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Thursday, January 5,2012

Bar and grill bites that satisfy

By Clay Fong
Local stalwart Murphy’s retains its longstanding atmosphere of conviviality, being equally suitable for both families with children and the solitary diner seeking a simple brew and burger at the bar.
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Thursday, December 29,2011

Aloy succeeds Chy for Thai

By Clay Fong
Arriving at Boulder’s Aloy Thai Cuisine, I wondered if this restaurant is the Ken to its predecessor restaurant, Chy Thai, aka the Mark of this labored analogy. The location is the same, and an exterior banner touts that the food and ownership are the same, although the name has changed. Inside, the most noticeable difference is disappearance of the counter apparatus which gave the former incarnation a down-market, cafeteria vibe.
Thursday, December 29,2011

The simple made special for New Year’s

By Clay Fong
As the holiday season draws to a close, some prefer to spend a quiet New Year’s at home instead of venturing out. Ideally, preparing for this celebration should require a minimum of time hovering over the stove and standing in line at the grocery store. Chris Clarke, resident chef at Door-to- Door Organics, a service providing weekly home food delivery, recognizes the need for an elegant New Year’s menu that’s easy to prepare.
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Thursday, December 22,2011

A taste of Kerouac

By Clay Fong
Our student body president would have felt at home at Minglewood, a new eatery primarily catering to a lunchtime worker crowd near 55th and Arapahoe. Staff wearing Steal Your Face t-shirts, posters featuring Jerry, and a menu paying homage to Beats and bands ranging from Kerouac to Jefferson Airplane (how Grace Slick could go from “Somebody to Love” to “We Built This City” still confounds) give this spot distinctive character.
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Thursday, December 15,2011

Improved decor, and the taste to match

By Clay Fong
My friend Auden was visiting from the Western Slope, and it’s customary for us to visit an Asian eatery, since decent ones are mighty scarce in his neck of the woods. To be frank, things didn’t go so well the last go-around. Attempting to prove our foodie street cred to one another, we’d gone to a Vietnamese restaurant and ordered congealed blood cube soup. Each of us tried to be hospitable by insisting that the other polish off this delicacy, but ultimately, much of the bowl remained unfinished. This time, I decided to play it safe by suggesting a visit to Boulder’s Korea House, located on 28th Street and Glenwood Drive.
Thursday, December 8,2011

Planks of glory

After 14 years on mass-made skis, what it's like to upgrade to a semi-custom setup

By Clay Fong
Standing atop Spillway, an intermediate groomer at Loveland Ski Area, I visualized my descent on the crowded ribbon of man-made hard pack tending towards icy. Sticking to a line was critical, and this task was daunting, as I had just strapped on my first new pair of alpine skis in 14 years. These were Folsom Custom Blue Note Carves, a semi-custom, all-mountain ski hand built in Boulder and optimized for quick turning. I inhaled, and pivoted down the fall line.
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Thursday, December 8,2011

Tossa Pizza strikes a balance

By Clay Fong
For some odd reason, when I first heard of Boulder’s new eatery, Tossa Pizza, my mind swiftly visualized Luigi Risotto reciting this restaurant’s name in a comical Italian accent.
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Thursday, December 1,2011

A taste of New York

By Clay Fong
"Do you use Fox’s U-Bet syrup in your egg creams?” I asked, in the manner of a character in a spy movie probing the bona fides of a new but unproven contact.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

A hipster visit to Boulder’s Snooze

By Clay Fong
A couple months back, I was chatting on the phone with my sister when I mentioned my fear of becoming a hipster. “Becoming?!” was her incredulous reply. Granted, I hang out with people that drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and wear kilts, ironically, and I even own a few fedoras and have volunteered at the roller derby, but moi, a hipster?
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Thursday, November 17,2011

Pearl Street gets a new riff

By Clay Fong
In the late 1990s, I worked on west Walnut Street, a stone’s throw from the Pearl Street Mall. For lunch, I’d patronize now-defunct venues like Juanita’s and the New York Deli, and I’d often pick up morning coffee at the old Bookends Café. Like many, I felt a touch of melancholy when I heard that Bookends was closing, but I’ve also learned to accept that businesses invariably come and go on Pearl.
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