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Beer-flavored ice cream? Rhinegeist and UDF have joined forces to create this irresistible treat

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

You may not have known these cool facts about ice cream.

What’s creamy and frothy but also hoppy and malty at the same time? 

After a year and a half in the making, Rhinegeist has unveiled a beer-flavored ice cream collaboration with United Dairy Farmers.

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The ice cream is called Tropical Truth and it’s formulated using one of Rhinegeist’s first (and one of our favorite) beers, the Truth IPA.

Rhinegeist describes the ice cream as having a “sweet and malty base with a ‘tropical tsunami of flavor, highlighted by notes of citrus, grapefruit and mango.’”
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This special ice cream flavor will be available in cups and cones at United Dairy Farmers locations starting May 29. 

>> Old Scratch Pizza offers free ice cream cones — for a cause

>> 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

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Where to find king cake on Fat Tuesday in Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Some facts about this Marci Gras delicacy.

To us in Dayton, king cake may seem like a bit of a novelty. However, those from or living in the Gulf Coast area take it very seriously.

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Commonly enjoyed on Fat Tuesday -- which will be celebrated on Feb. 13, 2018 this year -- the origin of the king cake goes back to Biblical times as part of the celebration of the Epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6. Its popularity spread across Europe as a Christmastime delicacy before making its way to North America. 

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French settlers brought the recipe to the Gulf Coast in the 1700s, where the cinnamon-flavored treat was later associated with carnival season.  

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French settlers brought King Cake to North America in the 1700s.(Jim Ingram)

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King cake recipes have transformed into various forms over the centuries, with a small baby doll being included somewhere inside the cake itself to symbolize the birth of Jesus at parties. 

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Tradition holds that the party guest who gets the piece of cake with the doll in it will be blessed with good fortune and be crowned the king or queen of said party. But royalty has its obligations as well, as the winner must provide the king cake the following year.


Ashley’s Pastry Shop - 21 Park Avenue, Dayton 45419

* Big Sky Bread Company - 3070 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton 45429

* Dorothy Lane Markets - Oakwood, Washington Square and Springboro 

* Ele Cake Company - West Carrollton, Beavercreek and Austin Landing 

* Evans Bakery - 700 Troy Street, Dayton 45404

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Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:47 PM

            Candice Miller makes pizzas at Marion’s in the Shroyer Rd. location. Marion’s and Cassano’s are two local pizza giants who have held their ground in the ever-changing pizza landscape in Dayton.
            Ty Greenlees
Candice Miller makes pizzas at Marion’s in the Shroyer Rd. location. Marion’s and Cassano’s are two local pizza giants who have held their ground in the ever-changing pizza landscape in Dayton.(Ty Greenlees)

If there is one culinary constant in this world, it's pizza. And this city knows how to do pizza right.

Whether you're a fan of thin or thick crust, Brooklyn-style or square-cut, there's no doubt that the Gem City has a pizza place that will fulfill your tastebuds' demands.

Here is our guide to Dayton-area pizza restaurants, with a focus on local establishments.

Local Dayton favorites

  • Beavercreek Pizza Dive
    A unique list of specialty pies, including the Chicken Cordon Bleu and 215 Cheesesteak pizza, plus calzones, Stromboli, oven-baked sandwiches and “Goodie Baskets.”

    4021 Dayton Xenia Rd., Beavercreek
    Yes, dine-in and carry-out also offered
    11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 4-9 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.)
    Website | Facebook | Call 937-431-8669 
  • Cassano's Pizza King
    Subs, salads, pastas, calzones, and, of course, pizzas are what you'll find at Cassano's, including the monster-sized 30-inch pizza!

     1200 Brown St #110 (Dayton), 2405 Smithville Road (Dayton), 2814 E 3rd St. (Dayton) and multiple other Dayton-area locations
    Yes, eat-in and carry-out also available
    10:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 10:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.) at most locations
      Website | Facebook 
  • Corleone's Pizza
    Salads, wings, gyros, specialty and regular pizzas, hoagies, pastas, calzones, wedgies are under one roof!

     966 Patterson Rd. (Dayton) and 725 Lyons Rd. (Centerville)
     Yes, carry-out also offered
     4 p.m. - 2 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Sun.)
  • Cousin Vinny's Pizza
    An excellent choice for late-night deliveries, offering wings, specialty and regular pizzas and cinnamon and garlic breads. 

     Multiple Dayton-area locations
     Yes, take-out also offered
     11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. (Thur.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sun.)
     Website | Facebook 
  • Dewey's Pizza
    Choose from 11, 13 or 17-inch versions of Dewey's creatively-named specialty pies, or just create your own.

     131 Jasper St., Dayton and 3600 Rigby Rd., Austin Landing
    No, take out is available
    11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.) 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 4 - 10 p.m. (Sun.)
     Website | Facebook
  • Jet’s Pizza
    Best-known for its 8-corner, golden-brown, deep-dish crust.

    5843 Far Hills Ave (Dayton), 3979 Indian Ripple Rd (Beavercreek), 2418 Esquire Dr (Beavercreek) 
    Yes, including online ordering
    11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur. and Sun.), 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Fri. and Sat.)
    Website | Facebook 
  • Little York Tavern
    What this restaurant might lack in delivery radius, it makes for it in serving delicious pizza, with loads of toppings, at friendly prices. 

    4120 Little York Rd, Dayton
    Yes (Vandalia area only), dine-in and carry-out also available
    11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.) 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Sun.)
    Website | Facebook | Call 890-6700
  • Marion's Piazza
    Order one of Marion's plain, single-topping and specialty pizzas in 9 or 13-inch sizes. A variety of sandwiches, salads and pastas also available.

     711 Shroyer Rd (Dayton), 50 E Stroop Rd (Dayton), 3443 N Dixie Dr (Dayton) and six other Dayton-area locations 
    No, dine-in and carry-out offered
    11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Sun.)
    Website | Facebook
  • Milano's Atlantic City Subs
    The menu consists of a bevy of options, but the pizzas still leave their mark. 

    Locations: 1834 Brown St. (Dayton), 9572 Springboro Pike (Miami Twp.) and 2260 N. Fairfield Rd. (Beavercreek)
    Delivery: Yes, carry-out service also offered  
    Hours: (Mon-Sat) 11 a.m. - 2:30 am, (Sun) 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Info: Website | Facebook
  • Pizza Factory - Dayton's Original
    A large list of gourmet and traditional pizzas awaits you, along with calzones, subs, sides and salads. 

    Locations: 1101 Wayne Ave, Dayton
    Delivery: Yes, catering and dine-in also available
    Hours: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 3:30 pm - 11 p.m. (Sat), 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Sun)
    Info:  WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-224-4477
  • The Flying Pizza
    A Dayton pizza mainstay for decades serving up New York-style pies.

    Locations: Three Dayton-area locations in Beavercreek, Dayton and Centerville
    Delivery: Yes, dine-in and carry-out also offered
    Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat), closed Sunday (Beavercreek location), 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Mon-Sat, Dayton location, closed Sunday), 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat) noon-7 p.m. (Sun) (Centerville location) 
    Info: Website | Facebook 

National chains and franchises

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4 carb-filled breakfast foods that won't ruin your diet

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Add these carb-filled foods to fuel your morning Switch white bread for whole-grain bread with protein like peanut butter, avocados, or an egg for more energy Load your old-fashioned oatmeal with nutrient-dense foods, like chopped nuts, berries, chia seeds or hulled hemp seeds Pick out a whole-grain cereal high in fiber, low in sugar and big on vitamins Start your morning with a whole grain English muffin topped with an egg, leafy greens, fresh tomato and cheese

With all the fad diets out there, it's hard to know what to eat in the morning.

Although some experts suggest that eating a low-carb diet could help you lose weight more quickly, some carbohydrates are actually good for you and can give you the sustained energy you need to get through the day.

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According to Clemson University, a nutritious breakfast contains small amounts of protein and fat, with the bulk of the meal consisting of complex carbohydrates, like whole grains. If you've been shunning carbs in order to drop a few pounds, but feel lethargic and exhausted by lunchtime, adding a few back into your diet could give you the nutritional boost your body's craving.

 Add these carb-filled foods to fuel your morning:

Give whole grain toast a punch of power by adding an avocado or an egg.(Courtesy of megh28/Flickr/For the AJC)

Whole-grain bread with protein

Switch your morning white bread to a healthier, heartier, whole-grain counterpart, and add a little protein and fat, like peanut butter, almond butter, mashed avocado or an egg, which will give you more energy and leave you feeling satisfied for hours.

Eat old-fashioned oatmeal in the morning for a boost of long-lasting energy.(Courtesy of Jonathan Wilhoite/Flickr/For the AJC)

Loaded old-fashioned oatmeal

The soluble fiber in slow-cooked, old-fashioned oatmeal actually helps slow down how fast your body absorbs carbohydrates. This keeps your blood sugar levels more consistent and even throughout the day. Instead of having it plain, load your old-fashioned oatmeal with nutrient-dense foods, like chopped nuts, berries, chia seeds or hulled hemp seeds.

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Whole grain cereal with fruit

Starting your day with a bowl of cereal might seem like a no-no, but it's all about which cereal you pick. Avoid sugary, refined cereals, and pick out a whole-grain cereal high in fiber, low in sugar and big on vitamins. Top your bowl off with some fresh fruit that's high in antioxidants, such as raspberries or blueberries, and you'll have an early morning winner.

Homemade breakfast sandwich

Although a breakfast sandwich from a fast food restaurant might not provide you with the energy-filled morning you're hoping for, making your own homemade breakfast sandwich just might. Start with a whole grain English muffin, which contains complex carbs that digest slowly in your system, topped with an egg, leafy greens, fresh tomato and cheese.

Still confused about what to eat? Get the answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask about healthy eating here.


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10 of the most drool-worthy Instagram posts from local restaurants

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

After launching a sucessful “All-You-Can-Eat” crab special on Fridays during Lent, Basil’s on Market’s downtown Dayton restaurant has decided to bring back the special offer.

Don’t let anyone EVER tell you that there’s no good food in Dayton.

Dayton is loaded with local restaurants and we have the Instagrams to prove it! 

Here are 10 of the most drool-worthy posts we’ve seen this week: 

1. Basil’s On Market

After serving a ton or more of crab — literally — during its “All-You-Can-Eat” crab special on Fridays during Lent, Basil’s brought the special back. 

>> All-you-can-eat crab offer returns to Basil’s

2. Mudlick Tap House

Only Mudlick could make chicken livers look THIS good. It’s one of the many reasons we’re excited to have them downtown. 

>> New Mudlick Tap House ‘so close we can almost taste it’

3. Dorothy Lane Market

DLM’s annual Spring Fling happened Thursday, April 27, and if it tasted anywhere as good as it looked... well, damn

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4. Lily’s Bistro

If that burger didn’t look good enough on its own, the refreshing cucumber gimlet is what REALLY sold us. 

>> Lily’s Bistro expands weekend brunch, has a new spring menu

5. The Dublin Pub 

A Ruck with a side of pub fries? You might as well call it the Dub Pub Special. 

Celebrate #nationalpretzelday with a Ruck! 😋

A post shared by Dublin Pub (@thedublinpub) on

>> Dublin Pub fries voted Best in Dayton

6. Christopher’s Restaurant

They’re known for their traditional falafel, but this version on naan looks like it’s to die for.

>> Christopher's Restaurant serves up home cooking at friendly prices

7. Meadowlark

This Vietnamese noodle salad from Meadowlark gets us every time. Every. Single. Time. 

This salad takes me to my happy place!

A post shared by Meadowlark Restaurant (@meadowlark_restaurant) on

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8. Bar Dumaine

Okay, so technically this isn’t a dish, but we’d bet our bottom dollar we’re going to like the finished product.

We open at 11! We can help you start your week off the right way!

A post shared by Bar Dumaine (@bardumaine) on

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9. Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton 

Yeah so, we’re definitely going to need to track Wicked ‘Wich down. 

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10. Cake, Hope and Love 

The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino has NOTHING on these cupcakes from Cake, Hope and Love.

Unicorn cupcakes!

A post shared by Cake, Hope, & Love (@cakehopeandlove) on

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