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Winter Warmer 2016

The 2016 Winter Warmer

Winter is tough.

Shoveling snow. Bundling up. Waiting out in the cold for the BX that’s always late…

Luckily for all of us, the Winter Warmer is here to help by offering 2-for-1 drink specials at 20 or so of the hottest restaurants in Denver. This was the gift I was most delighted to receive this Christmas. (Thanks, Ariana.)

Winter Warmer Denver 2016

This year, the Winter Warmer hits Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins in full force. Similar to the Passport Program, the Winter Warmer is designed for exploration and giving customers a reason to visit new and upcoming restaurants they might not have thought about before. Think of the Winter Warmer as your fun enabler friend who doesn’t know quite when to quit… it’s kind of like that…but you’ll save money and give back to a worthy cause throughout the process.

For every Winter Warmer sold, The Passport Program will donate $1 to Food Bank of the Rockies.  With each dollar providing four meals to hungry Coloradans, Winter Warmer donations could provide up to 22,000 meals across the state.

The 2016 Winter Warmer is on sale now for $20. Last year, it sold out in 48 hours so you should probably get on this.

Restaurants participating

Winter Warmer Bar List 2016

I’m really looking forward to a trip to Bar Fausto and Rebel Restaurant. What about you?

In the new year, Clare and I are sticking with our 2015 habit of cooking at home more often than we dine out at restaurants. The Winter Warmer scratches my restaurant itch for the price of an award-winning cocktail. The other night I made some of the softest sandwiches ever: fresh French bread with cannellini beans, cucumber and a perfectly ripe avocado. I ate mine condiment-less and Clare doused hers in Follow Your Heart vegan Ranch dressing.

Vegan White Bean and Avocado Sandwich

Cook at home and drink on the town! Be sure to tag your photos, tweets and everything else with #WinterWarmer along your travels and who knows, maybe I’ll see you out there.

Stay warm, my friends.

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s, source of all the delicious ingredients in this post. We’re lucky to be included in their blogger ambassador program.

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IZZE Sparkling Water Bottles

IZZE Sparkling Water Release Party!

I pee down my leg just a little when writing informal posts at Colfax & Downing gets us randomly invited to fun Denver happenings. First, the new burger menu at Tony’s and now the launch party for IZZE’s new sparkling water, held at Comida at The Source a few weeks back.

IZZE Sparkling Water Launch at Comida at The Source

About six months into our relationship, I converted Drew into a sparkling water addict. I call carbonated water of any kind, “sparklies.” At his birthday dinner in February during Denver Restaurant Week, Drew quickly covered his glass of San Pellegrino with his palm when a server came by to fill it with plain water, saying, “No thank you, this is sparklies,” much to his delayed horror.

Though we enjoy bald eagle tears, neither of us drinks pop on a regular basis and IZZE’s sparkling juice has never been something we buy so we were excited to see what the new water line was all about.

First of all, I could barely make it through the front entrance to the event because I was so enchanted by the violinist they hired for the evening:

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Once inside, we were inside of a Pinterest wet dream. Underneath a gigantic chandelier of IZZE bottles, the staff at Comida was passing around amuse bouche and themed cocktails.

IZZE Sparkling Water Cocktails

Drew sipped on a chilly cherry Collins and I grabbed a Blackberry Pear bottle of a huge ice bucket. We munched on peanut brittle, burrata with tomato arugula and Serrano peppers with chicken liver pate.

Appetizers from Comida at the Source IZZE Sparking Water Launch

Each little dish was paired with one of the new three flavors, Blackberry Pear, Mandarin Lime, and Raspberry Watermelon. My favorite: Blackberry Pear. Drew’s favorite: Blackberry Pear. Take it or leave it: Mandarin Lime.

IZZE Nail Polish at Sparking Water Launch

As you left the tiny gala, you were handed a paper bag to fill with colorful treats. The IZZE-branded nail polish selection would have charmed our dear friend Katy, who paints fantastic nail art for a living.

Colfax & Downing at IZZE Sparkling Water Launch

This post is not sponsored and we will always tell you if it is. In this case, we just love IZZE! Want to try a complimentary four-pack? Leave a comment on this post! On September 10, we’ll select two random winners to receive a coupon for a free four-pack from your neighborhood grocery store. Cheers!

IZZE is on Facebook, Tweeter and the ‘gram and you can find the new H2O adventures under the hashtags #friendsdaynight and #sparklebrightly.

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The Corner Office at The Curtis Hotel

The Corner Office at The Curtis Hotel

On a recent evening after a performance at the theater, Clare and I decided to kill some time before attempting to leave our spot in the crowded parking garage. Across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the Curtis Hotel and in its lower lobby level sits The Corner Office, which recently won OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice award for 2015. We didn’t know this at the time, obviously, but stopping in here for a chilled drink was a clever idea.

The Corner Office at The Curtis Hotel

Prices are a little steeper here than other bars in the neighborhood but this is a true example of getting what you pay for.

I ordered The Big Easy, a put-hair-on-your-chest cocktail consisting of Rittenhouse rye, Remy Martin VSOP cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine and absinthe. I’m a beer guy so it always takes me a few sips to remember that I can’t throw it back like a brew and Clare laughs at me while I readjust. If I order not-a-beer, I tend to order manhattans and old fashioneds and this was a fun spin on that concept. Clare doesn’t drink alcohol and asked Matt, the bartender, to surprise her with something sans gasoline. He made a freshly muddled strawberry lemonade and poured it into a petite champagne glass for her. I gave him silent extra points for expressing no judgment on her sober status.

While I certainly appreciate the cocktail movement that’s taken hold over the past few years, it’s still preferable to have a lovely drink in an unpretentious setting served by modest folks.

The Corner Office at The Curtis Hotel

The Corner Office has a happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. and, for the nocturnal set, from 9 p.m. to close. A little bird told me their brunch is pretty great (I’m looking at you, Southern-style chicken and waffles) so we’ll visit for that soon.

Get at them on Facebook and Twitter. Cheers!

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