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Light streams in from floor-to-ceiling windows inside Fire + Spice, pouring over cozy leather chairs, curved booths, and a sleek wooden bar. But the interior of this comfortable yet upscale restaurant isn’t the only picturesque element in the place. Southwestern fare, inspired by Mexican spices, is painstakingly prepared and arranged into edible works of art, much like Picasso’s canvases during his stew period. Notable menu items include chipotle chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos, and Alamosa striped bass with crispy yucca root.

16455 E 40th Cir
Aurora,
CO
US

If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice’s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn’t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it’s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.

Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there’s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there’s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice—all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.

In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit—which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.

14151 E Cedar Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

The sun has set on the town of Denver, but the neon sign on Winchell’s Donut House is still aglow. The familiar smell of baking donuts wafts out from the 24-hour establishment's door, drawing night owls in for steaming cups of coffee and french crullers, jelly donuts, and moist chocolate muffins. A shift change occurs come daytime; breakfasters replace nocturnal dwellers, chatting over freshly made bagels, spicy egg sandwiches, and meaty burritos before the lunch crowd shows up. The donut shop also offers delivery services throughout the local area, transporting freshly made pastries directly to a home, office, or secret rendezvous point at an all-vegetable convention.

746 Peoria St
Aurora,
CO
US

At first glance, The Grubbery might seem like just another breakfast-loving diner, but the truth is not as simple, nor as boring. Although chefs start with traditional diner staples—french toast, eggs benedict, turkey club sandwiches—they add an artful flair to create dishes that are not only more inventive, but also more delicious. Their multigrain pancakes, for instance, hold together through every bite and misguided juggling attempt with a spread of peanut butter and jelly, and that turkey club shows its beachy inspiration with cilantro and sliced avocado. The chefs also fry up traditional eggs, which they then use to top their breakfast pizzas.

When dinner rolls around, the kitchen takes its playbook from the mothers of the South, whipping up comfort food with a twist: chicken-fried steaks and house-made meatloaf with honey-glazed carrots. And at any time of day, meals pair with pours of Starbucks brand coffee, which baristas customize with steamed milk and syrups.

4880 Havana Street
Denver,
CO
US

Savory and sugary scents envelop customers when they walk inside Winchell's Donut House. That's because the shop specializes in 70 varieties of fresh cakey donuts and breakfast baked goods. Inside every dozen, staff sneak in 14 jelly donuts, crullers, long johns, and twists, with each available in a range of flavors and icings. Just as they pack their "dozen" with 14 donuts, they pack the individual donuts with fruity fillings such as strawberry, lemon, or raspberry. Then, they complement those flavors with cinnamon crumb topping, a dusting of donut sugar, or bittersweet chocolate icing. While they might use these same fruity flavors in their croissants, the bakers impart more savory flavors in their fresh bagels and sandwiches. To complement either type of breakfast food, the team brews Arabica coffee into flavors that evoke the season like a scarecrow, a snowman, or a scarecrow in snow pants and ski goggles. Impressively, Winchell's Donut House traces its roots back to 1948, no doubt because of its ability to unite savory with sweet on the menu.

15195 E Hampden Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

The menu offers a white mocha ($3.25 for 12 ounces), latte ($2.60), cappuccino ($2.60), hot chocolate ($2.50), steamers ($2.10), blended drinks such as the Frozen Hotty ($3.85) and more. Coffee comes in A, B, and C-sized perky cups. An A-cup of house blend costs $1.75, so this Groupon could caffeinate your mornings for an entire workweek. Add a $.40 flavor shot or a $.50 soy shot for an extra boost. Freshly baked pastries are available daily to complement the coffee. Cold drinks include an iced latte ($2.60 for 12 ounces), mocha ($3), and coffee ($1.55) as well as an Italian soda ($2.75) and an Arnold Palmer ($2).

12101 East Iliff Avenue
Aurora,
CO
US