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Grape expectations

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“Old Vine” Zinfandels aren’t for the faint of heart Think Zinfandels come from white grapes? Au contraire, mon frère. By Dr. Mike Rosenberg A friend recently asked me, “So, is Old Vine Zinfandel better than regular Zinfandel?” A good question. After all, if there’s “old vine” wine, why isn’t there “young vine” wine? Let’s explore. […]

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The 411 on Diner 416

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A welcome addition to the Oregon District’s food chain The Hunter Hoagie features chicken, steak, two cheeses, and more. Be sure to add the potato twists! By Paula Johnson Diner Divergence I’ve written recently about what makes a good diner, and the value that places like diners have in modern American society, as a “third […]

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Never fear, spring beer is here

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Light, bright tastes make spring an exciting time for beer drinking Spring training for beer season begins now with a wide variety of seasonal brews. By Tom Morgan Spring is here! At least in theory. To me, spring beers are dry and refreshing. While they can and do highlight the influence of yeast, the beers […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill

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Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, rice, and succotash were terrific. By Paula Johnson Factory Man PIP (Palate In Progress) and I arrived on a Tuesday evening to assess the merits of Merit Grill. We had been there before with friends, […]

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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes proofing, dimpling (above), shaping, and slashing. By Paula Johnson “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” —James Beard “If thou tastest a […]

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A homestyle home run

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The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By Paula Johnson The Silence of The Mans This one’s for the men out there. Well kind of, anyway. Forgive generalizations according to sex, but women are more highly socialized generally—they hang out with friends more, […]

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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the dark brown … or the amber … or the red … By Tom Morgan St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Again. It’s that not-so-glorious time of year when people around these parts celebrate being Irish […]

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The story continues…

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Xenia’s Tables Of Contents Café begins a new chapter The day’s special was Cajun chicken and Rice with green salad, but the entire menu changes from day to day. By Paula Johnson It’s Still On The Table I really hate it when I have to change things up right in the middle of something. The […]

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Corkscrewed

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Avoid “Post Refreshment Syndrome” by choosing the right wines Many people complain of wine headaches, even after one or two glasses. Hangovers are another matter entirely. By Mike Rosenberg No one can work with wine without tipping back too much from time to time. The morning after. The headache, the nausea, and the sun, as […]

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What’s in a name?

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Hibachi, sushi, and other Asian delights at Englewood’s Ozu852 Chef’s inspiration sushi and sashimi combo By Paula Johnson Heavenly Sushi On a recent Thursday evening, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in the mood for sushi. In truth, PIP is in the mood for sushi every day, and his interest was piqued when […]

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The hardest workers in the beer business

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A happy yeast is a productive yeast The fermentation process is where the yeast does the heavy lifting. By Jim Witmer If brewing yeast could talk, you might hear them saying, “We have to do all the work around here.” Yeast strains involved in the brewing process have the critical task of turning sugars into […]

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No fry zone, no small fry

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Sports, snacks, and suds at Springboro’s Mr. Boro’s Tavern Popular favorite grilled cheese with the only fried item on the menu, kettle chips. By Paula Johnson No Kidding A sports-themed tavern opened last year on Route 741 in Springboro to a bit of controversy. The space, which once housed wine bar Bella Vino, posted a […]

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Swimming upstream

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Wild caught vs. farmed salmon: a tale of two fishes Salmon raised by fish farms (above) has some pros and cons compared to wild-caught salmon. By Paula Johnson As I write this, I am forking up the last coral-red shard of smoked salmon flesh, mingled with capers, chopped egg, finely minced red onion, and a […]

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Seoul Train

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Yung’s Tteokbokki features springy stir-fried rice cake noodles Yung’s Tteokbokki features springy stir-fried rice cake noodles By Paula Johnson Korean Cuisine – The Next Wave The forward to one of the hottest cookbooks last year, and a New York Times bestseller, is about Korean cuisine. It’s called “Koreatown: A Cookbook” by Deuki Hong and Matt […]

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Bock to the basics

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Dark, malty German lagers ease the sting of winter Cincinnati’s bockfest is a celebration rich in tradition By David Nilsen When I say the words “German beer,” you most likely picture a glass of pale, brilliantly clear Pilsner, or perhaps a stein of amber-colored Märzen (Oktoberfest). Maybe you think of a curvy vase of cloudy […]

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One hotel of a surprise

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Dewberry 1850 serves savory favorites at UD’s Marriott The meatball appetizer at Dewberry 1850 By Paula Johnson Ho-tel No! – It’s fairly well known that there are myriad reasons why you should avoid eating at a hotel, but in case you’re wondering, here are a few of them: high cost, bland, predictable food, and lack […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]