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Where to find the best pizzerias on the Front Range
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Where to find the best pizzerias on the Front Range

(Originally published in Colorado AvidGolfer) By JOHN LEHNDORFF If you really want to start an argument, your choices are: Discuss national politics, or Declare which pizzeria serves the best pizza in the U.S. Visitors from other states are prone to make fun of the food in Colorado, especially our pizza. They loudly argue that nothing … Continue reading

The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel
Colorado food / Colorado Travel

The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Sensi magazine, 10/19) The most influential Colorado foodie that nobody has heard of pulls up on an old bicycle at a French bakery near her home in Longmont. It’s a rare in-state sighting of the culinary travel pioneer who also helped introduce the Slow Food movement to the United States. The … Continue reading

Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture
Colorado food

Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of Sensi Magazine/ Denver-Boulder Take this quick quiz: Which kind of Colorado tasting room – beer or wine – do you associate with … Cornhole? Live music? Food trucks? Shorts and T-shirts? If you’re being honest, beer pitches a 4-0 shutout. Maybe familiarity … Continue reading

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Grains of Truth: Heirloom Wheat Boom in Colorado

(This TasteBuds column originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Sensi Magazine (Denver/Boulder edition) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Once upon a time, wheat was the “staff of life.” Literally, like civilization resulted from grains. Since the recent Keto, Atkins, Paleo and Whole30 anti-carb campaign, wheat – and its enabler, gluten – are now considered Darth … Continue reading

Heart and Soul: Gospel music for the rest of us at the Folks Festival 
Music / Music festivals

Heart and Soul: Gospel music for the rest of us at the Folks Festival 

By John Lehndorff (This feature originally appeared in the 8/8/19 Boulder Weekly)  It can be confusing for former Christians — your card-carrying liberal agnostics — when they have to admit that they really miss gospel music. They secretly love singing in the congregation, the power of the choirs, hymns and chants. They feel a little sheepish … Continue reading

Midsummer’s farmer’s market shopping is an Italian contact sport
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Midsummer’s farmer’s market shopping is an Italian contact sport

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally appeared in the June 2019 Sensi Denver magazine: sensimag.com/2019/05/31/200930/sensi-magazine-june-2019-denver-boulder-digital-edition) Walking through the Boulder Farmers Market with Antonio Laudisio is a little like shopping for paints with Vincent Van Gogh. You’re not just going to grab a tube of cobalt blue and go home. The goods guide you, not vice versa. “Look … Continue reading

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen
Colorado food / Eating

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen

(From Sensi magazine, May 2019) By JOHN LEHNDORFF He didn’t imagine owning four eateries and food truck, but Josh Wolkon knew he wanted to open a restaurant eventually when he migrated to Colorado from Boston in 1995. “I had never worked in a kitchen so I took a lot of cooking jobs at restaurants and … Continue reading

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This Fareways column originally appeared in the May issue of Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine. coloradoavidgolfer.com/digital-issue) I love going out to brunch. It’s the rare eating-out occasion where you can kick back when the sun is out, catch up with family and friends and take a break from the weekday diet rules. In other … Continue reading

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Sensi magazine.) You can’t miss the CBD doughnuts in the glass display case at Glazed & Confuzed, the artisan doughnut emporium at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. The eye-catcher is a yeast-raised classic with raspberry-blueberry glaze crowned with a distinctive candied fresh Colorado-grown hemp leaf. It … Continue reading

John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)
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John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)

By John Lehndorff, Scripps Howard News Service — Oct 14th, 1998 (Here is the update in 2019: boulderweekly.com/cuisine/the-most-american-foods) You’ve seen those lists of the 100 best books, the top 100 movies. Now a food writer makes a list of the best American foods. All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a … Continue reading

The Top 100 Most American Foods
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

The Top 100 Most American Foods

(This Nibbles column was originally published 20 years ago in the Boulder Daily Camera and distributed nationally by the Scripps Howard News Service) By John Lehndorff Scripps Howard News Service (Oct 14th, 1998) All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a list of the 100 greatest American foods, and people would start … Continue reading

Having Some Balls
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Having Some Balls

The offal truth about Colorado’s affection for Rocky Mountain ‘oysters’ By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in Sensi 1/19) Until I started handling balls on a regular basis, I really didn’t feel very comfortable about the task. Frankly, nobody expects to be standing there holding large slippery testicles in their hands. You don’t think … Continue reading

Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures
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Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in the Denver Sensi Magazine 12/18) As a kid I figured that everybody got condiments for Christmas. I expected to look among the gifts for the be-ribboned, bottle-shaped wrapping under the tree or in my stocking. I always had a major thing for wild blueberry preserves as a … Continue reading

‘You pick good for a girl’ – Female musicians break up the boys’ club at Rockygrass
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‘You pick good for a girl’ – Female musicians break up the boys’ club at Rockygrass

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the Boulder Weekly) Bluegrass music culture embraces its traditions. They dictate that the acoustic instruments involved and the subject material of bluegrass lyrics from death and heartache to murder, infidelity and trains, all set to a pleasant melody with a driving beat. Another familiar ritual is the set-ending jam … Continue reading

A Stuffing Tale: Diversity rules the side dishes on our feast table
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

A Stuffing Tale: Diversity rules the side dishes on our feast table

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in the November 2017 issue of Sensi magazine in Denver) I was well into high school before I got an inkling that lasagna was not a traditional Thanksgiving side dish and that turkey stuffing usually involved cubed bread. The earliest feasts tucked in the cubby holes of my memory were eaten … Continue reading