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Cuisine (un)fit for a king

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No royal treatment at this Beavercreek restaurant Photo: Special Thali at Beavercreek’s Maharaja By Paula Johnson DCP Dining Pal Jurgen Durstler, PIP (Palate In Progress), and I spent an evening at Beavercreek’s Maharaja restaurant, and the experience made me reflect on how important the totality of a restaurant is, specifically how service, atmosphere, value, and […]

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Great ferment

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Jeff Fortney puts FigLeaf Brewing Co. on the map Photo: Jeff Fortney, co-owner, head brewer, and beer magician at FigLeaf Brewing Co. By Jim Hannah He works his Merlin-like magic on the production floor, a stainless-steel jungle of towering fermenters, a mash mixer, lauter tun, boil kettle, and whirlpool tank. Welcome to the FigLeaf Brewing […]

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Let us eat cake

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Simon Kenton Inn charms in Springfield Maryland Crab Cake at Springfield’s Simon Kenton Inn; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Turning off a busy divided highway, the entrance to the grounds of Springfield’s graciously restored Simon Kenton Inn leads you into lovely surroundings far removed from the warehouses and industry just beyond. The historic inn […]

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Destination: beer

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Brewvet bikes back to Dayton Grab a beer on your bike ride; photo: Tom Morgan By Tom Morgan In case you hadn’t noticed, summertime is all up in our business. Many of you, wandering lost in the waning afterglow of your Fourth of July celebrations, are looking for guidance and direction to help you squeeze […]

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From across the Ionian Sea

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Journeying through Greek wines Photo: A vineyard in Santorini, Greece, a popular wine region in the country By Dr. Mike Rosenberg There are wines in the Vine’s archives from all over the world—but one place we haven’t stopped often in our oenological travels is Greece. The Greeks have been making wine longer than anyone else […]

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Beer building community

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Love’s in the air and tomato sauce

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Romanced at Springboro’s Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe Spaghetti Dinner (above) and Peach Shortcake (left) at Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe in Springboro; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s hard not to be taken by the charm of Springboro’s Main Street. Lined with lush, leafy trees and charming, historic, painted brick and wood-framed buildings, it’s the […]

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Cat-ffeine

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Prepare to socialize over coffee, kitties at Gem City Catfé   Photo: (left) Kitty-face meringues to be served at the Gem City Catfé and (above) Hugh from the Humane Society, which will have cats up for adoption By Paula Johnson It’s fitting that the soon-to-be-open Gem City Catfé is located in the St. Anne’s Hill […]

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Pooch hooch

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Share a pint with your pup Miss Ellie Mae, beer taste-tester; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak When people ask me what my hobbies include, the first thing that pops into my mind is heading to the dog park with my hubby and my pup, followed by a trip to a local brewery for a […]

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The must-do choo-choo

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All aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train (l-r) Cincinnati Dinner Train performer, the prime rib dinner, and exterior of the train; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The elegant, parchment-style ticket bearing your name, train car, and table assignment is punched by a uniformed porter. A line of people dressed up for the evening present their […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]