Hi Denver, a quick Restaurant Review here!

Hi Denver and Colorado,

I thought I’d post a quick restaurant review from last night’s “date night”.  Well it was almost a date night but our kiddos wanted to come so it was family night.  We went to Lala’s and had a great time.

We loved it as it was fun, casual, the wait staff cared about our experience and we didn’t need to do the dishes (always a plus).

The ingredients are mostly from local producers and the Pizzas were wonderful!  So, a strong suggestion for Lala’s!

Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado

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The Super Bowl Hangover is in full swing in Denver

Hey There Everybody,

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  As is expected, Denver is a bit blue right now because of the Super Bowl.  The local media and most people I know are rehashing how this could have gone so wrong.   Here are a few of my thoughts:

First off, the Broncos are a good team and had a nice run this year, but they aren’t great.  Their offense was great for most of the year, but clearly failed in the Super Bowl against the best defense in the NFL.  I wonder if they were (Manning) a bit over-prepared.  What is up with changing the first play of the game?  They had two weeks to prepare but there is need to change the play at the line of scrimmage for the first play?  I come from the school of thought that during big games you just want to start playing and get things settled down.

Secondly, regardless of the horrific beginning, Seattle is a much better team and a more balanced team.  They were better coached and their players wanted it more.  Maybe Denver players thought they just needed to line up and Manning would make it happen for them.

Some want to put this on the defense, which I think is absurd.  The D held them in the game though out the first half.  This was on Manning and the offense.

And lastly, how is it that the defense didn’t know that Harvin was going to run a few end-arounds???  I’m just an avg. football fan and I mentioned it at the party a few times before the game…”we better be ready for Harvin, he will run some end-arounds”…how the heck did Avery decide to rush inside on both of those hand-offs?

Anyway, the best team won that’s for sure.  The Broncos play the NFC West next year, which I think is the best division in football.  We will sure get an idea of what we are made of in those games.

There’s always next year and the Broncos gave us a fun year to watch and cheer.

Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado

 

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Wow!!! This has been a good old fashioned butt-kicking!!!

Hi there all,

Well I hope you’ve had a fun Super Bowl Party!  Here in Denver things sure could have been better (understatement of the year)!  My cell is blowing up from friends and family from around the country, asking what happened.

Who knows?  One thing for sure, the Broncos ran up against a much better  team.  Hats Off to the Seahawks!!!  After it’s all said and done, let’s give them credit for dominating a pretty good Bronco team.  I’m not sure if the safety to start the game threw them into a tailspin or what.  But the best team won and let’s give credit where it’s due.

Here in Denver…there will be no parade.  Have fun Seattle.  We had a fun year in Denver and look forward to the next.

Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado

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Here is my favoriate dip for the Super Bowl

Hi there Football Fans, my wife is ready to give her suggestion for a great dip for the Super Bowl.  She’s married to a dip, so this is something she knows a lot about.  So here goes!

7 Layer Dip

7 layer dip ingredients

16  ounces  refried beans 

1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning 

1  cup  sour cream 

1  cup  guacamole 

1  cup  salsa 

1  cup  Lettuce 

1  cup  Mexican blend cheese 

4  ounces  sliced olives 

1  cup  Tomato 

Directions:

1 Layer in this order.
2 16 oz refried beans mixed w/ 1 package taco seasoning.
3 1 c sour cream.
4 1 c guacamole.
5 1 c salsa.
6 1 c lettuce.
7 1 c Mexican cheese.
8 4oz sliced olives.
9 1 c tomatoes.

Ok give that a try and you’re guests will love it!  The countdown has begun.  It’s time for the Broncos to get ready for some Super Bowl Football against the Seattle Seahawks.  It’s nice seeing that Marshawn Lynch is keeping it classy.  😉 
Let’s GO BRONCOS!!!!
Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado 
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Hey Football fans, let’s discuss Super Bowl Recipes

Thanks for the input readers!  Let’s share some Super Bowl Recipes!  Email suggestions to bstrong303@gmail.com.   Let’s hope that good food and good times help the Denver Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII!!!

Ok, Sara from Littleton CO says that this her favorite for her annual Super Bowl Party: Swedish Meatball Tartlets

Recipe

Ingredients

  •  2 eggs, beaten
  •  1 tbsp. water
  •  1 lb. ground beef, pork and veal (meatloaf mix)
  •  3 tbsp. seasoned dry bread crumbs
  •  1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  •   1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  •  1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  •  1/4 cup olive oil
      All-purpose flour
  •  1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  •  1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup
  •  3/4 cup milk

    Directions

    1. Heat the oven to 375°F.  Beat 1 egg and the water in a small bowl with a fork.
    2. Thoroughly mix the meatloaf mix, bread crumbs, onion, remaining egg, nutmeg and black pepper in a large bowl.  Shape the meat mixture into 24 (1-inch) meatballs.
    3. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes, turning the meatballs over once halfway through the cooking time.  Drain the meatballs on paper towels.
    4. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface.  Roll the pastry sheet into a 10-inch square.  Cut the pastry sheet into 12 (about 3 x 2 1/2-inch) rectangles. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.  Press the pastries into 24 (1 3/4-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.  Brush the pastry cups with the egg mixture.  Place 1 meatball into each tartlet shell.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Remove the pastries from the pans and let cool on wire racks for 5 minutes.
    6. Heat the soup and milk in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until the mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring occasionally.  Spoon the soup mixture over the pastries before serving.

    Yummm that sounds great Sara, thanks!  I showed this to my wife and we are defiantly adding that to our list!

Ok here is one of mine!  Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches!!!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

 

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (17.5 fluid ounce) bottle buffalo wing sauce, divided
  • 1/2 (1 ounce) package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
    1. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker, and pour in 3/4 of the wing sauce and the ranch dressing mix. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.
    2. Once the chicken has cooked, add the butter, and shred the meat finely with two forks. Pile the meat onto the hoagie rolls, and splash with the remaining buffalo wing sauce to serve.

    Ok my wife has one…she will add it in a few. 

Go Broncos!!!

Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado

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More Super Bowl Party Ideas

There are many Super Bowl Party veterans…people who put together a yearly party.  We all have our style about what works and doesn’t work.  Clearly we want the event to be fun for everyone.  Because we throw a party every year, we’ve learned some tips.  This year is a big one in Denver!!!!  It’s been 15 year since the Broncos have been in the Super Bowl so let’s have some fun!   How exciting that the are DENVER BRONCOS finally making it to the BIG GAME against their old AFC West Rivals, the Seattle Seahawks.   This will be a good one!  The NFL’s number 1 offense against the number 1 defense.  Wow!

Unless you’re party involves more than just a few guys who are really into the game, you’ll likely have many different levels of football interest.  Some people, like me, will be glued to the game and will watch every play.  For me, socializing takes a backseat to the game.  Other’s have some interest but are also there primarily to socialize.  Then you have the people who don’t really care about football, but enjoy the festivities of the Super Bowl and enjoy the halftime show and commercials.  Then you have kids who don’t want to watch any of it but do what to have a good time.  A good Super Bowl party have a place for all of these types of people.

Assuming your home is big enough, have several different stations.  I like have a main room for the football fans.  The set up of that is pretty clear.  I don’t like have the food station in that room as the non-fanatics tend to socialize around the food and in the kitchen.  So I like have a TV in the kitchen to create a social/game station for those people.  I like putting the food and drinks in that area so that the more social people who want to chat aren’t disturbing the people who are more intense about the game.

As far as the kiddos, ours are into the game in so far as it’s fun.  They like to dress up for the game and both have their new Bronco gear for the Super Bowl.  They will watch some of the game, will be glued to the halftime show and will likely be interested in the commercials.  We put together another room with some fun things to do, popcorn and munchies etc, arts and crafts and even have a movie playing somewhere for the kids who would rather do that.  Trust me that if you keep it fun for the kids, all of the adults will have a better time as they will be freed up to enjoy what they are there for…be it the game, food, social interaction or all of the above.  There is usually some parent or parents who have more fun playing with the kids than watching the game, so that works out too.

The subject of alcohol use is an important one.  Getting older for us has involved a lifestyle change that minimizes even social drinking so has the amount and type of drinking that we allow in our home limited.  Certainly some people are going to want to have a beer or two while they eat chips and pizza during the Super Bowl. Some may enjoy more than that, and some may lean towards becoming over-served.  As the host is it our responsibility to have an eye on this.  I believe that being a host of a party involves taking responsibility for your guests, so staying sober yourself is an important step.  Don’t allow something bad to happen because you’re not taking this seriously.  Issues of safety and liability are important as is the need to keep the party fun for everyone.   I’ll write more ideas on this later, but make sure you’re doing the basics…have plenty of food ready to eat as soon as guests arrive.   Serve desert and coffee after the meals have been eaten. Have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available and offer them often.  And of course you have to be willing to tell a guest if he/she has had too much and is unfit to drive.  If you can’t do that, you can’t have a party, that’s the bottom line.  Staying sober at your own party is very important for many reasons.   I believe that keeping an eye on things is important as well as a preemptive discussion should you see a guest going at it hard.  “I’m glad your having fun, by the way you’re not planning driving later are you” is a great idea and sure makes the comment “Hey, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed yourself and am happy to drive you home.  We can get your car later.” a lot easier if need be.  These are the nice way of voicing concern and healthy limit setting.  Know that you might have to step that up in the event that the person says they are “fine” by saying “I really have to insist.  You’ve had too much to drink to drive.  Let’s get you home.  Don’t worry about your car, we will take care of that”.   Please do not have a party where alcohol is served unless you’re willing to set those boundaries.

Ok, we are getting ready for the big game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.  May the best team win and of course….

GO BRONCOS!!!!

Bill Strong on all things Denhver and Colorado

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Best Bar’s in Denver to Watch the Super Bowl…

Hi Football Fans and Bronco Fans!!!

I’ve been mostly posting about our plans for a Super Bowl party hoping to offer helpful suggestions and tasty ideas.  I don’t want to leave out those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of planning a party and want to go out for the game.

The two best downtown to watch the game in my opinion are the Sports Column and Jackson’s All American Sports Grill.  Both places have great food, good times and fun people.

If you’re not downtown, I’d look for a CB Potts near you.

Where ever you go, let’s hope the Broncos are ready to play their best game against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.  The Seahawks are certainly the real deal.  Even though the Broncos were able to beat a fine Patriot team, they better be ready for some hard hitting football.

Go Broncos!!!

Bill Strong on All Things Denver and Colorado

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Let’s Plan Fun Super Parties Meals Denver!!!

Hello again Denver Football Fans!

I just got off the phone with some friends who are excited about this year’s Super Bowl Party.  We always try to plan a food theme consistent with the host city (Gumbo for New Orleans etc) and I’m struggling a little bit about what  New York theme for food is. If any of my readers have suggestions, feel free to mail me at bstrong303@gmail.com.  Looks like I’ll have to do some research.  I know my wife will be cooking up some fancy deserts to enjoy and the entrees are on me. 

pastrami-sandwich

My first thought is Pastrami, so let me suggest one of the best Deli’s in the Denver area:  The New York Deli News on Hampden.  It’s been in Denver forever and they have GREAT pastrami.  So let’s start with that for our Super Bowl party.  For me there’s nothing more New York (yes I know the Super Bowl is actually being played in New Jersey) then a great Pastrami sandwich.  I also make wonderful crabcakes (yeah that’s more of a Baltimore thing but what the heck) so I’ll post that recipe soon.

Back with more ideas soon!  Go Broncos!  Let’s beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl!!!

Bill Strong on all things Denver and Colorado

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Yes The Broncos Are Going To The Super Bowl!!!

Wow, what a year!!!   I’ve been contacted by readers, family and others asking what Denver is like now that it’s official that the Denver Broncos are GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!  Hat’s off to the Patriots who put together quite a year in getting to the AFC title game!  I’m sure the Patriots will in the thick of things next year.

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Well first off, it has been a fun year.  This is truly a team that interesting to watch, even for non- Broncos fans.  My Brother-In-Law, a born and raised Kansas City Chiefs fan even admits that watching the best offensive team every in this history of the NFL is a good time, though I’m not sure he’s rooting for the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

As exciting as this is, as a Denver Native I must say; my have times have changed!  I was a senior at East High School in Denver when the Broncos finally became a respectable team and went to their first Super Bowl.  What a crazy time those old Orange Crush days were!  People were painting their homes orange and blue and what was a small city, a “cow town” hit the big time with Red Miller (yes a transplant from the Patriots) as our first year coach who took John Ralston’s team all the way to the big game.  Beating the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers and then the hated Oakland Raiders were in the playoffs…what electric times were enjoyed in Denver.  Of course, we lost to the Dallas Cowboys, but who cares?  We Denver natives look back on those time with a grin.   Craig Morton, the M and M connection (Haven Moses) the Orange Crush Defense (best Broncos Trivia question ever?  Name the starting linebackers of the Orange Crush Defense and where they went to college…) what a fun team to watch.

Years pasted after that Super Bowl, then we got a guy named Elway (second best Bronco Trivia question?  Why did Elway refuse to play for Baltimore?).  With 3 loses in Super bowls…to the Giants (closer than people remember, if only we had scored before the half, but no…goal line stand by the Giants with Dan Reeves conservative play calling, ugggg), then the god awful Redskin game (up by 10 points…then here comes the Redskins with 35 unanswered points…grrrrrr) and then the Super Bowl against the 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, now that was painful.

Then came the Super Bowl victory against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.  What a monkey off the back of Denver.  We drove downtown after the game and knew we had finally won a Super Bowl after the tear-gas flowed around Larimer Square.  Then we beat Atlanta in an easy Super Bowl to cap off a great career by John Elway.  Long time natives of this fine city will never forget. Being an older Bronco fan I remember the lean days of the early AFL, where the Raiders and Chargers dominated the Broncos.  Our team was so bad that I remember my father (huge Bronco fan) had a bumper sticker on his car “GO BRONCOS-TAKE STATE.  I wish my father was around to see them now!

Well it’s been a long time and we have a great game coming up…the NFL’s best offense against the best defense (and we are playing an old AFC west rival, how fitting).  May the best team win!

I’ll be posting for the next few weeks. Everything from Super Bowl party ideas, predictions, local news to recipes.  Let’s have fun and Go Broncos!!!

Trivia Question #1:  Randy Gradishar: Ohio State (who should be in the HOF, duh), Bob Swenson: California, Tom Jackson: University of Louisville and the the one everyone misses… Joe Rizzo:United States Merchant Marine Academy

Trivia Question #2:  John Elway refused to play for Baltimore head coach Frank Kush.  John’s father and Frank Kush didn’t not get along and John was unwilling to play for him, opting to play for the Yankees if Baltimore drafted him.  That set up the trade to Denver (3rd best trivia question…what did the Colts get for Elway?)…it had nothing to do with money, the city or Elway being the “Million Dollar Baby” that he was wrongly called at the time.  Elway stuck to his guns for his father. 

(Chris Hinton, Mark Herrmann and a 1st round pick)

Let’s have fun Bronco Fans!!! 

Go Broncos!!!!!

Bill Strong on All Things Denver and Colorado

 

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Another Quick Resturant Review

Happy New Year Denver!

We’ve been busy over the holidays, so I haven’t had much time or opportunity to post a restaurant review.  Thanks to all of my readers for your suggestions.  Amy of Highlands Ranch emailed me (bstrong303@gmail.com) suggesting that I take my wife to Beast+Bottle for our next date-night.  We are so glad she did. Thanks Amy!

Beast+Bottle is located at 719 E. 17th Ave.  Parking was not a problem.  The wine menu was fantastic, with us both opting for the house cab.  Our appetizer was tasty, with me getting the Dungeness Crab (fabulous) and my wife going for the Local Lettuce (a nice mixture of green, dried cherries).  We enjoyed the appetizers along with the relaxed setting.

Our entrees were equally wonderful, with my lovely wife enjoying the Red Duroe Pork and my loving the Porcini Crusted Lamb.  The portions were plentiful and well presented.  We found the staff to be friendly and attentive, not overbearing.  We skipped desert due to our new year’s resolutions.  😉

I’d suggest Beast+Bottle to anyone who wants a nice relaxed night out.

Bill Strong of Denver

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