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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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Central Perc

Tea Time in Oakwood By Tom Baker In a world of instant messaging and instant gratification, sometimes it’s nice to have a good, simple meal in a quiet, comfortable place. No dining rooms with service staff buzzing about and techno music thumping you into submission, just from-scratch food and desserts lacking pretense and served by […]

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Ale at the table

The perfect pairing: craft beer By Kevin Gray Most people think wine when they think of food pairings, but diners with sophisticated palates increasingly gravitate towards beer with their cuisine. Craft beer, with its nearly infinite combinations of aroma and flavor, offers diners a world of new taste discoveries. In truth, beer and food have […]

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Are you smarter than a caveman?

Eat like a caveman, live a healthier life By Mark Luedtke Forty-thousand years ago, the caveman ancestors of modern humans were bigger, stronger and faster than modern humans. The typical male caveman had more in common with Chad Ochocinco, who’s lightning fast, 6’1” and 192 lbs, than Joe Six-pack. Females would remind observers more of […]

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Mambo Italiano

Palermo’s brings a taste of Italy to Kettering By Brian P. Sharp In a quiet shopping center just minutes from downtown Dayton is Palermo’s, an amazingly authentic Italian restaurant. Palermo’s, located at 2667 S. Dixie Dr. in Kettering, is a hit among regular clientele. The dining room was remodeled and expanded in November 2010, increasing […]

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Two Glasses, Please

Romantic wines that pair perfectly with chocolate By Mike Rosenberg In the interest of full disclosure, Valentine’s Day may be my least favorite holiday. I won’t go off on my long-winded rant about “coming through on February 14,” societal expectation, Hallmark holidays and the like – so I’ll try to focus on the positive. Valentine’s […]

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‘Tis the Seasons’

Seasons Bistro & Grille shows promise, progress in Springfield By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly I grew up in this town; I’ve worked in the restaurant industry in this town. Springfield, in my youth, had a few gracious, but modest restaurants mostly owned by local families that served the community well enough, but lacked the “big […]

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Hail the Ale

The art of craft beer in Dayton By Kevin Gray It’s a snowy Friday night in early January and I’m navigating traffic to get to South Park Tavern to meet Joe Waizmann, founder of AleFest, Dayton’s largest annual beer tasting. The week has been long and I’m eager for a pint. Despite the weather, I […]

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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, […]