Palettes 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway 303-534-1455 The roast pepper soup stared up at me, an edible riddle. Since it was from the special exhibition-themed menu at Palettes, the white-tablecloth restaurant inside the Denver Art Museum, I knew the dish must be related to the Modern Masters show, but ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
I've lived in Washington Park for about sixteen years -- long before it became trendy and long after the corner markets on South Gaylord had disappeared into the abyss, making way for (mostly) lackluster bars and restaurants, uppity boutiques and wine bottle shops (that part, I like). But corner ma ... More >>
So you were at a restaurant and you ordered way too much food -- or just the right amount if you wanted a "fat human" box or two to take home. But in the cold gray light of dawn, last night's chicken à la awesome could turn into today's irritable fowl syndrome. There are certain dishes that work we ... More >>
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 >>
When money and ethics collide, the crash is usually fun to watch. But when you throw public school meals into that mix, you get an ugly food fight with few winners and lots of losers -- and those losers are kids who are just trying to eat their lunches and get to recess.
Lori Midson No. 49: Telluride jalapeño poppers from Encore
Flickr photoThere's something so sweet about sweet. The cavemen knew it, and were willing to risk limbs and whatever other body parts weren't covered in hair in order to grab honey from beehives. Over many, many thousands of years, the preferred form of sweet evolved from honey to all kinds o ... More >>
Lori Midson Eric Rivera Cafe|Bar 295 South Pennsylvania Street 303-362-0227 www.cafebarcolorado.com It's been just three weeks since Cafe|Bar opened its doors, but executive chef Eric Rivera already feels very much at home. The 26-year-old, who was born in Ohio and raised in Colorado, had ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of my interview with Luke Mewbourn, executive chef of Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina. In part one of that interview, Mewbourn harps on foie gras and Lady Gaga and hails the righteousness of Jim's Burger Haven. Luke Mewbourn Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina ... More >>
Naughty dessert? Nope. Breakfast trend. If you hear it from the Food Channel, then it must be true. Every week, the network serves up another list, hoping that bloggers and other publications will bite. Which we did last week -- right before we gagged over the Food Channel's top ten breakfa ... More >>
Rosenne in 1990.Well, at least when Roseanne sang "The National Anthem" and then grabbed her crotch, she got the words right -- unlike Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl yesterday. Still, Roseanne's misguided homage to baseball-playing behavior back in 1990 earned her a spot on Time's list ... More >>
Nothing made it to this level in 2011.Love it or hate, the Super Bowl crosses almost every cultural subgroup in the United States, and as befitting of such a massive national holiday, it also inspires new pop-culture touch points. From Mean Joe Green to Betty White, from Janet Jackson's wardr ... More >>
Real nice guysWhen you are introducing a new product to the populace, it is important that your ad campaign make a strong first impression. You might try associating this new item with an A-list celebrity, or you might open with a clever joke. You might also go on a serious hallucinogen bende ... More >>
Let's be honest: Halloween is not a holiday that typically conjures up images of wine drinking. Visions of miniature Snickers bars, pumpkin-flavored beer and slutty costumes? Absolutely. Still, as any serious wine lover will assure you, not even the omnipresence of glowing jack-o'-lanter ... More >>
Oh hi. I have "fort" in my house. you should come check it out. Alone.For the next few weeks our favorite candy companies -- or at least the ones that spend the most on TV advertising -- will be shoving their chocolately, peanut butter and nouget-filled ads down our throats. Yes, it's the hig ... More >>
Laurence Maroney.Last week, we suggested that based on her performance in a familiar Snickers commercial, Betty White would be an upgrade over the current Broncos running backs -- a reference that, truth be told, we thought was kinda funny. But after yesterday's worse-than-the-score-implies 3 ... More >>
Kyle Orton.Who gets the credit for the Broncos' wholly unexpected 26-20 win over the Tennessee Titans yesterday? Kyle Orton -- with a big assist from the Titans' game plan, which kept the predominantly orange men in a contest they had no business winning but (happily) managed to do anyway. Bu ... More >>
It doesn't take much to convince us to splurge on a Dairy Queen Blizzard -- Reese's, cookie dough, Snickers, whatever! -- but today there's even more incentive, because all participating Dairy Queens will donate a buck or more of the purchase price of every Blizzard to childrens' hospitals t ... More >>
Biker Jim, aka Jim Pittenger in his new hot dog space "So who's got two thumbs and the keys to the first Biker Jim's restaurant?" read the text message from Jim Pittenger, who picked up the phone on the fist ring and answered with a "Yep. Jesus. Finally." Pittenger, who already peddles two ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
The Tebows have brought Focus on the Family a lot of love, cyber and otherwise.The Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad co-starring Florida QB Tim Tebow and his mom spurred complaints from pro-choice groups that inadvertently helped spread FOTF's anti-abortion message. And even though the game i ... More >>
Sports talk shows and blogs blew up over the weekend after cameras spied New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez eating a hot dog on the sidelines during a TV time out. Some critics have said Sanchez, who apologized after the game for some reason, was showing up the pathetic Oakland Raiders, w ... More >>
click image to enlarge The yard pictured above clearly showcases how "American Crapitalism" has ruined the world's best holiday. Halloween is an ancient autumnal ritual of impersonating the dead and tossing bones into bonfires to placate evil spirits. It is celebrated on October 31, because ... More >>
When a candy specifies bodily harm in its name, it's pretty much manly. In the most recent Esquire, Chris Jones extols the virtues of Jujubes, calling them "the only candy a man should eat." This, of course, is utter bullshit, as are his claims that they should be pronounced "joo-joobs," whi ... More >>
Aubrey's expecting her first baby any day now, and at a recent shower her friends presented her and other shower-goers with the following challenge: Identify the chocolate bar that has been melted down in a diaper to look like really disgusting poo. While we certainly all hope that her baby's dirt ... More >>
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 >>
This week we have a special guest commentator, J "I love grandpa candy" Kellermeyer. That's not really his middle name, but it sure is what we like to call him. J is a connoisseur of all sorts of candy that you probably thought they stopped making in 1953. He's been known to eat Bit-O-Honey and Mary ... More >>
TV or not TV?
A former Denverite was the star of the Super Bowl commercials.
Mike Jones is having a bad week. The Capitol Hill apartment building where he lives suffered a fire, and he's out of his place and in a hotel -- with just one week to go until he has to turn in his book on his three-year "relationship" with Pastor Ted Haggard. I caught up with him while he was goin ... More >>
After a few weeks of counseling, Ted Haggard -- who just reached a settlement with the New Life Church that dictates he never talk about the Mike Jones scandal that led to his resignation from the church he founded -- insists he's "completely heterosexual." Never mind the gay porn, the meth and the ... More >>
State of infamy
A meal at La Fondue may leave you feeling forked.
Jason Lee lies to juggle two women, because, hey, it's A Guy Thing.
King's Land gives dim sum the royal treatment.
It's déjà fondue all over again at La Fondue.
Holding the phone with Ask-A-Nurse.
The members of Bis know what's wrong with most of their peers: They're too old.
A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S UPPER-BODY STRENGTH HAS CRITICS FIT TO BE TIED.