Thanksgiving 101

So you wanna cook a turkey, eh? If you’re like me and love to cook, I will just preface this with the fact that holiday feasts are on a whole other level. Last year in quarantine, I threw a Thanksgiving for two that could very well had fed a family of four, with leftovers. ItContinue reading “Thanksgiving 101”


Since COVID began more than a year ago, I’ve been seeing an uptick of home bakers and chefs on Instagram. And for me, it’s not the fascinating reviews or accolades someone needs to have for me to want to eat it. It’s the pictures. Eating is a five sense experience. True, there are some deliciousContinue reading “insta-food”

glenwood springs

As much as I love Denver, I also love getting out of the city. A couple weeks ago, we drove 2-1/2 hours across the state to hang out in Glenwood Springs. When you drive west on 70, you slowly ascend out of the ruddy brown canyons and make your way up to those indigo mountainsContinue reading “glenwood springs”

boss defrost

I first came across Boss Defrost when I was a server at the Art, a hotel. I had seen the faucet-like contraption hanging out by the kitchen sink, but I didn’t know what it was or what it did. I soon found out that my coworker Mac Marsh, who was an engineer at the Art,Continue reading “boss defrost”

berry simple

A mixture of juices, teas, and fruits simmer in black pots in the kitchen. A heavenly spiced scent fills the room. Peering over the stove is Jasmin, a trained and experienced cook, who has been trying to keep herself busy since the coronavirus hit last March and left her unemployed. A graduate from the ArtContinue reading “berry simple”

birthday brunch

In Colorado, indoor dining ceased to a halt right before Thanksgiving, which means I’ve only dined in once since then: on my birthday. I am a December baby (which yes, does get lost in the confusion that is Christmas) but like most Sagittarians, we make it a point to celebrate. With limited options, I startedContinue reading “birthday brunch”

writer at heart

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday despite the circumstances. We celebrated Christmas this year with a trip to an escape room (yes, they are still open!), playing Betrayal at House on the Hill nonstop, and cooking up a beef wellington for dinner. Even though I couldn’t be with family this year, I made theContinue reading “writer at heart”

memory lane

I want to take a trip down memory lane because I’ve been thinking a lot about how I came up with mountain girl eats and how this is just the apex of my lifelong food journey. Let’s go back, back to my birthplace in the southern islands of the Philippines, an archipelago in southeast AsiaContinue reading “memory lane”

colorado curbside

Here we are again. Quarantine 2.0. They’re not calling it that though, because you know, chaos would ensue. Instead, it’s March all over again with the first industry to take one for the team. Restaurants. As someone who has worked in restaurants for years, I cannot imagine the damage that shutting down indoor dining hasContinue reading “colorado curbside”


// allow me to re-introduce myself // Hello! My name is Claire Lardizabal (LAHR-dee-ZAH-bull). I am a writer and photographer who lives in Denver, Colorado. I began to write about food during a study abroad trip in Tuscany, and I haven’t look back since. Since then, I’ve edited and written for newspapers, magazines, blogs… allContinue reading “about”