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Worth your salt

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What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add enhanced flavor and mouth feel notes, can be easily found in many local grocery stores There’s a joke among chefs that goes, “What’s the difference between a two star and a three star restaurant?” The […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

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China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Fit for drinking

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Get the beer without the belly By Hayley Fudge Photo: Runners Plus offers a Pub Run Series, a 5 mile run ending at a local brewery. It’s just one possible option to incorporate fitness into your craft beer life Consuming craft beer comes at a cost, and we’re not talking about money. We’re talking calories. […]

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New terroir, new tastes

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Sweet or sour? It’s all in the soil By Mike Rosenberg Photo: A Chardonnay from the Elgin region of South Africa, like that from Lothain Vineyard, allows for the creation of “cool climate” wines, which tend to be lighter in body and higher in acidity Terroir comes up quite a bit around here, obviously. To […]

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Grub to feed an army

Tank’s Bar & Grill: sometimes you just need it By Paula Johnson Photo: A plate-sized pancake and hash browns with onion smothered in cheese and “Bull Dog” gravy at Tank’s Bar and Grill   We’ve all been there. Head a clanging, banging gong. Sahara mouth. Stomach a little iffy. Feeling like a major war has been […]

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Making the trade

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The art (and science) of beer trading By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Beer trading can be a hobby for geeks who want to try beers that are rare, interesting or outside of their distribution area—but the practice exists in a legal gray area With thousands of breweries scattered across the world, one of the most […]

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Staying Current

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Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Turning the tables

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Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s

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Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]