Recipes Travel All-American Road Trips: Denver

The Big View Flanked by mountains and ringed with highways, it’s easy to get lost in Denver’s strip malls, chain restaurants and outer-ring developments, but once you find your way to Colfax Avenue, you’re on the road to dining with the locals. I was suffering from a dreadful cold on the trip, so we didn’t get out to the bars at all, but there were a couple of spots that came highly recommended by my buddy Alex (a former Denverite):

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The Butter Battle! A Comparison of 9 Different Butters
The Butter Battle! A Comparison of 9 Different Butters

Butter is butter is butter, right? Sweet cream butters are all made with cream (from cows) that’s been whipped into a frenzied state in which the fats glob together and the water falls away. So it should all pretty much taste like butter, yes? Well… yes and no, actually. After reading a piece on Endless Simmer, in which Brendan goes crazy for Kerrygold, I really wanted to know whether I’d be able to detect appreciable differences between butter brands… particularly the “higher end” brands (read: imported ).

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Food Gaming a National Sensation. Who Knew?

Despite the fact I live in one of the world’s largest cities, I somehow wonder if I’m not simultaneously living under a rock. Case in point: The pack of popular food and restaurant-based video games that have apparently surfaced over the last five years. Somehow, thousands and thousands of people are loving food-related games, and I’ve missed the whole thing. I was just reading an article at Forbes.com about women’s increasing interest in gaming.

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I’m Not A Donut Person, But…

I will preface this piece by letting you know this: I’m not a donut person, per se. That said, I will also tell you this: I love donuts in concept. I love the way donuts are round and single-serving. I love the way they curve in the palm of the hand. I love the hole in the center. I love that you can sometimes peek through that hole in the center and peer at the someone with whom you’re sharing donuts.

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A Tale of Three Ramen

Like a lot of American kids my age, I grew up with an imposter. Fool that I was, I loved it with an unreserved passion. To my great shame, I still distinctly remember turning down countless opportunities for actual food in favor of plastic pouches of pasty-white ramen noodles. Oh, how strange it now seems. I was held in a spell, rapt in blind adoration of a bunch of airy white bricks that magically transformed in hot water.

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Podunk: a nook for tea and decorum

Cream Tea (scones, fresh whipped cream, berries, strawberry jam, apple butter, cream and sugar) at Podunk When we walked into Podunk, a tiny tea shop on a strangely quiet block of 5th Street, J and I were desperate for cardamom cake. The proprietress seemed tickled that such a craving might force people to canvass the city. She asked if we’d found her shop via Google. Indeed, we had, but more precisely, we found her shop through Halldór Laxness, an Icelandic writer (and Nobel Laureate) with a talent for food description that drove us drooling mad with cardamom-infused daydreams.

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Montreal in January: The Feast of Ferme

Mouthwatering mussels and frites at Le Petit Moulinsart Atwater Market Octopus Salad — the good dish from our bad meal at L’Express A random kitchen. Ferme, of course The forbidding door at Casa del Popolo When I travel of my own free will, it’s all about the food. Destinations are chosen for food potential. Pre-trip research revolves around restaurants and cafes. The budget is dedicated to maximizing the menu and paying homage to the hallowed halls of the local greenmarkets (with stops at bookstores along the way, of course) and food stalls.

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Beer. Garden. Sausage. What more could you want?

For the few New Yorkers not heading out of the city for the weekend, the City conspires to treat you to its richest display of hospitality. Stinky piles of garbage? Gone. Stuffy, crowded subways? Fuggetaboutit. Stifling heat and humidity wafting up from the asphalt? A fuzzy memory. The weather promises unparalleled beauty, the streets will be uncharacteristically quiet, parks and restaurants will be joyfully unpopulated and Czech beer will flow in a big backyard in Queens.

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Quick Bites: The Newark Ironbound District
Travel Quick Bites: The Newark Ironbound District

Born in the late 1800s in forges, foundries and rail-yards, Newark, New Jersey’s Ironbound district is now lined with Portuguese and Brazilian salons, fish markets, pastry shops, churrascarias and sporting goods stores brimming with football gear. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we wandered, pointed, peered and purchased olive oil and dried salt cod for later experimentation. Hungry and tired, we landed at Sagres Bar & Grill (44 Prospect St.), wooed by the promise of beer and sidewalk seating.

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A tall, cool pint of refreshing information

You love it when you find a site that’s well-organized, nicely designed, a little quirky and rich in information, right? Yeah… me, too. So you’ll understand why I’m so, so smitten with beeradvocate.com. I’ve been using this site for three hours now (it’s for work…. really), and I’m just bowled over by how easy it is to find information on just about anything you need to know about a particular beer or beer in general.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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