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Las Americas

Dynamic Duo By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly Courage in the face of the current eco-nomic climate is always to be admired. I have found the restaurant commun-ity in the Miami Valley almost fearless in its determination to forge ahead in these tough times. Such is the case with Las Americas. Opened June 15, the restaurant is […]

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The Barnsider

A Must-Dine Destination North Of Dayton By Brian P. Sharp The first time I visited the Barnsider at 5202 N. Main Street I was in elementary school. I remember my family being thrilled that a fine restaurant had opened north of town. I remember going there for birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Day or simply just to […]

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The Naked Vine

Planet Bordeaux By Mike Rosenberg Friend of the Vine Mike Wangbickler of Balzac Communications recently gave me the opportunity to get a first look at “Planet Bordeaux” – the new marketing project by winemakers in the Bordeaux region. The project’s mission is to help people realize they can afford Bordeaux wines of quality without either […]

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L’ Auberge

Recognizable Finess By Eleanor Hill Perhaps the most recognizable restaurant name in Dayton, L’Auberge has stood the test of time when it comes to fabulous food and accommodating a continuously changing market. Owner Josef Reif has seen ups and downs in the food industry but has never shied from innovative ideas and menu selections to […]

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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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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]