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Bites with Blondie: Running into 2019

January 11th, 2019
the brunch run

Cheers to 2019! I know what you’re thinking. Katie, it’s been 10 days since New Year’s Eve. Stop popping champagne bottles. But let’s face it—I CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP. When one gets paid to do a job one loves, one must take it, and pop those bottles until they are gone! Which is exactly what I’ve done for the entire holiday season, long past the ball dropping in Times Square. But now it’s time to face reality. Like 99.9% of Americans, one of my resolutions for the New Year was to lose weight. Actually, my resolution is to lose weight, but still be able to indulge in my favorite... Read More

Bites with Blondie: …And to all a Goodnight.

December 21st, 2018
Katie Friedel

Did you miss me? I know it’s only been two weeks, but I figured it was time to reach back out to my loyal readers. After serving as a food columnist intern for the past three months, I can safely say that I have found my calling. Anyone will tell you, I love food and telling people about it. I love helping to promote local businesses that I think everyone would enjoy. I love that my talent for writing is being put to good use, and that my late grandmother would be so proud of me for pursuing it. But what I love most about having this slice of internet paradise, is having the total creative freedom... Read More

Bites with Blondie: A Sexy Side of Downtown Denver

December 8th, 2018
Gaetanos

Back in the early 2000’s, anyone who was anyone got their mob family fix from The Sopranos. Let’s face it; despite Tony Soprano’s outward image as the garbage man king, he was a badass, who was always taken seriously. He made a mean cocktail while counting money at the Bada Bing club, and spent each Sunday at the famed Italian joint – Bamonte’s. He always drank a glass of his favorite red wine while dunking the perfectly toasted bread into delicious pools of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. In fact, he was always eating. Not only did it make us viewers crave all the Italian classics, but... Read More

Bites with Blondie: The Sweet Tooth In All of Us

November 30th, 2018
Rocket Fizz Candy Store

Hello. My name is Katie…. And I am a candy-a-holic. (Hiiiiiii Katie) It’s true. I’m a sucker for it. Fully addicted. Gummy bears, jelly beans, sour patch kids, york peppermint patties, fun dips, pixie sticks, sweet tarts, taffy, Swedish fish, Cat tails – even those yucky little hard candies every grandmother has sitting in a old dish – You name it. I like it. I know what you’re thinking. Katie – you need help. Seriously girl, get your self together. The truth might be in the pudding – mmmm pudding – but the reality is much more straightforward; here is no real rehab for... Read More

Bites with Blondie: Belly Up to a New Tradition this Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2018
Thanksgiving Dine-Out

Thanksgiving in my family is a big deal. Each year, my dad’s side of my family gathers together to eat good food and drink even better wine. It’s the day I look forward to most out of the year and the perfect kick off to the holiday season. We laugh, talk about what we are thankful for and end the night with a holiday cocktail and games. While it’s all fun and games, literally,  there is always a level of stress involved with creating the perfect meal and experience everyone will enjoy. Although this is our family tradition, some choose to not spend the hours cleaning the house and cooking... Read More

Bites with Blondie: Support the Troops at these Veteran Owned Local Establishments 

November 9th, 2018
hero tenderloin from Colorado Mountain Brewery

I admit, I’m a sucker for a man in uniform. Military uniform to be exact. I’ve spent my life surrounded by members of the military. I grew up hearing stories from both grandfathers of their experiences in the Air Force and Army, experienced life with my best friends stationed in Florida with the Navy and spent the last few years as an Air Force wife, supporting my husband through various deployments. I spent time working at the Department of Veteran Affairs, visiting with veterans about their time in the military, and was humbled by their stories of bravery. Having witnessed many loved ones... Read More

Bites with Blondie: Pigging Out at Bacon Social House

November 2nd, 2018
Bacon Social House

Bacon isn’t just the cut of pig’s back or underbelly. It’s my absolute favorite food. Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with bacon. Maybe I just love salt-cured meats, or maybe it was the fact that my nanny growing up would leave a slice on the counter each morning for me, either way, I love bacon. I’ll shout it from the rooftop. Hell, I even receive bacon inspired gifts as jokes, that I take quite seriously.  Call me weird or pork obsessed if you’d like, it won’t bother me. I’m used to it. So, when a restaurant designed entirely around bacon opened in the Highlands,... Read More

Bites with Blondie: 5 Food Trucks to Try this Fall

October 26th, 2018
Bites with Blondie

From chuck wagons to push carts, food trucks have gained huge popularity in recent years, and as a result, transformed the way Americans dine. Food trucks have evolved from just being a trend, to an official restaurant concept that millions of hungry diners  love. Although the food truck phase got its start in Los Angeles, many cities have adopted the curbside way of life. Listed as one of the “Top Towns” in food truck nation, Denver has certainly made a name for itself, with over 113 food trucks cruising around the city as of April 2018. Being a foodie, I have been to my fair share of food... Read More

BITES WITH BLONDIE: The Harvest Party- Healthy Eats on the Street

October 19th, 2018
The Harvest Party – a unique event hosted by the nonprofit, Groundwork Denver in sponsorship with Yerba Mate Tea.

Let’s face it – as a foodie, I have been to my fair share of events. From Yelp events and food truck rallies to ramen competitions and burger pop ups, I’ve seen and done it all – at various restaurants, venues and locations all over the city. Or so I thought. Have you ever been to an event hosted in a community garden, had freshly prepared ingredients picked from said garden and cooked right in front of your eyes? SAY WHAT. What about an event that showcases the hard work of residents and students, provides guests with healthy food knowledge and creates the true food-to-table experience? ME... Read More

Bites with Blondie: Highlight on Havana – DAE GEE Korean BBQ

October 12th, 2018
DAE GEE Korean BBQ

It all started in 2015. My husband, a Senior Airman in the Air Force Guard, was selected to deploy to South Korea for three months with the 140th Wing. Although it was hard to say goodbye, I knew he was on an adventure of a lifetime with an entire culture to explore. In the months spent overseas, my husband constantly raved about the cuisine, the unique blend of flavors, and the aroma of his favorite little restaurant in the market. He spoke about the hidden gems surrounding base, their house made noodles soaked in broth, he fell in love with chicken bulgogi and even made a special trip to Seoul.... Read More