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From pizza biz to kitchen whiz

The Caroline’s head chef serves up sophisticated American fare By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Head Chef Damian Bumgarner puts the finishing touches on The Caroline’s Pan-seared Sea Scallops Walk into The Caroline off the square in downtown Troy, and you’ll immediately feel welcome. The space, like the menu, is upscale casual. Steaks, seafood, hamburgers and a […]

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Say ‘Yeah’ to Saya

Local haunt serves up Japanese and Korean favorites By Paula Johnson Photo: Dolsot Bibimbap from Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant If it’s 7 p.m. on a Saturday night and there’s barely anyone in the place, should you stay? Is it fair to judge a restaurant by the number of patrons? As almost any national chain proves, […]

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A lot more than a bar, Mom

Jackie O’s makes good on a promise to its namesake By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Owner Art Oestrike at Jackie O’s newest production facility Life often presents a strange, simultaneous mix of experiences. In December 2005, Art Oestrike had just purchased O’Hooley’s, a brewpub in Athens, Ohio, now made famous as Jackie O’s. A Cleveland native […]

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Forget the food court

Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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The ‘First Family of Chardonnay’

By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “‘Middle of the road’ may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California Chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot.” In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, Calif. and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast-forward to 2014 and […]

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Eat, pray, love

Top notch food for a good cause By Brandy King Photo: The salmon dinner from one bistro Over the last couple of years, the “pay it forward” dining concept has started to pop up in some markets – including a few Panera Bread locations and Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. I’ll be the […]

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Advocate for craft

Growing the local beer community By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Mike Legg of Hairless Hare brews an early test batch Welcome to the rebirth of craft beer in the Miami Valley. We claim eight breweries with several more opening, local taps all around town and breweries growing to increase capacity. Albeit still in its infancy, this […]

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Thai one on

Tik’s Thai Grille, a Dayton original expands By Avery King Photo:The chicken satay appetizer with cucumber and peanut sauces at Tik’s Thai Grille Tik’s Thai Grille in Sugarcreek Township is one of three local Thai establishments operating under the Tik brand – named after the owner. “Mostly Thai people have nicknames and we call each […]

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“O” is for “Oak”

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

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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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]