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Yakety yak: Some helpful words on take-out from Durango’s Himalayan Kitchen

Even during the height of the governor’s stay-at-home order, a large percentage of Durango’s restaurants stayed open — at least enough to fulfill take-out orders. And, as everyone in the city’s tourism industry is fond of pointing out, while Durango has a greater density of restaurants per capita than San Francisco, it’s...

A browsing-free guide to new brews at many of Durango’s liquor stores

If you tried to buy beer or alcohol in April in Durango, there’s a pretty good chance the store wouldn’t let you come inside. Instead, they met you at the door and asked for your shopping list. If you’re like us, this cramps your non-quarantine style of wandering the store and staring at the contents of the refrigeration...

‘Drink Better Beer’: A guidebook for navigating the second craft beer revolution

The craft beer industry is riding its second wave. The first wave, which crested in the early 2000s, was the one that saw people turn toward craft beer and away from macrobrews, leading to the rise of thousands of breweries nationally and worldwide. Rather than numbers, the second wave is characterized by diversity.

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Steak, the Strater, and self-dating: Living it up in quarantine

Unlike many Coloradans, I tend to hibernate through the winter. During those short days and long, cold nights, I sit indoors, planning out the rest of the year. And spring 2020 was going to rock. There were food and beer festivals to go to, live music to enjoy, and even movies to look forward to seeing at the...

A guide to Durango restaurants still serving for pickup or delivery during the coronavirus pandemic

Not everything has to be doom and gloom during this worldwide pandemic, just most of it! Meanwhile, we’re taking what we can get as far as bright spots in our weeks and one of those includes local restaurants that are still doing business.

See, while the idea of learning to cook all these new things while holed up at...

Bad ideas 101: Let’s conduct a Faygo taste test

Whoop whoop, my ninjas.

On a recent trip through Mancos, we noticed the P & D Grocery carries around seven different flavors of Faygo soda. Naturally, we bought the six flavors they had in stock and decided to conduct a little taste test.

What’s that? You’ve never heard of Faygo? Let us fill you...

Trying out Surf ’N Tacos turf-ier fare during a time of restaurant chaos

For many Colorado foodies, and those in food service, the coronavirus restrictions felt uncomfortably close to home when Governor Jared Polis shut down all restaurants for dine-in service. A large percentage of the affected eateries have pivoted toward delivery and take-out options, while others have closed entirely, hoping...

Ska Brewing hard seltzers should be a virtual happy hour staple during the COVID-19 crisis

One of the many staples of the coronavirus experience is virtual happy hours. If you’re not doing them already, please start living your best life and get on it. It’s a great way to feel like you’re hanging out with friends and to show off whatever happens to be in your sad coffee mug that evening — be it wine or just...

Keep the local suds alive during the pandemic

Some of the most American headlines you’ll ever see have come out of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Liquor, marijuana, and guns are also popular among coronavirus hoarders,” one LA Times headline read.

“Jared Leto emerges from 12-day desert meditation to find coronavirus pandemic,” many news outlets reported.

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Laws Whiskey House: A Colorado distillery making really good rye from Colorado grains

If you went back in time to the Revolutionary War and sat down for a stiff drink with General George Washington, you’d probably be sipping a rye whiskey with the future president. Not only did Washington grow rye at Mount Vernon, it was also the most popular grain for distilling in the United States until...

Three Barrel Brewing Co. – beer and pizza in Del Norte

Del Norte – the gateway to the San Luis Valley. For most travelers headed east it’s a crossroads, where you decide if you’re clinging to U.S. 160 all the way to the Front Range or turning north and taking the Gunbarrel (U.S. 285) up to wherever you’re going. But, before choosing your path, there may be places in Del Norte...

A quest to eat something dinosaur-ish leads to T’s Smokehouse

I was recently rereading Micheal Crichton’s classic novel, “Jurassic Park.” At the beginning of the book, a girl is attacked by a small dinosaur called procompsognathus, which the author describes as being about the size of and moving like a chicken. This got me to thinking: What would a dinosaur taste like?

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