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Planet Bordeaux By Mike Rosenberg Friend of the Vine Mike Wangbickler of Balzac Communications recently gave me the opportunity to get a first look at “Planet Bordeaux” – the new marketing project by winemakers in the Bordeaux region. The project’s mission is to help people realize they can afford Bordeaux wines of quality without either […]

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L’ Auberge

Recognizable Finess By Eleanor Hill Perhaps the most recognizable restaurant name in Dayton, L’Auberge has stood the test of time when it comes to fabulous food and accommodating a continuously changing market. Owner Josef Reif has seen ups and downs in the food industry but has never shied from innovative ideas and menu selections to […]

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House of Thai

Goddesses of Cuisine By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly I’ve written a few articles in the past about the Asian Culinary Goddesses of Dayton: Japanese and Vietnamese. I will now add Thai to this growing list of culinary masters who have migrated to the Miami Valley. First, I must admit that I don’t like all Asian […]

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Jeet India

Hearty Ethnic Cuisine That Hits The Spot By Brian P. Sharp When I decided to review an Indian restaurant in town, I had no idea how different they would be.  I must admit that I had my doubts since many of these establishments are located in shopping centers. Certainly there are a number of mediocre […]

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The Naked Vine

A Recap Of The Annual Festival Of The Vine By Mike Rosenberg The demand for red wine in Lincoln Park Commons was low last weekend. Fraze Pavilion’s annual Festival of the Vine, held Saturday, August 14, always brings out a crowd for sampling wine, kicking back to some cool jazz and enjoying a shady afternoon. […]

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Butter Cafe

A Tasty Diversion By Elanor Hill Hey, what about another try at a restaurant along Brown Street? This time, instead of looking for the dinner crowd, the Butter Cafe concentrates on breakfast and lunch and is off to a great start. It is relaxing and friendly with a retro décor and some awesome white chandeliers. […]

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Destination Troy

Flavorful Options To Satisfy Your Cravings. By Brian P. Sharp In today’s world we hear a lot about people taking “staycations.” In other words, those stay-at-home, save-some-money kind of vacations. Certainly there are all sorts of options for your “staycation” around the Miami Valley: King’s Island, The Beach, Morgan’s Canoe Rentals, the amazing Five Rivers […]

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The Flipside of Syrah – Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris I did a piece in the “wine school” series on the difference between syrah and shiraz. Which is to say, there isn’t one. Same grape. What matters is terroir, vinification and the whims of winemakers. You may remember the basic rule: “Syrah” is the grape’s name in […]

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El Toro

South Of The Border Fiesta There are a lot of Mexican restaurants throughout the Miami Valley. How do you pick which one is right for you? If I can offer my opinion, El Toro, with nine locations, would be a great place to start. The newest addition to this El Toro family has recently opened […]

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A Deeper Look at Corn

what we don’t know can hurt us It’s straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting – the whole family sitting down to Sunday dinner with chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and … .corn. It’s as American as apple pie. On the cob, it’s a sought-out treat at county fairs and summer festivals. Corn is the United […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]