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Facing several unexpected expenses in a few months might be terrible to just about everyone, I imagine, however it was especially devastating to my husband and me because this is the first (and hopefully not last) Downtown Revival Festival – featuring our favorite band, Guided by Voices.  We couldn’t afford to go and see our favorite band on their home turf.  Ugh.  What made matters worse was that everyone assumed we were going so we got a lot of messages like “Where are you guys?” or “Come find us at the ___ tent!”  What made matters UNBEARABLE was that we could hear GBV playing off in the distance because we live downtownish.  Sigh.  It was not easy.

But rather than hang our heads, we rallied and cooked a yummy dinner with the windows open and Spotify blasting out all of our favorites from the 80s and 90s.  Dancing and singing in the kitchen to “Don’t Stop Believing” really drowns out the drums in the distance.  I made orzo and roasted vegetables from the Hope Springs Institute cookbook (you seriously need to buy this book) and drank my favorite wine of all time, Adesso Cagnina di Romagna.

We’re still bummed we missed it, but we had a blast that night either way.  It reminds me of the quote on George Takei’s facebook wall:  “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”  Our home really is lovely and we love spending time here.  With that being said, will someone please tell me how much GBV rocked the festival?


So after getting pretty at Eden Salon & Spa, I got ready for a night out with the girls at The Greene.  We started the evening at Pasha to eat before the show at Funny Bone.

We were going out for Jeanine’s birthday month and she seemed to love her “dream card” (she told us one day 3/4 the way through a jumbo margarita that it’s the card she’s always wanted to receive – the Mother’s Day card with the wire hangers mom on the front [my sister had to make it because it’s September and it’s hard to find humorous Mother’s Day cards this late/early depending on how you look at it]).

So where were we?  Oh we haven’t left Pasha yet.  We loved the food, as always, and the requisite Turkish coffee afterward (Tip:  Don’t drink it to the bottom, just don’t do it).  We took our first group photo of the night.

We made it to Funny Bone in plenty of time to be seated in the front and get our drinks ordered.  The show was super funny, which is great because we were all a little worried we wouldn’t know how to handle the situation if our friend, Corey, didn’t turn out to be very funny.

He was, so all awkwardness was avoided.  We took our second group photo of the night.

By the time we left Funny Bone, we could have called it a night but Jeanine was the lady in charge and she said Wine Loft so we walked briskly in the rain to the Wine Loft where no more organized photos were taken.

We did, however, get to try the mini Guinneys (instead of a little beer, it’s a miniature Guinness, get it?) and they were a really interesting take on the probably very fattening shot.  This is where I leave the story because my husband came to pick me up, which ended up being a good idea because I didn’t wake up with even a little hangover.  Hallelujah


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

After a long night of hiking around Dayton taking photos for the Dayton in Focus contest, my sister and I gathered a small group of friends to visit The Wine Gallery and Cafe.  I had never been there and was very excited about the walls of wine, although I found it sort of overwhelming.  I’ll have to go back when I’m less tired to actually peruse their selection and see about buying a bottle.  This place reminds me vaguely of Cork & Vine, but not as trendy.

We drank wine and ate cookies, which to be honest is most likely what we would have been doing at home anyways.  At least this seems more social.  I tried the Sweet Motif Wine Flight.

I think I’ll go back to The Wine Gallery to try their food, which I’ve heard is very good.  Reading the menu made me happy, especially the avocado hummus.  I’m pretty sure I could just eat that with a spoon.

The Wine Gallery and Cafe
5 West Monument Avenue
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 224-9463 

After a long string of cookouts, it finally rained and I finally got a sit-down meal in a restaurant for the first time in a long time.  My husband and I stopped in to Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen because I had always heard that the place was amazing.  First of all, this place is very small but also very popular so seating can be difficult.  Second, the food is amazing.  I especially love the little garlic rolls that come with the meal.  Third, the service is beyond terrible.  Honestly, this is the worst service I’ve had in a very long time.  If you love good food and have a lot of tolerance for being ignored and gallons of patience, this is the place for you.  Those of you with a short fuse, steer clear (maybe go to Fazoli’s?).  I am a patient person but the poor service really upset me because it put a damper on an otherwise great evening with my husband.  I don’t know if I’ll go again unless I’ve had a snack and a few glasses of wine before I get there.

This was my favorite part of the experience – the placemats:

1915:  Italy entered World War I on the side of the Allies.

1940-1943:  World War II.

World War II just happened, ok?  Let’s not go into details about “sides” and so forth.  Completely unnecessary…oooo, look!  Free elections!

Sigh, Italy.

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen
3002 Woodman Drive
Kettering, OH  45420

I’m on the fence about wine – it’s sort of like a game called “Will I Get a Headache?”  I love this butterfly wine rack because it will accommodate a small number of wine bottles, perfect for entertaining considering I usually only have wine for other people to drink at parties, only occasionally for myself.  It’s simple and would fit in to just about any type of decor.

In high school I could sight read music but didn’t think of it as a particularly valuable skill so once high school was over the knowledge slowly slipped away, replaced by information about Neanderthal skeletal attributes and how to look at soft tissue wounds to know if someone was shot at close range or from far away.  No matter what, I still get really internally jazzed when I hear a perfect harmony or a haunting melody. 

Imagine that maybe rather than singing a melody, I could just play it with my wine glass.  These musical glasses offered by Luna & Curious are absolutely perfect (except for the price, £23.50 per pair, in US dollars that would be, what, $47.00?). 

Vandalia is not a city for people who enjoy the finer things in life.  If you prefer drinking wine, listening to classical music, enjoying artwork, eating exotic cuisine, etc. Vandalia is not for you.  Our only venue to enjoy a high-brow evening was Cork & Vine, a wine gallery and lounge.  I had frequented Cork & Vine, celebrated personal victories over wine, the election of Obama over a cheese tray, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc.  It was a beloved bar to the community.

Sunday, my friend Jes and I decided to catch up over a drink at Cork & Vine.  We ended up having several more drinks (including a prosecco, 2 white sangrias, a sweet tart martini, and I’m not altogether sure what Jes ordered…) and didn’t leave until long after they closed.  In our celebratory mood and slightly inebriated state, Jes forgot her photo album she had brought to show me.  “No problem,” she reasoned when she got home, “I’ll go Monday after work and pick it up.”  Unbelievably, it was closed when she tried to retrieve it Monday.  Even more unbelievable is the explanation:  they just closed.  No rhyme or reason.  The servers showed up on Monday to discover they no longer had jobs, the customers drive by to see if there is a sign or something to explain the sudden closing.  Jes and I are left to wonder, how we could be Cork & Vine’s last customers ever?

The Dayton Daily News reported that the closing has to do with the owner not making enough profit to continue the operation of the bar section and will instead be expanding the liquor store next door.  This may have to do with the fact that the liquor store was recently issued a license to sell alcohol to businesses and restaurants. Read the full article here.

It’s really a shame that we lost such a gem.  Where else can I get a cheese tray?  Honestly?