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Thursday, January 22,2015

Everything has value

A night in the kitchen at a Boulder homeless shelter provides a lesson in resourcefulness

By Matt Cortina
There’s a big atrium and a recreation room with a TV. Lights out at 10 p.m., lights on at 6 a.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., breakfast at 6:30 a.m.
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Thursday, January 22,2015

The food is the thing

China Gourmet elevates the old and introduces the new

By Matt Cortina
In the clown car kitchen of China Gourmet in Boulder, a dozen cooks are calmly doing two dozen things. Composed but busy, the kitchen is preparing Chinese-American standards like cashew chicken, mu shu pork and Szechwan beef alongside “Shanghai specials” like cold salty duck, kung pao squid, salt-andpepper soft shell crab and “Ants Climbing a Tree.
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Thursday, January 15,2015

Temperature matters

Fish and chips joint comes to Lafayette

By Matt Cortina
The best fish and chips I ever had were at some wharf-side shack on Granville Island in Vancouver. Hands numb and cramped under a space heater, wet from it being Vancouver in November, and tired from a long, lost walk… temperature mattered. A crispy, thick shell held in steaming halibut, and all was in balance.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Out like a lamb

Lyons residents displaced by flood hope voters approve new housing site, but they won’t get to vote on it themselves

By Matt Cortina
But the Town of Lyons is working to bring the displaced people back by proposing to build 50 to 70 affordable replacement housing units in Bohn Park. Lyons residents will vote on whether to allow the town to use parkland for housing development on March 24.
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Thursday, January 8,2015

The unique taste of Peru

Rosario’s brings tradition to Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
On the table are communal plates of traditional Peruvian cuisine: lomo saltado, pollo a la parilla, chupe de camarones and tarralin verde. The table was colorful and vibrant with food, prepared from recipes brought to Longmont direct from a Peruvian cooking school, where Rosario’s mother is a teacher of Peruvian cuisine.
Thursday, January 8,2015

Wine County

The burgeoning and challenging landscape of Boulder County wineries

By Matt Cortina
To start, not many people realize there are expert crafters making wine in the area. The first winery in Boulder County was Augustina’s Winery, opened by Gussie Walter in an old industrial complex off of Broadway in North Boulder 17 years ago.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Winter’s miracle cocktail

The hot toddy is worth revisiting and personalizing this winter

By Matt Cortina
Flying 2,000 miles across the country back into Denver on Monday, I started to sniffle. Maybe it was the recycled air of the airplane, or the holiday snot-wipings from my three-year-old niece, but warmth and stuffiness were rising somewhere in my respiratory system, like tacky pink insulation getting shot between walls.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Finding the cure

Curing meats at home provides a world of culinary options you otherwise won’t find

By Matt Cortina
There’s a bit of magic in curing meat. Letting a fresh cut muscle or sausage hang just below room temperature while a salt cure slowly marbleizes and condenses the flavor of the meat over the course of months until you take it down, slice a few pieces and share it with friends and family.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Where in the world?

Tucked away Bistro 503 does the word ‘international’ proud

By Matt Cortina
There’s something about the term “international” that makes it a sort of red flag when judging a restaurant by its menu cover. It’s understandable prejudice on one hand — jack-ofall-trades, master of none, bringing to mind half-assed buffets and ubiquitous houses of pancakes.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

A cry for help

A family hopes the new executive action on immigration will keep a loving husband and father in the U.S.

By Matt Cortina
Jose Luis has been in jail for five months. He was detained after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials came to his home looking for someone else. When they ran his ID, they found he had a prior deportation and re-entry on his record. ICE came back a week later and, with a gun to his head, arrested him and brought him to jail.
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