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Xenia’s Tables Of Contents Café begins a new chapter The day’s special was Cajun chicken and Rice with green salad, but the entire menu changes from day to day. By Paula Johnson It’s Still On The Table I really hate it when I have to change things up right in the middle of something. The […]

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What’s in a name?


Hibachi, sushi, and other Asian delights at Englewood’s Ozu852 Chef’s inspiration sushi and sashimi combo By Paula Johnson Heavenly Sushi On a recent Thursday evening, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in the mood for sushi. In truth, PIP is in the mood for sushi every day, and his interest was piqued when […]

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No fry zone, no small fry


Sports, snacks, and suds at Springboro’s Mr. Boro’s Tavern Popular favorite grilled cheese with the only fried item on the menu, kettle chips. By Paula Johnson No Kidding A sports-themed tavern opened last year on Route 741 in Springboro to a bit of controversy. The space, which once housed wine bar Bella Vino, posted a […]

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Let’s all sit down and say, “Gracie’s”


Middletown’s Gracie’s: delicious and unique Gracie’s occasional steak entrée special By Paula Johnson   The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Amy Vitori defined faith by purchasing the old JC Penney building in Middletown and putting a restaurant in it (also a children’s play place, hair salon, and yoga […]

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The art of going solo


Dining alone with expertise By Paula Johnson Who dines alone if they don’t have to? Open Table, the most popular online booking site, has experienced a whopping 62 percent increase in solo bookings over the past two years, so somebody’s doing it, and it doesn’t seem to be just those who are forced into it […]

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The new home cook


Meal prep kits and what the future holds for how we cook and weat Photo: All ingredients come freshly packaged and ready to cook By Paula Johnshon The rise of convenience food in the mid ‘50s gave us commercially prepared, highly processed, prepackaged food. Most of us grew up with ready-to-eat frozen foods such as […]

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Ethnic exit


Why it’s time to 86 the term ‘ethnic restaurant’ By Paula Johnson What is “ethnic food,” exactly? Writer Bruce Palling asked this question in 2011, and he found that key food dictionaries such as “Larousse Gastronomique” and the “Oxford Companion to Food” did not mention it at all. Google the definition of “ethnic food” and […]

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Prepare to socialize over coffee, kitties at Gem City Catfé   Photo: (left) Kitty-face meringues to be served at the Gem City Catfé and (above) Hugh from the Humane Society, which will have cats up for adoption By Paula Johnson It’s fitting that the soon-to-be-open Gem City Catfé is located in the St. Anne’s Hill […]

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The must-do choo-choo


All aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train (l-r) Cincinnati Dinner Train performer, the prime rib dinner, and exterior of the train; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The elegant, parchment-style ticket bearing your name, train car, and table assignment is punched by a uniformed porter. A line of people dressed up for the evening present their […]

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In the beginning, it was frozen

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DCP dining critic takes readers through her food journey, debuts rating system photo: DCP dining critic Paula Johnson’s love of food and restaurants started with her mother By Paula Johnson I am often asked what I am looking for when I review a restaurant. That’s the question that’s asked right after “How did you get that […]

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At the kids table


Dining, learning with children By Paula Johnson Photo: Teaching your little ones basic social skills in a restaurant ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone Q: Still looking for restaurants with family sections so we can have dinner without being interrupted by screaming children, which is annoying especially when paying a premium price for food. […]

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Chef’s confessions


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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News isn’t all that’s fake


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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Moaning about munching


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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Your salad is going to kill you


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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Buen vino, buena familia


Veleta Wines brings a little bit of Spain to Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Veleta Wines vineyard in Ugijar, a village in Granada, Spain; photo: Juan and Nola Palomar Ugijar is a tiny village municipality located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 2,524 inhabitants. […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]