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  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17, 2014, after he celebrated its 15th anniversary, to rebuild it...

  • Pikes Pub: Blue moon the perfect occasion to celebrate with a beer

    If you only drink once in a blue moon, Friday is your day. July 31 brings the second full moon of the month, a phenomenon called a blue moon. That happens about once every three years. The timing is perfect for Golden's Blue Moon Brewing Co. They're planning to celebrate the occurrence, which coincides with the label's 20th anniversary. The...

  • Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting July 29, 2015

    WHAT'S COOKING CLASSES ONGOING The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - Homemade Dressings and Salads, 2 p.m. Aug. 8, $40. Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. - Low-Carb Cooking, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10, $10, plus $10 for supplies....

  • Don't let corn be a summer sideshow. Grill it for a salad!

    The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it's time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table. Corn is summer's chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten raw or lightly steamed, or it can hit the grill and get a...

  • Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US

    More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. Today matcha in the U.S. is considerably less monastic. It's being blended into lattes, dusted onto cheesecakes, mixed into chocolate, even...

  • Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

    Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. If you're not familiar with it, you'll want to be. Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl - white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, the meat is tossed in Korean barbecue sauce, lending a perfect sweetness to balance the tangy and spicy...

  • Eat Well: Monument-based cookbook author goes nuts for almond milk

    The price is sure right: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is offering free nutrition and cooking classes. Even better, you'll get money back for attending. The store has a Passport to Healthy Eating card, which lists all the classes being offered in upcoming weeks. Each time you attend a class, you get an apple stamp on the card. Attend four...

  • Colorado Springs area beer related events starting July 29,2015

    BREW CALENDAR Mondays-Sundays Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room Tours - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, free. Limited to 25 people, first-come, first-served; greatdivide.com/tap-room/tours....

  • LIST: Farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area

    A look at farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area: Daily - Spencer's Lawn & Garden Center, 1430 S. Tejon St., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, through November, 632-2788, spencersgardens.com Monday - Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., June...

  • Popular downtown Colorado Springs bagel restaurant to close - for now

    A longtime downtown Colorado Springs bagel and coffee shop that has been a popular place to grab a quick snack, breakfast or lunch will temporarily close at the end of business Friday. Einstein Bros. Bagels, 32 N. Tejon St., will undergo a remodeling that will keep it closed until Sept. 9, Candyce Hedlund, a spokeswoman for parent company...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs garden center offers samples of roasted chilies

    It's getting close to chili-roasting time. Alice Robinson, who with her husband, Dan, owns Spencer's Lawn and Garden Centers, 1430 S. Tejon St., is getting ready to host a couple of Quesadilla Days, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22. On those days she sets up several hot plates on which she cooks quesadillas with different types of roasted...

  • Dining Review: Cajun finds a home in Manitou; you may find decadence

    The availability of crawfish at BooDad's Louisiana Cafe's menu started a discussion about the tiny crustaceans that went from nostalgic to best-eating techniques. It's no wonder this was a topic of conversation: Crawfish, along with other proteins, is featured on as many as eight different items, from salads to wraps, from po'boys to etouffee...

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