Denver City Guide: Bad Daddy Burger

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I just had the best double meat sandwich I’ve ever had. It was a Pastrami Burger from Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, the latest in the seemingly endless parade of new gourmet burger joints in Denver, this one nearly half-owned by Colorado owned Good Times and located in Cherry Creek North. My first meal at Bad Daddy’s had delicious sliced Pastrami on top of savory meety goodness with some thousand-island, swiss and sauerkraut.

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You get a side too, I got some House Slaw, I had a craving for cole slaw. But you can choose from Hand Cut French Fries, Onion Straws, Fruit Cup, Housemade Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Fries or Tater Tots as well as some delicious slaw. You can create your own burger as well, including adding Buttermilk Fried Bacon which Vanessa had on her, “Create Your Own Burger”,  I tried a piece and it was amazingly tasty. She figured out a way to create a $19 burger with whatever the heck you had on it, but it was also surpassed her previous favorite burger at Tag Burger Bar and was worth every mouth-watering cent. You can create your own salad too which has received some great reviews, the place smells amazing when you walk-in, good luck ordering a salad.

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If you like to have a drink with dinner, I’d recommend trying the Breckenridge Bourbon or Vodka which is a great choice and not found everywhere in town. I try to have some when it’s available.  This was an added plus. They have an extensive beer list and our server was really great, recommended some great beer and helped me lean towards the Pastrami Burger which was a great choice.
Bad Daddy was recently named as one of the Best Burger in 25 Cities by Zagat. This location in Cherry Creek North gets 4.5 of 5 stars in Yelp. It was a nice change-up from Cherry Cricket as a fun place to eat, and a great spot to regain my manhood after making paper-mache flowers at West Elm with my fiancee. I’d check it out, plus they have garage doors that open for the coming warm months making this a great summer spot too!
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Bad Daddy Burger Bar – 240 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

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This past few weeks have been just plain wonderful! We have had plenty of sunshine and temperatures often in the 60’s, while our family, back in the East Coast, is experiencing a marathon of snowstorms and cold weather. Living in Colorado often feels like a privilege and we have declared in our home: Spring has Sprung!

With the higher temperature spring also brings a lot of chores, it’s time for Spring Cleaning. But, today, I do not want to talk about your home or give you tips on how to spring clean your space. Rather, I want to talk about spring cleaning your life!
If you take a moment to think about it, spring changes radically our behavior. We have had months in which we spent way more time indoors than outdoors, be it inside your home, at museums and movie theaters, winter is just time to look for a warm shelter. A soon as the weather changes, so do our behavior, and here we are: my husband is biking to work, we are going on more afternoon walks, there are plans for picnics at various Denver parks and hike dates in our calendars. It’s just a welcome departure from winter! Life changes with the seasons and, boy, are we glad it’s spring?!
In our home, every spring it’s time to try and live a healthier lifestyle. We stop cooking heavier foods and start eating more salads, we exchange all the filters (water, humidifier, fridge, shower, furnace, etc), and plan for a fun herb garden!
The farmer’s markets are back! We, automatically shop more for local, organic, fresh and whole foods than during the winter! It’s just there: easier to find, more accessible!
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And here are other things you can do to enjoy a healthier spring:
Join a local CSA! That’s a community garden or community supported agriculture, where you pay upfront for your share of the harvest and collect your fresh produce weekly, the entire season!

– Colorado has plenty of options for fresh produce delivered to your door! Families that are generally busier and cannot commit to visit a local farmer’s market every week can benefit from these services for a healthier lifestyle!
Start a spring garden! If you are a newbe, there are plenty of “hard-to-kill” herbs your could start with! It will help you make tastier and healthier meals at home and it can look really good! We purchase our seeds here, Botanical Interests is a Colorado company and they will deliver a beautiful box of seeds to your doorstop with plenty of instructions!
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– Visit a nursery: bring into your home a large amount of air-claning plants! Not only it will make your home look amazing, but it will improve the quality of air your are breathing. If you are not sure what to choose, any flower market/nursery can help you and there are so many TED Talks on the benefits of air-cleaning plants for a better indoor air quality you can watch!

– Visit a local farm and bring home plenty of fresh produce! Spring is traditionally time to visit farm, bring the kids to see some farm animals and there are countless benefits of eating fresh produce! Did you know, food that needs to travel to reach its destination and is, normally, older than 1 week old looses an average of 50% of its nutrition?
–  Farmer’s Markets are everywhere and you can make a visit to your local one a date night! Often in Colorado, there are plenty of options of food trucks and local food stands at our farmer’s markets! Why not pick up fresh produce for the week, support your local farmer and make a date night out of it?!
– Get rid of, at least, one unnecessary chemical product from your home! The organic cleaning products, health and beauty industry has advanced so much in the past few years! Today, you don’t need to compromise quality for a healthier lifestyle. At home, we started slow: at first, we exchanged all our hand soaps from the bathroom and the kitchen for organic, natural soaps. It’s one step at a time, but it can make a world of difference in the quantity of chemicals you come in contact with!
– Participate on a community-type natural food dinner party! On February 28th, the Denver Botanical Garden will host the next gather, a pop-up dining experience featuring  a five-course meal designed by the Watercourse Foods chef Rachel Kesley. The best part of it? No two Gather dinners are alike! You are in for a delicious surprise! 
– Take a Healthy cooking class! Our friend, nutritionist Heather Braaten holds amazing and fun cooking classes around town, including inside the Whole Foods Washington Park and Capital Hill as well!
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Do not obsess over it! Today, any action towards a healthier lifestyle is a HUGE one! Slowly you can change old habits and incorporate more aspects of a healthy lifestyle into your home!
How else does spring changes our lives? Well, the Real Estate market is one of them! Sales pick up in the spring! People are feeling more positive and ready to change their lives and comfortable enough to spend their days outside, looking at homes! Check out this graph from the home sales from Highlands Ranch: it’s absolute proof that sales pick up in the spring and spring is an excellent season lead-in, because summer just looks like a winner!

Denver City Guide: Tag Burger Bar

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We’re all fully aware we have a lot of Burger options these days, from local chains like Smashburger to the Cherry Cricket and one of my favorite burgers in town at the Lowry Beer Garden. But, none of these creates a gourmet experience, one that you would bring your obnoxious foodie friend to and he would marvel at the variety and gourmet quality touches to the burgers. Tag Burger Bar may make your foodie friend stop twirling his handlebar mustache long enough to thank you.
To impress your foodie friend start with some Truffle Aioli and Parmesan Fries, just hearing the word Aioli will make their heart sing (calling Aioli “Fancy Mayo” is a fun way to drive your friend nuts) and they are by far the best fries I’ve ever had. The Aioli and Parmesan was spread evenly and consistently throughout which is rare for fries with toppings and were robust, it was such high quality it feels like it might be wasted on fries, but they aren’t because French Fries are awesome as we all know. I also love a fried pickle and grabbed an order of those too, they are cut the long way which is the only way a pickle should be fried and come with spicy ranch which is homemade and remarkable.
Oddly when I was at Tag I was craving a burger and a cheese steak, which meant I was in the right place! I had a Philly Heart Attack Bison Burger on a Bluepoint Bakery Bun (you can also have a gluten free bun or use lettuce as a bun if you’re crazy enough to use lettuce as bread). My burger, cooked Medium-Rare perfectly like I asked for had grilled onions, sauteed green peppers and bananas peppers, lettuce, tomato and the coup de gras: Cheese Whiz! Wow, just wow, it’s the primary reason it’s now salad week in my house. You can have a litany of other choices too from their take on a Texas Burger to a burger that has truffles, pork belly, chicken skin and other not so healthy remarkable items, which I’m sure you’re foodie friend will order since it has a $20 upcharge on top of how much you pay for the burger, as an example the Bison Burger costs $10 then you add on, the Philly Heart Attack being $4 and this being $20 extra, but it looks worth it if you don’t mind paying $30 for a burger. You’re average for a burger should be between $13-$15 each if you don’t go all in on the burger with truffles and such.
Tag Burger Bar’s take on the burger takes it somewhere new, somewhere great and they’re so fancy they even take reservations.
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Tag Burger Bar – 1222 Madison Street, Denver, CO – Congress Park

Denver City Guide: Cloud 9 Frozen Custard

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If you are anything like us you are tired of this weather and dreaming of hot summer days and chocolate ice cream! Yummm! We have constantly been on the search for the best Ice Cream Spots in Denver and Cloud 9 (though, officially, a frozen custard joint) is one of our favorites and here is why:

Devoid of all of the pomposity that has become synonymous with buying ice cream or frozen yogurt these days; this locally owned custard shop in Hale near 8th and Colorado (down the block from Trader Joe’s)  has two delicious flavors Vanilla or Chocolate and loads of delicious toppings like gummy worms or cashews and caramel which is  a wonderful salty sweet combo. You can eat old school classics like a Banana Split or throw in some peanut butter cups just don’t ask for a wacky flavor, that’s not how they roll.

Cloud 9 Frozen Custard: 4300A East 8th Avenue, Denver, CO

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTION!

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A home inspection is a buyers first defense when buying a home, it’s what prevents your from borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars for the next 30 years to only buy a home that’s falling down, a severe fire hazard or just going to cost to much to fix back up. A home inspection costs about $350, often though buyers try to covnice me they don’t need to hire a professional home inspector, they have a handy uncle or in the case I’m going to tell you a Father-In-Law that used to be a home inspector but didn’t inspect too many homes (experience counts too, not necessarily years but how often they work), it went even more poorly than I expected.
Several weeks after the home buyer I was working with, we’ll call her Jackie, had her home inspection finished and a mere one day after closing on her new dream home Jackie called me in a panic saying when she flushed her toilet it backed up into bathtub, which is a sign of a pretty big problem. I had Jackie call her home warranty company, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, we provide most of our home buyers with a warranty to help pay for anything that may arise in the first year of owning a home,  to get a plumber out ASAP to fix what was probably going to be a thousand dollar problem thankfully for only a little over $100 which is the cost of the deductible.
The plumber discovered that the seller had a pipe burst and since they didn’t live at the home just taped up a rubber sleeve with not even plumbers tape, but athletic tape and saved themselves a pretty hefty plumbing bill. In the words of the plumber, “They just tried to pass the inspection.” The pipes were in the crawl space, a little bit up the wall in a space that any quality home inspector would have seen when in the crawl space inspecting the home and we would have had this paid for by the seller long before closing and before having some gross stuff float into the tub. The total repair ended up costing $1,820 just a day after closing, thankfully because of the warranty almost all of that was covered even though there was some pretty obvious fraud by the seller. You can’t always trust who you buy a home from but when spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home you should be willing to invest a few hundred extra on making sure you are buying a home devoid of any odd defects, it’s a much better investment than getting all of the furniture you want on the first day in your new home which is what our home buyer did. A home inspection is remarkably important, we recommend a home inspector that goes through every single part of the home and explains every issue to you so you can make an informed decision, anything short of that gets you into the type of trouble Jackie got in.