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A dynasty in Centerville


China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Fit for drinking


Get the beer without the belly By Hayley Fudge Photo: Runners Plus offers a Pub Run Series, a 5 mile run ending at a local brewery. It’s just one possible option to incorporate fitness into your craft beer life Consuming craft beer comes at a cost, and we’re not talking about money. We’re talking calories. […]

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New terroir, new tastes


Sweet or sour? It’s all in the soil By Mike Rosenberg Photo: A Chardonnay from the Elgin region of South Africa, like that from Lothain Vineyard, allows for the creation of “cool climate” wines, which tend to be lighter in body and higher in acidity Terroir comes up quite a bit around here, obviously. To […]

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Grub to feed an army

Tank’s Bar & Grill: sometimes you just need it By Paula Johnson Photo: A plate-sized pancake and hash browns with onion smothered in cheese and “Bull Dog” gravy at Tank’s Bar and Grill   We’ve all been there. Head a clanging, banging gong. Sahara mouth. Stomach a little iffy. Feeling like a major war has been […]

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Making the trade


The art (and science) of beer trading By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Beer trading can be a hobby for geeks who want to try beers that are rare, interesting or outside of their distribution area—but the practice exists in a legal gray area With thousands of breweries scattered across the world, one of the most […]

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Staying Current


Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s


It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Turning the tables


Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s


Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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App the taps


Mobile tech geeks craft brewing By Hayley Fudge Photo: The Untappd app allows users to check-in and track the beers they’ve enjoyed Thankfully for lovers of the hops, a group of like-minded, tech savvy beer geeks have put their glasses down long enough to create apps and websites that help the craft beer industry and […]

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Culture meets cuisine


Dayton Art Institute’s Leo Bistro By Paula Johnson Photo: Leo Bistro’s Grilled Salmon BLT An outing to the Dayton Art Institute promises a pleasant afternoon strolling through galleries, drinking in works of art from the ages. On this particular visit, I was joined by budding artist Elle, a young talent whose work I’d bet might […]

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Run for the Rosés

Pink picks from Italy to South Africa By Mike Rosenberg Photo: South Africa’s De Morgenzon “DMZ” 2013 Cabernet Rosé Many countries’ lesser-known indigenous red grapes produce highly tannic wines that are sometimes a little difficult to approach. Faced with such a situation, some producers are augmenting the production of these wines in a way that makes […]

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Buy you a beer, buddy?


The Dayton Beer Company joins forces with Bonbright Distributing By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Dayton Beer Company tap list features three dozen Ohio beers, with nearly half brewed in-house In early June, the Dayton beer scene reached another milestone in its maturation when The Dayton Beer Company inked a deal with Bonbright Distributing. This […]

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Upper crust


Cheeky Meat Pies: Down Under Dayton style By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tandoori Chook meat pie from Cheeky Meat Pies at downtown Dayton’s Second Street Market Hot pockets Like the dumpling, a lot of cultures have their own version of the meat pie. Popular variations of this handheld savory treat are found in places ranging from […]

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Margarita dreaming


Centerville’s Las Piramides: a summer destination By Paula Johnson Photo: Las Piramides’ La Cazuelada I’ve often driven by the attractive white building in Centerville Las Piramides occupies and thought how charming the patio looks. I imagined myself having a margarita there, and when the torrential rains of late finally passed, PIP (Palate In Progress) and […]

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Paula’s Palate: Dishing on service


What defines great wait staff? By Paula Johnson Photo: The best servers know how to mirror, and assess whether casual bantering or a more formal distance fits the individual guest’s style. “Do you want ketchup with that, hon?” versus “Would the Madame enjoy enhancing her selection with an artisanal sauce accompaniment?” The wording of these […]

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  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]