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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking Class: Bordeaux Night at Cook Street

    “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
    ― Julia Child, My Life in France

    One of the best ways to get to know a region is through its food and wine.

    Each region’s cuisine has its own special history and Sommeliers swear you can even “taste the earth” in a good bottle of wine. Learning to cook French dishes region-by-region feels like a trip around the country, and that’s just what my friends at Cook Street Culinary School are offering right now.

    Starting in Bordeaux with last week’s class and continuing on to Provence this summer, Cook Street’s new Food and Wine series is taking a Tour de French Food with hands-on instruction in each French region’s cuisine, wine, and history. Allons-y!
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    Mark Your Calendars: 3 Things I’m Excited About

    Sometimes you can’t wait until after something has happened to write about it. There are some events SO exciting that they need their own pre-post – a rumbling before the incoming earthquake of earth-shattering awesome.

    Here are 3 things on the horizon that have me prancing about like a school girl:
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    5 Inventive Ways to Prepare Fish That Totally Work

    When I had to think of a good Poisson d’avril dish on Tuesday, I immediately went to a classic sole meuniere. It’s classic, but it’s safe.

    When you want to get away from the ‘ol lemon butter standby and try something a little more wild, take a cue from the 2014 Denver FIVE who recently got creative with fish dishes at their first FIVE at FIVE™ event. Here are 5 unconventional ways to prepare fish that will wow your palette:
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    Dishing on Bruxie:
    Better Batters, New Menu Items, and What to Order Your First Time

    What exactly makes a waffle… a waffle?

    Belgians do it sweet, with sugar in the dough. Americans do it batter-based, loaded up with fried chicken or with syrup on top. It can be a breakfast, a snack, a dessert, or even a savory entrée.

    There’s also a little team of chefs and restauranteurs out of Southern California that have started to do waffles as a sandwich. I recently sat down with Bruxie‘s Matt and Jeff to talk about the (re)-rise of the Belgian street treat and the little waffle stand that took Los Angeles by storm.
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    The Best Croque Madames in Denver

    Two bloggers. Three Restaurants. One mission: sample the best Croque Madames in Denver.

    The Croque is a French classic. Make it at home, or have it at a local bistro – there’s nothing quite like the combination of fresh bread, melty cheese, fresh sliced ham, and a sultry Mornay sauce (that’s a cheesy Béchamel, my loves). And if you’re really looking for a treat, don’t forget the egg, which makes it a Madame instead of a Monsieur.

    A few great Croques have popped up on menus around town in Denver recently, so Christine of Hungry in Boulder and I decided to embark on a (suicidal?) journey to try out the town’s best all in one morning. We called it Tour de Croques. No, there was no cycling and yes, there was a hashtag ().

    Sampling the Croques side by side made us realize how different (and delicious) all the approaches were. There really is a Croque Madame for everyone:
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    Denver’s Olive And Finch Draws On French Inspiration

    There’s a soft buzz of conversation and the smell of fresh bread. Chalkboard lettering takes you from MENU to ORDER HERE along a line of sugar temptations. Flaky croissants are stacked tall on ornate stands the likes of which you only see in the homes of women who make Pinterest DIYs their full time job, and colorful macarons fill old apothecary jars as if from childhood candy store dreams.

    Olive and Finch is Chef Mary’s French souvenir to Denver. A wonderful neighborhood café, full of light and a warmth you can only find where great food brings people together. At once easy and sophisticated, it’s the kind of place you could take your lover, or your boss, or even your really crass group of brunch girlfriends (you know who you are).
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    Coming Soon: Beatles Anniversary Dinner

    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. -Charles M. Schulz

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    Beast + {Trimbach} Bottle: An Alsace Wine Dinner

    What happens when you pair Denver Chef Paul C. Reilly with Anne Trimbach of the Alsatian wine label? Five stunning courses and three happy girls.

    Last week, I met Pasta Vino’s , Kendra Anderson, and soon-to-be-New Yorker, , at my favorite neighborhood eatery: Beast + Bottle. The occasion? Some very important French wine, hand delivered by Mlle. Anne Trimbach, daughter of the Trimbach family winemaker himself.
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    THIS JUST IN: Comida Does Sunday Brunch Now

    So I don’t speak Spanish (there’s only 1 romance language for me), but I’m pretty sure that “Comida” means “community” after my recent preview of their Sunday brunch program, opening to the public this weekend.

    Comida may be a Mexican restaurant, but they’re doing something very European with their menu planning. Comida’s brunch menu readily embraces its place amongst local artisans, sourcing ingredients directly from its neighbors when possible. And boy does it have neighbors!
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    Bittersweet: A French Garden Fantasy Fit for Monet

    From the moment you walk in, Bittersweet is an artist’s atelier tousled with blank canvases – plates, glasses, bowls – just waiting to be filled with colors. And like a true atelier, Bittersweet isn’t stuffy; it’s a studio for experimentation and mixed-media explorations.
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