Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Where to Drink this Week: Crema Coffee House

February 25th, 2014 Posted by Denver, Uncategorized No Comment yet

The Cream of the Crop!

Crema Coffee House

In the increasingly popular, developing RiNo (River North) neighborhood, just past the Ballpark neighborhood, sits Crema Coffee House. Considering the coffee shop is named after the thick layer of foam that produces on an espresso, you can imagine how quality the coffee is. Serving and carrying brands such as Stumptown Coffee, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Novo Coffee, and a few more, one can understand that the coffee beans are of the highest quality.  The cappuccinos and espressos are craft and the atmosphere is that of a rustic, pieced together art space.

With a newly expanded area for seating and a brand new kitchen, the coffee house is now available for long days of drinking coffee and reading while enjoying the new additions of breakfast and lunch. As the warm weather increases and the garden area behind the shop flourishes as will the food options. Depending on garden ingredient availability, specials differ everyday with a quiche selection, breakfast burrito, granola, and a few other delectable items that need be discovered.

Although typical with most coffee houses, to go options are available, even with French Press, sizes 12-16 ounce.  However, if you aren’t a coffee lover, homemade juice is available with a blend of carrot, beet, ginger, and apple.

 

Crema Coffee House is located at 2862 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205

(720) 284-9648

Open Everyday 7AM-5PM

 

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

 

Where does espresso originate?

 

The answer to last Saturday’s blog question: Is halibut a flatfish or roundfish? Answer: Flatfish!

Where to Eat this Weekend: Seafood Landing

February 22nd, 2014 Posted by Denver 1 comment

For the Health of It!

Seafood Landing

Established for forty years, Seafood Landing, located in the busy 32nd and Lowell area, is a quality fish market providing fresh items not often found at the local grocery store. Owned and passed amongst friends, the current owner, Bruce Johnson, has been the owner for nine years. As a third generation owner, Bruce has seen second-generation customers, and is hoping to see third generation customers.

Offering items such as live lobsters, clam chowder, the same recipe used by founding owners, and a variety of seafood items that are not only very fresh, but of high-quality. Even if you aren’t able to find the exact variety of fish you are in search of, Bruce will gladly place an order and import any item someone may want or need.

Seafood Landing

The prices are always reasonable, offering a couple of extra oysters in case one or two may happen to be inadequate, and Bruce is always offering a little free treat from the shop, such a smoked salmon jerky. The store and the owner take great pride in the fishmonger trade, flying fresh seafood in multiple times per week. He shows value for his customers, always remembering if you’ve visited, even once. The Seafood Landing is truly a great fish market to source seafood and support small business.

 

The Seafood Landing is located at 3457 W. 32nd Ave. Denver, CO 80211

(303) 571-1995

 

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

 

Is halibut a flatfish or roundfish?

 

The answer to last Thursday’s blog question: In what part of Germany did biergartens originate? Bavaria in Southern Germany!

Where to Drink this Week: Local 46

February 20th, 2014 Posted by Denver 1 comment

For dogs too!

Local 46

At the end of Tennyson Street, at 46th, just across from Berkeley Lake Park, sits the Local 46 Bar. Seemingly dark and uninhibited when looking from the outside, in actuality, the bar itself is lively with nightly entertainment and events with a biergarten located just next door. However, perhaps one of the most alluring aspects of this establishment is that patrons are allowed to bring their doggie friends into the bar with them for a drink or two. Located behind the biergarten is a dog run with “tie up” choices so guests can play ping-pong and other yard games in the biergarten. One may think it might be unclean to allow dogs in such an establishment, however, dogs are to remain leashed and under close supervision at all times while in the bar area, and are not allowed in the biergarten area, only in the dog run as an observer.

Local 46

Aside from just being a dog friendly establishment, the bar itself is a great place to gather with friends, and attend one of the many community-supported events. On Sunday, from noon-4PM, Local 46 hosts Family Fandango!, an event for families to enjoy arts and crafts while snacking and listening to fun kid music, and of course, adults have the choice of enjoying an alcoholic beverage, because it is Sunday! The bar’s extremely fair happy hour consists of three-dollar drafts, wells, and house wines, Monday-Friday from 2-6PM with additional drink specials nightly from 6PM-Close.  Be sure to check out this fun bar with friends, family or doggies!

Local 46 Bar is located at 4586 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212

(720) 524-3792

Winter Hours: Monday-Friday 2PM-2AM, Saturday-Sunday Noon-2AM

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 2-6PM

Nightly Drink Specials: 6PM-2AM

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

In what part of Germany did biergartens originate?

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: What does GMO stand for? Answer: Genetically Modified Organisms!

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Squeaky Bean

February 14th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants 1 comment

A Return to Roots.

Squeaky Bean

Upon opening in 2009 and establishing the “Squeaky Beds,” raised beds for herb gardening, the Squeaky Bean practice of farming has grown into a 2-acre farm in Lakewood, labeled the “Bean Farm.” As of now, the bean farm has merged with a 26-acre non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Lakewood farm called the “Everitt Farm.” This new merger will allow for the restaurant to take part in weekly produce stands and cooking demos, eventually constructing educational facilities near the farm. With new menu items consisting of fresh seasonal produce grown locally and sustainably, the Squeaky Bean will reflect its appreciation for fresh food and innovative cocktails for the guests.

 

Squeaky Bean

            Evolution and adaptation is key in growing and building any industry, and the progress that the Squeaky Bean has chosen to strive for is not only respectable, but a return to the originality of food. It’s a relief to know that restaurants, such as the Squeaky Bean, are taking initiative to progress the restaurant industry in a responsible direction. However, not only is there evolution and adaptation with regard to the produce being utilized, but also in personnel as well. Chef Theo Adley, former Executive Chef and Owner of the Pinyon in Boulder with previous culinary stints at Flagstaff House, Frasca Food and Wine, the Little Nell in Aspen, and other establishments of this caliber, has recently accepted the Chef position at the Squeaky Bean. With the Everitt Farm merger, the restaurant and newly acquired Chef has an opportunity to encourage seasonality, which will be a major contribution to the culture of the restaurant.

 Squeaky Bean

            With their ever-changing menu of seasonal innovation and inspiration, craft cocktails, and a newly renovated bar seating up to twenty guests, the Squeaky Bean is a fresh concept in and of itself.  Owner Johnny Balen’s great strides in the progressive attitude and practices of the Squeaky Bean have provided for an innovation that is much need for the a fresh take on the culinary community in Denver. Available for cocktail hour and dinner with a separate bar menu of eclectic snacks, with the addition of Sunday brunch offered until late afternoon, the restaurant is a great selection of downtown Denver.

 

The Squeaky Bean is located at 1500 Wynkoop St. #101 Denver, CO 80202

(303) 623-2665

Tuesday-Thursday 5-10PM, Friday-Saturday 5-11PM

Cocktail Hour 4-6PM

Sunday Brunch 10AM-3PM

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

What does “GMO” stand for?

The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: How many television does Stoney’s have in their bar? Answer: 31!

 

Where to Drink this Week: Stoney’s Bar and Grill

February 11th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week 1 comment

Watch the Winter Olympics at the ultimate sports bar!

Stoney's

The winter Olympics have arrived and Stoney’s Bar and Grill in the Golden Triangle is the perfect place to watch USA take home the gold! What better place to watch the Olympics than at a Sports bar? Stoney’s, themed after a Colorado ski lodge, even with a gondola converted into a booth, has thirty-one Hi-Def televisions and two projector screens.  The two happy hours that are offered everyday, one from 4-7PM and another from 10PM-1AM, make Stoney’s a great place to grab a few drinks with friends and family while cheering on Team USA.

As a locally owned establishment that utilizes green practices in operating their bar and grill, Stoney’s is a “neighborhood-type” of place. Even if you decide not to bring friends or family with you, you are sure to make a few friends while there. The service is friendly, the drinks specials are great, and the happy hour food is quality. The restaurant is willing to provide gluten-free options for any menu item and sources locally whenever possible. If you are in the search for a fun sports bar with great drink specials to watch the Olympics at, Stoney’s is the perfect place!

 

Stoney’s Bar and Grill is located at 1111 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80203

(303) 830-6839

7 Days a Week

Bar: Monday-Sunday 11AM-2AM

Kitchen: Sunday-Wednesday 11AM-10PM, Thursday-Saturday 11AM-1PM

Happy Hour: Daily 4-7PM, 10PM-1AM

 

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

How many televisions does Stoney’s have available in the bar? 

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: What does the French word “baguette” translate to in English? Answer: Baton!

 

Where to Eat this Weekend: Wooden Spoon Cafe’ and Bakery

February 8th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants 1 comment

Freshly Baked Pastries and Breads

Wooden Spoon

Recently, I was on a two-week trip through France and Italy, and had the pleasure of discovering the fabulous food culture that surrounded and encompassed those countries. Upon my return, I have been in search for a baguette that even comes close to the quality of baguettes that I enjoyed in France. Needless to say, I have tried a lot of bread in the past few months. Until recently, I felt that I should give up my search, realizing that I will never find baguette quite as perfect as what I discovered in France. However, an individual in my same search gave me a tip. I was educated about the baguette from the Wooden Spoon Cafe’ and Bakery, learning that it is the closest I will ever come to the caliber of baguette that I was looking for. And, it is. I walked into the small cafe just after 1:00PM, the cafe closing at 2:00PM, and asked the associate at the counter for a baguette. He quickly went back into the kitchen and reappeared with a baguette that was freshly baked that morning. The crust was a dark golden brown, the inside was proofed to it’s full potential with a slightly salty taste, and the bread had a soft inner core.

Wooden Spoon

However, aside from their baguette, the cafe and bakery has a delicious display of confectionary items and a cafe menu filled with soups, salads, and sandwiches. It’s a quaint little spot for breakfast or lunch with a friend or even by yourself.

Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon Cafe’ and Bakery is located at 2418 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 999-0327

Tuesday-Friday 7AM-2PM, Saturday-Sunday 8AM-2PM

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

What does the French word “baguette” translate to in English?

The answer to last Wednesday’s blog question: What brand of chicken does Mead Street Station serve on their menu? Answer: Red Bird Chicken!

Where to Drink this Week: Mead Street Station

February 5th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants 1 comment

A Neighborhood-Kind of Place

Mead Street Station

You know those bars you visit regularly that just have a good feel to them? The people who work there seem to know that you are a return visitor and you create a camaraderie with them and the other patrons that you have seen at the bar more than once. It becomes your local favorite for a quick happy hour before dinner or even spending a few hours on a Saturday afternoon watching your favorite sports team. Mead Street Station on 32nd St. in the upper highlands is this bar for me. The happy hour starts at 3PM everyday and always features select microbrews along with nightly events. It is in the heart of 32nd St., so it is within walking distance to shops and restaurants, making it a convenient drink stop before or after dinner.

However, if in the search for more than just drinks, their food is absolute quality. Items on the menu include Red Bird Chicken, an Ahi Tuna Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette, and vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.  Mead Street Station lacks pretention and boasts locality, and practices a genuine care for their patrons.

 

Mead Street Station is located at 3625 W. 32nd St. Denver, CO80211 (303) 433-2138

Monday-Saturday 11Am-2AM, Sunday 10AM-9PM

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!

 What brand of chicken does Mead Street Station serve on their menu?

The answer to last Thursday’s blog question: What branch of mathematics is Euclid, Greek mathematician, known as the “Father” of? Answer: Geometry!