Flavors of Colorado

Most of the major and large events in Colorado pass by me relatively unnoticed.  Most of my co-workers and I complain about the possible traffic, anticipating major roads to be closed off that get us to work.  However, I’ve begun to take a different route and decide to check out A Taste of Colorado in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.  I’m determined to discover some new flavors and restaurants in Denver as well as see what local craft treasures I can uncover.  My friends Caitlin and Nicole join me, eager to experience what this huge festival covering the park and Capitol Building is all about.  Continue Reading ›

Is That Chicken?

My earliest memories of Chinese food are not those of a quick trip to Panda Express with a mall full of squealing kids and the sound of anxious footsteps.  Instead, I’m taken back to the smell of fried noodles, freshly steamed Char Siu Baos (buns with barbecued pork), the delicious aroma of garlic and chicken, and the salty savory sauce of Black Bean Spareribs.  Although I realize our trip to China will not be days of a three entrée plate of Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice, and Egg Rolls, I have a secret hope of plates filled with Bok Choy, Chinese Broccoli, Shumai, Tofu, Baos (dumplings) with coconut filling, and Egg Tarts.  Since the dishes of Northern China are very different from those of my Cantonese Popo, I embark on the following observations: Continue Reading ›