Warm Welcome

A chill fills your bones this time of year as you walk through Union Station- cold concrete and granite surround you, busy travelers push past in every direction—even the outbound light rail seems to have a sense of melancholy. Thankfully, Denver’s most anticipated new restaurant Tavernetta waits for you, tucked among the hustle and imposing glass buildings. Peek into the…

Day to Night

It all started with a pancake, explains Brian Cohen, co-owner of the new downtown restaurant/marketplace Stella’s on 16th. While traveling in LA, Cohen and his wife, co-owner Dawn “Stella” Cohen, were savoring pancakes at a local breakfast joint when they had a flash of inspiration: They could do the same thing, but bring it home to the heart of Denver.…

The Cat Café

Colorado is rich in a great many things. Having only been exposed to the area for three months now, I am already beginning to see where the different ideals, hobbies and interests of the natives fit in. Locals adore their cultivated food, music, nature and those jagged mountain summits that greet the sunrise every morning. Regardless, it is apparent that…

On a Roll

Japan has gifted the world with some pretty fun exports—karaoke and Nintendo, anyone? —but none more tasty and enjoyable than sushi. And when you put that delicious sushi on a conveyor belt and send it snaking through a multi-colored dining room? Well that’s just gold. Yummy, fishy, revolving gold.

School of Fish

The common King Salmon is one of the most sought-after fish in the sea. Living in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (as well as the Colorado River and inland lakes) Salmon are anadromous fish, meaning they are born in freshwater but live out their lives in salt water. The only time they return to freshwater is when it’s spawning time.

In the Kitchen with

Cook tortellini in boiling water. Heat sausage balls with Bolognese and cream. Make sure the sauce tastes fairly herby. Add tortellini after cooked. Pour in the boat. Top with custard sauce. Then sprinkle the parm. Cook in the salamander until bruled. Top with pie crust leaf. Top with lid. Serve to guest but remove lid once served.

Breakfast of Champions

For being the most important meal of the day, breakfast sure does get overlooked. Whether you’re getting yourself out the door or the kids ready for school (or both), those morning hours can be the most stressed out, hectic and crowded ones all day. Which is why going out for breakfast doesn’t get the same sort of fanfare as going…

Bar Fausto

The first thing you need to know about Bar Fausto, located in Denver’s hot RiNo district, is that it’s named after cyclist Fausto Coppi. If you haven’t heard of Coppi, he was a champion cyclist in the 1940s and early 1950s, as famous for his off-course hijinks and bad habits as he was for his on-course prowess. He won the…

1515 Restaurant

Modernist cuisine gets a bad rap. It’s too "out there." The portions are too small. What’s with all the foams? While all of those criticisms can be valid (depending on the restaurant), modernist cuisine can also be extremely inventive, surprising and – most importantly – delicious, when done right. Downtown’s 1515 Restaurant is doing it right.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Gordon Lightfoot said, “You just get the vibes of your surroundings and it rubs off on you.” It’s no secret that unique locations have leant themselves as inspiration for memorable music, art and literature, but special settings can also play a role in influencing another great work of art – food.

Sandwiches!

John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was kind of a jerk. He’s famous for his incompetence and corruption as a politician, as well as for having an affair with an opera singer while his wife’s health deteriorated. But he also invented the sandwich, so all is forgiven.

A Taste of Portofino

A thriving piece of old Italy lies tucked away in downtown Denver about a mile from the 16th Street Mall and amidst Colorado museums, galleries and cafes. Lo Stella Ristorante is an unassuming, hidden gem owned by Italian native Alessandro Polo. In addition to the restaurant’s 165-year (and counting) success in Italy, Lo Stella had a (comparatively) brief 25-year presence in…