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Lost at sea

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Treasure Island Supper Club struggles to set sail By Paula Johnson In Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1883 novel, there be pirates, and swabbing of decks, and one legged seamen and parrots. General swashbuckling abounded, but no such excitement was found at a visit to the novel’s namesake Treasure Island Supper Club in Moraine. In business […]

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Hot mamma

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Mamma DiSalvo’s: one spicy southern Italian adventure By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I are Mamma DiSlavo’s veterans, having dined several times at this venerable Kettering favorite, open since 1979. If you’ve never been, Mamma’s is the sort of bustling casual red sauce emporium where the clientele and the staff know each other […]

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Duck, duck, ribs

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All’s Well at The Wellington Grille By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Beavercreek on a Friday night with no place to go, when he remembered The Wellington Grille was nearby. “It’s been a while, but I remember the place as being pretty good,” he said. “Well, we’ll soon find […]

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Old school

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New concoctions at Arcanum’s The Old Arcana By Paula Johnson The buzz about Chef Jeff Besecker and The Old Arcana has been pretty strong lately, with Ohio Magazine declaring their Bourbon Praline French Toast the best in the entire state. Lots of media coverage followed, and the restaurant’s Sunday Brunch has been mobbed ever since. […]

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Meadowlark sings

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Contemporary American dining with a dash of imagination By Paula Johnson There are certain restaurants you go to for the food, certain ones for the atmosphere, and then there are those that combine both in a way that’s just right. Sound, lighting, decor, crowd, drinks and food all work together to produce a whole that’s […]

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Hungary?

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Head to Boston’s for a cosmopolitan take on pub food By Paula Johnson There’s a lot of quirk going on at Boston’s Bistro & Pub, and I mean that in a good way. Unexpected might be another way to say it, or perhaps eclectic. PIP (Palate In Progress), Wiley Banker Tom and I tried Boston’s […]

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Good fortune?

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At Eat Rice, maybe it’s in the cookie By Paula Johnson “You area gifted in many ways.” This was the misspelled sentiment in the fortune cookie I opened after eating lunch from Eat Rice in Kettering. It was close to being correct, but the one letter off resulted in it making no sense. It seemed […]

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Tapping in

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Historic charm and good eats in Germantown By Paula Johnson Question: What’s a girl to do at a tap house if she’s not a craft beer fan? Answer: Have a cocktail and take a brew aficionado along, which is what I did. Joining me at Mudlick Tap House, nestled in the historic hamlet of Germantown, […]

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The kitchen in the corner

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If you don’t eat your meat, how can you have any pudding? By Paula Johnson I’m beginning with the butterscotch pudding. I’ve heard that some people don’t eat dessert, claiming they get too full. I can’t begin to imagine that sad condition, but it’s a logical place to start because it was the first thing […]

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Road food

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Michael Anthony’s at the Inn at Versailles is worth the trip By Paula Johnson You’d think a place called The Inn at Versailles might feature a French restaurant, but Michael Anthony’s at the Inn is Italian inspired. I found this out on a recent food-centered road trip (is there any other kind?) I took with […]

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Balancing act

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Thai Kitchen has too much sweet, not enough heat By Paula Johnson Photo: Thai Kitchen’s Tom Yum soup A trip to Thai Kitchen in Miamisburg made me think about an early ’80s cult film called “Koyaanisqatsi.” In the Hopi language, the word koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life.” Of central importance in Thai cuisine is the concept […]

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Wingin’ it in Springfield

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Eastwood American Grill and Tavern serves wings, pies and more By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Springfield recently, scouring the antiques mall aisles for finds at affordable prices. Peering at old plates and cast iron skillets made us think of dinner, and we hoped to find a meal we […]

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Nibble me this

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Miamisburg’s Nibbles serves first class eats By Paula Johnson The name of Nibbles, an intimate fine dining restaurant located in Miamisburg, might be slightly misleading. Nibbles implies, according to the dictionary definition, “to bite gently, to take smaller hesitant bites in very small quantities; sort of like dabbling, lacking in serious intent,” almost dilettantish. But […]

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The butter half of breakfast

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Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Dramatic gestures

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Travel to Korea and Japan at Centerville’s Kabuki By Paula Johnson Photo: Ika Tempura at Kabuki in Centerville Kabuki is the Japanese term for a kind of dramatic theatre featuring exaggerated gestures and body movements. In the Centerville restaurant’s case, the emphatic gesticulations came from the owner as she quickly and efficiently ushered in the […]

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Deli-aching

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Deli at Webster Street I’ve had a deli-ache since I moved to Dayton, and the only thing that will make me feel better is a really outstanding Reuben. So with this in mind, I headed to The Deli at Webster Street. The renovated warehouse building that houses The Deli also houses The Top of the […]

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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 […]