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Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Down the duero

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Spain’s best wine Photo: Vineyard after harvest in Winter in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. By Mike Rosenberg Let’s pop back over to Spain for a moment, Rioja is not the only game in town when it comes to the fruitful production of grapey goodness. Just a bit south of Rioja flows the Duero River, along […]

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Siss-er-what?

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Cicerones dispense sudsy knowledge Author David Nilsen prepares for the Cicerone exam; photo: Melinda Guerra By David Nilsen For most of the 20th century, beer had a bad (and, sadly, sometimes fair) reputation in the US as a low-quality drink that couldn’t compare to the quality of wine and spirits. With the emergence of the […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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Don’t judge this book’s cover

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Troy’s Ording’s surprises since 1962 Photo: Ording’s deli counter By Warwick Kensington It’s another day in the daily grind of the food service world, and Joe Ording continues at the conn as he has for 55 years directing his team members, some of which are family and some employees that have worked for him for […]

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The new home cook

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Meal prep kits and what the future holds for how we cook and weat Photo: All ingredients come freshly packaged and ready to cook By Paula Johnshon The rise of convenience food in the mid ‘50s gave us commercially prepared, highly processed, prepackaged food. Most of us grew up with ready-to-eat frozen foods such as […]

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Night of the living dogs

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Topped with toppings at Zombie Dogz Photo: Sink your fangs into Victim 13 By Paula Johnson My first job ever at age 15 was working the counter at a luncheonette in Pittsburgh called Wiener World. I didn’t even like hot dogs when I started there, but came to be crazy for them in short order. […]

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Divided we drink

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Fruity beer? Photo: Fruit and beer: an unlikely but refreshing combination By Jim Witmer We are a nation deeply divided on some very important issues, Such as if fruit belongs in beer. There are those who want nothing to do with fruit corrupting the pure and simple creation of the world’s oldest and most favorite […]

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Can you? Should you?

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A naked vine examination of canned rosé Photo: Wine-in-a-can movement continues with Alloy Wine Works 2016 Central Coast “Everyday Rosé” By Mike Rosenberg A couple of our neighbors recently invited The Sweet Partner in Crime and I out on their boat for some fun in the sun out on the Mighty Ohio. I brought along some […]

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Stay golden

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Traditional values remain at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Dairy Country comfort combo platter; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Young’s Dairy is an iconic Yellow Springs tradition. The giant red barn still stands where the Young family built it in 1869. Over the years the family farmed the surrounding acreage and raised dairy […]

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Nearly perfect

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A true dining experience: Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe Photo: Lobster crabcakes By Paula Johnson Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes, though not often, the dining gods smile down at you and toss you an amuse-bouche, hospitality envelops you, decor and interior design wrap you in their warm, upholstered embrace, anticipatory wait staff provide what you need before […]

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Hurray for IPAs

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Know your brewer: Tyler Barrett of Toxic Brew Company Photo: Toxic Brew Company was the first brewery in over 50 years to produce beer in Dayton By Tom Morgan Tyler Barrett has been a part of the Toxic team for 16 months. He left behind a career as a machinist, and started out at Toxic […]

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Ethnic exit

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Why it’s time to 86 the term ‘ethnic restaurant’ By Paula Johnson What is “ethnic food,” exactly? Writer Bruce Palling asked this question in 2011, and he found that key food dictionaries such as “Larousse Gastronomique” and the “Oxford Companion to Food” did not mention it at all. Google the definition of “ethnic food” and […]

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Finding New York in Dayton

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Old Scratch Pizza’s shining resemblance Prosciutto arugula pizza; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Pizza Progenitor One of the most iconic pizza places in New York (and beyond) is Brooklyn’s Roberta’s. It put Bushwick on the hipster foodie map. Called one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the U.S. by Sam Sifton of the New […]

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Star City suds

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Miamisburg’s craft beer scene foams over Photo: A fine selection of craft beer at Lucky Star Brewery By David Nilsen Off the beaten path at the southwest edge of Dayton sits a beer lover’s hidden gem within this Gem City. Miamisburg combines small town charm with big city offerings in their historic, revitalized downtown district, and […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas

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Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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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, […]