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Rock and roll wine and maker

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Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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Pho sho’

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A sensational trip to Miamisburg’s Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant Hot Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup, or Bun Bo Hue, at Miamisburg’s Pho Mi; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Vietnamese is a cuisine that isn’t nearly as well known or popular as it should be. After all, it’s considered to be among the healthiest […]

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Table talk

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Make yourself comfortable at downtown Dayton’s Table 33 Posole, a Mexican red chili or stew, at downtown Dayton’s Table 33; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson “Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. Being Greek, Sicilian, and Ruthenian, my folks are an emotional bunch. It was where we laughed, cried, […]

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Sizing up 

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Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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In the beginning, it was frozen

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DCP dining critic takes readers through her food journey, debuts rating system photo: DCP dining critic Paula Johnson’s love of food and restaurants started with her mother By Paula Johnson I am often asked what I am looking for when I review a restaurant. That’s the question that’s asked right after “How did you get that […]

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Summer shake-up

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Beer adds fresh twists to this season’s cocktails Photo: Mix up a hot summer day with the North High Jalalima Beergarita; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Long gone are the short days that require a solid stout to end a cold evening. Let barley-wines be bygones. Summer is now upon us. ‘Tis the season for […]

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Hidden Flavors

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Find the The Meadows in Middletown Photo: Roasted Rack of Lamb paired with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes at The Meadows in Middletown; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s not often you discover a hidden gem, a real “find,” a place no one else seems to know about. I’m often asked if I know of […]

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‘L’ marks the spot

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Locations Wine makes European-style blends accessible to Americans Photo: (l-r) French, Italian, and Spanish blends from Locations Wines By Dr. Mike Rosenberg What’s in a name? When it comes to wine, nomenclature can mean a great deal—depending on which country’s soil you’re standing upon…or, more accurately, which country’s terroir you’re about to start slugging on. […]

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Drink to remember

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Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine breaks the chains Photo: Chicken and Waffles at Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson I’m a big fan of supporting locally owned, independent restaurants. I remind people often that the chains don’t need your money—locally owned places do. But many diners find […]

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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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Namaste and have a pint

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Local breweries get the zen treatment Photo: Breweries, such as Springboro’s Crooked Handle, offer large and open spaces for yoga; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak I’m not a yogi. Not by any means. I’ve dabbled here and there throughout the years, but it never really stuck. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like it […]

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America, the beer-tiful

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Big Brews and Blues returns to benefit Diabetes Dayton By Jim Witmer Photo: The 8th Big Brews and Blues offers 60 draft beer selections May 20 at RiverScape; photo: Sarah Browning Blues is a distinct American original, and so is the craft beer movement. It seems natural that they should go together. And what better […]

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Close, but no cube

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Singing the food critic blues at Miamisburg’s Blue Note Bistro and Lounge By Paula Johnson Photo: Barramundi Almondine and Creamed Spinach at Blue Note Bistro and Lounge in Miamisburg; photo: Paula Johnson The definition of a “blue note” in jazz is a minor interval instead of the expected major. Thus, the Blue Note in Miamisburg […]

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At the kids table

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Dining, learning with children By Paula Johnson Photo: Teaching your little ones basic social skills in a restaurant ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone Q: Still looking for restaurants with family sections so we can have dinner without being interrupted by screaming children, which is annoying especially when paying a premium price for food. […]

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Fool me once

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The joke was on me at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Pizza, topped with tofu, pesto, falafel, and ricotta, at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs; photo: Paula Johnson There was a certain, less-than-delicious irony that the day PIP (Palate In Progress) and I met DCP pals for lunch at […]

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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, […]