In early June, Lon Symensma, the exec chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, along with his co-sous chef, Jeff Stonebridge, traveled to Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, a two-week journey that all started because of Symensma's affinity for fish sauce -- specifically Red Boat Fish Sauce, made with salte ... More >>
Makan Malaysian, 1859 South Pearl Street, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this evening with an all-night happy hour (yes, the restaurant got its liquor license), and free snacks. See also: - Inside Makan Malaysian Cafe - Makan celebrates the food of Malaysia...and the coffee of Australia - ... More >>
The fact that Pho Lee, subject of this week's review, serves up such terrific pho (not to mention Vietnamese egg rolls, grilled meats and boba smoothies) isn't such a surprise, given that the owner, Dung Anh Le, worked at Pho 95, his brother's pho shop, for years. What might catch you off guard is t ... More >>
GlobalWalker Polly Letofsky started dreaming about walking around the world when she was twelve years old. Remarkably, the young girl's dream became the grown woman's reality in 1999, when Letofsky embarked on what became a five-year, 14,000-mile, 22-country voyage-by-foot, with the initial goal of ... More >>
Although Russo's, the spot next door, closed last month, Street Kitchen Asian Bistro has managed to capture a decent-sized lunch crowd in this strip of restaurants that sits, like an oasis, amidst chains and office complexes. (Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria is another Street Kitchen neighbor.) The Stre ... More >>
Dean Huang Super Star Asian 2200 West Alameda Avenue, #5A www.superstardenver.com 303-727-9889 This is part one of my interview with Dean Hunag, exec chef of Super Star Asian. Part two of our conversation will run in this space tomorrow. Clad in a starched white chef's jacket with ornate gold let ... More >>
Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part one of my chat with Pritchett ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I just had an amazing meal at Red Med ... More >>
Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com This is part one of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part two of my chat with Pritchett will run in this space tomorrow. Hunter Pritchett and his kitchen crew are thumbing through an Ita ... More >>
News leaked earlier this year that Denver-based Chipotle had registered the name ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, suggesting what might be in store for the Asian concept the company was planning on unveiling. And after months of keeping silent about it, the burrito chain is finally divulgin ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part two of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. In part one of that interview, Symensma rips on bird's nests, extols the virtues of lop chong ... More >>
Lori MidsonSkew, which opened Monday night at 2070 South University Boulevard, is all about inexpensive but high-quality ingredients slipped on sticks in a hip environment that's both fast-casual and full-service, says Ton Phairatphibon, who operates the University Park restaurant with his br ... More >>
Lori MidsonStreet Kitchen Asian Bistro owner and executive chef Mary NguyenStreet Kitchen Asian Bistro, the first brick-and-mortar to open in the Vallagio at Inverness (Russo's Kitchen Tavern and a second Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria will open in the same development in February), is Mary Ng ... More >>
Jeff Peckman.Over the past week or so, UFO sightings have been reported over Denver, New York City, El Paso and Richmond. Whether any of them are either connected or legitimate Jeff Peckman can't say -- but the man behind Initiative 300, which would establish an extraterrestrial affairs commi ... More >>
Culture on a stick. That's the new concept that Hutch Phanichamnuay and his wife, Wattra Phairatphiboon, are bringing to the University of Denver neighborhood in November when they unleash Skew, a fast-casual joint at 2070 South University, located in the former Stick-e Star space, which clo ... More >>
Click to enlarge the Lola happy hour menu.Yesterday on this blog, Drunk of the Week columnist Drew Bixby posted a British Bulldog receipt with what appeared to be inflated tip calculations, sparking a comment lightning storm (here and on Digg) that lasted well into the night. What we were l ... More >>
Denver has just bagged one of the sexiest chefs on the culinary planet. Lon Symensma, a former New York kitchen magician with a helluva lot of kitchen street cred and pedigree, is leaving the Big Apple, where he was the former chef of Buddakan, to open ChoLon Bistro in LoDo. "I have decid ... More >>
I want you... to make me a movie. Here's some money...Downloading of movies, music and other digital media has the entertainment industry in an uproar. All of a sudden, they're afraid those multimillion dollar budgets aren't going to be recouped, and they have families to feed! Okay, they hav ... More >>
Today, amid the familiar tastes at Civic Center Eats, you'll also find Karen Wee Lin Beckman and her Wee Bites Malaysian snack food. Beckman arrived in Denver via Australia, where she spent ten years, after being born and raised in Malaysia. "Of all the flavors I've tasted, I still think Malaysian ... More >>
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The Write Stuff
From the week of September 26, 2002
Two restaurants add up to one great Malaysian meal.
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.
The rise and fall of Zenith.
Who needs DIA? Singapore Grill will transport you to Malaysia.
Isle of Singapore Cafe
California Pizza Kitchen makes a compelling argument for quality casual dining.
Two new eateries to feed your habit.
A developer's search for Nirvana has turned Boulder's Fourmile Canyon into a living hell.
For Clydesdales, life on the run can be heavy going