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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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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

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Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

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Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]