Five Reasons Why Halloween Won't Be the Cannapocalypse for Trick-or-Treaters

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Every single person who's been spreading the rumor that because recreational cannabis is now legal in some places, trick-or-treating kids will suddenly be loaded with THC-infused edibles needs to sit down, shut up, quit scaring the fuck out of everyone, and just do what they would normally do on Halloween. Carve some pumpkins, bake those cheap Pillsbury sugar cookies, buy a few bags of Hershey's minis to give out, Netflix a Tim Burton movie made prior to 1994 -- and ignore the constant stream of fake news about imaginary villains getting your tots baked. Because it's not going to happen.

Here are five reasons why Halloween won't be the cannapocalypse for trick-or-treating children. Trust me: The only thing that the shorties will be getting wasted on this year is sugar. You know, like every other year.

See also: Marijuana: Denver Police Address Worries That Pot Edibles Will Be Given to Kids on Halloween

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The Five Best Bars for Not Watching Football on Sunday

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Eric Gruneisen
You won't find these guys at these bars.
On a typical fall Sunday in Denver, people in orange and blue flock to local joints that serve cheap Coors Light and burger combos and have TVs blaring. But not everyone wants to bump elbows with former high school athletes getting drunk and trying to relive the "glory" days. Some people actually just want to sit and have a quiet drink, or an interesting conversation that does not focus on the Broncos. Here are our five best bars for not watching football on a Sunday.

See also: The Top five Non-Bro, Non-Dude Places to Watch Sports in Denver

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Four Appetizers So Good You Could Make a Whole Meal of Them

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Danielle Lirette
Under culinary director John Broening, the menu at Argyll Whisky Beer is full of temptations, from classic to contemporary pub fare. Still, I'm always drawn to the Scotch egg, which is coated with ground sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried until golden. And I find it hard to resist a few other appetizers around town; here are four favorite starters.

See also: Review of Argyll Whiskey Beer, Better Than Ever in Uptown

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The Ten Best Old-School Italian Restaurants in Denver

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A restaurant doesn't have to be old to be old-school, but character and experience certainly add to the charm. Even if a red-sauce joint doesn't have the best Italian cuisine in the city, the combination of history, welcoming service (like being at mama's table for Sunday dinner), and good, hearty Italian-American pasta dishes can add up to something special. Here's a list of our ten favorite old-school Italian restaurants in the metro area.

See also: Twelve Denver Restaurants That Have Hit Fifty -- and Are Still in the Family

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Five More Strange New Foods in All the Wrong Shapes, Colors and Textures

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There seems to be no end to the bizarre, weird, wild and wacky edible creations that pop up every day. Last week alone was rife with tales of wasabi toothpaste (technically not a food, but food-ish), some people who thought airline food was so loved it should be offered for home purchase, and a beloved new Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor for Bob Marley -- and weed smokers everywhere.

And if all these weren't enough, here are five more new food creations that push the boundaries of good taste -- while maybe still tasting good. Get set for some tiny Starbucks, invasion of pumpkin spice mice, a trailer park special, and the Gothiest burger ever made by humans.

See also: The top five weirdest new fetish foods

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Five Walk-Up Windows to Hoof It to When You're Hungry in Denver

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Mark Antonation
At Grandpa's, to-go is the only way to go.
Last week we shared our list of the ten best tiny restaurants in Denver; To the Wind Bistro came in as the smallest, at only nineteen seats. We only considered full-service eateries for that list; many smaller counter-service and fast-casual restaurants in the metro area serve up good food with far fewer seats than that. And what about places with no indoor seating? Walk-up windows are not common in the city, but there are a few that service the pedestrian community, whether they're strident striders or late-night drinkers looking for an easy place to grab a bite. Here are five legit locations where you can leave the car behind and hoof it over for a meal.

See also: Tifamade Cantine Proves That Good Things Come in Small Packages

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Three Healthy, Fast-Casual Lunch Options

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Danielle Lirette
Let there be light at LYFE Kitchen.
These days, healthy fast-casuals are sprouting faster than chia seeds. So if you want a quick, healthy meal and you're tired of brown-bagging it, there's no need to fight I-25 traffic to eat at LYFE Kitchen in Park Meadows, which I just reviewed. I recently popped in for lunch at three more centrally-located healthy fast-casual competitors, and here's what I found.

See also: LYFE Kitchen Has Good Intentions, But Needs More

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The Top Five Ways Olive Garden Needs to Get Its Act Together

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This has been a bad week for Olive Garden. First, its new "Never Ending Pasta Pass" promo has been poked at -- or outright kicked -- by almost everyone on earth (Jimmy Kimmel's poke was particularly hilarious) and then Olive Garden investor Starboard Value slaps the chain with a nearly 300-page book on how the company is fucking up everything they possibly could -- and at least some of the problems reported are legit.

Here's a list of the top five ways that Olive Garden needs to get its act together. Get your poop in a group, Olive Garden!

See also: Five things Olive Garden should dump...now

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Five Iconic Dishes From Denver Restaurants That Keep Customers Coming Back

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Danielle Lirette
The hazelnut-crusted prawns at Barolo Grill.
The hazelnut-crusted prawns deserve to be the signature dish at Barolo Grill. Instead, it's the braised duck, which has taken a few turns over the years -- a little balsamic here, some Kalamata olives there -- but remains a top seller. More than that, though, it's a dish that draws people through the doors. "Everything else can change but we keep that duck," says owner Blair Taylor.

Barolo, of course, isn't the only restaurant synonymous with a certain dish. Here are five of our favorites, and while the dishes themselves are obviously well-known -- that's what makes them iconic -- the stories behind them are not.

See also: Review: Barolo Grill Has the White (Tablecloth) Stuff

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The Ten Best Barbecue Joints in Denver

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Mark Antonation
Brooks Smokehouse's mobile trailer.
Denver doesn't have much of a reputation as a barbecue city -- which makes sense, since the distinct styles of American barbecue evolved in other states; any methods or meat cuts specific to Colorado (lamb or bison, for example) disappeared decades ago. Slow cooking over hardwood coals is a skill acquired over many years -- a skill that few have the patience to master unless they're in a family business or are just crazy-passionate about pork and beef and smoke. But this city's restaurant scene has been growing exponentially in recent years, and the number of barbecue joints has risen at a similar rate. Which means that while just three years ago we could only come up with five favorites, we're now confident that it will take two hands to tally the places we really, really like.

See also: Author and Barbecue Judge Adrian Miller Shares His Rib Tips

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