Eats & Beats

Eats & Beats
1:42 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Italy Beer Country

From its humble beginnings in a few basements around the U.S. two decades ago, craft brewing has become a truly worldwide phenomenon.   Two local craft brew enthusiasts turned their passion into the ultimate field trip, searching for craft brews around the wine-dominated countryside of Italy.

The result of their travels  is the book Italy Beer Country. It's being launched in Denver this week, just before the Craft Brewers national convention visits town.  Authors Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis to describe what they discovered.

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Eats & Beats
1:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Casa Bonita celebrates 40

On Eats & Beats this week, we heard from Mike Mason, the manager of the landmark Mexican eatery, Casa Bonita.  The occasion was their 40th anniversary on March 27, 2014, and celebrated by a two-hour cliff diving show on Saturday, March 29.

It's even hard for Mason to explain the enduring appeal of a busy, three-story restaurant with, yes, cliff divers, gun fighters, gorillas chasing damsels, puppet shows and more.   He began at Casa Bonita 38 years ago as a busboy.

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Eats & Beats
12:41 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Best New Restaurants: 5280 Mag's Top 10

In a culinary hotspot like Denver, would one really want to risk it all on opening a new restaurant?  5280 Magazine's food editor Amanda Faison joined First Take to salute "Best New Restaurants - the 10 Hippest, Most Delicious Restaurants in Denver Right Now."  (LINK to cover story)

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Eats & Beats
3:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Denver's Tequila Library

Enjoy this radio tour of a relatively new establishment  over on Little Raven near the South Platte River, right next door to the popular eatery Zengo.  Our tour guide is  Jason Hayes, bar manager  at La Biblioteca de Tequila (the library of tequila).  General manager Kelly Berger also appears in this radio tour.

This reporter started pretty much at the beginning, knowing nothing (or not wanting to remember what he learned in college) about tequila.  An important fact: authentic tequila comes from the agave plant grown only  in the Jalisco region of Mexico.

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Eats & Beats
3:15 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

The delightful suprise of Asian grocery shopping

Credit Aurora Magazine

It looked like cheese sticks, but it was dried fish tubes.  It looked like figs, but it was fish roe.  It looked like juice packets, but it was dishwashing soap.  Those and other surprises greeted Dave Perry, editor of Aurora Magazine.  He shared the joy of a recent trip to H Mart (the Asian grocery superstore at 2751 S. Parker Road).

The article "Local Taste of Asia" in the Feb. 2014 issue of Aurora Magazine.

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