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When the flurries inevitably fly this month (Colorado’s snowiest, historically), you’ll find us getting warm from the inside out via Chinese hot pot at the eight-month-old Bronze Empire on South Colorado Boulevard. The communal, fondue-esque dining experience heats up as your server plunks down a metal pot filled with the flavored broth of your choice—we love the spicy version’s moderate kick. Individual table burners bring the savory liquid to a vigorous simmer. Co-owner and Beijing native Tian Xia makes it easy to choose what goes into your pot by offering a variety of combinations, from the tofu combo (fresh tofu, porous frozen tofu, tofu skins, and a bounty of fresh veggies) to meatier options such as the Empire’s tender rib-eye and brisket, pork belly, and crispy ramen noodles. You’ll soon figure out the ideal amount of time to dunk each item: three quick seconds for tenderloin; a full five minutes for hearty cabbage leaves. The broth’s flavor intensifies as it bubbles away, providing ample reason to linger at the table (and stay out of the cold).