South America

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Lorena Cantarovici Plays With Tradition at Maria Empanada

    The sunlit interior of Maria Empanada, Lorena Cantarovici's rendition of an Argentinean bakery and cafe, invites guests to linger, with three distinct spaces that capture various aspects of the South American country's social culture. The front section adjacent to the bakery cases and coffee bar is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Fingers of the Sun on looking for a connection to something older

    It is known that there are still several hundred bodies somewhere beneath the surface of Cheesman Park, which was a burial ground during the late nineteenth century. Many of the dead were re-interred at Riverside Cemetery, but plenty remain. If there is a haunted place in the heart of Denver, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Novo Fogo cachaca brings new fire to Denver bars

    If you were drinking a cocktail with the floral notes of a rainforest, the aroma of banana and lime flowers, the earthiness of sweet red peppers and the saltiness of oysters, you'd be drinking cachaca (pronounced ka-SHA-sa), a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane juice. And while all of those r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Akomplice and foster children in Brazil collaborate on T-shirt designs

    Patrick and Mike Liberty, the brothers behind Denver-based Akomplice Clothing, have created a new line that's a testament to their commitment to youth culture. Akomplice partnered with Original Kids from Brazil on a collaborative T-shirt series that provided children in foster care a chance not just ... More >>

  • Articles

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Matthew Moon on coming back to Denver and how the scene has changed since he left in 2005

    Matthew Moon's homecoming has been years in the making. In the past five years, the Colorado native has lived in Peru and L.A. But for his latest album, I Am the Wind, he made his way back to Colorado, where he holed up in an isolated cabin in Aspen to write before finally returning to Mile High Cit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    CU Peru hosts a show supporting global health care at Hooked on Colfax tomorrow

    This Saturday, April 6, Hooked on Colfax will donate its wall space to Local Goes Global, an evening devoted to raising money through art for a global health-focused nonprofit, Comunidades Unidas Peru. A student-run organization, CU Peru comprises volunteers from various schools at the University o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    It takes pluck to open a polleria in Centennial

    Quick! Name a Peruvian food. Chances are you named ceviche -- raw, citrus-marinated fish. But Bob Van Diest is hoping that will soon change. A year and a half ago, Van Diest and his family opened La Polleria, a small restaurant in Centennial serving another type of authentic Peruvian fare: rotisse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Little Brazil -- and its feijoada -- relocates from Westminster to Wheat Ridge

    Finding feijoada in this city is no easy task. The national dish of Brazil, a thick, inky South American stew -- almost like a cassoulet -- stocked with black beans, garlic, sausage and other animal flesh, is available at Cafe Brazil, and, once a week, on Saturday, you could also savor its attribute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, August 3-5, 2012

    This weekend is sure to be out of this world. Whether you're witnessing the newest mission to Mars, browsing ethereal art, or journeying to a Harry Potter world of magic, you won't need more than a Hamilton to escape reality at these exciting events. Have a blast, get out there, and don't worry abou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar will open by the end of the month in Capitol Hill

    "I've been involved with food since I was six, and I've always dreamed of having a restaurant in an old building with a wooden roof and exposed brick -- a space to create whatever I want," says Pepe Aparicio, who, along with his brother, Gianfranco, will open Taita, a Peruvian restaurant housed in a ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Applebee's picks its official Colorado Burger

    ​AmRest, which owns and operates over a hundred Applebee's in eight states, had challenged its Colorado stores to create the perfect "Colorado Burger" -- ideally, one that incorporated "Stinkin" Good Green Chile, created by Bronco Mark Schlereth, spokesman for this campaign. He met up with fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Tonight: Little Brazil at the Hi-Dive

    ​Little Brazil (playing tonight at the hi-dive with the Photo Atlas and Take to the Oars) began as the solo project of Landon Hedges, following his time in big name acts like Tim Kasher's The Good Life and the Conor Oberst-led Desparecidos. Eventually Hedges decided fill out his pretty guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    The five strangest foods I've ever eaten

    Mark MangerPeanut butter soup, fufu and bone-in, skin-on goat: not actually so weird.​My first trip to African Grill and Bar for this week's review was a thrill ride because it offered a chance to explore a cuisine with which I'd had no previous experience and an opportunity to eat something s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Tonight: Wine events at the Museo de las Americas and Elway's

    ​Two wine events are bound to wet your whistle tonight, one way or another. First up: The Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, will host the Wine of the Americas fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Executive director Maruca Salazar will discuss the art of the Americas while wine experts serve up ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011

    Carmen Sandim Sextet

    Brand New
    Dazzle Recordings

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Birds in Arkansas: Ten more crazy things that fell from the sky

    Courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette​More than a thousand blackbirds, grackles and starlings fell from the sky on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. So far, there has been no official explanation for the avian precipitation, but we thought we'd look to other unexpected things falling fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Max Cavalera of Soulfly talks about his history and darkly humorous song titles

    ​As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Today: Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival kicks off

    A Flickr photo.​Nothing says fall like roasting green chiles, and Pueblo is celebrating in style -- plus adding beans to the mix with the annual Chile and Frijoles Festival, which starts today with a farmers' market. Tomorrow, there'll be a chile and salsa showdown; on Sunday, a jalapeno-eati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    A pair of Hatch chile beers to spice up the season

    ​It's Hatch chile season, and for a pair of local breweries, that means Hatch chile beer. Boulder's Twisted Pine Brewing will be making three kinds of beer using the specialty chiles, which are grown around Hatch, New Mexico, and shipped by the truckload to Denver, where fiery food lovers buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Get a taste of the Biennial at local restaurants

    Cafe Brazil was ready for the Biennial -- but was the Biennial ready for Cafe Brazil?​While checking out the Biennial of the Americas website today, I spotted a new feature: host restaurants in the "what's hot" corner. Click the link, and you find 25 local restaurants -- ranging from 8 Rive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    This weekend: Peruvian street food cooking demo at the Denver Public Library

    ​Denver's street-food scene is exploding, what with all those cupcake trucks, biscuit-mobiles, gastro-carts on wheels and upscale taco wagons hawking their foodstuffs all over town. And the trend hasn't gone unnoticed by the Denver Public Library's free Fresh City Life programs, which integrat ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Tonight: South of the Equator white wine tasting

    ​As the northern hemisphere tilts toward the sun during this season, the increased heat and humidity (what there is of it in Colorado, anyway) tends to drive oenophiles away from the full-bodied reds and toward the lighter, crisper whites. South of the equator, it's wintertime, but that's no r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Colorado has two of Livability's top ten food cities...and neither is Denver

    Pueblo Chamber of CommerceFoodie fun in Pueblo: the annual jalapeno-eating contest​Yes, it's yet another list. Livability, the site that invites you to "discover America's best places to live," has just released its list of "Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities," and Colorado occupies two o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Today: Opening day pig roast at the Lobby

    A Flickr photo.​Looking for a new option for celebrating the Rockies home opener? Head to the Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe Street, for its inaugural opening-day celebration -- featuring a pig roast and purple beer on the patio -- from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Rack of lamb from Cafe Brazil

    Lori Midson ​As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up, in no particular order, a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    The List: Minor leagues

    These weekly lists are often easy to put together. I review a Mexican restaurant, I can make a list of other Mexican restaurants I love. I write about Chinese food, I can list a half-dozen other places to get good duck. But this week?  Not so much. I've been sitting here, wracking my brain trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Roll call for March

    RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN MARCH:My Pizza Peel, 1645 Stout StreetFull Belly, 2779 Iris Street, Boulder Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Hi*Rise, 2162 Larimer StreetArvada Tavern, 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Barking Goat, 363 Village Square in Castle Rock (former Celtic Crossing) Sketch, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Wine at Rialto, pig at Parisi

    Celebrate the wines of South America at Rialto Café, 934 16th Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 18, when exotic wines will be paired with chef-created specials. The event, $25, is part of Rialto's Wine Club; for more details, go to And over at Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    A real garden spot is available at the former Buenos Aires

    On the kind of unseasonably warm days we've been enjoying this week, it's impossible not to start thinking about Denver's best patios. Some, like the patio at Jax, are just slivers of sidewalk with great people-watching; others are vast expanses of deck that create this city's best approximation of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Roll call: Restaurant openings and closings since January 1

    We're working hard to stay on top of the restaurant industry news -- a challenging task in these uncertain times. Whenever we hear of restaurants opening or closing, we post it on this blog; now we're going to start summarizing the action at the end of the month. And there's been plenty of action i ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 26 edition

    Look out below! Falling blogs! Today in Cafe Society: • Rock, paper, scissors, booze at Nine75. • Mark & Isabella now open in Belmar. • Just in time for the Super Bowl, a Milking It review of Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch. • Buenos Aires Grill to close. • Thanasi Foods thinks Bigs with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    The List: A pizza for every day of the week

    Lala's Wine Bar Pizzeria is a bright light in a former black hole. It also happens to serve the only almost-cracker-crust pies that interest me in Denver. Still, there are other good pizzas to be found, including at the Oven, which has won the Best Pizza prize in the Best of Denver for several y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Go mouth of the border on January 1 at Los Cabos II

    Los Cabos II promises "puro Peru," and as Jason Sheehan found when he reviewed Los Cabos, it makes good on that promise. The restaurant at 1525 Champa Street that won our Best Central/South American Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2008 recently added another authentic dish to the lineup: Peruvian r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2008

    Music and Lyrics

    Milonga overtakes the Mercury Cafe dance floor.

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 3, 2008

    Best of Denver Winners from 1996

    In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners From 1994

    In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Reel World

    There's a world of music on screen this week.

  • Dining

    June 7, 2007


    Going undercover to catch a kitchen between courses.

  • Calendar

    June 22, 2006
  • News

    May 17, 2001

    The Hit Man Nobody Knows

    The government says he killed more people than Tim McVeigh. He lives in a cell a hundred miles from Denver. So how come you've never heard of La Quica?

  • Dining

    February 3, 2000

    Check, Please!

    Give our food critic something to chew on.

  • Dining

    October 24, 1996
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