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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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Bluebird Hills Farm

know where your (organic) food grows! We hear so much these days about going green, buying organic and supporting local businesses. I tend to be a skeptic … Can you really do that? Or is it just the politically correct thing to say? As a dining critic, I love seeing notes on menus like “grown […]

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Boosalis Baking & Cafe

Fresh bread and fine pastries Have you ever wondered what inspired Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? What about the passion and dedication he possessed in all of his work? Like a great painter, Matt Boosalis of Boosalis Baking and Cafe is an outstanding bakery artist with the same passion and dedication […]

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Millrace – Illuminating the Food

When a place becomes so well known for one thing, it’s hard to recognize the other qualities that make it a winner. Such is the case with the historic Clifton Mill. Known for its wintertime light display of Disneyland proportions, the Mill is my family’s perennial yuletide stop. It’s amazing and delightful. It is Christmas. […]

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The Naked Vine

A Quick Spanish Interlude When I’m in a hurry to get home, I occasionally come to the realization that – horror of horrors -we’re out of general dinner drinking wine. Yes, yes – hard to believe, I know. That leaves me with two options. Either I can traipse down to the cellar and snag a […]

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Casey’s

You’ll find great food and great service at this Springfield mainstay Every once in a while, there is a landmark or restaurant that stands the test of time, the test of the financial economy, the test of industrial growth or the test of population change. You’ll find such a testimony at Casey’s Restaurant and Banquet […]

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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; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]