Food Network and Chopped Host Ted Allen Named Honorary Chair for 2015 AIDS Walk Ohio
Inspiring event will be held in three Ohio cities over two days – all for one cause.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) is thrilled to announce Ted Allen, host of the hit primetime Food Network series Chopped and Columbus, Ohio native, as the 2015 AIDS Walk Ohio Honorary Chair. Chopped is a reality based cooking television series that pits four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win $10,000. Mr. Allen was previously a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef of America, and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Emmy® Award winning Bravo series Queer Eye.
“I am delighted to be named Honorary Chair of AIDS Walk Ohio and look forward to joining the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ohio,” said Allen. “We need to continue to strive to ensure that people with HIV have access to treatment and services so they can live long, healthy lives. We also need to remain vigilant in working to prevent new HIV infections here in Ohio and across the U.S.”
AIDS Walk Ohio will be on April 18th in Columbus/Toledo and on April 19th in Dayton.
As of 2013, 19,554 Ohioans were reported living with HIV. Including undiagnosed individuals takes the estimate to about 23,000 Ohioans living with HIV in the state. Among them, less than one-in-three have achieved “viral suppression,” meaning they are getting treatment and have the virus under control. However, with support from events like this, nearly 80 percent of ARC Ohio patients are achieving viral suppression. These individuals have new hope for long, healthy lives.
ARC Ohio President & CEO, Bill Hardy said Allen’s support will help tremendously with raising awareness and encouraging others to take part in the walk.  “While we’ve made tremendous progress in treating HIV, Ohio still has about 1,000 new HIV diagnoses every year—mostly among young people—and two-thirds of them are not getting the treatment they need,” says Hardy. “We are thrilled with the support of Ted Allen, and know that he provides an opportunity to share this message with those who we may not have been able to reach before. His participation in AIDS Walk Ohio is a powerful way to help spread our message.”
To help increase fundraising for AIDS Walk Ohio, Allen will join participants who raise $1,000 or more at the Grand Walker Breakfast in Columbus on Saturday, April 18 and the Grand Walker/Grand Rider Brunch in Dayton on Sunday, April 19. Eligible Toledo participants will be able to participate in the Dayton Brunch.
“AIDS Walk Ohio is a great opportunity for anyone to make a truly meaningful contribution to the fight against HIVAIDS,” said Allen. “Every dollar raised will go a long way to keeping people healthy and alive as helping us stop the spread of this disease.”
Additional fundraising events for each city are currently underway. More information can be found by visiting

AIDS Walk Greater Dayton, Sunday, April 19th
University of Dayton River Campus
1700 S. Patterson Blvd.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) is one of the nation’s leading community-based, not-for-profit providers of a comprehensive, coordinated and cutting-edge response to HIV/AIDS, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. It uses a holistic approach to address the physical, emotional and social needs of those living with HIV/AIDS in a way that brings hope, healing and empowerment. With 13 offices in 10 cities, this ARC Ohio will provide medical care, pharmacy and other direct services to nearly 5,000 HIV-positive individuals, including 1,200 who receive medical care and other services at our highly-acclaimed Columbus and Dayton Medical Centers and Pharmacies. Tens of thousands more are reached though evidence-based testing, prevention and outreach; Camp Sunrise for children; and the Ohio AIDS Coalition.
For more information, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m so happy to announce that I’m now a contributor to! I seriously think is amazing so of course I’m thrilled to be featured.

Here’s my debut:

Bucket List:  Have a Drink at Crowne Plaza

view 162My husband and my friend Jeanine and I went to View 162 and had a great time!  And the view really is incredible!


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In this very special edition of Dayton Sunday Reading, I’ve compiled some of the great articles coming out recently about Dayton’s own Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices.  So open one of the precious Beer Thousands you’ve been hoarding and get to it!  Remember, you can’t drink all day unless you start early :)

The Club is Open:

Ask an Indie Rock Dude about Sports with Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices by Luke Winkie – This is a really fun Sports Illustrated article because Robert Pollard discusses being a pitcher at WSU and what it means to be a sports fan in Dayton, Ohio.

The Prolific Robert Pollard by Ted Drozdowski – Guitar magazine, Premier Guitar, interviews Robert Pollard about his relationship with guitars.

Robert Pollard:  Ricked Wicky – I Sell the Circus Review by Mack Hayden – Paste Magazine absolutely nails their review of Robert Pollard’s newest release Ricked Wicky – I Sell the Circus.

Robert Pollard Announces New Album Faulty Superheroes, US Economy Now Primarily Fueled by Robert Pollard Albums by E. Nagurney – This article makes a good point:  The US depends on Robert Pollard releases as a main source of revenue.  :)

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One Friday night, my friend, Anna, and I decided to try a Paint Your Pet painting session at Decoy Art Studio.

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These things are so much fun because you only need to bring a photo of your pet (they’ll help you copy it so you don’t ruin your photo), and some wine/beer/cider – whatever you like.

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First, you trace the image onto the canvas using contact paper.  Next, you pick your paints and get started!

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I used an image of my dog, Julia!, that had already been broken down into simpler shapes, which made it really easy for me to paint her.  I had some extra room all around my canvas so I put it to good use – I added the lyrics to “Julia” by The Beatles because we sing that to her all the time.

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Our paintings turned out great – and the rest of the class was awesome, too!


I can’t wait for the next paint your pet class – I’ll have to make an all-Julia! art wall…

Decoy Art Studio
1561 Grange Hall Rd
Beavercreek, OH  45432
(937) 431-4838
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The following is an official press release:

Movie Night at the Yellow Cab announces two screenings of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure


February is cold. We don’t need to tell you that. However, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to mercilessly succumb to cabin fever. One possible cure is to attend one of the screenings of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure at the Yellow Cab on Feb 27th. In this 1989 family friendly classic, two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine [and George Carlin].

Movie Night at the Yellow Cab hosted their first event in January with screenings of The Goonies. “We had so much fun in January and received such a positive response from attendees. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure should be a great follow up movie that the whole family can enjoy,” Brian Johnson, organizer, said. “With a ticket price of $2, it is an affordable option for those on a budget,” he continued.

Movie Night at the Yellow Cab is more than just a movie. “Through collaboration with local food trucks, craft beer establishments, and a local restaurant, Movie Night is creating community!”, Brian continued. Lily’s Bistro will be on site serving up the perfect movie experience by selling Bacon Popcorn, Popcorn with M & Ms, and artisan sodas. Organizers said that they’ll have craft beer on tap from local favorites YS Brewery, Toxic Brew Co. and Warped Wing Brewery.

Brian went on to mention, “This is just the beginning for Movie Night! We have big plans to expand the concept once the weather turns. Most major cities have a ‘Movie in the Park’ concept and we are working hard to bring that to Dayton by transforming our large parking lot into a movie screening venue that could hold hundreds of attendees!”

For more information on Movie Night at the Yellow Cab, you can connect with them on Facebook.

Movie Night at the Yellow Cab Presents Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Friday, Feb 27th
Two Screenings at 6:30pm and 9:00pm
The Yellow Cab
700 E. 4th St.
Dayton, OH

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Sometimes the El Greco’s cravings can get pretty intense and then the only thing you can do is visit El Greco’s because no one else serves the unique blend of Tex Mex / Italian that makes El Greco’s so memorable.

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One weekend we had to get our El Greco’s fix so we headed to Salem Avenue and got all of our favorites.  As you can see, I was pretty jazzed about being at El Greco’s.  It feels a little like coming home because my dad used to take my sister and I here to eat all the time while we were growing up.


If you’ve never had a peta or some delicious nochos (taco shells broken in half, covered in melty cheese, topped with a solitary jalapeno slice – although lately they’ve had 2 or 3 each!), you haven’t really lived.  Well, ok, you may have lived but give them a try sometime.  We make a version of a peta at home but it will never be the same as El Greco’s petas.

peta at el greco's

Speaking of which, I’ve often wondered if Dayton invented the peta or if maybe it was just something that was popular in the 70s and Dayton is just the last hold out on the trend?  For those of you who haven’t had one, it’s a paper-thin crust with Mexican sauce and cheese, topped with anything you want and cut into diamonds.  El Greco’s is the last place I know of that has them but they were once a bit more prevalent in Dayton.  I’ve NEVER seen them outside of the greater Dayton area.

nochos at el greco's

If you’ve never been to El Greco’s you really need to make that a priority.  It’s the perfect old Dayton bar and restaurant that lets you imagine Dayton as it must have been back in the day.

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El Greco’s
Miracle Lane Shopping Center
3976 Salem Ave
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 278-3344
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Good morning!  Pour yourself a beermosa and get down to some Dayton Sunday reading:

The Gutting of Dayton:  Why My City is Gone by Ted Rall – This is an absolutely fascinating take on one possible reason Dayton has such a penchant for tearing down some of its most amazing buildings.

British Import Ban Hits Close to Dayton by Chris James of Dayton Local – If you’re a fan at all of British imported food (i.e. CHOCOLATE) you should be pretty mad about this import ban.  It’s so hard to imagine Easter without Cadbury Eggs!

Ohioans Need to Recharge their Emotional Batteries via Dayton Business Journal – According to a recent study, Ohioans are not doing enough recharging activities.  I think I’ll go take a walk…

yes please

“Ambivalence is key.  You have to care about your work but not about the result.”

- Amy Poehler, Yes Please

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  I especially loved her career advice like the gem above.  I totally agree that you have to care about what you’re doing to be really successful.  If you only care about the end result, you’re sorta kinda wasting your time.

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It’s another peaceful Sunday, let’s find some interesting reads around Dayton:

Remembering Canal Street Tavern by Jones – This is a great piece by I Remember Dayton, an amazing indie rock blog all about the Dayton music scene of yore (80’s-90’s).  Unfortunately, it hasn’t been updated since 2013.

Uber’s New Model Invades Dayton by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin – The Dayton City Paper recently ran a cover story about Uber, the car service app that’s now available in Dayton. It goes over some of the pros and cons about using Uber as well as traditional taxi services.

14 Things I Learned as a Restaurant Manager that Even My First Grader Should Know by Heather May – Heather of local blog, Frugal Fit Family, has put together an amazing list of things she learned about being (an obviously great) manager.  I think just about all of the points she makes could be applied to any type of career.

The following is a press release:

lilys sicsa

Lily’s Bistro, a seasonally-focused independent restaurant in the Oregon District, is teaming up with Kettering-based SICSA (The Society for the Improvement of Conditions of Stray Animals) on Thursday, February 12 for a Valentine’s themed night benefiting animal adoption.

Lily’s will be offering drink specials and appetizer specials all night from 5-9pm, and will also be serving their full dinner menu.  An employee from SICSA will be on site with some adoptable pets, as well as information about the non-profit organization and pet adoption.  A portion of sales will be donated to SICSA to help fund their mission of “promoting the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurturing loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people.”

Lily’s Bistro is an independent, family-run Eclectic American restaurant offering seasonal food and drinks in a casual-upscale atmosphere. Reservations for dinner can be made by calling 937-723-7637.

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