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Food Editor

Patricia Kaowthumrong

Food Editor

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. A Colorado native, she graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado Boulder with degrees in journalism and psychology. Prior to joining the 5280 team, she wrote and edited travel marketing content for the Colorado Tourism Office and Wyoming Office of Tourism. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys cooking Thai and Chinese dishes with her mother and spending time with her husband, Gavin, and cocker spaniel, Teddy Roosevelt. Her other loves include anchovies, tequila, and fried chicken.

Articles By Patricia Kaowthumrong

Green-chile-topped carnitas with house-made tortillas on the new menu at Casa Bonita

Everything You Need to Know About Casa Bonita’s New Menu

Here’s what to expect from the pink palace’s highly anticipated food and drink lineup, from slow-braised carnitas to mezcal-infused cocktails.

A plate of chicken, small metal bowls with various curries, and naan at best Indian restaurant.

18 of the Best Indian Restaurants in Denver

We’ve rounded up our favorite Front Range restaurants serving South Asian specialties, from biryani in Denver to idli in Boulder.

How to Cook with Indian Spices, According to a Colorado Pro

Bina Mehta, a Fort Collins–based Indian chef and spice master, shares her expertise, from what to stock in your pantry to misconceptions about masala and curry powders.

How Artist Grace Gee Encourages Healing Through Storytelling

Bubbling Up, Gee’s collection of accounts of racism and injustice from members of Colorado’s BIPOC community, is on display at the Louisville Public Library through mid-June.

How the Rise in Anti-Asian Racism Changed My Life

The recent surge in xenophobia made me re-evaluate my identity as an Asian American and seek therapy. But the lack of culturally responsive mental health care in Colorado leaves many other community members behind.

Susan’s Samosas Are a Ready-to-Reheat Taste of East Africa

Susan Loriho’s samosas are inspired by her journey from her native Sudan, to a Kenyan refugee camp, to Boulder.

15 of Denver’s Best Thai Restaurants

Satisfy your cravings for classics like pad see ew, massaman curry, and tom yum soup at these stellar spots, many of which also serve a bevy of delicious lesser-known specialities.

The 983 Big Cheesy at Cherry Cricket.

The Best Burgers in Denver and Beyond

Check out our updated list of favorite restaurants serving crave-worthy renditions of the bun-and-protein combo, including 15 new additions.

Bodega Denver Stacks Some of Sunnyside’s Sexiest Sandwiches

Head to Bodega Denver for sloppy smashburgers, birria French dips, and chile-crisp fried chicken sandwiches.

16 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene, Spring 2023

From an Asian food hall to an eastern European eatery, here’s what’s new and noteworthy in the Front Range dining scene right now.

A spread at best Chinese restaurant Meet and Eat Bistro in Denver.

20 of Denver’s Best Chinese Restaurants

The Denver metro area is rife with excellent Chinese restaurants slinging noodle soups, roast duck, and other regional specialties. Here are the best we found.

SAME executive director Carrie Shores. Photo courtesy of SAME Café

5 Questions for Carrie Shores, Executive Director of SAME Café

Shores dishes on misconceptions about the pay-how-you-can restaurant, hopes for the nonprofit’s future, and her favorite foods and Denver restaurants.

Mawa McQueen sits at a bench in front of a yellow wall at Mawita.

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

If you want to support female-led food and beverage businesses in Colorado, this is a good place to start.

The Ultimate Guide to Denver’s Food Truck Scene

Get to know the yummiest meals on wheels in the Front Range and the manpower—or horsepower—behind them.

A plate of culurgione ravioli on top of red sauce, topped with parmesan, from Colorado meal prep company Casa Crobu

12 Colorado Meal Prep Services that Bring Dinner to Your Door

These Colorado-based meal kit companies will shop, prep, and cook for you.

A white plate with three different cuts of meat.

The Fort Celebrates 60 Years, Continues to Honor Frontier Cuisine

Find out how to make the iconic Morrison restaurant’s house vinaigrette, which is infused with an aphrodisiac herb that the Fort has sourced since 1963.

The Best Places to Brunch in Denver

Whether you’re craving waffles, omelets, or chilaquiles, here’s everything you need to know about brunching well in the Mile High City.

The Definitive Guide to Brunching in Denver and Beyond

Give your Saturday or Sunday funday the delicious start it deserves.

Enjoy International Brunch at These 7 Local Restaurants and Bakeries

Tired of American-style eats? Explore a more global side of breakfast and brunch at these Denver area spots serving fare from China, Armenia, and other countries.

15 of the Best Denver Distilleries

Find out where to sip the tastiest gin, vodka, whiskey, and other thoughtfully crafted spirits on the Front Range—plus, four destination-worthy sipping spots.

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