Denver Zoo FREE Day!

Tomorrow, November 20th, the Denver Zoo is FREE to visit! From 10am-4pm, explore the many animals and exhibits the Zoo has to offer.

Sweet Action Ice Cream: Delicious Desserts in Denver

What’s there to say about Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver? USA Today named it the “Best Ice Cream Shop in Colorado”. Food & Wine called it “One of the best ice cream spots in the U.S.”. The accolades go on and on.

Sweet Action Ice Cream sells ice cream, sorbet, and vegan concoctions that are house-made with Colorado dairy and the finest ingredients in a seemingly ever changing variety of flavors. Current ice cream favorites include the Salted Butterscotch and the Whiskey Brick both of which are so popular they are available year round. The vegan chocolate is also very popular and has been described as better than its non-vegan competitor. The flavors here can be pretty unconventional and if you are unsure of a flavor the staff will give out a sample.

Visit the Sweet Action Ice Cream website for a menu of flavors as well as a Twitter feed announcing the flavors of the day.

Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 282-4645
www.sweetactionicecream.com
www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-action-ice-cream-denver

The Bookies: A Charming Independent Bookstore in Denver

The Bookies is an independent bookstore that for over 35 years has been providing Denver children’s books, creative games, and educational items.

Whether you are shopping for gifts or are a teacher looking for classroom resources, head to Bookies first. The space is packed with thousands of titles, including hard to find Spanish language children’s books. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, many being retired teachers themselves that know their trade and are happy to provide recommendations or help find a specific book. It’s a perfect store for gift shopping, with complimentary gift wrapping year round.

The Bookies
4315 East Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-1117
www.thebookies.com
www.yelp.com/biz/the-bookies-denver

Craft Beer and Artisan Pizza at Denver’s Hops and Pie

If you love a casual meal and craft beer, Hops and Pie in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood might be a great destination. Regulars visit for the impressive beer selection and artisan pizza. Most customers indulge in pizza, although regulars recommend trying the pie of the month, you can make your own from their long list of veggies, cheese and meat, including several vegan alternatives.

If a sandwich is more your style, you can build your own there too, but Hops and Pie also makes well-regarded traditional sandwiches. The reuben is a favorite and vegetarians appreciate the “sloppy Jane” made with tempeh. Happy hour from 3-6:30 p.m. features deals on slices, pints, and more, and regular visitors can join the Hops and Pie beer club for even more great deals.

Check out Hops and Pie's website for more information!

Hops and Pie
3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
www.hopsandpie.com
www.yelp.com/biz/hops-and-pie-denver

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Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day is almost here, and Denver is the perfect place to spend your long weekend!

From enjoying local treats at A Taste of Colorado to taking in a Colorado Rockies game, there is plenty for you to do this holiday.

For a complete list of events around the metro area, click here!

Spice Up Your Life at Savory Spice Shop

Savory Spice Shop is your one-stop shop in Denver for all your spice needs. There’s an enormous selection, so if you’re looking for a rare spice, chances are, Savory Spice Shop has it. The staff is knowledgeable and full of recommendations. If you’re interested in a spice but don’t know what it tastes like, tester jars are offered for in-store sampling.

You can even purchase a jar of your favorite spice and if you need a refill later, purchase the spice by the ounce in a refill bag, so you don’t have to buy another jar. There are also pre-packed sets for certain occasions or for a specific food. Prices are reasonable.

Check the website for a complete list of herbs and spices as well as recipes.

Savory Spice Shop
1537 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-3322
http://www.savoryspiceshop.com
http://www.yelp.com/biz/savory-spice-shop-denver

The Truffle Cheese Shop: Cheese in Cherry Creek

This specialty cheese shop has a wide array of artisanal items beyond cheese, including charcuterie, olive oils, balsamics, seasonings, spreads, and of course, truffles.

Their selection regularly changes to offer the freshest fromage, many of which comes from Europe. The Truffle Cheese Shop also partners with Colorado dairies to offer many local cheeses. Knowledgeable staff are happy to help with your decision and will let you sample before you buy.

Aspiring connoisseurs might also consider taking a cheese-making workshop or attending a cheese tasting. Visit The Truffle Cheese Shop's website to see a schedul of upcoming classes and events!

The Truffle Cheese Shop
2906 E. 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7363
www.denvertruffle.com
www.yelp.com/biz/the-truffle-cheese-shop-denver

Denver 4th of July Events!

Denver is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth this year with tons of events going on all over the city and surrounding areas! From the Cherry Creek Arts Festival to "Frozen" at Skyline Park, from a Red Rocks show to fireworks at a Colorado Rockies game, there's sure to be something for everyone!

Click here for a complete list of all the great things going on this Fourth of July!

An Aurora Classic: Carmine’s Italian Deli

A family tradition of fresh sausage and Italian specialties is alive at Carmine’s Italian Deli. After Carmine Sr. founded Carmine's in Lakewood, Carmine Jr. followed in his father's footsteps to debut Carmine's second location at a shopping center on Smokey Hill Road in Aurora.

Go for the popular Italian sausage sandwich, or opt for a pizza, calzone, or stromboli. The pizzas are all made with fresh dough, house-made sauce and sausage, and other fresh toppings. Carmine's Aurora location is open every day except Sunday.

Carmine’s Italian Deli
15380 E. Smoky Hill Road
Aurora, CO 80015
(303) 699-4532
http://www.carminesitaliandeli.com/home/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/carmine-lonardos-italian-sausage-meat-deli-aurora

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Head downtown to Larimer Square on May 31st and June 1st for The Denver Chalk Art Festival! It is a FREE two-day street-painting festival, where more than 200 artists spend hours that weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art.

For more information about this awesome event, visit www.larimerarts.org!