• Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Five of the Best -- and Worst -- Pumpkin Spice Foods This Year

    Pumpkin spice season gets earlier and earlier every year, much like the Xmas shopping holiday, and somewhere around mid-August the traditional pumpkin spice goodies appeared on shelves. The beloved PSLs have been shooting through Starbucks drive-throughs like nutmeg-scented balls from a seasonal-fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Pot pavilion ready for lift-off at Denver County Fair

    Typical county fairs hand out blue ribbons for livestock, quilts and homemade pies. The 2014 Denver County Fair, which starts next Friday, August 1, will hold competitions for all of those, too. Only some of the pies might get you stoned. See also: "Denver County Fair's planned Beer Pavilion goes u ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014
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    November 27, 2013

    You can't go wrong with craft beer, football and a bag of chips

    Denver blog posts are thinking about the holidays, beer and food, over the next few weeks. Our Cafe Society blog has got you covered when it comes to craft beer events over the holidays. The Denver Egotist reports on Focus 4 Design, a local company that is entering a submission in the latest Super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Photos: Rocko's Tacos is serving tacos, burritos and margs in Belmar

    Rocko's Tacos and Margaritas, the latest outpost in the Little Pub Company's string of neighborhood pubs, opened late last month in the Belmar Shopping Center. The restaurant serves up ten different types of meat on its burrito, taco and appetizer menus, and all of its tacos are made with organic c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Five fast-food meals to stimulate your 4/20 palate

    Tomorrow is April 20, which means that you are smoking your "4/20 Eve" stash today in preparation for smoking even more tomorrow. In order to properly pay homage to this greenest of green holidays, you should stay hydrated, stay stoned -- and keep the munchies fed with the best possible eats if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    SEX at SXSW: Bang With Friends provides a tipsheet of who's DTF in Austin, apparently

    "All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this." That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think it was Chuck D. I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Reader: Queso and Cool Ranch Doritos aren't the prettiest girl at the party, but need love, too

    Last week Jenn Wohletz served up a heaping helping of the appetizers she hates seeing at parties -- including the dreaded queso dip. But some readers thought that Jenn's list was the real party-pooper. See also: - Five appetizers I hate seeing -- and eating -- at parties - First look: Cool Ranch D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    First look: Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos Locos launches in Denver

    When was the last time you've uttered these words: "Thank effin god for the Colfax Avenue Taco Bell?" Probably never, and I'd never said them myself -- until yesterday, when I learned that this location at 1775 East Colfax was one of the rare locations that actually had the new Cool Ranch Doritos Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Reader: Movie-goers can be rude and disgusting

    The Aurora Century 16 will reopen tomorrow, less than six months after the July 20 shooting left twelve dead and dozens injured. Cinemark, which owns the theater, put up a Facebook poll to ask people whether the site of the tragedy should be reopened, 70 percent of those who responded reportedly sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Five chain-restaurant trends that should continue in 2013

    This last year has brought us some terrible chain restaurant trends, including serving up sodium-soaked "healthy" meals; shrinking dessert sizes and charging the same prices; peddling fancy cocktails with more ingredients than a hair-relaxing solution; and restaurants labeling everything "natural." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    College Cooks could be a stirring experince for hungry students

    Taylor Stephan was living in a house with five other guys in Boulder, and they had a problem: how to feed themselves without staring into the uncaring face of the Maruchan kid night after night after night. And so he learned to cook. "Instead of eating out all the time," Stephan says, "You can make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Round two with Lucas Forgy, exec chef of Freshcraft: Avery beer rep is a ninja!

    Lucas Forgy Freshcraft 1530 Blake Street 303-758-9608 Part one of my interview with Lucas Forgy, exec chef of Freshcraft, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. What do you enjoy most about your craft? Being able to engage with people in real time and make things happen.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Taco Bell unveils new design in Commerce City: Way to glow!

    I woke up yesterday and immediately thought to myself that what Taco Bell needs most right now are Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos, as well as new store designs that include glowing, purple LED lighting on the outside paneling. The much-anticipated taco upgrade is still in the works, but that new T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 (7 free!) this weekend, October 5-7

    October is finally here, and that means pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup and Halloween-themed events all month. But you won't have to fork over a ton of cash to get in on the fun. We've rounded up ten events this weekend that all cost less than $10, from people-watching at a zombie dash to seeing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    J. Diego Frey's Pocketbucket Lists: Get a slice at Lighthouse Writers Workshop

    If you're a typical Denver Tom, Dick or Harry, there's a chance you have no idea what goes on at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a haven for the literary ensconced in the historic Milheim Mansion in Capitol Hill. But the first annual Lighthouse Writers Workshop Community Book Fair -- two days of free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    SXSW travelogue: Take to the Oars checks in from the streets of Austin

    There is a place somewhere in the pacific ocean that is essentially a cesspool for plastic waste and various other bits of debris and man-made trash. The rudimentary physics and science behind this collection is that all ocean currents from all over the world eventually whirlpool and cycle through t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/12

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Five WTF examples of marketing at SXSW

    During SXSW, and especially in the last five years or so, Sixth Street turns into one long, strange sensory overload. People nearly give you eyeball papercuts trying to get their fliers in your hands, before they're promptly tossed on the ground. If you get the right combo of marketing types holleri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Super Bowl XLVI: Five pop-culture predictions for the coming year

    Calender-wise, every year starts at the beginning of January. But when it comes to pop-culture, the year "kicks off" (hey-o!) with the advertising blitz (so many football puns!) that is the Super Bowl, when advertisers collectively spend brajillions of dollars to tell us how to think and feel during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Killer sheepdogs and five other top terrors of the backcountry

    Anyone thinking about abandoning the safety and comfort of the big city for a trip to Colorado's savage backcountry, take heed. Not only might you be braving the caprices of nature and the hardships of an untamed wilderness, but you could also encounter a particularly fierce breed of sheepdog. Acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    "Hot wild girls" Doritos commercial sends CSU grads to Super Bowl

    These hot, wild girls are helping send Brad Scott and friends to the Super Bowl.​Virtually any time a guy has three hot, wild girls in his apartment, he's dreaming. And yet, that's exactly how a Colorado State University student feels after finding out that he and his business partners are hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Take Westword's sex survey, then check out Mistress Saskia's newbie guide to the kink scene

    ​Have you taken the Westword sex survey? If not, you have until Friday to lay yourself bare. In the meantime, let's get kinky with Mistress Saskia. So you're comfortable whacking your wife with an electric flyswatter, chaining your husband to the hot water heater, watching your girlfriend hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Crystal Pepsi was murdered: Our top five misunderstood foods and drinks

    Gone but not forgotten.​So many edibles and drinkables, so many myths: Organic is automatically healthier than conventional, macaroons are poised to be a huge food trend, sushi is really posh and socially assigned to be attractive yuppie chow, and real foodies will unfailingly watch every sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    4/20 Special: Ten foods you would only eat while high

    Flickr photoWhat's next? Some awful food.​Doritos, pizza rolls, almost every form of snack cake and the entire dollar menu are all in the Hall of Fame for stoner munchies. Still, there's a certain point when all culinary standards go up in smoke. And that's where these ten foods come in:

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Manitou Springs: No kids allowed?

    ​Last week, my wife and I decided it was time for a last-minute weekend getaway, and we decided on Manitou Springs. We'd never been there, and its cave-and-castle kitschiness sounded like Niagara Falls mixed with oddball Colorado charm. As it would turn out, the town's lodgings would be happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Damn, it feels good to be a DJ

    ​Doritos, a 64-ounce drink, a shoulder massage and a fan keeping you cool, all handled by some incredibly lovely ladies -- really, does it get any better than that? Probably not. Witness Denver house DJ and man about town Uriah West, photographed at Vinyl. Clearly, being a DJ has it's perks. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Man loses 27 pounds on the Twinkie diet

    Get skinny-- eat Twinkies​Popular diets speak to our society's insatiable desire to pin blame for the saddlebags and love handles on some evil type of food. But if you think stuffing yourself with meat and cheese (since you're cutting carbs) is a surefire way to get thin, you're probably not g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Tonight: Kina Grannis at the Soiled Dove

    ​Justin Bieber, Anton Dodson -- every individual who devoted a special solo dance to Ginuwine's "Pony" -- they all have YouTube to thank for providing a free entertainment platform to millions of viewers. California-bred singer and songwriter Kina Grannis, who plays the Soiled Dove Undergrou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Crispin Porter Bogusky behind advertising ploy aimed at getting kids to eat vegetables

    Crispin Porter Bogusky​Boulder-based advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky is renowned for using viral tactics and edgy (and sometimes controversial) campaigns to turn around floundering companies and proliferate products or ideas that, prior to their input, had little airtime.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Today: Chef Jehangir Mehta brings healthy food and kids together

    Chef Jehangir Mehta puts fun in food for kids.​No one has to tell a parent how difficult it is to get kids to eat anything that's not complete crap, McDonald's this and Doritos that. But celebrity chef Jehangir Mehta -- the runner-up on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef -- is trying to change ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Spike It: Top six things that could be improved by caffeine

    They spiked jerky. Why not bananas?​Ah, caffeine. The most wonderful of all stimulants. The most legal of all stimulants, more to the point. Is there anything that can't be improved by the judicious -- or injudicious -- addition of caffeine? Apparently not, since the last few years have seen a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Colorado Crimes: Arrest made in Lakewood wallet thefts

    Tony White, kinda/sorta ready for his closeup. Last week, we told you about a series of seventeen wallet thefts in Lakewood since February. But rest easy (or at least easier), Lakewood shoppers. Over the weekend, local cops arrested Tony White, 46, after he allegedly tried to lift a wallet from a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Can you smell summer yet?

    If winter is the new summer when it comes to firing up the backyard grill (as I reported last December), then the big snowfalls of the past few weeks mean spring must be the new winter - which is fine, since winter is summer anyway. I think. And summer begins for real the first day you smell those ... More >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Unusual things I’ve put in my mouth for money: Mysterious Fruit Tablets

    Part one of an extremely irregular series. Product name: Mysterious Fruit Tablets Primary ingredient (as printed on box): Mysterious fruit powder Really, the primary ingredient alone should’ve been enough to convince any sane and rational person to take a pass. And if that didn’t do it, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2008

    Denvention Day 3: SETI Comes to Denver

    "Who brought the Doritos?" The annual Denvention has landed in Denver, and Jason Sheehan is there. Click here to read his first report from the science fiction convention. What with all the time I’ve spent talking with people who invent scenarios of contact between human beings and alien civil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Head for the Hills

    I spent a long time talking with the Candy Company’s Rube Goeringer last week, and got a fascinating glimpse into the history of Georgetown – particularly that part of Georgetown now occupied by his candy shop. I got even more of a peek into the past just by hanging out at Kneisel & Anderson, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    25 Gaming Euphemisms for the Death of Gary Gygax

    Gary Gygax wasn't the father of Dungeons and Dragons. He was the weird uncle that lived in the basement, painted lead miniatures, and could expound on the twelve different types of polearm weapons. So it's understandable that gamers might have trouble talking about it openly. Instead, here are so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    Games on a Plane

    I watched Superbowl 42 on a flight back to Denver from a writing conference in New York City. Many people on the plane were coming from that same convention, so there were two main sets of passengers that night: rabid Giants fans (since we were coming from NYC), and poets, novelists, and writers of ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2007

    Welcome Inn

    Our Drunk tries to keep pace with the locals.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006


    Music biopics Hollywood won't make.

  • Dining

    March 2, 2006


    Poi ahoy

  • Dining

    March 10, 2005

    Bite Me

    A Tale of Two Cities

  • Dining

    April 29, 2004

    Drunk of the Week

    Sancho's Broken Arrow

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Year in Review: Pop Quiz

    Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    March 6, 2003

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