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Restaurants among the unsung heroes to step up after tornadoes
 Dayton strong. It’s a phrase that has been plastered on social media, on signs, on shirts and on hearts all over our city. When multiple tornadoes touched down on Memorial Day evening, leaving a path of devastation through communities around our city, people all over our community stepped up. Individuals, communities, organizations...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Dayton strong. It’s a phrase that has been plastered on social media, on signs, on shirts and on hearts all over our city. When multiple tornadoes touched down on Memorial Day evening, leaving a path of devastation through communities around our city, people all over our community stepped up. Individuals, communities, organizations...
Thrills and chills await when The Beach Waterpark opens this weekend
 MASON — The name says it all. Southwest Ohio’s “beach” may not have an ocean view, but it promises a day of fun in the sun with thrills and chills. The Beach waterpark’s 2019 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. Other must-see...

Posted: 25 days ago

MASON — The name says it all. Southwest Ohio’s “beach” may not have an ocean view, but it promises a day of fun in the sun with thrills and chills. The Beach waterpark’s 2019 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. Other must-see...
Kings Island's Coaster Campout offers two days of exclusive rides, experiences
 Have you ever dreamt of camping out under the stars near your favorite roller coaster?  On June 7-8, Coaster Campout returns to Kings Island. Entry to the event includes all-day park admission June 8  After check-in and setting up camp on June 7, participants will be able to head out and enjoy the park until the park closes at 10...

Posted: 28 days ago

Have you ever dreamt of camping out under the stars near your favorite roller coaster?  On June 7-8, Coaster Campout returns to Kings Island. Entry to the event includes all-day park admission June 8  After check-in and setting up camp on June 7, participants will be able to head out and enjoy the park until the park closes at 10...
WORTH THE DRIVE: Your guide to Columbus Taco Fest this weekend
 Taco festival? People love tacos and that fact will be proven in a big way this weekend when the 2nd Annual Columbus Taco Fest will be held at Genoa Park from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.  Some of the best capital city food trucks will be on hand, and let's not forget the taco's number one teammate ... tequila!  Here's a look...

6:24 PM Friday, May. 17, 2019

Taco festival? People love tacos and that fact will be proven in a big way this weekend when the 2nd Annual Columbus Taco Fest will be held at Genoa Park from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.  Some of the best capital city food trucks will be on hand, and let's not forget the taco's number one teammate ... tequila!  Here's a look...
One of Dayton’s best restaurant patios open for the season
 There are many things that usher in the start of summer, but when local patios start seeing action, you know it's about to be on.  This week Lily's Bistro in the Oregon District will open up its back patio — one of the most glorious in our region — after being closed through the winter months.  Lily’s offers outdoor...

1:00 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

There are many things that usher in the start of summer, but when local patios start seeing action, you know it's about to be on.  This week Lily's Bistro in the Oregon District will open up its back patio — one of the most glorious in our region — after being closed through the winter months.  Lily’s offers outdoor...
40 things to know and love about The Beast in its 40th year
 MASON — You’ve heard of the seven natural wonders of the world, right? If they had a list of the top man-made wonders, The Beast might be on it. With Kings Island now open daily starting today, it’s a good time to remember the grand daddy of roller coasters that helped start it all — The Beast. “The Beast is...

12:00 AM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

MASON — You’ve heard of the seven natural wonders of the world, right? If they had a list of the top man-made wonders, The Beast might be on it. With Kings Island now open daily starting today, it’s a good time to remember the grand daddy of roller coasters that helped start it all — The Beast. “The Beast is...
INSIDER’S GUIDE: How to make the most of Springfield Extravaganza antiquing adventure 
 If you have never been to the Springfield Extravaganza, you are missing out.  As someone who has been for the last 20 years, it is a feast for the eyes and senses.  With 2,000 vendors and a cast of thousands, it promises an entire day of shopping with some dining breaks in between thanks to more than 40 food vendors featuring...

10:00 AM Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

If you have never been to the Springfield Extravaganza, you are missing out.  As someone who has been for the last 20 years, it is a feast for the eyes and senses.  With 2,000 vendors and a cast of thousands, it promises an entire day of shopping with some dining breaks in between thanks to more than 40 food vendors featuring...
Middletown’s hidden-gem BBQ stop has just what the summer ordered
 Summer will be sizzling soon. For me, there’s nothing better as the weather warms than an experience with food that defines the weather change — a solid outdoor grilling session or happening upon some tasty BBQ, for example. There are certainly spots around the state to snag good BBQ, but the states and towns that are really known...

9:00 AM Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

Summer will be sizzling soon. For me, there’s nothing better as the weather warms than an experience with food that defines the weather change — a solid outdoor grilling session or happening upon some tasty BBQ, for example. There are certainly spots around the state to snag good BBQ, but the states and towns that are really known...
WORTH THE DRIVE: Hidden gem BBQ stop has just what the summer ordered
 Summer will be sizzling soon. For me, there’s nothing better as the weather warms than an experience with food that defines the weather change — a solid outdoor grilling session or happening upon some tasty BBQ, for example. There are certainly spots around the state to snag good BBQ, but the states and towns that are really known...

12:00 AM Monday, May. 13, 2019

Summer will be sizzling soon. For me, there’s nothing better as the weather warms than an experience with food that defines the weather change — a solid outdoor grilling session or happening upon some tasty BBQ, for example. There are certainly spots around the state to snag good BBQ, but the states and towns that are really known...
Juicy Pine Club burgers the star of party at mansion
 The Pine Club may be famous for its bone-in ribeye. But this weekend, its burgers will be the star of the show. A special event part of the  2019 Designers’ Show House and Gardens will feature Pine Club hamburgers, Ashley’s Pastry Shop hamburger buns, Company 7 Saratoga Chips, homemade baked beans, creamy cole slaw, Dorothy Lane's...

10:00 AM Monday, May. 13, 2019

The Pine Club may be famous for its bone-in ribeye. But this weekend, its burgers will be the star of the show. A special event part of the 2019 Designers’ Show House and Gardens will feature Pine Club hamburgers, Ashley’s Pastry Shop hamburger buns, Company 7 Saratoga Chips, homemade baked beans, creamy cole slaw, Dorothy Lane's...
Two chances to brunch with beloved biscuit food truck this weekend
 Brunch is always a welcome word and event for us. Especially when it is served up with shopping or animal experiences on the side. Such is the case this weekend when Son of a Biscuit food truck will be parked in front of Daddy Katz on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. serving up their phenomenal biscuits and gravy, killer quesadillas...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 09, 2019

Brunch is always a welcome word and event for us. Especially when it is served up with shopping or animal experiences on the side. Such is the case this weekend when Son of a Biscuit food truck will be parked in front of Daddy Katz on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. serving up their phenomenal biscuits and gravy, killer quesadillas...
Bakery’s popular Mother's Day Tea Party almost sold-out
   If you want to do something other than a brunch for mom this year, elé Cake Co. is hosting a Mother's Day Tea Party the day before mom's big day, on May 11.  The 90-minute event will feature a light lunch of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies, and a variety of mini desserts. Also included are a selection of hot...

4:43 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

  If you want to do something other than a brunch for mom this year, elé Cake Co. is hosting a Mother's Day Tea Party the day before mom's big day, on May 11.  The 90-minute event will feature a light lunch of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies, and a variety of mini desserts. Also included are a selection of hot...
WORTH THE DRIVE: John Cusack coming to Cincinnati for special ‘Say Anything’ film screening
 The 1989 dramedy “Say Anything” brought popular culture the sweet love story of lovable underachiever Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (actress Ione Skye).  The movie has continued to resonated and stay rooted in the collective consciousness ever since.  Ranked by Entertainment...

3:17 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

The 1989 dramedy “Say Anything” brought popular culture the sweet love story of lovable underachiever Lloyd Dobler (actor John Cusack) and beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (actress Ione Skye).  The movie has continued to resonated and stay rooted in the collective consciousness ever since.  Ranked by Entertainment...
Canal Street Arcade and Deli wins with the perfect sandwich, cocktail, video game combination
 The downtown restaurant scene continues to get better and better. There's no shortage of choices including Basil's on Market, Lock 27, Mudlick Tap House, Table 33 and all of the wonderful spots in the Oregon District. But if you are looking for a cool beer, an over-stuffed deli sandwich and free video game plays to provide a great break in...

1:00 PM Monday, May. 06, 2019

The downtown restaurant scene continues to get better and better. There's no shortage of choices including Basil's on Market, Lock 27, Mudlick Tap House, Table 33 and all of the wonderful spots in the Oregon District. But if you are looking for a cool beer, an over-stuffed deli sandwich and free video game plays to provide a great break in...
Cinco de Mayo restaurant crawl: 5 courses, 5 stops
 How best to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday? May we suggest a restaurant crawl? With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Sunday fun day it only seems right. All you need is your phone with the Uber app, a healthy appetite and a credit card. Kick off Cinco de Mayo with an authentic breakfast — Chilaquiles, hot cakes and huevos rancheros is...

11:00 AM Thursday, May. 02, 2019

How best to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday? May we suggest a restaurant crawl? With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Sunday fun day it only seems right. All you need is your phone with the Uber app, a healthy appetite and a credit card. Kick off Cinco de Mayo with an authentic breakfast — Chilaquiles, hot cakes and huevos rancheros is...
A FUNK-y beer dinner is on tap at downtown restaurant
 Dayton is known for being one of the places that helped put funk on the map. Mudlick Tap House is taking that inspiration and has put together a funk-inspired beer dinner happening April 25.  On the event description on Mudlick's website they write: "The 1960’s was the breaking point for FUNK. Music began to have attitudes...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Dayton is known for being one of the places that helped put funk on the map. Mudlick Tap House is taking that inspiration and has put together a funk-inspired beer dinner happening April 25.  On the event description on Mudlick's website they write: "The 1960’s was the breaking point for FUNK. Music began to have attitudes...
TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY to headline 3-day music fest at Kings Island
 Contemporary Christian music fans will have plenty to get excited about this June.  The lineup for SpiritSong, a three-day Christian music festival at Kings Island, has been announced, and it features some big names.  Set for Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22, the three-day music festival will showcase national...

2:53 PM Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019

Contemporary Christian music fans will have plenty to get excited about this June.  The lineup for SpiritSong, a three-day Christian music festival at Kings Island, has been announced, and it features some big names.  Set for Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22, the three-day music festival will showcase national...
All-you-can-eat Easter brunch is happening today in unexpected place
 Easter is coming early this year — at least at IKEA stores around the country.  IKEA stores across the country — including the nearby West Chester location — are celebrating spring with its annual Swedish Easter Påskbord happening today, April 5.  This all-you-can eat buffet of classic Swedish foods...

3:09 PM Friday, Apr. 05, 2019

Easter is coming early this year — at least at IKEA stores around the country.  IKEA stores across the country — including the nearby West Chester location — are celebrating spring with its annual Swedish Easter Påskbord happening today, April 5.  This all-you-can eat buffet of classic Swedish foods...
Lock 27 chef launches new brunch, seasonal menus just in time for Dragons season
 When Lock 27 Brewery and restaurant opened its second location in downtown Dayton on Sept. 5, 2017, it was an exciting addition to the downtown dining landscape.  Its proximity to Fifth Third Field makes it a perfect stop before or after a Dragons game. There was a fair sized menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees...

2:28 PM Thursday, Apr. 04, 2019

When Lock 27 Brewery and restaurant opened its second location in downtown Dayton on Sept. 5, 2017, it was an exciting addition to the downtown dining landscape.  Its proximity to Fifth Third Field makes it a perfect stop before or after a Dragons game. There was a fair sized menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees...
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