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Springs awakening

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Aleta’s Cafe: as Yellow Springs as it gets By Paula Johnson Spring in Yellow Springs has to be among the loveliest combinations of time and place there could be. On a brilliantly bright and cloudless day, still a little brisk, a stroll through the Springs was truly soul-renewing—as well as entertaining. Hipsters and hippies, the […]

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When in … shower?

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Hayley’s top five moments when that cold one tastes even better By Hayley Fudge For us beer lovers, there’s rarely a time that a well-crafted beverage of sorts doesn’t sound appealing or taste great. But there are definitely times when they just taste a little better than others. Here’s a look at five of the […]

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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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Wining and dining

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The Naked Vine’s guide to ordering wine in a restaurant By Mike Rosenberg You’re out at a nice dinner with your besties. You’ve been to the bar, had a cocktail or two, and the maître’ d has escorted your happy gaggle to the table. Menus are distributed, and your server utters that fateful question: “Who […]

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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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Defending food

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Michael Pollan talks food and nutrition at UD’s speaker series By Paula Johnson Michael Pollan has become America’s foremost leader in food philosophy, examining the social and political forces that shape our food production, and writing and speaking about the implications of what and how we eat. He will be appearing at The University of […]

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Beer thyme

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Herbs make their comeback By Jim Witmer Quick, name the four main ingredients in beer. Barley, yeast, water and … dandelion? Of course most of us know hops are one of the four main ingredients, but today in craft beer it seems like anything goes. Like chefs wanting to add a unique flavor to a […]

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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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Femme de la cuisine

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The progress of women in the kitchen By Paula Johnson Recently, British chef Tom Kerridge stirred up a firestorm by remarking that although he liked “girls in the kitchen,” he felt women lack “a lot of that fire in a chef’s belly you need. That’s probably why there [are] not so many female chefs.” And, […]

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Beers of spring

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Lighter styles, unique flavors highlight seasonal offerings By Hayley Fudge The winter beer season of barrel-aged and coffee-laden stouts, porters and massive hop bombs is barely in the rearview mirror. Nearly forgotten are the pumpkin, yam and brown ales of fall. Creeping closer are the crisp and refreshing light pilsners, session IPAs and kolsch offerings […]

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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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Sweet vermouth rocks …

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What the heck is vermouth anyhow? By Mike Rosenberg “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.” – Steve Allen. Poor vermouth. A drop too much sends cocktail hipsters into an absolute uproar. Many martini drinkers take great pride in their disdain for this mixer and aperitif. […]

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Let’s be friends

Brewmaster Jeffrey McElfresh talks about the brewing process with members of the WYSO staff on the brew day of Vox Populi, a collaboration pale ale Yellow Springs Brewery in 2015. Photo by Jim Witmer

Why compete when you can collaborate? By Jim Witmer Maybe if we all took a page from the collaborative spirit of the craft beer movement, the world just might be a better place. Go into any local bottle shop or taproom, and you will undoubtedly see a collaboration beer brewed by Brewery X, Brewery Y […]

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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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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 […]