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Colorado road food: Pork bao, Congolese coffee, and Cuban sweet rolls

China Jade Restaurant in Aurora dishes our favorite steamed pork-filled bao and makes us dream of dim sum. (Photo by John Lehndorff).

China Jade Restaurant in Aurora dishes our favorite steamed pork-filled bao.

By John Lehndorff

May 23, 2014 – The warm, green debut of a Colorado summer season inspires many desires including the need to hit the road to find great culinary moments. Besides stopping at the China Jade in Aurora (above), I’ve recently found some other tastes that are worth the drive. Among them:
* Congolese coffee : Rich but not over-roasted beans with a smooth finish roasted by the Unseen Bean Café, 2052 Broadway, Boulder.

* A superior wedge of sugar-crusted wild blueberry pie (among a dozen varieties) at the Loaf &amp Ladle, 1134 Francis St., in Longmont.
* and sweet yeasted bread rolls plus full shelves of baked goodies at the Cuban Bakery and Café , 15028 E Mississippi Ave. in Aurora which also serves great Cuban dishes.

FOOD WRITING WORKSHOP: I’ll be teaching his first Food Writing Workshop June 7 at the Boulder Book Store. You can sign up at the store. Details:

Boulder’s inaugural Taste of Art event at the Dairy Center June 12 to 15 features an array of appetizing attractions including an Iron-Chef-like cooking competition, workshops, culinary seminars, food movies, and a national food photography exhibit. Details:

The Kinfolks soulfood Festival is May 31 at Denver’s City Center Park with music by Bootsy Collins and others and fare from Moe’s BBQ, Cora Faye’s Café, Kirk’s Soul Kitchen and Flava. Details:

John Lehndorff is a the former food editor of the Daily Camera and dining critic for the Rocky Mountain News. He also created the 2014 Colorado Pie Trail Calendar and travel guide to pie palaces. He hosts Radio Nibbles Thursdays at 8:25 a.m. on KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, and streaming at
Facebook: Nibbles (Colorado food news) page
Colorado Pie Shop Tour – AAA’s Encompass magazine:

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