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Travel + Leisure cites Euclid Hall as top beer bar

Denver’s Euclid Hall has been praised for its food, mainly because of James Beard Award-nominated chef Jorel Pierce and co-owner Jennifer Jasinski, a “Top Chef Masters” finalist.

Add one of America’s best beer bars to the accolades, courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Here’s some of what T+L wrote about Euclid Hall: “Beer Bitches” Jessica Cann and Jules Bouchard‘s expert sourcing have made this brick-walled 1863 landmark building one of the best beer halls in all of Colorado — and according to Food & Wine, one of America’s best gastropubs in one of America’s best cities for foodies. Locals belly up for 12 taps, beer cocktails, and an extensive menu of bottles and cans quirkily ranked by mathematical difficulty (“Arithmetic” session beers to strong, complex bad boys under “Quantum Mechanics”). Bestsellers like Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Avery IPA get paired with way-above-average bar bites by Jorel Pierce.

Visit  www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-beer-bars/9 for more information or go to www.EuclidHall.com to learn more about the restaurant.

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Want to take a tour of the D&F Tower? Now you can

Ever wonder what was behind those mysterious clock faces of the D&F Tower?

Now you can find out! The top floors of the historic downtown clocktower are now open for guests to take a 45-minute guided history tour. The tour will include many behind-the-scenes areas not open to the public.

Guests will be able to journey upstairs to see behind the mysterious clock faces, take in the breathtaking view of the city and surrounding mountains from the 20th floor Observation Deck and see the original two-story spiral staircase leading up to the bell inside the belfry while hearing many Tower Tales along the way!

Tours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., are 45 minutes in length and are $15 for ages 10 & up.  For more information go to http://www.clocktowerevents.com/tours.html.


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KBCO honors Record Store Day Saturday with first vinyl Studio C release

Radio station KBCO, 97.3 FM is honoring Record Store Day with the first release of tracks on vinyl from the live performance studio known as KBCO Studio C.

In celebration of Record Store Day on Saturday, KBCO will release two songs on a 7-inch vinyl record benefiting the Food Bank of the Rockies.  The record features “Lightning Bolt” by Jake Bugg and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, both recorded live in KBCO Studio C.

KBCO has hosted thousands of intimate KBCO Studio C sessions with artists and bands from around the world for more than 25 years.  A limited number of vinyl releases will be sold at two local record stores — Twist & Shout Records in Denver and Albums on the Hill in Boulder. The releases are $10 each with a limit of one per person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at both stores.

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Another ‘tip’ of the hat to generous Coloradans

Colorado again fared well in a study of tippers.

In an analysis of customers of the GrubHub delivery service, for the year from March 28, 2013, to March 27, 2014, Colorado (15.7 percent) finished third among the states, behind South Carolina (16.1) and New Hampshire (16).

And the most generous cities in the survey were all from Colorado. Boulder tipped 16.2 percent on average, followed by Denver at 15.7 percent and Fort Collins at 15.4 percent.

It’s unclear why the Centennial State cities are so nice to the delivery person.

“We have no idea why that is, but a hat tip to Colorado diners for their generosity,” company spokeswoman Allie Mack said.

See more at www.cnbc.com/id/101549522?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity.

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Boulder only city in U.S. under 15 percent in obesity rates

Not surprising, Boulder ranks as the city least plagued by obesity, according to recent research by Gallup.

Two other Colorado cities — Denver and Fort Collins — ranked in the top 10.

West Virginia apparently is the most obese state; Huntington was the most obese city and two others in the state, Charlestown and Martinsburg, made the top 10.

According to the Gallup research, adult obesity rates are above 15 percent in all but one (Boulder) of the 189 metro areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012 and 2013. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state. No state and only one U.S. metro area has achieved this goal.

The top 10 least obese cities were Boulder (12.4 percent obesity rate); Naples, Fla. (16.5); Fort Collins (18.2); Charlottesville, Va. (18.2); Bellingham, Wash. (18.7); San Diego (19.3); Denver (19.3); San Jose (19.5); Bridgeport, Conn. (19.6); and Barnstable Town, Mass. (19.6).

Among the most obese cities: Huntington (39.5); McAllen, Texas (38.3); Hagerstown, Md. (36.7); Yakima, Wash. (35.7); Little Rock, Ark., (35.1); Charlestown (34.6); Clarksville, Tenn. (33.8), Jackson, Miss. (33.8); Green Bay (33.0); and Rockford, Ill. (33).

Read more at www.usat.ly/1jREVSH.

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The popular Kitchen restaurant is offering $10 deals for its 10th year in business

According to Claire Walter’s blog “Culinary Colorado (read it at www.culinary-colorado.com),” The Kitchen is celebrating its 10th anniversary with $10 specials on March 16.

The Kitchen started with its celebrated restaurant on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall and since has expanded to The Kitchen Denver in the old Gumbo’s space in LoDo at 1530 16th Street and its newest location,  The Kitchen Next Door Glendale, at 658 S. Colorado Blvd. The Kitchen’s owners’ next restaurant will be coming to the Union Station redevelopment.

The Kitchen’s ”$10 Day” includes:

  • The Kitchen Boulder, The Kitchen Upstairs Boulder and The Kitchen Denver will offer an appetizer and entrée for $10 all day. Walk in or call for reservations.
  • The Kitchen Next Door Boulder and The Kitchen Next Door Glendale will offer a two for $10 special that includes two entrées and two drinks for $10 all day (11 a.m. to close). The two Next Door locations are not taking reservations but will welcome walk-ins only. They are both offering live music from 6 to 10 p.m.

For details, visit www.thekitchen.com.

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5280 magazine names its top 10 new restaurants

The current issue of 5280 magazine is out and instead of its traditional eight picks, this year they upped the ante to 10. Probably because there are so many worthy newbies in town, many I haven’t even had a chance to visit!

So here’s the list of 5280′s fave new raves, which the magazine calls “The 10 Hippest, Most Delicious Restaurants in Denver Right Now”:

1. Acorn at The Source at 3350 Brighton Blvd. (www.denveracorn.com).

2. Lower 48 Kitchen at 2020 Lawrence (www.lower48kitchen.com).

3. The Curtis Club at 2100 Curtis St. (www.thecurtisclub.com).

4. Los Chigones at 2461 Larimer St. (303-295-0686).

5. Café Max at 2412 E, Colfax. (www.cafemax.net).

6. The Plimoth at 2335 28th Ave. (www.theplimoth.com).

7. Session Kitchen at 1518 Pearl St. (www.sessionkitchen.com).

8. Old Major, 3316 Tejon St. (www.oldmajordenver.com).

9. Olive + Finch at 1552 E. 17th Ave. (www.oliveandfincheatery.com).

10. Beast & Bottle, 719 E. 17th Ave. (www.beastandbottle.com).

Check them out and let me know what you think.

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Wine time at The Inn at Cherry Creek

Enjoy an evening of Spanish wines from Curious Corks Imports paired with a tapas style menu prepared by The Inn at Cherry Creek at 233 Clayton St. in Cherry Creek North, beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 19.

Attire is business casual.

The tasting and dinner will be guided by (the marvelous) Danny Keefe, president and founder of Curious Corks Imports. Keefe has loved wine for almost as long as he cane remember, but he never thought that his passion would turn into a career.

Keefe aims to share the wonder of wine with everyone and his philosophy is that there is a wine for every occasion and every palate.

Chef Mike Hendricks from The Inn at Cherry Creek will create a menu of small plates to pair with the wines.

Cost is $55 for members of AWS Denver and $65 for non-members and guests. Tickets are available online only through www.blacktie-colorado.com.

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Denver resident and actor Scott Takeda makes good in Oscar-winning ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Colorado native Scott Takeda wasn’t able to attend the Academy Awards Sunday night, but he has come a long way from being a “lambkin” at Fort Collins High School.

The Hollywood actor-director had a vested interest in Sunday’s Oscar results. He had a part in the popular “Dallas Buyers Club,” the much-acclaimed film that earned a Best Actor Oscar for Matthew McConaughey and a Best Supporting Actor award for Jared Leto during Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony.

Call it a far cry from a journalism degree at CU Boulder. But Takeda still lives in his beloved Bonnie Brae neighborhood.

He worked at KCNC-Channel 4 for two years from 1992 to 1994, then left for a brief stint in Philadelphia. Why does he stay grounded in Denver when the bright lights of Hollywood can be intoxicating?

“My family’s here,” he said. “I married my very lovely bride. When I’m not in front of the camera, I’m behind the camera. I’m used to flying to do corporate films. I’ve (flown) 17,000 miles in six weeks.”

Takeda said that he has six agents around the country who scout potential film roles for him. As for landing his part in “Dallas Buyers Club,” he said, “My Louisiana agent contacted me about that role. Probably a couple of weeks passed. I got the call back when landing in Denver. I walked off my flight and happened to see a flight leaving for New Orleans and walked on that flight.”

As to the message of the film, Takeda is well aware of its significance.

“The topic that it brings up is so important,” he said. “AIDS awareness, and we still don’t have a cure. It’s important to say that there’s still no cure. A lot of times you shoot a film and say that’s the way it goes. But we found out in May that it debuted in the Toronto National Film Festival, which gave it such great exposure.”

As far as working with McConaughey, who lost 40-some pounds for his role, Takeda said that surprisingly the hunky actor “had a lot of energy.”

“I found him to be a complete gentleman, right up there with Will Ferrell. Really easy to work with. I was seeing the effects of his weight loss, but it was impossible for him not to be incredibly nice. He stayed in character, but during periods in the makeup trailer, he would drop character.”

In addition to Takeda’s role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, his movie credits include “Everything Must Go” with comedic actor Ferrell, “Little Fockers” with the great Robert De Niro, Disney’s “Lemonade Mouth” and Lifetime’s “Secret Lives of Wives.”

For now, Takeda just returned from Los Angeles shooting “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck, which will come out in October. He’s also appearing in a new CW series “Star Crossed,” slated to air on April 7.

“My lovely bride and I are passionate about the Denver Dumb Friends League (as am I), and we’re raising money for the Furry Scurry. We’ll be raising money actively for the next two months.”

Denver resident Takeda has a small part in the Oscar nominated fil, "Dallas Buyers Club." Takeda attended Fort Collins High School and the University of Colorado. He still lives in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood in Denver.

Denver resident Scott Takeda has a small part in the Oscar nominated film, “Dallas Buyers Club,” that stars Matthew McConaughey. Takeda attended Fort Collins High School and the University of Colorado. He lives in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood in Denver. (Photos by Truth Entertainment II/Voltage Pictures and Courtesy of Scott Takeda)Scott 477


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