Socrates is said to be the source of the common wisdom that "Any food that takes more than a couple minutes to make can't be any good, right?" Fuel up on speedy, freshly prepared selections with today's Groupon. For $10, you'll get $25 worth of made-to-order Asian eats from one of Fire Bowl Cafe's two locations in Englewood and Centennial.
Nestled amid bright, inviting environs, Café Mon Ami has dedicated more than a decade to slinging its staggering selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Ante meridiem risers can unfurl eyelids to a quartet of savory benedicts ($8.49–$9.49) or a croque monsieur festooned with ham, cheese, and egg before it’s grilled atop a sizzling french beret ($8.49). Fix midday fangs into one of nearly 30 croissant sandwiches, such as the Oh La La’s hearty medley of roast beef, turkey, ham, pastrami, and swiss ($8.49) or the sourdough burger, which ensconces a half-pound of ground beef in a sliced croissant bun slathered with thousand island dressing ($8.49). Drizzled with such specialty sauces such as brandy-dijon and pepper-cognac, a selection of five succulent 8-ounce Angus steaks ($15.49 each) such as the steak Oscar depart kitchens accompanied by your choice of side and a sepia-toned headshot of the chef.
The cooks at Napoli Tom's Pasta Company may seem like magicians, but they only need durum wheat, semolina flour, water, and a touch of sea salt to create their bewitchingly delicious pasta. It serves as the starting ingredient for most of the carryout eatery's from-scratch Italian specialties, including ravioli, spaghetti, and manicotti—all made from family recipes. The lasagna features five layers of handmade pasta carefully placed between layers of five cheeses, a choice of Italian sausage, ground beef, or spinach, and handmade marinara sauce. Like the marinara, Napoli Tom Pasta Company's Bolognese sauce is cooked for three hours, though each Bolognese gallon receives an extra kick from two pounds of Italian sausage.
When she first moved to the United States after living in central Asia, Irina Bertini found herself unhappy with the prevalence of processed foods and the lack of recycled and reused resources. Together with her husband, James, she decided to join with local artisans in the hope of spreading her twin passions for quality foods and self-sufficiency. They are now part of Denver Urban Homesteading, a limited liability company that shares its DIY expertise with students through classes in topics such as beekeeping, chicken raising, homebrewing, and furniture restoration. They also host regular chicken swaps where like-minded omnivores can buy and sell livestock and supplies such as organic feed and chicken waterers.