Noah Stephens, the mastermind behind Vert Kitchen, has expanded his business once again, this time taking his unique brand of slow-cooked, farm-fresh, French-inspired culinary goodness to local Natural Grocers stores. See also: - 100 Favorite Dishes: Watermelon and frisee salad from EDGE - Boulder ... More >>
Gerard Strong Central Bistro & Bar 1691 Central Street 303-477-4582 centralbistrobar.com This is part two of my interview with Gerard Strong, exec chef of Central Bistro & Bar; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most memorable meal in Denver that you've ever had: I've had most of my top meals at ... More >>
Duy Pham Epernay 1080 14th Street 303-573-5000 This is part one of my interview with Duy Pham, exec chef of Epernay; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. epernaylounge.com We're boat people," chuckles Duy Pham -- but he's dead serious. Born in Saigon, Pham snuck out of Vietnam with his father, ... More >>
Vietnamese soup is good food any time of the year, and always fun to accessorize with fresh vegetables and spicy sauces -- but on a cold day like today, a great bowl of pho is enough to bowl you over. Fortunately, in Denver our cup runneth over with pho spots. Here, in no particular order (until th ... More >>
If breakfast means more to you than a cup (or three) of coffee, you're probably already acquainted with the pancakes, eggs and crepes at such perennial favorites as Gaia Bistro, Jelly, Snooze, Devil's Food and DJ's Berkeley Cafe. The latter's sibling restaurant, DJ's 9th Avenue Café, which opened i ... More >>
Sean Kenyon isn't the kind of guy to shy away from the spotlight -- or the liquor cabinet. The Denver-based cocktail kingpin (or bartender, as he prefers) has been slinging drinks for 26 years, and he's incredibly good at it, racking up contest titles and accolades around the world, sitting on the b ... More >>
Imperial Chinese RestaurantBefore Liu Zeng Qun opened Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine, his own Szechuan restaurant in Aurora which I review this week, he spent eight years working for the man who secured the visa that brought him over here: Johnny Hsu. Hsu is the owner of Imperial Chine ... More >>
Lori MidsonAndrew Knowlton, the Bon Appetit food scribe, who, in the fall of last year, named Boulder the "foodiest town" in the United States, is now throwing around the culinary "F" word -- fusion -- in a story that trumpets the top six restaurants in the country to "Taste the New Asian Fus ... More >>
Lori MidsonWe've seen a succession of restaurant openings over the last several months, but Linger, the second restaurant from Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Root Down, may very well be the most anticipated new arrival of the year. And after a remarkably good dinner there last week, at whic ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part one of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Lon Symensma talks faster than a ... More >>
Vina Pho & GrillWhen Allyson Tran opened her first pho joint, Vina Pho & Grill, in Edgewater in 2009, she'd really been looking for a spot in Boulder. "I always wanted to go to Boulder," she says. "My first plan was to open there, but we couldn't find a location." Now she's finally had a c ... More >>
PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, released last week on Vagrant, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and claimed the sixth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 20. The Drive-By Truckers, meanwhile, debuted at number one at Albums with their latest effort Go-Go Boots, also relea ... More >>
Operation Babylift, which flew hundreds of babies out of Vietnam after the 1975 fall of Saigon for adoption in the United States, has faded from national memory. But for actor Joe Wandell, born Hai Tran Thai and the son of a Vietnamese woman and a GI, it remains the central fact of his life. ... More >>
Samantha Baker Ludacris, Carmelo Anthony, his wife, Lala Vasquez, and Sway Calloway from MTV surprised 1400 students at George Washington High School on Friday afternoon for the Get Schooled national challenge and tour, aimed at engaging students and their families to help improve high schoo ... More >>
Lon Symensma will open ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro on October 1Back in March, I christened Lon Symensma one of the sexiest chefs on the culinary planet, a pronouncement by which I still stand, especially since unearthing a Youtube video of the hot shot kitchen magician foraging for food around ... More >>
We have been shamelessly shilling for Anthony Bourdain for the past few days, talking about his upcoming trip to Denver, giving away tickets to his lecture and Q&A on November 18, throwing up pictures of him whenever we can. Shameless? Absolutely. Not for nothing, the man is very popular ... More >>
If this chef is good enough for the Dalai Lama, hes good enough for you.
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
My cell phone rang around one in the morning. For most people, this would be a harbinger of bad news -- kid in jail, someone in the hospital. For me, it almost always means work: a debriefing, confession, eleventh-hour emergency like a restaurant on fire or, worse, dead cold on a Saturday night. ... More >>
7.30.07 Rockhampton, Australia Tropic of Capricorn PBC, I split the first two weeks in this country between Sydney and Melbourne, trying to erase the image of Foo the Saigon security guard and his red Thermos from my mind while also trying to locate the fabled Australian "spirit." This spirit was ... More >>
As new ethnic enclaves appear, the originals die off.
The Taste of Colorado loses some regulars.
Parallel Seventeen revives culinary history.
At Pho Fusion, one good turn deserves another.
A harrowing journey leads to America, then to someplace better.
In the contest of man and machine, I'll take Chef's Noodle House any day.
Jacques Brel really is alive in this splendid Theatre Cafe revival.
I brake for breakfast at Johnson's Corner.
John's serves up a very tasty slice of life.
Together is a bittersweet look at '70s commune life...in Sweden.
The release of Apocalypse Now Redux sharpens the debate over the moral complexities of the battlefield.
A landmark eatery changes ownership, while Jeffs keeps things kosher in southeast Denver.
From the week of January 11, 2001
Better late than never, Denver proves.
Former Post food critic gets into hot water over a plagiarism charge.
These two eateries should bowl you over.
Weary Denver computer programmer Thom Lancy dreams of retracing the Kon-tiki expedition to the South Seas.
How a Denver teacher of the year victimized a Vietnamese immigrant family.