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A heaping bowl of Tan Tan Ramen (spicy chicken) is just one of many dishes available for restauranteurs Jan. 30 at Katsu Ramen. Husband and wife Change Lee and Yumi Ogai, along with business partner Masumi Higo started serving traditional Japanese noodle bowls at Katsu Ramen, their new restaurant on Jan. 26 at the corner of South Havana Street and East Jewell Street in Aurora. The menu at Katsu (Japanese for victory) Ramen was designed by longtime Osaka, Japan ramen chef Shinsuke Hirao, who typically spends between 12 and 15 hours a day perfecting the restaurant’s signature noodle broth. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s not for everybody, that’s what I thought,” he said. “But somehow a lot of customers are coming to try Tonkatsu, maybe because Colorado is growing so there are a lot of people from the East Coast and West Coast, where a lot of people know the dish.”

Owners Katerina and Nisso Larden's moved to Aurora from Israel three years ago to raise their children, and they started the eatery as a way to connect with their neighbors amidst the big box chains that inhabit the Pioneer Hills shopping center at Parker Road and South Chambers Road. The Lardens make everything in the store fresh to order which customers who can't eat gluten or wheat often appreciate, as Katerina can adjust most dishes to particular diets.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“In Tel Aviv, on every corner there’s a good coffee shop,” Katerina says of the Israeli metropolis they used to live in. “It’s always a neighborhood meeting point. It’s fresh and there’s always some kind of food.”

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino puts his glove on his head after retiring the St. Louis Cardinals but giving up two runs in the eighth inning of the Cardinals' 9-6 victory in a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“Honestly, I thought it was a foul ball until the moment that it wasn’t,” he said. “I wasn’t even worried when it was in the air. I don’t have any answers for today. I feel horrible that I gave it up. I thought I made good pitches and they found holes.”

AURORA – Rosh Hashanah, the festive Jewish New Year, started on Sept. 16 this year and concludes Sept. 26 with Yom Kippur. That holy day of atonement includes a 25-hour fast. When it’s over, notes Jim Romanoff of the Associated Press, you need food that is ready to eat quickly. Since many families treat this […]

AURORA |Culinary events in the coming week and beyond in greater Aurora and the metro area: Lowry Harvest Festival, 9 a,m, to 10 p.m. Sept. 22, Hangar 2, 7581 E Academy Blvd. Information: Details: Events include farmers’ market, tasting of Colorado wines from Kingman Estates (Denver), Bijou Creek Vineyards (Fort Morgan), Black Forest Meadery […]

To make your pesto more interesting try using different varieties and colors of basil. (Courtesy photo)

A favorite summer crop just reaching its peak — flavor- and price-wise— is fresh basil. It has to be picked and used (or preserved) while it’s fresh and preferably before the plant starts to flower. The folks at The Truffle Cheese Shop in Denver offer the following flexible recipe for basil pesto at “Nothing […]

The Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge, Sept. 7-8 at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction, centers around a barbecue competition with $20,000 in prize money featuring 50 teams from across the country. Attendees get to sample the ‘cue, sip serious beer infused with select hops (above), and listen to bands including The Gin Blossoms. Information: (Courtesy photo)

Book signing, Aug. 30, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora. Information: Details: Book signing and tasting for Ed Sealover’s “Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries” Green Chile Championship: Information: Details: Torch-bearing cooks have until Aug. 30 to enter the Green Chili Championship and Aug. 31 for the Salsa Challenge at the Colorado State Fair […]

Today’s Colorado Table menu features a splendid repast of local food features. • Colorado Table editor John Lehndorff profile Flava, a year-old Aurora strip-mall cafe where a fresher take on traditional Southern comfort food is attracting fans: • Try this recipe for Pasta Caprese Salad using fresh Colorado heirloom tomatoes: • Colorado Food […]


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