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    Food Fetishes - Life Is Sweet

    Emilia Rickey originally envisioned Emiliana's as a dessert house, a place where Boulderites could go after dinner or the theater for coffee, a cheese plate, an elegant dessert. Although she ultimately expanded the theme to include a full menu, Ricke...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 10, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I have a friend visiting from Iowa who just came back from Budapest. Her hometown has no Hungarian restaurants. Are there any in Denver? A: Finally proof that Denver is culinarily superior to a small town in Iowa. The Budapest Bistro (1585 Sou...

    by Kyle Wagner on January 10, 2002
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    A Bitter Ending - Tiramisu's food gets the boot.

    The term "tirami su" is Italian for "pick-me-up," an apt label for a confection filled with enough sugar, chocolate, espresso and liqueur to elevate the blood sugar of a dead person. A relatively recent creation, tiramisu (sometimes seen as one word,...

    by Kyle Wagner on January 3, 2002
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    The Bite - Service with a smile.

    Both the owners and employees of Tiramisu (see review above) could use a copy of The Main Course on Table Service, the new book by veteran server David Rothschild, who co-owns the Phoenix-based EATiQuette waitstaff-training and dining-etiquette compa...

    by Kyle Wagner on January 3, 2002
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    Consumed - There Goes the Neighborhood Bar

    For Dave Bryan and his West Washington Park neighbors, nothing sucks like success. Four years ago, Dave achieved his lifelong dream of buying a neighborhood bar, the 43-year-old Candle Light Tavern, just south of Alameda Avenue on Pearl Street. Since...

    by Marty Jones on January 3, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I'd like to start off the new year by supporting small mom-and-pop eateries. Can you recommend some in a variety of ethnic types? A: Denver's lucky to have so many mom-and-pop ethnic places to choose from. For good, family-oriented Mexican, try ...

    by Kyle Wagner on January 3, 2002
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    Fighting the Good Food Fight - Season's eatings from a year's worth of meals.

    When Napoleon said, "An army marches on its stomach," he was referring to the soldiers who did the actual fighting -- not the sympathetic sublimations of folks sitting on their sofas watching it all unfold via videotape. This nation is at war, all ri...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 27, 2001
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    The Bite - Leftovers

    At this time last year, I was lamenting Denver's lack of great restaurants, as well as its excess of lousy service. Well, the service hasn't improved much, but several wonderful eateries opened in 2001, and many other eateries got better, so picking ...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 27, 2001
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    Solid Old - The Greenbriar Inn is still golden.

    When a fine-dining establishment is 34 years old, sits in a 128-year-old historic landmark and has an owner who refers to himself as "the third," you might imagine that a meal within its stodgy confines would prove palate-numbingly boring. Prime rib ...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 20, 2001
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    The Bite - Out With the Old, In With the New

    Wow -- it's not even the first of the year, and the restaurant fallout has already begun. I'll miss the St. Mark's Coffeehouse at 1416 Market Street, although the second St. Mark's location, at 2019 East 17th Avenue, is still going strong. The sign o...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 20, 2001
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    Consumed - A Matter of Taste

    This Christmas, Stan Hendrickson will wish for a gift he cannot have. It's a gift he possessed for over seven decades before losing it three years ago: the ability to taste. Since 1998, the Boulder resident has been living a foodie's nightmare, unabl...

    by Marty Jones on December 20, 2001
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: Do you have any suggestions for good restaurants that large groups (ten to thirty people) can go to for breakfast, lunch and dinner? A: Big parties can be a big strain on eateries and if you've ever tried sending out thirty perfectly timed din...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 20, 2001
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    Block Party - The 700 South block of University Boulevard makes eating a family affair.

    In the Bonnie Brae neighborhood, the more some things change, the more others stay the same. When Carl and Sue Dire opened the Bonnie Brae Tavern in 1934, South University Boulevard was a dirt road running through the sticks. That year, tens of th...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 13, 2001
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    The Bite - Season's Eatings

    Cookbooks are always popular gift options at local bookstores. This year, the surprise is what's flying off the shelves: Anything with the word "American" in the title and books touting American-style foods are all the rage, according to one of the b...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 13, 2001
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: My fiance is flying in over the holidays, and I'd like to take her out for a romantic dinner with some slow dancing afterward. Is there such a place in downtown Denver? A: Not only is there no such place downtown, but you'd have to drive pretty...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 13, 2001
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    Star Struck - The Broadmoor has a heavenly reputation, but the food falls flat.

    The Leonid meteor shower shows itself every year in mid-November, and while the display is spectacular only every 33 years or so, even on an off night, the Leonids provide an eye-opening experience. They give us a glimmer of what's beyond our limited...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 6, 2001
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    The Bite - Movable Feast

    Me-oh-my-oh: Life in Cherry Creek North just got a lot less interesting. The Cajun/Creole party spot Petra's (2700 East Third Avenue) has closed, abandoning its high-rent, below-street-level space for the plum opportunity of running Denver's City Par...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 6, 2001
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    Consumed - Tidings of Good Cake

    Fruitcake is the most maligned food in America, the dessert world's equivalent of polka music. Especially this time of year. Come Christmas morning, shabbily made fruitcakes will be the coal in the bottom of the stocking, jokes to be passed from pers...

    by Marty Jones on December 6, 2001
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: Can you tell me what nice places will be open on Christmas Day this year? A: I've received so many inquiries regarding restaurants open on Christmas that I'm wondering if anyone will be staying home this year. So many people want to eat out that...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 6, 2001
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    A Little Slice of Heaven - Pizza lovers, come to Papa.

    There isn't a foodie in the world who'd deny his appreciation of truffles or foie gras, caviar, Swiss chocolate or triple-cream cheese. But none of those delights begins to approximate the glory of the drippy, cheese-covered, orange-tinted triangle t...

    by Kyle Wagner on November 29, 2001
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