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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Pecha Kucha Dayton- a local event run by three South Parkians.
This is a local event of a global network of events. It’s free (including the beer and wine- donations accepted) and it’s fun- and you may learn something. If you still don’t know what PK is- I’ve included three videos at the bottom of the post that explain it- and why. One follows the format- 20 slides, 20 seconds each- the other- is a TED talk-and longer (he doesn’t quite practice what he preaches), and the last is a PK about making a PK that is a little more academic version.
This event will be a little different- like a tent revival. The next one will be at the Masonic temple… in about 3 months.
Here’s the details from the global site:
Gosiger is going to put up a tent and invite us to party at their place! (McDonough + Bacon) We can’t believe our luck! Not only do we have a venue that’s exciting the heck out of us, we have a tantalizing assemblage of presenters lined up. Now, this list is still tentative, but it’s looking really great. And–oh yeah–our emcee will be Jason Antonick.
Aili Bresnahan – Dance: what and why
Brynn Delange – Bearded dragons
Crystal Lake – Artisanal products inspired by literature
Arch Grieve – Sarajevo, Bosnia
Joel Pruce – a Ferguson, Missouri, project
Yvette Kelly-Fields – Blame it on the Funk
Juanita Darden-Jones – the arrival of Downtown Brown what led her to open Third Perk
Todd Muskopf – Boudoir photography Glamour portraits and survivorship
Randi Levinson – sexuality
Plus, we’re hoping to snoop some history on the folks at Gosiger, a century-old, family-owned machine tool, engineering and automation joint. They are kind of awesome.
I’m still lamenting the loss of “Olive Dive” on the corner of Wayne and E. Third Street almost a year after they said adieu. Yes, the prices kept going up, but it was Dayton’s first and best farm-to-table restaurant.
But, no worries, two other Olive’s have popped up (the Green Olive at the Traffic Circle is now closed – Feb 2017) . Both on the same street- but only one that I’ve tried. Olive Mediterranean Grill is on North Dixie just north of Needmore, just before the drive in. It’s run by two brothers who work long hours and cook up some amazing middle Eastern food. It’s open late most nights, till 1:00 am, now 11am to 11pm Mon-Sat and 3pm to 10pm on Sunday (updated Feb 2017) and you can easily get dinner under $15. They’re Muslims, so no alcohol, and occasionally, they’ll let people smoke a hooka in the dining room- which ticks me off no end, but the kufta is the bomb. For those of you who don’t know what kufta is- it’s a seasoned ground beef kabab. Their kibbe is also amazing- but, more times than not, they are out of it. The place isn’t somewhere you want to take a date for a romantic supper- it’s a former Milano’s- but if you just want good food, friendly service and not spend too much- head on over.
The Texas Beef and Cattle Company is open in Wright Dunbar. It’s run by my friend James Nunez, a Navy Veteran and proud Texan. I’ve been eating James’ slow-cooked meats for years and if you are looking for some brisket or pulled pork, you’ve come to the right place.
You’ll spend about the same amount as you would at Olive for dinner- but you’ll recognize everything on the menu. They are still working out the kinks since they just opened up, but I had a sample plate of brisket, sausage and pulled pork the other day and all three were amazing. They are open till 10pm.
Texas Beef and Cattle Company 1105 W 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 344-4376 no website, but you can find them on Facebook, where they have a ton of likes. Parking is easy, and they have a nice little fenced in patio on Williams street- and I’m assuming a liquor license is coming soon.
Going upscale, which isn’t something I’m doing a lot of right now- Chef Dana Downs, has finally put something in the old Lincoln Park Grille space worth going to. Park City Club (Feb 17- renaming to Roost American) is a cross between a private club menu and comfort food with panache. You’ll pay double what you’ll pay at either of the above places, but this is somewhere to take a date, especially before you have tickets to a show at the Fraze. Full disclosure, my firm, The Next Wave, did their website and some of their printing, but, I wouldn’t recommend a place I don’t like- it’s not the way I roll. The last few times I’ve been, I’ve seen at least 4 people I know at tables less than 20 feet from me, go figure. Reservations are recommended, or you may have a long wait.
My other go to places are still Linh’s Bistro, Ginger and Spice, Quincy’s, CJ Chan’s, Sushi Cafe, The Pine Club, Coco’s Bistro, Carmen’s Deli, Chicago Gyro’s and Dogs, Pizza Factory and South Park Tavern, Charlies Imports, Pasha Grill, The Corner Kitchen and Taqueria Mixteca.
No this isn’t a post about a British girl band. It’s an overdue review/recommendation of the little Chinese restaurant, Ginger and Spice, that opened on Brown Street back in January.
It’s squeezed in between Subway and Hot Head Burritos- in the little strip built by JZ Properties- when we already thought we had enough choices. It has had a bunch of places go in and close. Tropical smoothie, DQ/Orange Julius, etc. When I saw it was going to have an Asian place I was wondering how they were going to fit it all in. The answer: tightly.
Beijing Pork from Ginger and Spice
The food is wonderful. The Beijing Pork, the first time I had it- was one of the best Chinese dishes I’d ever had- unfortunately, it’s never been quite the same- but- still good. Their menu description:
Lightly breaded and fried pork loin, layered with delicious sauce crafted from pineapples and tangerine rinds.
Ginger and Spice wontons
Another favorite is the Ginger & Spice Wontons – which have a bit of a kick – again their description:
Handmade wontons stuffed with ground pork, seasoned with our mild spicy house special sauce.
They say they source a lot of their ingredients locally- and try to stay with organic/gmo/hormone-free sources. It may be part of the reason they’ve had two one dollar price increases since they opened. At one point, I had an email with a list of their local providers, but I can’t find it now. Their website doesn’t list them.
The other reason may be because the place is crammed at meal times. With less than 3 dozen seats crammed into a tiny space, this isn’t the place to go to have a private conversation- although it will be intimate, you’ll be cheek to cheek with the next table. The best thing that could happen to them would be for Subway to close- and they expand their dining room- or- outdoor tables in the summer.
The operation works like a fast casual place. You walk up to the counter- place your order, get your drinks (water glasses and a big ice-filled water dispenser are next to the cash register- the cups are small- which sucks- because coming back to get more means tripping over the table next to you) and pay- getting a number on a tall holder. They bring out the food. But, despite the portions being large enough to split- they don’t give you two plates. You have to ask- and even then- it slows things down- because they really don’t have people waiting on you- although sometimes, they come and refill water glasses or check on you- again – sometimes.
Eating there is the better value. The take out portions are always smaller than the eat in. Considerably. This is kind of too bad, since sometimes, getting a table is difficult. They do have a “communal table” and a “bar” of seats right in front of the door- but this also means the blast of cold air in the winter, since there was no space wasted on a portico or double doors.
There is a different menu in Chinese. It has stuff that you might consider daring. I’ve not been that brave, but I’ve seen the dishes- and judging by the Chinese UD kids who are always in there- this is the real deal Chinese food.
Most of the time- one appetizer and one entree will fill two people up. Cost under $20.
They do sell beer. They take credit cards. The place is always spotless, and bright and well lit, and busy. Plenty of parking around back. They are open Monday – Saturday 11am to 9pm, and closed on Sundays. The proper address is 1105 Brown Street, but you shouldn’t have a hard time finding it.
Choosing between Ginger and Spice and CJ Chan on Wilmington is a challenge. CJ Chan wins on comfort and service- as well as a wider menu including sushi. They are also open on Sunday. Ginger and Spice is a bit cheaper all day long- their menu doesn’t change prices or portions lunch to dinner, and the food always feels light and fresh. Between the two- I don’t need to go too far for excellent Asian fare.
If you haven’t been- go. It’s an experience if nothing else.
A long time ago, barter was replaced with currency, and a lunatic science called economics was invented- which later gave us “finance” which led to the insanity of Wall Street having the ability of turning our economy into a joke.
The idea of paper money being worth something is something you were just born understanding in America. You don’t question it, you just take it for granted- “In God We Trust” is all you need to think that greenback actually means something.
But, there are other economies- the black market, the barter economy, the secondary markets of used goods, and then, well, there’s now a TimeBank- right here in Dayton.
I went to an orientation tonight- the first step, and a required one, to become a member. It’ll take about 2 hours of your time- and then, you never have to go to it again. They hold them the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at 624 Xenia Avenue in Dayton’s Twin Towers neighborhood- and the Third Sunday at 4 p.m.- with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. on that Sunday- more on the food later.
The concept of TimeBanking is that everyone has value- and can do something for someone else- and in exchange for that hour, you get an hour in your Timebank- to spend with someone else. You get 2 hours’ credit just for attending orientation. The system relies on software to match up offers and requests- I offer an hour of marketing help, you offer an hour of weeding. Your hour is worth my hour. An hour is called a time dollar. One for one. If it sounds like socialism- it sort of is. Neurosurgeon or nanny- your hour is the same. It’s up to you on how many hours you want to earn- or spend and with whom. The site is sort of like a dating site- with reviews of your work, and keeping track of your hours.
The cool thing is- non-profits- who usually beg for volunteer hours, can now reward volunteers with hours for hours- and they are like the Fed- they can keep giving away hours as long as they want. So, my neighborhood can pay me for running my neighborhood soccer program, or for an alley cleanup, Habitat for Humanity or Rebuilding Together, could “pay” its volunteers with hours- and they can then collect from others. All of it- unreported to the IRS- sort of like Bitcoin in the beginning.
You can register as an individual, or a business, or a non-profit. Then, make requests for services if you can’t find someone already offering it.
It’s already happening in over 430 communities around the globe, with over a million hours swapped. And, your hours in Dayton can be spent in those other communities.
The driving force behind this has been Kate Ervin, who got interested in this 10 years ago- before the software was available. Then, the cost of administering the program would have been high- but, now- it’s easy. Some communities charge a cash membership fee- but, with the help of East End Community Services, where Kate now works, they are able to offer it with free memberships.
If your church is a non-profit- and you do community outreach, think about joining. If you are a member of a non-profit that does any kind of community volunteer work- join. If you like helping people- join.
The really interesting part comes from being a part of a community of volunteers who meet monthly for the pot-luck. It’s here, where you meet others who are offering their services- and you can find out who you want to spend your time dollars with.
This is a great way to fill in your professional schedule- and meet people you might not be able to work with using normal dollars. I plan on offering a limited numbers of seats to my www.websitetology.com seminar for time dollars. I’ve got a client who is a psychologist who isn’t set up to take all insurances- who may grow her practice this way.
I hate gardening- and weeding. I love helping people with marketing. Well worth a trade for a few hours a week. In some communities- dentists and doctors have joined.