Zeal, "Food for Enthusiasts"

A healthy new Denver restaurant has been on our radar long before opening here. Zeal, Food for Enthusiasts, is a casual Boulder-based food and juice spot attracting health conscious foodies for the past five years. Due to its popularity, owners Wayde Jester and Chelsea Norton decided to try out the Denver market and opened in the Tech Center’s Landmark development last Fall.

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Zeal offers the best in flavor and quality thanks to their organic ingredients and superb chef. Zeal uses local and organic ingredients, much of which come from their small farm north of Boulder. Their Chef, aka Enthusiast de Cuisine, John Broening grew up in France, the Soviet Union and Portugal where his father was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. Broening has worked in several top restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Denver and has been a featured guest chef at the James Beard House several times.

During our dinner we enjoyed a range of veggie, fish, meat and vegan dishes as well as their cold-pressed juice and house made Kombucha. Their current juices were kale and ginger, beet juice, and carrot based and are available as a flight or stand alone. They also serve as flavor additions to their green tea-based Kombucha. These aren’t the only offerings on tap at the bar, Zeal DTC offers a selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails and offer happy hour 2:30-5:30pm daily.

Mussels with rosemary and white wine, pickled sweet peppers, anchovy, touch of butter

Mussels with rosemary and white wine, pickled sweet peppers, anchovy, touch of butter

We began with a bowl of marvelous mussels and their popular Conscious Kale Salad that’s been a staple since opening in Boulder. We saw, even before eating, how this salad has remained a staple for so long with its colorful array of superfoods portioned out artfully in the bowl. The salad is kale based and features bright pickled carrots, sweet golden beets, crunchy walnuts and sprouted lentils.

For our main we ordered the Lamb Burger and the Poke Bowl. The Lamb Burger comes topped with tzatziki and a tomato jam served with either greens or a side of scrumptious chimichurri smashed potatoes. The Poke Bowl was laid out like the salad with its colorful ingredients portioned out atop a bed of brown rice. The crisp cucumbers and drizzle of spicy aioli were a great flavor addition.

Lamb Burger (right) and the Poke Bowl (left)

Lamb Burger (right) and the Poke Bowl (left)

Our sweet ending was a not-so-sweet, but very much a treat, cashew-based cheesecake. This vegan dessert mimics the real thing in its creamy texture but with much less sugar and no dairy. With a walnut crust, fresh berries and agave drizzle, we loved every last bite of this delicious creamy treat.

Zeal’s casual farm to table restaurant will be opening a new Boulder location this summer and just launched weekend brunch in their DTC location. From 9:30am-2:30pm enjoy their popular Acai bowls and bullet coffee along with new items like Eggs Benedict, pancakes three ways, bacon fried rice, and $14 bottomless mimosas.

https://www.zealfood.com

Words by Tiffany Candelaria @TCdoesFnB Photos by Samantha Bliss @redcapturesherbliss

Juice flight and Conscious Kale Salad

Juice flight and Conscious Kale Salad

Lifestyle | Juice Cleanses Aren't Just for Hippies | Aspen Juice Review

That's right. Juice cleanses are for beer loving, taco consuming, pizza pioneers too. Anyone can cleanse. As long as they have a sense of dedication and a newfound respect for kale. When we set off on this journey we did not take it lightly... A juice cleanse meant changing our relationship status with food from married to "it's complicated" and that's not something you change overnight... But the benefits outweighed the cons (read: burritos) and we were ready to take on a new challenge.

Three days. Three days! Ha! People have gone longer without even a glass of water-it's going to be a piece of cake! ... Those were my initial thoughts... which quickly evolved into me crawling to the fridge for a juice only to realize it wasn't even noon on my first day. My optimistic outlook changed quicker than Colorado weather on top of Mt. Bierstadt and I slowly began to regret my decision. I made it through the first day with some gripes and groans, a scared cat and a terrified boyfriend. On the second day I woke up with a TON of energy and an eagerness to accomplish my goal. I was one third of the way done and the finish line was in sight. Once you changed your mindset and reprogrammed your brain from thinking: breakfast, lunch, dinner- the entire process was easier. And by the third day it seemed like an old hat. I didn't wake up hungry and only once did I get up, open the pantry, whisper to some almonds and then sit back at my desk. It's the little wins. 

After accomplishing something like this it really puts into perspective how much food humans eat on a daily basis. So much goes into our bodies that has no value. We eat because we're bored or thirsty and minimally because we're hungry. We can survive on just 6 juices a day and better yet-it will make you feel good and lighter too! After three days I had lost 5 pounds and hopefully changed some eating habits along the way.

Aspen Juice is located in Cherry Creek and they are a local, hand pressed, raw juicery. Only the freshest and purest ingredients go into their juices. There are no added preservatives and every juice you get was squeezed fresh by workers in Colorado. 

Mention ULTRA5280 in store or online to receive a 15% discount on your 1,3 or 5 day cleanse. Or if you're looking for a snack I suggest trying their almond milk and date juice-it tastes like a milkshake!

Aspen Juice provided us with a 3 day cleanse- all of the views in this article are my own.