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Champagne, but no cigar

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Miamisburg’s elé Bistro & Wine Bar By Paula Johnson Photo: Trout Almondine at Miamisburg’s elé Bistro & Wine Bar; photos: Paula Johnson Austin Landing, the recently opened shopping and dining complex in Miamisburg, is filled with national chains. I was happy to see that at least one place is a real homegrown addition to the […]

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Mr. Mojo risin’

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Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy By Paula Johnson Photo: Monte Cristo sandwich and Slaw at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy; photos: Paula Johnson Funny enough, that refrain from the Doors song “L.A. Woman” was playing in the background as I sat at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy, musing about what to call […]

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Start with the bubbly

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Your guide to Thanksgiving wine buying By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: A big, fruity Zinfandel will complement any Thanksgiving feast The Big Feed is right around the corner, and you gotta buy wine. Since you’re the classy individual that you are, you actually give a rip about how the wine goes with food and you […]

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The bees and the…

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Buzz about mead By Jim Witmer Photo: Tia Agnew of Indi’s New Day Craft mixes ciders and mead cocktails at a Crafted and Cured tasting; photos: Jim Witmer There is a lot of buzz today about mead, and much of it has to do with our friends, the bees. Derived from honey, mead is likely […]

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Dispirited

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Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill in Clayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Pasta Bolognese at Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill in Clayton; photos: Paula Johnson I feel just awful about what I am about to do—I really couldn’t feel worse. Those who read my column regularly will be familiar with my rant about restaurants that serve institutional-style food […]

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Three wise chefs

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Medway’s The Tavernette By Paula Johnson Photo: Fried Green Tomatoes at Medway’s The Tavernette I’ve spent a lot of time writing about places that have been around forever and have a loyal local following. (There’s one in my neighborhood. I don’t eat there.) These sacred cows, for the most part, are places that have been […]

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Last Suppers

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By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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Charmed

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Demystifying Kettering’s Park City Club By Paula Johnson Photo: Burnt Carrot Salad at Kettering’s Park City Club; photos: Paula Johnson Up in the Club Here’s what I knew about Park City Club before I went: it’s the second restaurant opened by Dana Downs, chef and owner of the successful and well regarded Roost Modern Italian in […]

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Virgins welcome, sometimes

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A lesson in olive oil By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Olive grove in Thasos, Greece Ever wondered why many olive oils are marketed as more virginal than Steve Carell? The good folks at Ancient Olive Trees asked me to sample some of their artisanal olive oil. One nice thing about my little wine adventure is […]

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You say you want a Brewvolution…

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5 things Dayton’s beer scene needs for the next level By Hayley Fudge Photo: Asheville Brewing Co. in North Carolina, a beer and pizza mecca Watching Dayton’s beer scene progress during the last few years has been amazing. To go from zero breweries to at least a dozen and counting in the last few years is […]

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The house wins

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Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood By Paula Johnson Photo: Silver Dollar Corn Cakes at Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood; photos: Paula Johnson   Slot Me In Located just off the highway at the Monroe exit, Miami Valley Gaming casino offers easy access and ample parking—plus a whole lot of slot […]

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The state of the State Fair: 

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Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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Money where your mouth is

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Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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What’s in store?

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Big bites at Jerardi’s Little Store By Paula Johnson Photo: The Triple Decker sandwich at Jerardi’s Little Store; photo: Amanda Dee When I was a little kid, I went to a little store. The one in my neighborhood was called Paterni’s, but I knew it simply as “The Little Store.” It was where moms would send […]

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Das good

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The art of beer at DAI’s Oktoberfest By Jim Witmer Photo: Fill up an Oktoberfest mug at the Dayton Art Institute Sept. 24 and 25; photo: Christian Clothier The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest has many attractions, but the liquid being poured is one of the main enticements. Yes, the art is first-rate, the grounds are beautiful, […]

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Live mas

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Authentic taste at Centerville’s Chiapas Mexican Grill By Paula Johnson Photo: Taco at Chiapas Mexican Grill; photos: Paula Johnson Every time I review a Mexican restaurant (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) I always get asked “Is it authentic?” In the words of author and chef Anthony Bourdain, “I’ve seen zero evidence of […]

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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 […]