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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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Tapping in

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Historic charm and good eats in Germantown By Paula Johnson Question: What’s a girl to do at a tap house if she’s not a craft beer fan? Answer: Have a cocktail and take a brew aficionado along, which is what I did. Joining me at Mudlick Tap House, nestled in the historic hamlet of Germantown, […]

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Everyone’s a critic

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Restaurant reviewing in the age of yelp By Paula Johnson In a 2010 interview, chef, TV personality and author Anthony Bourdain pronounced the restaurant critic dead, replaced by the democracy of the website Yelp. He referred to professional critics as dinosaurs, irrelevant relics. Seeing as it’s my job, and the job of many others, I […]

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Healing hops

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Benefits range far beyond a flavorful punch to beer By Hayley Fudge Beer lovers have long been in the know of the mentally therapeutic benefits that a cold brew can provide at the end of a long, hard day. Lesser known, though, are the health benefits that Humulus lupulus—more commonly known as hops—can bring to […]

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The kitchen in the corner

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If you don’t eat your meat, how can you have any pudding? By Paula Johnson I’m beginning with the butterscotch pudding. I’ve heard that some people don’t eat dessert, claiming they get too full. I can’t begin to imagine that sad condition, but it’s a logical place to start because it was the first thing […]

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The bloom of the blending grape

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South American wines showcase Malbec, Tannat By Mike Rosenberg Neighbor Jeff and I make an annual trip to our local Big Wine Store to stock him up for his annual project. Jeff lovingly crafts one delightful meal per month for his lovely wife. As a planner, he prefers to have all his wines in place […]

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Road food

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Michael Anthony’s at the Inn at Versailles is worth the trip By Paula Johnson You’d think a place called The Inn at Versailles might feature a French restaurant, but Michael Anthony’s at the Inn is Italian inspired. I found this out on a recent food-centered road trip (is there any other kind?) I took with […]

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Songs from the wood

Nate Cornette, owner of Yellow Springs Brewery, Yellow Springs OH, looks at an ale pulled from a barrel in the background at the brewery location.
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The story behind barrel-aged beers By Jim Witmer Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery owner Nate Cornett handpicks barrels for his product; photo: Jim Witmer It seems everywhere you look for a beer, there is a barrel-aged option. While it was more of a rarity just a few years ago, barrel-aged beers have now become the new […]

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Balancing act

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Thai Kitchen has too much sweet, not enough heat By Paula Johnson Photo: Thai Kitchen’s Tom Yum soup A trip to Thai Kitchen in Miamisburg made me think about an early ’80s cult film called “Koyaanisqatsi.” In the Hopi language, the word koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life.” Of central importance in Thai cuisine is the concept […]

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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 […]