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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 rulez


Boro Bistro reigns excellent By Paula Johnson We’ve all been there. You’re a mom with a stroller, and you are meeting up for lunch with two or three other moms. With Cadillac-sized strollers. And giant diaper bags. Because lunching with other moms in your same situation is key to surviving your baby’s babyhood. But you […]

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Champagne Charlie, the lonely widow and bubbles $60 apart


By Dr. Mike Rosenberg I had the opportunity to try a bottle of pretty high-end Champagne. Specifically, the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, which typically retails for somewhere in the $60-70 per bottle range. I was feeling a bit cheeky during a trip to Smaller Wine Store. On a whim, I decided to snag the […]

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Song’s Sushi sings


Off the beaten path, Japanese and Korean dishes rule By Paula Johnson LA love After taking in the film “City of Gold,” a documentary about Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold, it was a given that I was going to eat somewhere. The film is basically Gold’s love letter to his city of Los Angeles […]

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Cinco de my oh my!


Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant sizzles By Paula Johnson Probably the worst day of the year to decide on the spur of the moment to eat at a Mexican restaurant would be Cinco De Mayo. It’s a celebration the entire nation of Mexico pretty much ignores but north of the border we all go loco for. Fortunately […]

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Rum and revolution


New York’s Stonewall Inn becomes a national monument By Paula Johnson Throughout history, many a social movement began with someone slamming a tankard of ale on a tavern table with one fist, the other raised high, shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” or words to that effect. Think the […]

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Hanging with the big dogs

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Ohio’s beer scene headed to higher level By Hayley Fudge As if Ohio’s massive presence in the national beer scene hasn’t been exciting enough as of late, things are set to get a lot more thrilling in the coming months. For starters, last week the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 37 by a […]

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Vandalia’s Little York Tavern—Brews yes, Bites no. By Paula Johnson Little York Tavern & Pizza has a long history and a dedicated following. The building where it was originally located (Little York Road and North Dixie Drive) was constructed in 1835. The business began in that location in 1981 as a tavern serving drinks only. […]

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What’s in a name?


Authentic recipes at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen By Paula Johnson So you go to a place called Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, and all seems kosher (or whatever the Italian equivalent of that is). The music is right out of “Big Night,” the placemats boast facts encouraging a visit to Italy, the menu highlights all the things you […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]