It's been six months to the day since the passage of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana -- and just under five months since Governor John Hickenlooper signed it into law. But even as legislators rush to finish A64-related pot bills ... More >>
One of my favorite parts of being a reporter is getting to talk to strangers (and sometimes, friends). Even outside of assignments, I find myself interviewing waitresses, vending-machine repairmen and random people who have clearly not chosen to be in line in front of me at the grocery. This year, I ... More >>
While Oaxaca has a different mole for every day of the week, this Mexican restaurant in Denver has a different salsa for nearly every dish on its menu -- and they're all terrific. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Guess Where pos ... More >>
As Kevin Morrison drew up plans for Pinche Taqueria, a brick-and-mortar version of his Pinche Tacos food truck, he gave a lot of thought to how to best use his newly acquired liquor license, creating a beverage board that would embody the cheeky nature of his brand.
Lori MidsonIt hasn't been a good year for our economy, but it's been a stellar year for the Denver restaurant scene, which continues to produce culinary heroes and push the envelope. I can't even begin to guess how many meals I've eaten in restaurants over the past year, but I'm fairly certai ... More >>
James Denton The play Enrique's Journey, adapted by Su Teatro artistic director Anthony Garcia from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nazario, debuted last weekend in Denver, bringing to light the harrowing story of Central American immigrants who risk life and limb riding the top ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 54: Carnitas with mole verde from Tarasco's
Growing up in New Jersey, I was a punk-rock kid. I started with Iggy and the Stooges, the Ramones and the Clash, and moved on to Bad Brains, Fear, the Misfits, early Bad Religion, then into NY hardcore, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, etc. As the '80s progressed, so did my punk-rock fervor. I re ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you've ever been to the Valverde Country Club, a somewhat unsavory bar at 1319 West Alameda Avenue, then you know that the country club moniker is a little like comparing Fritos to foie gras. Still, the beers are ultra-cheap, the clientele, animated (to say the least), and now ... More >>
Lori Midson"It's gonna be Mexican, but not Mexican." So says Jorge Pingarron, who's opening El Olvido in the former Hades Bar & Grill (and South Broadway Grill, and El Ranchito, and, long ago, Mr. Steak) spot on South Broadway. And what he means by "not Mexican" is that he's not going to ser ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 86: Beef cheek enchiladas from El Diablo Sean Yontz is, arguably, the face of Mexican food in Denver, and when El Diablo, the restaurant that he co-owns with Jesse Morreale, opened last August, it did so with an ambitious menu that stretched far and above the conventional M ... More >>
Cantina Laredo hosted a dinner and cooking class at the Centennial restaurant, 6851 South Gaylord Street, on November 8, to present new menu offerings and offer a preview of the first Jose Cuervo Tequila Dinner on Thursday, November 11. General manager Joann Harwell and executive chef Ed Le ... More >>
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour -- both drinks, and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
Lori Midson Jesse Morreale takes me by the hand and leads me down a narrow passageway, past the rustic wooden tequila lockers and kaleidoscopic altar littered with white candles, and into the lantern-lit dining room of El Diablo, the new Mexican restaurant at First and Broadway that he and e ... More >>
Melo and Lala's fabulous wedding cake."Carmelo's favorite color is red, which was dominant in the decor and the cake. The inside was red velvet with cream cheese fillings, alternating with chocolate cake, chocolate cream, & dark chocolate ganache (Lala's favorite). We used gold to add luxury. ... More >>
Lori Midson After my fourth trip to Oaxaca, arguably Mexico's most vibrant food city, I'm still convinced that it's one of the most magical places on earth. The open-air markets, which seem infinite in scope and scale, are extraordinary, the people of colonial Oaxaca are some of the most int ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Ancho chiles appear in Lola's dinner.Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, knows Mexican food. And they'd like to educate the rest of us with events like tonight's Oaxaca Dinner, a five-course meal paired with cocktails and tequilas. Then again, if you've been craving Italian lately, yo ... More >>
Lori MidsonSean Yontz with his wife AlexaThis is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Sean Yontz, executive chef of Mezcal, Tambien and Sketch. You can read part one here. Culinary inspirations: Ferran AdriÃ , the chef at El Bulli, because of the way he's completely changed people's perc ... More >>
Photo by Lori MidsonThe tattooed knuckles of Vesta Dipping Grill executive chef Matt SelbyDuring the Taste of the Nation, the July 19 charity event that Matt Selby chef-chaired, he turned to me and uttered one word: "Wow." He was awestruck by the size of the crowd, but also by something else: ... More >>
Twenty-nine years into its career, the Church recently released Untitled #23, one of its most accomplished works in an already remarkable string of albums over the last decade. We had a chance to have a candid conversation about the band's music, the true meaning of artistic significance and its daz ... More >>
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