Food companies pair creativity with marketability -- along with a little luck -- to score "the next big thing" in food trends. There are some amazing ideas for new foods and drinks out there, but at the same time, some new products never really take off. Some aren't appealing to consumers, aren't in ... More >>
For more than a year Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, Frank Bonanno's first restaurant outside of Denver city limits, made a go of it in a tough Park Meadows Shopping Center location -- tough for independent restaurateurs, at least, if not for the national chains. "We loved the mall -- the mall was kind t ... More >>
Three years ago, sausage czar Jim Pittenger opened Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, his brick-and-mortar on Larimer Street that followed several years of unrivaled success pimping game-changing dogs from a long-standing cart on the 16th Street Mall. And now Pittenger, whose famous fat wieners slapped with ... More >>
This season, there's been nary a discouraging word said about Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who's on one of the most spectacular runs in NFL history. But the medical journal Pediatrics is an exception to this rule. A new study just shared in the publication evaluates athlete endorsements in food market ... More >>
Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>
Guido Barilla dipped his noodle in boiling water this week when he told an Italian radio show that the Barilla pasta company "likes the traditional family," which means we won't see any gays in Barilla's advertising -- and if they don't like it, he said, "they can always go eat someone else's pasta. ... More >>
Had he not won the DMC championships in 2011, or almost won the Red Bull Thr3style that same year, or ended up competing on the VH1 reality show Master of the Mix, the Colorado streets would still be singing the praises of Chris Karns. If you've ever seen him perform, the dude's a beast on the turnt ... More >>
Next month, Ghost Plate & Tap, an elevated pub with a formidable beer list and an excellent cocktail program, would have celebrated its second anniversary downtown, but the Wynkoop/Breckenridge concept, which opened in June of 2011, is shuttering just shy of its two-year anniversary, closing this Fr ... More >>
There are certain snacks and sips that were just too good to last forever -- but they damn well should have! Some really great ideas didn't last much past their initial hype; the companies responsible hurled them almost as quickly as they'd unfurled them. And while discontinued items do, on occasion ... More >>
TJ Hobbs Ghost Plate & Tap 800 18th Street 303-297-1738 www.ghostdenver.com This is part two of my interview with TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap; part one of our interview ran yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I'm a fan of Bittersweet. Chef Olaf has such i ... More >>
TJ Hobbs Ghost Plate & Tap 800 18th Street 303-297-1738 www.ghostdenver.com This is part one of my interview with TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap; part two of our interview will run tomorrow. TJ Hobbs remembers rushing through dinner to watch The Simpsons. It's not that his parents couldn't c ... More >>
This past weekend at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Kanye West went on a rant about selling out. Apparently, he now hates the Grammys, corporations and possibly the new Justin Timberlake song. Ironically, the self proclaimed "Louis Vuitton Don" saw absolutely no conflict of interest in calling out art ... More >>
For an artist whose career has been built espousing the virtues of DIY self-reliance, it's been a long time since Sole (born Tim Holland) has done a record all by himself with no producers or label people listening over his shoulder. And while Sole confides that this was nerve-wracking at times as h ... More >>
It's not the same recipe, but it's close -- and that's all that mattered to an old beer drinker who tried out a new version of one of Denver's most historic brews: Tivoli. "His face was ear-to-ear smiles. He kept saying, 'This is it, this is it,'" says Corey Marshall, who will pour Tivoli beer today ... More >>
Yesterday Dan and Kristen Cofrades opened Early Bird restaurant, their breakfast/lunch spot in Westminster. The place was inspired by their four-year-old daughter, Izzy; not only was she born prematurely (early), but they also wanted to have a business that closed early in the day so that they could ... More >>
This is part one of my interview with Wade Kirwan, executive chef of Adrift. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Wade Kirwan Adrift 218 South Broadway 303-862-5749 www.facebook.com/adriftbar It's mid-day, and the lights are dim at Adrift, the tiki bar and restaurant that opened three months a ... More >>
This experience probably would've been a lot more informative after an inappropriate amount of drinking the night before. The team behind a product called the Hangover Recovery Shot stopped in Denver yesterday to schmooze with potential investors at a business conference, and invited Westword to s ... More >>
I first heard about Riverside Wellness a few weeks ago, after burglars had broken in and stolen $8 in cash. The staff seemed to take it in stride, showing a sense of humor by pointing out that the money was stolen from a "karma jar" -- and karma tends to work both ways.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
Hot dog! Pizza Hut is now offering pizzas with crusts stuffed with hot dogs and garnished "with a mustard drizzle." Sadly, it is only offering these pizzas in the United Kingdom. What the hell, Hut?! Don't Americans deserve a mustard drizzle, too?
The story seemed too crazy to be true: A DIA shuttle driver conspiring to blow up New York's subway system with bombs made from components found in Aurora beauty-supply stores? But after days of questioning in September 2009, 26-year-old Najibullah Zazi was indicted and shipped off to New York, wher ... More >>
A stitch in time saves Denver blog posts nine. Max Denver's Andrew Mason breaks down the Broncos' entire sixteen game season in tremendous detail. Overachiever.... Square State's Zappatero lauds Coke and Pepsi for severing ties with Scott Gessler's "Kool-Aid supplier." At Colorado Education News ... More >>
I'm hardly Catholic anymore. Still, I wear the idea of my Catholicism as a romanticized badge of honor, taking pleasure in the idea that I once was a part of something truly controversial -- and it wasn't even by choice. In fact, I'm only now able to write about being Catholic in the past tense be ... More >>
We've all heard how you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, but Arby's would have to do something close to really compete with fast-food rivals like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Subway. To help pull off this miracle, Arby's recently added new CMO Russ Klein (he jumped ship from Burger King in Jan ... More >>
I'm three weeks an intern for Westword, and with each day, I'm made more aware of the strengths (and the pitfalls) of my journalism education at CU-Boulder. Nothing scares me more than joining my older brother in his misery caused by the mania surrounding this economic downturn. "Good luck finding a ... More >>
The summer being over has not slowed the MC's down in the slightest. Each week, we deliver the newest, freshest, and dopest tracks coming out of the hip-hop scene, and today is no different. Myrical Child capitalizes off of Floyd Mayweather's winning streak with a new joint; Turner Jackson's ... More >>
Roland GreenWhen he was growing up back East, Roland Green was a Red Sox fan, but he switched leagues and allegiances to become a Rockies fan when he moved to Denver. Probably a bad decision if Green was interested in rooting for a winner, but throwing out the first pitch in a World Series ga ... More >>
I'm not a big edibles guy -- something that stems from my early experiences making brownies using ground-up schwag. The memory of the slightly burned, and entirely gritty, undercooked chocolate mass that put me to sleep still haunts me to this day. And medically, it doesn't make much sense fo ... More >>
Gone but not forgotten.So many edibles and drinkables, so many myths: Organic is automatically healthier than conventional, macaroons are poised to be a huge food trend, sushi is really posh and socially assigned to be attractive yuppie chow, and real foodies will unfailingly watch every sin ... More >>
Welcome to In the Weeds. Kyle will be right with you -- most likely to complain about something. Usually he is pleasant, but this is his place to blow off some steam. Don't take it personally; he just needs to vent because he's been doing this for about thirteen years. Enjoy your meal. Today ... More >>
Bruno MedinaDelicous religious cleavage. We live for releases of controversial and eye-opening videos that cause a stir. And we're personally offended when one comes out that claims to be groundbreaking but just rips someone else off. We know it's hard for these new popstresses to come up wit ... More >>
Denver blog posts here. Geeks Who Drink point out that condoms and roofies aren't key ingredients of Pepsi. I did not know that. Politics Colorado's got the fundraising totals for Denver mayoral candidates in March. Chris Romer is in the money. A Unseen Denver photo spotlights the phrase " ... More >>
Doug Linkhart.The controversy over medical marijuana grow operation regulations -- which now includes a threatened lawsuit targeting developer Mickey Zeppelin and councilwoman Judy Montero -- comes to a head at tonight's Denver City Council meeting. There, councilman Doug Linkhart hopes to st ... More >>
The commercials of the Super Bowl are one of the biggest draws to the game for some people. Viewers love to see the somewhat witty, incredibly overproduced and expensive miniature films announcing that Volkswagen is the best, Detroit is better than where you are and Fox is the greatest statio ... More >>
Photo by Kenny BeMidget in big boots contemplates the kicking of some crocodile ass. Valverde: The hand-painted sign pictured above covers the entire east wall of El Nuevo Rancho Grande on West Alameda at Clay Street. The artist leaves it up to the viewer's imagination to decide whether the ... More >>
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