Tag Archives: epicurean

Small is the new big

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Session beers come of age in America By Tom Morgan Photo: Figleaf’s CinDay, a British best bitter; photo: Jeff Fortney Once upon a time, American craft beer drinkers routinely and well-nigh exclusively worshipped at the altar of big. Big hops, big body, big flavor, big alcohol. As with most things distinctly American, the logic was […]

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From pants to pashas

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Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill surprises with authentic touches of Istanbul By Paula Johnson Photo: Small Appetizer Platter at Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill; photos: Paula Johnson I am not the biggest fan of shopping centers, but occasionally retail calls, so off to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek it was. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were well […]

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Rosés are pink…

Clouds rolling in, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

A victory lap with the Angels of rosé By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The south of France, where the Naked Vine’s Mike Rosenberg first learned about Provence rosé; photo: Mike Rosenberg Yeah, I’m going to relish this one a little. One of the developments I’ve seen in the U.S. wine market has been the greater […]

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Fermented feast

AleFeast 2016, Masonic Temple, Dayton, OH. 
Feb. 6, 2016
© 2016 Photograph by Skip Peterson

AleFeast returns to Dayton’s Masonic Temple By Jim Witmer Photo: Over 30 brewers showcase beer with food purveyors at the Masonic Temple for AleFeast Feb. 4 photo: Skip Peterson Pairing beer and food can be an exercise of endless possibilities, and one of the best examples under one roof is the annual event brought to […]

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Choppers

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Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse delivers biker and family fun By Paula Johnson Photo: Broasted Wings at Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse; photos: Paula Johnson For the drive out to Rip Rap Roadhouse, I put together a playlist to prep for the experience—my first visit to a biker bar(!). Selections included Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” “The […]

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Reservations

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What restaurants wish you knew By Paula Johnson Photo: Changing ingredients in carefully crafted food or drink can drastically alter your experience at a restaurant Recently, I wrote about what it’s like to review restaurants for a living and talked about a few things readers might not know about the job. It occurred to me […]

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Dayton’s little black dress

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Coco’s Bistro in Midtown offers comfort, food in style By Paula Johnson Photo: Duck Ramen at Coco’s Bistro in Midtown; photos: Paula Johnson When you look at the Coco’s Bistro website, you will see an enticingly lovely photo of an elegant dining room with these words in a banner overlay: Comfortable. Neighborhood. Warm. Romantic. Business. […]

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Get lucky

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Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café serves up a surprise, or two By Paula Johnson Photo: The Vick Burger at Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café; photos: Paula Johnson Ah, Yellow Springs, that progressive, funky, hippie haven that’s impossible not to fall in love with. This village has a vibe, and there’s no better way to soak it all […]

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Tree haus

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Retreat to The Mohicans, an ideal getaway for Ohio’s beer lovers By Hayley Fudge Photo: The Mohicans’ Little Red Brew Haus was originally designed as a tasting room for craft beer; photos: Hayley Fudge If there’s a word that describes the cultural thread that seems to weave its way through the craft beer community, that […]

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Moaning about munching

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Being a food critic isn’t all champagne and caviar By Paula Johnson Photo: Writing a bad review is the worst part of dining out any year for DCP Epicurean Empress Paula Johnson On a Monday morning at the end of 2016, I found myself where I am most every Monday morning, sitting in the DJ […]

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Fermented

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Hopped up on pop posers, BS-style brews, neo-prohibitionists By DCP Beer Writers Photo: Hipsters battle it out over their favorite craft beer trend: Bavarian-style IPA or Oyster-infused ale? Stop the BS-style brews By Tom Morgan What’s the worst part about craft beer in 2016? Easy: choice. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but […]

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A philosophy of pizza

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Beavercreek’s Spinoza’s delivers Italian enlightenment By Paula Johnson Photo: Slices of Ezzo Pizza (left) and Yin Yang Pizza at Spinoza’s in Beavercreek; photos: Paula Johnson My friend Barrister Greg and I met up for pizza recently at a place I won’t name, which left me as usual asking the question “Where can a girl get […]

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Juicy secrets of The Grape

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10 years on the Naked Vine with DCP’s wine critic By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Mike Rosenberg (right) and his Sweet Partner in Crime, The Naked Vine team, now Psst… stick with me, and I’ll tell you a big wine secret. But before I do, I’m going to take a little me-time. The Sweet Partner in […]

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Shit-hammered at the apocalypse

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Wine selections for the horrors of 2017 By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Take the Night Train to the end the evening So the long nightmare that was 2016 is drawing to a close. As we sit here on the edge of ’17, waiting to see what America’s Orange Era has in store for us, there’s […]

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Your salad is going to kill you

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And other facts the FDA isn’t telling you By Paula Johnson Photo: It’s science: lettuce and other vegetables lack the nutritional value humans need to stay happy and healthy Alarming headline? It certainly is, and you should read on to find out the seriousness of our lack of understanding of how vegetables—long touted as the […]

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Consistently inconsistent

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Don’t throw caution to The Winds in Yellow Springs just yet By Paula Johnson Photo: The La Belle Farm Duck Breast with lavender honey and red wine reduction at The Winds in Yellow Springs; photos: Paula Johnson My occasional and most excellent dining pal Jurgen Durstler and I were discussing restaurants we’ve felt were “consistently […]

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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 […]