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Up on the Rúfina By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2011 Chianti Rúfina Good ol’ Chianti. You’ve got $15 in your pocket and you’re looking for a good table wine to go with a nice dinner you’re planning – and you know you can amble through la sezione italiana and come up with a decent bottle. […]

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Dark Horse by a nose

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Texas Style BBQ in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: The Combo Platter at Dark Horse Tavern In politics, a “dark horse” is a come-from-behind candidate whose success would be considered surprising. My visit to Dark Horse Tavern on Byers Road in Miamisburg led me to consider the restaurant’s similarities to the political definition. Dark Horse […]

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The return of the brewsters

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What does it mean to be female in the beer industry? By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Massie Lawson from Dark Horse Brewing Company Before the Industrial Revolution pushed them to the margins, women were the dominant brewers of beer. Today, women are rejoining the beer world. In doing so, they are bringing to light issues […]

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When gourmet = pizza

Oregon District’s Wheat Penny: a solid pizza destination By Avery King Photo: Wheat Penny’s Hawaii 4-0 pizza   When Wheat Penny opened in December of 2012, it did so to instant rave reviews. Dayton’s food community knows a good thing coming. So, when Elizabeth Wiley, owner of Meadowlark, announced plans for this new project, which moved […]

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Flank steak, salty chemistry and South African wine

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Celebrating a delicious braai tradition By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Mulderbosch 2011 Chenin Blanc Steep op Hout I love flank steak. Love it. It’s perhaps my favorite cut of meat. Think about it. You walk into a grocery store with a $20 bill. You grab a beautiful two-pound wad of cow from which you can serve generous […]

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Street eats and sweet treats

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Colombian comfort in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: The Colombian platter at Arepas & Co. Imagine a little Colombian grandma stirring a fragrant stew, then imagine the sights and tantalizing cooking smells of a busy city thoroughfare. You’ll experience both at Arepas & Co., a new Kettering eatery which highlights home cooking and street food. […]

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The blonde and the bubbly

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America’s first strip club brewpub By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nova and Prue, two employees of Pinups and Pints, sample the beer It started as a bizarre phone call from my editor: “We need to push back your column by a week, but we have another story for you,” she explained. “It’s for our annual […]

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Battle of the boxes

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Pinot Noir smackdown – Bota Box vs. Black Box By Michael Rosenberg Photo: Bota Box Pino Noir You drink box wine. I know you do. We’re all friends here. I won’t tell. You close all the blinds and make sure the neighbors aren’t watching before you open the kitchen cupboard to sneak a little splash of […]

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Martin x Martin = Magic

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Family fish team carves salmon niche By Paula Johnson Photo: The unique balance between smoke, salt and sweet is what makes salmon from family-owned Oaked & Smoked smokery so special Boredom on a business trip led Martin Davis, Jr. to rummage around a bookstore in Silicon Valley. It was 1993 and Davis, a computer science Ph.D, […]

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Wherever I may foam

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The Miami Valley gains a gypsy brewery By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nowhere In Particular, Dayton’s gypsy brewery, hits the streets Dayton Beer Week Two years ago, the Miami Valley was without a brewery. Today, nearly a dozen have popped up, ranging in size from tiny brewpubs to full-scale distribution breweries. Later this month, add one […]

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Hey Jude’s!

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Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen really does know best By Paula Johnson Photo: Pad Sei Ew at Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen Thai cuisine is experiencing a wave in popularity in the U.S., with two 2011 James Beard Best Chef Awards going to Thai restaurants. Until the 1960s, Thai was relatively unknown here, and didn’t really explode on […]

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Naked Vine triple play

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Malbec! Malbec! Malbec! By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Salentein 2012 Uco Valley Reserve Malbec If you want to peek all the way back to the Naked Vine’s germination, you’ll find a malbec among the first set of wines I ever wrote about. Since then, malbec has remained a go-to grape for many occasions, most of them involving […]

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Grab a burrito at the market

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La Michoacana offers flavors of Mexico By Avery King Photo: Steak and chorizo tacos from La Michoacana Want to explore Mexico without leaving Dayton? Forget the traditional Mexican cantinas and make your way up Troy Street to La Michoacana, just north of downtown Dayton. La Michoacana is a Columbus-based chain of Mexican grocery stores that […]

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Sour is the new hoppy

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The revival of wild ales By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enjoy straight lambics or those fermented with fruits like raspberries, peaches or cherries More years ago than I care to admit, I was at a party in Boston. My friends were throwing a “Beers from Around the World” party. The craft beer boom was just generating […]

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A place at the table

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Advocates 4 Animals food pantry By Paula Johnson Photo: Advocates 4 Animals co-founder Amy Beatty holds Pearl the cat Everyone knows pets contribute to the psychological and physical health of their owners. In the case of seniors, older pet owners require less medical attention and are one-quarter less likely to develop clinical depression. CDC and NIH […]

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It Figlios so good

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A wood-fired pizza treat with endless possibilities By Paula Johnson Photo: The build-your-own-pizza option at Figlio provides over 3 trillion different possible topping combinations It’s an axiom in the industry that nothing fails faster than a restaurant started by a bunch of lawyers or doctors. These businesses almost always tank, due to the lack of commitment […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]