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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

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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

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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

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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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On a roll

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Ariake Sushi is the real deal By Paula Johnson Photo: One of the many sushi offerings available at Ariake Surrounded by the subdued chatter of Japanese conversation in the bustling yet relaxing dining room of Ariake Sushi Bar and Restaurant, you might feel you’ve been transported to Tokyo. Sitting in a comfortable booth, PIP (Palate […]

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Where you from, you sexy beer?

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Locally available options to sex up your beer game By Hayley Fudge Photo: According to Toxic Brewing Company, patrons on the balcony at a neighboring establishment used to play a game to guess if passersby were going to the Annex (porn store) or 5th Street Pawn (now the brewery). This inspired the Porn or Pawn […]

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Murphy’s law

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Getting lucky at Murphy’s Irish Pub & Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: The Murphy’s Platter, featuring pub chips, fried pickles, boneless chicken wings and pretzels with Guinness cheese sauce As I write this, it’s 303 days, 10 hours and 8 minutes until St. Patrick’s Day. I know this because a running countdown is the first […]

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New life

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The importance of celebrating and decanting By Mike Rosenberg Celebrations abound at Vine HQ! Your intrepid reviewer just had a milestone birthday, coupled with graduating with his doctorate from the University of Kentucky (now you get your wine advice from a certified doctor!) The latter celebration, in particular, means that I can finally get back […]

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Mead in Ohio

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Brothers Drake meadery re-energizes man’s oldest alcoholic art By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus maintains a strong focus on community; photo: Rainer Zeihm Columbus, Ohio-based Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar makes some of America’s most innovative and flavorful honey wines, from their Apple Pie, which blends honey, cider and spices, to […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

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Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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Tipping the scale

Harrison’s is a Tipp City tradition By Paula Johnson Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at PaulaJohnson@DaytonCityPaper.com. The value of tradition is […]

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Sushi Hana? I don’t wanna

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Is there such thing as a “disappointment roll?” By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tuna Tataki at Sushi Hana Sometimes you have a restaurant experience that almost seems surreal in its blundering awfulness. You leave, scratching your head and asking yourself, “Did that just really happen?” Before further elucidation, I’ll present the positive notes which bookended […]

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Sonoma and the Snowball

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A scientific approach to sampling By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The crew at Two Amigos Winery in Sonoma, California show off their wares The Sweet Partner in Crime and I made our first trip to Sonoma County in 2005. Our first stop, before even checking in and unpacking, was Iron Horse Winery, where we cobbled together […]

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Quibble over kibble?

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Dining critic talks puppy palatability with pet food expert By Paula Johnson Photo: Technical services veterinarian Dr. Amy Dicke and Roxie This year Americans shelled out millions of dollars on Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets. But do most pet owners put even a fraction of that thought and energy into deciding what to put […]

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Fifty shades of crepe

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Crepe Boheme brings Paris to Dayton By Paula Johnson Strolling through the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton feels very much like strolling through a public market in Paris, with open stalls full of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats and tasty treats. On a recent Friday I roamed the length of the hall, […]

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Foaming the landscape

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Ohio’s craft beer scene continues growth By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enthusiasts gather for Dayton Beer Company’s downtown opening In March, Cincinnati’s nearly two-year-old Rhinegeist brewery announced a jaw-dropping expansion plan. As part of a $10 million undertaking, the brewery bought the building it previously leased, added a massive new brew system and fermenters and […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]