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From across the Ionian Sea

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Journeying through Greek wines Photo: A vineyard in Santorini, Greece, a popular wine region in the country By Dr. Mike Rosenberg There are wines in the Vine’s archives from all over the world—but one place we haven’t stopped often in our oenological travels is Greece. The Greeks have been making wine longer than anyone else […]

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Love’s in the air and tomato sauce

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Romanced at Springboro’s Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe Spaghetti Dinner (above) and Peach Shortcake (left) at Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe in Springboro; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s hard not to be taken by the charm of Springboro’s Main Street. Lined with lush, leafy trees and charming, historic, painted brick and wood-framed buildings, it’s the […]

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Cat-ffeine

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Prepare to socialize over coffee, kitties at Gem City Catfé   Photo: (left) Kitty-face meringues to be served at the Gem City Catfé and (above) Hugh from the Humane Society, which will have cats up for adoption By Paula Johnson It’s fitting that the soon-to-be-open Gem City Catfé is located in the St. Anne’s Hill […]

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Pooch hooch

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Share a pint with your pup Miss Ellie Mae, beer taste-tester; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak When people ask me what my hobbies include, the first thing that pops into my mind is heading to the dog park with my hubby and my pup, followed by a trip to a local brewery for a […]

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The must-do choo-choo

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All aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train (l-r) Cincinnati Dinner Train performer, the prime rib dinner, and exterior of the train; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The elegant, parchment-style ticket bearing your name, train car, and table assignment is punched by a uniformed porter. A line of people dressed up for the evening present their […]

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Shamrock talk

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Taste the luck, skill of the Irish at Dublin Pub in the Oregon District Cracker Bread (above) and Shepherd’s Pie (left) at Dublin Pub in the Oregon District; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson A shanachie is an Irish storyteller. To learn the story of how Dublin Pub came to be, I enlisted the man […]

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‘Full day of heaven’

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Yellow Springs transforms into music, craft-brew haven at SpringsFest Yellow Springs Brewery’s special-release SpringsFest American pale ale will be available again July 8; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Live music and beer. Does it get any better than that? Actually, yes. Throw in one of Ohio’s liveliest, most eclectic, arts-centered small towns, a hot […]

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Cozy cuisine

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Light lunching at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café House of Blues Chicken Sandwich at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Cherry House Café, located on Meadowbridge Drive in Beavercreek, is owned by Bill and Annette Mangan. The couple has well over 50 years experience in the food service industry, previously owning the […]

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Rock and roll wine and maker

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Charles Smith’s Wines maintain their reputation Photo: Charles Smith Wines run the gamut of quality varietals at value prices By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Over the Vine’s period of years, I’ve seen wine trends come and go. Wineries merge, brands change, labels change. Early on in my tasting time, I remember hearing about a Washington winemaker […]

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Pho sho’

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A sensational trip to Miamisburg’s Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant Hot Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup, or Bun Bo Hue, at Miamisburg’s Pho Mi; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Vietnamese is a cuisine that isn’t nearly as well known or popular as it should be. After all, it’s considered to be among the healthiest […]

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Table talk

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Make yourself comfortable at downtown Dayton’s Table 33 Posole, a Mexican red chili or stew, at downtown Dayton’s Table 33; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson “Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. Being Greek, Sicilian, and Ruthenian, my folks are an emotional bunch. It was where we laughed, cried, […]

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Sizing up 

During a canning run in Dayton's Warped Wing Brewery, Gamma Bomb IPA is packaged for distribution.
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Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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In the beginning, it was frozen

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DCP dining critic takes readers through her food journey, debuts rating system photo: DCP dining critic Paula Johnson’s love of food and restaurants started with her mother By Paula Johnson I am often asked what I am looking for when I review a restaurant. That’s the question that’s asked right after “How did you get that […]

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Summer shake-up

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Beer adds fresh twists to this season’s cocktails Photo: Mix up a hot summer day with the North High Jalalima Beergarita; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Long gone are the short days that require a solid stout to end a cold evening. Let barley-wines be bygones. Summer is now upon us. ‘Tis the season for […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]