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Taste the Chicken Parm Sandwich at DiFranco’s in Denver

August 20, 2014 4:05 pm

DiFranco’s concept sounds simple: combining fast and friendly service with seasonal, locally sourced cuisine. It’s hard to pull off, though. Can gourmet quality be maintained with speed and volume? DiFranco’s seems to prove it can. Westword named the restaurant Denver’s best Italian restaurant in 2013.

Just about everything is made in-house, and a typical menu might include seared polenta with local balsalmic glazed shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, egg, and arugula, or a chicken parm sandwich that will live in your dreams. The menu covers all the bases, from fresh salads to desserts, Prosecco, wine, and craft beer.

The Wednesday “Date Night Special” is unbeatable: two salads, entrees, cannoli, and a bottle of wine for just $40. Happy hour lasts all day Monday. Check DiFranco’s site for the current menu, more specials, events, and more information.

955D Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 253-1244

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Feeling Jittery? Avoid These Surprising Caffeine Sources!

August 13, 2014 4:01 pm

You’ve already cut out your morning latte and ruled out the sugary energy drinks in an effort to reduce your caffeine intake, but you still occasionally feel jittery or prone to headaches. If you’re making all of the right steps toward a caffeine-free diet but just can’t seem to catch a break, these surprising products may be to blame.

  1. Dietary supplements. Frustratingly enough, one of your other attempts to lose weight and stay healthy may actually be the cause of your caffeine headaches. Dietary supplements, including multivitamins, often contain high doses of caffeine that aren’t always listed on the nutrition label. Some supplements even contain over 210 milligrams – that’s more than double the amount in one cup of coffee!
  2. Chocolate. Chocolate, another popular vice among many adults, is known to contain just as much caffeine as coffee in some cases. If you need a chocolate fix, indulge in less intense milk chocolate instead of dark.
  3. Tea. Switching your daily cup of Joe for a cup of tea still causes you to consume caffeine, contrary to what many may think. One cup of black tea has around 14 to 60 milligrams, while green tea contains 24 to 40 milligrams of caffeine.

What Am I So Awake? [CBS News]
12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine [Fox News]
5 ‘Hidden’ Sources of Caffeine [Live Science]

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Sweet Action Ice Cream: Delicious Desserts in Denver

August 6, 2014 4:03 pm

Sweet Action Ice Cream is a go-to spot in Denver for sweet, delicious ice cream. There is a plethora of flavors available, like Green Apple, Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle, Salted Butterscotch, and Brown Sugar Banana. A few vegan flavors are available, too. Can't decide on a flavor? The friendly and helpful staff members are happy to offer samples of any flavor you'd like to try. A nice selection of cones complements the ice cream.

Prices are reasonable. Don't be surprised to find a long line. It moves quickly, though, so you never have to wait long for your tasty treat. Open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 282-4645

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