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Thursday, February 21,2013

Sampling the county’s top Asian food — in Lafayette

By Clay Fong
Given the weather, I ordered a hot $3.50 Vietnamese coffee to combat the chill. This beverage adhered to traditional presentation with a metal coffee press dripping dark roast brew into a glass with a hit of sweetened condensed milk on the bottom. After the coffee finished brewing, I poured the syrupy mix into a mug of hot water.
Thursday, February 14,2013

Recreating a childhood Asian treat

By Clay Fong
Noodles were always an integral part of my family’s Friday night dinners in Oakland Chinatown. Sometimes these restaurant repasts featured thick ribbons of chow fun rice noodles topped with slices of flank steak seasoned with salty black beans and hot mustard.
Thursday, February 7,2013

A diner that Jack Reacher would like

By Clay Fong
If Jack Reacher were to ever return to Colorado and wind up in Boulder, I suspect he’d make a beeline for the Parkway Cafe.
Thursday, January 31,2013

Rib House still satisfies in its new digs

By Clay Fong
Tracy, the genial owner who cites Kansas City style ’cue as a significant influence, walked companion Keith and I through the menu, interspersing nostalgic tales of dining at K.C.’s Arthur Bryant’s.
Thursday, January 24,2013

Don’t give this grocery sushi short shrift

By Clay Fong
While some may be rightfully skeptical of a sushi spot nestled in a grocery, Sachi handily distinguishes itself from chain supermarket operations that truck in fare from afar.
Thursday, January 17,2013

Basta’s brunch among the best

By Clay Fong
Once known as Pizzeria Basta, the Boulder eatery now simply known as Basta still serves savory wood oven pies. But this name change more accurately reflects a menu offering much more than just pizza, which is a smart move.
Thursday, January 10,2013

Beers, burgers and Belgium

By Clay Fong
West Flanders is a Belgian province known for significant events in both World Wars, notably the bloody fighting around Ypres and the Dunkirk evacuation. It also has a reputation for the peculiar practice of cat flinging. Lastly, and perhaps most relevantly, it has a longstanding tradition of brewing high-quality beers.
Thursday, January 3,2013

On-the-go bagels and Moe

By Clay Fong
For the most part, previous forays to the three Moe’s locations scattered across town (there’s a Denver branch too) were of the grab-and-go variety.
Thursday, December 27,2012

A new South American corner in Boulder

By Clay Fong
Rincon Argentino, which opened just this past fall, has brought the seldom-seen (at least around here) cuisine of Argentina to a friendly and accessible venue. Argentine fare has many parents, including the food of indigenous peoples and European settlers as well as a deep, romantic tradition of cattle ranching.
Thursday, December 20,2012

Lovely chocolate, Boulder style

By Clay Fong
Saint-Rmy-de-Provence is a quaint village in the south of France, exuding considerable charm by dint of its vintage stone buildings and picturesque rustic landscape. Walking through the town center, one notices a stone facade marked "Jel Durand - Chocolatier."