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burrata cheese and trader joe's [Denver]

ya wondering how much that was, as in how many ounces? at whole foods i mean...

Aug 17, 2012
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shishito peppers/denver area?

ya POM was the first place i looked. i live in that area so i have checked out a couple of the other asian markets too. thanks!

Aug 06, 2012
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shishito peppers/denver area?

i recently went to an event where one of the appetizers was grilled shishito peppers. they were delicious! i would love to grill some up at home but have had trouble finding them. have any of u denver area chowhounds seen any in local stores?

Aug 06, 2012
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Slow-Cooked Carne Adovada

@emilyleshner i would recommend some pintos and rice, maybe some grilled veggies and definitely plenty of good quality tortillas!

Jul 19, 2012
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Tacos al Pastor

ya i would never use a loin for a recipe like this. just like u wouldnt make carnitas with a loin. get u a nice fatty shoulder! its called flavor! gotta agree with the comments below about the pastiness, the fat, the cutting against the grain, etc. ???

Jul 19, 2012
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Molasses-Clove Compound Butter

ya compound butters are awesome. i do one thats ginger/lime/cilantro thats also great on sweet potatoes or other veggies. and i do a garlic/parsley/black pepper one thats good for veggies and is really good on steak. u can come up with endless combinations. great way to add some richness to fish also. they keep about a week in the fridge or a couple months frozen.

Jul 12, 2012
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Sesame Noodle Salad with Tofu

i love cold sesame noodles as well, but the hubbs is not a huge tofu fan. so i agree with substituting mushrooms, or if u wanted it to be a hearty main meal and not vegetarian, u could put some already cooked chicken breast strips. ya and i would definitely reduce the oil to about one to one and a half tbls. u could definitely experiment with different ingredients instead of the tofu.

Jun 14, 2012
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burrata cheese and trader joe's [Denver]

thanks u guys....i will check out these spots. and hooray for trader joes on 8th and colo!

Jun 12, 2012
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6 Summer Craft Brews to Sip from the Can

me and my fellow fly fishers love the fact that u can get good beer in cans now! throw em in a backpack with a blue ice, and then crush and recycle em. no clinking bottles to cart back to the car! about 6, 7 years ago we were saying "man i wish there was better beer in cans" and now there is! looking forward to trying the chaka, especially since i live in denver. oksar blues is pretty popular around here.

Jun 12, 2012
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burrata cheese and trader joe's [Denver]

no i havent. the only place ive had it was in san francisco. it was amazing! i will check it out.

Jun 08, 2012
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burrata cheese and trader joe's [Denver]

awesome....thanks

Jun 08, 2012
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burrata cheese and trader joe's [Denver]

two things.....

first: does anyone know where to get burrata cheese in the denver metro area?

second: has anyone heard whether or not there is ever going to be a trader joe's in the denver area?

thanks!

cookinitup

Jun 07, 2012
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Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

mmmmmmm foie gras.....bummer california. i heart foie.

May 22, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

hhmmm never had pho duy, but the bun dac biet at pho 95 is awesome. (not a secret handshake thing) and they give u sawtooth with ur pho but only a couple sprigs so u might have to ask for extra.

May 16, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

ya and pho 95's broth has a good, hearty beef flavor which makes me think they are cooking it from beef bones. i have a box of "pho bullion cubes" that are basically spices, msg and salt, and on their own they are pretty bland, but when i add them to some real beef stock, it tastes like pho. and pho 95 doesnt taste like chicken stock.

May 16, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

i havent noticed "so thirsty and sleepy" after eating pho 95. hmm.

May 15, 2012
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Roasted Baby Carrots with Herbed Mustard Butter

that sounds great. when im going for an asian flavor, after the carrots are tender i put them in a cast iron skillet with a little hoisin, or soy and brown sugar if u dont have hoisin, and a bit of sesame oil and glaze them up. same concept, different flavors. this also works well with green beans/long beans, zucchini, broccoli, pretty much any veggie u like.

May 12, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

u dont remember the name of the dish i assume? hhhmmmm....the menu at pho 95 has a short description of each item so maybe u can find it there...

May 12, 2012
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best tacos on south federal/denver....opinions?

im taking a survey as to people's opinion of the best tacos on south federal in denver. im talking from, say, alameda and federal on down to hampden. there are a TON of choices between there. so far im liking tacos junior, but if theres an absolute must try im missing i would like to know. of course if theres a place that you love thats slightly north or south of these parameters, or on alameda/mississippi/evans, etc near federal, feel free to include. but roughly that area between alameda and hampden.

as far as tortas, i already know my favorite.....las tortugas on alameda and tejon. great tortas, and the jugos frescos put it over the top.

cookinitup (formerly known as cookmyassoff)

May 10, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

no problem. try the fresh spring rolls with the shrimp and pork. they come with a great peanut dipping sauce. u know what we do when we get takeout? we order a large #7 and an extra side of broth, which is like 2 bucks or so. that way we end up with two good sized bowls each so we have enough for the next night. four bowls of pho for around 11 bucks. cant beat that! i really like their broth. glad u enjoyed them.

May 10, 2012
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Denver, The Big List

oh and tamales moreno for tamales, on mississippi.....its across from those bland, boring tamales at tamale kitchen. the red is mild and the green is SUPER hot, and they are ssssooo much better than tamale kitchen.

May 07, 2012
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Denver, The Big List

is omakase the thing where u let the chef make whatever he wants?

May 07, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

love the bun bowl.

May 07, 2012
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Denver, The Big List

indias castle in greenwood village or little india on downing. my favorite ethiopian is abyssinia on east colfax. pho 95 for vietnamese (good strawberry boba) and bakers palace for banh mi and iced viet coffee. hong kong bbq in the same strip mall for chinese, roast pork and duck, and lao wang noodle house for xiao long bao and cold sesame noodles. tacos junior and tacos y salsas for tacos. las tortugas on w alameda for tortas and fresh fruit juices. little saigon market in the far east center for asian groceries and tri-ocean market on so. fed for amazing seafood. the little viet bakeries in far east center (celestial and vinh xuong) for great bread and pastries. buckhorn for steaks and exotic meats. le central for french and angelinas in littleton for italian. anthonys or benny blancos for pizza. rioja for "want to spend lots of money on some great food". cherry cricket for burgers. mezcal for "different" mexican. ya hala grill on colorado and evans for gyro. wild ginger on littleton blvd for thai. the tiny little pupusaria on south federal north of union for good pupusas and carnitas tacos. the tortillaria on so fed and evans for warm, freshly made corn and flour tortillas. tacos rapidos on evans and fed for a colorado burrito and a bucket of horchata at midnight (open 24 hours). trompeau bakery on so. broadway and bates for amazing croissants and bread. and any of the numerous other taco/torta trucks, hole in the wall asian joints and tiny taquerias on south federal. im so lucky to be near federal and hampden cuz we just eat all up and down federal. theres my list! oh and i almost forgot santiagos for a 2 buck bfast burrito, half and half please! : )

May 07, 2012
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Denver Foodie Trip!

ok i just skimmed ur post and i see u do like the mountains. so camping in eleven mile canyon is cool and not as far as black canyon. of course theirs deckers for a day trip not far from denver. there are some great 4x4 roads north of the idaho springs area that go up to nice hikes to mountain lakes. cottonwood pass over to the taylor river/almont area and kebler pass/mclure to crested butte are great too. and i really love the glenwood springs/basalt/aspen area too. yes black canyon is amazing but its a long ways so there are some suggestions if u dont want to drive as far.

May 07, 2012
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DENVER TECH CENTER AREA - ANY Dinner Suggestions?

if u end up back here and are at the tech center again theres also a good mongolian bbq on east arapaho east of quebec. yes as someone said there are tons of strip malls, but there are some good places in those strip malls. indias castle is in a strip mall with in a huge home depot parking lot, but u walk in there and its like walking into another world. the lighting, the decor, indian music playing......and great food! the lunch buffet is good, but i prefer going there for dinner. they have great tikka masala which is not on their lunch buffet. cookinitup (formerly known as cookin my ass off)

May 07, 2012
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Denver Foodie Trip!

oh yea, and if u are looking for good indian or ethiopian, i would suggest indias castle on east arapahoe or little india on downing. my favorite ethiopian is abyssinia on east colfax. as far as stuff to do, are u guys into the outdoors? hiking, camping, fly fishing, etc? (im a fly fishing guide so...) i mean we have the rockies!! i dont do much in the city since im really into the mountains so i would suggest that. but i know there is the art museum and they just opened up a colorado history museum. and theres the botanical gardens. have fun!

May 07, 2012
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Denver Foodie Trip!

yea, the cuy is sort of a south american thing. and while we have tons of options for buying mexican ingredients, the south american is a little lacking. but as far as eating good mexican and asian, just go all up and down south federal and take ur pick. there are more chinese, vietnamese and mexican joints than u can shake a stick at, as they say ( actually, who said that?) like some others said, avoid casa bonita like the plague unless u have a 4 year old that needs to be entertained while u eat. the food is pretty meh. ive found that most of the hole in the wall mexican joints and taco trucks have lengua. if u like tortas, try las tortas on w. alameda near tejon. tacos junior on so. fed is great, as are lao wang, pho 95, and my favorite dim sum is star kitchen. really good chinese at hong kong bbq (same strip mall as pho 95) and they have the best roast pork with the crunchy skin as well as roast duck, hanging in the glass case when u come in. the house fried rice is the bomb with char sui pork and a touch of coconut milk in there. i really like their dry style chow fun as well. good luck on that cuy but i would really be suprised if u found one in denver. let us know if u do!

May 07, 2012
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Thai Ingredients in Denver - where to buy?

i was also going to suggest far east center. little saigon market is great. its mostly viet, but has plenty of thai ingredients. when u walk in, go straight, past the check out counter, and then go right into the last row. back in there u will find lots of cooking utensils. if u are looking for good seafood, check out tri-ocean market which is on federal just south of mississippi, same side of the street as far east center (west side). they also have some thai ingredients in their small produce section, like lemon grass, kafir lime leaves and thai basil. dont remember if they have galangal but they might. last time i was there i had to ask for the lemon grass cuz it wasnt out there, but they did have it. good prices on seafood too and lots of live choices. they even have live conch, which is amazing since i heard a chef of "top chef" say he never used live conch since it was unavailable in the states. really great live oysters. i buy a good portion of my seafood there. both of these stores have frozen coconut milk too, which i think is better than canned.

May 07, 2012
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Most authentic Vietnamese in Denver?

i agree, the term "authentic" is getting kind of played out as well. def a loaded term. i mean a lot of us arent going to know if the food is actually what they would serve in vietnam, or if its been toned down or whatever for americans. but if its good then who cares. the gauge seems to be "well theres asian people in there eating so it must be authentic...."

May 07, 2012
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