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Rocky Mountain Funnel Cake Factory is the sugary key to our cold, dead hearts

It was a gloomy weekend in Durango, filled with rain, clouds, and next to no sun. Everything was wet and dreary, and it was a sad reminder that summer will be over come the end of September.

It was these conditions that inspired our trip to our neighbors up north in Silverton. If you’ve never taken US-550 N from...

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WildEdge Brewing kicking off fall with return of Southwest Sour Fest

Is sour beer overrated? That question alone is enough to get you laughed out of the DGO Mag office, and maybe even get a few pens thrown at you as you see yourself out. We don’t tolerate that kind of talk ‘round here. Sour beers are a favorite among our staff, and we take them very (VERY) seriously. Just try prying a...

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Burger King’s Impossible Whopper made eating burgers possible for this non-beef eater

I haven’t had a hamburger grease my taste buds in over three years. Giving up beef was a personal choice I made after watching a news report featuring a skinny, dirty, shaking-from-fear cow just stand in the middle of a busy intersection after it escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York. QUEENS?! I had no idea there...

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The elotes at Switchback aren’t the spicy corn snacks of my childhood, but they’re delicious anyway

When I was a young kid growing up in deep south Texas, elotes were a staple of my diet. Many of my friends’ parents worked at the maquiladoras – American factories that are run just across the border in Mexico to get around things like environmental and labor regulations – so we’d spend a lot of time running around the...

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The New Mexico/Colorado chile war is heating up

The brutal war between New Mexico and Colorado as to who has the best chile continues.

Just a few months after the states’ governors had it out via social media over the Hatch chile versus the Pueblo chile, a New Mexico ad is stirring the pot again.

New Mexico True, the state tourism department, launched a new ad...

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Labor Day weekend grilling: charcoal is tastier but gas is easier

I’ve spent the last five months grilling, and I’m not just talking about drinking in the backyard on the weekends. One of my favorite freelance jobs is as a product tester, and the assignment has been grills since April. I’ve received dozens of them – gas, charcoal, kamado, and smokers. Some of them have been large enough to...

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EBT/SNAP participant? Then you’re eligible for Food Bucks at Durango Natural Foods Co-op

Durango Natural Foods Co-op took its friendly neighborhood grocery store vibe to a new level this summer.

The co-op joined the Old Fort Farm Stand, Durango Farmer’s Market, and Bayfield Farmer’s Market to offer the Double Up Food Bucks Program to EBT/SNAP participants. This makes DNF Co-op, a member-owned food...

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Chang Thai Durango is the latest dubbed gold-at-the-end-of-your-chopsticks heaven

Last year I moved away from Suwanee Thai Cuisine, one of a handful of places worth eating at in central Nebraska, and there’s been a drunken noodles-shaped hole in my soul ever since.

The owner of Suwanee, a Thai native who named the restaurant after his wife, would take an annual trip back to Thailand every summer and...

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Cantera introduces CBD cocktails into the posh mixed drink mix

Cantera on Main Avenue in Durango emanates the artisanal, from the stunning blown glass artwork to the elaborate, aesthetically pleasing cocktails. And now, in a new partnership with the local company Kind Hemp Co, they’re bringing big city posh to downtown by offering high quality CBD oil as an additive to drinks. Infusing...

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Ridgway, the red-headed stepchild of the San Juan Skyway, is a great area for foodies

When I told my friends I was headed to Ridgway for the weekend, it didn’t really surprise me when the response was, “Why?” It’s not that anyone hates on Ridgway; it just seems like a middle-of-nowhere kind of town, nestled unceremoniously between Telluride and Ouray on the San Juan Skyway. Weekend trips are usually planned...

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A Denver roaster plans to offer magic mushroom coffee and tea

Black. Sugar-fueled. Just a tiny amount of half-and-half. Chai. We all like our morning beverages one way or another but Denver coffee roaster Strava Craft Coffee is going to start adding a little magic to their brews.

According to Westword, in July, Strava announced plans to offer psilocybin-infused coffee beans and...

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All beers go to heaven at Taos Mesa Brewing

In the Southwest, it’s an automatic assumption that you’re going to test out the local brewery when visiting another town. We pride ourselves on being amateur craft beer connoisseurs, so we go in ready to judge on the atmosphere, number of selections, flavor, and what kind of food pairings they offer. There’s a lot to...

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WTF is sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch day?

When we moved to the Durango in 2016, our neighbors were super welcoming and kind. “You’ve picked a good neighborhood,” they told us. “We never lock our front doors, except during zucchini season, of course.”

The “of course” addition to that sentence is aimed at anyone who has ever gardened. Those who haven’t may not...

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