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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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Craft Brew Around Town

Your guide to getting better beer with food, music, sports and movies By Kevin J. Gray If you’ve ever been to see your favorite band or gone to a highly recommended restaurant and been stuck drinking terrible beer all night, you know how it can ruin an experience. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to happen that […]

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Namaste India

South Indian comes to South Dayton By Tom Baker Just over a year ago, I learned that a new Indian restaurant was opening south of town. The news per se was not terribly exciting as there are a handful of Indian restaurants around Dayton. The key here was a unique and little seen offering – […]

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Guide to Wine & Cheese

Part I (Soft Cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Mmmm…cheese. Wine and cheese are inextricably linked. Both are the delicious products of well-managed fermentation. Both can be found at almost any gathering where noshables are present. And there are damn near endless varieties of each. An important note of irony – as much as we think of […]

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The Wine Gallery

A little dining and lots of wining at downtown wine bar By Tom Baker First, a confession – the Wine Gallery and I used to be a package. That’s right, since their opening in November 2006 at Third and Wayne, well before their foray into the 2nd Street Market in 2009 and before their January […]

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Fizzy Green Beer is for Wussies

Some tasty Irish Beers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day By Kevin J. Gray St. Patrick’s Day does not have to mean choking down pale American lagers laced with green food coloring. Craft beer drinkers have several other palette-expanding options, mostly in the form of Irish and Irish-inspired Dry Stouts and Red Ales. Some are from […]

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Central Perc

Tea Time in Oakwood By Tom Baker In a world of instant messaging and instant gratification, sometimes it’s nice to have a good, simple meal in a quiet, comfortable place. No dining rooms with service staff buzzing about and techno music thumping you into submission, just from-scratch food and desserts lacking pretense and served by […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]