As sunlight pours through floor to ceiling windows, Laurel Fitness's trainers motivate their charges through one more rep in the free-weight room, or one more mile on the treadmills. Though guests can opt to forge their own fitness paths, group classes such as total body toning, high-intensity step aerobics, and core conditioning corral the power of peer motivation to push patrons through workout plateaus. Nutrition assistance supplements physical training and helps members to negotiate the sometimes confusing world of dietetics, with its distinctions between refined and unrefined sugar, and its debates about whether a tomato is a fruit, vegetable, or adverb.The trainers aren't limited to helping adults: youth-fitness conditioning pairs kids with a personal trainer, either one-on-one or with another little buddy, to help them to learn to enjoy exercise and pick up healthy eating habits. Trainer and mom Emily Brown also leads Pur Fit Kids classes, which gets little ones exercising with fun physical games while teaching values such as perseverance, honesty, and when to go all in a high-stakes game of Texas hold'em.
The taste-bud pleasers at Dairy Queen Orange Julius whip up classic ice-cream treats and real-fruit smoothies. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavor options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft-serve ($3.69+). The waffle-bowl sundae slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge for an appealingly layered delight ($4.99+), and the milkshake puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability ($4.39+). Staffers also coax a bevy of delectable fruits from their rinds and blend them into sweet, frozen smoothies ($3.19+).
Before Andrew Krull opened Zest Cafe on the corner of South Wadsworth and West Yale, he spent several years scouting the location. That's because he grew up right across the street. Today—in his home slightly away from his home—Krull creates contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Feast on pan-seared beef tips, roasted vegetables over beds of quinoa, or pizzas crowned with smoked salmon. In the evenings, sip coffee or glasses of wine at the bar, or dine al fresco on the umbrella-forested outdoor patio.
After spending years working for Dominos Pizza, Vince Schmuhl decided that he could do a better job of preparing and delivering quality pies to people's homes. He challenged the nationwide chain's dominance in the region by founding the first Blackjack Pizza on June 29, 1983.
Although delivering oven-fresh pies within 30 minutes was still a major goal for Schmuhl, he emphasized the importance of quality ingredients using sauce made from freshly packed tomatoes as well as hand-tossed dough that never sees the inside of a freezer or cryogenic chamber. This dedication to quality and speedy service allowed Blackjack Pizza to not only survive, but also thrive over the decades. The chain now includes more than 40 stores operating in four different states.
In addition to offering seven signature pies, Blackjack Pizza also allows customers to build their own order from crust to toppings. A choice of up to four savory, tangy, and piquant sauces form the base, topped with any of the 3 available cheeses, 7 meats, and 10 freshly diced vegetables. Regardless of the toppings, Blackjack Pizza respects the potential danger of food allergies by ensuring that none of its pies ever contain traces of MSG, peanuts, or peanut oil.
When most people think of Chicago-style pizza, they probably imagine a dense, deep-dish pie weighed down by an inches-thick layer of cheese. But the chefs at Nicolo's Pizza point to a different definition offered up by famed Chicago film critic Roger Ebert. In an interview with Vanity Fair , Ebert estimated that as much as 85 percent of Chicago's pizza is built upon a thin crust, and that what really sets the city's pies apart is the homemade sauces and crusts cooked up by Chicago's abundant Italian population.
That's exactly the type of Chicago-style pizza that Nicolo's has been dishing up for more than 30 years, using recipes born generations ago in Italy. Each thin or hand-rolled crust is made fresh every day, topped with a choice of sauce such as traditional red, alfredo, or garlicky extra virgin olive oil, then baked in an authentic stone-bottom oven. Patrons can choose their own ingredients––which range from artichoke hearts to green chilies––or choose one of the shop's specialties such as Buffalo Pie, a ranch-based pizza topped with chicken, celery, carrots, and mozzarella, or the Besto Pesto with Chicken, featuring chicken, black olives, artichoke hearts, and provolone cheese with a pesto sauce. Beyond the pizza pan, chefs painstakingly assemble layers of fresh noodles, ricotta, and sauce into classic meaty or vegetarian lasagna and slather chicken wings in a variety of sauces, including pomegranate chipotle and thai peanut.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.