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Thursday, October 23,2014

Liquid Mechanics and the art of location, location, location

By Josh Gross
Being far too aware of how fun drinking and driving seems at first, I have always preferred to avoid its potential pitfalls and manslaughter charges by frequenting bars that I can walk to. That’s why I wouldn’t have thought of Liquid Mechanics’ new digs at the corner of Baseline Road and U.
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Thursday, October 23,2014

Why do they even give you chopsticks?

Motomaki makes sushi for the burrito crowd

By Josh Gross
The rapid-service sushi joint offers 12 different rolls, or the choice to design your own. All are available as bowls, but are intended to be served as burrito-sized hand rolls, wrapped in foil and halved. It’s the perfect example of what Steve Jobs meant when he said the job of entrepreneurs was to provide what consumers didn’t yet know they wanted.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Word Games

Chuck Palahniuk wants to play pajama dodgeball with you

By Josh Gross
“I had shipped all of these severed arms to throw into the audience, and it was in Boulder that I realized that I was touring a day right behind Aron Ralston, who had written about cutting his arm off,” Palahniuk says. “And the Boulder Book Store people had opened my cases of arms and thought they were props for him.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Side projects

Paul Weissmann has his own plans for the Boulder County Treasurer’s office

By Josh Gross
It’s a slightly nebulous-sounding goal. But Weissman worked on and off in the state legislature for 20 years, and developed a reputation as something of a fixer, someone that bridges divides and makes things happen behind the scenes.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Tidbites | Week of Oct. 16, 2014

By Josh Gross
Red Bull owes you a Red Bull, McDonalds hires a mythbuster and Motomaki opens.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Parking your butt

Staying in one place serves Verde well

By Josh Gross
The Mexican street corn on the appetizer menu is worth a trip to Verde all by itself.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Baked on a budget

Michael’s Bavarian Bakery delivers the sweets on the cheap

By Josh Gross
The bratwurst special ($9.95) this reporter ordered had a strong, smoky flavor and a pleasantly firm texture for a brat. My server said that the sausages are currently made by friends of the owner, but that it is their ultimate goal to make them in-house.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Roots revival

Jerry Douglas wants to help kids put down the iPod and pick up the banjo

By Josh Gross
At age 58, dobro wizard Jerry Douglas has played on more albums than most people own. The number stands north of 1,600 and counting, having backed up everyone from Ray Charles to Eric Clapton to Dolly Parton to Elvis Costello. And that’s in addition to his 13 solo albums and membership in Allison Krauss and Union Station and many production credits.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Real Genius

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad wants to let you in on his secret

By Josh Gross
On the surface it might seem like a cop-out answer to a somewhat na´ve question. Radio is radio, a format made with smoothvoiced hosts chatting up engaging guests in interviews arranged by producers as bumper music fades in and out. Perhaps it gets thrown to a field reporter now and then.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Chef Che

An artisanal army of food revolutionaries invades Boulder

By Josh Gross
“Food actually leads culture,” said Brito. “What happens with food affects every element with life. The clothes we wear. The houses we build. The things we fill those houses with. The things we use to clean those houses. How we move around in life. Food really does mean more than food.”
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