Watching the World Cup with the American Outlaws at the British Bulldog

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There's no room inside the British Bulldog by kickoff, but luckily for you, the party spills outside during the World Cup.

The British Bulldog may be the most American bar in Denver during the FIFA World Cup. Go to one its parties during a USA match through July, and prepare to be serenaded by multiple Bruce Springsteen songs, stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the sun and get an occasional drop of beer spilled on you.

You'll love every minute of it.

See also: Just in time for the World Cup, Brazilian Acaraje debuts in Denver

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Empanada Express Grill closes original location in Golden

Categories: Word of Mouth

Some of Denver's most popular South American restaurants are devoted to empanadas -- but they're going through a few changes.

Empanada Express Grill started as a cart that served up fluffy empanadas on the streets of Golden, then opened a brick-and-mortar location in a quiet spot in that town. Too quiet. That restaurant, as well as a second location that opened last year on East Colfax Avenue, is now closed. "Our owner had a baby and didn't have enough time for all three locations," explains a server at Empanada Express's' northwest Denver location, the last one standing. It continues to serve up its namesake empanadas, plus an array of such Venezuelan specialties as hallacas, tostadas, griddled arepas, paella, a variety of fresh chilled juices, and tropical milkshakes.

See also: Fifteen best South American Restaurants in Denver

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In the kitchen with Carrie Shores, exec chef of Table 6: summer heirloom tomato salad


"This heirloom tomato salad represents me as a chef, pure and simple," says Carrie Shores, exec chef of Table 6 and the subject of this week's Chef and Tell interview. The salad, a dish on the restaurant's current menu "is how I eat every day, and now is the perfect time to make use of the state's tummy tomatoes," she adds, noting it's a "perfect celebration of summer." Included, too, is a recipe for the gluten-free kalamata olive flatbread at Table 6. "The dough is so versatile that it'll become a staple in your kitchen, even for people who typically don't eat a gluten-free diet," insists Shores.

See also: Carrie Shores, chef of Table 6: "Learn to expand your horizons"

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Five reasons why it's perfectly okay to breastfeed in restaurants

Annnnnnd Chick-Fil-A is in the news again...
In yet another demographic-alienating screw-up, an employee at a Tennessee Chick-Fil-A approached a woman who was breastfeeding in the store's play area and asked her to cover up. The woman said didn't want to throw a towel over her child because the hungry tot would just push it away -- and by law she didn't have to cover up, anyway, because breastfeeding is perfectly legal in Tennessee. With or without cover.

The Chick-fil-A employee apologized. Smart move, because Chick-fil-A is obsessed with reminding us how family-friendly it is. And that means it should be best friends with breast-feeding mothers. Here are five reasons why:

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- Five Chick-Fil-A protest moves guaranteed to ruffle feathers
- Five good things about the Chick-Fil-A controversy
- Chick-Fil-A's new desserts are sweet -- but the chain's politics don't fly

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Cooking with Pete and Barb Marczyk: Thumbprint cookies with a trio of jams

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Laurie Smith

Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast.

Thumbprint jam cookies -- also called "Trios" -- are classics, and while they're especially popular during the holidays, Barb says that the impending arrival of spring is reason enough to dig out your baking sheet and gather a crowd of cookie cohorts. This recipe, which uses jams from Dagstani & Sons, a local company that sells their products -- fruit jams, preserves and marmalade -- at local markets, including Marczyk's, benefits from three combinations of jams: caramel apple, pear vanilla and peach cardamom. "These jams are classic with just a little bit of crazy," says Barb, adding that jams are becoming increasingly popular -- and this company, she insists, makes them right. When making the following recipe, you hold try to avoid using any large pieces of fruit. It's a bit time consuming, but "they're fun to cook and the presentation is beautiful," says Barb, noting that they pair especially well with a pot of hot tea.

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- Cooking with Pete and Barb Marczyk: Chocolate bundt cake
- Cooking with Pete and Barb Marczyk: Preserved plum and goat cheese pissaladière
- Come to papas -- a perfect Peruvian party food

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Five food trends that need to die with 2012

Die! Die! Die until you are dead!
This year has been an interesting and generally productive one for food trends, with global tastes well-established, house-made fruit and vegetable pickles all the rage, gourmet burgers and craft brews holding steady, and Peruvian and Thai fusion cuisine everywhere. But with the good comes the bad, and there are definitely a few food trends that have outlived their usefulness, and need to be put out of our misery.

Here are the top five food trends that should end when 2012 does. Cupcake-sized caskets, anyone?

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- Bugged by the Huffington Post's "11 Biggest Food Trends of 2011"
- Behold our 2011 food trend predictions

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Twenty foodie gifts from Cost Plus World Market

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J. Wohletz
Chocolate liquor bottles mean it's Christmas time!
Cost Plus World Market is usually a one-stop gift shop for foodies, but during the holiday season it becomes a wonderland of seasonal edibles, drinkables and everything to create and serve them, including winter-themed cookware and dishes that you'll only use once a year. The prices are reasonable for imported merchandise -- which explains why it's so frickin' easy to drop a few bills and not even realize it until that pesky cash register spits out the numbers.

So I went, I shopped, I bought a lot of stuff, and then discovered the answer to an age-old holiday question: Are those shelf-stable Christmas cakes in the boxes any good? I also came up with a list of twenty foodie gifts available at Cost Plus -- including guesswork-free eggnog, bacon-flavored popcorn, chocolate donkeys and yellow snow that you can eat.

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-Five perfect holiday wine gifts for every budget
-Medical marijuana holiday gift guide: High ho-ho-ho!
-Our favorite local culinary gifts of 2012: Spuntino's hot chocolate mix and salted caramel marshmallows

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The Burnsley Hotel -- and its bar and restaurant -- closing in December

Free food alert! California Pizza Kitchen is giving out kid's meals on Halloween

Free food! Free food!
The generous, if opportunistic, folks at the California Pizza Kitchen at Park Meadows are offering costumed youngsters a free meal on Wednesday, October 31, so if you have no interest in cooking tomorrow, this deal could be just the trick you need to treat yourself to.

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-California Pizza Kitchen rolls out low-cal items that deserve high praise
-Best Place to Score With a Twenty-Something Whose Parents Still Pay the Rent-California Pizza Kitchen

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Photos: Wacky Halloween treats from Rocket Fizz

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J. Wohletz
The traditional Halloween Jello mold--fill it with cream of mushroom this year.
Colorado is home to the highest number of Google searches for Halloween treats, according to NBC's Today; fortunately, the Centennial State has plenty of places to get our sugar rush. And we just acquired one more: A second Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop (the original is at 1512 Larimer Street) has opened at 9567 South University Boulevard C-1 in Highlands Ranch.

Keep reading to see some of Rocket Fizz's more bizarre Halloween sweets and treats.

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-Photos: Sugarlicious stocks scary Halloween treats
- Photos: Denver gets a Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop
- Think the election is scary? Try our grab bag of Halloween events!

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