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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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Close, but no cube

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Singing the food critic blues at Miamisburg’s Blue Note Bistro and Lounge By Paula Johnson Photo: Barramundi Almondine and Creamed Spinach at Blue Note Bistro and Lounge in Miamisburg; photo: Paula Johnson The definition of a “blue note” in jazz is a minor interval instead of the expected major. Thus, the Blue Note in Miamisburg […]

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Fool me once

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The joke was on me at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Pizza, topped with tofu, pesto, falafel, and ricotta, at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs; photo: Paula Johnson There was a certain, less-than-delicious irony that the day PIP (Palate In Progress) and I met DCP pals for lunch at […]

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Taste sans taste

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Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheng Du Chicken at Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia; photos: Paula Johnson Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi, located on Poe Avenue in Vandalia, is a lot more upscale than the average casual Chinese eatery. With an ample parking area and two large cement dragon sculptures […]

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Salute, my friend!

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A toast to Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering By Jurgen Durstler Photo: Meat Lasagna at Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering; photos: Jurgen Durstler There is an Eastern European gentleman at the door, saying, “Heeeeey, my friend, my buddy! How’s my favorite customer?” After a long day on the job being overworked and feeling […]

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(Almost) king for a day

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Spice up lunch at Los Reyes in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: Los Reyes in Kettering glows with a cozy atmosphere; photos: Michelle Strauss It wasn’t Cinco de Mayo. The calendar reflected a day that was actually much closer to Cinco de Marcho when DCP pals and I visited Los Reyes in Kettering. No matter […]

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Sip, sup, gussy up

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Reminisce at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: Beef Wellington at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville; photo: Paula Johnson Today we are going to talk about Centerville’s Paragon Supper Club, but we can’t do that without some context, and some nostalgia on this critic’s part. I begin by invoking The […]

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Crème de la crop

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Sign an elite guestbook at Lebanon’s The Golden Lamb By Paula Johnson Photo: Cauliflower and Short Rib Darphin appetizer at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon; photo: Paula Johnson William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, William Howard […]

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The limits of Sky

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Kettering’s Sky Asian Cuisine By Paula Johnson Photo: Sushi Sashimi Platter at Sky Asian in Kettering; photo: Paula Johnson     Sky Asian is the newest kid on the pan Asian restaurant block. Pan Asian means “we cover all the bases to appeal to the largest number of diners.” There are Thai restaurants and Korean […]

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]