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First responders

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for your hunger emergency By Paula Johnson Photo: The Paisano Chips appetizer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Climbing Jimmie’s Ladder As early as 1923, firehouse cooking began to win a favorable reputation in the United States for the enormous, hearty and unpretentious meals that are its trademark. That reputation is upheld at Jimmie’s […]

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Brown is the new black

Brown ales round out fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Ellie’s Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company is a popular American version of the brown ale style Cooler weather means changes on local beer shelves, including an influx of pumpkin-spiced beers, fresh- and wet-hopped beers and other seasonals (at least until the winter beers […]

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Pan-Asian paradise

Fairborn’s JY Bamboo By Paula Johnson Photo: Tuna Tataki from JY Bamboo in Fairborn Fairborn is an area of Dayton known for its ethnic cuisine. You’ll find Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in abundance there. And in the case of JY Bamboo, you’ll find all four under one roof. That’s what lunch buddy Alecia […]

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Fondue me, Baby!

How I found dinner party success with hot oil, duct tape, and sharp objects Now is the time when heavy yellow peaches with coral blush skins give way to crisp tart apples and pears. Yes, it’s fall, and the time for summer barbecue has passed as well. But what if I told you there’s another […]

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SG@75 Gastropub

Esoteric name, excellent eats By Paula Johnson Photo: Toast and Chicken with French fries at SG@75 in Springboro What’s in a name? SG@75 Gastropub is also the home of Soooo Good Catering, hence the SG in their name. The 75 refers to the street address, 75 N. Main St. It’s a tiny place sharing space […]

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Farm to glass

The real fall beers you should be seeking out By Hayley Fudge Photo: Local hop harvester Mankato Farms in New Carlisle supplied hops to many local breweries for their their fresh hop offerings this year; photo: Jim Schemel/Provided by Mankato Farms Although dozens of pumpkin and spiced brews began hitting shelves as early as July, […]

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A quick trip north

The wines of British Columbia By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Painted Rock winery is located in the Okanagan Valley in the town of Penticton The jumping off point for my summer vacation with the Sweet Partner in Crime was Vancouver. Neither of us had ever been up to that particular area of the Pacific Northwest, […]

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Bar association

Ohio Beer Counsel: Legal services for breweries By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kevin Connell and Adam Armstrong of the Ohio Beer Counsel pose for a picture at AleFest 2015 As the Miami Valley’s craft beer scene continues to expand, ancillary businesses arise to support the industry. One such example is the Ohio Beer Counsel, a […]

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The Mel-O-Dee Drive In: New Carlisle’s famous family dining By Paula Johnson Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in There are places that have a place in our hearts simply because they’re institutions. Going there forever since you were a little kid kind of places, where the associations with home, family and comfort […]

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Let’s meat up

From grain to grill: everything you need to know By Paula Johnson Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” Cue the strains of Aaron Copland and hear the sizzle and pop of fat rendering in a volcanically hot skillet. Beef. Nothing smells as appetizing cooking, and tastes quite as […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]