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La Vigna Estate Winery

Just a 90-minute drive to truly authentic Ohio wine By Mike Rosenberg A cloud of road dust stirred up by an early blast of summer heat announced our arrival at La Vigna Estate Winery, just outside of Higginsport, Ohio. Higginsport is a dot on the map along US 52; the road that traces the curves […]

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La Piazza

A Little Italy On The Square By Tom Baker Like some people, I have a hard time eating Italian out. The notion of being able to, at least in part, replicate dishes for which you might pay $20 at a nice place can be a turnoff. Value perception can make or break a potential Italian […]

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Summertime Brews

Lawnmower beers that don’t suck By Kevin J. Gray The spring rains have finally stopped and suddenly it’s 90 degrees, sunny and humid. Summer has finally come to the Miami Valley. After spending the morning fighting with the lawnmower and the weed trimmer, reward yourself with a light and refreshing summer beer. Below are nine […]

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Siam Pad Thai

The Little Thai Joint That Could By Tom Baker Since moving back to Dayton some years ago, one of my first priorities was to find good Thai food. Before leaving for college, Thai wasn’t a big deal in Dayton. After discovering Indian, Japanese, Thai and even Burmese during my travels, I was hooked. When I […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part III (stinky cheese) By Mike Rosenberg After our forays into hard and soft cheeses, the time has arrived to have a peek at the most polarizing province of the cheese kingdom, stinky cheeses. So, what are they and where the heck does that smell come from? With most hard, longer-aged cheeses, the chemical and […]

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Been to Benham’s?

A second chance for a charmer south of downtown By Brian P. Sharp Some things aren’t what they used to be … or at least I felt that in going back to Benham’s after many years.  I drove by one day remembering fondly the amazing chicken salad on croissant that they always served … the […]

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Buckeye Vodka

Introducing  Dayton to Microdistilling By Kevin J. Gray In late 2009, a group of four Ohio natives, dismayed at the crumbling Dayton economy, resolved to launch a local green product — artisanal vodka. Crystal Spirits, makers of Buckeye Vodka, is a family company run by Jim Finke, his brother Chris, brother-in-law Tom Rambasek, and their […]

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Amelia’s Bistro

A Not-So-Hidden Gem in Bellbrook By Tom Baker While recently perusing online menus for a new date-night spot, I came across Amelia’s and was shocked that I had yet to try it. Although lately I’d been hearing positive things, it seemed like Amelia’s just wasn’t hitting my radar. Lunch with family as well as a […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part II (hard cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Last time, we saw where cheese comes from and looked at a few soft cheeses. I thought we did a pretty decent job of reviewing the cheeses, but my Uncle Alan is a big fan of Brie de Meaux – which I panned. As he put it, “Grasshopper, […]

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Brunch is Serious Business

Dayton-area Easter Brunch Alternatives By Tom Baker I’m pretty serious about brunch. In fact, I go out once, if not twice, every weekend so it’s important that a place has got the goods. Just the other day I was looking for restaurants offering breakfast or brunch on Easter Sunday and I found a list featuring […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]