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Thursday, July 26,2012

Cultivating community

Stewardship of Dushanbe Teahouse inspires local restaurateurs

By Michael Callahan
On July 28-29 world travelers and local lovers of exotic tastes will once again descend upon the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Tea Festival. Before gathering around in celebration of the humble leaf, it is appropriate to acknowledge the local duo intent on bringing foreign tastes from farm to table and back again at the landmark restaurant and throughout the county.
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Thursday, July 12,2012

Reaping the bounty of our state

Colorado food festivals invite locals to share the yield

By Michael Callahan
Boulder County residents are spoiled in that we don’t have to look far for fresh, sustainable foods. And as more foods from the burgeoning local scene pack farmers’ markets and fine dining establishments, curious consumers are not short on choices.
Thursday, July 5,2012

A war of arms, legs and minds

By Michael Callahan
Think about a time you had to deal with a difficult insurance claim, or feared recovery in the aftermath of an injury. Now think about trying to deal with that after two, three or even four tours in a war zone while living in a fog that makes everyday life an onerous task. Many of our veterans are now facing just such a task.
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Thursday, June 28,2012

Let your taste buds blossom with flowery flavor

By Michael Callahan
We’ve all seen dill or chives added to a summer dip. Sage, rosemary and thyme enhanced meals long before Simon & Garfunkel made the troika a part of pop culture. And most everyone at one time or another has pushed around the broccoli and cauliflower on their plate in an attempt to appease the cook.
Thursday, June 28,2012

Slim pickings on area hotel rooms

By Michael Callahan
There is no good time to be forced from your home, but if more Boulder residents are forced to evacuate due to the Flagstaff Fire, finding a place to stay in the area may become an added frustration. In addition to the pending Fourth of July holiday, a softball tournament in the area threatens to make hotel rooms scarce throughout the weekend.
Thursday, June 21,2012

Riding the turkey boat

By Michael Callahan
We left Vail just before 7 a.m. for the hour ride to the No Name exit in Glenwood Canyon. Stunning vistas and curving turns threatened to lull me back to sleep until Swanson, raft guide trainee and the person I had secretly put in charge of resuscitating me if I ended up swallowing copious amounts of mountain runoff, murmured, “That’s where we’ll be rafting today … right down there.”
Thursday, June 14,2012

Extro credit for being introverted?

Quiet your perceptions that a gregarious nature equates to success

By Michael Callahan
But in the real world — the one where Aaron Sorkin doesn’t provide the snappy dialogue — how often is this story replicated for those of us uncomfortable confronting a situation where we need to convince others of our competence?
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Thursday, June 7,2012

There’s gold in them thar beers

By Michael Callahan
Oskar Blues signs a letter of intent to build a restaurant in Boulder’s Depot Square development, while at the same time announcing plans to build a new facility across the country in North Carolina. Dry Dock Brewing announces expansion to a new building in Aurora that will increase production to try to keep up with demand.
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Thursday, May 31,2012

Watching (local) sausage being made

By Michael Callahan
When you get the family and friends together this summer to char up brats or make a pot of homemade spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage, there’s a good chance some of those links will have come from a local maker with ties to the area stretching back half a century.
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Thursday, May 24,2012

It’s plain as day

Vanilla journeys far in reaching your olfactory system

By Michael Callahan
Plastered with a reputation for plainness, a plant with a fairly short history of use is anything but. When studying vanilla, one discovers definitions that complement and clash when describing the world of this fairly ubiquitous taste. Its name even holds a dirty little secret.
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