Gluten-free diets are pervasive these days, but as trendy as gluten-free diets can be, there are those who truly need to shed the protein composite from their diet. Celiac Disease affects about one in every 100 people in America and requires complete avoidance of gluten. Jake Rosenbarger of Kim & Ja ... More >>
After a long holiday weekend, the work week might be starting out slow -- but it's building to quite a culinary finale, with the tenth annual Denver Food and Wine grand tasting on Saturday (with related events starting Wednesday) and Westword's twentieth annual DISH on Sunday. Keep reading for tidbi ... More >>
As my friends and I approach and then swiftly pass the thirty-year mark, I must admit that all of those overused phrases like "dirty thirty" and "flirty thirty" are more troublesome to my poor ears than the horrible, cacophonous symphony my children have been creating with leftover holiday cookie ti ... More >>
For the most recent Chef and Tell, Lori Midson interviewed pastry chef Jason Lebeau of Coohills, who revealed that "only the people who went somewhere else first...and had dinner there" only eat dessert first. But it was his response to another question that raised the ire of one reader. See also: ... More >>
According to some of our prognosticators in "Trends Without End," this town's gluten-free obsession will only grow next year -- and that's just one reason to pick up the 2013 Gluten Free Calendar. A more compelling reason? Mr. May is Denver's own Brian Gansmann, who had close to twenty years' experi ... More >>
Life can be ironic sometimes, like a dairy farmer who becomes lactose-intolerant. Jake Rosenbarger, owner of Kim and Jake's Cakes, was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease. But despite this new-found gluten intolerance, he continues to do what he loves: baking delicious cakes. "In the world of foo ... More >>
Update: The story of Dr. Stephen Stein, an oral surgeon whose possible re-use of needles over a twelve-year period has led the state health department to suggest that at least 8,000 of his patients be tested for HIV and hepatitis, has gone national. And while Stein has yet to be charged with a crime ... More >>
The Tour Divide is a harrowing bike race. And that's true even if you don't have diabetes. The 2,745 mile race follows the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico and challenges racers to complete the distance unsupported by anyone else and living off the food and water ... More >>
Many things in the food industry are not at all what they appear to be. Things like healthy green salads covered in cheese, bacon bits, croutons and ranch dressing; the servers at TGI Fridays who aren't always thrilled beyond measure to see your asses plopped in their sections; and those "Grapple" ... More >>
Domino's Pizza is not known for having the best pizza crust in the big-box pizza chain sphere of influence. Hell -- it isn't known for having the best pizza, either. So I was actually surprised when Domino's became the first major pizza-delivery chain to offer gluten-free crust (doing what smaller s ... More >>
Patrick Canfield, the sous chef at the Trinity Grille who's the subject of this week's Chef and Tell interview, has won new fans -- for his position on gluten-free diets, his memories of old Denver restaurants, and this answer to a question about what would be his dream restaurant: "I don't have a d ... More >>
Unless you've been trekking in the Himalayas this week, you've undoubtedly heard all about celebrity chef Paula Deen's admission that she has Type 2 diabetes. Deen is known for her signature deep-South-deep-fried-deeply-buttered cuisine, and the criticism of her condition/food/pimping diabetes drugs ... More >>
Brian Gansmann has been in the food-marketing business for more than two decades, a career that includes a stint on the creative team that came up with the porkerific slogan "The Other White Meat." So he knew what to do when he was first diagnosed with celiac disease: He went to the library to lear ... More >>
Although Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who infected dozens of Rose Medical Center patients with the hepatitis C virus in 2008 and 2009, is now serving a thirty-year prison sentence, the fallout from her crimes continues to keep a scrum of attorneys busy. In recent court filings in a patient laws ... More >>
Pomeranz.Drew Pomeranz eats appendectomies and shits perfect innings. And now, the prize of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade is officially a major-league baseball player. Just over two weeks after having an emergency appendectomy, Pomeranz pitched three perfect innings yesterday for the Tulsa Drille ... More >>
There has been some discussion about whether Type 2 diabetes is curable. (There's no such discussion with Type 1, which afflicts the street artist featured in this week's cover story.) The common belief, supported by the American Diabetes Association and the Mayo Clinic, is that there is no c ... More >>
Brian Bradley's artwork reflects his struggles with diabetes and the health-care system
Marble cupcakes with vegan chocolate frosting.Elana Amsterdam had been baking healthy, high-protein desserts since the early '90s -- and then in 1998, she was diagnosed with celiac disease. One thing seemed to lead to another, and the delicious result is the local author's latest work, Gluten ... More >>
Long-lost evil twin? An intergenerational love affair between family members who don't know they're related? A romance forged via ESP between two people in a coma? As long as the dramatic music was right, we wouldn't blink if we saw one of those absurd scenarios unfold on a daily soap. But ... More >>
Ten years ago, if you went into a restaurant or grocery store and asked about gluten-free menu items or food products, no one would have had a clue what you were talking about. But celiac disease is part of our culinary lexicon now, and the Sunflower Farmers' Market at 8601 West Cross Drive i ... More >>
"I was on tour with U2 in 1997, and I woke up one morning and I had lost my eyesight by like 50 percent," remembers Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk. "I just felt horrible -- like I had a hangover, but I hadn't been drinking." When he finished the tour, Wilk went to the doctor and ... More >>
Kristen Parker in a photo from deleted MySpace page -- before she started caring.Remember Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who passed her case of hepatitis-C to at least fifteen patients at Rose Medical Center via needles she'd used on herself? As part of her plea agreement in the case, she ... More >>
Courtesy of www.komar.orgRockies fan Kyle Komarnitsky enjoys a gluten-free hot dog.While cheering the Rockies on to victory tomorrow at Coors Field, why not check out the stadium's newest and most unusual concession location: the gluten-free stand behind Section 147 on the left-field concours ... More >>
Rose Medical Center.This week's cover story, "Going Viral," looks into how one drug-seeking hospital worker probably infected dozens of Colorado surgery patients with hepatitis C -- and the emotional fallout of Kristen Parker's recklessness for the patients, several of whom are speaking out h ... More >>
Business boosters at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce didn't know what had hit them. On Friday, when Senator Mark Udall offered a healthcare briefing at the Chamber, there hadn't been a single member of the media. But on Monday, when Senator Michael Bennet did the same, the TV cameras wer ... More >>
A Flickr photo. This week, the Denver-based Hep C Connection will do all it can -- legally -- to get dirty needles off the streets. Beginning today, the organization is hosting its first-ever Drop To Stop week, where anyone can anonymously drop off used syringes at eight separate locations around D ... More >>
Update: As an eagle-eyed blog commentor pointed out, the voting for the KFC contest ended yesterday and the winner has already been announced. Turns out we were so awed by the Hulk's majestic green majesty we just plain screwed up. The good news is that our man Komarnitsky won the contest anyway, s ... More >>
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Forget low-carb; those with celiac disease, the most common genetic autoimmune disease, have to pay attention to every kind of tasty gluten (wheat, rye, and oats) product they’re offered or risk severe illness, not just severe damage to their waistline. Luckily, the Denver metro chapter of CSA (C ... More >>
For Alek Komarnitsky of Lafayette, Colorado, holiday decorations aren’t just a hobby, they’re a way of life. A very, very insane way of life. Komarnitsky became a local hero four years ago when, as part of his neighborhood Fouth of July parade, he drove his nine-foot-tall inflatable Incredible ... More >>
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