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Charlie’s Deli and Catering is the place to go By Paula Johnson Photo: The Rueben from Charli’s Deli in Dayton Sandwich sleuth Since arriving in Dayton a little more than a year ago I’ve asked lots of Daytonians where they go for a good sandwich. Charlie’s Deli and Catering is always first out of everyone’s […]

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Dayton gets ‘chopped’

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Dining diva talks chow with Food Network star Ted Allen By Paula Johnson Photo: Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped, will visit Dayton April 19 as the honorary chair of the Ohio AIDS Walk; photo: Food Network Ted Allen wears many hats – including a chef’s toque. He’s a longtime journalist, having written […]

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Down for a dog?

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Archer’s hits the bullseye By Paula Johnson Photo: The Stadium Dog with Mac-N-Cheese at Archer’s Tavern The snow is melting, the sun is attempting a resurgence and spring training is here. Baseball makes me think, of course, of hotdogs. Humphrey Bogart said it best: “A hotdog at the ball park is better than a steak […]

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Men are from Mars…

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Pas de Deux: A wine not meant for me By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Biltmore Estates’ Pas de Deux As you know, the Wine Fairy brings me little gifts from time to time. These samples are generally accompanied by a press kit with tech information, tasting notes and some general information about the wine. I opened […]

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Indian? Let’s Chaat!

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India Chaat Café and Curryout quenches curry cravings By Paula Johnson Photo: Masala Dosa at India Chaat Café and Curryout A recent Saturday lunch with my friend Sally made me remember just how subtle and complex good Indian cuisine can be. I invited her to join me at India Chaat Café and Curry out to […]

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Tapping the source

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Aquifer protection measures impact area breweries By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Dayton’s neutral water allows brewers like Toxic Brew flexibility Beer is comprised of four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. The ways the first three ingredients impact beer are fairly obvious. Although water makes up about 90 percent of a beer, to the general […]

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Have it his way

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Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand is a stand-out By Paula Johnson Photo: The “Stephie” at Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand Ever sit front and center at a comedy club? The drill is you get picked on by the comedian pretty much non stop throughout the show. By sitting ringside you are fair game. That’s the treatment everybody gets when […]

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Feeling bubbly?

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The fresh bubbles of Franciacorta By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Cavalleri (NV) Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs Brut The common knowledge of Italian sparkling wine begins and ends with two particular types of sparklers: Prosecco and Moscato. Prosecco is the best known. Prosecco is both the name of the white grape used to make the wine and […]

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El hamburger?

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Sammy’s El Pueblo: Mexican and gourmet burgers By Paula Johnson Photo: The Pick Three Platter with Chile Relleno, Chile Mixto and Pork Tamale at Sammy’s El Pueblo The end of February is not a time for delicate hints of flavor, subtle notes of spice or wisps of well, anything. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I […]

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DIY Beer?

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Eudora lets you brew your own By Kevin J. Gray Photo: A colander holds the hops to steep while the wort boils at Eudora Brewing Company On a mid-winter afternoon, Neil Chabut welcomes me to Eudora Brewing Company, one of the nearly two dozen breweries that dot the Miami Valley. Like the others, Eudora sprang […]

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When “gastro” means great food

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Centerville’s Lock 27 takes the suds By Paula Johnson Photo: Lock 27’s Poutine appetizer Breweries, gastropubs and craft beer establishments are springing up everywhere. While I really like this trend, I am always a little suspicious of the food being treated as an “also” if the focus is more heavily weighted on the beer end […]

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Under the cork

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Fifty Shades of Grey Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Fifty Shades of Grey 2011 “Red Satin” Red Wine It’s the “literally” that got me. I was shopping for Riesling the other day. In the wine store I frequent, the Rieslings are shelved next to the American white blends, and my attention was snagged there by […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

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Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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Ohio: the heart of it ale

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Beer road trip destinations dot the state By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Willoughby Brewing Company’s red brick exterior The brewery explosion of the last three years isn’t a purely Dayton phenomenon. Since 2011, Ohio has grown from 49 operating breweries to more than 100, with more to come (the Ohio Liquor Control has issued more […]

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’Tis the season(ing)

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Troy’s Basil’s on Market By Paula Johnson Photo: The Nutty Craisin Salad at Basil’s On Market in Troy Basil: from the Greek basileus, meaning king. It’s referred to by many chefs as the king of herbs, and Chef Todd Uhlir’s featuring of basil in many of his dishes speaks to his fondness for it. Open […]

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Calvados

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The evolution of apple cider By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Calvados Pays d’Auge V.S.O.P. I got a Twitter follow the other day from @ilovecalvados – which immediately made me first think, “Cool, another follower” followed quickly by “What in tarnation is Calvados?” A quick blast of my ten-finger Google-Fu technique yielded an alcohol-related answer, so I […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]