1. Cut 2 pounds of bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook over medium-high heat in a large skillet, stirring occasionally, until bacon is browned, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain grease, reserving ¼ to ½ cup, and place bacon on paper towels to drain.
2. Return the reserved bacon grease to the pan...
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox is a restaurant, a bar, and a live music venue—and sometimes sports bar—all in one. —Photos by Carmel Zucker
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
The Draw: Bawdy decor and a lively menu in a supper-club space that just won’t quit
The Drawback: Most dishes don’t know when to stop; good ideas are buried under an avalanche of ingredients
Don't Miss: Duck wings, Belgian mussels, mushroom...
Katsu's shoyu (foreground) and tan tan ramens. —Photo by Sarah Boyum
For all of its ethnic eateries, Aurora has typically been devoid of notable ramen houses. Not anymore. Katsu Ramen chef Shinsuke Hirao, who earned his cred in Osaka, Japan, serves traditional ramens. Try the spicy chicken version with thick noodles and peppery broth. 1930 S. Havana...
Cookies 'N' Cream—Photo by Carmel Zucker
Winter in Colorado means two things: soft powder on the slopes and craft suds waiting for you back at the lodge. Those are two pretty great things—and they can actually be made better when the après-ski drink becomes a beer-based cocktail. Here, four ways to elevate your stout, all approved by...
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Restaurants in Golden tend to skew casual (burritos and beer overkill). But three-month-old bistro Abejas, which means “bees” in Spanish, has taken a more upscale approach. Chef Nicholas Ames, who previously worked at Spuntino, leans heavily on local produce and French technique. Expect precise...
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
As you head to the mountains from central Denver, you’re almost destined to drive past Jamaican Grill. The eatery sits at the busy intersection of West Eighth Avenue and Galapago Street. If you were to walk by, the aroma of curry and spice would draw you in, but when you cruise by in a car, there’s...
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1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, scald (heat to just below boiling) 3 ¼ ounces heavy cream.
2. Place 2 ½ ounces chopped milk chocolate (for a richer flavor, substitute dark chocolate) in a heat-proof bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 30 seconds.
—Photos by Aaron Colussi
The Draw: A fun tour through Southeast Asia—and beyond—via its street food
The Drawback: Playful interpretations don’t always nail the essences of these great dishes
Don't Miss: Thai chicken curry, steamed buns, any noodle dish
Details: Small plates $8 to $10; mains $14...