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Taste sans taste

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Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheng Du Chicken at Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia; photos: Paula Johnson Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi, located on Poe Avenue in Vandalia, is a lot more upscale than the average casual Chinese eatery. With an ample parking area and two large cement dragon sculptures […]

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A bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day

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Best bottles for brunch, dinner, cocktails By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Suprise your mom on Mother’s Day with a celebratory cocktail, like a Rosénade: rosé, citrus vodka, basil, lemon, simple syrup, and club soda The time’s come again, folks—Mother’s Day. The day we thank Mom for changing our diapers, wiping our tears, and laying the […]

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Salute, my friend!

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A toast to Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering By Jurgen Durstler Photo: Meat Lasagna at Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering; photos: Jurgen Durstler There is an Eastern European gentleman at the door, saying, “Heeeeey, my friend, my buddy! How’s my favorite customer?” After a long day on the job being overworked and feeling […]

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Be merry, make music

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Drink to fund the arts at Lebanon’s BrewHAHa By Dana Walczak Photo: Lebanon’s BrewHAHa at the Warren County Fairgrounds raises money for the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Choir youth programs   Ever since Mesopotamians invented beer, we’ve paired the libation with music. The Lebanon BrewHAHa celebrates the two, selling craft beer to create more music. […]

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Wine wizard

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Wright State Dean Emeritus Charles Taylor pairs wine with philosophy By Jim Hannah Photo: Charles Taylor, Ph.D., retired dean of Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts, philosophizes on wine; photo: Erin Pence He slips it slowly and gingerly out of the cellar wine rack—a dust-furred bottle of Port nearly 40-years-old. Among his thousand bottles of […]

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(Almost) king for a day

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Spice up lunch at Los Reyes in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: Los Reyes in Kettering glows with a cozy atmosphere; photos: Michelle Strauss It wasn’t Cinco de Mayo. The calendar reflected a day that was actually much closer to Cinco de Marcho when DCP pals and I visited Los Reyes in Kettering. No matter […]

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Brewing with the ‘invisible hand’

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‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ taps into national brewing cultures, traditions By Tom Morgan Photo: Alworth’s ‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ offers insight into national brewing processes Avid homebrewers like myself are always on the lookout for books that offer original insights into the brewing process, as well as new and innovative ways to think […]

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Sip, sup, gussy up

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Reminisce at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: Beef Wellington at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville; photo: Paula Johnson Today we are going to talk about Centerville’s Paragon Supper Club, but we can’t do that without some context, and some nostalgia on this critic’s part. I begin by invoking The […]

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Hannibal Lecter’s wine faux pas 

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Climb the ladder, not the kill count with Chianti Classico By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Pair a bottle of Chianti Classico with a plate of pasta instead of liver and fava beans I sometimes wonder which fictional character more significantly affected the world of wine—Miles, ranting about the inadequacies of merlot in “Sideways,” or Hannibal […]

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Crème de la crop

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Sign an elite guestbook at Lebanon’s The Golden Lamb By Paula Johnson Photo: Cauliflower and Short Rib Darphin appetizer at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon; photo: Paula Johnson William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, William Howard […]

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Gone sour

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Local sour beers surging in popularity By Jim Witmer Photo: Toxic Brew’s Til Death Do Us Part Berliner weisse, brewing now; photo: Shane Juhl     Now that we’ve passed Daylight Saving Time, we are springing forward into warmer months. That, of course, means the appearance of lighter and refreshing craft beer styles. Typically, spring […]

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The limits of Sky

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Kettering’s Sky Asian Cuisine By Paula Johnson Photo: Sushi Sashimi Platter at Sky Asian in Kettering; photo: Paula Johnson     Sky Asian is the newest kid on the pan Asian restaurant block. Pan Asian means “we cover all the bases to appeal to the largest number of diners.” There are Thai restaurants and Korean […]

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Chef’s confessions

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An inside look at the secret food vices of Dayton’s chefs By Paula Johnson Photo: A bowl of cold cereal is one of chef Darin Mitchell’s (Coco’s Bistro) favorite guilty food pleasures   Recently, it happened again. I was driving near the Dayton Mall. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once or twice a year, but […]

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Just another manic Monday?

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Not much lovin’ for Miamisburg’s India Oven By Paula Johnson Photo: Chicken Vindaloo at India Oven in Miamisburg; photos: Paula Johnson   Yes, it was Monday at 5 p.m., the appointed time PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were to meet dining chum Jurgen Durstler at India Oven in the international plaza near the Dayton Mall. […]

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Local grain to local glass

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Yellow Springs Brewery and Davidson Family Growers collaborate on Robust Porter By Tom Morgan Photo: New Carlisle’s Davidson Family Growers and Yellow Springs Brewery’s Robust Porter   The growth of the local food movement has had many trickledown effects, and craft beer is no stranger to this influence. Locally grown hops have had an increasingly […]

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Sipping on a surprise

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Downtown Dayton’s Wine Gallery and Cafe By Paula Johnson Photo: Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese appetizer at The Wine Gallery and Cafe in downtown Dayton; photos: Paula Johnson; Photos: Paula Johnson   Toward the edge of downtown on Monument Avenue, you’ll find a nice little wine bar to try a wine flight, and while you’re there, […]

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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, […]