Pamela Hasterok

Position: Special to the Herald

Seated with strangers

They do it in Chicago. They do it in Los Angeles. They do it in Denver. And now, believe it or not, restaurants are doing it here. You never know who you’ll sit next to at dinner anymore. Honestly....

DATE: Jan. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Food

A smooth(ie) start to the new year

Spinach and beets, avocados and peanut butter, chia seeds and bee pollen – smoothies have come a long way from fruit, yogurt and juice. In fact, for a lot of people they’re not a drink at all....

DATE: Jan. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Food

Top 10 for under $20

Want a scrumptious, smooth, red wine to go with your filet mignon tonight? You could break out a Romanee-Conti, a Burgundy coveted by Russian oligarchs and Japanese carmakers, or you could pop open...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Taking root

They were small, round and white, like radishes, only cuter. I’d never seen them before. They’re delicious, said a friend who generously shared her holiday market purchase with me. They were not....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Your cup of tea

If you use a bag to make your tea, beware – culinary poobahs will throw you in with those gauche and misguided souls who still drink instant coffee. No matter if you paid $10 a box for premium...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Has bacon lost its sizzle?

Restaurants focused on vegetables. Pork belly missing from appetizer lists. Bacon ice cream, doughnuts, mouthwash, all publicly denounced. What’s going on? Is bacon – that fatty, salty, decadent...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Goodies for foodies

I’ve looked everywhere – Durango Coffee Co., Urban Market, Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’ve searched online – Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma, Chef’s. The kitchen gods have determined they will make no more....

DATE: Nov. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Guilty pleasure or healthy habit?

The candy in your daughter’s Halloween pumpkin is calling you – the Snickers and Milky Way bars, the Reese’s cups and M&M’s. It’s all you can do to keep from sneaking away with your favorites while...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

Savoring the season

Ribs, pumpkin, bacon, apples, lamb shanks, potatoes. It’s autumn and meat-and-potatoes dining is more popular than ever. Not that a good steak and a baked potato would ever be turned away in...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

A very good year

A mild spring, not too much rain and, other than birds (we’re not the only ones who love grapes), local winemakers say 2014 is an almost ideal harvest. “It was a good year, hot and dry, no mildew,...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

How to break a fast

Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish year, will start Friday night. For 24 hours, you don’t drink, you don’t eat and you don’t have sex. Instead, you think about the sins you committed...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

A new brew

Like wine before it, craft beer is having an American moment. Here in Durango, it’s having a celebration. Yes, one more brew pub is coming our way – the second in two years and the sixth overall....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Food

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