South Park exposed our secret. After an episode aptly titled "Casa Bonita" aired in 2003, the existence of Casa Bonita became known to the world outside of Colorado. Up until that point, Casa Bonita was mostly a regional gem. If you grew up in Colorado, chances are you celebrated at least one birt ... More >>
This weekend, the city will be overflowing with green beer and folks decked out in green from head-to-toe. But if the Irish holiday isn't your cup of tea, er, beer, we've rounded up some equally exciting alternatives. From a dark side of Mardi Gras celebration to a comedic argument that pits chip lo ... More >>
Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 10. Read it as originally published. December 16, 2011: A few weeks back, we asked our fine Mile Highs and Lows readers to submit pictures of the most ghettofied smoking devices they own. The winn ... More >>
This season, there's been nary a discouraging word said about Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who's on one of the most spectacular runs in NFL history. But the medical journal Pediatrics is an exception to this rule. A new study just shared in the publication evaluates athlete endorsements in food market ... More >>
The members of the Fine Gentleman's Club make no secret about how much they love getting high. Over the last year, some of us at Westword have had a lot of fun smoking up with comedians and musicians and asking them oddball questions that have nothing to do with anything important. In the course of ... More >>
Editor's note: Artist Charlie Boots is part of the inaugural pair of PAIR residents at Denver's Powerhaüs Studio. As part of his residency, he and his fashion-designing counterpart will be reporting from the real world via Show and Tell, as they learn the ropes from studio mentors Mona Lucero, Laur ... More >>
Garren Teich 1515 Restaurant 1515 Market Street 303-571-0011 www.1515restaurant.com This is part two of my interview with Garren Teich, exec chef of 1515 Restaurant; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've had: In Pines Point, Maine, there's a little lobster shack where yo ... More >>
Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>
Sometimes we love a song because it's stupid. When the Flaming Lips immortalized a girl for not using jelly, for instance, we treasured the witty idiocy of it all. These are not those songs. These are the radio hits that tortured us with their inane babbling, with lyrics that sound epic and sentimen ... More >>
Americans love a good con-man story. They love hearing about attractive criminals -- the charmingly deceptive leading man or intoxicatingly distracting female -- getting away with it, and the loot that provides them with another kind fantasy in the land of the super-rich. After a brief delay becau ... More >>
It's on your mind. You can't stop thinking about it. Your blood starts to pump. Your mouth begins to water. And while the buildup lasts for days, the actual live action (from start to finish) only lasts about ten minutes. No, I'm not talking about sex; I'm talking about the Super Bowl, baby. And whi ... More >>
The Slotted Spoon, Denver's first bona fide meatball emporium, opens on Monday, February 4, and while that's more than a week away, co-owner and chef Jensen Cummings, along with his partners, Johnny Coast and Alex Comisar, are way ahead of the curve (ball). See also: - Photos: Behind the scenes wi ... More >>
We must eat to live -- but sometimes what we eat and drink also kills us. The oddest things can cook our goose. This past year saw many food-assisted expirations and accidents that were peculiar, creepy -- and very, very unappetizing. Here's our list of the five weirdest food deaths of 2012. See ... More >>
Of all the things on the planet to get people's knickers in a twist, this week it happens to be Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Several public schools in California, New Mexico and Illinois have banned these spicy red snacks, claiming they are unhealthy, germy, messy, addictive and salty. Sure, a tiny bag of F ... More >>
I thought the Freestyle Coke machines and touch-screen, meal-ordering systems that keep popping up in restaurants were going to be all the unmanned, automated, de-humanizing product-offering and/or dispensing machines out there for a while. Nope. After finding a "Freeosk" that dispensed Rice Krisp ... More >>
Denver just got another Red Robin's Burger Works, with another Freestyle Coke machine, so that more folks can be controlled by Skynet treated to Burger Works' signature craft-your-own-burgers -- with drinks designed to match. This location -- the fourth in Colorado -- opened Monday in the new Hotel ... More >>
The city of Denver is known for its various species of beer geeks, outdoor enthusiasts and sports fans, but the varied climate of the Denver music scene cultivates a diverse cluster of fans, from metal heads to hippies to Juggalos. Here, in the first of several chapters in our handy field guide, you ... More >>
Honest Tea produces organic tea flavored with core values of honesty and transparency, and has kept its promise of creating healthy tea from real tea leaves even after Coca-Cola bought 40 percent of its stock. But how do we, the consumers, prove we're deserving? For the past two years, Honest Tea h ... More >>
Something interesting happened at the delicious end of three recent meals -- at Root Down, Frasca Food and Wine and twelve restaurant -- everyone at our table enjoyed a round of Fernet. We'll admit it: Denver's seemingly boundless fascination with Fernet is kind of blowing our minds. Seems like so ... More >>
The forty-year-old Wazee Supper Club got a facelift this summer. We're happy about the new kitchen, and the air-conditioning -- but could live without the new sign, which replaced an iconic logo with an old Coca-Cola symbol. Zzzzzzz.
Red Robin's new spinoff concept, Red Robin's Burger Works, is a smaller, less-dramatic-and-more-metallic version of the original, meant for smaller urban spaces. It has less hustle and bustle than the original stores, and also much less less square footage, but the company put a handful of its most ... More >>
At this writing, the second-most-viewed item on the Boulder Daily Camera website is a letter to the editor -- but not just any letter. The missive, published under the heading "Gays are a Threat to Public Health," has had an explosive impact on readers, coming at the outset of a special session insp ... More >>
This, declares Gary Lee, standing behind the bar of his new, eponymous Motor Club & Grub, has "always been my dream." A dream, he continues, that's finally come to fruition after more than a year of blood, sweat and tears. "It's been a year-and-a-half process putting this together, and even four ye ... More >>
When Chris Dailey took over the old Ruby's Diner spot in Boulder's Twenty-Ninth Street development, he planned to turn the space into his own diner in just a few short months. StarLite Diner & Lounge, he announced last year, would be ready by March 2012. Close: It opened today.
Legendary bass player and merchandising tycoon Gene Simmons has announced a new restaurant chain creatively titled Rock & Brews that will satisfy hungry classic rock fans craving to eat in a place that looks like a glorified backstage area. The franchise will debut this year in El Segundo, CA, and a ... More >>
Late last year, we learned that changes were in the works for a slot in Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street development most recently home to Ruby's Diner: Flatirons restaurateur Chris Dailey had picked up the space and was planning to build out StarLite Diner & Lounge.
We've all heard how you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, but Arby's would have to do something close to really compete with fast-food rivals like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Subway. To help pull off this miracle, Arby's recently added new CMO Russ Klein (he jumped ship from Burger King in Jan ... More >>
From regulations changing and shops being raided, to pizza delivery guys calling the cops on tokers, it has been an interesting year for medical marijuana in Colorado. Below is our top ten list of Westword's most popular marijuana stories of 2011 as well as links to the original posts.
A few weeks back, we asked our fine Mile Highs and Lows readers to submit pictures of the most ghettofied smoking devices they own. The winner (or loser, depending on how you look at it), gets a shiny, new Silver Surfer Vaporizer. We didn't just want the typical apple pipes, aluminum can pipe ... More >>
When he branched out on his own after more than two decades of working with Wynton Marsalis -- both in his septet and as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra -- alto sax player Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson had more time to work with his own group as well as the brand-new quartet Boxca ... More >>
The Whole Foods in Golden is now pouring Marley Coffee -- the only store in the state to distribute the coffee promoted by Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son. "My father came from the farmland in Jamaica and frequently spoke about returning to the farm one day," he says. "We created Marley Coffee ... More >>
Oblio'sSome of the most interesting restaurants in the area aren't the hot spots that just opened or the fine-dining mainstays. Rather, they're the quirky eateries nestled into neighborhoods where crowds of regulars gather for good food and better entertainment, places that engage not just th ... More >>
Since getting spiffed up a few years back, Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street has played host to more than twenty restaurants, a mix of fast-casual and full-service chains plus independently owned spots that has changed frequently. Now the development is about to get another new joint to replace ... More >>
James Gardner.Growing accustomed to life at the occupation takes time. Yesterday morning, James Gardner awoke at four to the sounds of a drunk man cursing, and before he finishes that story, a quick fight starts, a blade is removed from a pocket and its user is evicted from the camp in less t ... More >>
I met RiverRock hash master Bho Johnson a few months ago, when I stopped by Paul Tokin's house for a Wednesday hash session for Tokin's YouTube show Tokin' Daily. Aside from being a fellow pot nerd, Johnson had some face-meltingly good hash, and I knew I'd eventually have to check out his home base.
Kelsey WhippleMeet Coca-Cola's freestyle soda fountain: 100 flavors to choose from before you still opt for Dr Pepper.The Qdoba at Sixth and Grant has housed Coca-Cola's 100-flavor freestyle soda fountain for three weeks now, but the Terminator of the carbonated world is still creating lines ... More >>
Notice the date? It's July 11, or 7-11, and 7-Eleven, the nation's most prolific convenience-store chain, is giving away free 7.11-ounce size Slurpees all day until midnight at participating stores throughout Colorado. To mark its 84th birthday, the chain, which has 8,600 locations in North ... More >>
Rockies Coca-Cola hat.With the Colorado Rockies mired in a weeks-long slump, there are fewer and fewer reasons to go the ballpark in the heat of the summer. But just because the product on the field is suffering doesn't mean the product at the gates is doing the same. We're talking about prom ... More >>
Does Coca-Cola have a corporate policy against putting Coke machines in medical marijuana dispensaries? That's the message delivered to award-winning Altitude Wellness Center a few days ago. But after AWC decided to go public with the rejection, Coca-Cola has backed down, with a representati ... More >>
click image to enlarge The photograph above features a decorative dead end in the Reunion subdivision of Commerce City. The center of the picture looks out into the future of planned suburban expansion. Until then, the nearly identical homes face off in a duel of nearly identical holiday deco ... More >>