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What restaurants wish you knew By Paula Johnson Photo: Changing ingredients in carefully crafted food or drink can drastically alter your experience at a restaurant Recently, I wrote about what it’s like to review restaurants for a living and talked about a few things readers might not know about the job. It occurred to me […]

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Moaning about munching

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Being a food critic isn’t all champagne and caviar By Paula Johnson Photo: Writing a bad review is the worst part of dining out any year for DCP Epicurean Empress Paula Johnson On a Monday morning at the end of 2016, I found myself where I am most every Monday morning, sitting in the DJ […]

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Your salad is going to kill you

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And other facts the FDA isn’t telling you By Paula Johnson Photo: It’s science: lettuce and other vegetables lack the nutritional value humans need to stay happy and healthy Alarming headline? It certainly is, and you should read on to find out the seriousness of our lack of understanding of how vegetables—long touted as the […]

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Buen vino, buena familia

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Veleta Wines brings a little bit of Spain to Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Veleta Wines vineyard in Ugijar, a village in Granada, Spain; photo: Juan and Nola Palomar Ugijar is a tiny village municipality located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 2,524 inhabitants. […]

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A tale of two dinners

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Experiencing fine versus fine dining By Paula Johnson Photo: To become a Most Favored Patron at fine dining establishments, pay in cash when possible and be empathetic with the staff Recently, I had an experience dining at a highly regarded New York restaurant, a place the Zagat describes as serving “flawless French fare that’s impeccably […]

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Last Suppers

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By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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The state of the State Fair: 

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Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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‘Tis the Seasons

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Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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Naughty noshing

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Ill watch what shes watching By Paula Johnson Photo: Kôji Yakusho as Man in White Suit and Nobuko Miyamoto as Tampopo in “Tampopo” “When Harry Met Sally’s” famous scene of orgasmic ecstasy has gone down as one of the most iconic cinematic moments of all time. Taking place in a diner, Meg Ryan simulates sexual […]

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Rum and revolution

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New York’s Stonewall Inn becomes a national monument By Paula Johnson Throughout history, many a social movement began with someone slamming a tankard of ale on a tavern table with one fist, the other raised high, shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” or words to that effect. Think the […]

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It’s your party, we can’t cry if we want to

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Fresco’s Jenn DiSanto shares a day in the life of catering By Paula Johnson What does it take to make it in the catering business, and how is that world different than that of a restaurant chef? Jenn DiSanto, owner of Kettering’s Fresco Catering, sums it up with a story from a huge party she […]

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Femme de la cuisine

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The progress of women in the kitchen By Paula Johnson Recently, British chef Tom Kerridge stirred up a firestorm by remarking that although he liked “girls in the kitchen,” he felt women lack “a lot of that fire in a chef’s belly you need. That’s probably why there [are] not so many female chefs.” And, […]

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Everyone’s a critic

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Restaurant reviewing in the age of yelp By Paula Johnson In a 2010 interview, chef, TV personality and author Anthony Bourdain pronounced the restaurant critic dead, replaced by the democracy of the website Yelp. He referred to professional critics as dinosaurs, irrelevant relics. Seeing as it’s my job, and the job of many others, I […]

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The adulterated virgin

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The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Pop-up like it’s hot

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The low down on the pop-up Pop-up dining is coming to Dayton, and Dayton, you want to get in on this. It’s a trend that’s been happening in a lot of American cities and beyond and is now starting to trickle our way. Pop-ups are a one-time unique dining event offering diners a chance to […]

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Look for the book

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A gift-giving guide for the culinary artist in your life By Paula Johnson Photo: “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombaur ’Tis the season when we’re all trying to figure out that perfect gift that’s useful, meaningful and memorable. You know, something instead of those socks that heat up, light up and recharge your […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]