Tag Archives: epicurean

Cultured cuisine south of town

Matera Caffé: Worldly, wood-fired flare in a low-key locale By Brandy King Photo: The Midnight Sun pizza at Matera Caffé in Franklin Just south of the Montgomery County border, one exit down from the retail and empty office space mecca of Austin Landing and cozied up right next to the classy New York, New York […]

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Sit up. Lay down. Roll over!

Your dog deserves a treat from Lindy & Company By Tom Baker Photo: Lindy’s Sampler and the latest favorite, PB & Bacon Bones I’m a big fan of social enterprise, the business model that uses conventional methods as a means to a socially beneficial end. Businesses like celebrity chef Jaime Oliver’s Fifteen – a culinary apprenticeship […]

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In the can

Craft beer goes retro By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: [l to r] Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout and Finch’s Beer Company’s Threadless IPA In 2002, a tiny, relatively unknown brewery in Colorado took steps that many craft beer drinkers at the time considered heresy: Oskar Blues canned their beers. Not only did they can their […]

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Something yummy at White Lotus

Authentic Thai food downtown By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Panang curry with white rice at White Lotus How many times have you passed the White Lotus – previously known as White Tower  restaurant, and still sporting the Yummy Burger sign from its last incarnation – at the northeast corner of Patterson Boulevard and Third Street and […]

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The Italian alternative

The Nero d’Avola varietal  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: The Poggio Anima 2010 “Asmodeus” Nero d’Avola Quick quiz…I say “Nero.” What pops into your head? How about grapes? OK, now we’re talking … Nero d’Avola is an Italian, predominantly Sicilian, wine grape varietal. As you probably remember, most Italian wines draw their name from the location they’re […]

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Fear the faux

When breweries masquerade as craft brands By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Faux craft beers like Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s are produced by big breweries  Craft beer has become ubiquitous. Ten to fifteen years ago, few people had heard of craft beer, although a few drinkers professed to like “dark” or “imported” beers. Today, Dayton has nearly […]

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Taste the rainbow

Out-and-proud restaurateurs By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Winds Cafe co-owner Mary Kay Smith walks diners through a meal at her restaurant   When my editor gave me an assignment on gay restaurant owners/managers, I was a little stumped. I couldn’t figure out the angle. What does LGBT status have to do with running a restaurant? Wiley […]

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Mexico’s signature sandwich

Johnny’s Tortas in Old North Dayton By Tom Baker Photo: The Campesina torta from Johnny’s Tortas  When you enjoy a cuisine and then realize you’ve missed an entire facet of what it has to offer, there is a great moment of discovery that you never forget. Mine involves a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in Chicago – on […]

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Cracking open the good stuff

New Kitchen Edition By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The good stuff: Roederer Estate 2002 Brut While the thrust of this column is largely inexpensive wines, I’ll admit that I don’t live on bread alone. I have a wine cellar, although it’s not some cavernous 3,000 bottle temperature-controlled, hermetically-sealed, heavily-fortified safe room. My closet down in “Le Bistro […]

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Desperately seeking pizza

Wheat-free indulgences at Sinfully Gluten Free By Brandy King Photo: The Hawaiian pizza at Sinfully Gluten Free in Centerville A few years ago, my doctor suggested I stop eating wheat products. This is the same guy who recommended that I stop drinking whiskey and smoking, so I can’t really take all of his advice at face […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]