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From Burgundy to Bordeaux

A Basic Primer on French Red Wine By Mike Rosenberg While it’s pretty impractical — and nearly impossible — to run the gamut of French wine in a single tasting, a “‘round the country” on the basics is possible. France looks roughly like a pentagon pointed upwards — work with me here — and almost […]

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The Dining Experience

Fleming’s: Breaking Boundaries By Brian P. Sharp As an epicurean critic, I normally swear off “chain” restaurants.  However, recently I have thought a lot about whether certain chain restaurants deliver a “dining experience,” a white tablecloth environment that delivers great food and quality service that sets them above the other “chains.” Can a “chain restaurant” […]

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Brewers to Watch

Local Beers on Tap in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Last August’s beer column wondered when Dayton would see locally-produced craft beer again and introduced the Toxic Brew guys, who were just getting started on the process. Now, just over six months later, the Miami Valley is slated to see not one, but […]

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Akashi Serves Tradition

Dayton Sushi Bar Reigns Supreme By Tom Baker On a recent visit to Akashi in Riverside, it dawned on me just how different dining experiences can be for different cultures.  Here in the Midwest, we are more accustomed to informal dining, especially as the U.S. overall has been trending to a more casual style.  However, […]

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“For the Love of God, Montresor…”

Sherry, or the Obvious Alternatives By Mike Rosenberg Sherry — the name evokes images of deep shag carpet, wide lapels, ruffled blouses and key parties. The quintessential ‘70s drink, every household was required by law to have at least one bottle of cream sherry on hand for highballs and nightcaps. Alternatively, there’s usually a bottle of […]

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It’s Delicious at De’Lish!

Experience an Excellent Dining Option Downtown By Brian P. Sharp. Another great white tablecloth restaurant option exists right in the middle of downtown Dayton!  As a downtown resident it always humors me when people ask … “what is there to do downtown?”  Obviously, these are people that are so absorbed in suburbia that they have […]

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Barleywine: A Beast of British Lineage

The Art of Appreciating Subtlety by Kevin J. Gary Forget everything you know about beer: ignore the Born On Date, put away the beer bong, and step into a world where bitter equals good. Meet barleywine, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the beer world. This venerable brew conjures images of distinguished British gentleman […]

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Taco Loco – Loco?

No.  Asequible, sabroso, y  amigable?  Sin reserva. By Tom Baker After arriving in Dayton in the early ‘90s from Texas, it was clear that the Midwest was no Mexican food Mecca.  Disappointed, it would be almost a decade before I ended up in Chicago, where real Mexican food and I were reunited.  I was spoiled […]

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The Dreaming Tree

Dave Matthews turns music into wine By Mike Rosenberg Let’s go drive ‘til the morning comes, Watch the sunrise to fill our souls up. Drink some wine ‘til we get drunk…             — Dave Matthews Band, Crush For the sake of full disclosure, I’ve never been an enormous fan of Dave Matthews Band. I’ve always […]

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Get smokin’ in Xenia

Smokin’ Aces delivers some top-notch barbecue By Brian P. Sharp While Xenia is only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Dayton, it can seem far unless there is a reason to be going. No reason is better than good eats! That’s what took my friend Bob and me to Xenia one evening. I had heard […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]