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Lauren Monitz


Denver, CO, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Off-the-Beaten-Path Labor Day Travel Destinations

Celebrated the first Monday in September, Labor Day recognizes workers for all the contributions they have made and continue to make to the economy and greater country. Many workers are not required... → Read More

Visit These 20 Picturesque Coastal Towns for Less Than You Think

People often assume that coastal towns are synonymous with high prices. But if you do your homework, you can vacation at one of the world's most dazzling beaches without spending a fortune.... → Read More

Adrift Launches New Island-Style Brunch This Sunday, May 28

If you’ve ever felt like you were in desperate need of a tropical vacation (and who hasn’t, given these late May blizzards?), Adrift may just be the solution to dispel the cabin fever. Whether you’ve been to the hot spot at 218 South Broadway a hundred times or are just... → Read More

Germany's Old Towns Are a History Buff's Dream

Germany has over two millennia of history so it should come as no surprise that its colorful past manifests itself throughout the country. → Read More

Cafe Byblos Changes Ownership, Adds More Lebanese Dishes

Cafe Byblos opened in 2013 in the Alamo Placita neighbhorhood but was sold earlier this spring to new owners Yousef and Justin Khraim. → Read More

Eleven Great Denver Wine Bars and Restaurants for Every Type of Wine Drinker

Gone are the days when drinking wine at a restaurant meant getting a workout just paging through a hefty wine menu and proving your knowledge to a snobbish server. These days great wine can be enjoyed in casual settings or in Denver-chic eateries that put together a good spread without... → Read More

Island Scandinavia?

When you think of islands, you typically picture swaying palms, soft sands, and umbrella drinks. But by definition, an island is simply any piece o... → Read More

Sushi Cup Brings Hawaiian, Japanese and Korean Flavors to Governors Park Neighborhood

Now is just the right time for a restaurant like Sushi Cup. Andrew Castillo, who just opened the newest addition to the Governors Park food collective on East Seventh Avenue, was looking for a new opportunity to follow his passion just as the poke trend started heating up in Denver... → Read More

New Denver Company, Unwrapp'd, Makes Nutrition Dough to Challenge Protein Bar Market

It’s a tale as old as time: two Midwest boys, brought together over a shared love of the outdoors, playful sports rivalries, health-nuttiness and the Colorado housing shortage. Tom Miner and Reed McIntyre shared all of this — and then they shared a plan to launch Unwrapp'd, a new company... → Read More

Postino's Five-Dollar Drink Special Is a Reall All-Day Deal

You know the saying, “It’s five o'clock somewhere?” With Postino LoHi's killer $5 ‘til 5 beer and wine special, you don’t even have to wait until 5 p.m. to imbibe; a great daytime deal means discounts on full pours as early as 11 a.m. With house wines by the glass... → Read More

The Ten Best Date-Night Restaurants in Denver

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, finding the perfect restaurant around Valentine’s Day comes with plenty of added pressure. You don’t want anything too casual or too buttoned up, and you definitely want a great meal that won’t blow the budget. Making reservations becomes a chore as every candle-lit... → Read More

Denver Lines up for the Snowtacolypse at Torchy's on Broadway

Hundreds showed up last night to stand in line in the driving snow for free tacos and drinks at Torchy's, a new eatery from Austin, Texas. → Read More

Fire's New Brunch Is an Artful Affair Inside the Art Hotel

Movies are a way to escape reality, but some are so cool you just wish they could happen in real life. One of those for me? Night at the Museum. I've always been jealous of Ben Stiller’s romp through the history books, but the Art Hotel, wedged into the Golden Triangle's... → Read More

The RT Cafe Serves Eastern European Specialties for Breakfast With No Frills

The RT Cafe recently reopened after a three-week remodel, but the mom-and-pop shop still serves tasty Eastern European fare without fuss. → Read More

Four Cleanses to Help You With Your Juicy New Year's Resolution

Here are juice cleanse options from four local juice bars to help you stick with that resolution to drink more colors — and maybe get a healthy boost in... → Read More

Brunch Is Worth the Wait at Four Friends Kitchen

Four Friends Kitchen already has a reputation as one of the best breakfast spots in town even after less than a year in business in Stapleton. Brunch pr... → Read More

Brunch at Harman's Feels Hip and New, Even in Conservative Cherry Creek

Harman's is only two and a half years old, but it seems like the quest for the latest and greatest has passed by the Cherry Creek eatery. Don't be foole... → Read More

Ten Places to Eat in Colorado While Still Sticking to Those Pesky Resolutions

Here are ten Denver and Boulder restaurant options to help you stick to your resolutions in 2016. → Read More

Mount Fuji's Hibachi Dinner for Two on Sunday and Monday Nights Is a Real Deal

Mt. Fuji Hibachi & Sushi Bar might be one of the best-kept secrets in Denver dining despite its highly visible location as the cornerstone of a strip mall between two busy intersections — where 6th Avenue and Speer Boulevard funnel hundreds of cars daily. Step inside and there’s not much to... → Read More

Zeal Offers a Healthy Breakfast Option to Break Up Holiday Indulging

Eating around the holidays can be tricky: You’re already on the path to overindulging, but comfort food is such a big part of the festivities that it’s seemingly unavoidable. If the scale’s been a little unforgiving lately, fend off the high-calorie feeding frenzy by heading to Zeal for a morning... → Read More