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Ocean vibes

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Enon’s The Dock rocks By Paula Johnson Photo: Alaskan snow crab legs at The Dock in Enon Dock it to me Close your eyes to the rusty colors of Ohio’s fall foliage and instead imagine ocean blues and greens. Inhale the coconut smell of sunscreen, and let the warm salty breeze and strains of Jimmy […]

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Birthday beer

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Carillon Brewing Co. turns one By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brewster Tanya Brock oversees all production at Carillon Brewing Co. Carillon Brewing Company, the nation’s old museum brewery, celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month. Dayton City Paper sat down with brewster Tanya Brock about what she’s learned, and what’s next for the brewery. What […]

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Paula’s Palate: Soup recipe 11/24/15

One Soup To Rule Them All Everyone loves tomato soup, and the pairing of such with a crusty, buttery grilled cheese is one of the greatest culinary duets to ever be sung. The tart acidity and sweetness of the soup and the cheesy, crunchy savory of the sandwich makes for heavenly pairing that no man […]

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Stayin’ classy, gettin’ sassy

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Old style tavern serves up new style flair at Oregon’s Trolley Stop By Paula Johnson Photo: Trolley Stop’s Double Dogs Take the Fifth The Oregon District’s Fifth Street has been recently designated as one of the Top 5 Greatest Streets in America. It’s chock full of unique, individually owned shops, businesses and restaurants. Not a […]

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Nobody puts cookie in the corner

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…but they should By Paula Johnson Photo: Angostura sugar cubes make a great gift, and a perfect addition to champagne cocktails. Breaking the mold on ho-hum hostess gifting It’s that time of year when your calendar is filled with holiday gatherings and parties, and a gift is required for the host. So you find yourself […]

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Paula’s Palate: Holiday recipes 11/17/15

Three-C Cookies Makes 2 to 21/2 dozen 3” cookies I developed this recipe as a way of combining some of my favorite decadent things to eat: cashews, (white) chocolate, and coconut. Since these all start with the letter “C,” I named them Three-C Cookies.  I was sodisappointed the first time I made these—they didn’t taste anything as […]

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Contain yourself

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Portable beer options promote community, sustainability By Hayley Fudge Photo: Fresh and portable, reusable growlers offer consumers flexible drinking options and reduce the amount of beer packaging waste In the not-too-distant past, you either drank your beer at the bar, or you grabbed a six-pack at a retail establishment to take with you. Options for […]

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One fish, two fish, red fish, bland fish

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Sweeney’s Seafood in Centerville By Paula Johnson The first thing you notice upon entering Sweeney’s Seafood, located in a business district filled with lovely old buildings, is the waiting area, a testament to the popularity of this Centerville standby. In business since 1994, it’s one of Centerville’s (and Dayton’s) favorites, as attested to by several […]

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The pie’s the limit

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South Park Tavern: pizza, wings and other things By Paula Johnson Photo: Pepperoni pizza at South Park Tavern Recently I got together for a girls-just-wanna-have-fun lunch with DCP Editor Extraordinaire Sarah and Wanda Woman, aka She Who Rides Herd On Us All. It was a Friday, the workweek’s end, and we were a hungry lunch […]

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Sherry, sherry baby

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It’s more than just cooking By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Flor, a solid layer of yeast, develops on the bottom of a sherry cask While the Sweet Partner in Crime and I have been enjoying our recent Tapas Tuesdays kick, I received an offer to sample a few bottles of sherry. Sherry’s popularity peaked in the […]

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First responders

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Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for your hunger emergency By Paula Johnson Photo: The Paisano Chips appetizer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Climbing Jimmie’s Ladder As early as 1923, firehouse cooking began to win a favorable reputation in the United States for the enormous, hearty and unpretentious meals that are its trademark. That reputation is upheld at Jimmie’s […]

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Brown is the new black

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Brown ales round out fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Ellie’s Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company is a popular American version of the brown ale style Cooler weather means changes on local beer shelves, including an influx of pumpkin-spiced beers, fresh- and wet-hopped beers and other seasonals (at least until the winter beers […]

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Pan-Asian paradise

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Fairborn’s JY Bamboo By Paula Johnson Photo: Tuna Tataki from JY Bamboo in Fairborn Fairborn is an area of Dayton known for its ethnic cuisine. You’ll find Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in abundance there. And in the case of JY Bamboo, you’ll find all four under one roof. That’s what lunch buddy Alecia […]

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Fondue me, Baby!

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How I found dinner party success with hot oil, duct tape, and sharp objects Now is the time when heavy yellow peaches with coral blush skins give way to crisp tart apples and pears. Yes, it’s fall, and the time for summer barbecue has passed as well. But what if I told you there’s another […]

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SG@75 Gastropub

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Esoteric name, excellent eats By Paula Johnson Photo: Toast and Chicken with French fries at SG@75 in Springboro What’s in a name? SG@75 Gastropub is also the home of Soooo Good Catering, hence the SG in their name. The 75 refers to the street address, 75 N. Main St. It’s a tiny place sharing space […]

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Farm to glass

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The real fall beers you should be seeking out By Hayley Fudge Photo: Local hop harvester Mankato Farms in New Carlisle supplied hops to many local breweries for their their fresh hop offerings this year; photo: Jim Schemel/Provided by Mankato Farms Although dozens of pumpkin and spiced brews began hitting shelves as early as July, […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]