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Been to Benham’s?

A second chance for a charmer south of downtown By Brian P. Sharp Some things aren’t what they used to be … or at least I felt that in going back to Benham’s after many years.  I drove by one day remembering fondly the amazing chicken salad on croissant that they always served … the […]

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Buckeye Vodka

Introducing  Dayton to Microdistilling By Kevin J. Gray In late 2009, a group of four Ohio natives, dismayed at the crumbling Dayton economy, resolved to launch a local green product — artisanal vodka. Crystal Spirits, makers of Buckeye Vodka, is a family company run by Jim Finke, his brother Chris, brother-in-law Tom Rambasek, and their […]

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Amelia’s Bistro

A Not-So-Hidden Gem in Bellbrook By Tom Baker While recently perusing online menus for a new date-night spot, I came across Amelia’s and was shocked that I had yet to try it. Although lately I’d been hearing positive things, it seemed like Amelia’s just wasn’t hitting my radar. Lunch with family as well as a […]

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Guide to Wine and Cheese

Part II (hard cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Last time, we saw where cheese comes from and looked at a few soft cheeses. I thought we did a pretty decent job of reviewing the cheeses, but my Uncle Alan is a big fan of Brie de Meaux – which I panned. As he put it, “Grasshopper, […]

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Brunch is Serious Business

Dayton-area Easter Brunch Alternatives By Tom Baker I’m pretty serious about brunch. In fact, I go out once, if not twice, every weekend so it’s important that a place has got the goods. Just the other day I was looking for restaurants offering breakfast or brunch on Easter Sunday and I found a list featuring […]

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Craft Brew Around Town

Your guide to getting better beer with food, music, sports and movies By Kevin J. Gray If you’ve ever been to see your favorite band or gone to a highly recommended restaurant and been stuck drinking terrible beer all night, you know how it can ruin an experience. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to happen that […]

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Namaste India

South Indian comes to South Dayton By Tom Baker Just over a year ago, I learned that a new Indian restaurant was opening south of town. The news per se was not terribly exciting as there are a handful of Indian restaurants around Dayton. The key here was a unique and little seen offering – […]

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Guide to Wine & Cheese

Part I (Soft Cheese) By Mike Rosenberg Mmmm…cheese. Wine and cheese are inextricably linked. Both are the delicious products of well-managed fermentation. Both can be found at almost any gathering where noshables are present. And there are damn near endless varieties of each. An important note of irony – as much as we think of […]

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The Wine Gallery

A little dining and lots of wining at downtown wine bar By Tom Baker First, a confession – the Wine Gallery and I used to be a package. That’s right, since their opening in November 2006 at Third and Wayne, well before their foray into the 2nd Street Market in 2009 and before their January […]

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Fizzy Green Beer is for Wussies

Some tasty Irish Beers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day By Kevin J. Gray St. Patrick’s Day does not have to mean choking down pale American lagers laced with green food coloring. Craft beer drinkers have several other palette-expanding options, mostly in the form of Irish and Irish-inspired Dry Stouts and Red Ales. Some are from […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]