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“O” is for “Oak”

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Wood is good By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Estancia 2011 Monterey County chardonnay Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. Obviously, there’s some reason, for years, wine and barrels have been united in the wine drinker’s consciousness. Why do winemakers use barrels? For […]

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Worth the trip to Waynesville

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Surprise and delight awaits at Cobblestone Village Café By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The grilled romaine salad at Cobblestone Village Café Tucked into what appears to be an old home on Main Street in Waynesville, Ohio is Cobblestone Village Gift Shop and Gourmet Café. Waynesville is known for a number of things – the Sauerkraut Festival and […]

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Spring is in the air (and the glass)

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DCP’s guide to spring beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Consecrator is a Midwest-brewed doppelbock true to its German roots; photo: Kevin J. Gray As the snows thaw and the weather warms, brewers turn from imperial stouts, winter warmers and barleywines – staples of cooler months. Instead, out come the spring seasonals. Unlike fall, with its […]

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Bellbrook comfort food comes up short

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Amelia’s under-delivers on food & ambience By Brandy King Photo: Center-cut filet Ever since we moved our family close to Bellbrook, we’ve been trying to make our way around to all of the independent eateries on that end of town, of which there are a surprising amount. One of the last ones we got around to […]

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Epicurean “Wine”

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A French four-pack for the freezin’ season By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Macon region of southern Burgundy, France It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out, and when it does, it’s not much help warming things up. These are rich food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth, […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic

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Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Oregon comes to Ohio

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Deschutes Brewery enters the Ohio market By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Craft beer fans at Arrow Wine & Spirits in Centerville for the Deschutes Brewery launch in Ohio Ohio is a great place to be a craft beer drinker. Not only are there nearly a dozen breweries open or opening in the Miami Valley and myriad […]

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Great food comes in a small package

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Olive, An Urban Dive offers local food in intimate setting By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Urban burger with sweet potato fries and aioli at Olive, An Urban Dive Olive, An Urban Dive is not new to downtown Dayton, but it has not been on my short list of restaurants to frequent. On a chilly night […]

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Crazy for Chianti

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How does a wine so flexible get overlooked so often? By Mike Rosenberg I ask the question for myself, as much as anything. Chianti, the most well-known Italian wine in the U.S., is a delicious, easy to drink wine that pairs up with almost anything. I love the stuff. But, when I make my trips […]

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The ‘other’ Taqueria in Town

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Fewer hipsters, just as much flavor By Brandy King Photo: The pork tamales at Taquiera Las Tapatias in Riverside  Suburbanites around the region are starting to get comfortable enough to dine at Mexican eateries that aren’t just a bunch of numbered plates, wherein you choose chicken or beef – hence the popularity and success of the […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]