April 2017

Restaurant Total critical violations Descriptions
Old School House, 46778 U.S. Highway 550 (follow-up) 1
  • Pests present in the facility.
Kendall Mountain Cafe, 1421 Greene St., Silverton 0
  • No critical violations.
Pickle Barrel, 1304 Greene St., Silverton 2
  • Employees not washing hands when required.
  • Bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food.
Golden Block Brewery, 1227 Greene St., Silverton 0
  • No critical violations.
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, 11274 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus 1
  • Damaged cans not stored properly.
Hilltop House, 1050 Avenida Del Sol 0
  • No critical violations.
Ignacio Elememtary School, 115 Ute St. 1
  • Damaged cans not stored properly.
Ignacio Middle School, 85 County Road 320 1
  • Mechanical warewashing machine inadequately sanitizes.
Ignacio High School, 115 Ute St. 1
  • Hose attached to water outlet without backflow protecter.
Chato's Mexican Restaurant, 230 Country Center, Pagosa Springs 3
  • Raw or undercooked animal food served without adequate consumer advisory.
  • Food-contact surfaces not cleaned or sanitized as required.
  • Hand sinks not properly plumbed with hot and cold water.
Boulder Coffee Cafe, 2839 Cornerstone Drive, Unit 1, Pagosa Springs 1
  • Employee observed wiping hands on soiled apron, clothes and common towel.
High Country Lodge, 3821 E. U.S. Highway 160, Pagosa Springs 0
  • No critical violations.
Basking Robbins, 32 Town Plaza 5
  • Employees not washing hands when required.
  • Person in charge not educating/monitoring employees.
  • Food-contact surfaces not cleaned or sanitized as required.
  • Hand sink not stocked with soap, towels or approved drying device.
  • Sanitizer concentration too high and/or improperly used at manual warewashing operation.

Critical Violation Categories

A critical violation is one likely to contribute directly to food-borne illness. Inspectors put violations in the following categories:

  • Food obtained from unapproved source; food not wholesome, free from spoilage or washed before use.
  • Employees not free from infections or illness, not practicing good hand-washing or personal hygiene, or not trained in food safety.
  • Food not held at proper hot or cold holding temperatures or not cooked to proper internal temperature. Inadequate equipment for maintaining proper food temperatures.
  • Food preparation equipment or utensils improperly sanitized.
  • Safe water source unavailable. Plumbing or sewage systems not working properly.
  • Adequate hand-washing facilities, soap and towels not available or accessible.
  • Not using proper pest-control practices, or premises not free from pests, insects and animals.
  • Toxic or poisonous items improperly stored, labeled or used.
Restaurant Inspections
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An old favorite returns to the rotation with a leaner look

Curried Singapore Noodles was my standard order at a restaurant in Washington’s Chinatown – until it wasn’t. That kitchen’s particular proportions of curried sauce, rice noodles, vegetables, egg...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer takes on disease with food

It’s been known for centuries that the food you eat affects your health. In today’s world, the incidence of cancer and chronic disease is at an all-time high and continues to rise. No one knows...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Haiti’s chefs carving out higher profile for country’s cuisine

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –In a dining room in a wealthy district in the hills above Haiti’s capital, waiters in black outfits whisk plates of crunchy malanga fritters and creamy polenta to well-off...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Why you should cook up a batch of this ‘new’ ancient grain

Sorghum, a whole grain that has been a staple food in Africa and India for centuries, is finally getting its moment on the American table. It is well suited for our modern world because it is...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Cascara – a soda made from coffee cherries – could be this summer’s ‘it’ drink

There was cold brew, then nitro cold brew. Matcha had a moment. And then, of course, came the Unicorn Frappuccino. Now the next “it” drink could come from a part of the coffee plant that has...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Feds and Walmart allege canned tuna prices fixed

BANGKOK – Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the U.S. – Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist – conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a taste for one of...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Fried rice is good for you when you make it like this

This recipe turns a humble bowl of rice into a lip-smackingly tasty meal. It feels like an indulgence, but the dish is actually good for you. The bowl is brimming with colorful spring vegetables –...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Indulge your senses, foster community at Taste of Durango

The Taste of Durango, organized by the Durango chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, is an annual event that goes beyond feeding the belly. It’s a culinary feast of sights, street...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Durango Farmers Market begins; others approaching

As summer approaches, farmers markets are returning to Durango and the surrounding area. The Durango Farmers Market began on Saturday. It will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. (9 a.m. in October)...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Durango-based authors to launch anti-cancer diet book

A book launch for The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, by Dr. Nasha Winters, and Jess Higgins Kelley will be held Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Eolus Bar & Dining, 919 Main Ave in Durango. A $40 ticket...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Not quite peanuts and Cracker Jacks

The idea of serving edible grasshoppers at a baseball game isn’t as crazy as it sounds. The Seattle Mariners brought that curious offering to their ballpark this season, and although it might have...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

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Katz’s Deli to offer a taste of old New York by mail

NEW YORK – Katz’s Delicatessen has been urging customers to “send a salami to your boy in the Army” for generations. Now, the New York City restaurant, where everyone’s favorite scene from “When...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food