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The art of beer at DAI’s Oktoberfest By Jim Witmer Photo: Fill up an Oktoberfest mug at the Dayton Art Institute Sept. 24 and 25; photo: Christian Clothier The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest has many attractions, but the liquid being poured is one of the main enticements. Yes, the art is first-rate, the grounds are beautiful, […]

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Live mas

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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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Sacred cows

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Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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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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‘Tis the Seasons

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Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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Dynamic duos

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Beer pairings to accompany your eats By Hayley Fudge Photo: Hayley Fudge I think all of us beer lovers can agree that there’s not much better than pairing well-crafted beer with some amazing food. Just as with wine, there is indeed an art that comes with brew and food pairings that focuses on complementing and contrasting […]

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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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Cool climate malbec

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Domaine Bousquet’s deep dark grapes By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Andes backdrop the Domaine Bousquet vineyards   This space has a long history with malbec, the varietal that has become the national wine and biggest export from Argentina. Malbec was one of the first wines I ever reviewed around here. Malbec’s popularity really took off […]

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Savory science

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A jaunt to Ajanta India Restaurant By Paula Johnson Photo: Samosas at Ajanta; photo: Paula Johnson Let’s start here: Why is Indian food so damn delicious? I think this every time I eat it, along with the thoughts “I could eat this every day of my life” and “Indian cuisine makes me think I could […]

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Don’t stay thirsty, my friends

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A beer festival survival guide By Jim Witmer Photo: Beer festival rule No. 1: start with the lighter beers first, like lagers and blond ales; photos: Sarah Browning There are many different kinds of beer events, from the tap takeovers in bars to the monthly beer tastings at restaurants to the big international events, like […]

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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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Thank you for smoking

A small sampling of the ‘Italian festival of sights and sounds’ at DiSalvo’s Deli; photo: Paula Johnson

DiSalvo’s Deli and Italian Store By Paula Johnson I wasn’t even hungry when I went to DiSalvo Deli and Italian Store. After an unexpectedly late lunch, I could have skipped dinner before heading to a show at the nearby Fraze Pavilion. But PIP (Palate In Progress) and I had planned to stop in for a […]

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What’s in your glass?

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A case of the blends By Dr. Mike Rosenberg “I like Cabernet.” “I like Merlot.” “I like Zinfandel.” These are typical responses to “What’s your favorite type of wine?” Simple enough question with a simple enough seeming answer. You love Pinot Noir, for instance. You go to the wine store and head for the sign […]

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It’s Bone-a fide

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Bone-a-Fido takes home the doggy bag By Paula Johnson There’s nothing like hitting up a bakery or neighborhood bistro when you’re in the mood for a little treat or a light snack. Maybe something savory with cheese? Or, maybe something sweet and crunchy? How about frozen yogurt? But did you ever stop and wonder if […]

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Good boy, Growler

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Naming brews by the bark By Jim Witmer   Since dog owners must walk their canines regularly, why not make one of the stops a local brewery or bar where they can meet up with their friends, and their dogs can sniff out some new friends, as well? An establishment with a food license from the […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]