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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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Going dark

Beers to get you through winters’ final nights By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Three great porters from Michigan and Ohio breweries: [l to r] Bell’s, Rivertown and Great Lakes Winter might be drawing to a close, but now is the perfect time to savor dark, rich beers before the light, bright springtime ales start edging out shelf […]

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Expect the unexpected

Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The pork trio at Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon featuring babyback ribs, pork chop and pork tenderloin Don’t be fooled by your initial thoughts of a restaurant that sits in shopping center right next to a Goodwill store and in front of WalMart. I was certainly skeptical, but […]

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Cooper’s Hawk

A model of (and based on) consistency By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Wine crafted for those who are “looking for something a little different”: the wines of Cooper’s Hawk on display; photos courtesy I was invited to attend the recent grand opening of a Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, an “upscale-casual” restaurant boasting a tasting room at each […]

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Middle East in the Middle West

Cedarland offers exceptional Middle Eastern cuisine  By Brandy King photo: Baba ghannouj with housemade pita at Cedarland Restaurant & Bakery For someone who makes a point to visit and review as many dives as possible – local and otherwise – it’s downright shameful that I’d long avoided the one closest to my own turf.  Cedarland Bakery […]

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Making THE beer run

Tips on curating a beer festival  By Kevin J. Gray Photo: John Sulentic pours draft selections at the 2012 MSD Brew Ha-Ha; photo © Jim Witmer Dayton beer drinkers have unique access to an insane amount of quality beer. We import craft brew from both coasts and are surrounded by breweries in the Great Lakes region. Many […]

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Amar India

As authentic as it gets  By Tom Baker If you’ve recently attended an Indian wedding, hospital-sponsored banquet or been shopping around the Dayton Mall, chances are you’ve experienced Amar India. Amar brings higher-level Indian dining to Dayton, and is owned and operated by Surjit Singh, a tall, moustached gentleman you may see in the restaurant […]

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A little uneven, but not rusted

The wines of Tin Roof Cellars  By Mike Rosenberg Thanks to Tiffany and the good folks at Balzac Communications, I had the chance to do a rundown of the Tin Roof Cellars portfolio. Tin Roof – a widely-available series of wines from California – produces a slate of reds and whites all available for around $8-9. […]

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Don’t judge a restaurant by its (old) cover!

Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine makes new, tasty home  By Brandy King There’s a website currently on hiatus called Not Fooling Anybody that would snap photos of former chain restaurants that had been very awkwardly converted into doctors’ offices, ethnic restaurants, etc., without really bothering to change the recognizable design of the former tenant.  […]

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The last drop

Beer pairings for the Apocalypse By Kevin J. Gray If you are reading this, the Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end. But that doesn’t mean the Apocalypse isn’t still coming. And when it does, one of the most important decisions you will be facing is what to drink when the end comes. After […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]