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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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    {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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    {FIVE} at Old Major Review – 2014 Dinner #1

    It’s a Sunday night, Easter, and 4/20, but tonight 5 of Denver’s best chefs gather to celebrate something far more important than all of that: great food.

    Of course, the holiday(s) have to be acknowledged in some of the food and drink. And though there’s no actual cannabis in the dishes to play on the 4/20 date (unlike some other LA popup dinners we’ve seen), a more general “Colorado-Radical” theme inspires the plates coming out of the Old Major kitchen that Chef Nadine Donovan calls home year round.
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    Bistro Barbès – A Park Hill Secret Serving Nouveau-Parisian Fare

    A new Denver restaurant opened this week with a big-deal chef at the helm, but you probably wont read too much about Bistro Barbès in the papers.

    “We haven’t really done any marketing,” Chef Jon Robbins (formerly of Mizuna) tells a friend over the counter. “I’m concerned about crowding it out. We really want to have enough space for our long term Park Hill clientele.”

    As if it was lifted from its namesake “Barbès” neighborhood in Paris, Bistro Barbès is community first. Good food, good people, zero pretension.
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    Cocktail Hour, Pork Rillettes, and Spring Tartines at Olive and Finch

    Spring is officially here, and with its new wardrobe comes the great promise of patio weather and long afternoon cocktails, soaking up the sun.

    For Springtime in Paris, brasseries and cafés open up their street-side seating – prime real estate for diners and people watchers. Parisians sip their beverage of choice for hours, nibbling if their hearts so desire, chatting away with friends or enjoying a good book. There’s an un-rushed feeling in the air…

    My new favorite little neighborhood café just released a Spring cocktail and afternoon bites menu that is perfect for these new weather changes and relaxed dining. The cocktails incorporate fresh squeezed juices and gorgeous tartines delight with Spring acidity and a dangerous $5 price point.
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