When not blogging or brunching for Westword, Chicago native Lauren Monitz can be found managing the content and digital strategy for Travel Mindset and iExplore. She holds a BS in Advertising from CU and an MS in E-Business from Depaul and is very active in both alumni associations.
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7 months ago | Interviews
When you think of local celebrities, you may picture Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos, actress Amy Adams, or rock band the Fray. But one celebrity eclipses them all by a landslide in terms of fanatical popularity. With slightly over one million fol...
7 months ago | Things to Do
If you think you’ve seen a food festival for nearly everything as of late, you’re not wrong. Ticketed culinary events have been growing in popularity and becoming ever more niche, with something, , be it ciders, burgers or tacos, to tickle every o...
7 months ago | First Look
If you were bummed when Chicago health-food fast casual eatery, Protein Bar, shuttered several locations around town earlier this year, fear not; the company was only making way for its newest project, Thrive 360 Eatery. The new Denver location at...
7 months ago | Weird Food News
Meat candles. Two words I never thought I would ever utter in the same sentence, yet lo and behold, with more than one restaurant in the Centennial State offering this oddly edible treat, it appears we have a trend on our hands. Keep in mind thoug...
8 months ago | First Look
Situated on a roughly 15,000-square-foot plot of land at 2775 Valmont Road, the Rayback Collective isn’t a new idea, but it’s something that was sorely needed in Boulder. A successfully funded Kickstarter campaign raised more than $40,000 for the ...
10 months ago | Weird Food News
With so much turnover in both the crazy restaurant and real estate scenes, it seems like a mini-miracle when a business survives even a few years in Denver, let alone 35. One of those success stories? Le Bakery Sensual. Against all odds, owner Joh...