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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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.
Yellow Springs has a regular barrel aging program with ales such as a saison and a stout. 
Copyright Photo by Jim Witmer.  Permission for use by Dayton City Paper only, all other publications out.

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


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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Wingin’ it in Springfield


Eastwood American Grill and Tavern serves wings, pies and more By Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Springfield recently, scouring the antiques mall aisles for finds at affordable prices. Peering at old plates and cast iron skillets made us think of dinner, and we hoped to find a meal we […]

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The adulterated virgin


The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Nibble me this


Miamisburg’s Nibbles serves first class eats By Paula Johnson The name of Nibbles, an intimate fine dining restaurant located in Miamisburg, might be slightly misleading. Nibbles implies, according to the dictionary definition, “to bite gently, to take smaller hesitant bites in very small quantities; sort of like dabbling, lacking in serious intent,” almost dilettantish. But […]

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Off the beaten path


Six of the area’s least likely beer spots By Hayley Fudge It’s easy to get comfortable visiting your favorite drinking establishments over and over again. Or maybe high on the priority list is checking out the latest addition to the craft beer scene that’s opened nearby. But sometimes it’s fun to revisit the older establishments […]

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The butter half of breakfast


Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Witness them


Tasting the wines of Macedonia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “Eighty-five percent of all Macedonian wine is exported, making it an important part of the country’s economy.” Some of my favorite wine tasting days involve sampling from countries whose wines I’ve not yet experienced. If you’ve followed this space for any length of time, you know […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]