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Fun and Affordable Valentine's Day Ideas

[ Thursday, February 11, 2016 | 0 comments ]
By Scott Cody


Do you feel like things are so expensive that there’s just no way that you can go out for a date night?  Or, are you looking for something you can do alone or with a friend on a budget to pass the hours of Valentine’s Day weekend?  Here are few ideas in Denver and the surrounding area that you might want to consider to “wow” that special someone without breaking the bank:


1.   Comedy Works- See hilarious comedy by Joe Larson (Cost: starting at $25/ticket)

2.   Ice skating at Skyline Park ($2 skate rentals)

3.   Brown palace – Enjoy a couple cocktails in this historic hotel and take a stroll down the 16th 
      street mall for some great people watching

4.   Landmark Theatre- Catch “How To Be Single” staring Rebel Wilson or any of the other
      flicks now showing (Cost: adult weekend standard $13/ticket or go VIP to be able to order
      food and drinks from your seat during the flick for $16/ticket)

5.   Lucky Strike Bowling- Sunday Funday enjoy $1 shoe rental, $3 bowling and $8 games


Bonus idea- Get over to Ken Caryl Sledding Hill- Snow permitting which isn’t looking good right now but save this one for the days following our next big storm.  This is a great place for kids of all ages.  The hours are 5a.m. to 11p.m., good for the early bird sledders (huh?) and you night owls (bundle-up!)
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The Wizard of Oz at the Buell now through Saturday!

[ Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 0 comments ]
By Stapleton Moms


Who doesn't love The Wizard of Oz? Now through February 13th, you can treat your family to this utterly charming adaptation of the screen classic, full of your favorite songs, and even a few new ones, penned by no less than the power duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

We found the show truly enchanting and entertaining, and loved how the show's producers adapted a handful of scenes for the stage using extremely realistic projections.  The tornado scene, in particular, was intense! Sarah Lasko, as Dorothy, was sweet and lovely, and I personally wanted to run on stage and steal the dog who portrayed the loyal Toto, especially when he sat on a bale of hay and stared dutifully at Dorothy during "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," he stole the show.

The whole evening really was a delight, and it is a perfect outing to bring the kids.  Go and enjoy!

Get Tickets!
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts-Buell Theatre
Ticket at denvercenter.org and start at $30

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Northfield's Salati Italian Streetfood

[ Monday, January 25, 2016 | 0 comments ]
As part of our efforts to discover more neighborhood restaurants that usually go unsung in the press, we discovered this new, locally owned and operated restaurant. 
Recently, we dined at Salati Italian Street Foodin Stapleton’s Northfield area, a new eatery fueled by the passion of a veteran restaurateur who fell in love with Italy – and it shows.The atmosphere is warm and the employees are friendly. Motivated by enough tequila mule cocktails, great brews and conversation, we could have stayed for hours.
Salati Italian Street Food
Feel like you’re inside a wine barrel? That’s the idea at Salati Italian Street Food.

At dinner, the same options are $11, still incredibly reasonable given how delicious and plentiful they are. But this time, diners can meander to the left of the restaurant into the bar/lounge/dining area. Warmed with stone, booths and comfy chairs (a domed, wood ceiling covers the entire restaurant, mimicking the inside of a wine barrel). In addition to the salad/pasta/Piadina options of lunch, evening brings the addition of small plates to share and entrees as well as a full bar.

We shared small plates ($10 each) including Barbajuan, fried ravioli with spinach and basil, sausage, cheese, risotto and alfredo sauce. It was divine, with the light fried shell accompanied by beautiful, Italian aromas and blended with cheese for a just-right bite. Crispy Brussels sprouts, with red onion, chili flakes, Italian spices and a mellow balsamic reduction made the sprouts of childhood a distant memory. Salati Tots take sweet potato fries to a new level, as nugget-size nibbles with a Parmesan cheese blend and syrupy balsamic reduction drizzle. Under the menu heading of “Salati Signature Dishes,” each $11, we enjoyed Sausage and Peppers Diavolo filled with just-right spicy sausage and well-sautéed peppers accompanied by pancetta, pepperonchini and a vodka sauce on penne pasta. This was a great dish to share between two adults or even among a table of friends.

Salati is two concepts in one. During the day, the bright, right side of the restaurant serves as a place for quick meals where you can walk up to the counter and order one of three forms of meal – salad, pasta or Piadina, a flat-bread wrap sandwich that inspired the owners to open Salati after enjoying the dish on the streets of their Italian honeymoon. With any of the three choices, choose a protein, including the 36-hour-prepped pork (Porchetta) then add sauces or dressings and a variety of vegetable toppings. The idea is to make the dish your own, catered to your own tastes. Take it to go or have a seat. Pricing is easy at $9 for lunch for any of those choices, created to your liking.

Salati Italian Street Food
Cute and gussied up, sweet potato tots with a balsamic reduction drizzle.
We also had the Mahi-Mahi Picatta with kalamata olives, tomato, garlic in a garlic/olive oil sauce over pasta with fresh parsley. It was full of flavor. The 4 Cheese Porchetta Piadina takes the guess-work out of deciding what to put in a Piadina to customize it (which you can do during the day by going through the Express line). That slow-cooked pork is mixed with garlic alfredo, onion, mushrooms and a four cheese blend, all wrapped up in a warm and toasty Piadina. We loved that the accompanying mixed greens salad had cannellini beans in it for a little something special.
Salati Italian Street Food
My my, mahi mahi done up as a picatta.
The Piadina, the sandwich that started it all. Fill it with exactly the ingredients you want.
Kid meals, for “Bambinos” are $6 and include spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese and a cheese or pepperoni pizza, all served with a drink. The level of quality of the food at Salati isn’t an accident. We read that the Culinary Director, who came up with the recipes and guides the kitchen staff, is classically-trained and has worked in restaurants all over the world. You’ll probably be hearing more about him in the future. His name is Shahin Afsharian Campuzano. The owner of Salati, T.C. Clark is also part of the appeal of the restaurant. He is warm and welcoming and is happy to hear any kind of feedback. He clearly wants to make the restaurant, which is obviously a labor of love, a big success.

With easy-to-understand, and totally affordable pricing, we appreciate that Salati makes dining here really approachable. We were told that signage that better explains the different functions of the two sides of the restaurant is coming soon, which will help. Meanwhile, Salati Italian Street Food is doing a great job being all things to all people – express lunch locale, kid-friendly, perfect for happy hour, date night, groups and gatherings of friends.

Salati Italian Street Food is located at 8270 Northfield Blvd #1485 in Denver right across the street from Harkens theater. For news and reviews of other restaurants as well as theater, travel and movies, visit www.InGoodTasteDenver.com. 
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Become a Mobile Mommy with JoyBox

[ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Become a “Mobile Mommy”, help test the latest products from JoyBox Studios and earn a $100 gift card. Mobile Mommies share a love of technology and a desire to provide the very best developmental support for their children ages birth-to-three.

Created by the founders of Baby EinsteinTM and based in nearby Centennial, JoyBox provides one-of-a-kind resources that help parents connect with their babies and toddlers (or “wee ones”) in ways that support healthy and balanced development. Products for wee ones include engaging media (videos, music, books), apps, traditional toys and cool technology specifically crafted for little eyes, ears and hands. Initial testing will be focused on the free JoyBox app that helps parents engage their wee ones in fun new ways.

We think you’ll love it! PLEASE JOIN US! JoyBox is recruiting a group of ten (10) Stapleton mommies who will:
• Directly influence JoyBox’s ongoing and future product development
• Share your opinions through surveys and focus groups
• Try new JoyBox products in your home and give us feedback
• Receive free products and other incentives

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION 
• Mom of a child under three years old
• Apple iPad user (version iOS 8.1 and later)
Apple iPhone user (iPhone 4, 5, 6 only)
• Attend kickoff meeting in late-January (orientation)
• Attend follow-up meeting two weeks later (de-briefing)

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? 

1. Sign up: Email JoyBox Studios at jeff@joyboxstudios.com with confirmation of your desire to participate and include the age of your child under three. We’ll send you an email with confirmation and additional details upon acceptance.

2. Get orientated: Attend the kickoff meeting the week of January 25th in the Stapleton area (location to be confirmed). You’ll be provided with a “beta” (testing) version of the JoyBox app and instructions on how to use it.

3. Provide feedback: Attend the follow-up meeting two weeks later to share your insights and inspiration in an open discussion setting.

HOW ARE MOBILE MOMMY MEMBERS REWARDED? 
Besides the satisfaction from being part of an impactful group that helps create cool resources for early childhood development, participants will receive a $100 gift card (iTunes, Starbucks or Target) for reviewing and commenting on the JoyBox app.

*Please be assured the Mobile Mommy group is used for legitimate research purposes only. To ensure your total privacy, your answers will be grouped together with those of other participants and the information you provide will be used for internal planning purposes only. Read the full story »

Start Out the New Year with this List from our Friends at 5280 Magazine

[ Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Our friends at 5280 reached out to us and asked if we would share this tremendously helpful tome on what makes living and playing in CO so sweet.

Check it out, we especially dig the outdoor NHL games being played between the Avalanche and Red Wings at the end of February.

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