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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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Shout out to stouts

Robust, dark ales please the breakfast lover’s palate By Hayley Fudge Photo: “Stouts are embraced by breakfast lovers who enjoy the tones of oats, chocolate, coffee,vanilla, maple syrup, milk and even peanut butter.” With colder weather and darker days always come the darker beers. A full-bodied dark ale can seem the perfect remedy for warming […]

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Drinking the stars

The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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2015: Booze

Dayton beers it all By Kevin J. Gray and Hayley Fudge Photo: “Many critics note that kettle sours can be more one-dimensional than barrel sours, but [their] accessibility has led to a huge surge in demand for them.” It’s no surprise that 2015 continued to be a big year for craft beer not only nationally, […]

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Benjamin knows best

North Dayton restaurant does burgers right By Paula Johnson Photo: Burger with everything, fried okra and french fries at Benjamin’s The Burger Master Dorothy, we’re not in Dayton anymore. Driving distance to Benjamin’s The Burger Master on Main Street in North Dayton is only about a mile from our downtown Dayton City Paper office. But […]

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Kettle to kitchen

Dayton duo craft beer-centric menu By Kevin J. Gray and Hayley Fudge Photo: Antipasta at Spent Grain Beer and food pairing is old news. The new dining trend is using beer as an ingredient in dishes. Two local brothers, Tony and Drew Trick, have teamed up to open the first local restaurant with this concept […]

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Look for the book

A gift-giving guide for the culinary artist in your life By Paula Johnson Photo: “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombaur ’Tis the season when we’re all trying to figure out that perfect gift that’s useful, meaningful and memorable. You know, something instead of those socks that heat up, light up and recharge your […]

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Pierogi it or not

The Amber Rose brings East Europe to North Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: The Warsaw Medley at The Amber Rose It was with great excitement I anticipated my visit to The Amber Rose. Hailing from a city where a sweeping second wave of immigrants settled to work in the steel mills, the pierogi was king […]

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So, you wanna be a beer geek?

How to do Dayton’s growing beer scene right By Hayley Fudge Photo: Combine beer with your other passions to maximize the fun. Like to run? Plan a route that has you ending at a local brewery or craft beer establishment. With Dayton’s craft beer scene growing stronger by the day, local consumers are more enthusiastic […]

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Let’s go to the movies

Miamisburg Plaza Theatre now showing! By Gary Spencer From time to time, something old and long forgotten is revisited and […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/9/16

Another one bites By Marsha Bonhart Okay everybody, there’s a new bug in town and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]

Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]