Tonight only: Camel meat tacos at Los Chingones

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Lori Midson
One hump or two?

The meat in the taco snap above? Camel. And, why not? According to i24news.tv, the camel, "dubbed the 'ship of the desert,' occupies a significant place in the culture of the Arabian Peninsula." In fact, the story continues, in the United Arab Emirate, there are "camel races, camel beauty contests and competitions for the tastiest camel cuisine."

And now -- tonight only -- you can eat camel tacos at Los Chingones, Troy Guard's edgy shrine to tacos on Upper Larimer.

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Photos: Twelve Denver Bronco culinary masterpieces for Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest calorie-consuming holiday of the year after Thanksgiving, but while Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and mashed potatoes, Super Bowl Sunday, at least in Denver, is all about the celebration of the orange-and-blue. We've gotten a full crush of press releases trying to sell us on boring Super Bowl snacks , but we're committed to a blowout, and the photos on the following pages -- some of the most creative and crazy Denver Bronco culinary creations we could find -- are spectacular marvels of Bronco mania. From breast-baring cakes and pancakes to pizza and popcorn, these concoctions, some of which were made locally, sink Seattle's ass.

See also: Photos: Ten epic Super Bowl meat stadiums


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Denver Museum of Nature and Science on the hunt for a sixth taste sense

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All photos courtesy of Genetics of Taste website
Do you see dead people? Well, too bad. That's not the sixth sense that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is looking for. The museum's Genetics of Taste Lab has partnered with Purdue University on a new community study to identify a sixth taste in the human spectrum: sweet, sour, salty, savory, bitter...and soon-to-be something else.

See also: Sneak peak of Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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The twenty goriest and most gruesome Halloween cakes (and one very disturbing baby cake video)

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There's gross -- and there's gross anatomy, the deeply gruesome and gory body parts that hit the table on Halloween, the one day of the year when demonic bakers emerge from their caldrons and devise recipes that make your stomach turn green. The cakes on the following pages, all allegedly edible, are not of the candy corn type. No, these are the twisted works of deranged minds, the kind who find morbid fun in making sure that the rest of us have reoccurring nightmares, even after the haunted houses have retired to the grave. These cakes are proof that bakers aren't afraid to glorify the creep factor. And the there's Dan Gentle, a cake designer who created the "baby cake" -- a cake that may very well be one of the most disturbingly good-in-all-the-wrong-ways works of diabolical art you've ever seen. Proceed with caution when you flip the page.

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Squeaky Bean honors the dearly departed with shrines -- and cocktails

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Johnny Ballen

Leave it to Johnny Ballen, the eccentric (and innovative) owner of the Squeaky Bean, to honor the lives of those that have passed with more than just a obligatory R.I.P.

It all started years ago at the former Squeaky Bean with Farrah Fawcett (who died of anal cancer) -- and whose death was markedly overshadowed by Michael Jackson (who died of a drug overdose). Ballen, who had already given Fawcett -- leggy in that famous swimming suit poster -- a prominent place on the wall, insisted that the poster wasn't enough, and so he immortalized the actress by giving her a permanent shrine on a shelf. Ballen left Jackson's death, on other hand, to play out in the media. "Michael Jackson rained on poor Farrah's parade," deadpans an unapologetic Ballen.

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Can you down a Juicy Lucy burger in less than 39 seconds? Vesper Lounge issues a challenge

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Frank Bonanno still spends most of his time in the kitchen, cooking, hanging out with his chefs and, when the moods strikes, engaging them in battle -- in this case, a burger battle. Yesterday, Bonanno, who owns Mizuna, Bones, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Lou's Food Bar, Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, Wednesday's Pie, Russell's Smokehouse, Green Russell and Vesper Lounge, corralled several of the chefs from Vesper, Mizuna, Luca and Bones into the Vesper kitchen -- and challenged them to eat a Juicy Lucy burger, a two-patty bomb encased with melted cheese that allegedly originated at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.

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- Exclusive first look: Frank Bonanno's Vesper Lounge opens tonight
- Denver's ten best burgers
- Hey, glutton: Can you tackle Denver's beastiest food challenges?

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Booze bandits break into Central Bistro & Bar

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Central Bistro & Bar, 1691 Central Street, was broken into earlier this morning, but all the assailants were interested in, apparently, was alcohol.

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- Reader: Lance Barto's departure from Central Bistro & Bar is "shameful"
- Hot damn! Central Bistro & Bar redefines what a neighborhood restaurant can be


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The Punch Bowl gets in on the Harlem Shake

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The Harlem Shake -- an online dance phenomenon in which friends create goofy routines to the beat of a dubstep song -- has taken over YouTube. And the crew at Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink have decided to get in on the game with a dance of their own, choreographed in front of the restaurant's bowling alley. Keep reading for the very funny video.

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- Harlem Shake: Everything to know about YouTube's viral successor to "Gangnam Style"
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Photos: Ten epic Super Bowl meat stadiums

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If you're one of those optimistic types who think that you can haul a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken to a Super Bowl shindig and generate a touchdown for your meager efforts, you might want to rethink your place on the playing field, because the people who created the ten epic Super Bowl stadiums on the following pages have your ass kicked from here to New Orleans.

These football fanatics have a fetish for pizzazz, a clear competitive edge, a serious obsession with the art of overkill and a manly enthusiasm for meat. These aren't sissy stadiums, people: They're strewn with stacked sandwiches the size of a linebacker's thigh; they pimp corn dogs, cigars of prosciutto and pigs in a blanket; pepperoni and salami sticks are piled high to the sky. Truth be told, there's enough pork in these stadiums to resurrect...Hamlet.

Behold the Super Bowl of meat-cheese-dip-and-chip stadiums.

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Photos: See Zanzibar Billiards Club before it gets a makeover from Spike TV's Bar Rescue

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Kalen Deremo
Zanzibar on the eve of being renovated.
Festooned with random flags and boasting a food menu that includes such culinary delights as "Poppers," the "T-REX" hoagie and "West Side Story" sandwich (which we're guessing is delivered by a campy, gyrating food-runner), Zanzibar Billiards Club recently decided it was in need of a makeover. Luckily for the struggling establishment, Jon Taffer of Spike TV's Bar Rescue has come in to save the day.

Over the last four days Taffer and his crew have placed Zanzibar under the microscope, forcing it to undergo a brutal evaluation process that will culminate with a complete renovation of the bar's concept and design. Prior to Zanzibar's relaunching party on December 11, Westword stopped by to snap some last photos of the interior that partially contributed to the bar's downfall.

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- Zanzibar Billiards gets ready to break on Larimer
- Five wholly unnecessary wine-bar happy-hour fails
- Breckenridge Ballpark Pub gets a makeover; will add new taps, barrel-aged beers

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