This local bakery now serves edible cookie dough by the scoop

Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

Have you ever snuck a bite of raw cookie dough before popping that tray in the oven to bake? 

If you love eating cookie dough even more than the actual cookies, we have news for you! 

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Cake, Hope & Love, located at 1490 N Fairfield Rd in 

Beavercreek, now serves edible cookie dough by the scoop. 

The cookie dough is available in four flavors: Sprinkle-Fetti Sugar Cookie, Peanutbutter, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate. 

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You can get a jumbo scoop for $3.50 or a double jumbo scoop for $5. Want to pretend it’s ice cream? You can add a chocolate dipped cone for 50 cents more. 

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Cake, Hope & Love is also offering free toppings on Saturdays. 

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5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try

Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)
Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

Sometimes you just get a craving for noodles. If that happens to you, here are 5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try.
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Grilled Chicken linguini

FIGLIO’S LEMON CHICKEN IN PARMESAN CREAM

Where: Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton; 937-534-0494; www.figliopizza.com

Description: Linguine served up in a lemon cream sauce with chicken, mushrooms and fresh spinach sautéed in garlic butter ($13.75).

Also worth trying: The Mussel and Shrimp “Cioppino” Pasta ($14.95) made with shrimp, scallops, P.E.I. mussels and a filet of salmon in a sauce made with garlic, celery, wine and tomatoes over a nest of angel hair pasta ($14.95).

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Franco’s “World Famous” Spaghetti from Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in Dayton’s Historic Oregon District. The classic Dayton dish was created by restaurant owner Franco Germano. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

FRANCO’S “WORLD FAMOSO” SPAGHETTI

Where: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton; 937-222-0204; www.francos-italiano.com

Description: Garlic, Romano cheese and egg with a good quality olive oil over a bowl of pasta with the option of adding mushrooms or spicy sausage or both ($11.95 for plain, $14.95 for sausage or mushroom or $16.95 for both sausage and mushroom).

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The sliced chicken pho (left) and Sate Shrimp and Pork Pho from Linh's Bistro. Photo source: Vivienne Machi / Staff(HANDOUT)

LINH’S BISTRO SOUPS

Where: 5532 Airway Road, Dayton; 937-252-1857; www.linhsbistro.com

Description: These meal-sized Vietnamese noodle soups — Pho, Mi, Hu Tieu — rely on piping hot broth, the noodles, herbs and meat. They come with a pile of jalapeños, cilantro and bean sprouts to dress it up. The Pho Bo Tai made with thinly sliced beef and rice noodles or Pho Ga made with chicken are both the place to start if you haven’t had them yet. Heat it up with the spicier Sate options. There are also soups made with egg noodles and wonderful Vermicelli salads as well as stir-fried noodle dishes. The soups range in price from $7.95-8.95 for dinner and are a dollar less if you order lunch before 4 p.m.

Looking for something similar? Little Saigon (1718 Woodman Drive, Kettering) offers similar menu items.

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Curried Singapore Noodles With Stir-Fried Veggies. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

MEADOWLARK’S VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD

Where: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 937-434-4750; http://meadowlarkrestaurant.com

Description: “Chilled rice noodles, a goodly portion of crunchy, thinly-sliced vegetables, hot grilled chicken, steak or tofu and a showering of mint, basil, cilantro and peanuts. Served with the chile/lime juice/fish sauce condiment called nuoc cham. Ask for vegetarian nuoc cham or even non-spicy nuoc cham if that suits you better,” as described perfectly on the menu. Tofu ($11.95) grilled chicken ($11.95) or steak ($13.95).

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Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

THAI 9’S SINGAPORE NOODLES

Where: 11 Brown St., Dayton; 937-222-3227; www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html

Description: A plate of thin rice noodles comes doused with a generous amount of yellow curry powder, making the dish bright yellow (beware of stains). The noodles are stir-fried with egg and veggies including baby corn, carrots, celery, onion and green onion. Choose a protein or two to add to the mix — Chicken, Pork Tofu ($11.95), beef or shrimp ($12.95) or seafood ($16.95).

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You must try the amazing chai French toast at this Dayton café

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

The chai French toast at Butter Cafe on Brown Street is a must-try. PHOTO / @thebuttercafe Instagram
The chai French toast at Butter Cafe on Brown Street is a must-try. PHOTO / @thebuttercafe Instagram

The adorable little café nestled on Brown Street is quite humble about a heavenly breakfast item we found on their menu. 

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Chai Tea French Toast at Butter Café. Yes, if you thought the aromatic smell of Chai could only be found in your favorite latte, then boy, do we have news for you. 

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First of all, what is chai? The word seems to be thrown around by every coffee shop connoisseur these days— so let’s finally agree on what we’re talking about here. Chai is just an Indian word for tea. So when you hear chai tea, you’re really hearing tea tea

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Sarah Dudley (left) and Amy Beaver, are business partners for the new restaurant Butter Cafe at 1106 Brown St. opening June 7th. It will be a breakfast and lunch cafe featuring organic, free range, and hand made entrees. Staff photo by Jim Witmer

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Masala chai is the drink we know and love here in the States. It’s a spiced tea usually including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. 

Pour that into a frothy cup of warm, sweetened milk and all of a sudden you feel the desire to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon. It’s magic.

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Well, Butter Café has done us a favor by dipping their already mouthwatering French toast into a rich chai tea latte batter and creating something wonderful.

This past weekend, I tried them for myself. 

My fork sank into the warm stack as a butter and creamy mascarpone cheese filling oozed from between the slices. The second bite was better than the first, and so on. 

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As powerful as my sweet tooth can be, I’m easily turned off by an overly sweet breakfast. But the mascarpone cheese added just enough to create a good sweet and savory balance. Order a bold cup of Butter Café’s organic coffee with it and you’ll be set.

Want to go?

WHAT: Butter Café

WHERE: 1106 Brown St., Dayton

INFO: (937) 985-9917 | buttercafedayton.comFacebook

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6 of the BEST places for Chinese food in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Chinese Restaurants in Dayton

Craving Chinese food? Try one of these top spots in Dayton. 

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1.) Ozu852 

Voted #1 in the 2017 Best of Dayton poll, this spot is known for high-quality customer service and fresh, delicious dishes. Specializes in sushi.

Where: 852 Union Blvd., Clayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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2.) CJ Chan 

Offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this spot features a create-your-own-dish option to appease nearly any palate and flavor profile.  

Locations: 2747 W. Alex Bell Rd., Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Mai Fun from CJ Chan. Photo via Facebook

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3.) Ginger and Spice 

Handcrafted cuisine in a fast, casual setting. Also offers local craft beers.

Location: 1105 Brown Street, Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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4.) Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi 

Contemporary restaurant serving Chinese fare and sushi, plus unique cocktails and craft beer.

Location: 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 to 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.

Grand Marnier Chicken. Photo via Facebook

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5.) China Cottage 

A warm, festive atmosphere with a live exhibition kitchen.

Locations: 6290 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton; 1983 Shiloh Springs Rd., Trotwood; and 784 N. Main St., Springboro.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 

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6.) Asia Gourmet 

Friendly, casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine.  

Location: 5518 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 9:30 p.m.

Did we miss your favorite? Email alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Kate Harvey, 16, serves an ice cream cone during her shift at Twist Ice Cream Company Wednesday, May 31 on Bethany Road in Liberty Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Staff Writer
Kate Harvey, 16, serves an ice cream cone during her shift at Twist Ice Cream Company Wednesday, May 31 on Bethany Road in Liberty Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

The weather is finally hot enough for us to enjoy a frozen treat. 

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If you’re anything like me, the family-owned dairy joints with decades of loyal patrons are always my go-to. There’s just something about those quaint shops with tried-and-true flavors and concoctions that have garnered decades of fans. Here’s a guide to treating yourself with the area’s most loved, best kept secrets in frozen treats. 

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The Caramel Apple Delight Stuffed Snowball from Ducky's Snowballs & Ice Cream in Troy. This frozen treat includes sour apple snow filled with vanilla softserve ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

🍦 Ducky’s Snowballs & Ice Cream 

WHERE: 100 W. Market St., Troy

WHY WE LOVE IT: Since 2015, Ducky’s has been a summertime beacon in Troy, serving up 16 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, soft serve and snowballs (flavored shaved ice), which combine shaved ice with soft-serve ice cream. Looking for something super sweet? Try the stuffed snowball challenge (and send us photos). Oh, they also have Jim’s Donuts filled with ice cream. Yes, they sure do!

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HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 3 to 9 p.m., Fri. 3 to 10 p.m., Sat. 2 to 10 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-703-5463 | Facebook

Guests at Ducky's Snowballs & Ice Cream in Troy kick back and relax and enjoy a little treat inside the shop that was converted from an old BP gas station. There is seating indoors and outdoors plus a small game room. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

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🍦Arrow Queen

WHERE: 431 N. Main St., New Carlisle

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tucked back on North Main Street in quaint New Carlisle, this spot has been serving ice cream, soft serve and concession-style food since 1970. From classics like banana split to zany new flavors (we’re looking at you, unicorn flavor!), there’s something for everyone. Their butcher shop hot dogs are a must try, too.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 12 to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-845-9979 | Facebook

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🍦Dairy Shed

WHERE: 55 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook

WHY WE LOVE IT:  For over 40 years, this local favorite in the heart of Bellbrook has treated sweet teeth with their tasty frozen yogurt, shakes, malts and ice cream. They announce new yogurt flavors on Facebook regularly, so keep an eye out for something you want to try. 

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

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🍦Jet Freeze

WHERE: 4014 E. Patterson Blvd., Beavercreek

WHY WE LOVE IT: A quick peek at the Facebook reviews will show you most patrons have been visiting this ice cream shop since they were a kid -- so you know it must be good. Their soft serve is an absolute must-try, with unique flavors like blueberry and classics like chocolate.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-848-8234 | Facebook

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🍦Kone Korner Ice Cream & Deli

WHERE: 3709 St. Paris Pike, Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: This family-run spot has the best of both worlds: ice cream and sandwiches. From their Facebook page, you can see their cyclones, funnel cake fries and foot-long coneys are MUST tries.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-390-2663 | Facebook

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🍦Lee Ann’s Dairy Delight

WHERE: 619 E. High St., Springfield

WHY WE LOVE IT: Serving up frozen treats and made to order food, this spot beckons for summer nights. A few Facebook reviewers noted their banana splits are out of this world — and for the price, the menu delivers big time.

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-561-4475 | Facebook

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🍦Airline Dairy Creme

WHERE: 224 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Another staple in the summer, this spot has been around for ages. As one Facebook reviewer put it: “Soft pretzels and ice cream at the same place. What more do you need?’ Trust us, try the peanut butter shake.

HOURS: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: 937-898-3100 | Facebook

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🍦The Dairy Station

WHERE: 704 N. Detroit St., Xenia

WHY WE LOVE IT: Conveniently located near the bike trail in Xenia, this stop has a ton of flavors and options to satisfy your taste for ice cream. There are plenty of gluten-free options including the Dole whip (which has glowing reviews online). Give their twisted soft serve cones a try, and you’ll soon see what the hype is about. 

HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 12 to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 937-372-1100 | Facebook

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🍦Twist Ice Cream Company

WHERE: 7813 Bethany Rd., Liberty Township

WHY WE LOVE IT: These guys don’t skimp on variety or flavor. Reviewers noted their caramel sundae and weekly flavors never fail. We’ve been told they also make animals out of their ice cream, which has us super intrigued. Keep in mind, it’s cash only.

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 3:30 to 9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12 to 9:30 p.m.

INFO: Call 513-777-7813 | Facebook

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Honorable mentions: Jubie’s Creamery (opening soon in Fairborn) and Sweet P’s (located at the 2nd St. Market). 

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What’s your favorite ice cream shop? We’d love to know! Email alex.perry@coxinc.com

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