Tag Archives: epicurean

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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Red, Rioja, Ribera

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Oh, Spanish reds, how do I love thee? By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Tempranillo grapes ripen in the Spanish region of Rioja to produce a flavor like pinot noir’s cherry with the weight of cabernet sauvignon The Naked Vine Rule No. 1 of food pairings is “People make wine to go with the foods they […]

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Festival of five

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Celebrate flavor at Kettering’s Siam Pad Thai By Paula Johnson Photo: Drunken Noodles at Siam Pad Thai in Kettering; photos: Paula Johnson All Thai cuisine starts with the big five: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. (More accurately, I should say all good Thai cuisine.) In a successful dish, that balance of three, or up […]

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Power pairing

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A local look at women and beer for International Women’s Day By Hayley Fudge Photo: Celebrate International Women’s Day with General Manager Tanya Brock at 5th Street Brewpub March 8 photo: Hayley Fudge At a time in our country when women’s rights have been considered under assault, the world should seize every opportunity it can […]

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Sweet but no heat

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Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield By Paula Johnson Photo: Ribs and a chicken wing with (l-r) macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato wedges, and cornbread at Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield photos: Paula Johnson Riddle’s Ribs is a tiny, white, one-story building on a corner on South Wittenberg Avenue in Springfield. A couple of sandwich boards are […]

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Not quite the ticket

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Tickets Pub and Eatery in Fairborn By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek Hot Plate for two at Tickets in Fairborn I’ve always felt that the job of a police sketch artist when confronted with an average guy who lacked any salient attributes or distinguishing characteristics would be a tough one. This is what I imagine: What […]

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News isn’t all that’s fake

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Beware of fake ingredients in your food By Paula Johnson Photo: Buyer beware: foods you routinely eat, like fish, are also routinely forged Look, it’s the dead of winter here in Dayton and the skies are gray and cloudy, and it’s cold. So if you, like me, are already suffering from depression about the weather, […]

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A beckoning beacon

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Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Fire Alarm Burger at Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs; photos: Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Yellow Springs late on a cold Wednesday evening needing to stop somewhere for dinner. Drawn by the building’s cheery […]

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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

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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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When I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 […]

Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]