Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good

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Five years ago, while on assignment for Sunset magazine, I went hog wild and cattle crazy, prowling the plains and prairies of Colorado for the state’s best barbecue. It was a dizzying trail hunt that took me from the high altitude of Durango to the flatlands of Strasburg searching out sauces and spice rubs, meaty … Read more Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good

Palettes: Popular Art Museum Restaurant Reopens

The debut of the Denver Art Museum’s Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building has made coast-to-coast headlines and elevated Colorado in both the art and architecture realms. Art lovers rejoiced. At the same time, foodies cheered the reopening of Palettes Contemporary Cuisine, Kevin Taylor’s restaurant in the museum, closed since 2004 while the Hamilton Building … Read more Palettes: Popular Art Museum Restaurant Reopens

Pacific Mercantile Co.: Downtown Denver’s Touch of Asia

I don’t remember the last time I wanted to buy fresh octopus, but there it was right in front of me, the tentacles wrapping around each other like a thick, fleshy ball of yarn. A little to the left, behind the glass panes of Pacific Mercantile Co.’s fish counter, a salmon head stared up at … Read more Pacific Mercantile Co.: Downtown Denver’s Touch of Asia

Great Meals for Fervent Foodies

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In a year sodden with eye-rolling, head-shaking, hair-pulling economic news, it’s no wonder restaurants worried about weathering the financial storm. Sadly, several metro area food temples succumbed to the agony of defeat, but for every restaurant that closed, a new one opened. Some of Denver’s best chefs – Duo’s John Broening, for example – expanded … Read more Great Meals for Fervent Foodies

Helping Others: Denver’s Do-Good Diner

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How much is an organic salad of arugula, turkey, cherries, walnuts and goat cheese worth? How about a three-course spread of crab and corn chowder, shrimp ceviche and sun-dried tomato and feta pizza? SAME Cafe’s sunny East Colfax Avenue storefront windowsills house dozens of potted plants – fragrant herbs, plump succulents, thriving ficus trees and … Read more Helping Others: Denver’s Do-Good Diner

Azucar Bakery: Sweet Secrets

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It’s so easy to tell the difference between pastries made in a small bakery and a big chain bakery. The melt-in-your-mouth texture of a cookie made with real butter or the light smoothness and faintly crisp edge of butter cream frosting whipped up using all-natural ingredients mark the difference between lovingly crafted confections from a … Read more Azucar Bakery: Sweet Secrets

The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream

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As much as we love Denver’s nonstop sunshine, some hot summer days require a way to beat the heat. Little Man Ice Cream’s frosty ice creams, gelatos and sorbets are summertime favorites for residents of Denver’s trendy Highland neighborhood. The shop, shaped like a giant metal milk can, is tucked behind modern Mexican restaurant hotspot … Read more The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream

Denver Hot Spots: 8 Great New Restaurants

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Argyll Gastropub 2700 E. Third Ave. Denver, Colorado 80206 720-382-1117 argyllpub.com This convivial Cherry Creek gastropub unleashes a dry sense of humor (love the fang-bearing wild boar’s head on the wall), cask-conditioned ales on the weekends, formidable beer and wine rosters, the dandiest patio in Cherry Creek and a superb menu, courtesy of exec chef … Read more Denver Hot Spots: 8 Great New Restaurants

Ghostlight: Telling Scary Theatrical Tales

A suffocating baby, antebellum dolls with painted-shut eyes, a slimy man who follows little girls home. That’s the stuff of good old-fashioned scary stories, and it’s the stuff of Ghostlight, a series of theatrical ghost stories based on a script by local playwright Michael R. Duran. Presented at the Byers-Evans House Museum in Denver, Ghostlight … Read more Ghostlight: Telling Scary Theatrical Tales

Think Pink: Denver’s Race for the Cure

Pink fur, pink wigs, pink boas and pink hats fill the Denver streets en masse. It can only mean one thing: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is here. As one of the country’s largest Race for the Cure, 60,000-plus Denverites come together for this event to show their commitment to eradicating breast … Read more Think Pink: Denver’s Race for the Cure

A Taste of Colorado

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This Labor Day weekend, celebrate food, visual and performance arts, music, crafts and Colorado’s Western heritage during the 27th annual A Taste of Colorado, the state’s largest free-admission outdoor event. The festival will be held in Civic Center Park and showcases Colorado’s best food, with more than 50 restaurants in attendance, numerous culinary presentations and … Read more A Taste of Colorado

Colorado Mountain Club: Leading the Way Through the Rockies

One of Denver’s major draws is its proximity to the mountains. But to some residents, the concepts of high-altitude safety and basic trail etiquette can be a little intimidating. Enter the Colorado Mountain Club. Headquartered in Golden, the club provides adventure education and recreational opportunities for everyone from the newbie day hiker to the ultra-experienced … Read more Colorado Mountain Club: Leading the Way Through the Rockies

Perk and Play: A Place for Coffee and Kids

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After years as a non-coffee drinker, one change switched my status in an instant: parenthood. I began to understand the addiction my parents always had for this aromatic beverage, and the low growls that were substituted for words before the first cup was sipped began making sense. However, I quickly realized that someone up above … Read more Perk and Play: A Place for Coffee and Kids

Dolce Sicilia: A Slice of Italy in Wheat Ridge

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Sighs are common when customers encounter the contents of the long glass cases at Dolce Sicilia, an Italian bakery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. First they see the trays of cookies: soft amaretti pignoli, chewy chocolate-dipped Florentines, and raspberry-topped farfalletta. Their eyes widen at real cannoli, tiramisu and especially the flaky sfogliatelle. Then they smell the … Read more Dolce Sicilia: A Slice of Italy in Wheat Ridge

Berry Patch Farms: Pick a Peck in Brighton, Colorado

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There’s an old Zen tale of a man who, while running from a tiger, grabbed onto a vine and went over a cliff. While hanging, he looked over and saw a strawberry hanging on the vine. He plucked and ate it. It was the sweetest strawberry he’d ever tasted. Lucky for me, I’m able to … Read more Berry Patch Farms: Pick a Peck in Brighton, Colorado