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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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A quick trip north

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The wines of British Columbia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Painted Rock winery is located in the Okanagan Valley in the town of Penticton The jumping off point for my summer vacation with the Sweet Partner in Crime was Vancouver. Neither of us had ever been up to that particular area of the Pacific Northwest, […]

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Bar association

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Ohio Beer Counsel: Legal services for breweries By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kevin Connell and Adam Armstrong of the Ohio Beer Counsel pose for a picture at AleFest 2015 As the Miami Valley’s craft beer scene continues to expand, ancillary businesses arise to support the industry. One such example is the Ohio Beer Counsel, a […]

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Dee-lightful

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The Mel-O-Dee Drive In: New Carlisle’s famous family dining By Paula Johnson Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in There are places that have a place in our hearts simply because they’re institutions. Going there forever since you were a little kid kind of places, where the associations with home, family and comfort […]

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Let’s meat up

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From grain to grill: everything you need to know By Paula Johnson Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” Cue the strains of Aaron Copland and hear the sizzle and pop of fat rendering in a volcanically hot skillet. Beef. Nothing smells as appetizing cooking, and tastes quite as […]

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You hafta Yaffa

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Miamisburg’s Mid East feast By Paula Johnson Photo: The Yaffa Mix Grill at Beavercreek’s Mediterranean Yaffa Grill Really, you do. That was the conclusion lovely lunch companion Janet and I reached as we sampled the myriad tasty dishes before us at our recent visit to Yaffa Market and Grill’s Miamisburg location. Tucked away in the […]

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That 70s show

Springfield’s Linardos Villa By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek salad from Linardos Villa in Springfield The aesthetic of a restaurant often telegraphs what’s on the menu, and at Linardos Villa in Springfield that’s certainly true. Opened in 1971, the interior space doesn’t appear to have changed much. It’s almost a time capsule, hearkening back to the […]

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Beer: It’s what’s for dinner

Three courses of beer-infused noms By Hayley Fudge Photo: Jackie O’s Mystic Mama Buffalo Chicken Dip I started cooking with beer about five years ago when I realized my passions of well-crafted beer and quality eating didn’t have to be mutually exclusive. While always a bit of an experiment, most recipes can be enhanced by […]

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Oh Geez!

Geez Grill & Pub: Flat screens, flat taste By Paula Johnson If you are a super sports fanatic with ADD, Geez Grill & Pub just might be your dream come true. Replete with 360 degrees of flat screen TVs, it’s impossible to cast a glance anywhere that doesn’t fall on somebody wearing a uniform doing […]

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Pinkies down, thumbs…

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Would you drink wine from a can? Should you? By Mike Rosenberg Our neighbor, Christine the Pie Queen, relayed the results of a bit of work-related research performed by her loving hubby Jeff, both of whom you may remember from several write-ups over the years. Jeff had uncovered a series of videos produced by Union […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]