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The Asian invasion


Ginger & Spice adds flavor to Dayton’s Asian scene Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Ginger and Spice By Warwick Kensington There is an absurd number of Asian restaurants in the Dayton metro area.  No matter what neighborhood in our region, it seems at every strip mall, large shopping complex, city corner or food truck rally, […]

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The beers are in session

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Small and local session beers deliver tasty deliciousness Lock 27 is one of seven local breweries serving session beers By Tom Morgan Session beers are really nothing new, nor are they just one style. As Jennifer Talley recounts in her new book, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance, “the term ‘session’ is an adjective, […]

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THAI-ing it all together


The OD’s Thai 9: a stand-by with some stand-outs Thai 9’s Shitake Tempura By Paula Johnson When I think of Thai food, I don’t usually think of it being served in an interesting space that’s also noted for cocktails. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always like the Oregon District’s Thai 9, and it’s one […]

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A legendary legacy

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Chef Elizabeth Wiley discusses her history of cooking Chef Elizabeth Wiley enjoys nothing more than creating new and unique epicurean treats By Paula Johnson Chef Elizabeth Wiley is a well-known quantity in Dayton. At the helm of Meadowlark and Wheat Penney with Chef Liz Valenti, and recently Sagecraft catering with Jenn DiSanto, she’s one of […]

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Dining Dixie style

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Ellie’s of Yellow Springs: a breath of southern charm Sweet Tea Salmon Brûlée from Ellie’s Restaurant By Paula Johnson If this were summer, I could see sitting in a white rocking chair and fanning myself against the humidity on the wide gracious veranda of The Mills Park Hotel. Sipping some sweet tea, I can almost […]

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Place your bets

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2018 craft beer trends Many new trends are expected to hit the craft beer scene in 2018 By Jim Witmer The new year brings with it anticipation and excitement, new beginnings, and predictions. As someone who watches with interest the trends within craft beer, here are my predictions for 2018. If it seems as if […]

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Cozy up


Cozy’s Cafe is worth a trip south Cozy’s Cafe Dry Aged Bone in House Ribeye By Paula Johnson Liberty Township is a little far afield from the usual DCP territory, but when we hear tell of a place that sounds like something special might be going on, we like to investigate. If it’s worth it, […]

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Back to the farm(house)

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The romance and reality of rustic beer styles Farmhouse Ale from Little Fish Brewery By David Nilsen The term “farmhouse ale” conjures images of a rustic farm in the middle of flowing grain fields, a line of workers in old-timey dress lining up for a tankard of beer in front of the barn, and the […]

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What not to put in your mouth


Worst food trends of 2017 Bacon belongs on a plate with eggs, not in jam or ice cream By Paula Johnson Since this is our ‘worst of’ issue, I will gleefully plunge into that steaming vat of food and restaurant trends I despise. I’ll dredge it all up for your consideration, and I dare you […]

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Beer is the new juice


Craft beer’s mullet The craft beer trend of fruity beer must stop. By Tom Morgan   We are living in tumultuous times, my friends. And I’m not talking politically, I’m talking in regard to craft beer. Never have opposing sides of the beer world been so intimately aligned. We’ve all got our secret shames, those […]

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Let’s all sit down and say, “Gracie’s”


Middletown’s Gracie’s: delicious and unique Gracie’s occasional steak entrée special By Paula Johnson   The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Amy Vitori defined faith by purchasing the old JC Penney building in Middletown and putting a restaurant in it (also a children’s play place, hair salon, and yoga […]

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A brunch’s best friend


In celebration of Prosecco Prosecco is the perfect sparkling wine for the holidays  By Mike Rosenberg   Since we’ve been on a bit of a sparkling wine kick around here, let’s take a look at another star in the world of inexpensive bubbles: Prosecco, the official sparkling wine of brunches from sea to shining sea. […]

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Sub-par pub grub

Springfield’s Hickory Inn: nothing special Photo: Full rack of ribs from Springfield’s Hickory Inn By Paula Johnson If I look at what a place is setting out to do, which is the premise for all my reviews, then how do I rate Springfield’s Hickory Inn? It’s a highly popular casual neighborhood mainstay in business since 1947 […]

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A wonderland of beer

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Though complex, enjoying Belgian beer doesn’t have to be Photo: Little Fish Brewery’s Belgian saison ‘Saison du Poisson’ By David Nilsen   Among esteemed   European beer cultures, perhaps no country’s brews hold more mystique than Belgium’s. A quarter of the size of Ohio with about the same population, Belgium’s beer reputation far exceeds the nation’s […]

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The art of going solo


Dining alone with expertise By Paula Johnson Who dines alone if they don’t have to? Open Table, the most popular online booking site, has experienced a whopping 62 percent increase in solo bookings over the past two years, so somebody’s doing it, and it doesn’t seem to be just those who are forced into it […]

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Where home is indeed sweet


Huber’s Sweet Home family restuarant: a surprising delight Photo: Sweet Home’s 4-piece broasted chicken meal By Paula Johnson People’s food preferences are as numerous and vast as the number of people on the planet, but there’s one thing nearly everyone loves—simple comfort food. People (me included) love a good mom and pop family restaurant, sometimes […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]