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Is Dayton worthy?

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Boston’s Bistro’s quest to regain Most Arrogant Bar title By Kevin J. Gray Are you arrogant? Think you can drink a beer more arrogant than yourself? If so, get to Boston’s Bistro & Pub from Nov. 9-17 to do your part to make the bar the Most Arrogant Bar in the United States. Arrogant Bastard […]

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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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Wine fairies and the unexpected picnic

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New offerings from Robert Mondavi By Mike Rosenberg Robert Mondavi is a ubiquitous label. I’m trying to remember the last time I walked into a wine store and didn’t see at least a few selections from Mondavi. One reason we should all appreciate Mr. Mondavi – back in the 1960s, Mondavi was one of the […]

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Amazing food + amazing service = El Meson

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From tapas to dessert, El Meson is a hit By Brian P. Sharp There are a few things that we as consumers expect as we shop or dine. We want the very best quality with the very best service at the very lowest price. No matter whether we are shopping for televisions or dinner, no […]

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Passion for pinot

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Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley By Mike Rosenberg “If God made anything better, He kept it for Himself.” -William S. Burroughs, “Junky” Oregon, specifically the Willamette (rhymes with “Dammit!”) Valley, is known best for pinot noir. The area is nestled between the low Oregon Coastal Range on the west and the tall Cascades on the […]

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Chef Profile: Liz Valenti

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Pizza Mondays at Meadowlark give birth to a new pizzeria By Theresa Thinnes In the restaurant business, some ideas, like food, just spring up organically. Such is the case at Meadowlark where Monday nights are now known as Pizza Mondays. Chef Elizabeth Valenti initially began making pizzas at Meadowlark to pass around the bar as […]

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Beer geek boutique

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Insane beers at Big Beers and Barley Wines By Kevin J. Gray Like craft beer? I mean, really like craft beer? Really good, really big beers? Then get tickets now for Big Beers and Barley Wines, Dayton’s boutique beer event, held Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County […]

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Cooper’s Deli

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Oakwood sandwich shop abides By Tom Baker Sometimes when I’m out having a casual bite at a dry joint I think to myself, “Man, it sure would be nice if they had some adult beverages to complement this great food.”  Wait – who am I kidding?  I think that every time.  But I’m not just […]

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Flights of fancy

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Thirst quenching through samples around Portland By Mike Rosenberg I love doing flights of almost anything. A “flight” usually refers to a set of small samples of wine, but can be beer, whiskey, cola, orange juice, coffee…you get the idea. In general, I differentiate “doing a flight” from a “tasting” since there’s almost always a […]

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Get right back where we started from

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California’s Ravenswood Winery offers quality zinfandel By Mike Rosenberg I have the good fortune to do a fair number of sample reviews in this space. After I finished my recent review of the wines from Biltmore Estates, Lisa at Folsom & Associates and I got into a discussion about grilling. She offered me the opportunity […]

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Ice pops…not just for kids anymore!

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Sweet P’s takes Ice Pops…gourmet By Brian P. Sharp Summertime holds a lot of memories for me: summers at the farm in Michigan picking cherries right off the tree, playing with my cousins on the white sand beaches along Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan, and cookouts by the lake. Times were simpler…or so it seemed.  […]

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Smoky Mountain Wine

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Wines of the Biltmore Estate By Mike Rosenberg “I never thought this would happen to me. I am an administrator at a small Midwestern college and I was on my way to a conference in Asheville, N.C. …” No, you’re not reading the start of my letter to Penthouse Forum. There are no scantily-clad medical […]

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Shiver me dinner!

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At 40 years, Treasure Island Supper Club keeps it simple By Brian P. Sharp One of Dayton’s dining traditions is just minutes from downtown Dayton in Moraine.  Treasure Island Supper Club – known for seafood, steaks and the famous seafood salad.  I decided to give this “treasure” a visit recently.  Not much of the décor has […]

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L is for Loire

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Appreciating Loire’s Valley Wine Region By Mike Rosenberg The Loire (pronounced luh-WAHR) Valley wine region is a long, skinny stretch of land that lies along the river of the same name in France. Some of the first evidence of winemaking in France dates to the first century A.D. in the evidence of vines planted by […]

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Victory for Victorias

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Victoria’s Italian Cuisine provides traditional meals for everyone By Tom Baker After my first visit to Victoria’s Italian Cuisine in Huber Heights, I recall looking at my companion and remarking how lucky people would be to have a decent restaurant next to their hotel. After a recent vacation that took us through many small towns, […]

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Love is the Secret Ingredient

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Monco Pets & People Help Those with Disabilities while Keeping our Dogs Happy By Tom Baker When I was asked about doing a piece for our pet issue this summer, I had just been to Belmont Party Supply in Dayton and noticed a small display of dog treats at the counter. I was familiar with […]

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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 […]