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A tale of two dinners

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Experiencing fine versus fine dining By Paula Johnson Photo: To become a Most Favored Patron at fine dining establishments, pay in cash when possible and be empathetic with the staff Recently, I had an experience dining at a highly regarded New York restaurant, a place the Zagat describes as serving “flawless French fare that’s impeccably […]

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Three wise chefs

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Medway’s The Tavernette By Paula Johnson Photo: Fried Green Tomatoes at Medway’s The Tavernette I’ve spent a lot of time writing about places that have been around forever and have a loyal local following. (There’s one in my neighborhood. I don’t eat there.) These sacred cows, for the most part, are places that have been […]

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Last Suppers

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By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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Charmed

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Demystifying Kettering’s Park City Club By Paula Johnson Photo: Burnt Carrot Salad at Kettering’s Park City Club; photos: Paula Johnson Up in the Club Here’s what I knew about Park City Club before I went: it’s the second restaurant opened by Dana Downs, chef and owner of the successful and well regarded Roost Modern Italian in […]

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Virgins welcome, sometimes

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A lesson in olive oil By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Olive grove in Thasos, Greece Ever wondered why many olive oils are marketed as more virginal than Steve Carell? The good folks at Ancient Olive Trees asked me to sample some of their artisanal olive oil. One nice thing about my little wine adventure is […]

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The house wins

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Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood By Paula Johnson Photo: Silver Dollar Corn Cakes at Miami Valley Gaming’s Cin City Steak and Seafood; photos: Paula Johnson   Slot Me In Located just off the highway at the Monroe exit, Miami Valley Gaming casino offers easy access and ample parking—plus a whole lot of slot […]

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You say you want a Brewvolution…

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5 things Dayton’s beer scene needs for the next level By Hayley Fudge Photo: Asheville Brewing Co. in North Carolina, a beer and pizza mecca Watching Dayton’s beer scene progress during the last few years has been amazing. To go from zero breweries to at least a dozen and counting in the last few years is […]

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Texas in the Oregon

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Downtown’s Smokin’ Bar-B-Que By Paula Johnson Photo: The rib plate at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que; photos: Paula Johnson A Date in Dayton One of my favorite downtown Dayton date nights is the double bill pairing of a movie at the Neon and dinner at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que right across the street. A former White Tower, this tiny diner-style BBQ […]

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The state of the State Fair: 

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Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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Money where your mouth is

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Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]