It's hard to say what makes a food seem distinctly American -- perhaps its taste brings up a childhood memory, or its appearance a connection to an American pastime -- but there are definitely some things we consume that are as American as, well, apple pie. So as the fireworks go off tomorrow, here ... More >>
Brad Wilson had exactly one week to finish his custom-design guitar for a commissioned birthday present and, at that moment, he was thinking about starting over. The guitar still needed a camouflage paint job, a Colorado design for the pick guard, a painted neck and all the wiring -- basically, it n ... More >>
It's one thing to know that you should be eating healthier, and another to have the time and money to prepare healthy meals. Saloni Doshi and Chelsea Katz, co-founders of Fresh Takes Kitchen, are working to make healthy, affordable meals accessible to the community. Their goal is to become a viable ... More >>
Tom Hail loves beer. He loves lagers especially, which is why he stays very late on a lot of nights to work on his passion projects. One of these is a traditional German-style marzen -- a recipe that he's been tinkering with on and off for eighteen years. It's a tasty beer -- so tasty that Hail, on ... More >>
Journalist, author, professor and sustainable living advocate Michael Pollan is lecturing at the Paramount Theater tonight, and yesterday, we held a contest that would give one Cafe Society reader the opportunity to snag a pair of complimentary tickets to his presentation. We asked readers to submi ... More >>
American Idol hit a high point last night. For the first time in the season, it was about the music (a change in focus that has needed to happen since day one of the preliminary audition rounds). Contestants who deserved to be pushed through to the next round do, while others are sent home. In the ... More >>
1962 Big Top convenience store advertisement that ran in the Denver Post. The ad shown above was found on agilitynut.com, a Debra Jane Setzer website devoted to vanishing American roadside design that includes noteworthy Denver attractions. When published, the Big Top convenience store advert ... More >>
Brooks Kellogg.On the State of Kansas's website, 73-year-old Brooks Kellogg is celebrated as a success story for building an entertainment center in Hays. But there's a good chance this salute won't be long for the Internet. That's because the FBI arrested him earlier this week at Denver Inte ... More >>
Forget after-school apples. Here, drink this, little Jimmy! It's got lots of vitamins and bacteria -- the good kind! -- to keep you healthy and strong.
Lori MidsonTony Bourdain on the streets of DenverWhat you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while bitching and moaning and posting very, very weird comments about Perky Cups, a new java joint that's coming to the streets of Aurora, complete with babes in bikinis: Coming next March to the ... More >>
Dear Mr. President. As you are no doubt aware, the Kellogg Company recently announced that it is experiencing a catastrophic waffle shortfall owing to a sort of "perfect storm" of circumstances: scheduled maintenance and upgrades to their army of waffle-making robots, flood damage in the ... More >>
Low Fat Granola with Raisins Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: What isn't in this stuff? There's whole oats and whole grain wheat, some of it fused together in random wads, like meteorites collecting fragments during the trip through space, other ... More >>
Wednesday, September 23, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Corn Flakes Touch of Honey/Toque de Miel Kellogg's Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: Yes, they're flakes made of corn. But unlike other flakes made of corn -- or corn flakes, if you insist -- they give off a glossy bronze glow, as if they've been spending most of th ... More >>
Raisin Bran Extra! Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: Whole wheat flakes are joined by the usual number of raisins, plus the (very) occasional cranberry, almond slices and yogurt wads with an interior consisting in part of "palm kernel," which I didn't know ex ... More >>
Somewhere between breakfast and a cup of coffee lays this middle ground of stupid -- food that isn't really food, but still seems appropriate to consume for the (allegedly) most important meal of the day. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show exposed the ridiculousness of the pancake-wrapped sausage years ... More >>
Apple Jacks Gliders Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Corn, wheat and oat flour provides the foundation for this crunchy treat, but the colors of the pieces, which include "limited edition" gliders (a.k.a. puffy triangles with a whole in the middle) along with the fam ... More >>
All-Bran Yogurt Bites Kellogg's Rating: One-and-a-half stars out of four Cereal description: Large, hearty, darkish brown wheat flakes supplemented by clusters made of wheat, oats and rice and coated in vanilla yogurt. The resulting shapes look alternately like stray jism globules or melting, mis ... More >>
Star Trek cereal Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Oat discs that resemble mini-cinnamon rolls, even though the designers insist that they represent spinning galaxies. (Maybe to someone who's never been to a bakery.) These bits are supplemented by marshmallows stamped ... More >>
Smart Start Toasted Oat Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: Heavy, dark oat flakes that ripple and curl like shingles that should have been replaced a few decades earlier. They're supplemented by rolled oats, wheat, rice and God knows what else bound together ... More >>
Special K Blueberry Kellogg's Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: Rice and wheat flakes that are large, rough-hewn and speckled with dark dots that would probably cause most folks to phone their physician if they started showing up on their forehead. There are also supposed to be ... More >>
Corn Pops Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Oversized, yellowish carb wads of varying sizes and shapes. Unlike popcorn, which suggests kernels turned inside out, these pieces seem to have been overinflated and thickened. If they were a little spongier, they could double ... More >>
Jumbo Krispies Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Rice alone isn't enough to make these Krispies. The supersized kernels also feature wheat, corn and oats -- hence the words "Multi-Grain" squeezed between the "Jumbo" and "Krispies" in the cereal's name. The pieces aren't ... More >>
Raisin Bran Crunch Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: Rice, wheat and oat flakes, supplemented by occasional (and mysterious) "clusters," that are bumpy, wavy and serrated; the edges seem sharp enough to open an envelope. Raisins are also part of the package, bu ... More >>
Hannah Montana Multi-Grain Secret Identity Cereal Kellogg's Rating: Two-and-a-half spoons out of four Cereal description: Corn-and-oat discs that resemble semi-flattened Crunchberries -- a resemblance underscored by the light red and dark purple color scheme. Does that mean the real secret ident ... More >>
High School Musical cereal Kellogg's Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: Round-cornered corn-and-oat stars evenly split between a robust yellowish-brown and a ripe red -- and all of them are speckled with white sugar pustules seemingly ready to erupt with sweetness. It's a look that ... More >>
Barbie as The Island Princess Cereal Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Corn and oat flour bits squeezed into red and purple heart shapes -- the latter apparently intended as a subtle tribute to our brave soldiers in uniform. These nuggets are supplemented by marshmallow ... More >>
Special K Cinnamon Pecan Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Brown-tinted flakes made of rice and wheat of various shapes, sizes and textures. Imagine a topographical map of a mountainous region run through a blender set on "chop." Pecans are part of the combination, too, ... More >>
Froot Loops Marshmallow Kellogg's Rating: Three and a half spoons out of four Cereal description: Yellow, green, orange, red, purple and blue circles of "multi-grain" cereal -- meaning an amalgamation of corn, wheat and oat flour swirled together in a slather of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil ... More >>
Kung Fu Panda Crunchers Kellogg's Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: The cereal's building blocks are actually building circles -- light tan orbs made of oat and corn flour. Think of them as Kix, or more accurately, fake Kix. These mounds are supplemented by four varieties of marshm ... More >>
Pops Chocolate Peanut Butter Kellogg's Rating: Three and a half spoons out of four Cereal description: Brownish corn-meal orbs -- but not just any brownish corn-meal orbs. Big ones. Imposing ones. Brownish corn-meal orbs with a gland condition, or a steroid problem. Size-wise, they're significantly ... More >>
Froot Loops Smoothie Kellogg's Rating: Two and a half spoons out of four Cereal description: The main cereal bits are as they've been since the days when Toucan Sam balanced a cornucopia-shaped fruit pile on his head like an avian Carmen Miranda: red, purple, orange, green and blue multi-grain circ ... More >>
Rice Krispies Treats Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: The classic Rice Krispies shape -- a slightly puffed rice kernel -- is still the foundation of Rice Krispies Treats, the cereal spinoff of a marshmallow-laden recipe beloved by people who know more about eating than ... More >>
Indiana Jones Chocolate Cereal with Marshmallows Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: The main pieces consist of brown oat-and-corn puffs -- but the main attractions are the marshmallows, which come in four different shapes. "Indy's Hat" might more accurately be described ... More >>
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Saturday, March 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
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