"World of Beer is taking on the world." That's the mission statement of the Tampa-based brew and restaurant chain that has opened locations in Belmar, Cherry Creek and LoDo in the past few years. The company's bid for world-beer domination continues, with another location planned for Boulder's Pearl ... More >>
The zombification of America got its start in 1968, when George A. Romero and a bunch of his friends and colleagues released Night of the Living Dead, the scrappy little horror movie that could not only serve as patient zero in the ongoing pop-cultural zombie apocalypse, it also revolutionized horro ... More >>
October brings many things: seasonally-spiced hot beverages, the social acceptability of wearing a Halloween costume everywhere, activities that move indoors. And there's plenty to do this week inside, from getting a start on spookiness with a French horror film to visiting the Children's Museum for ... 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 >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
Joe Wandell spent a large part of his life wondering who he was, and in his one-man show, Mekong Joe, he invites you in on the search. This isn't one of those all too common protagonist-finding-himself stories, because Wandell's story is anything but common. In 1976, during the U.S. withdrawal from ... More >>
Tuesday, June 19, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Karma Asian is small, tucked into the middle of a block on a busy stretch of Broadway, but the menu encompasses a pan-Asian theme with options from Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand. And almost everything on Karma's menu is already vegetarian/vegan or can be made with tofu and veggies, so do ... More >>
MJ? Is that you? This month, four Denver Zoo staff members will travel to Vietnam to help two endangered species: Asian elephants -- up to twelve of which will one day live in the zoo's new Asian Tropics exhibit -- and Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys, an extraordinarily endangered species of monkey ... 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 >>
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 >>
Full-sized photo below.The study of neighbors through yard decoration. Meet Mary who's blessed most everywhere, From Vietnam to Vatican Square. But Guadalupe is hard to know, she's just a local saint from Mexico. What a crazy pair! But they're virgins, identical virgins all the way. One pai ... More >>
Mary Nguyen, executive chef/owner of Parallel 17"Food is the one thing that I grew up knowing would bring family and friends together, soothe wounds and mend hearts as well as improve any party or celebration," says Mary Nguyen, chef-owner of the Vietnamese-French bistro Parallel 17. "I enter ... More >>
World traveler, journalist, PR exec: Boulderite John Shors has done it all. But these days, he wears the hat of a novelist because, upon the release of his third work of fiction, Dragon House (NAL Trade, $15), he's proven himself an author with a big scope -- one who writes focused stories wi ... More >>
The 25th annual Best of Denver issue officially hits the streets (and this site) on March 26, and now that the hundred-plus food awards have been decided, I'm revisiting some of my favorite tales from this year's always-weird awards process. Kinda like encounter therapy, and cheaper than going ... More >>
Oh, sheet. Now that the election is over, there's no need for that ballot privacy sleeve many of us carried with us as we exited our polling place yesterday. But simply tossing it isn't an option -- not for an environmentally committed voter, anyhow. So what to do with it? Here are ten options: 1 ... More >>
Interracial dating and more ethnic cleansing.
Capsule reviews of shows
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 >>
Werner Herzog takes his hero worship to Hollywood.
I think the article in the Viet Nam Times this morning regarding annual motocycle fatalities bears out my observation of how few crashes there are despite the chaos. The article stated that although fatal scooter accidents were up 642 from last year, to bring the total to over 7,100, you've still go ... More >>
Actor Jesse Borrego starts a conversation.
From a goose chase to a great chase, 2006 was one wild ride.
The November 18 screening of Rescue Dawn at the Temple Buell Theater didn't constitute the official conclusion of the 29th annual Denver Film Festival; other flicks unspooled later that evening and throughout the next day. Yet the event neatly encapsulated the best of the fest. The proceedings got ... More >>
Parallel Seventeen revives culinary history.
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy.
Landscape paintings and photos are at Robischon, while art and architecture make the news.
The collision of French and Vietnamese culinary traditions led to the perfection of Chez Thuy.
In the latest from Errol Morris, Robert McNamara considers the lessons of war.
Politics -- and proximity -- make strange embedfellows.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.
While Moongate rises, Little Panda falls short.
A landmark eatery changes ownership, while Jeffs keeps things kosher in southeast Denver.
Loi Nguyen faces a fight or flight situation.