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Christmas Dinner in Breckenridge

I'm not sure if they'll be open Christmas Day, but Hearthstone in Breckenridge is one of the best, if not the best restaurant in town IMO. I've never gone out on Christmas, but most restaurants in mountain towns are pretty casual, even the fancier ones. (I've been known to eat in very nice restaurants in my ski pants)

Nov 22, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Mountain Town Restaurant for Thanksgiving Near Denver

I don't know if they'll be open for the holiday, but you may want to try The Fort in Morrison...fantastic views and good, wild game food. If that's not an option, Flagstaff in Boulder has beautiful views as well and excellent food. Again, I don't know if they'll be open. And your $40 pp may not cover wine. Unfortunately, you'll need to drive a bit farther for what I'd call true mountain towns. Although there may be some options in Evergreen, I'm not too familiar with the restaurants there.

Nov 20, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Nabulsi cheese in boulder/denver

Try the Truffle Cheese Shop, Marczyk's or Tony's. But if anyone will have it, it will likely be Truffle.

Nov 20, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Dinner recommendations within walking distance of Crowne Plaza Denver?

You're in the "boring" part of downtown, but Row 14 near the Convention Center has some really good food at decent prices. You're also only a block away from 16th St which offers a free bus up and down it until 1 AM I believe? I'd take the bus down to Larimer Square (15th and Larimer) and eat at either Rioja or TAG. ChoLon Bistro is a little further down on 16th St and has great Asian with French influences. Euclid Hall is on 14th and something and has upscale pub food - homemade sausages, bone marrow, deep fried cheese curds, poutine, etc. along with a fantastic beer selection.

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Rioja
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Larimer Square
, Denver, CO 80202

16th St Cafe
302 N 16th St Ste A, Canon City, CO 81212

Nov 06, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

cocktails & dinner before show at the paramount theatre (on a monday night)

I was thinking the same thing: Row 14. They have a great beer selection, nice specialty cocktails and a great chef making great food. Bayou Bob's is also kind of a cool, divey joint that specializes in cajun food and drinks, and it's right next door to the Paramount.

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Bayou Bob's
1635 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Nov 04, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Where can I buy good Pâté in Denver?

Call either Marczyk's or Tony's. I've bought pate there on a number of occasions although I can't speak to the freshness of it. I've also seen it at the King Soopers on Orchard and Holly on occasion.

Oct 31, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Dan Dan Noodles in Boulder/Denver?

Lao Wang is beyond awesome. While I've not had the Dan Dan, the soup dumplings and potstickers are fantastic. Service can be slow as it's run by a sweet, but old Taiwanese couple. It's well worth it though IMO, and my Taiwanese friend loved the food there - so pretty authentic.

Oct 25, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Recommendation for Sunday afternoon lunch/brunch in Boulder?

Snooze is really good! I don't know about the Boulder location, but I've enjoyed the Denver locations a lot.

Oct 20, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Rioja = seriously fantastic!

When I ordered the tasting menu, it was one of the best meals I've had in Colorado.

Oct 19, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Is Pacific Ocean Marketplace a chain?

I don't believe so.

Oct 19, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Snooze in Boulder

Don't know about the Boulder location, but Snooze in general is awesome for brunch/breakfast...if you can get in.

Oct 18, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Heading to Denver next week, a couple of questions!

Rioja, TAG and ChoLon all would be excellent options. I'd also recommend Z Cuisine just outside of downtown. It would be a short cab ride, you must get there early (before 6) as they don't take reservations. Best duck confit I've ever had. You can also eat at the Absynthe bar 2 doors down, but their menu is more limited.

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Rioja
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Oct 18, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

must eat Denver

I forgot about Flagstaff House in Boulder as well. Beautiful views, great food and a killer wine list.

D Bar is owned by the guy that used to host Food Network Challenge and has some good desserts also. Little Man Ice Cream in the Highlands has some fantastic flavors and is quite tasty as well.

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Flagstaff House Restaurant
1138 Flagstaff Dr, Boulder, CO 80302

Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211

Oct 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

must eat Denver

Frasca is the only must-visit IMO. I believe it was and may still be the only restaurant with multiple Master Somms on staff, and the chef/owner was a JBF nominee for best chef Southwest as well as featured on Top Chef Masters.

After that, there are a number of options: ChoLon Bistro, (Asian street food with French flair from a chef that recently worked in NYC and recent JBF nomination for best new restaurant) TAG, (I guess you could call it American cuisine with a bit of an Asian touch) Rioja, (Mediterranean) Z Cuisine (French with an Absinthe bar) in the Highlands neighborhood, and Il Posto (Italian) are all excellent restaurants. The Kitchen in Boulder is also supposed to be very good, however I've not been. Fruition's (American cuisine) chef was recently voted a Best New Chef by Food and Wine. Duo and Olivea are good restaurants with the same chef and the pastry chef has been nominated multiple times by JBF as best pastry chef.

For cheaper eats, try Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, and I'd say Biker Jim's (wild game sausages featured on No Reservations and Ludo Bites) is a must-try for lunch. Pho 95 on Federal is fantastic pho and Star Kitchen for dim sum on weekends. Brunch at Snooze is good, if you can get in. (Pineapple Upsided Down Cake Pancakes are unbelievable) There are a number of excellent taco joints (regardless of what the other posters said) on Federal or nearby as well. Los Carboncitos, El Taco Veloz and Tacos y Salsas #3. I love the buffalo burgers and atmosphere at My Brothers Bar. For an interesting visit, check out the Buckhorn Lounge - it has liquor license #1 in the state, good Rocky Mountain Oysters, and nice cocktails. Some don't like the food that much, and it is overpriced, but you can get all kinds of game in a very interesting restaurant. (you'll know what I mean when you walk in) Euclid Hall is a higher-end brew pub that makes their own sausages and has some great poutines. Sushi SaSa and Sushi Den are the joints for sushi in town, (both fly fish in daily) although I prefer SaSa. (chef/owner worked for Chef Morioto in Philly)

If you like Brazilian food, there's a joint off of 36 on Federal called Little Brazil. They only serve food on Saturdays, sometimes with live music, but their feijoada is the best I've had in the states. Fogo de Chao is also a good Brazilian churrascaria. Although they're a chain, the food is excellent and very reminiscent of what you'd get in Brazil. (trust me, my wife is Brazilian)

Kinga's Lounge on Colfax has some excellent Polish food. The perogies are incredible.

For bars, check out The Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel, Euclid Hall, and Green Russell.

Enjoy Denver.

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Los Carboncitos
3757 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211

Rioja
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Il Posto
2011 E. 17th St, Denver, CO 80206

My Brother's Bar
2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Sushi Den
1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

El Taco Veloz
400 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

Star Kitchen
2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

Kinga's Lounge
1509 Marion St, Denver, CO 80218

Oct 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Minneapolis Hound seeks best hotel lobby bar in Denver

Cruise Room in the Oxford is very nice and they have another non-martini bar on the property as well. The truth is, there are so many options downtown that I wouldn't necessarily recommend a place with a good hotel bar. Check out TAG for some great cocktails. Green Russell is supposed to have some great drinks as well in a speakeasy way. ChoLon Bistro also has some very creative cocktails. (although noisy) Brown Palace has a few different classy bars also.

Oct 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Denver eats on a college budget

Biker Jim's (wild game sausages) and Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza are the first two that come to mind. Bayou Bob's for cajun. Euclid Hall (higher-end pub food) if you want to spend a bit more money while still not breaking the bank.

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Bayou Bob's
1635 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Oct 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Solo Diner in Denver - Oct. 7 & 8

Sorry, I'm a bit late to the party. I would have said TAG or Rioja. Both have nice bars where you can eat.

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Rioja
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Oct 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Almost calorie-free savory snacks? Quitting smoking.

Kale chips are awesome! Wash some kale and dry it, put on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and put in 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

Oct 01, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Home Cooking

Help Getting Past White Zinfandel

You also want to make sure that the "olive oil" bottles don't clink together (are packed quite securely) otherwise some employees from FedEx/UPS may wonder if it's really "olive oil," open your box and take your "olive oil"

Sep 27, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Wine

Cheese store in Denver?

You're in luck! There is more than Whole Foods. You could try Marczyks for meats and a good selection of cheeses on 17th, but for cheese The Truffle Cheese Shop is your best bet. http://denvertruffle.com/. Tony's Market also has a decent selection of cheeses.

Regarding local CO artisanal cheeses, try Fruition Farms or Haystack Mountain. They both recently won awards at a national cheese competition. (or was it International, I'm not positive)

Sep 27, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Indian Grocery in Denver

There are a number of Indian grocers on Parker Rd in Aurora. My favorite happens to be the one recommended by Chimayo Joe, and yes I do believe it's called Bombay Bazaar. It doesn't have the selection of some of the others, but has good products and is very clean. Masala's a great vegetarian Indian restaurant as well.

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Chimayo Restaurant
368 Main St, Park City, UT 84060

Sep 27, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Help Getting Past White Zinfandel

The only problem with Riesling is the different sweetness levels and choosing one they may like. If they don't like what you get them, they may think they don't like Rieslings period.

I'd go with a Cremant bubbler and a rose wine. Bandol makes a great, albeit expensive rose. JK Carriere makes my favorite rose, although it will likely be difficult to find. I know Domain Chandon makes a cremant, but it will likely be difficult to find and I'm not sure on the price. Merlot is a typical entry to red wines for those that don't like them. Whitehall Lane makes a solid Merlot for about $30. Finally, Sauv Blanc from New Zealand may fit their flavor profile. Matua or Kim Crawford may fit the bill for $15 - $20.

Sep 25, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Wine

Homemade tortillas with blue corn masa harina? Help needed!

For your first tortillas, I would recommend white corn instead...it's MUCH easier! We did some white and blue for our first tortillas recently and couldn't get the blue to work out either. The recipe we used called for half white corn masa and half blue corn.

Sep 20, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Home Cooking

Copper Mountain/ Vail

Unfortunately, I don't know much about Copper other than it's only a resort and not a town. Kelly Liken, Larkspur, and LaTour in Vail are all very nice. In Breckenridge, I'd recommend Hearthstone and Top of the World. (although a friend just visited Breck and said Top of the World wasn't in business anymore) Giampietros in Breckenridge for pizza (Downstair's at Eric's sucks IMO unless you have kids you want to keep entertained) and Rasta Pasta for cheap, big portions as well.

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Kelly Liken
12 Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657

Rasta Pasta
411 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Sep 20, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

so ....if you were moving to Denver

I just realized I didn't include anything on ethnic markets.

Ethnic markets exist but are a bit hard to find. Parker Rd in Aurora for Indian, Middle Eastern and some African markets. You'll also find H Mart out there which is a great Asian market. Downtown is Pacific Mercantile for Japanese/Hawaiian things. There are also some markets on Federal and Alameda-ish for more Vietnamese items. For Latino, Rancho Liborio with mulitple locations throughout the city. Since my wife's Brazilian, I also know of a Brasilian store on Federal, just North of 36.

Sep 16, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Denver Pizza

Big Bill's on Arapahoe and Holly for NY style.

Marco's (two locations) and Pizza Republica for Neapolitan style (both are certified) and fancified pies.

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Pizza Republica
5375 Landmark Place #113, Denver, CO 80111

Sep 16, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Mountain States

Emeril! Say It Ain't So!"

I agree there's nothing inherently wrong with canned food. I also doubt that many of the parts of the developing world will ever see Emeril's canned pasta. This has nothing to do with finding it palatable or not and everything to do with the fact that I find it hypocritical to praise the virtues of eating fresh, local ingredients, then allow your name to be used (perhaps against his will, which would make this even more sad) in conjunction with a canned food. http://www.hannaford.com/product/Groc... lists the ingredient list for a different canned pasta, and compared to Chef Boyardee, this is hella healthy, but no matter what a canned food is going to have to be preserved for long periods of time by adding things contrary to the ideal of sourcing local, fresh ingredients.

As I said, I'm an Emeril fan, he's an incredibly interesting person, and is a downright good person. I've met him and had conversations with him. (not a talk to him at a book signing deal, real conversations) It wouldn't matter if it was Emeril or Thomas Keller doing this, I'd still call the chef out. I still think it's a sad reflection on celebrity chefs who many are singing the farm to table praises.

Sep 15, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in General Topics

Emeril! Say It Ain't So!"

The reason being his latest cookbook is titled Farm to Fork, Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh. There's nothing local or fresh about presarvative-filled, canned ravioli. Many chefs are jumping on the farm to table movement and encouraging people at home to cook with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

And, Emeril and a lot of these other celebrity chefs are making some dough on their celebrity. That's fine...sell knives, pots, pans, etc. but don't preach about sourcing local food wherever possible, then hypocritically sell me canned stuff that sits on grocery store shelfs for god knows how long.

Sep 14, 2011
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Mexican Cooking

I'm a Bayless guy as well. I love his decriptions of areas and the food -- it really shows his passion for the country, people and food. His recipes are fantastic as well. I've got Mexico One Plate at a Time as well as Authentic Mexican.

Sep 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in Home Cooking

Hot vs. Mild Chiles - how to tell?

I've heard this as well, the smaller the chile the hotter it will typically be.

Sep 13, 2011
MyNameIsTerry in General Topics