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House of Thai

Goddesses of Cuisine By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly I’ve written a few articles in the past about the Asian Culinary Goddesses of Dayton: Japanese and Vietnamese. I will now add Thai to this growing list of culinary masters who have migrated to the Miami Valley. First, I must admit that I don’t like all Asian […]

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Jeet India

Hearty Ethnic Cuisine That Hits The Spot By Brian P. Sharp When I decided to review an Indian restaurant in town, I had no idea how different they would be.  I must admit that I had my doubts since many of these establishments are located in shopping centers. Certainly there are a number of mediocre […]

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The Naked Vine

A Recap Of The Annual Festival Of The Vine By Mike Rosenberg The demand for red wine in Lincoln Park Commons was low last weekend. Fraze Pavilion’s annual Festival of the Vine, held Saturday, August 14, always brings out a crowd for sampling wine, kicking back to some cool jazz and enjoying a shady afternoon. […]

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Butter Cafe

A Tasty Diversion By Elanor Hill Hey, what about another try at a restaurant along Brown Street? This time, instead of looking for the dinner crowd, the Butter Cafe concentrates on breakfast and lunch and is off to a great start. It is relaxing and friendly with a retro décor and some awesome white chandeliers. […]

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Destination Troy

Flavorful Options To Satisfy Your Cravings. By Brian P. Sharp In today’s world we hear a lot about people taking “staycations.” In other words, those stay-at-home, save-some-money kind of vacations. Certainly there are all sorts of options for your “staycation” around the Miami Valley: King’s Island, The Beach, Morgan’s Canoe Rentals, the amazing Five Rivers […]

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The Naked Vine

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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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 […]