• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Will Warren Hammond and Carrie Vaughn Go Where No Local Sci Fi Writers Have Gone Before?

    Carrie Vaughn is missing. It's a little after ten on a Sunday morning, and this year's MileHiCon -- Colorado's oldest science-fiction and fantasy convention -- is beginning its third and final day. In a Hyatt Regency Tech Center meeting room, a panel titled "Literary Genre or Marketing Label?" is f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Five best Halloween candies to give out -- don't be the cheap house!

    You really, really don't want to have the reputation of being the worst Halloween candy-giving house on the block. So don't hand out Tootsie Rolls, candy corn or those nefarious orange-and-black-wrapped chewy things. And don't even think about gifting trick-or-treaters with shwag like toothbrushes o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Five worst pumpkin products this season

    Every autumn brings an interesting array of pumpkin, pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie-flavored eats and drinks -- some of which are far more palatable than others. Because every autumn, we can always count on a marketing menu of strange, unusual and even intolerable pumpkin items that somebody, somewh ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2012
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    August 24, 2012

    Five foods that are just fine to waste -- starting with Oreos

    We Americans waste food -- and lots of it. A recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council's food and agriculture program determined that Americans discard 40 percent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four annually throws away an equivalent of up to $2,275 in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Five discontinued fast-food items I want back

    It never fails: Just when I become emotionally -- and occasionally physically -- attached to a certain fast-food item, the corporate overlords snatch it away like fiendish villains in a Joss Whedon movie (or one of his TV shows that hasn't been cancelled prematurely). Okay, so some items don't sell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Cool! Katie Reinisch moves from the Colorado Legislature to Red Mango

    Katie Reinisch kept her cool through four years at the Colorado Legislature, when she was communications director for the Senate Democrats, so it's not surprising that she's having a blast running her own frozen-yogurt spot. "It's so fun, and I'm learning so much," she says. "I'm actually creating j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Mrs. Fields hauls its cookies to Colorado

    Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, which owns both the Mrs. Fields cookie chain and TCBY Yogurt, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Salt Lake City to Broomfield. Mrs. Fields -- and yes, there really is a Mrs. (Debbie) Fields, who opened her first chocolate chip cookie store in 1977 -- has a five- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Slice Racing to be Colorado's second NASCAR team, but who's behind the wheel?

    Colorado has a new NASCAR team called Slice Racing. Want to know more about it? We do, too. But at this point, the secret folks behind this secret team are keeping most of the details secret.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    The 2012 Quaker Oatmeal Festival: a dehydrated mascot, lesbians and a loss

    The city of Lafayette has been hosting the Quaker Oatmeal Festival since 1996. This annual celebration starts with an oatmeal breakfast, which leads into an oatmeal baking contest, a health fair and a 5k run, and ends with hundreds of people getting plenty of fiber in their diets -- and free, full-s ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 26, 2011
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    April 1, 2011

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, April 1-3, 2011

    ​​While you might want to spend your day pulling pranks on your coworkers, that doesn't mean you don't still have a full weekend ahead of you. It's okay if you spent all your money on whoopee cushions (we did), because since its First Friday, there are tons of events to hit up on the che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Japanese radiation worries in U.S.: Health dept. tries to calm fears as media stokes them

    ​This morning, Peter Boyles spent part of his KHOW morning show wondering if we should be taking potassium iodide to protect ourselves against radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. And at this writing, the main story on the CBS4 home page asks, "Could Japan's Radi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Valentine's Day: What not to serve your beloved

    ​That special day is coming right up. The day when your significant other -- whether it's on credit or true love -- will ask what you're going to make for dinner. If it's not reservations, you need to plan your Valentine's Day evening very, very carefully. Here's what not to do:

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    "Starstrukk," by 3OH!3: Do all guys want a girl who's basically a slut?

    A reasonable query if there ever was one.​Earlier today, as we were trolling the crevices of the Internet, we came across this resolved question in Yahoo! Answers about 3OH!3's hit song, "Starstrukk," from Want, the act's Photo Finish debut in 2008.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Random Interview: KODAK

    Ben Dayton​Charged with the task of interviewing the common folk of Denver for Westword, my weekly quest to speak with interesting characters about the pressing issues of our time found me in an alley on Capitol Hill, where I found a part-time graffiti writer who identified himself only as Kod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Seven horrible ways to ruin chili

    The blank canvas.​Granted, chili is something of a sacred thing -- and the nature of that sacredness varies, depending on where you were brought up, and what your grandma ladled into a bowl. Still, there are some things that you can do to chili that seem like anathema, whether or not you belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    CU-Nebraska series to continue regularly after conference realignment? Fat chance

    A Flickr photoSee ya, Herbie Husker.​In Nebraska, the Cornhuskers' likely leap to the Big 10 is the biggest news since the temporary discontinuation of red M&Ms. Note that the Omaha World-Herald is live blogging today's regents meeting on the subject. Also in the World-Herald: A CU official s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Happy Hour Hunt: Parallel 17

    ​The Place: Parallel 17, 1600 East 17th Avenue, 303-399-0988 The Hours: Monday 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Deal: Food specials include six Asian-inspired small plates, ranging in price from $3 to $5. Drink specials include beer, wine and house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Recent bank heists add to big Colorado robbery year

    Photos from one of the 180 Colorado bank robberies so far this year.​There have been nine bank robberies in the Denver area this week, three each on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. With developments like this, it may seem like Colorado is getting overrun by stick-up artists -- and, in actuality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Best rant about DIA security lines ever!

    travel.webshots.comNo complaints here! Big news in the Post yesterday: Out of the ten busiest airports in the country, Denver International Airport had the fewest flier complaints about security screeners. But don't tell mysterious blogger Dark Damian, who just posted "An Open Letter to the TSA A ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 14, 2009
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    May 8, 2009

    Candy Girls: Happy candyversary!

    A year ago, we came to you with a simple pink maltball that tasted like Barbie, and the Candy Girls were born.  In addition to this momentous anniversary, Aubrey has even bigger news to commemorate with the birth of her baby boy last night!  What better way to celebrate the concurre ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 30, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    The wait is over: Your personalized Denver Nuggets M&Ms have arrived

    Have you been searching high and low for a way to demonstrate your fondness for the Denver Nuggets and feed your sweet-tooth at the same time? In a word, "no." But now you can. The National Basketball Association and, an M&Ms spinoff that allows folks to personalize their hard-coated candy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    The blog shortcut, April 21 edition

    As you were. Today in Cafe Society: • Boulder's renegade lunch lady. • The Kitchen celebrates its fifth birthday. • Samba Brasil Cafe & Grill dances to a June beat. • Five stars at 30,000 feet. • Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs and the Waffle Brothers to serve food at the Denver Rescue Mission. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Candy Girls: IKEA Chocolate Bars

    Last week, Aubrey was off cavorting in San Diego while Liz was stuck at home, forced to sample some of the grossest candy in Candy Girls' history. It wasn't all fun and games for Aubrey, however, as she had promised to bring back strange and unknown treats from IKEA and Trader Joe's for us to sample ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    You want to put a sin tax on chocolate? Burn in hell!

    "Colorado Needs a New Drug (To Raise Taxes On)," an editorial in today's Denver Post, suggests that Colorado has already boosted taxes on cigarettes as much as it can -- so in order to raise the revenue needed to trim the current budget deficit, lawmakers should consider attaching levies to other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Candy Girls: Limited Edition Wild Cherry M&M's

    We found this mysterious pack of Wild Cherry M&M's tucked away in the wrong box at our local Walgreens. There didn't seem to be a display of them, and a search for like packages proved fruitless. We also haven't run across them in any other stores, leaving us wondering about the origins of our mys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    Candy Girls: Indiana Jones Special Edition Candy

    This week, the Candy Girls decided to try a few of the limited edition flavors released by the Mars candy company to celebrate the release of the first Indiana Jones film in almost 20 years. The Snickers Adventure Bar promises to "Satisfy your taste for adventure! Rich Chocolate. Crunchy nuts. And a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Constant Motion

    Justin Pierre's brain never stops, even when his mouth can't keep up with it.

  • Dining

    May 1, 2003

    Drink of the Week

    Strawberry Starburst

  • Dining

    November 14, 2002

    Bite Me

    It's All Relative

  • News

    September 21, 2000

    The Wide World of Grief

    Colorado has become one of the country's hubs for teaching, and learning, how to feel bad.

  • Music

    November 11, 1999

    Rock and Roll for Dummies

    A recently exhumed handbook reveals the secrets to playing music and staying happy.

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999
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    September 18, 1997
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    September 4, 1997
  • News

    February 6, 1997

    Caught Off Guard

    Sex harassment in the state prison system is no joke. So why is this man laughing?