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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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Thursday, March 5,2015

Selling points

Complaints of mobile park owners blocking sales and managing heavy-handedly surface... again

By Matt Cortina
Jerry Allen wants to sell his home. All he has to do is move it out of Boulder. Allen, 62, and his wife own a manufactured (or mobile) home in the Boulder mobile home park Vista Village. The Allens recently finished building their dream lodge in Estes Park and went to the Vista Village management office to tell them they were planning to sell their home.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Everyone is happy

It must be something in the chicken

By Matt Cortina
Everyone is happy at The Post. On a Friday afternoon, three cooks are laughing behind the bakery counter. When I return a week later, three new cooks — or who knows — are laughing again. The waiters, too, are all happy. Not the giddy, storemandated affability that drives you nuts. Just the calm joy of a person who’s happy to be at work. Happiness inhabits the place, an old VFW that was chicly remodeled and restored into a post-industrial lodge. It keeps smiles on the faces of the folks who have to wait tables and the folks who have to wait for tables.
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Thursday, February 26,2015

Hightide

The roots of rising heroin abuse and what it means for Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
Ashley is 32. She looks 52. A 20-year addiction to heroin has changed her. She sits in Boulder County detox, nine months sober, and talks about the most traumatic experience she’s had in her life. It lingers more than giving up two children, than walking away from a nursing job, and from injecting $300 of heroin into her body almost every day for two decades. “He would show up every now and then,” Ashley says. “He’d come find me if he needed something. He lived in Longmont. He would come to Boulder just to get drugs. He had a house. He ran a business. So, I mean, he had a lot going for him, and it was just really sad.”
Thursday, February 19,2015

A drink to celebrate

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the sazerac

By Matt Cortina
The lore is that the sazerac is the oldest American cocktail. The story goes that in the mid-1800s, the owner of the Merchant Exchange Coffee House in New Orleans sold the place to start importing liquor. One of his imports was a cognac called Sazerac-de- Forge et Fils.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Looking good

Pr Wine House has created a fashionable menu and atmosphere

By Matt Cortina
It was the store that launched a thousand fashion blogs. Seemed that way, at least. Anthropologie. A women’s clothing store that taps into the area between fashion school and art school, selling unique clothing and lifestyle doo-dads.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Let them drink wine

Thank Crete for your nightly glass of red

By Matt Cortina
Gutenberg’s printing press brought religion into the homes of millions. Copernicus, Galileo and Newton put science into the minds of even more. Fleming’s penicillin saved countless lives. But the island of Crete gave the world something much more valuable than all three combined: cheap wine.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Lovejuice

The power (or not) of aphrodisiacs

By Matt Cortina
Food and sex. That’ll do it for this week’s cuisine section boys, wrap it up! No, but it feels silly to talk about the two as if there needs to be analysis. Like a good meal or a good roll in the hay, vainly parsing the particulars only takes away from the alchemy that makes those things great. Food and sex are linked in our biology, our chemistry and our society. They are, in short, fundamental and wonderful.
Thursday, February 12,2015

The re-creation of fun

House of Q delivers something; just not sure what

By Matt Cortina
The coleslaw was good. No, the coleslaw was great. The cabbage was crispy and fresh, lathered in sweet, creamy dressing that tasted like watermelon. They’d added some juice or vinegar into the coleslaw, and it was refreshing in the unseasonable warmth we’ve been getting.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Les bon temps

The food and vibe of Lucile’s in Boulder

By Matt Cortina
great Boulder restaurants. It strikes a chord in the community. When we talk about the Boulder location, we talk about the Victorian home just off Pearl Street in which diners cram in to every corner every morning. We talk about the worn fabric rags the silverware comes in, the chicory coffee and the Creole art on the walls.
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