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    Bitter-sweetbreads: The Last Supper

    Goodbyes are hard.

    Especially the goodbyes you’re not ready for. There are things you still want to say, memories you want to hold on to, and that stupid, hopeful speck of denial that maaaybe things aren’t over after all.

    This weekend, one of my favorite restaurants in Denver will be closing, at least momentarily, and I’ll have to say goodbye to this place that has hugged my soul and kept it warm in so many ways.

    To be frank, guys, I’m simply not ready.
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    Bistro Brunch – P17 Trades Hollandaise for Béarnaise

    Mimosas; poached eggs; the only way you’ll get me out of bed before 10am on a Sunday.

    Yes, Goutasters, today we’re talking about Brunch. Capital B.

    Brunch is not a French concept, but it’s the American meal that aligns best with the French habit of eating as a two hour event, rather than eating in a sprint for fuel. So, as you may imagine, I brunch a lot.

    This summer, I’m falling in love with patio brunches and clever French twists on classic brunch fare like the goodies coming out of the kitchen at my neighborhood bistro, P17, here in Uptown, Denver.
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    {Dude Food} FIVE at Table 6 – Dinner #3 Review

    Our third dinner from the Denver FIVE™ team focused on pleasing a man’s appetite, with an appropriate “dude food” theme for Father’s day.

    The ladies in the Table 6 kitchen pulled out all the stops, giving dad everything he wanted from bacon-flavored donuts to steak topped with crab. But even my female taste buds were dazzled by some of the inventive cuisine that came out of the kitchen.
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    Dorchester Social {Preview} Farm Dinner

    I first met Chef Michel “Michou” Wahaltere when the Belgian-born and trained chef was slinging hot dogs from a truck on Market Street in Denver.
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    All My Food Porn From COCHON 555 {GRAND COCHON} in Aspen

    This weekend, Eater Denver sent me to the 2014 Grand Cochon in Aspen to eat 1200 lbs of pork (thanks, Eater!). They had me guest-write an article with insider details from the competition, and take a few photos. But I took SO many photos – like so many more than they could possibly ever share, so I’ve decided to give my Goutasters the bonus shots.

    Without further ado, dear readers, I present to you all the extra food porn photos I took at Grand Cochon this weekend:
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  • What men wear in Paris

    How to Dress Like a Parisian Man

    Whether you’re going abroad for a while or just looking to bring a bit of French style into your own wardrobe, everyone wants to know how to dress like a Parisian.

    But men have it particularly hard.

    While there’s an entire library of advice for women, the few male fashion guides out there make things even MORE vague (what exactly does “dressing nicer” mean?). If you’re just looking for a straightforward introduction to men’s fashion in Paris, this is the guide for you.

    And if you need an even more simplistic approach to dressing like a Parisian (we get it – words are hard – ain’t nobody got time for that), make sure you check out our visual everyday outfit cheat sheet at the end of the post.
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  • Five-at-Panzano

    {FIVE} at Panzano – “T&A” Dinner Review

    Finally, a meal that actually encourages giggling at the (inevitable) sexual innuendos on the menu.

    For their second dinner this season, the FIVE at FIVE™ chefs gathered at Panzano to play on a “T&A” theme – that is, many of the dishes came from the -ahem- chest or -ahem- rump regions of the animals.
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    A Paris Brest-fast at République, Los Angeles

    Nuzzled in between a vintage furniture store and a glass shop on La Brea, République is an unassuming LA café with a serious French kitchen.

    The interior looks like a Parisian street market, with big open community tables and stone walls. Multiple bar tops throughout the vast space invite you to pull up a solo seat and enjoy a meal the way I remember so many Parisians would dine – with a newspaper and a big glass of wine.

    In the mornings, a line forms along the bakery case, laden in sweet confections, with rows of baguettes and wine bottles lined up behind it on the wall.
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    P17: A New Neighborhood Bistro Playing the Long Game

    It’s not who you want to spend Friday night with, it’s who you want to spend all day Saturday with. -Friends With Benefits (2011)

    In the dating game of restaurants, there are the total duds and there are the short term flings. And then, there are those long romances. The ones you let see you without makeup, the ones where the Tuesday nights seem even better than the Fridays and hours pass in minutes.

    We’ve only been out twice, but I can tell that P17 is in it for the long haul.
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  • Oysters-Mignonette-Recipe

    Oysters and Bordeaux-Style Mignonette Recipe

    Oysters are such a refreshing summer treat, but I always thought they were one of those “restaurant-only” things that were just impossible to do at home. I mean, who even has a oyster knife?!

    But the truth is, once you learn how to do it (and acquire the knife), it’s really simple. You could even have a shucking party with friends! Here’s a great Bordeaux-style mignonette recipe and some shucking tips I picked up from the Bordeaux cooking class I took at Cook Street last month:
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