Restaurants

Fine dining WITH kids? Yes at EDGE

“Daddy, why are you letting that man drive your car!?” Tessa was alarmed when my husband handed the car keys to the valet at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver. I realized then that bringing our children to a fancy-schmancy restaurant and exposing them to fine dining was not a bad idea. Did Roger and I have to sacrifice a coveted Date Night in order to show our children how people behave in restaurants that don’t serve plastic toys with their food? Au contraire. We four had been invited by EDGE Restaurant & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Denver to attend its Sunday Family Dinner. And believe me, we’ll be back. The concept is so simple I wonder why I hadn’t heard of it before: create a space where a couple can have a lovely date night together while their...

Your Opinion: San Francisco bans Happy Meals’ toys

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has voted, by a veto-proof margin, to ban most of McDonald’s Happy Meals as they are now served in the restaurants. The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the United States to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat. The ordinance would also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys. “We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice,” said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. “From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low-income neighborh...

Sweet Tomatoes Offers Mile High Mamas a 25% Catering Discount (just $6.75 per person!)

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes’ Chicken Won Ton Happiness Salad makes me happy. That’s why taking the restaurant up on their 25% off discount for catering was a no-brainer. My neighbor Kristen (already a mother of three kids and two stepchildren) is pregnant with twins. Unexpectedly. If that doesn’t deserve an all-out celebration, I don’t know what does. And Sweet Tomatoes delivered. I invited several friends to my house for a baby shower last week and we were delighted with a huge spread of food: Chicken Wonton Happiness Salad (of course), Bartlett Pear Tossed Salad, Whole Grain Couscous, Joan’s Broccoli Madness (best I’ve ever had), Roasted Eggplant Hot Pasta, Creamy Tomato Soup, muffins, cookies, beverages and a potato bar with all the fixings. Y...

Sweet! Colorado is candy country you and your kids will love

This Halloween, instead of trying to pass yourself off as a costume- clad grade-schooler or rifling through your kid’s goody bag to claim the Halloween Parent Tax, visit one of Colorado’s prized candymakers to stockpile your own booty before the big night. Moms and dads will hardly notice that pile of jawbreakers and lollipops once they’ve reserved a private, hidden stash of locally made, Grand Marnier-flavored truffles. Colorado is home to a smorgasbord of independent confectioners and candy boutiques. Some sell their wares worldwide on the Internet, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise stores serve as Colorado’s chocolaty ambassadors to places including Canada and the Virgin Islands. Many locals fondly remember the red-and-white barn in Wheat Ridge that ...

Mile High Mamas’ Denver Recommendations Featured in Woman’s Day Magazine

I am very thrilled to announce I am featured in the November issue of Woman’s Day, which hit newsstands this week. My understanding was that the magazine would interview me about my favorite Colorado haunts for a travel feature. What I did not anticipate: They would send me a laundry list of questions and I, in turn, would spend HOURS writing 10 pages of well-researched recommendations. My blood, sweat and tears was condensed into a three-page spread that will inspire you to your very core. OK, work with me here. I’m just a travel writer, not Oprah. Regardless, I hope you, too will fall in love with Denver as I divulge my favorite activities that include skiing, climbing 14ers, shopping and eating. Several of my favorite places did not make their cut (i.e. Little Man Ice Cream,...

Denver Aquarium’s Friday Family Nights Offers Great Discounts…and Mystic Mermaids

We may live near the mountains but on Friday nights, the ocean is where it is at in Denver. Denver Aquarium has introduced Friday Family Nights. From 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. kids 10 and under eat for just $1.99 and the exhibition cost is just $5 for children (both prices are with a paying adult). Also included in this fun night is free face painting for the kids, exhibit scavenger hunts, animal shows and interaction, raffles for prizes and reduced adult exhibit tickets with an Aquarium Restaurant receipt. Friday Fun Last week, my family checked out Friday Family Nights. We hadn’t been to the Denver Aquarium in a couple of years and expectations were high–we recently returned from a visit to the nationally-renowned aquarium in Virginia Beach. Friday Family Nights at the Denver Aquar...

Your opinion: Parents must remove screaming kids at restaurant

The owner of a coastal North Carolina restaurant is fed up with screaming children who bother other diners. So Brenda Armes has posted signs at Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach that read “screaming children will not be tolerated.” She told WECT-TV in Wilmington that the signs have worked by attracting more customers than they turn away. Customer Gary Gibson agrees, saying he likes the signs because a meal isn’t enjoyable when kids are screaming. But a mother of two, Ashley Heflin, says parents can’t help it if their children scream. If a child is screaming, Armes says a restaurant employee will ask the parent to take them outside. They won’t be asked to leave the restaurant for good. -AP story, photo: Daily Mail What is your opinion? Does the restaurant...

A frenzy for frogurt at trendy Pinkberry

Pinkberry 1000 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, 303-756-7465. Open seven days, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The look: Pastel and pretty, Colorado’s first outpost of the once-edgy, now-trendy Pinkberry is a jewel box of a frozen-yogurt shop on South Colorado Boulevard near East Tennessee Avenue. Pop music fills the air, towering windows let in copious light. It is spotless and glossy. Thanks to vigorous online buzz among a certain set of celebrity- trend-watchers, you’re likely to encounter a crowd here, and this crowd — brightly dressed, and full of chatty vigor — adds to the overall youthfulness of the place. A bright, open service area holds a half- dozen or more staffers, each more polite and earnest than the next. The operation is swift and well-scripted. The menu: Believe it or not, Pinkbe...

Out-of-town guests dropping in? Where will you take them to eat?

‘Tis the season for out-of-town guests. Sure, you’ve got all the activities planned — a hike in Eldorado Canyon, a viewing of the King Tut exhibit, perhaps an afternoon at one of the municipal pools — but the real question is: Where are you going to eat? Choosing a place for guests is different from choosing a place for yourself. You want a place with good food, a place that shows off Denver well, a place where anyone in the party will be able to find something to eat. A place that’s not too expensive. A place that reflects your own sensibilities, but dovetails with your guests’ tastes, too. The Denver area is packed with options. Here are just a very few and be sure to leave a comment to share your own! BREAKFAST El Taco de Mexico Nothing could be more Colorado tha...

The Summer Scoop: Denver’s (ice) cream of the crop

Denver is a year-round ice cream town, but come summer, we lose our collective cool for the stuff. Just check the lines at Bonnie Brae, Liks, Magill’s or any of the other neighborhood ice cream shops around town. These longtime leaders have been serving the market for years. But as much as we love our standbys, there’s something about new ice cream shops that really tempts our sweet tooth. Here, we catch up with a few of the newer kids on the ice cream block. A. Sweet Action A frozen-flavor revolution has been churning on Broadway this year in a fun and airy space with graphic illustrations on the wall and front- window bar stools where customers take in the continuous street theater. Spurred by a sweets-loving couple who never met an exotic taste they didn’t like, Sweet ...

Ten family-friendly Denver restaurants you (and your kids) will love!

Families deserve a break from their own kitchens. But eating out can be expensive — even out- of-reach — for those whose clans are a few kiddos short of a TLC reality show. Not to fear: The following Denver-area restaurants offer either free or reduced-price meals for youngsters. Some even provide enough wholesome distractions to let parents eat in relative peace. And that can be priceless. 1. C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery Thursday is the day to check out this modest chain: Kids can choose from one of about 14 meals for only $1. Children with heartier appetites can opt for midsize meals, dubbed “Bigger Bites,” which are larger than the kids versions but not quite as big as what ma and pa wolf down. (These meals aren’t part of the Thursday dollar deal, though...

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