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Troni’s Italian Restaurant

An Italian family-run gem hidden away in Kettering By Tom Baker Sometimes you stumble across a place where you’d least expect it — in this case, it’s in a tiny strip mall on Dorothy Lane. Many people have probably driven by hundreds of times and never noticed it. It’s the type of place where you […]

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1931: A very good year

An adventure in finding (and opening) a bottle of Massandra 1931 Ai-Danil Tokay By Mike Rosenberg My dad just turned 80. I could devote many column inches to the enormous impact my father has had on the fabric of so many people’s lives over the years, (Google “John Rosenberg AppalRed” or “John Rosenberg civil rights […]

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The Golden Lamb

Food and phantoms at a historic Lebanon landmark By Tom Baker In December of 1803, Jonas Seaman opened a “house of public entertainment” in what is now downtown Lebanon. Fast forward 200-plus years, a dozen presidential visits and perhaps a handful of ghosts and haunted rooms, and you have the contemporary incarnation of the Golden […]

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Portland, Beer Mecca

A West Coast beer journal By Kevin J. Gray Portland, Ore. City of roses, city of bridges and, most importantly, city of beer. My wife and I have long been fascinated with Portland, so we used our anniversary as a reason to visit. Beer, coffee and wine are all part of Portland’s culture, but craft […]

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Poppin’ in at the Cherry House Café

Beavercreek eatery is sweet with homestyle classics By Brian P. Sharp These cool fall days are perfect for feel-good foods like meatloaf or a pot of chili or even apple crisp. However, with our busy lives sometimes we just don’t have the time to make them ourselves. That’s a perfect opportunity to find little out-of-the-way […]

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A taste here, a taste there

An adventure in unusual (and unplanned) wine pairings By Mike Rosenberg One of my great wine tasting joys is discovery. That’s the kind of experience that made me start writing this crazy thing to begin with. This bolt from the blue can take lots of different forms. I might be impressed by someone’s advice on […]

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Ajanta Indian Restaurant

Under-the-radar Indian in Kettering By Tom Baker This story starts with another restaurant break-up. After many years of weekly visits to Ajanta, I had to call it quits after a handful of service-related experiences turned me off indefinitely. It’s probably been two or three years since I last visited, and I figured I’d give them […]

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O-Fest beers

German brews here in Ohio’s heartland By Kevin J. Gray Every fall, beer lovers around the world eagerly await the arrival of Oktoberfest beers, the big, malty beer style of Bavarian origin. Traditionally, each March, Bavarian brewers would brew up batches of a style called Marzen then store the beers in caves through the summer […]

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Sa-Bai

The new kid on the block … but do they have the right stuff? By Tom Baker Sa-Bai is the newest of the Thai/sushi joints in town, opened in July in the lease-challenged downtown space that formerly housed Chin’s and Elbo’s. Owned and operated by the same group as Teak Thai and The Celestial in […]

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What to drink with pizza

The pizza vs. wine showdown gets ugly By Mike Rosenberg Oh, do we love ourselves some pizza around the household. Pizza’s so deliciously egalitarian. Make it however you like it. Toppings? Your choice. Thickness? Your choice. Vegan, vegetarian, carnivore – there’s a ‘za out there for everyone. For me, it can range from indulgence to […]

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Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Heavy meddle Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently […]