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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Pizz-eh

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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?

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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 good, the hip and the expensive

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Naked Vine looks at Crus Bourgeois du Medoc,craft beer hipsters and French courts By Mike Rosenberg Before the Naked Vine was but a twinkle in my virtual eye, I was a fairly prodigious homebrewer. This was before the early-aught’s explosion of home brewing. Working out of a closet in my old bachelor pad tucked away […]

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Ottoman Empire Strikes Back!

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Worth the trip: Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine (yup, in West Chester) By Paula Johnson When I got home from a late weekend lunch at Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine near Liberty Town Center in West Chester I immediately dug out my photo album with pictures of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, home of Turkish sultans for more than […]

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All bottled up?

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DCP’s guide to bottle versus can By Jim Witmer Which do you prefer, beer in a bottle or in a can? Let’s begin with the fact that more and more craft beer is being canned these days and it has surpassed bottles in market share. It’s likely that your favorite beer that was only available […]

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It’s your party, we can’t cry if we want to

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Fresco’s Jenn DiSanto shares a day in the life of catering By Paula Johnson What does it take to make it in the catering business, and how is that world different than that of a restaurant chef? Jenn DiSanto, owner of Kettering’s Fresco Catering, sums it up with a story from a huge party she […]

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]