Noshing with the sharks, cockatoos, wolves and kittens in Colorado
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Noshing with the sharks, cockatoos, wolves and kittens in Colorado

By JOHN LEHNDORFF This Edible Critic column appears in the April 2017 issue of Sensi magazine) Colorado has a major crush on animals. We drive miles to see elk in Estes Park and bison in Genesee and camp among the marmots and hawks. Match.com says the state is home to the most dog lovers. Denver is … Continue reading

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life
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Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Edible Critic, Sensi magazine, 2/17) When I’m chopping onions with my chef knife I often don’t always glance down at my fingers. I’m looking for the next thing I’m going to slice or thinking about the next story I have to write. It scares people who watch me do it but I … Continue reading

Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner
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Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Nibbles, Boulder Weekly 1/26/17) – I’m awake before the alarm and before the dawn. This is a situation I would have avoided at all costs when I lived a younger man’s life. In the winter dark I make minimal efforts at attire. Why do I scrape my eyes and then the windshield? Why … Continue reading

Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)
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Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This is an excerpt from a feature in the Rocky Mountain News in January 2001) To gauge whether eatertainment venues are actually fun for kids, I persuaded my 6 -year-old son, Hans, to accompany  me by promising him all the root beer he could drink. We were seeking places where kids and parents could … Continue reading

Chef Sheila Lucero on soccer, seafood, success and leadership in the kitchen
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Chef Sheila Lucero on soccer, seafood, success and leadership in the kitchen

Susan France Sheila Lucero, executive chef of Jax Fish House. By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 1/12/17) Sheila Lucero did not grow up dreaming of being an executive chef. Her goal was not to oversee the food at five restaurants in two states. In fact, the Golden native’s only ambition while attending Lakewood High School was … Continue reading

Ramen, pollo or ribs? Ethnic eats abound in Aurora CO
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Ramen, pollo or ribs? Ethnic eats abound in Aurora CO

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Visit Aurora Guide 2016) – With 400-plus ethnic and independent eateries and markets, Aurora is Colorado’s ethnic food destination. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Aurora is the third largest city in the state and 54th most populous city in the nation. According to people who love to eat, Aurora is the … Continue reading

Guide to cool, cheaper eats in Colorado ski country from Dillon to Dotsero
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Guide to cool, cheaper eats in Colorado ski country from Dillon to Dotsero

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 11/10/16) Expert Burger in Eagle. I do not ski or board nor do I snowshoe. The only black diamond run I attempt is finding a brand of Canadian cheese. I recommend the extra sharp Black Diamond Grand Reserve Cheddar. That said, I’ve spent tons of time in the past year writing … Continue reading

Professional apres skier names Colorado’s coolest ski country eateries
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Professional apres skier names Colorado’s coolest ski country eateries

Words and images by JOHN LEHNDORFF (Sensi Magazine 1/17) In the past year I have eaten more than 1,000 meals, maybe 1,500 depending on how you define a meal. How many of those meals do I remember in detail? Not that many, and I blame neither the sativa nor the indica. It just takes great … Continue reading

Why the cookie crumbles at altitude
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Why the cookie crumbles at altitude

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 12/1/16) It’s not just you. For once, it really is the altitude. Food fries weirdly here, cookies spread out like pancakes, pies explode and some cakes collapse. Water boils at a lower temperature so it takes longer to cook vegetables, and coffee and tea don’t taste the same. “A three-minute … Continue reading

My Own Devices:  Tales of guilt and unmade pasta
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My Own Devices: Tales of guilt and unmade pasta

By John Lehndorff (Boulder Weekly 12/15/16) Do you have certain “appliances” that are hidden away in your house that you would rather not talk about? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone. We all have our own steamers, fryers, rotisserie ovens and George Foreman grills in the closet. Little known fact: The primary dish prepared … Continue reading

How you’ll eat in ’17 from mukbang and pitaya to shakshuka and water blobs
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How you’ll eat in ’17 from mukbang and pitaya to shakshuka and water blobs

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 12/29/16) Yogurt, bottled water, pizza, poultry sandwiches, Mexican food, fresh fruit, bars, ice cream sandwiches, chips and pancakes were the Top 10 most influential foods of the past decade in the United States, according to the food-research NPD Group. You have to wonder: Where is the kale? This is the … Continue reading

Bialys, baklava, banh mi and my very best Boulder bites of 2016
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Bialys, baklava, banh mi and my very best Boulder bites of 2016

By JOHN LEHNDORFF My first taste of Wayne’s smoked pork belly was a revelation, as was a bite of the Mediterranean Market’s spinach pie. Hidden among the 365 (or so) forgettable breakfasts, lunches and dinners in 2016 were some food moments I’d be delighted to enjoy again. They popped up in Nibbles over the past … Continue reading

Season’s Eatings: Where to find stollen, pannetone and holiday treats in Denver
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Season’s Eatings: Where to find stollen, pannetone and holiday treats in Denver

http://www.sensimag.com/2016/12/01/129065/december-2016-digital-edition By John Lehndorff It is the week before Christmas and all through my house it’s beginning to feel festive. For some folks colorful lights matter. Other insist on constant carols, poinsettia, constant Lifetime Channel, frequent chia pet ads and a decorated potted organic rosemary bush. I follow seasonal traditions that are good for the … Continue reading

Sourcing local produce for far-from-the-farm city restaurants
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Sourcing local produce for far-from-the-farm city restaurants

(This feature appears in the current issue of Produce Business magazine) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Where the asparagus originated is becoming as important as how the asparagus was grown to chefs and customers at the nation’s restaurants. “Local,” like “organic,” is no fad, but what “local” actually means depends on who you ask. With consumer interest in transparency … Continue reading

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville
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Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 8/4/16 – Photos by Susan France) The word “moxie” means “force of character, determination or nerve,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The breads produced at Moxie Bakery are also pretty nervy. My favorite, the Algerian, is a deep brown crusty loaf with major chew and a tender inside with … Continue reading

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress
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Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress

By JOHN LEHNDORFF During summer’s peak travel season I get variations on the same question from friends and sometimes strangers that go something like this:  “We’re driving south on I-25 to New Mexico. Is there any place to eat down there that’s worth getting off the interstate?” I don’t blame them. I made the same … Continue reading