Reader: So Tocabe Will Be the Next Trend for Douchebag "Foodies"?

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Mark Manger
Making fry bread at Tocabe.
For years, we've heard that Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery, which opened in northwest Denver in December 2008, would soon have a second outlet -- maybe in downtown, maybe on Broadway, maybe in Aurora, on Broadway. But now that second Tocabe is becoming a reality...in Centennial?

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Tocabe Does Chipotle One Better -- With Fry Bread

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Reader: Yes, We Are Learning as We Go at Kobe An Shabu Shabu

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Danielle Lirette
Vegetables ready to take a dip at Kobe An Shabu Shabu.
The conversation about Gretchen Kurtz's recent review of Kobe An Shabu Shabu, a long-anticipated restaurant that opened this year in LoHi, got hot -- hot enough to disintegrate the shabu shabu meat and veggies that diners are supposed to drop in hot broth and swish into a DIY dinner.

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Reader: If They Don't Want Illegal Pete's in Fort Collins, I'll Take One at Southlands

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Philip Poston
It's in the cards: Inside Illegal Pete's on South Broadway.
Since he opened his first store in Boulder almost twenty years ago, Pete Turner has been serving up big burrito as well as lots of community support for neighbors, musicians and other good causes. But recently, Illegal Pete's has also been the source of plenty of food for thought: A group in Fort Collins, where Turner will open his seventh store next month, charges that the name is racist, and has asked that Turner change the name of his business. Should he?

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Reader: Paranoid Parents, Don't Send Your Obnoxious Kids Out to Beg for Candy

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smartcolorado.org
Billboards have gone up around town, asking "Can you spot the pot?" They're from smartcolorado.org, of course, the leading opponent of legalized marijuana. But the Denver Police Department is also cautioning parents that their kids might be handed pot-laced candy this Halloween, and media outlets are jumping on the story. And what's the real chance that a kid will pick up cannabis next Friday? Smaller than an unwrapped orange M&M, says Jenn Wohletz, who explained why Halloween won't be cannapocalypse this week.

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Reader: The Food Network Should Be Beating Down My Door

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Colorado's own Howie Drummond stirred up the seventh series of Food Network Star.
Do you have what it takes to be the next celebrity chef? Our announcement that the Food Network would be holding a casting call for Food Network Star in Denver on November 1 inspired a number of Howie haters to pop up -- and several people to toss their toque in the ring....

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Reader: Overpriced, Overvalued -- Denver Restaurant Week Is Dead

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Visit Denver
Mayor Michael Hancock gets a cooking lesson at a Denver Restaurant Week kickoff.
Denver Restaurant Week hasn't actually been a week-long for years. Soon after the event started more than a decade ago, some participating restaurants decided to extend the DRW deals on their own. And a half-dozen years ago, Visit Denver, the organizer, made it official -- extending DRW to two weeks as a way of forking the recession. The annual event never shrank back to seven days, though. And this year, in response to comments from both stuffed diners and exhausted restaurant employees that fourteen days was simply too much of a good thing, Denver Restaurant Week was split in half, to a week in February and a week in August. But Visit Denver just announced that it was doing away with the August edition and scheduling a ten-day Denver Restaurant Week in February. "The perfect 'best of both worlds' compromise appears to be to run it for ten days, encompassing two complete weekends in the traditional slow period of February," explains Justin Bresler of Visit Denver.

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Reader: If You Want Non-GMO, Go Overpay for It at a Hippie Store

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Anthony Camera
The original Chipotle location on East Evans -- is this an overpriced hippie store?
Last week Chipotle Mexican Grill officially endorsed Proposition 105, the Colorado ballot initiative that would require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled, "Produced With Genetic Engineering." Although Chipotle -- and other restaurants -- would not be subject to the regulation, the homegrown burrito chain is already listing menu items that contain genetically modified ingredients on its website. And although Chipole had warned that food costs are rising, partly as a result of the attention it pays to using quality ingredients, yesterday the company reported that sales had risen 19.8 percent in its third quarter -- beating Wall Street expectations.

See also: Chipotle Endorses Proposition 105 Requiring Labeling of GMOs in Colorado

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Reader: Don't Blame Gentrification, Blame a Bad Business Model

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Danielle Lirette
The Noshery opened this summer across the street from Regis University.
Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed The Noshery, a bakery-cafe that she says is the kind of place every neighborhood needs. But does the neighborhood itself need to change? That's a big question across northwest Denver, including the area by Regis University where Andrea Knight opened the Noshery.

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Reader: Prop 105 Is About Scientific Illiteracy and Irrational Fear

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Chipotle founder Steve Ells supports Proposition 105.
Have you decided how you're voting on Proposition 105, the ballot measure that would require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled "Produced With Genetic Engineering." This week, Chipotle officially endorsed 105-- which does not apply to restaurants. "Fundamentally, we believe that people have a right to know what's in the food they eat," chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells said in a statement announcing Chipotle's position. "Consumers want this information, and we are already giving it to them. But well-funded opposition groups continue to fight labeling efforts, with opponents putting their own profits ahead of consumer preferences."

See also: Chipotle Founder Steve Ells's $85,000 Investment That Foiled the World

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Reader: Enough of Those Hip Spots -- the Senada Bakery Has Hunks!

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Danielle Lirette
Andrea Knight opened The Noshery this summer.
This week Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Noshery, a bakery-cafe that's a welcome addition to northwest Denver -- and just the kind of place that every neighborhood should have. Fortunately, many neighborhoods around town have their own great hangouts, including the five bakery-cafes profiled here.

See also: Five Bakery-Cafes in Denver Where You'll Want to Sit for Hours

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