Hello DaytonMostMetro Fans,
I’ve got good news. WHIPLASH and BIRDMAN will be able to share a screen starting this Wednesday. That said, if you need to see either of these films, I’d suggest hurrying down. They may not last more than one more week. Tomorrow (Wed, Nov. 26), we will open a film that I know many of you will embrace – THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. When I saw this film at the World Premiere in Toronto, the auditorium was packed with stars who were anxious to see the film – including Jon Stewart, Julie Taymor and Andrew Garfield. The standing ovation was remarkable, and hearing Eddie Redmayne (who deserves the Oscar for this performance) speak about the process was incredible. I hope you’ll be anxious to see the film with us this weekend.
Synopsis for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: “Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE).” Click on this LINK to visit the film’s official website.
The Annual Family Holiday Film Series, presented by The Dayton Holiday Festival, The Downtown Dayton Partnership, Channel 99.9 and THE NEON, has secured titles for this year’s line-up. Films will screen at Noon on December 6, 13, & 20 – and the price is absolutely amazing. Admission is FREE for kids 12 & under and only $2 for general admission. ELF will play on December 6, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL will play on December 13, and the Cary Grant classic THE BISHOP’S WIFE will play on December 20. Tickets will only be available starting 45 minutes before each screening, and children must be present to claim free tickets.
Last year, THE NEON hosted a few screenings of THE TRIUMPH for a local non-profit. On December 10, 4Mary.Org will bring back this documentary another time. “THE TRIUMPH is a powerful new documentary film about a prophecy unfolding right now, before our very eyes. From Medjugorje, a tiny village in Bosnia-Herzegovina, comes a message from the Mother of God. Does this woman really know mankind’s future, as millions believe? Decide for yourself.” (taken from press notes) Tickets are $10 each and can only be purchased in advance by visiting the official site. Click this LINK to purchase tickets and this LINK to check out the trailer.
As we head into the holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to express my great thanks for your patronage. We’re trending to make 2014 a banner year, and we wouldn’t be in this great place without your enthusiasm & support. In addition, I want to thank Diana Cordero – our assistant manager. Diana has been right beside me for over 13 years at THE NEON, and I couldn’t do it without her. Thank you!
Wishing all of you a great Thanksgiving!
We hope to see you soon,
SHOWTIMES for Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Thursday, Dec. 4:
PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is more than a week!
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (PG-13) 2 Hr 3 Min
Wednesday & Thursday: 2:45, 5:15, 7:45
Friday & Saturday: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45
Sunday: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15
Monday – Thursday: 2:45, 5:15, 7:45
BIRDMAN (R) 1 Hr 59 Min
Wednesday & Thursday: 2:40, 7:30
Friday & Saturday: 2:40, 7:30, 9:55
Sunday – Thursday: 2:40, 7:30
WHIPLASH (PG-13) 1 Hr 47 Min
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:10
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:20, 5:10
Monday – Thursday: 5:10
(All Dates Are Tentative. Dates Often Move And Sometimes Disappear.)
Dec. 5 – CITIZENFOUR
Dec. 25 – THE IMITATION GAME
Dec. 25 – WILD
Jan. 9 or 16 – FOXCATCHER
TBD – FORCE MAJEURE
TBD – HOMESMAN
Why should kids have all the fun this Halloween season? Adults around Dayton love chocolate and deserve to eat themselves into a sugar high as well. FOOD ADVENTURES has been hitting Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees for years, and think this is a perfect time to load up on some of their elegant chocolate specialties. Go ahead, look at your diet for a day and go “BOO!!”
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Founded near Piqua, this business has been owned by the same family for four generations
— Specialties include chocolate and candy creations, coffees and even a decent wine selection.
— Relaxing, inviting atmosphere to have a glass of wine and some chocolates. Some stores have decent patio seating as well.
— These are fine chocolates, and with quality comes a price. Don’t expect cheap deals, this is the good stuff.
— The candies are made locally with natural ingredients. We love products made in the Miami Valley, and pure is good too!
— Three area locations: 6735 Miller Lane in North Dayton, 2806 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd(Dayton Mall) and 3510 Pentagon Rd. in Beavercreek.
Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees captures the elegance and decadence of chocolate in their stores. The display cases and sitting areas allow for browsing in a rush, or a slow indulgence. Speaking of indulgence, brace yourself for the “Must Eats” at Winans!
— BOURBON CHERRIES: There is nothing quite like these chocolate covered cherries in Dayton. Chef House, Big Ragu and Hungry Jax eat enough of these to get a hangover.
— MAINE BLUEBERRY COFFEE: Yes, you read that right. Food Adventures will tell you “Don’t knock it til you try it.” He highly recommends this uniquely flavored coffee.
— WETZELS: Winan’s chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. You simply cannot eat just one of these delicious treats.
— TRUFFLES: Stick one on your tongue and let it melt. The chocolate ganache in the middle is like finding the prize in a Cracker Jack box. This is a Food Adventure in a bite.
— MINT JEWELS: Rich, creamy and oh so dreamy. White chocolate and the texture of the top from the nonpareils makes this a must eat. More addicting than Candy Crush.
Slobbering yet? Then turn the tables on the kids and have yourself a little Halloween Food Adventure at Winans fine Chocolates. Just don’t wear a creepy costume and demand free candy, we wouldn’t want the Mall Police to get involved….
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Browse through the photo gallery below and tell us your favorite treats from Winans in the comment section.
Take a much-needed break from the last-minute present-wrapping and feast-prepping, and let the area’s best chefs create the main culinary event for you and your loved ones. Below, are our top picks for dining out on Christmas Eve and even, a few notable spots opening up their doors on Christmas Day. We also suggest you call for reservations, as many places will be booked up.
Dayton Restaurants Open Christmas Eve
1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, OH 45459
Noon to 7pm
4432 Walnut Street, Dayton, OH 45440
5 – 10pm
2600 Far Hills Avenue, Kettering
7880 Washington Village Drive, Washington Twp.
Noon to 10 pm
67 S. Main Street, Miamisburg
225 E Sixth Street Dayton, OH 45402
2323 West Schantz Avenue, Dayton OH
7580 Poe Ave Dayton, OH 45414
11am – 10pm
6 W. Fifth Street, Dayton OH 45402
11am – 8pm
5 South Market Street, Troy , OH 45373
3- 8pm Christmas Buffet Only
Adults – $20.95, Children 5 to 12 – $9.95, Under 5 Free
2414 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood, Ohio 45419
For all those folks who may not celebrate Christmas, or just don’t want to cook that day, there are indeed a few restaurants that will be open for your dining pleasure. Of course you can always dine at Waffle House- they never close, but no matter where you dine out, please remember that the staff of these places have given up their holiday to serve you, so please tip generously, as working on a holiday is never fun, but should at least be profitable for those away from their families.
As always, if you know of a place we missed, feel free to add it in the comments!
Dayton Restaurants Open Christmas Day
2759 Miamisburg Centerville Road
12 – 7pm
7880 Washington Village Drive, Washington Twp.
Noon to 10 pm
7 Area Locations
5pm – 2am
4429 Cedar Park Drive (at The Greene) Beavercreek, OH 45440
11am – 8pm
2323 West Schantz Avenue, Dayton OH
SMALL BITES for 12/22/2011:
When it comes to Christmas, do you procrastinate like The Food Adventures Crew?? Need some last minute gift ideas??
Your humble and favorite Dayton foodies offer up some food related suggestions to fix your problem in this edition of SMALL BITES!
One of our favorite items to give to friends at Christmas time is chocolate and he feels nobody does chocolate better than Winan’s Candies. There are many gift sets to choose from or you can create your own. We love the White Chocolate Wetzels, Bourbon Cherry Cordials, and the their staple….the White Mint Jewels.
For those shopping for the extremely picky……buy them some nuts! Who doesn’t like nuts? (Excluding those who are anaphalactically challenged.) We feel that nuts from Trophy Nut make an excellent Christmas gift. Purchase a prepared tin of nuts or bust your nuts and create a personalized tin. Either they will love them or “re-gift” them.
For the coffee lover on your list or someone who fancies a high quality cigar, Food Adventures recommend heading over to the closest Boston Stoker store. They offer a variety of whole bean coffees, cigars, sweets, and gift baskets from which to choose. They also have coffee makers, french presses, coffee grinders, and espresso machines with a knowledgeable and friendly staff to assist shoppers. We love the Highlander Grogg!!!!
Gourmet Popcorn at its best! Located in the Washington Square shopping center in Centerville on State Route 48, this place has a variety of gifts and treats. Their popcorn comes in a multitude of flavors ranging from different cheeses, to different kinds of spices, and even chocolate covered creations! These bags or tins make perfect gifts and guess what.. they will ship them anywhere!! Oh, there is more than popcorn at this store. They also have a nice selection of fudge, buckeyes, jellybeans, shaved ice and soft pretzels. The staff is attentive and very welcoming. If you have not tasted their items, you are missing out ! Check out their website for more info.
The Big Ragu has always thought Esther Price has the best chocolate, and he likes the variety of gifts available at their stores. From light and dark chocolates to chocolate covered potato chips, they have you covered. They even offer diabetic friendly candies for your sugar free family members and friends. You can get a great box of candy for around 15 bucks. If your special someone lives outside of the Dayton area, they can ship your order nationwide. Their candies are also conveniently located at many local grocery stores. In Ragu’s opinion, you just cant beat the taste.
Another legendary Dayton place offers great gifts for the people on your Christmas list. Food Adventures thinks the
“Killer Brownies” at Dorothy Lane Market are to die for. We recommend the “original” kind, because we are old school. Another tip is that you can get a platter of brownie bites that are cut into fourths so you can stretch your dollar for more small bites. The display tray prices make it a decent option for a party or gift idea. The bakery also offers a ton of exclusive desserts, unique items and flavors that are definitely worth checking out.
We hope these ideas may help out with a last minute gift need, or give yourself a special treat and make your own personal FOOD ADVENTURE. Enjoy the photo album associated with this story, below. Click on any image to enlarge and get a true taste of Christmas!
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