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Where to Drink This Week: The Kitchen

Where to Drink This Week: The Kitchen The Kitchen prides itself on building community through food and that sharing good food and drink is what connects family and friends.  The Kitchen is a world class neighborhood restaurant pairing fresh, local ingredients, a relaxed community atmosphere and hand crafted drinks. The Kitchen originated in Boulder in 2004 and was the collaboration of Englishman Hugo Matheson, South African Kimbal Musk and Jen Lewin.  The Kitchen was born from a desire to have a neighborhood restaurant that would act like the kitchen in one’s home, hence the name The Kitchen. The Kitchen opened in Denver in 2012, and just recently read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant

Chef-owner Jeff Osaka is the genius behind twelve restaurant with the focus on a fresh, unique menu changing every month.  Twelve restaurant has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for their delicious, well thought out food.  In fact, Osaka was a semi-finalist in 2014 for a James Beard award for Best Chef Southwest.  Twelve restaurant’s prix fixe menu offered Monday-Wednesday is popular deal for many in Denver, and it has landed them on Westword’s Best of Award List as Best Prix Fixe Menu. Earlier this month, Osaka announced he would be closing the doors of twelve restaurant on read more >

Where to Drink This Week: Cafe Max

Where to Drink This Week: Cafe Max Cafe Max is much more than a local coffee shop; it is an internationally inspired cafe that offers uniquely inspired cuisine, beer, wine, coffee and desserts in a stylish environment.  Cafe Max is located in the Congress Park neighborhood on Colfax next to Silvi’s Kitchen and Tattered Cover book store. The food is fresh and simple with true hints of international flavor.  For example, the Mediterranean plate has hummus paired with buttery olives, crusty bread and fresh vegetables.  The Parisian plate transports you into France with pairing elegant brie, fresh caper berries, toasted ciabatta baguette, nuts, seeds and fig jam.  read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Lou’s Food Bar

Where to Eat This Weekend: Lou’s Food Bar Lou’s Food Bar combines a fun, family centered atmosphere, elevated American comfort food and an inviting bar with creative drink options.  Lou’s Food Bar is a part of the famous Bonanno’s restaurant concepts which includes other restaurants such as Bones, Salt & Grinder and Vesper Lounge. Lou’s Food Bar offers familiar American classics like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, breakfast BLT, Mac & Cheese, Rueben or a French dip.  However, these dishes are elevated into something extraordinary by tweaking some of the standard ingredients.  For example, the chicken and waffles comes with saffron honey and uses a malted brown read more >

Where to Drink This Weekend: Renegade Brewing Company

Where to Drink This Weekend: Renegade Brewing Company Renegade Brewing Company is not your average tame brewing company; they are offensively delicious, always creative and packed with flavor.  At Renegade Brewing Company you will find unique flavor combinations and tastes unlike anywhere else.  Renegade’s tap room, located in the Santa Fe art district, was voted as the best brewery tap room for 2013 by Westword. If you’ve never been to their location, you must stop by for a drink, playing board games, listening to cool tunes and a place to hang out with friends.  There’s always a delicious food truck every day to pair tasty eats with whatever read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Whatever Pops Up

Where to Eat This Weekend: Whatever Pops Up When you stroll through Larimer Square, make sure you stop at Whatever Pops Up, a gourmet popcorn store because the tastes you find here are unlike anywhere else.  You will find unique flavors like dill pickle, buffalo and blue cheese, pizza, cherry cordial, peanut butter and jelly or maple bacon- just to name a few! Owner Elizabeth Zimmermann is the master mind behind Whatever Pops Up, and she creates all the unique flavors on the spot in the store.  There are always new flavors coming in and out, so each time you come in you are bound to see something read more >

Where to Drink This Week: Prohibition

Where to Drink This Week: Prohibition You step back into time during the prohibition era when you step into the pub Prohibition on the corner of Colfax and Pennsylvania.  The sleek, black booths, old fashioned bar and classic drinks at Prohibition fit the name.  Prohibition has been serving top notch food, beers, classic drinks and not so classic drinks like Whiskey Thyme or Strawberry Fields since 2011. Prohibition has happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and offers $3 well drinks and tap beers and $5 appetizers including crispy polenta, tortilla chips with queso, serrano peppers and sausage or Mac n cheese.  Prohibition may be just as known read more >

How to Eat Like Your Great Grandma: Fresh Thymes

How to Eat Like Your Great Grandma: Fresh Thymes Next time you’re in Boulder, check out Fresh Thymes for a home cooked, allergen free food with quality, local ingredients.  The entire restaurant is gluten and peanut free, and most dishes are free from dairy and soy.  However, even people without allergies will delight in the food Fresh Thymes offers because it is simply good food anyone can appreciate. The 6 philosophies Fresh Thymes is founded on are: 1. Skip food science.  The food doesn’t have any additives or unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredients. 2. Eat like your great grandma.  Your great grandma didn’t have a diet full of processed foods.  Instead read more >

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