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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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Since 1920

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Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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A hoppy ending

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Ollie’s Place in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ollie’s Burger at Ollie’s Place; photos: Paula Johnson Everyone has heard the saying “Beer is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” (Myself, I’d substitute wine and a really good slice of cake, an indication of where I start when considering Ollie’s Place, […]

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Stick to your ribs

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High hopes for Buckhorn Tavern By Paula Johnson Photo: Ribs at Buckhorn Tavern; photo: Paula Johnson Buckhorn Tavern is one of those places that always gets mentioned when people talk about restaurants that have been on the dining scene here since forever. Actually, since 1943 as Buckhorn’s website proudly proclaims. Looking around the thematic dining area, […]

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Royalty in the streets

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All hail the chefs at Versailles FareFest By Paula Johnson Photo: Chef David Glynn offers up Dayton Country Club cuisine at Versailles FareFest; photo: Tom Donnelly Walking the block to my car after meeting with Michael Anthony’s sommelier and front of the house powerhouse Telisa Delligatta was like taking a stroll with the queen. Every car […]

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King’s Highway

Marcus King has lived a lot of musical life in his 20 years. Growing up in a musical family, he got his first guitar at age 7. He began gigging with his own band at age 14. When your father, grandfather and uncles all play music professionally, it comes a little more naturally. However, one […]

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Abstract vision

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Painter Katherine Kadish in her Clifton studio By Bill Franz Photo: Kadish showing one of her earlier works Just over a year ago, I started photographing Dayton artists at work in their studios and publishing the results in a blog. I am not an art critic, but I enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at how […]

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Paula’s Palate: Holiday recipes 11/17/15

Three-C Cookies Makes 2 to 21/2 dozen 3” cookies I developed this recipe as a way of combining some of my favorite decadent things to eat: cashews, (white) chocolate, and coconut. Since these all start with the letter “C,” I named them Three-C Cookies.  I was sodisappointed the first time I made these—they didn’t taste anything as […]

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Poetry – For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives

For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives Kitty is pretty and sits in the sun, Her black fur is temptingly warm and inviting. If I were to stroke her would she come undone? Who knows, who knows? What Kitty is thinking I cannot suppose. For though she lies still On the warm […]

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Peotry – Veronica

Veronica Her delicate purple flowers Gaze into my eyes. I mark the hours As Helios’ chariot flies.   Veronica’s lovely eyes close. For dusk overtakes As the moon bull lows. I must leave her till dawn breaks.   How intimate was it to share The tender embrace Of my love so fair As sleep overtook […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]