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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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‘My Fat Dad’


Jewish Community Center dines in with New York Times author Dawn Lerman By Paula Johnson Photo: 2-year-old Dawn Lerman with her grandmother, whom she called ‘Beauty’ “My Fat Dad” is Dawn Lerman’s new memoir about how her father’s lifelong weight struggle defined her life from the young child who went on a diet roller coaster […]

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Debate Forum 1/5/16


Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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The place to taste


Fraze’s The Taste event returns By Paula Johnson Photo: Selections at this year’s Taste event include everything from deep fried cheese curds to tiramisu to gourmet dog treats “It’s the 29th year! It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Ann-Lisa Allen, president of the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce excitedly explains. She’s talking about The Taste. She continues, […]

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Apples and oranges


Farmers markets produce more than ever By Paula Johnson Did you know you can pet an alpaca and do yoga at Dayton farmers markets? Talk to the guy who baked your bread this morning and the folks who made the honey you just bought? Pick up a handmade ceramic piece or a painting? Hear live […]

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30 feet of Abe


Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a 30-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln in Seward Johnson’s sculpture, overlooking downtown Troy On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln had just begun his second term as President of the United States and was watching a production of the […]

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Debate Forum: 06/23


Forum Center: There’s a pill for that Women may soon have pharmaceutical arousal option By Sarah Sidlow A little pink pill? Ladies, we may just be one step closer. Last week, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee approved a pharmaceutical called flibanserin, a drug designed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals to boost the low sexual desire […]

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Debate Forum: 05/12

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Forum Center: Leggo my liver! By Katie Christoff Illustration: Jed Helmers In early January, a federal judge overturned a California law banning the sale of foie gras, which had originally taken effect in July 2012. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” has been under scrutiny by animal rights activists because in its making, ducks are force-fed […]

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Twist and shout


Pretzel Festival in historic Germantown By Paula Johnson Photo: The Germantown Pretzel Festival begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27 At the entrance to Germantown, a historic hamlet southwest of Dayton, there’s a plaque that reads, “Germantown, Jewel of Twin Valley, founded in 1804 by Philip Gunckel.” It’s a safe bet that Gunckel, a German […]

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They grow this stuff in Ohio?


Freshwater Farms’ annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival By Paula Johnson Photo: Retail Marketing Manger Cherie dela Rama digs into a box full of fresh shrimp; photo: Gary Haber Fish festival fever Ohio is famous for festivals of all sorts. So far, I’ve counted more than 50 in the southwestern part of our state alone. […]

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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 […]