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Do you want to know a secret?  There’s this wine shop and deli on Peter’s Pike called the Little Store and they make the best sandwiches in the entire world.  And you’ve probably never been there.  Tucked in a residential neighborhood a little ways from Miller Lane in Butler Township sits the Little Store, ready to sell you the best wine you’ve ever had or the best sandwich you’ve ever tasted.  The owners are unpretentious and welcoming, always ready to help you find what you’re looking for.

Recently my sister and I ventured to the Little Store to split a sandwich for lunch.  Beth can’t believe that a turkey-less sandwich could be so delicious but the red pepper and hummus sandwich is just that amazing.  We took our time looking through the wine and potato chips – actually we loved these pictures because Beth noticed we are looking at the things the other person would normally be looking at (wine for me and gourmet chips for Beth).

Next time you find yourself fed up with all of the chain restaurants on Miller Lane and hungry for lunch, consider the Little Store.  And now that the weather is cooling down a bit, it’s the perfect lunch hour picnic fare.

Jerardi’s Little Store
7325 Peters Pike
Dayton, OH  45414
(937) 890-8858
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I love Tank’s Bar & Grill at any time of day really, but there is a special place in my heart for brunch and Tank’s really does it right.  I started going to Tank’s brunch during college and loved the place dearly.  There are a lot of hanging plants that are probably as old as I am and despite the foliage and brunch menu, the place isn’t pretty or dainty in any way.  It’s dark at all times of day and has old beer signage on the walls from the 80’s.  That makes me happy because, I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of Spuds MacKenzie

The food is simple and not as greasy as you would think being that it is a bar that serves bar food.  I order a la carte because all the meals have meat in them.  I particularly recommend the fruit plate (the one pictured is the Girlie Size).  I wasn’t expecting fresh fruit at a bar and it was so yummy.  Also, they have mimosas! 

If you’ve never given Tank’s a try, you really should.  They are the only bar I know of in the Dayton area or anywhere that has a PB&J on their regular menu (you can also get it as a club if you’re really hungry).  Oh, and it’s delicious.

Tank’s Bar & Grill
2033 Wayne Avenue
Dayton, OH  45410
(937) 252-2249

I don’t normally like to write about chains but this place was really, really good and it came very highly recommended to me for many years.  As a part of the UD area shops and restaurants, Dewey’s Pizza has a following of devoted customers who have all been telling me to try it for a long time so on a Friday night, my husband and I gave it a shot.  I loved the selection of draft beer and the fact that they might be the last place with Oberon on tap at the end of the summer.

Even though the specialty pizzas looked awesome, we decided to each order our own calzones because we had been talking about calzones a lot for some reason lately.  I loved mine (green peppers, pesto, and spinach) and I’m not ashamed to admit that I ate pretty much the whole thing even though I realize it’s a whole pizza folded in half.  (Ok, I’m a little ashamed, but not much.)

Dewey’s Pizza
131 Jasper Street
Dayton, OH  45409
(937) 223-0000

Every year, Dayton holds a festival celebrating Celtic traditions, food, and music at RiverScape MetroPark.  Being Celtic myself since part of my heritage comes from Wales (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau!) it’s fun to see the mix of ancient and modern.

Normally I don’t make it to the Dayton Celtic Festival because there is always so much going on in July so I’m glad we made it this year.  One of the things pushing us along was that some nice people put a Celtic Festival sign in our yard so it would be almost hypocritical not to go, right?

We saw a bagpipe group, learned about the Irish and Scottish immigrants who came to Dayton, and watched a man and woman turn straw into gold
no wait, that was the lady in Rumpelstiltskin, these people were making wool and weaving it on a loom.  Still pretty neat though.

I think a lot of Daytonians had to expand their horizons a little bit beyond Miller Lite and Budweiser because there were only three beers offered:  Harp, Guinness, and Smithwicks.

We had a lot of fun at the Dayton Celtic Festival, can’t wait to go next year!

As far as bars go, you can’t find a much better one than The Southern Belle.  This is one of the cheapest bars I’ve ever been to with a wide selection of bottled beer.  The atmosphere is dark with the walls and ceiling made of exposed wood, which definitely makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time a little bit in a very good way.

Last weekend, my husband and I stopped in to The Southern Belle for a drink.  Later we went to the Wake Up, Mordecai show next door at Canal Street Tavern, which was extra special because they dedicated a song to me!  It made me feel special.

The Southern Belle
134 North Patterson Boulevard
 Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-4536

Last weekend, my friends and I finally got to see the long anticipated Moonrise Kingdom.  What made it extra special was that we saw it at The Neon in Dayton – arguably the best theatre ever.  They have great prices and serve beer, snacks, and coffee drinks – and seriously, how many movie theaters serve anything that doesn’t come from some food processing plant or something?  I always love going to The Neon and if you’ve never been, you need to try it.  You’ll probably never go back to a traditional multiplex again.

The Neon
130 East Fifth Street
Dayton, OH  45402
For Showtimes: (937) 222-7469(SHOW)

Here is a list of the foods I miss the most now that I’ve changed my ways:

1.  Beer – I’ll admit, I haven’t completely given this up but I used to have more of it and I miss that.

2.  Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, Cookies, Cake – basically any baked good.  I love cake more than any other dessert so it’s been tough not having an occasional cookie here and there.  I even made cookies the other day for a coworker and it took everything I had will power-wise to not eat one.

3.  Ice Cream & Fro Yo – Nothing can take the place of peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream or a big bowl of fro yo covered in almonds and strawberries.  Sigh.  Also, Pinkberry is my favorite fro yo but it’s only in NYC and Japan.

4.  Mac & Cheese – I love everything about macaroni and cheese, especially with lots of pepper.

5.  Slushies – These are low in fat but 100% sugar and ice.  I miss them so much, especially when the temperatures seem to be stuck around 100 degrees every day.

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I avoided starting an actual diet for a long time, but I realized a while ago that I don’t eat all that well.  An average week’s worth of dinners would include pizza, ravioli, pizza, spaghetti, mac and cheese, pizza, and going out.  Obviously some weeks were better than others and we did get some fresh food in there sometimes.  But almost every meal started with getting into the freezer, which I’ve learned to be a bad sign because it could mean most of what we eat was heavily processed and barely nutritious.

So a friend at work suggested Advocare and after some research, I signed up and ordered their 24-Day Challenge (more on this to follow in another post).  I started Sunday, June 10 so I spent Saturday, June 9 pigging out on all my favorites that I knew I would miss – cereal, bread, sugar, etc.

I went for an iced latte at Ghostlight Coffee and got to enjoy their new patio.  (The delicious whoopie pie from Thistle Confections that I devoured was not able to be photographed for obvious reasons.)

I finished out the night by enjoying a beer flight followed by an Oberon at Chappy’s Tap Room.  (Mac and cheese not able to be photographed – again, devoured.)

Starting Sunday, I started my new diet and after several days, I can tell you I really am feeling a lot better.  The junk I was eating way too often wasn’t helping me reach my weight loss goals because it made me feel icky and sluggish and tired all the time.  I’ll let you know how much weight I’ve lost as soon as I finish the cleanse portion of the 24-Day Challenge.

There are few places that make me quite so immediately happy as South Park Tavern.  Their food is awesome – they even have whole wheat pizza crust!  I love the beer selection, which changes constantly with all drafts written on a giant black board by the bar.  Their bottles and cans are well received because they sell some cheaper favorites people can’t always get at every bar (Schlitz, Old Style, etc.).  South Park Tavern frequently has live music, but if you’re not into the band, you could always enjoy the night air in their patio seating.  One of my favorite aspects of South Park is that the staff all seem to get along really well, which makes the whole vibe of the place very calm and friendly.  I swear, sometimes you walk into a restaurant and feel the tension immediately, whereas here you can walk in stressed and leave completely relaxed.

South Park Tavern
1301 Wayne Avenue
Dayton, OH  45410
937.586.9526

Since I didn’t get you a real present (other than a gym membership, which is in the gift hall of fame for being the WORST GIFT EVER), I’m dedicating this post to you and filling it with all of your favorite things.

1.  Beer – Only the cheapest will do!

2.  Basketball – Go UD, go go UD!

3.  Bears – no wait, that’s mine.

4.  Guided by Voices – or their Christian Rock equivalent, Guided by Choices

5.  Cheap Trick – Bun E. Carlos wanted me to wish you a Happy Birthday

6.  Neil Young – especially Trans

7.  Walking – especially in nature, while listening to Trans

8.  Julia – walking buddy and expert snuggler

9. South Park Tavern – best food ever, best beer selection ever, just best ever.

10. ME!!!

I love you so much! Happy Birthday!!!

(All Images via Google Image Search – except Julia and Me and Rob/Julia)