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Thursday, July 23,2015

Here’s the twist

The French Twist food truck brings high cuisine to the street

By Matt Cortina
There’s a surprising amount of room onboard Louise. Chef Michael DeBoer and his wife Lori bought the old and deteriorating truck, which had lived a life as the famed Cheese Louise mobile restaurant. It died of having a hole in the floor underneath the driver’s seat, and truck-grade osteoporosis, which caused its support beams to rust to dust.
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Thursday, July 23,2015

Home again

Mexican immigrant who claimed sanctuary reflects on nine months living in a church basement

By Matt Cortina
The television cameras started to leave after the prayer circle disbanded. One by one — the camera guy with the tiny bulldog of a man reporting; the camera guy of the pretty young reporter with perfect hair; the camera guy who knocked over an elderly woman with a cane to get a shot — they packed up and left.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Rain or shine

Boulder’s Hungry Toad is an everyday, and everybody, type of bar

By Matt Cortina
The Hungry Toad was built for rainy days. It makes for a cozy pint when you can sit in the corner and watch the wind beat rain into the windows with wooden jambs. The fixtures are natural, from the exposed brick wall to the leather bar chairs to the wooden tabletops. The Hungry Toad is a warm blanket, a leather couch and a Saturday with Netflix.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Eating local

Kathmandu II joins Boulder’s unique Himalayan food scene

By Matt Cortina
When you travel, one of the first things you tell folks about your trip is how the food was. It’s just a simple way to engage your conversation partners in a talk about your trip, which we care about but don’t really want to hear about, and give them something to latch onto.
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Thursday, July 9,2015

THE MANUFACTURED FIGHT

Mobile park owner speaks out against public claims he retaliated against his critics

By Matt Cortina
After complaints that discrimination and retaliatory tactics were being enforced on Vista Village residents by the park’s management, the Boulder City Council adopted an ordinance and began readings on it in order to provide immediate relief to the mobile park tenants.
Thursday, July 2,2015

A special place

Prime rib night at the Niwot Tavern

By Matt Cortina
It’s prime rib night at the tavern. There’s a happy murmur in the dining room, likely because it’s the kind of place where you can get a fat prime rib and baked potato for ten bucks on a Monday night. The prime rib special is about community. I have driven into the night on some interstate countless times, headed for some easy weekend retreat, and popped into an Al’s or a Roadside or a Moonlight, finding a cheerful community, switching booths, chatting up neighbors and laughing at playful waitress sass.
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Thursday, July 2,2015

Two’s company

Tenants in a Boulder housing complex ask the city if requiring multiple renters to be married is discriminatory

By Matt Cortina
Outside a small housing development west of Pearl Street is a sign. The sign welcomes visitors and residents to Knollwood Village and outlines a few rules. The Knollwood Village homeowners association erected it several years ago.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Surprising seafood

Caf Blue boasts an extensive seafood menu in Gunbarrel

By Matt Cortina
It took a while to find Café Blue in Gunbarrel. It’s hidden in a strip mall, which is in the shadow of another, bigger strip mall, which is in the shadow of a King Soopers… part of a larger strip mall. But inside those doors is a quaint, friendly cafe that serves a variety of lunch and dinner options and has a homey bar set right in the middle of the dining room.
Thursday, June 18,2015

A good representation

Brooklyn Deli does service to the East Coast

By Matt Cortina
There is a lot to like about Brooklyn Deli in Longmont. It imports many of its ingredients from New York or thereabouts. It accurately offers many of the classic sandwiches you’d find in a New York deli. It has a welcoming, East Coast sense of hospitality.
Thursday, June 18,2015

A good representation

Brooklyn Deli does service to the East Coast

By Matt Cortina
There is a lot to like about Brooklyn Deli in Longmont. It imports many of its ingredients from New York or thereabouts. It accurately offers many of the classic sandwiches you’d find in a New York deli. It has a welcoming, East Coast sense of hospitality. It sells many of those imported goods by the can. And its casual interior is similar to, if not a little cleaner than, the delis back east.
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