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Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets
 Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport...
Four more great craft beer spots to ring in the holidays
 Last week I shared part one of my list of brewpubs featuring both food and drink good enough to show off to your out-of-town guests. Or maybe, you’ll want to consider heading to these after your out-of-town guests leave. My list last Sunday featured Carillon Brewing Co., Crooked Handle Brewing Co. and Fifth Street Brewpub. This week&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Last week I shared part one of my list of brewpubs featuring both food and drink good enough to show off to your out-of-town guests. Or maybe, you’ll want to consider heading to these after your out-of-town guests leave. My list last Sunday featured Carillon Brewing Co., Crooked Handle Brewing Co. and Fifth Street Brewpub. This week&rsquo...
Don’t miss this amazing event at popular Springfield brewery
 Since opening last summer, Mother Stewart’s Brewing has continued to up its game day by day, event by event and beer by beer. For the holidays, it's going all out.   On Saturday, Dec. 2, it will play host to an event called Aberration: Immure Pomp.  The event, modeled after one Mother Stewart's hosted in April that saw...

4:14 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Since opening last summer, Mother Stewart’s Brewing has continued to up its game day by day, event by event and beer by beer. For the holidays, it's going all out.   On Saturday, Dec. 2, it will play host to an event called Aberration: Immure Pomp.  The event, modeled after one Mother Stewart's hosted in April that saw...
Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs
 The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel...
This Springfield restaurant has your last-minute Thanksgiving solved
 Most folks have their Thanksgiving Day plans on lockdown, but for those looking for a last-minute reservation, a menu recently caught our eye.  Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Springfield has a drool-worthy menu planned for Thanksgiving.  Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m. by reservation only...

3:06 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Most folks have their Thanksgiving Day plans on lockdown, but for those looking for a last-minute reservation, a menu recently caught our eye.  Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Springfield has a drool-worthy menu planned for Thanksgiving.  Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m. by reservation only...
This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be
 If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different. In fact, it’s all grown up. This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms. The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different. In fact, it’s all grown up. This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms. The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant...
It’s your last chance to experience the magic of Kings Island WinterFest 
 WinterFest has returned in all its glory and THEN some. It’s been a while. The last time Kings Island ushered it in was 2005. The event’s long-anticipated return took place on Nov. 24, 2017. Action Ice Zone, Artisan Village, Candy Cane Lane, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town, Polar Bear Plaza, Coney Elf Village, International...

5:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

WinterFest has returned in all its glory and THEN some. It’s been a while. The last time Kings Island ushered it in was 2005. The event’s long-anticipated return took place on Nov. 24, 2017. Action Ice Zone, Artisan Village, Candy Cane Lane, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town, Polar Bear Plaza, Coney Elf Village, International...
The best waffles in town are back for this once-a-year event
 When something has been going on for 88 years in town, you need to be in the know. Especially when it involves food.  Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, which takes place Nov. 14-17, falls into this category.  Here are a dozen details to know about one of the best food events in November.  1) It's popular. Between...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

When something has been going on for 88 years in town, you need to be in the know. Especially when it involves food.  Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, which takes place Nov. 14-17, falls into this category.  Here are a dozen details to know about one of the best food events in November.  1) It's popular. Between...
Freebie alert: How you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today only
 If you love tacos, today is your day.   Taco Bell announced that it will be giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos to crowds of hungry customers across the country from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The promotion is in honor of Houston Astros Cameron Maybin's "stolen base heard 'round the world" in Game 2 of the World Series...

2:05 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

If you love tacos, today is your day.   Taco Bell announced that it will be giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos to crowds of hungry customers across the country from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The promotion is in honor of Houston Astros Cameron Maybin's "stolen base heard 'round the world" in Game 2 of the World Series...
9 things to know about the new luxury movie theater at Austin Landing
 More than 1,000 people showed up for the opening of Cinépolis at Austin Landing on Oct. 29.  The grand opening of Dayton’s first Cinépolis theater location — which includes a 12-screen cinema plus a full bar and gourmet concessions — included a live DJ, giveaways, games and prizes. Complimentary Cheetos...

1:52 PM Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

More than 1,000 people showed up for the opening of Cinépolis at Austin Landing on Oct. 29.  The grand opening of Dayton’s first Cinépolis theater location — which includes a 12-screen cinema plus a full bar and gourmet concessions — included a live DJ, giveaways, games and prizes. Complimentary Cheetos...
Get a true taste of Dayton history at these special 3-course feasts
 For the last 14 years, Carillon Historical Park’s Tavern Dinners have offered the public an opportunity to relish in an authentic, three-course, hearth-cooked meal in the original 1796 Newcom Tavern. The experience offers a taste of history that is special on multiple levels. The remarkable setting is complemented by a three-course...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

For the last 14 years, Carillon Historical Park’s Tavern Dinners have offered the public an opportunity to relish in an authentic, three-course, hearth-cooked meal in the original 1796 Newcom Tavern. The experience offers a taste of history that is special on multiple levels. The remarkable setting is complemented by a three-course...
Unforgettable sauerkraut dishes around town that you must try
 It’s Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival weekend. Now in its 48th year, the Sauerkraut Fest is one of the more unique food-themed festivals in our region. Like most things, it started humbly as a community dinner and a way to bring people together. Since then it has grown into a large festival featuring more than 450 vendors...

2:00 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

It’s Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival weekend. Now in its 48th year, the Sauerkraut Fest is one of the more unique food-themed festivals in our region. Like most things, it started humbly as a community dinner and a way to bring people together. Since then it has grown into a large festival featuring more than 450 vendors...
New whiskey event hosted by women for women
 Women and whiskey will come together on Oct. 3 to kick off a first-time event at the Dublin Pub that will pair four fine scotch whiskeys with a four-course meal.  "This event is going to be put on by women, for women. Every time they do a dinner at Dublin Pub it's mostly male patrons, so we are trying to do this to...

10:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

Women and whiskey will come together on Oct. 3 to kick off a first-time event at the Dublin Pub that will pair four fine scotch whiskeys with a four-course meal.  "This event is going to be put on by women, for women. Every time they do a dinner at Dublin Pub it's mostly male patrons, so we are trying to do this to...
Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt opens for another season of scares
 When it comes to Halloween, Kings Island is at the top of its game packing in more thrills, scares and ghouls than any other place in Southern Ohio. It’s a far cry from its humble beginnings more than 15 years ago. Two new haunted attractions opening this weekend Boasting just 75 monsters when it launched in 2000 as FearFest, Kings...

10:00 AM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

When it comes to Halloween, Kings Island is at the top of its game packing in more thrills, scares and ghouls than any other place in Southern Ohio. It’s a far cry from its humble beginnings more than 15 years ago. Two new haunted attractions opening this weekend Boasting just 75 monsters when it launched in 2000 as FearFest, Kings...
12 Dayton burgers that give you the best bang for your buck
 Today, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day ��, so I suggest you block out some time to grab a thick, juicy burger to celebrate. If you are in the market for fresh destinations to secure a solid case of the meat sweats in beef patty form, you could always go with the burger restaurant brand of the year announced...

10:00 AM Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Today, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day ��, so I suggest you block out some time to grab a thick, juicy burger to celebrate. If you are in the market for fresh destinations to secure a solid case of the meat sweats in beef patty form, you could always go with the burger restaurant brand of the year announced...
25 September food events to help you fall in love with fall
 September already? While we will miss summer, there’s plenty to love about fall. In fact, some of the best food events and festivals are still to come. Here are 25 food events to help you fall in love with fall. In celebration of National Gyro Day, Greek Isle Deli will be offering 20 percent off all gyro purchases. It’s a nice...

10:00 AM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

September already? While we will miss summer, there’s plenty to love about fall. In fact, some of the best food events and festivals are still to come. Here are 25 food events to help you fall in love with fall. In celebration of National Gyro Day, Greek Isle Deli will be offering 20 percent off all gyro purchases. It’s a nice...
LAST CHANCE: Eat your way through brunch at these food trucks
 September is the last month to enjoy one of my favorite breakfast-inspired food events — Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. These have been happening all summer long on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q and The Drunken Waffle food trucks, the rallies focus on bringing together some of...

10:00 AM Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

September is the last month to enjoy one of my favorite breakfast-inspired food events — Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. These have been happening all summer long on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q and The Drunken Waffle food trucks, the rallies focus on bringing together some of...
7 of the craziest, coolest places to stay in Hocking Hills
 Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers plenty of charming B&Bs, cozy inns and romantic cottages to choose from if you are looking to make a weekend out of your road trip. Here are a few options that are off the beaten path to grab a night’s rest in. Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American...

10:00 AM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers plenty of charming B&Bs, cozy inns and romantic cottages to choose from if you are looking to make a weekend out of your road trip. Here are a few options that are off the beaten path to grab a night’s rest in. Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American...
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later
 I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. So when her name came up in conversation...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. So when her name came up in conversation...
This Kettering spot is comfort-food heaven
 For more than 25 years, Christopher’s Restaurant in Kettering has been busy putting out one comforting meal after another. It’s not easy to be consistently good, but in my time dining at Christopher’s off and on over the last two decades, this is a restaurant that makes it look mostly effortless. It’s the kind of place...

10:00 AM Monday, Aug. 07, 2017

For more than 25 years, Christopher’s Restaurant in Kettering has been busy putting out one comforting meal after another. It’s not easy to be consistently good, but in my time dining at Christopher’s off and on over the last two decades, this is a restaurant that makes it look mostly effortless. It’s the kind of place...
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