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    Bite Me - Cook's Tour

    "I wanted the perfect meal. I also wanted -- to be absolutely frank -- Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Lord Jim, Lawrence of Arabia, Kim Philby, the Consul, Fowler, Tony Po, B. Traven, Christopher Walken...I wanted to find -- no, I wanted to be -- one of those...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 21, 2002
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    Consumed - No Way, Jose

    Jose Lara knows what people associate with tequila. "Having a really great time, getting crazy," he says. "And headaches, throwing up. Everybody has had a tequila nightmare." Mine is coming back to me: Freshman year in college, I picked up hitchhi...

    by Marty Jones on November 21, 2002
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    Drink of the Week - Menagerie Martini

    When you're searching for a delicious martini downtown, all you have to do is look up. A bright-blue neon martini glass -- complete with a green neon olive and red neon swizzle stick -- glows like a beacon on the facade of Marlowe's, a longtime favor...

    by Julie Dunn on November 21, 2002
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    All in the Familia - Vita Bella proves there's no place like home.

    There are moments in a chef's life that forever define him. The first taste of foie gras; the oily reek of anchovies; the crisp, celery-stalk snap of a rabbit's neck being broken; the explosion on the back of the tongue set off by the full, huge, dee...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 14, 2002
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    Bite Me - It's All Relative

    Keeping it in the family: When you taste Anthony Sarlo's cooking (see review, page 67), you get a taste of the family he grew up in. But Vita Bella isn't the only restaurant in the area flavored by this Colorado restaurant clan. Anthony's Aunt Elis...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 14, 2002
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    Drink of the Week - Smurf Semen

    A century ago, the neighborhood we all know and love as LoDo was teeming with fancy saloons, gambling halls, opium dens, rough cowboys and sinful prostitutes -- also known as "brides of the multitudes" or "soiled doves." Capitalizing on this history ...

    by Julie Dunn on November 14, 2002
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    This Note's for You - Chef Michael Long steals the show at Opus.

    It was Saturday night in Littleton, and the wife and I were arguing. She was upset because she couldn't find her favorite pair of black strappy heels, so she'd fallen back on the black Doc Martens that dated from her days as a Philly punk-rock girl, ...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 7, 2002
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    Bite Me - Full of Beans

    In its continuing attempt to make the world a better place through the distribution of caffeine to the masses, Allegro Coffee Company has started a partnership program that brings foreign coffee growers to the United States for an exchange of ideas o...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 7, 2002
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    Consumed - Who's Your Daddy?

    When "Daddy" Bruce Randolph Jr. says that "it's more blessed to give than receive," he knows what he's talking about. Randolph's father, the late "Daddy" Bruce Randolph Sr., was Colorado's best-known food philanthropist, a down-home Mother Teresa who...

    by Marty Jones on November 7, 2002
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    Small Bites - Main Street Tavern

    There are a thousand different kinds of bars in the world, just as there are a thousand different kinds of women, and for every different kind, there's going to be a man who loves them. Personally, I like a bar with some character. I have no use for ...

    by Jason Sheehan on November 7, 2002
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    Drink of the Week - Strawberry Banana Martini

    It might be chilly outside, but the scene inside Mynt Lounge, a chic new LoDo club, is hotter than Miami Beach in July. Mynt features extensive mojito and martini lineups. Among the martinis is the Strawberry Banana Martini ($7), made with Stoli Stra...

    by Julie Dunn on November 7, 2002
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    Hot Times - Cuba Cuba continues its warming trend.

    The name is not Cue-ba Cue-ba. It's sexier than that, smoother. Say Koo-ba Koo-ba, and the words should slide off your tongue like you're sucking on silk. The sound should make you feel like putting on a white Panama hat and growing a pencil-thin mou...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 31, 2002
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    Bite Me - Act Natural

    What's a word worth these days? Pick a good one like "organic" and you could be talking billions and billions of dollars. On Monday, October 21, the National Organic Standards and Labels program went into effect, ending over a decade of wrangling i...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 31, 2002
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    Drink of the Week - Pineapple Sake-Infused Martini

    Legend has it that sake, the Japanese wine made from fermented rice, was originally called kuchikami no sake, which means "chewing in the mouth sake." An entire village would gather to chew up nuts, rice and other tasty grains and then spit the resu...

    by Julie Dunn on October 31, 2002
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    Burning Passion - Vesta Dipping Grill plays with fire.

    Chefs love fire. Food may be their medium, but fire is their element. In the pan, fire is magic -- binding, breaking and bringing out the hidden life in everything it touches. Emulsion, reduction, a blanc and a point -- when you learn how to play wit...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 24, 2002
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    Bite Me - The Write Stuff

    Adega Restaurant & Wine Bar (1700 Wynkoop Street), whose May opening was the talk of the town, just got a big boost to its reputation as the defining restaurant in Denver's up-and-coming food scene with its inclusion in Esquire's 21st-annual "Best Ne...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 24, 2002
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    Consumed - Smashing Pumpkins

    When Joe Scherber tells you his pumpkin patch produced just three pumpkins this year, it sounds like his crop was a bust. But together those three pumpkins weigh over 2,220 pounds, making the Wheat Ridge dentist one of the most fruitful pumpkin growe...

    by Marty Jones on October 24, 2002
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    Drink of the Week - Chocolate Mint Martini

    Cool, dark and smoothly sexy -- that description applies to both Sambuca Jazz Cafe and its Chocolate Mint Martini. Made with Fris Vodka, DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps and Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur and garnished with a cherry, this black martini ($...

    by Julie Dunn on October 24, 2002
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    Bit by Bit - Triana needs to try harder.

    Stepping off the crowded Pearl Street Mall and into Triana is like burying your face in a flamenco dancer's best dress or jumping into a pile of autumn leaves. Fiery reds and oranges explode in this small space. The ceiling is painted black, a dark s...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 17, 2002
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    Bite Me - In the Suds

    Blurry, at best: That's how I remember my one-night stagger through the Great American Beer Festival, the 21st incarnation of this beer-sodden extravaganza. But it was my first encounter with the GABF, and being the responsible young reporter that I ...

    by Jason Sheehan on October 17, 2002
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