Brava Pizza rolls its wood-burning wagon on wheels into downtown Denver

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Lori Midson
David Bravdica, the pizzaiolo behind Denver's only downtown pizza wagon
In the four hours that David Bravdica had been slinging pizzas, the skies rained, sleeted, snowed, dropped gropple and kicked up enough wind to blow flour from here to Tuscany, which is where Bravdica, a former airport manager, learned the art of making pizza -- pizza that he began peddling on the 16th Street Mall around 11 a.m. today. "We're definitely braving the elements on our first day out here, but we're cruising" says Bravdica, who set up his wood-fired pizza wagon, which he's named Brava!, in the small courtyard next door to the D & F Clocktower at 16th and Arapahoe.

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Burger King: Let's do brunch and virgin mimosas

Who wants to try my Whopper?
Picture this commercial: In a split screen, two attractive young women are both in rumpled beds with the silhouette of a man in the shower behind them. The girls talk into the phone at the same time:

Girl 1: "Did you..."
Girl 2: "We did..."
Girl 1: "It was.."
Girl 2: "How was..."
Girl 1: "Let's just meet for brunch!"
Girl 2: "Great, where should we go?"
Girl 1 and Girl 2 at the same time: "Burger King!!!"

Cut to the girls wearing dresses and heels in a Burger King dining room, laughing and clinking paper cups with the freaky King face on them.

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Guess where I'm eating?

Categories: Cafe Society

Lori Midson
I'm picky -- really picky -- about my scrambled eggs, which I always order soft and which, more often than not, arrive every way but that way. The exception are the scrambled eggs in the above snap, which the kitchen always prepares beautifully, even when it's weeded with tickets and there's not an empty seat in the house.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eating posts is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a DINR deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.

Read all about DINR decks here.

Colorado beers: fifty to try before you die -- or die trying

Categories: Beer Man, Booze

Last week, GQ magazine released a bucket list of fifty beers to drink before you die. It was a decent compilation, but a little short on Colorado offerings. So we decided to come up with our own list of fifty Colorado-made beers to drink before you die.

We have tried every one of these beers (arranged alphabetically) -- or trust someone who has.

Now drink in our list -- and then start arguing about how we screwed up! Cheers. (For more beer news, follow me on Twitter at @ColoBeerMan.)

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The scoop on Little Man Ice Cream

Categories: Cafe Society

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Liz Kellermeyer
Single scoop, double flavor
The towering milk can poking out of the lower Highland neighborhood is hard to miss. Owner Paul Tamburello designed his ice cream stand as an homage to the Coney Island hot dog stand (the one that looks like a hot dog, not the one on Coney Island), liking the idea that a little bit of kitsch could invoke nostalgia among customers.

Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, opened two summers ago and has quickly become the neighborhood hot spot for icy treats on a friendly patio. Wanting to see if it lived up to the hype, we signed ourselves up for a monster scoop and dug in.

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Marczyk Fine Foods celebrates its eight-year anniversary with burgers and store discounts

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Kristen Sloan
Marczyk Fine Foods, the Uptown market at 770 East 17th Avenue, is kicking off its seasonal sidewalk burger bash tonight at 5 p.m. "We started the burger night as a way to get people in the neighborhood to taste one of our favorite products -- Niman Ranch beef -- and everyone loved it so much that we decided it would be great to do burger nights throughout the summer as a way for people to get together and rendezvous," says Barbara Macfarlane, who owns the store along with her husband, Pete.

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Wake and shake on the Pablo's Coffee patio

Shela Burgess
Pablo's Coffee
630 East Sixth Avenue

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University Groundz Coffee House is pouring java, serving burritos near the University of Denver

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Lori Midson
Angelina Soleno, who recently opened University Groundz Coffee House at 2493 South University Boulevard, won't say where she gets her breakfast burritos -- only that they come from a secret spot in Brighton and are "the best breakfast burritos anywhere in Denver."

She's wrong about that (the best breakfast burritos in Colorado -- maybe anywhere -- are doled out from a trailer 35 miles from my house), but the coffee (Soleno uses Novo), organic whole leaf teas, pastries, Breggos and free wi-fi make this a java joint worth a stop.

Soleno says she encourages a "social atmosphere, one in which our customers can get together and visit and talk about pursuits and interests." She also has plans to expand the hours and the space into a wine and dessert bar within the next few months.

In the meantime, the coffee house is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Update: Big Game was supposed to be hot -- but this is ridiculous

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Up in smoke
Big Game just opened last night at 1631 Wazee Street, and as promised, the restaurant brought to us by TurnTable Restaurant Group -- New York restaurateurs Jeffrey and Zach Chodorow, and Dan Smith -- looked like it was going to be very hot.

But this is ridiculous. Five fire trucks are now parked in front of the space formerly occupied by Il Fornaio; according to early reports, a spark went up the giant hearth and started a fire on the empty second floor.

Update: Big Game won't be open for lunch today -- that will start Monday, they say. But the fire trucks are gone, and check back regarding dinner.


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Ears are good eating: Coppers called for felony choppers

You can eat this ear.
In Lincoln, Nebraska, there are numerous homegrown items to sink your teeth into, including steak, pork and corn. Anna Godfrey has now put another item on the menu: human ears.

According to this report, Lincoln's finest were called to a local hospital after receiving a report that a patient was missing a piece of an ear. The injured man told them that he was at a birthday party, where he'd been bitten by another reveler.

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