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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

A Yum Bone, Apple Critter, and Banana Split at Bone-a-Fido; photo: Paula Johnson

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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Dine in expectations, carry out surprise

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New Carlisle’s 571 Grill and Draft House By Paula Johnson Photo: Loaded Potato Wedges at 571 Grill and Draft House; photo: Paula Johnson My cat, Cecil B. DeMeow (alright, ONE of my cats), doesn’t understand the element of surprise. Daily, he sits under the bird feeder wondering why there are no birds. I watched him, thinking […]

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A vacation on the vine

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The gustatory glory of Grand Case By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Waking up in Grand Case, St. Martin; photo: Mike Rosenberg   Two days into 2014, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I stepped off a cruise ship in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Powered by a Fodor’s travel guide and the desire to avoid tour groups, we […]

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Reminiscing with Nobilo

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One sip back to the tasting table   One of my first turns on the pouring side of a tasting table was back in 2007 at a fabulous fundraising event called Wine over Water. This annual event, held on the Purple People Bridge over the Ohio River, features gorgeous views of the Cincy skyline and […]

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Springboros outdoor oasis

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Escape to Heather’s Coffee and Cafe By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheesecake at Heather’s; photo: Paula Johnson If you are looking for outdoor ambiance this summer, look no further than Springboro. Nestled in the lovely historic downtown shopping district is Heather’s Coffee and Cafe. Heather’s is located in one of the charming old houses lining Main […]

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The drinkers’ choice award goes to…

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Beer! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing By Jim Witmer Photo: Yellow Cab’s July 16 event showcases Dayton breweries, while also giving one a chance to win bragging rights; photo: Jesse King Yellow Cab Tavern’s mission is to promote creative people and foster creative expression, so it’s natural they host an event to showcase the creative […]

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Middletown’s meat mecca

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Make pilgrimage to Combs BBQ Central By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Sandwich at Combs BBQ Central; photo: Paula Johnson Noted food philosopher and writer Michael Pollan spends a lot of time on BBQ in his Netflix documentary series Cooked, specifically a place in North Carolina where it’s not at all about the sauce. He recounts, […]

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Sexist, not sexy tactics

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Lazy or just plain dumb beer marketing? By Jim Witmer Photo: This retro ad hangs in the Barrel House on Third Street; photo: Jim Witmer Beer is the beverage for everyone, but you wouldn’t know by some of the marketing campaigns. Yes, beer is a beverage that has mass appeal and is approachable by everyone, […]

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Naughty noshing

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Ill watch what shes watching By Paula Johnson Photo: Kôji Yakusho as Man in White Suit and Nobuko Miyamoto as Tampopo in “Tampopo” “When Harry Met Sally’s” famous scene of orgasmic ecstasy has gone down as one of the most iconic cinematic moments of all time. Taking place in a diner, Meg Ryan simulates sexual […]

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The architect, the chocolatier

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The wizard of Ghyslain Chocolate by Paula Johnson Photo: Key Lime Cheesecake at Ghyslain Chocolate Factory; photo: Paula Johnson “The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.” —Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson had something there, especially in terms […]

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The bite’s better than the bar

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Scruffy’s Hot Dogs: Chicago in Dayton by Paula Johnson Photo: The New York Dog (left) and the classic Chicago-style Scruffy Dog (right) at Scruffy’s; photo: Paula Johnson Walking into Scruffy’s Hot Dogs is like walking into a hot dog joint in the Windy City. You will seriously be checking Google to verify your location because there […]

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Pucker up

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Embrace the funk of sour beers By Hayley Fudge Photo: A toast to the sour and wild brewers who have not yet given up; photo: Hayley Fudge It hardly seems right to refer to a style that’s been brewed by Belgians for centuries as the newest craze to hit craft beer, but many longtime beer-lovers […]

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Wet and wild

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Sea Jax Tavern sets sail By Paula Johnson Photo: Grouper Fingers at Sea Jax Tavern; photo: Paula Johnson A name like Sea Jax has nautical theme written all over it, and nautical is what Kettering’s Sea Jax tavern delivers. A tavern-like interior with wood paneling, low lighting and booths, the walls are lined with nautical maps […]

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Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]