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The ‘First Family of Chardonnay’

By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “‘Middle of the road’ may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California Chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot.” In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, Calif. and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast-forward to 2014 and […]

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Eat, pray, love

Top notch food for a good cause By Brandy King Photo: The salmon dinner from one bistro Over the last couple of years, the “pay it forward” dining concept has started to pop up in some markets – including a few Panera Bread locations and Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. I’ll be the […]

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Advocate for craft

Growing the local beer community By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Mike Legg of Hairless Hare brews an early test batch Welcome to the rebirth of craft beer in the Miami Valley. We claim eight breweries with several more opening, local taps all around town and breweries growing to increase capacity. Albeit still in its infancy, this […]

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Thai one on

Tik’s Thai Grille, a Dayton original expands By Avery King Photo:The chicken satay appetizer with cucumber and peanut sauces at Tik’s Thai Grille Tik’s Thai Grille in Sugarcreek Township is one of three local Thai establishments operating under the Tik brand – named after the owner. “Mostly Thai people have nicknames and we call each […]

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“O” is for “Oak”

Wood is good By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Estancia 2011 Monterey County chardonnay Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. Obviously, there’s some reason, for years, wine and barrels have been united in the wine drinker’s consciousness. Why do winemakers use barrels? For […]

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Worth the trip to Waynesville

Surprise and delight awaits at Cobblestone Village Café By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The grilled romaine salad at Cobblestone Village Café Tucked into what appears to be an old home on Main Street in Waynesville, Ohio is Cobblestone Village Gift Shop and Gourmet Café. Waynesville is known for a number of things – the Sauerkraut Festival and […]

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Spring is in the air (and the glass)

DCP’s guide to spring beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Consecrator is a Midwest-brewed doppelbock true to its German roots; photo: Kevin J. Gray As the snows thaw and the weather warms, brewers turn from imperial stouts, winter warmers and barleywines – staples of cooler months. Instead, out come the spring seasonals. Unlike fall, with its […]

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Bellbrook comfort food comes up short

Amelia’s under-delivers on food & ambience By Brandy King Photo: Center-cut filet Ever since we moved our family close to Bellbrook, we’ve been trying to make our way around to all of the independent eateries on that end of town, of which there are a surprising amount. One of the last ones we got around to […]

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Epicurean “Wine”

A French four-pack for the freezin’ season By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Macon region of southern Burgundy, France It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out, and when it does, it’s not much help warming things up. These are rich food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth, […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic

Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]