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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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New Asian dining in the New Year

Two-month-old restaurant CJ Chan delivers on price and quality By Brian P. Sharp Today was one of those days where you just don’t want to cook at home. It’s cold and snowy, and while a nice, hot pot of chili sounds nice, a clean kitchen sounds better. So, we hop in the car and decide […]

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You Gotta Want The Wine

A ‘wine’ding trip through Mendocino County By Mike Rosenberg A well-timed conference in San Francisco gave my wife and me the perfect opportunity to take a couple of days off, zoom westward, and whisk away up U.S. 101 North. We plowed north past the familiar wine stops to drop anchor in Cloverdale, California, gateway to […]

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You Are What You Eat

Getting ‘naked’ at the dinner table By Marianne Stanley Food has become a new “hot topic” as food-borne illnesses like e-coli contamination and salmonella poisoning continue to skyrocket during this age of factory farming and environmental pollutants. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), food-borne illnesses make 76 million Americans sick, with more than […]

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“Amateur Night” appetite

New Year’s Eve menus By Eleanor Hill Some call it “Amateur Night,” while others consider it a special evening to dine with family and friends. Whichever way you look at it, New Year’s Eve is an occasion for exceptional culinary delights and unique dining choices. The Miami Valley has plenty to offer for this traditional holiday […]

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Good Bubbly

Good Bubbly By Mike Resenberg Sparkling wine is like any other vino in terms of quality. There are super-cheap headache producers, everyday bottles and loveliness to pull from the cellar when something magical is going on. I won’t touch the first and I’ve talked enough about the second in other columns. Today, we focus on […]

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pHO, pHO, pHO

When the holiday goodies become too much, head to Linh’s By Brian P. Sharp If you are in the mood for authentic Vietnamese or Chinese food, Linh’s is the real deal. You could miss this little restaurant if you aren’t careful. Situated next to an international market, Linh’s is located at 4770 Airway Road in […]

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Quick Hits

10 Wines around $10 for the Season By Mike Rosenberg Ah, the time of the year when big dinners, social events and travel plans thicken on the calendar like grandma’s gravy. If you’re anything like we are, you’re always grabbing a bottle of wine or two to carry along. A few folks have asked me […]

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A Taste of Thailand

Centerville’s Bahn Mai brings some spice to the Miami Valley By Eleanor Hill For over five years, there has been an authentic Thai restaurant hiding in our backyard called Bahn Mai. This casual establishment is small and cozy, and packs a heck of a flavor punch in every dish. Open for lunch and dinner, you are […]

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Drinking Honeyed Sunlight

The Savoring of Sauterns By Mike Rosenberg Close your eyes. Picture standing in the middle of a field of honeysuckle. Breathe in that scent. Now, imagine someone’s picked all of the flowers and drained the nectar into a glass, added a little apricot essence and given it to you to drink. Sip. Taste it. Let […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]