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Thursday, June 23,2011

Classic Italian in Lafayette

By Clay Fong
As someone with too much time on my hands, I've recently been preoccupied with seeking out classic, if not downright iconic, meals. These repasts don't necessarily have to be pricey or complex, and can be as simple as a grilled cheese accompanied by tomato soup.
Thursday, June 16,2011

Thai one on at Naraya

By Clay Fong
Boulder´s Naraya Thai and Sushi, formerly known as Siamese Plate, offers an affordably priced Southeast Asian and Japanese menu, similar to its predecessor. Happily, it's also under new ownership. The previous proprietor, who was indicted on tax and employment charges, is long gone. What hasn't changed much is the colorful dur in this second-floor venue, which still affords a picture-window perspective of Folsom Street below.
Thursday, June 9,2011

The bison house that Ted built

By Clay Fong
Typically I resist reviewing chains, although a combination of curiosity and coincidence compelled me to check out Ted’s Montana Grill, cable magnate turned environmentalist/land baron Ted Turner’s culinary endeavor. When it comes to outspoken American billionaires, I’ve always preferred Turner’s vaguely crazed bravado, such as when he won America’s Cup in the ’70s, to Donald Trump’s cranky hyperbole.
Thursday, June 2,2011

Getting lucky in Louisville

By Clay Fong
Intriguing goings-on are afoot in downtown Louisville as summer draws near. Making my way to meet friend Kuvy for a weekend lunch, I picked my way across a criterium bike race like a real-life Frogger. My destination was the modern, minimalistic environs of Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse. It’s an aesthetically clean space, with pristine white walls and a welcoming, open warehouse-style ambience.
Thursday, May 26,2011

Rustic roots but sophisticated flair

By Clay Fong
Like its French counterpart, the bistro, the Italian trattoria typically refers to a less formal eatery than a full-tilt restaurant.
Thursday, May 19,2011

An old-school diner with smart updates

By Clay Fong
The surrounding environs are an eclectic place where traditional homes ringed by porches rub shoulders with boxy modernistic houses where the occupants would be well-advised not to throw stones. True to the New Urbanist ideal of walkability, there's also a smattering of retail space here, including wine shops and other spots offering food and drink.
Thursday, May 12,2011

Like a trip to the Middle East

By Clay Fong
Visiting Boulder’s Arabesque, which features first-rate Middle Eastern food, I was fortunate enough to be joined by Ghada, who grew up in Lebanon eating Arabic food. She helped me better appreciate the subtle and authentic touches during lunch at this homey, family-owned operation. The owner does the cooking, while her husband assumes host duties; their adult children help out with waiting tables.
Thursday, May 5,2011

Experiencing Boulder Baked

By Clay Fong
Open from four in the afternoon until midnight, Boulder Baked is a no-frills joint, with at-the-counter ordering and a slightly funky feel. It's also centrally located on Broadway in the heart of downtown.
Thursday, April 28,2011

Frasca's little brother shines

By Clay Fong
A couple of years back, Fiat, Ferrari's parent company, introduced a diminutive vehicle, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari.
Thursday, April 21,2011

Culinary ambition in north Boulder

By Clay Fong
At both lunch and dinner, the menu is divided into small plates, soups, salads, burgers and entrees. Entrees range from house-made pasta with red sauce to formidable duck confit cassoulet. Consigliere Keith and I sought out a hearty lunch to kick off the work week, and 4580's offerings appeared to be positioned to satisfy our needs.