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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Top 4 Places to Go on a Date in Denver

The Top 4 Places to Go on a Date in Denver
Dating can be exciting but also challenging as it can require a great deal of planning. If you are new to the dating scene, it can be a bit unnerving and intimidating. You want to look your best and have a great time with your potential mate so it is likely that you will try hard to make sure that the plans for the date are perfect. If you have been dating awhile or are married and in a serious relationship, it is still a very good idea to continue dating your partner. Doing so can keep you close to one another and can keep the chemistry fresh and exciting. Whether you and your partner are traveling to Denver or you live there, this article will identify some fun ideas for places to go on your next date!

Try out a new restaurant. Having a nice meal is a great way to engage in conversation and get to know a person. When planning your next date, consider going to a restaurant that you have never been to before. You can even surprise your date and make reservations at a place they have been wanting to try for some time.

When choosing a place to have a meal, be sure to consider the type of environment you want to be in as well as the type of food. If you are thinking of a romantic evening at a place with an eclectic menu, trying out sushi in Denver could be the perfect choice. If you are more interested in a having a casual experience, you may want to try a local food stand and take a walk through a park to pick a spot for a picnic.

Ballpark. If you or your date love sports, it is a great idea to go to the ballpark and catch a game. While there you can eat snacks, have some beverages, walk around, and enjoy the sporting event. Cheering on your favorite team while you get to know your potential mate can be a great bonding experience.

Rockclimbing. If you and your partner love being active and enjoy physical activity, it could be a great idea to go on an adventure together. There are many places to hike or rock climb in Denver. If you choose to do so, make sure that your date is aware so that they can dress accordingly. You wouldn’t want to show up for your date in gym clothes to find your date dressed in casual wear. This could be awkward for the both of you.

Art Deco. If you love art, consider taking your date to the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. After you walk around and enjoy the creative works, you can stop by a local jazz club for a drink or a bite to eat.

No matter what you are interested in, there are plenty of great places to go out on a date in Denver. Be open to new things and plan something fun for your sweetheart today!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kiwi Shrub Mocktail Recipe

Kiwi Shrub Mocktail Recipe
When we host adult parties and get-togethers we like to whip up delicious cocktails for our guests to enjoy. With that said, we also realize the importance of serving mocktails to guests who don't drink alcohol and to our adult guests who will be designated drivers.

Today's guest post mocktail recipe is courtesy of Sparkling Ice.

Kiwi Shrub Mocktail Recipe

1 cup kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped, pod reserved
1 cup apple cider vinegar, unfiltered
Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry

Place the kiwi, brown sugar, and vanilla bean seeds in a glass jar with an airtight lid. Muddle the fruit until fully combined with the sugar. Add the vanilla bean pod. In a small sauce pan bring vinegar to a simmer. Pour vinegar over the kiwi mixture and seal tightly. Shake the mixture a few times and place in refrigerator for 24 hours up to a week, dependent on how strong you'd prefer the flavor.

Once ready, strain the fruit mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Mix equal parts shrub with Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry and serve over ice. Adjust amount of shrub to your preference. You'll want to serve these mocktails immediately and they're best when served very cold. Enjoy!

Looking for additional mocktail and cocktail recipes? You'll find a slew of them over on the Sparkling ICE website and all of them are printer-friendly and super-easy to make!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Top 3 Sushi Trends in Toronto in 2017

The Top 3 Sushi Trends in Toronto in 2017
Anyone who loves seafood will know that 2017 has been an exciting year for new styles of sushi. Visionary sushi chefs from all over the world have continued to experiment, and innovate, and thus there have been a number of exciting new sushi trends in Toronto this year. From sushi that looks like other foods to new flavor combinations, here are three of our favorites.

1. The Sushi Burrito

The Sushi Burrito is a fusion of traditional Japanese ingredients with a Mexican twist. Essentially, Sushi Burritos are similar to Sushi rolls, but much larger than the traditional Japanese hand rolled sushi. The benefit of this larger roll style is that it is possible to include a lot more fillings, allowing each sushi burrito to be customized to your particular tastes. The sushi burrito is, at it heart, more of a change of presentation than a new flavor combination. In order to help the structural integrity of the Sushi Burritos outer rice layer, they are usually wrapped in paper or foil, just like a traditional burrito. This also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the Sushi Burrito. If you like sushi and like burritos, then this one may be a no-brainer!

2. The Sushi Burger

Continuing the fun theme of sushi fusion and novelty sushi, comes one of my favorite sushi trends of recent years; the Sushi Burger. In essence, the Sushi Burger also contains traditional Japanese ingredients that have been modeled to look like a traditional hamburger. Different ingredients are used to create different elements of the burger. For example, the bun is typically made from rice. The burger patty is usually made from tuna, or mixed vegetables and made to look like as much of a burger as possible.

One issue faced by the both of the above sushi trends, is that rice doesn’t work in the same way as bread, meaning that you can not eat the sushi burger like a normal burger. So don’t forget to grab a knife and fork!

3. New Style Sushi Rolls

Fancy an old classic with a new flavor twist? In 2017 everyone’s favorite, the sushi roll, has been getting a remix, with new flavors, new ingredients and new textures. One of our favorites is the Rainbow Roll, a classic California roll wrapped with tuna, salmon and yellowtail. Feeling more adventurous? Why not try a New York Roll made with cream cheese, tempura crunch, bean curd and topped with avocado. Or fancy a little kick? Why not try the Happy Hour Roll with spicy salmon, tempura crunch and topped with cheese and chef’s special cream. You can find all of these rolls and more at Urawa Sushi in Toronto!

If reading this has got you hungry, you can check out Urawa Sushi. They stock all of the Sushi rolls set out above and the even delivery, so you can enjoy some of this year’s hottest sushi trends from the comfort of your very own home. Enjoy!