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Thursday, March 26,2015

Go Fish

How seafood gets from one side of the world to Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
At the recent High West Oyster Fest, Chef Dave Query, owner of Big Red F restaurants, and Paul Packer, president of Northeast Seafood, one of the biggest seafood suppliers in the state, are standing around backstage and talking about seafood.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Stopping in, stepping out

Caspian Deli & Grocery is great casual food with a story

By Matt Cortina
You’ll have to be OK with picnic casual: good food made simply by friendly people. If you like that, you’ll like Caspian Deli & Grocery — an unassuming Middle Eastern market on Pearl and 26th Street that does nothing but charm as soon as you walk in the door.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Whitewashing the past

A Chicano activist remembers a violent high school walkout 46 years later

By Matt Cortina
Forty-six years ago, a group of Denver high school students and Chicano supporters participated in a walkout. Some were beaten by police and arrested. They were protesting the fact that a history teacher was teaching them a washed-over, ethnocentric version of history.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Future food

CSU marries technology and agriculture at innovation summit

By Matt Cortina
The Front Range is poised to change how the world eats. That’s the message at the first ever “Advancing the Agriculture Economy Through Innovation” Summit at Colorado State University. Over the course of three days, March 18-20, Colorado farmers, entrepreneurs, experts, industry members and more discussed cutting edge topics related to agriculture in a series of panels and lectures. The topics ranged from dealing with water shortages to financing agricultural entrepreneurs to passing a collective $1 trillion and entrenched agricultural knowledge from the current generation of farmers to a new one.
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Thursday, March 19,2015

Double vision

Clever combinations and exceeded expectations at Bao Asian Fusion

By Matt Cortina
Unsurprisingly, the Asian fusion restaurant was all about combinations. But not in the way one might expect. Indeed, expectations for Bao Asian Fusion in Louisville were sort of blurry. The building is a big beige block on a busy intersection, flanked by a closed-down Chili’s and an Outback Steakhouse, that you have to drive through a McDonald’s parking lot to get to.
Thursday, March 19,2015

BLACK IN BOULDER

Boulder racism through the eyes of people of color

By Matt Cortina
It’s the Boulder liberal attitude versus the KKK,” says Derrick Jones, a black professor at Naropa living in Boulder. He’s trying to decide what’s worse. “For me, I can respect to a degree someone who identifies as a member of the KKK and is out with their views. It’s a little easier to take in, digest and in some degree respect than to encounter racism denial, because I know what I’m getting. It’s a little harder to accept the racist activity or the perpetuation of a privilege structure from someone who claims to be colorblind or not racist or liberal.”
Thursday, March 12,2015

Bucca-nerd

Geek Spirits in Gunbarrel opens first rum distillery in Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
The more of his rum I drank, the more he looked like Bill Gates. Greg Starr leads our little group of reporters around his new distillery in Gunbarrel, eagerly explaining the process by which he produces white rum. Starr has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, owns 25 patents and has coauthored two books on “semiconductor design methodologies,” a term that so rattles the intelligence of the layman by its mere existence that centuries ago Starr surely would’ve burned at the stake by the order of John Proctor.
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Thursday, March 12,2015

Better than ever

A long overdue return to Georgia boys BBQ — even if it hasn’t been that long

By Matt Cortina
We first covered Georgia boys BBQ when they opened in Longmont back in 2011. In two stories over two weeks, Boulder Weekly profiled the two unemployed friends who had recently moved in from Georgia, Matt Alexander and Nick Reckinger, and built a side project of slinging smoked meat in paper bags into one of the most popular barbecue joints in the state seemingly overnight. So I wasn’t going to Georgia boys to highlight the hidden gem. I was going because I got tired of hearing how good it was and, well, seeing is believing.
Thursday, March 12,2015

Taking aim

County commissioners ban bow and arrow use in Sugarloaf community

By Matt Cortina
Is a bow and arrow a firearm? Yes, according to the Boulder County Commissioners, but only on Sugarloaf Mountain. The commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, March 9, to adopt a resolution that will ban the use of bows and arrows in a small community up on Sugarloaf Mountain. The resolution “clarifies” a 1980 resolution that established a firearms discharge district in the area that prohibited the use of firearms in the 4-and-a-halfsquare-mile area of private and public land in the area.
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Thursday, March 5,2015

Going off campus

Finding fresh food in an unlikely setting

By Matt Cortina
The location seems a bit out there, but Off Campus Cafe was there when we needed it. It was breakfast time on a recent Saturday morning. In Boulder, Lucky’s Café was four parties deep on the clipboard; Walnut Café was so flooded we got back in the car as soon as we got out; and the Village Coffee Shop had a line so long we just scoffed and drove right past it.
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