Oct 23 2014 01:34pmGarbanzo Mediterranean Grill: Mediterranean Cuisine
Freshness meets flavor at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. There's a cool and casual vibe here, where you seat yourself and order at the counter. The menu contains a nice selection of dishes full of grilled meat and fresh veggies, allowing the quality of the ingredients to come forward. The kitchen cooks the pitas fresh every day, as are the salads and sauces. It's the sort of attention to detail that Garbanzo prides itself on, and many diners are thankful for it. The falafel and chicken kabobs are both especially popular, but there's plenty of great options to consider. When the mood for Mediterranean strikes, consider a trip to Garbanzo.Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill1101 Sergeant Jon Stiles DriveHighlands Ranch, CO 80129(303) 471-6100www.eatgarbanzo.com/locations_highlandsranch.phpwww.yelp.com/biz/garbanzo-highlands-ranchCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Lablascovegmenu
Oct 16 2014 01:34pmWhen to Wash It: How Often to Go Between Laundry Days
Ever feel like you spend your entire weekend doing laundry? It could be that you're washing your clothes more often than needed. Of course, you don't want to wash your clothes too infrequently, either, so check out this handy guide to see if your laundry schedule is on the right track.Denim: After every four or five wears.To help prevent fading, turn the jeans inside out and wash in cold water. Pants made with less durable fabrics, like dress trousers, should be washed or dry cleaned after every three or four wears.Bras: After every three or four wears.Ideally, bras should be washed by hand. If you're pressed for time, you can toss them in the wash on delicate. Be sure to first fasten any hooks or closures and place them in a lingerie bag. You should have a couple bras in your rotation, as this will help prolong their shape and elasticity.Swimwear: After every wear.Whether you take a dip in the ocean or a chlorinated pool, your suit needs to be rinsed thoroughly with fresh water after every swim. Hand wash in a detergent created for swimwear, then hang the suit to dry.Do you follow a different laundry schedule? Any tips for washing jeans and delicates? Let us know!The When-to-Wash-It Handbook [Real Simple]How Many Wears Before You Need to Wash [Savvy Sugar]When to wash it laundry guide [MySpot]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Pink Sherbet Photography
Oct 09 2014 01:34pmDazbog Coffee: Centennial Coffeehouse
Owned and operated by two Russian immigrant brothers, Dazbog Coffee brings the flavors of Russia to Centennial with great service and flair. The brothers have such attention to detail and taste that their coffee and other drinks go above and beyond the typical coffee fare. Guests agree that the coffee here is so flavorful that you might not even want to compromise it with milk and sugar! Dazbog offers free Wi-Fi, making it great for studying or getting a little work done. The service is always friendly, especially in the drive through when visitors are in a hurry. They also offer rarely-found Russian cuisine treats like Poragee, as well as pastries, burritos, and other snacks. Now expanding with many other locations, Dazbog Coffee raises the bar for coffee in Centennial.Dazbog Coffee6202 S. Parker RoadCentennial, CO 80016(303) 766-1008 CC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/olfiika
Oct 02 2014 01:33pmColore Italian Restaurant
Colore Italian Restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine carefully crafted with the freshest ingredients available. With an open kitchen, a modern, bright interior, cozy booths and butcher block tables, it’s a great place to relax with a cocktail, glass of wine and a satisfying meal. It’s also housed in the first entirely green-certified building in Englewood.Wood-fired, hand-tossed New York style, thin-crust pizzas are what they’re known for, but they also turn out some delectable sandwiches, calzones, pasta dishes, salads and desserts. Steaks and seafood are on the menu too, with favorites like Pan Seared Salmon, Grilled Ribeye, and a Fish of the Day served with potato gnocchi. A great wine list, artisan beers, an expertly prepared menu and attentive service make this a popular choice for lunch or dinner.Colore Italian Restaurant is open every day.Colore Italian Restaurant2700 S. BroadwayEnglewood, CO 80113(303) 761-4332http://www.yelp.com/biz/colore-italian-restaurant-englewood-2CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Angelo
Sep 25 2014 01:33pmSchneids' Smoke Shack: Tasty Barbecue
Are your taste buds crying out for some barbecue? If so, head to the family-owned and -operated Schneid’s Smoke Shack for some flavorful smoked meat served in a family-friendly, casual setting.Sandwiches are on the menu, and they include the Porker with pork, pepper jack cheese, and green chile served on Texas toast, a Hot Link with spicy barbecue sauce, and the smoked turkey melt with melted American cheese. Entrees include St. Louis ribs and smoked chicken. Tasty sides are essential to any good barbecue joint, and sides at Schneids' include baked beans, mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, hush puppies, and sweet corn. A tasty kid’s menu gives the little ones some great options. Schneids' Smoke Shack is open every day except Mondays. Order some meat by the pound and some sides to take home and feed the family!Schneids' Smoke Shack7986 S. Depew StreetLittleton, CO 80128(303) 948-2711www.thebbqsmokeshack.comwww.yelp.com/biz/schneids-smoke-shack-littletonCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Steven
Sep 18 2014 01:32pmCommit These Must-Know Kitchen Terms to Memory
Knowing the proper kitchen terms can mean the difference between your cake rising or flopping, your casserole baking or burning, and your steak tasting juicy and flavorful instead of dry and bland. Here are a few cooking terms that every at-home chef should know. Al dente. Though you’ve likely seen this term on the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant, do you know what it means in terms of cooking? Al dente literally translates to “to the tooth,” which describes the tender yet firm way that pasta should feel after cooking. Blanch. To blanch something, like an egg or greens, means to completely submerge it in rapidly boiling water and cook it just slightly. Caramelize. Caramelizing involves heating sugar enough for it to turn brown and have a special crunchy taste. This is normally applied to desserts, meats, or onions. Clarify. To clarify means to remove the solids from a liquid until said liquid turns clear. For example, when you skim the foam from the top of a pot of broth or remove the milk fat from butter.Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]Culinary Terms [About.com
Sep 15 2014 01:35pmSkoops Ice Cream Will Delight the Whole Family — Even Fido!
Skoops Ice Cream & More is a charming neighborhood cafe in southeast Denver that serves freshly-made sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Regulars say the cafe's name does them a disservice, as most think the sandwiches outshine the ice cream! The staff is friendly, helpful, and lets you sample all the ice cream flavors you want. Ice cream flavors rotate daily and include coconut crunch, banana chocolate chip, and butter pecan.Sandwich varieties include turkey brie strawberry, Southwest chicken, and pesto-mint tuna salad. Skoops is extremely dog-friendly and even makes frozen yogurt made for dogs. There’s limited seating inside, but there’s plenty more seating outside on the patio. The line gets long, but it moves fast. Parking can be a challenge, but there's free Wi-Fi.Skoops Ice Cream1209 E. 9th AvenueDenver, CO 80218(720) 362-3692https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skoops-Ice-Cream-and-More/197809026915916http://www.yelp.com/biz/skoops-ice-cream-and-more-denverCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Joy
Sep 04 2014 01:33pmMy Favorite Muffin: Baked Bliss
Since 1995, My Favorite Muffin has been the bakery of choice for people all over Centennial. The cake-like muffins here come in over 20 different varieties. You can order up a classic flavor, or choose something a little more adventurous with something like Boston cream pie or strawberry cheesecake. Bagels are also available, and the various breakfast sandwiches that you can order are a can't-miss option for plenty of visitors. The coffee gets rave reviews, too! Indoor and outdoor seating are both available, and service is fast and friendly. Visit My Favorite Muffin's website to find out more!My Favorite Muffin12201 E Arapahoe RoadCentennial, CO 80112(303) 799-8931http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-favorite-muffin-centennialCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Nicola
Sep 01 2014 09:20amHappy Labor Day!
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Aug 28 2014 02:08pmHacienda Colorado: Mexican Fare near Littleton
Find Mexican cuisine at Lakewood's Hacienda Colorado. They’ve coined the term ‘Mountain Mex’ to refer to their inventive take on Mexican food, but they also feature some of the touchstones you might expect. Case in point: the vast selection of tequilas, which numbers more than 120 to be enjoyed in margaritas or on their own.In addition to Hacienda's indoor dining room, the place also has an outdoor patio. You can start your meal with an appetizer like Queso Blanco with poblano chiles, Hacienda Guacamole with chips, or Pike’s Peak Nachos with ground beef, guacamole & sour cream. Specialty entrees include Hacienda Chipotle Lime Chicken, Chipotle Baby Back Rib Combo with chipotle barbeque ribs & your choice of a chile relleno or enchilada, and an Applewood Roasted Carnitas Burrito.Visit Hacienda Colorado's website to learn more about this local restaurant!Hacienda Colorado5056 S. Wadsworth WayLakewood, CO 80123(303) 932-0272http://www.haciendacolorado.com/http://www.yelp.com/biz/hacienda-colorado-littletonCC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/Mike65444