Dec 22 2014 01:33pmUrban Egg: Don’t Skip the Most Important Meal of the Day
Urban Egg is a self-described daytime eatery that uses ingredients sourced locally throughout Colorado for a fresh, healthy taste first thing in the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day at this fun and casual restaurant, and it consists of gourmet pancakes, a variety of different types of eggs Benedict, and even breakfast quinoa for more health-conscious diners. The Ultimate Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar is another a breakfast and brunch highlight that’s perfect for a Saturday morning. Vegetarian and gluten-free guests will find an impressive selection of meals made for those with restricted diets, and Urban Egg also serves salads and sandwiches for and equally healthy lunch.As for the restaurant itself, the exposed brick walls, colorful artwork, and ample seating for weekend crowds make Urban Egg the perfect spot for a breakfast meeting or a lively brunch with your closest friends. Urban Egg is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.Urban Egg52 W. Springer DriveHighlands Ranch, CO 80129(720) 459-7478www.urbaneggco.comCC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr/jenarr
Dec 18 2014 01:33pmDid You Resolve to Lose Weight for the New Year? Here’s How to Start!
So you’ve decided to cut out the snacking and get healthy in the New Year, but now you don’t know where to start. If your New Year’s resolution centers around losing weight and getting in shape, these smart and simple tricks will help you to make it happen. Choose a specific goal. Although you don’t want to choose a weight loss goal so lofty that it’s actually dangerous, it's beneficial to have a concrete number in mind. Work with a doctor to develop a realistic weight loss goal that you can work toward throughout the year. Create a schedule. For most people, lack of time is the main thing that stands in the way of weight loss goals. By scheduling your meal prep or workout like a job, you won’t be as likely to put them off. Start slowly. You’ll probably be full of energy and excitement about becoming the newer, healthier you, but it’s important to start a routine slowly so that you’re more likely to stick with it. Prepare yourself. Your weight loss won’t be easy, but it will be much more bearable if you make the necessary preparations before New Year’s Eve. Join a gym, research healthy recipes, or even make a trip to the health food store.Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Exercise [WebMD]14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine [SparkPeople]How To Start Working Out When You Don’t Like To Exercise [Summer Tomato]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Eric McGregor
Dec 15 2014 10:23amHappy Holidays!
We wish you and your loved ones all a very happy and safe holiday season.
Dec 11 2014 01:34pmEnchanted Grounds: Coffee and Gaming
Enchanted Grounds is part coffee shop, part gaming shop in Highlands Ranch. Stop by for a cup of coffee, that new comic book you've been eyeing, or a gaming tournament. The full-service coffee house serves espresso, lattes, chai tea, fruit smoothies, delicious milkshakes, and some light lunch fare, like sandwiches and pastries.Whether you're just looking for a great cup of coffee or the newest board game, the staff is always friendly and helpful. Free Wi-Fi is available. Visit the website for a schedule of events, like board game nights, Magic tournaments, and workshops to learn different games. Enchanted Grounds8800 S Colorado BoulevardHighlands Ranch, CO 80126(303) 470-1010http://www.enchantedgrounds.comhttp/
Dec 04 2014 01:33pmHaving Everyone Over to Watch the Big Game? Check Out These Football-Themed Recipes!
The only thing better than seeing your team score the winning touchdown? An excuse to indulge in some utensil-free finger foods! These game-changing recipes promise to keep mouths happily snacking during the big football game—when they're not busy yelling at the TV, that is!Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread [browneyedbaker.com
]Requiring only a loaf of bread, some cheese, garlic, and scallions, this quick and easy recipe is good in a pinch. Simply cut a grid pattern into a loaf of bread, drizzle a garlic-oil mixture over top, then pop it into the oven. After the bread has toasted, remove it from the oven, tuck cheese into all of the crevices, then continue to bake until it's golden-brown. Your guests will get a kick out of pulling the gooey, cheesy bread bites away from the loaf.Homemade Pretzel Dogs [thefoodcharlatan.com
]This recipe creates the quitessential party snack: pigs in a blanket. These pigs, however, are tucked into made-from-scratch soft pretzel dough for a salty, savory snack your guests will love. Serve them with a bowl of yellow mustard for dipping.Peanut Butter Football Dip [crazyforcrust.com
]For the football fanatic with a sweet tooth, this dessert dip doesn't disappoint. Cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips are combined to create a decadent dip, which is then molded into a football shape. Serve the dip with mini pretzels for a salty-sweet treat.CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Steven Depolo
Nov 27 2014 10:17amHappy Thanksgiving
We hope everyone has a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Nov 24 2014 01:33pmBeast + Bottle: The Best Parts of Dining Out
Enjoying a fine cut of meat and exceptional bottle of wine are the two reasons Beast + Bottle exists. Giving patrons exactly what they are looking for in food and drink, this concept restaurant offers an exciting menu of expertly prepared meats including lamb, wild boar, fish, and pork. Each selection is butchered in-house, a service that sets Beast + Bottle's food apart both in quality and taste.Try the pappardelle or red duroc pork and belly confit as a dinner entree, or opt for the small plate selections that include mussels, quail, and rabbit. The animal is just half of what makes B + B so exciting, the other being its specialized drink menu. Choose from inspired bottles of wine, a saison created exclusively for the restaurant by a local brewery, or a craft cocktail made by the experts behind the bar. A good meal shared with friends is worth celebrating at Beast + Bottle.Beast + Bottle719 E 17th AvenueDenver, CO 80203(303) 623-3223beastandbottle.com/www.yelp.com/biz/beast-bottle-denverCC-BY-SA-3.0/Flickr/fred_v
Nov 20 2014 01:33pm4 Uses for Baking Soda That Might Surprise You
Whether you want to save a bit of money or eliminate the amount of unnatural chemicals in your household, making your own cleaning and beauty products is a great option. Baking soda is one of the most versatile products you can use, and it works just as effectively as most store-bought products. Here are a few ways to create your own household cleansers using baking soda. Toothpaste. To create an all-natural toothpaste, all you have to do is mix baking soda with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Mix it until it forms a paste, and then use it just as you would your regular toothpaste. Though it doesn’t have the minty taste of a commercial toothpaste, this baking soda mixture will clean your teeth just as effectively. Facial Scrub. If you’ve ever shopped at a beauty supply store, you know how expensive those fancy facial scrubs can be. You can achieve the same skin smoothing results in a much more natural way by using baking soda. Just mix three parts baking soda with one part water and give your face a good scrub. Coffee Pot Cleaner. Baking soda is also great for cleaning hard-to-reach places like the inside of your coffee pot. Just rinse the pot in a solution made of 1/4 cup of baking soda and one quart of warm water. Dishwasher Deodorizer. If your dishwasher smells a bit funky after frequent use, freshen it up by using baking soda. Just sprinkle some all over the bottom of the dishwasher and then let it run through one full rinse cycle. 75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda [Life Hackery]31 Surprising Baking Soda Uses [All You]51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda [Care2]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Karen Lee
Nov 13 2014 01:33pmChatfield State Park: Explore The Colorado Wilderness
Colorado is one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse states in the country, and the Chatfield State Park is a prime example of the Denver area’s wildlife and landscape. This spacious state park is located next to the foothills in southwest Denver, which provides a stunning backdrop for any of its many activities.The park hosts 197 single-family campsites for adventurous visitors, as well as 10 group campgrounds available with a reservation. Boating is also very popular in the park, and the crystal clear lake is home to both a restaurant and marina for boaters to relax in after a day on the water. The hiking trails are ideal for a morning jog or a leisurely nature hike, and horseback riding is even permitted on some of the paths.Chatfield State Park also holds frequent events, like birdwatching meet-ups, for guests to mix and mingle with fellow nature lovers.Chatfield State Park11500 North Roxborough Park RoadLittleton, Co, 80125(303) 791-7275cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfieldwww.yelp.com/biz/chatfield-state-park-littletonCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Christopher
Nov 06 2014 01:34pmThe Melting Pot: Dip Into a Delicious Culinary Experience
Fondue is a unique style of dining that involves dipping meats, bread, or sweets into steaming hot pots of oil, cheese, or chocolate. The Melting Pot is one of the most well-known fondue restaurants in the country, and the Littleton location is very popular for special occasions or just an indulgent dinner out with friends.The restaurant is housed in a renovated library that has been transformed into a luxurious, elegant eatery. It has a dimly lit interior that creates a romantic ambiance, and the beautiful meal presentation makes the whole experience even more special. Guests can choose from a variety of meats, raviolis, or vegetarian options for their main course, which is served with an accompanying silver pot of dipping sauce. Finish your meal with a handcrafted cocktail and chocolate fondue dessert for a truly indulgent dinner with a fun, hands-on flair.The Melting Pot2707 W. Main StreetLittleton, CO 80120(303) 794-5666www.meltingpot.com/littleton/specialswww.yelp.com/biz/the-melting-pot-littletonCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/chamonze