Best Soup to Please the Palate and Clear the Sinuses

Golden Plate

Golden Plate's hot-and-sour dumpling soup more than lives up to its name. Tender, pork-filled pasta pockets come swimming in a pungent, fiery liquid laced with fresh cilantro, green onion and five-alarm red peppers. The soup is a perfect blend of spicy and tart, and the dumplings add a dash of salt -- as well as doughy relief -- to balance the dangerously addictive broth. If you can't stand the heat...no soup for you!
Granted, Isle of Singapore Cafe may be Denver's only Indonesian restaurant at the moment. Still, this modest storefront deserves kudos for its authentic Asian fare, which includes unusual dishes from Singapore and Malaysia as well as Indonesia. (Skip the Chinese offerings.) The seafood and chicken dishes are out of this world (or close enough), and downing a durian smoothie, made from the world's stinkiest fruit, earns you major bragging rights. Isle be seeing you...
Granted, Isle of Singapore Cafe may be Denver's only Indonesian restaurant at the moment. Still, this modest storefront deserves kudos for its authentic Asian fare, which includes unusual dishes from Singapore and Malaysia as well as Indonesia. (Skip the Chinese offerings.) The seafood and chicken dishes are out of this world (or close enough), and downing a durian smoothie, made from the world's stinkiest fruit, earns you major bragging rights. Isle be seeing you...
There isn't a dud anywhere on the menu at Jan Leone's self-titled janleone: The Brie baked with brown sugar and walnuts and the escargot with Gorgonzola are splendid starters, and the carbonara pappardelle and seafood-stuffed lasagne are inspired entrees. Still, we confess to a certain soft spot for the desserts by Leone's daughter, Mara. Although the closing lineup changes periodically, highlights usually include a toasted pistachio cake with mascarpone cheese and a rich and unusual coffee-flavored panna cotta. Mara also does a semifreddo, a chilled dessert that involves frozen mousse with copious amounts of whipped cream thrown in to add air pockets, making the dessert the perfect light but luscious finale for Jan's rich food. It tastes extra sweet when eaten in the attached Col-Mar bar while a local songstress belts out "Hello, Dolly."

There isn't a dud anywhere on the menu at Jan Leone's self-titled janleone: The Brie baked with brown sugar and walnuts and the escargot with Gorgonzola are splendid starters, and the carbonara pappardelle and seafood-stuffed lasagne are inspired entrees. Still, we confess to a certain soft spot for the desserts by Leone's daughter, Mara. Although the closing lineup changes periodically, highlights usually include a toasted pistachio cake with mascarpone cheese and a rich and unusual coffee-flavored panna cotta. Mara also does a semifreddo, a chilled dessert that involves frozen mousse with copious amounts of whipped cream thrown in to add air pockets, making the dessert the perfect light but luscious finale for Jan's rich food. It tastes extra sweet when eaten in the attached Col-Mar bar while a local songstress belts out "Hello, Dolly."

Best Place to Catch Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Four Direction Farm

Want to really ruffle some feathers? Don't just serve a holiday bird -- catch it yourself. At Four Direction Farm, Charlie and Merrilee Gilman raise then release several thousand pheasants into the wild population, which makes their land outside of Hotchkiss a great place to catch your own holiday dinner. For $300 per person, you get a hunting dog, a guide and a dog-handler who'll help you bag your limit of four birds. BYO firepower.

Best Place to Catch Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Four Direction Farm

Want to really ruffle some feathers? Don't just serve a holiday bird -- catch it yourself. At Four Direction Farm, Charlie and Merrilee Gilman raise then release several thousand pheasants into the wild population, which makes their land outside of Hotchkiss a great place to catch your own holiday dinner. For $300 per person, you get a hunting dog, a guide and a dog-handler who'll help you bag your limit of four birds. BYO firepower.
A specialty of New York delis, black-and-white cookies got some extra attention a few years ago when they were featured on an episode of Seinfeld ("Look to the cookie!" Jerry shouted). But these unusual delights have long been a culinary curiosity. Also known as half-moons, the cookies are made using the basics: flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, and a touch of vanilla and lemon. Then they're covered with sweet frosting, chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other -- thus the simple, descriptive name. (Seinfeld suggested that the proper way to eat one was to munch up the middle so that both colors were included in every bite.) Although Denver has always had problems getting authentic New York food, the New York Deli News delivers: These homemade black-and-whites are authentic six-inch, melt-in-your-mouth monsters. At $2.75 apiece, the cookie's large enough to split with a friend; the only problem is deciding who gets which color.

A specialty of New York delis, black-and-white cookies got some extra attention a few years ago when they were featured on an episode of Seinfeld ("Look to the cookie!" Jerry shouted). But these unusual delights have long been a culinary curiosity. Also known as half-moons, the cookies are made using the basics: flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, and a touch of vanilla and lemon. Then they're covered with sweet frosting, chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other -- thus the simple, descriptive name. (Seinfeld suggested that the proper way to eat one was to munch up the middle so that both colors were included in every bite.) Although Denver has always had problems getting authentic New York food, the New York Deli News delivers: These homemade black-and-whites are authentic six-inch, melt-in-your-mouth monsters. At $2.75 apiece, the cookie's large enough to split with a friend; the only problem is deciding who gets which color.

When a store is as huge as the Castle Rock Safeway -- which is 50 percent larger than your average Safeway -- you have to fill it with something. But after stocking the typical meat-and-potatoes supermarket fare, as well as fresh sushi, Chinese takeout, a pizza bar and a Starbucks counter, the store still had room, so it added a special "store within a store" that features 8,000 natural foods, including organic produce and a hundred items derived from tofu. Soy far, soy good.

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