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Thursday, September 1,2011

A taste of the South

By Clay Fong
As a longtime High Country denizen, I must admit a vague understanding of what constitutes the Low Country, although Pat Conroy seems to have something to do with it. However, a handy glossary on the back of Boulder’s new Shug’s Low Country Cuisine menu and a spot of research sheds light on the subject.
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Thursday, August 25,2011

Get in the zone

By Clay Fong
When I was in high school, I participated in a summertime drama workshop that met in a studio above a San Francisco deli. We met in the afternoons, and one day I had gone to class without eating anything. Partway through the session, I became ravenously hungry while our teacher was peppering us with questions about staging our production.
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Thursday, August 18,2011

Middle Eastern eats and sweets

By Clay Fong
There’s something inherently enigmatic about a restaurant calling itself Pickled Lemon, as this moniker raises more questions than answers. Is this a venue for citrus-based cocktails? Does the menu focus on fruit? Is this a cryptic reference to a Tina Fey character? Dessert Diva Danette Randall and I decided to investigate by checking out this newly opened fast-casual establishment on The Hill.
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Thursday, August 11,2011

The food next door

By Clay Fong
Three things distinguish The Kitchen [Next Door] from its namesake neighbor, namely a focus on swift service for time-constrained diners, menu offerings all less than $9, and a family-friendly emphasis. Open since June, this eatery succeeds on all these counts, although one suspects the current customer base consists more of hip foodies than literal small fry.
Thursday, August 11,2011

Will ride for food

EAT LOCAL! Week features cycling tours at farms

By Clay Fong
"Riding along the Cevennes mountain road, you can hear the gurgling boiling of Laguiole vegetables,” penned French cyclist Paul Fournel on the promise of enjoying a meal of local produce after a bike ride. “Around Beauzac, where the road goes above the Valley of the Loire, you can already smell the green lentils of Puy, done in Tournaire style.” While Fournel refers to the European countryside, local cyclists will have an opportunity to mirror his experiences closer to home, through the upcoming Tour de Farms rides.
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Thursday, August 4,2011

A taste of Britain in Broomfield

By Clay Fong
Broomfield`s Wildflowers Restaurant is located off the beaten path in the Hilltop Inn, a guest house situated a stone’s throw from the airport. Inside, you’ll feel you’ve been transported to a homey British inn. Sure, the traditional antique furnishings and old school fare may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for expats or home-cooked meal aficionados, this venue delivers.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Boulder lands Cuban sandwich outpost

By Clay Fong
Cuba Cuba has a new Boulder outpost, the affordably priced Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria. One suspects this quick-serve venture has franchising ambitions, as the first impression of the general setup is that it’s like Chipotle with a better color scheme. But this eatery also distinguishes itself with a lively Cuban soundtrack and surprisingly pleasant shaded outside tables.
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Thursday, July 21,2011

New brunch options in NoBo

By Clay Fong
I´m often wracked with guilt when my vegan friend Amy joins me for a meal out. I’ll typically enjoy something like a filet mignon stuffed with oysters and a side of beluga while my hapless pal is forced to gnaw on a sprig of parsley. Happily, this culinary disparity didn’t rear its ugly head at Tangerine, a new North Boulder breakfast and lunch spot that features an astonishingly comprehensive brunch menu.
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Thursday, July 14,2011

Small-town hospitality

Niwot Market turns casual dining into community affair

By Clay Fong
Throughout the warm weather season, the Niwot Market dishes up a Friday night supper that’s as much a community happening as it is an enjoyably casual dining experience. Menus vary from week to week, so it’s best to call ahead to find out what’s cooking. On some evenings the entrée might be fried chicken or steak, on another night clam pasta. The evening that friend Cynthia and I went, the menu was an $18 All-American barbecue heavily influenced by Southern home cooking.
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Thursday, July 7,2011

A palace of taste

By Clay Fong
Nothing screams summertime more than cuisine from warm-weather climes, cool drinks and al fresco dining, all of which are available at Boulder’s Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace. Drawing from Central and South American traditions, Centro serves up ceviche, tacos, tortas and platters featuring such specialties as huevos rancheros and enchiladas. Paul, a Chicago transplant, joined me for a weekday lunch on the sun-drenched patio there while things were hopping, although the amiable servers satisfied the crowd’s needs with aplomb.
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