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The Alphabet Soup Project

“J” is for “Jumilla” By Mike Rosenberg I like climate-based cooking. Lighter dishes and salads in spring, cold soups and garden-laced goodness in summer, grilling in autumn, soups and stews in winter — you get the idea. The wacky weather we’ve had has occasionally left me flatfooted. I find it hard to plan a menu […]

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Pho Mi

Vietnamese, Pho Real By Tom Baker Before we break down the dining experience at Pho Mi (pronounced like “duh”), let’s talk briefly about comfort food.  These are traditional, nostalgia evoking items:  For me it’s buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, casseroles and most anything my grandmother made me.  It’s richness of flavors, textures and histories, and I […]

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Take Homebrewing to the Next Level

All-Grain Brewing By Kevin Gray Extract Brewing Most beginning homebrewers make beers using kits that include malt extract, hops and yeast — three of the four basic beer ingredients (the fourth being water). The malt extract contains malted grains, usually barley, and is the sugar source for beer — it feeds the yeast, which in […]

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House of Kabab

A Lebanese Festival, Seven Days a Week By Tom Baker As a recovering vegetarian I can tell you just how disappointing it is to walk into a restaurant, open the menu, and hope and pray that there is a 1) grilled cheese, 2) salad w/o bacon, or 3) an appetizer or pasta from which the […]

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From Burgundy to Bordeaux

A Basic Primer on French Red Wine By Mike Rosenberg While it’s pretty impractical — and nearly impossible — to run the gamut of French wine in a single tasting, a “‘round the country” on the basics is possible. France looks roughly like a pentagon pointed upwards — work with me here — and almost […]

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The Dining Experience

Fleming’s: Breaking Boundaries By Brian P. Sharp As an epicurean critic, I normally swear off “chain” restaurants.  However, recently I have thought a lot about whether certain chain restaurants deliver a “dining experience,” a white tablecloth environment that delivers great food and quality service that sets them above the other “chains.” Can a “chain restaurant” […]

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Brewers to Watch

Local Beers on Tap in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Last August’s beer column wondered when Dayton would see locally-produced craft beer again and introduced the Toxic Brew guys, who were just getting started on the process. Now, just over six months later, the Miami Valley is slated to see not one, but […]

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Akashi Serves Tradition

Dayton Sushi Bar Reigns Supreme By Tom Baker On a recent visit to Akashi in Riverside, it dawned on me just how different dining experiences can be for different cultures.  Here in the Midwest, we are more accustomed to informal dining, especially as the U.S. overall has been trending to a more casual style.  However, […]

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“For the Love of God, Montresor…”

Sherry, or the Obvious Alternatives By Mike Rosenberg Sherry — the name evokes images of deep shag carpet, wide lapels, ruffled blouses and key parties. The quintessential ‘70s drink, every household was required by law to have at least one bottle of cream sherry on hand for highballs and nightcaps. Alternatively, there’s usually a bottle of […]

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It’s Delicious at De’Lish!

Experience an Excellent Dining Option Downtown By Brian P. Sharp. Another great white tablecloth restaurant option exists right in the middle of downtown Dayton!  As a downtown resident it always humors me when people ask … “what is there to do downtown?”  Obviously, these are people that are so absorbed in suburbia that they have […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]