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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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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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Where the wine flows like jazz

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Family-run winemakers JW’s Wine Cellars offers unique varieties for every taste Linda and Jake Wells of JW’s Wine Cellars are ready to tempt your palate with their signature Sangiovese. By Mike Rosenberg “We just like making people happy,” explained Linda Wells, one half of the husband-and-wife duo behind JW’s Wine Cellars, an urban winery located […]

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Tavern tales

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Belmont’s Slyder’s is a story worth telling 10 oz burger at Slyders. By Paula Johnson Recently I read an article on the website, Serious Eats, because if you’re a food geek like me, that’s how you spend all of your time. Anyway, it was written by a bartender, and it was about what makes a […]

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Barley legal

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Aged to perfection, or brewery-fresh, barley wines are an exceptional treat By Jim Witmer If there’s ever a time of year to pull a barley wine out of the cellar, it has to be now, in the deepest depths of winter. While these strong ales can be enjoyed any time, it makes perfect sense that […]

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The Asian invasion

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Ginger & Spice adds flavor to Dayton’s Asian scene Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Ginger and Spice By Warwick Kensington There is an absurd number of Asian restaurants in the Dayton metro area.  No matter what neighborhood in our region, it seems at every strip mall, large shopping complex, city corner or food truck rally, […]

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The beers are in session

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Small and local session beers deliver tasty deliciousness Lock 27 is one of seven local breweries serving session beers By Tom Morgan Session beers are really nothing new, nor are they just one style. As Jennifer Talley recounts in her new book, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance, “the term ‘session’ is an adjective, […]

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THAI-ing it all together

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The OD’s Thai 9: a stand-by with some stand-outs Thai 9’s Shitake Tempura By Paula Johnson When I think of Thai food, I don’t usually think of it being served in an interesting space that’s also noted for cocktails. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always like the Oregon District’s Thai 9, and it’s one […]

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A legendary legacy

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Chef Elizabeth Wiley discusses her history of cooking Chef Elizabeth Wiley enjoys nothing more than creating new and unique epicurean treats By Paula Johnson Chef Elizabeth Wiley is a well-known quantity in Dayton. At the helm of Meadowlark and Wheat Penney with Chef Liz Valenti, and recently Sagecraft catering with Jenn DiSanto, she’s one of […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]