest favorite, PB & Bacon Bones I’m a big fan of social enterprise, the business model that uses conventional methods as a means to a socially beneficial end. Businesses like celebrity chef Jaime Oliver’s Fifteen – a culinary apprenticeship […]

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Mexico’s signature sandwich

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Johnny’s Tortas in Old North Dayton By Tom Baker Photo: The Campesina torta from Johnny’s Tortas  When you enjoy a cuisine and then realize you’ve missed an entire facet of what it has to offer, there is a great moment of discovery that you never forget. Mine involves a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in Chicago – on […]

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Who knew healthy could be delicious?

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Locally-sourced and organic specialties at Urban Harvest By Tom Baker Photo: Fried catfish with Hopping John and fried greens at Urban Harvest There are two types of restaurants that I prefer to frequent: One – and most obvious – is the place that features great food and service. Two – and maybe a bit more abstract […]

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Keep it real

Spider Roll

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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Amar India

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As authentic as it gets  By Tom Baker If you’ve recently attended an Indian wedding, hospital-sponsored banquet or been shopping around the Dayton Mall, chances are you’ve experienced Amar India. Amar brings higher-level Indian dining to Dayton, and is owned and operated by Surjit Singh, a tall, moustached gentleman you may see in the restaurant […]

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We’re number one …?

Spinach Calzone

The highs and lows of Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s  By Tom Baker As we pulled into the parking lot behind Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Fairborn, I noticed a large banner hung on the side of the building near the entrance. On this banner they proudly stated that Giovanni’s had been voted the #1 Italian […]

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Cabin Fever

Illustration by Sam Rhoden

DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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Simple and consistent

Veggie Eggs Benedict and French Toast

Christopher’s Restaurant offers quality home cooking By Tom Baker There are two things I’ve learned since having my first child: First, simplicity is best, whether it is in discipline or in cooking – you’ve got to get the point across and dinner done quickly. The second, that eating together at a table with family or […]

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Antojitos Criollos

Shrimp Mofongo

El Sabor de Puerto Rico en Dayton By Tom Baker When the Mayor, Gary Leitzell, announced Dayton’s “Welcome Plan,” a plan that would make Dayton a more immigrant-friendly city, I was really happy. Not only do I think it’s a good idea to embrace and encourage diversity in our communities, but I was also excited […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]