Wash Park Restaurant the place to be for spring dining

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By Diane Adam March 14, 2016 No Comments on Wash Park Restaurant the place to be for spring dining

Spring dining at Wash Park Restaurant Fooducopia

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Spring at Wash Park Restaurant Fooducopia means a game of bags, outdoor dining on the patio, and most of all honest and good food prepared for our customers. Photo Doug Ruhl

“sweet spring is your time is my time is our time…” E. E. Cummings

This weekend hope springs eternal with the return of this long-awaited season. It seems as if even if there is a foot of snow in the forecast (which there is not!), folks just have a lighter mood when it comes to the white stuff that blankets the ground. But for those days when snow is absent, there is a sense of optimism that blows in the wind.

Spring at Wash Park Restaurant Fooducopia means a game of bags, outdoor dining on the patio, and most of all honest and good food prepared for our customers by executive chef Richard Glover.

Fooducopia is passionate about quality ingredients for your spring dining adventure. Voted best brunch in Denver, Fooducopia’s owner Tim Lymberopoulos said “our passion is to make your dining experience unforgettable. And when a customer becomes a loyal fan, that just prompts us to do even more.”

The arrival of spring also launches all of us into an active stage. It is almost as if our hibernation to being active is turned off. As we shed the layers of clothing, our desire to eat healthy is kicked into high gear. Not to mention that our cup runneth over during the spring season when it comes to feeling hopeful. Spring dining here at this Wash Park Restaurant finds eaters filled with a renewed sense of hope on their plates. The burden of whatever they are carrying seems lighter.

Studies have also shown that spring prompts us to reconnect with nature. A walk in the park, hiking on your favorite trail, or simply sitting in your backyard is enough to fill you with spring’s hopefulness. We just can’t wait to get outside! The arrival of spring awakens the dormant grass and allows the spring flowers to showcase their beauty. One of my favorite quotes celebrating this season is from the English philosopher Bernard Williams: “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”

This year we are working on some great spring events that we will be announcing in the near future so be sure to check back here with us! So celebrate all things spring and reserve your spot at your local Wash Park Restaurant.

 

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Spring forward with Fooducopia for Sunday brunch

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By Diane Adam March 12, 2016 No Comments on Spring forward with Fooducopia for Sunday brunch

Spring forward with Sunday brunch at Fooducopia

 

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Veggie Eggs Benedict organic English Muffin from Rudi’s, organic tomatoes and spinach, two cage free eggs, and topped hollandaise and a local Cranberry Chipotle from Captain Spongefoot.

As we prepare to spring forward, the temperatures are also rising to the occasion. The forecast for daylight saving time calls for nothing but spring-like conditions—so what better way than to celebrate with brunch at Fooducopia.

Voted best brunch of all Denver restaurants, Fooducopia is the perfect spot to gather together to celebrate the lighter mornings.

Fooducopia is passionate about quality ingredients, so join us for Sunday brunch to remember the delicious taste of good honest food. Now we all know daylight saving time can disrupt sleep and take awhile to settle in, but don’t despair Fooducopia’s brunch will put a spring in anyone’s step.

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Housemade Bloody Mary mix, with celery, lime, lemon and olive!

And to top it off, if you haven’t tried it already, be sure to check out our new Brunch Libations menu. Can anyone say yes, please!

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GMO labeling: food label laws worst headlines

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By Diane Adam March 7, 2016 No Comments on GMO labeling: food label laws worst headlines

GMO labeling headlines: the good, the bad, and the ugly

 

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“You see, there are two kinds of people in this world, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.”—Clint Eastwood

Headlines across the country have focused recently on the fight that is set to take place in the Senate regarding GMO labeling. And yes, it’s a question of letting you know what is in your food. Just last week, legislation to establish a national “voluntary” labeling has caused an uproar over the states who have already established “mandatory” labeling laws for GMO food and consumers who demand GMO labeling.

It’s impossible to read every headline about our food so let’s highlight a few that caught our attention. But to consider these headlines let’s title them the good, the bad and the ugly.

As history dictates, let’s start with the good. “Lawmakers Launch New Push For GMO Labels on Food for Kids” targets the young in the latest GMO labeling fight. This article just makes good sense. I mean it’s hard to argue the simple fact that the health of children is important.

Moving on to the bad, this next headline hails from across the Atlantic. The Guardian in London posted a news item about farming with the title: “Automated farming: good news for food security, bad news for job security.” I don’t know about you, but the title is a bit misleading. Where is the good news?

When I first read this I was filled with a sense of anxiety and sadness. With all the sensors and satellite driven geo-positioning systems to enhance farming, there still needs to be a human attachment to the soil. It’s what people have done for centuries. Why change something when history proves it’s successful? Luckily, after a few deep breaths I brought myself back down to Earth and thought of the people who still produce food with dirt in their fingernails—human farmers and gardeners.

And last, but not least, the ugly.

The United States government unfortunately originated this headline: “Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions.” This headline appeared on the website of US Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The ugly truth is that he wants to prevent the few states that have passed mandatory GMO labeling and substitute it for “voluntary” labeling.

On his website, US Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) stated in a March 1 news release: “It is clear that what we’re facing today is not a safety or health issue. It is a market issue,” said Chairman Roberts. If that be the case, then why do other countries not preach those words to its citizens? 

This makes me wonder why GMO labeling can be done in Denmark  and over 60 other countries but not here? Have we forgotten that the United States is the leader of the free world? Or have we given in to the big guns?

The flip side of this is that the battle has just begun and the gloves are off. Headlines continue to weigh in on this debate from both sides of the aisle. The Wall Street Journal offered its headline about the debate as such: “Vermont Invades Your Kitchen.”

Last week, US Senator Barbara Boxer spoke up for those who believe in our right to know what goes into our food.  Commenting on Senator Roberts’ draft legislation to pre-empt GMO labeling in the states, Senator Boxer said: “This is a sham bill that will deny American families the right to know what they’re feeding their kids.” 

The power of the press is uncontrollable, however, your voice can also make headlines. In fact, just click here!

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Movies cooking food wins the Oscar!

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By Diane Adam February 28, 2016 No Comments on Movies cooking food wins the Oscar!

Best cooking movies on Fooducopia’s list

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Photo by Doug Ruhl

 

The 2016 Academy Awards are tonight. We’re toasting the Oscars with our Boots of Spanish leather martini featuring the unique Dulce Vida Tequila, (organic and 100 proof) with Grand Mariner, orange liquor and lime. 

And for all the news stories out there about this Hollywood event, it seems that food has a front row seat in some of this year’s best movies. I mean who can ever pass by a crate full of potatoes while shopping and not think of Mark Watney from The Martian.

Matt Damon acted mostly alone for this film, but don’t forget who were the supporting actors. Yep, those potatoes.  One of the best lines from the movie pays homage to his success in making a potato farm on Mars no less—“I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.” If you don’t believe me, a bush tomato has been named in honor of Mark Watney.

Now I am not hear to promote glitz and glamour, but rather I love the fact that movies cooking food plays such an integral part in some of the best films shown on the big screen.

The list of best cooking movies that focuses entirely on food is too long for us to name. But here are our top five that we recommend indulging in.

•Babette’s Feast (1987)

•Big Night (1996)

•Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

•Chef (2014)

•Ratatouille (2007)

Oh, and if you aren’t headed to the Oscars tonight, join us at Fooducopia for dinner before, during or after the Oscars to honor our favorite nominee—honest good food prepared by our executive chef Richard Glover and his staff.

 

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High in Vitamin C: these fruits and vegetables pack a punch

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By Diane Adam February 26, 2016 No Comments on High in Vitamin C: these fruits and vegetables pack a punch

High in Vitamin C found in many fruits and vegetables

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The vegetable that provides a super punch of Vitamin C is broccoli. Photo by Doug Ruhl

Spring is nudging its way closer to us. Soon the season of sniffling and sneezing will be behind us. In fact there are only 22 more days till spring. But this doesn’t mean we ditch taking care of our bodies to keep the common cold at bay. Just the opposite—we need foods rich in vitamin C. And luckily there are so many fruits and vegetables that fight the good fight and provide our bodies the Vitamin C benefits.

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Photo by Doug Ruhl

Growing up it seemed that when I got a cold, orange juice was my medicine. Sure it is loaded with Vitamin C, but I was always bewildered at how my older brother got better from his cold because he never drank orange juice or ate an orange. To this day, as a grown adult, he still tries to convince us all he is allergic to them. The reality is he just doesn’t like them. So my parents knew something that I am learning each day—there are other fruits and vegetables that are just as powerful or even more powerful than the orange when it comes to Vitamin C.

So lets name a few of these underdog fruits and vegetables that are on the Vitamin C list. In other words these are the ones you want in the ring helping you fight your cold because they are high in Vitamin C. Chili peppers and red peppers are filled with tons of Vitamin C. In fact a cup of red peppers has three times more Vitamin C than an orange. So skip the cup of pretzels and chop up a cup of red peppers for a snack. And the vegetable that provides a super punch of Vitamin C is broccoli or little trees as my youngest daughter calls them. Don’t rule these out for these little trees are a tall contender. Rounding out the heavy weights in the Vitamin C category is kiwi. The fruit from Down Under is packed with tons of Vitamin C. They are on the vitamin list and contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C benefits. And, oh those pesky little black seeds that get stuck in your teeth while eating kiwi, be glad, because those seeds have Omega 3 and a bunch of other essential nutrients.

According to recent reports, Americans spent over $1 billion on Vitamin C supplements last year.  Now my parents were not the pill-popping type at all, but rather we had a wonderful back yard filled with a garden that boasted corn, watermelon, beans, red peppers, and my dad’s favorite— green onions. This is where our vitamins came from and no pill could replace it.

In fact, according to the experts, this was and continues to be the best practice. “The best way to get the Vitamin C you need is the old fashioned way—from fruits and vegetables,” said Lauren Cooper of Consumer Reports.  

So expand your Vitamin C list horizon these last few days of the winter season. Explore the fruits and vegetables in your fridge. They are packed with more punch than you know.

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