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BY PEYTON GARCIA • FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2021

It’s Friday, Denver City Casters,

My favorite news of the week? KOSI 101.1 has officially switched their station to 24-hour Christmas music! 🎄 In a 20-year-old tradition for the radio station, they’ll play nothing but Christmas classics from now until Dec. 25. BRB, I need to go change all the radio presets in my car to KOSI 101.1 (yes, all of them).

If only the weather☀️ would get with the program — but instead, we’re headed toward one of the latest first snows in Denver history.

🔎 SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON

News we're watching going into the weekend: 

🎙️ SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

A look back at our shows of the week: 

👉 Find them all at denver.citycast.fm.

💗 SOMETHING TO GIVE BACK

Help nourish the community for the holidays
According to a survey conducted by nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado, 33% of Coloradans (that’s 1 in every 3 individuals) are food insecure. As we approach Thanksgiving, I’d encourage you to find ways to make sure all your neighbors have access to a warm meal this holiday season. This 5280 roundup spotlights seven local organizations looking for volunteers to help make sure everyone has a Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy.

👉 Also: Check out this City Cast Denver profile from earlier this week of SAME Café, the city’s oldest pay-what-you-can restaurant.

🕊️ SOMEONE TO REMEMBER

Pastor George Roberts
On November 10, Pastor George Roberts died from COVID-19 at the age of 65. Roberts was known for operating his ministry, Church Without Walls, and leading more funeral services for Denver gang members than anyone in the city. He was also the father of Terrance Roberts, a former Denver gang member turned activist. Author Julian Rubinstein, who earlier this year penned a book about Terrance that greatly featured George Roberts, described George as “the most prolific street preacher in Denver history.” Read more at Westword

🛍️ SOMEWHERE TO START HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Holiday markets in Denver and beyond
With supply chain issues and labor shortages wreaking havoc on delivery windows worldwide, it probably wouldn’t hurt to get a jump on holiday shopping. The Denver Post curated some details on the holiday markets around town, and if you skip over the Amazon Pop Up at the top of the list — 😶 — it’s mostly local crafts and wares! My favorite is the Christkindlmarket, taking place this year at Civic Center Park.

🇺🇸 SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

WWII veteran David Howie
In honor of Veterans Day, meet David Howie. On Tuesday he turned 100 years old 🎉 Howie is a New Jerseyan by birth, but lives at Rocky Mountain Assisted Living in Wheat Ridge today. He’s a WWII veteran, admires Benjamin Franklin, is still sharp as a tack, and has a wicked sense of humor. And you should read this profile of him from the Denver Post. Happy birthday, David 🧁

🍣 SOMETHING TO EAT

Peyton’s Plate: The Happy Sumo
Earlier this week, I met up with an old friend and we were in the mood for sushi. Being a food writer has spoiled me rotten, and typically, I only like my raw fish from Denver’s renowned Kizaki brothers. But I was willing to try something new and found myself rolling the dice at The Happy Sumo in Westminster’s outdoor mall, The Orchard Town Center. (I know. Sushi, in Westminster?)

The menu is BIG. You’ve got the traditional starters: wontons, spring rolls, soups, gyoza, and the like. Then there’s 2-piece orders of nigiri, 3-piece orders of sashimi, the usual sushi and hand roll varieties (shrimp tempura, california, spicy tuna, spider, etc.) and also a looong list of special signature rolls, plus salads and noodles and bento boxes. I went with a sashimi bowl — and I loved it! I’ll definitely be back. Here’s what I ordered:

The Chirashi Bowl comprised of 10 pieces of sliced sashimi (chef’s choice — my favorite way to do sushi), seaweed salad, and cucumber salad all served over rice ($30.25): I got five varieties of fish, all fresh and tender, plus two pieces of tamago, shrimp, and imitation crab (could have done without that one) all topped with roe. It was delicious, beautifully plated, and more than filling for one person. Highly recommended

Have a restaurant I should try? Write me!

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