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“M” is for “Meatless”

Wine pairings for vegetarian cuisine  By Mike Rosenberg  Photo: Mango quinoa salad pairs well with malbec and carmenere Astute observers of my monthly column know that I love me some meat. Well, I love most food in general, but I’m not sure that I could ever be a vegetarian. I tried removing animals from the ol’ […]

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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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Going dark

Beers to get you through winters’ final nights By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Three great porters from Michigan and Ohio breweries: [l to r] Bell’s, Rivertown and Great Lakes Winter might be drawing to a close, but now is the perfect time to savor dark, rich beers before the light, bright springtime ales start edging out shelf […]

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Expect the unexpected

Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The pork trio at Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon featuring babyback ribs, pork chop and pork tenderloin Don’t be fooled by your initial thoughts of a restaurant that sits in shopping center right next to a Goodwill store and in front of WalMart. I was certainly skeptical, but […]

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Cooper’s Hawk

A model of (and based on) consistency By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Wine crafted for those who are “looking for something a little different”: the wines of Cooper’s Hawk on display; photos courtesy coopershawkwinery.com I was invited to attend the recent grand opening of a Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, an “upscale-casual” restaurant boasting a tasting room at each […]

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Middle East in the Middle West

Cedarland offers exceptional Middle Eastern cuisine  By Brandy King photo: Baba ghannouj with housemade pita at Cedarland Restaurant & Bakery For someone who makes a point to visit and review as many dives as possible – local and otherwise – it’s downright shameful that I’d long avoided the one closest to my own turf.  Cedarland Bakery […]

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Making THE beer run

Tips on curating a beer festival  By Kevin J. Gray Photo: John Sulentic pours draft selections at the 2012 MSD Brew Ha-Ha; photo © Jim Witmer Dayton beer drinkers have unique access to an insane amount of quality beer. We import craft brew from both coasts and are surrounded by breweries in the Great Lakes region. Many […]

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Amar India

As authentic as it gets  By Tom Baker If you’ve recently attended an Indian wedding, hospital-sponsored banquet or been shopping around the Dayton Mall, chances are you’ve experienced Amar India. Amar brings higher-level Indian dining to Dayton, and is owned and operated by Surjit Singh, a tall, moustached gentleman you may see in the restaurant […]

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A little uneven, but not rusted

The wines of Tin Roof Cellars  By Mike Rosenberg Thanks to Tiffany and the good folks at Balzac Communications, I had the chance to do a rundown of the Tin Roof Cellars portfolio. Tin Roof – a widely-available series of wines from California – produces a slate of reds and whites all available for around $8-9. […]

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Don’t judge a restaurant by its (old) cover!

Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine makes new, tasty home  By Brandy King There’s a website currently on hiatus called Not Fooling Anybody that would snap photos of former chain restaurants that had been very awkwardly converted into doctors’ offices, ethnic restaurants, etc., without really bothering to change the recognizable design of the former tenant.  […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]