A specialty of New York delis, black-and-white cookies got some extra attention a few years ago when they were featured on an episode of Seinfeld ("Look to the cookie!" Jerry shouted). But these unusual delights have long been a culinary curiosity. Also known as half-moons, the cookies are made using the basics: flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, and a touch of vanilla and lemon. Then they're covered with sweet frosting, chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other -- thus the simple, descriptive name. (Seinfeld suggested that the proper way to eat one was to munch up the middle so that both colors were included in every bite.) Although Denver has always had problems getting authentic New York food, the New York Deli News delivers: These homemade black-and-whites are authentic six-inch, melt-in-your-mouth monsters. At $2.75 apiece, the cookie's large enough to split with a friend; the only problem is deciding who gets which color.

When a store is as huge as the Castle Rock Safeway -- which is 50 percent larger than your average Safeway -- you have to fill it with something. But after stocking the typical meat-and-potatoes supermarket fare, as well as fresh sushi, Chinese takeout, a pizza bar and a Starbucks counter, the store still had room, so it added a special "store within a store" that features 8,000 natural foods, including organic produce and a hundred items derived from tofu. Soy far, soy good.
When a store is as huge as the Castle Rock Safeway -- which is 50 percent larger than your average Safeway -- you have to fill it with something. But after stocking the typical meat-and-potatoes supermarket fare, as well as fresh sushi, Chinese takeout, a pizza bar and a Starbucks counter, the store still had room, so it added a special "store within a store" that features 8,000 natural foods, including organic produce and a hundred items derived from tofu. Soy far, soy good.
Talk about vroom service: Perched beside a major commuter airport, the Perfect Landing offers an unbroken view of the Rockies, from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak -- unbroken, that is, except for the private jets that take off and land every few minutes. Although you can see all the action from the big picture windows, a seat on the second-floor patio puts you in the thick of things. In the morning, watch the sun hit the mountains as you dig into a four-egg omelette; come back in the late afternoon for a plate of chiles rellenos that are almost as ogle-worthy as the sunset. The scene is so impressive that even the pilots who just flew through it drop by for a look and a cocktail (post-flight, of course).
Talk about vroom service: Perched beside a major commuter airport, the Perfect Landing offers an unbroken view of the Rockies, from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak -- unbroken, that is, except for the private jets that take off and land every few minutes. Although you can see all the action from the big picture windows, a seat on the second-floor patio puts you in the thick of things. In the morning, watch the sun hit the mountains as you dig into a four-egg omelette; come back in the late afternoon for a plate of chiles rellenos that are almost as ogle-worthy as the sunset. The scene is so impressive that even the pilots who just flew through it drop by for a look and a cocktail (post-flight, of course).
Ignore the grape-friendly name and the odd strip-mall location: The Wine Company boasts the city's best boutique beer selection, and its coolers hold treasures that aren't sold anywhere else in Colorado. The hundreds of American and imported craft and microbrews available here are kept under refrigeration and tended by savvy staffers who drink what they sell. And if by chance they don't have that dream beer you're craving, they'll track it down for you.
Ignore the grape-friendly name and the odd strip-mall location: The Wine Company boasts the city's best boutique beer selection, and its coolers hold treasures that aren't sold anywhere else in Colorado. The hundreds of American and imported craft and microbrews available here are kept under refrigeration and tended by savvy staffers who drink what they sell. And if by chance they don't have that dream beer you're craving, they'll track it down for you.
Call it New American, call it contemporary, call it fusion. Whatever you choose to call it, the food at Mel's Bar and Grill is undeniably delicious. Owners Mel and Janey Masters juggle international ingredients with domestic tastes, and somehow their dishes all work. Looking for an upscale meatloaf? Try the buffalo. Looking for an Asian fish dish? Try the seared ahi with soba noodles. And if you're looking for anything from around the Mediterranean, Mel's your man, offering everything from rabbit risotto and grilled eggplant polenta to fennel sausage tagliatelle and grilled lamb. Pair your meal with wines that make sense -- check out the ever-changing "Mel's Special Wine Picks" for the real bargains -- and relax in the quirky but comfy atmosphere of this Cherry Creek institution (the happenin' bar area is also an option). Still don't know what to call it? Doesn't matter. Eat at Mel's.
Call it New American, call it contemporary, call it fusion. Whatever you choose to call it, the food at Mel's Bar and Grill is undeniably delicious. Owners Mel and Janey Masters juggle international ingredients with domestic tastes, and somehow their dishes all work. Looking for an upscale meatloaf? Try the buffalo. Looking for an Asian fish dish? Try the seared ahi with soba noodles. And if you're looking for anything from around the Mediterranean, Mel's your man, offering everything from rabbit risotto and grilled eggplant polenta to fennel sausage tagliatelle and grilled lamb. Pair your meal with wines that make sense -- check out the ever-changing "Mel's Special Wine Picks" for the real bargains -- and relax in the quirky but comfy atmosphere of this Cherry Creek institution (the happenin' bar area is also an option). Still don't know what to call it? Doesn't matter. Eat at Mel's.
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
If it was good enough for Clark Gable, the 128-year-old Cliff House is good enough for us -- but we don't know what Clark would make of that @ that's been added to the name. Never mind; such pesky thoughts will disappear the minute you step into the cream puff of a dining room, all Victorian splendor with its custard colors and pillowy-soft furnishings. The Cliff House's expert staff takes such good care of you that the service also seems to date from that gilded era, and the food makes it clear that your entire time at this meal, in this intimate room, in this delightful era, is intended to accentuate the sensual. (You hope she'll love you as much as she does the lobster-topped wild mushroom risotto.) But as gorgeous as the newly restored dining room looks -- particularly with that nineteenth-century stone fireplace -- it's nothing compared to the stunning, panoramic views of the Rockies outside. After dinner and star-gazing, slip into one of the Cliff House's plush suites and make plans for breakfast, which should include the kitchen's sumptuous steak -- that's filet mignon, of course -- and eggs, and for a post-prandial stop at one of the local hot springs. Frankly, my dear, you won't give a damn if you ever make it

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