Alexis Larsen

Alexis Larsen has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1998. She graduated from Wright State University and lives in downtown Dayton, within walking distance of her favorite arts and entertainment venues.The Lounge Lizards blog Arts and Entertainment blog

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November food events help you get ready for — and enjoy — the holidays
 When it comes to the complete calendar year of dining, November is home to one of the country’s favorite meals of the year. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more turkey, combined with quality family time and the official kickoff to the December holiday season puts Thanksgiving dinner on the...

Posted: 7 days ago

When it comes to the complete calendar year of dining, November is home to one of the country’s favorite meals of the year. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more turkey, combined with quality family time and the official kickoff to the December holiday season puts Thanksgiving dinner on the...
New Barrel House owners to celebrate one-year with EPIC party 
 The Barrel House has undergone several different iterations, most notably when owners Gus Stathes and Sara Levin purchased it from Jeff Heater at the end of 2017.  Since then they've made many cool changes, including adding a new patio and getting very creative when it comes to their events and specials.  Their year growing and...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Barrel House has undergone several different iterations, most notably when owners Gus Stathes and Sara Levin purchased it from Jeff Heater at the end of 2017.  Since then they've made many cool changes, including adding a new patio and getting very creative when it comes to their events and specials.  Their year growing and...
New bubble tea food truck to throw grand opening party tonight
 Tonight, people will be going bubbles out in honor of one of Dayton’s newest food trucks. The Billie Gold Bubble Tea food truck will be hosting a grand opening and dance party to celebrate its delicious bubbly beverages and four-wheeled food truck. The party, being held at Cloak and Dagger Tattoo Studio, will feature guests in costumes...

Posted: 13 days ago

Tonight, people will be going bubbles out in honor of one of Dayton’s newest food trucks. The Billie Gold Bubble Tea food truck will be hosting a grand opening and dance party to celebrate its delicious bubbly beverages and four-wheeled food truck. The party, being held at Cloak and Dagger Tattoo Studio, will feature guests in costumes...
Jimmie’s Ladder 11 to celebrate 7 years with special deals, special events this weekend
 Jimmie's Ladder 11 has a special birthday it will be celebrating in a big way this week.  Dinner and drink specials and live entertainment are being planned Nov. 9-11 as the popular Brown Street restaurant and bar celebrates its seventh anniversary.  In addition to dinner and drink specials, here's what's being planned for each...

Posted: 14 days ago

Jimmie's Ladder 11 has a special birthday it will be celebrating in a big way this week.  Dinner and drink specials and live entertainment are being planned Nov. 9-11 as the popular Brown Street restaurant and bar celebrates its seventh anniversary.  In addition to dinner and drink specials, here's what's being planned for each...
WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Bourbon Kitchen dishing out gourmet bar food — and plenty of bourbon
 What is it about a true trip out of town that makes you explore, and taste more of an unfamiliar town than you are willing to do in your own? Obviously you are freed up on a true vacation and ready to let loose, but there’s no reason you can’t search for treasured entertainment and dining experiences much closer to home. I was...

Posted: 14 days ago

What is it about a true trip out of town that makes you explore, and taste more of an unfamiliar town than you are willing to do in your own? Obviously you are freed up on a true vacation and ready to let loose, but there’s no reason you can’t search for treasured entertainment and dining experiences much closer to home. I was...
BINGO! New musical bingo launches at South Park Tavern
 We love pizza. We love music. We love bingo.  So pizza with music, with bingo is a trifecta of good times.  "Music Bingo," hosted by Liftoff Entertainment DJ & Photo Booth Services, is a new option in town to enjoy a Thursday night out.  It's just what it sounds like. Clips of music will be played, and if you are...

Posted: 22 days ago

We love pizza. We love music. We love bingo.  So pizza with music, with bingo is a trifecta of good times.  "Music Bingo," hosted by Liftoff Entertainment DJ & Photo Booth Services, is a new option in town to enjoy a Thursday night out.  It's just what it sounds like. Clips of music will be played, and if you are...
New local delivery service bringing creative healthy salads from your Instagram to your doorstep
 The traditional grocery store business model is getting disrupted. As consumers are increasingly time-starved, they have turned to options like online grocery delivery and meal planning and subscription services. Across the country, businesses are trying to find ways to make food more convenient and looking for ways to further monetize themselves...

Posted: 22 days ago

The traditional grocery store business model is getting disrupted. As consumers are increasingly time-starved, they have turned to options like online grocery delivery and meal planning and subscription services. Across the country, businesses are trying to find ways to make food more convenient and looking for ways to further monetize themselves...
It’s the last weekend to devour Sweeney’s Seafood fall flavor menu. 
The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney's menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

Posted: 24 days ago

The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney's menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED
New macaron bakery coming to Troy
 Michelle Adams, 27, of St. Marys, Ohio offers the following job title for her business Michelle's Macarons: Owner, baker, photographer, marketer, dish washer.  In other words, she does it all, which is typical of many small businesses.  She started her business four years ago when she started making her trademark French macarons...

Posted: 28 days ago

Michelle Adams, 27, of St. Marys, Ohio offers the following job title for her business Michelle's Macarons: Owner, baker, photographer, marketer, dish washer.  In other words, she does it all, which is typical of many small businesses.  She started her business four years ago when she started making her trademark French macarons...
6 iconic Dayton restaurants of yesteryear in spotlight this week for special dinner
 An event this weekend will celebrate Dayton’s dining past, Dayton’s dining present and Dayton’s dining future. ICONS: A Tribute to Dayton’s Dining Heritage will present a dish fondly remembered and enjoyed at from different beloved, classic Dayton-area restaurants that are no longer open. Maria Walusis, chef and owner...

Posted: 28 days ago

An event this weekend will celebrate Dayton’s dining past, Dayton’s dining present and Dayton’s dining future. ICONS: A Tribute to Dayton’s Dining Heritage will present a dish fondly remembered and enjoyed at from different beloved, classic Dayton-area restaurants that are no longer open. Maria Walusis, chef and owner...
70 reasons we LOVE Dorothy Lane Market
 This year marks Dorothy Lane Market's 70th year in business. Here are 70 really tasty reasons that their stores are some of our favorite places to shop and eat in town.   1) They are committed to cooking. Each store has its own kitchen and that's where so many of the creations are made fresh daily, like the options in the gourmet...

1:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

This year marks Dorothy Lane Market's 70th year in business. Here are 70 really tasty reasons that their stores are some of our favorite places to shop and eat in town.   1) They are committed to cooking. Each store has its own kitchen and that's where so many of the creations are made fresh daily, like the options in the gourmet...