DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Let’s face it, homemade Christmas gifts are sometimes the best gifts to give (and receive). They’re more affordable and have a lot of heart and thought packed into them. You can really make your DIY Christmas gift unique because it’ll be different and unlike anything else you can find in the shops. Opting for homemade Christmas gifts allows you to get personal with the gifts as they often provide the recipient with more meaning than a store-bought gift. With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about creating the perfect homemade Christmas gifts and we have some ideal DIY Christmas gift ideas to get you started!

Gift Ideas for Coworkers

Keep it simple, creative, and personal this year with homemade Christmas gifts for your coworkers. Coasters are a must-have for any home, and now you have an opportunity to make them quirky. Grab some Scrabble tiles from your local game shop and arrange them to create the perfect sized coaster. Bonus points if you know coworkers well enough to pick words that relate to what they like. Candles are also a great addition to any home. Pick up some wax, wicks, and tins and you’re all set! If you’re thinking you might want to get your coworkers something they can display at the office, consider gifting them small succulents or air plants that can sit on their desks. Succulents don’t require a lot of attention and can be super thoughtful when planted in a novelty planter like an elephant. Now for the coworker that you just have to buy a 6-pack for – get creative and decorate the bottles as reindeer. Find some pipe cleaners and twist them into antlers around the bottles and pop a red pompom on the sides. Voila, you have a pack of reindeer!

The Perfect DIY Gift for Mom

When it comes to DIY Christmas gift ideas, this is your moment to shine. Moms appreciate homemade Christmas gifts more than anyone else because they enjoy the sentimental aspect. She’s done a lot for you, so pamper her this year with a jar of coconut rose sugar body polish and maybe toss in some heavenly scented bath salts to give her the spa day she deserves. Maybe your mom doesn’t really enjoy baths but loves cooking. In that case, pick up some plain wooden spoons and a wood-burning kit to customize them, and she’ll be thinking of you every time she works away in the kitchen. Photos are also very sentimental for moms and we have a couple of creative ways to package them up as a gift. Get a calendar made with pictures of her loved ones or paste snapshots onto tiles for a unique coaster set.

The Gift of Conversation

Homemade Christmas gifts are very sentimental and if you want to give someone something special this holiday season, creating it yourself might be the best option. These one-of-a-kind gifts are more personal than most and can be crafted with love even on a budget. Great conversation is a gift of its own, so if you haven’t had the time to craft your gifts, treat your coworkers, friends, or family to breakfast or lunch at The Original Pancake House. Easily order online for takeout or save your spot in line using the Yelp Waitlist.


family fall activities

Fun Fall Activities for the Family

It’s that time of year again when the mornings are crisp and the leaves on the trees are changing colors – a family favorite. As the summer melts away, the scent of fall wafts through the air. What many consider to be the best season of the year has pumpkins appearing on porches and fresh pies cooling by windows. This time of year is also incredible for the limitless budget-friendly family fall activities – there are so many options, you’ll want to consider making a bucket list to make sure you don’t forget to do your favorites.

Family Fall Activities for Kids

The great thing about autumn is that a lot of family fall activities can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home for little money. Tune into your child’s sense of adventure by adding some classic fall activities for kids to your autumn bucket list. Bundle up in cozy knits and scarves and take them to choose the perfect pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Once the winner has been selected, head home to enjoy the festivity of carving pumpkins together. Finish the day off with a mug of hot apple cider while snuggled up under a cozy blanket – bonus fall points if you’re gathered around a bonfire or watching a classic Halloween movie (Hokus Pokus or Casper, perhaps?).

If you’re feeling restless inside the house, get some fresh air and take full advantage of autumn outdoor family fall activities. Rake up some leaves for a fun fall photo shoot or go for a scenic drive and take in the beauty of the changing colors of the trees. This season is packed with adventure and fall activities for kids. Consider visiting a haunted house or make a pit stop to navigate your way through a corn maze. Festivals are popular this time of year, so if you have a hankering for candy apples and hayrides, keep your eyes peeled for hometown festivities.

Enjoy Your Time Together

Trying to get every item on your autumn bucket list checked off can be quite chaotic, so it is important to remember to live in the moment and simply enjoy spending time with your family. Amid the chaos of family fall activities, try to think of a few favorites to turn into new traditions of your own that you can keep on the list every year. Some favorite family fall activities often involve gathering and baking. At The Original Pancake House we know a room filled with the aroma of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh pumpkin pie is cozy, welcoming, and one of the best places to gather. Come in and sit down with your closest friends and family to enjoy some of our mouthwatering signature dishes. If you’re busy with that checklist, call ahead or save a spot in line using our Yelp Waitlist! Stop by this November before you head out in search of family fall activities, and The Original Pancake House will be thrilled to fuel your day!


Thanksgiving Morning

What to Do Thanksgiving Morning

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, fun, and food. Most spend the morning preparing for an afternoon filled with a delicious feast, but what do you do if you’re not the one cooking? The afternoon is booked up with the big meal, so it’s up to you to do something fun in the morning.

Things to Do Thanksgiving Morning

In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving Day meals, we often forget to plan things to do Thanksgiving morning. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. An old classic – families have been watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV for decades. Liven it up a little and make it interesting with a fun round of Thanksgiving Day Parade bingo. Make a bingo chart with all the items you think you might find in the parade, and the first one to yell bingo thanksgiving morning gets the first slice of pumpkin pie.
  • Run a Turkey-Trot. If you’re experiencing a bit of pre-guilt in anticipation of all the food you’re about to eat, this one is for you. Go on your local turkey trot (usually 5k) to build up a proper appetite and get some exercise before the big meal.
  • Have a mini pumpkin hunt. This is a great activity for thanksgiving morning that’s fun for groups of all ages. Put a spin on an Easter egg hunt and hide mini pumpkins everywhere – indoors and outdoors to keep it interesting. Mini pumpkins are a bit bigger than your average egg, so you might have to get clever with hiding them.
  • Prepare for Black Friday. If you’re someone who likes to get all your Christmas shopping done in one day, Black Friday is the day to do it. Why not prepare for the day after Thanksgiving by using your spare time on Thanksgiving morning to make a shopping game plan?
  • Play a game. Bond with your family over some board games, or a round of charades. If you have an idea of something new and fun that incorporates Thanksgiving, give it a shot and maybe it’ll be a new Thanksgiving tradition!
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Many of us have more than others, and Thanksgiving Day can be spent serving food to less-fortunate families at a soup kitchen. If you can’t help on Thanksgiving morning, consider looking for ways to pitch in and give back to the community on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. A little kindness goes a long way.

Enjoy the Day With People You Love

Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or you already have family traditions in place, there is an unlimited number of ways to spend your Thanksgiving morning -- but the most important thing is to enjoy it with the people you love. We invite you to stop by The Original Pancake House this November to gather and share our signature dishes with your closest friends and family. In this busy holiday season, call ahead or use our Yelp Waitlist to ensure you’ve saved your spot in line. We can’t wait for you to join us in the festive fun!

(We are closed on Thanksgiving Day to be with friends and family)


Top OPH Menu Items to Get You Ready for Fall

At The Original Pancake House, we’re known for our broad selection of delicious breakfast items, some of which have been crafted from recipes dating back to the 1950s! From a huge selection of pancakes and omelets to egg plates, benedicts, French toast, Belgian waffles, and numerous side plates, we have something for everyone to enjoy. As the summer comes to an end and the cooler weather washes over the mountains, lots of families begin looking or seasonal bites to help them stay cozy. We love the changing of the seasons here at The Original Pancake House, and we are always looking for ways to introduce exciting meals. Our talented chefs have put together some scrumptious fall breakfast ideas that are sure to give you that warm fuzzy feeling and make you feel right at home.

 Fall Breakfast Menu Additions

  • Apple Pancake. Tradition is important, and we’ve brought back this custard crisp fall breakfast favorite with cinnamon-sugar-glazed Granny Smith apple slices. Yum!
  • Apple Belgian Waffle. Minced Granny Smith apples give these waffles a unique crunch with whipped butter and apple syrup completing the enticing ensemble.
  • Sara’s Pumpkin Pancakes. These aren’t your grandmother’s pancakes! We use pumpkin and molasses to give these a fall breakfast flavor that will satisfy your annual pumpkin craving.
  • Cinnamon Almond French Toast. Sourdough bread with sliced almonds and cinnamon sugar topped with whipped butter make this the perfect fall breakfast on a chilly day!
  • Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict. Smashed avocado, tomato, and chorizo sausage create an ensemble of mouthwatering flavor atop a grilled English muffin coated in pepper jack cheese. Then comes the pork green chile sauce from this year’s harvest to add another dimension to this savory fall breakfast.
  • Georgia Pecan Pancakes. Switch out the summer fruit for decedent toasted pecans! These buttermilk pancakes are dusted with icing sugar and smothered in tropical syrup.

On top of these fall breakfast ideas we have a selection of fall drinks to warm up your nose! Swap out the cool summer drinks for a nice warm mug - a piping hot coffee or soothing hot chocolate.

We’re Full of Fall Breakfast Ideas at OPH

The fall season brings a lot of change, and a lot of seasonal meals, drinks, and treats to keep you both warm and festive. From caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes to roasted squash, mac and cheese, and simmering slow cooker meals, it’s the season to focus on enjoying hearty food that will warm your belly. At the Original Pancake House, that’s our goal! We want to help your family come together to enjoy well-thought meals and try some of our fall breakfast ideas. You can either call ahead or save your spot by using our Yelp Waitlist so you can skip the line, sit down, and dine! Visit the Original Pancake House today and dive into our fall breakfast favorites!


Spooky Treats for Halloween

Spooky Treats for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time of year to unleash your passion for haunting decorations, unique costumes, and spooky treats. As the day draws near, many homes are adorned with fake spiders, creepy sound effects, tombstones, caution tape, and more to create the perfect Halloween vibe that is sure to spook the neighborhood children just enough to make the evening an event to remember. Kids line the sidewalks dressed in costumes depicting their favorite heroes or most feared monsters. Adults take part in festive parties and take their families to haunted houses. The only things missing from this spooky time of year are some spooky Halloween treats to complete the picture!

 Spooky Halloween Food Ideas

As a holiday with a lot of range, there are thousands of creative, spooky Halloween treats that you can make at home to liven up the party and keep everyone engaged. Some are simple and easy for all ages to craft, while others can be so complex that it’s a shame to eat them! There are options for any age, and we’ve found some all-time favorites.

  • Scary Hairy Caramel Apples. A whimsical homage to the traditional candy apple, these are more on the fun side of spooky treats!
  • Frightening Fingers. Dismembered fingers? Ugh! These are classic spooky Halloween treats that are sure to suit the mood of any late-night party.
  • Vampire Mouths. These cream cheese filled spooky treats are definitely unique and will be the talk of the night (if they don’t get eaten too quickly!).
  • Bat Cupcakes. Chocolate, chocolate, and MORE chocolate! These cupcakes are a favorite for kids and adults alike and can add a flair to your spooky Halloween food.
  • Mini Pretzel Pumpkins. Coated pretzels are already delicious, but here they’ve been sprinkled with orange sugar and topped with green gumdrops to resemble the popular festive squash.
  • Coffin Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you’re looking for a cool treat, these decorated ice cream sandwiches offer a satisfying bite that will freeze your brains!

Visit the Original Pancake House (and Bring Your Costume!)

Halloween is a fun time for all, and a great opportunity to be creative and make some unique and spooky Halloween food for everyone to enjoy. At The Original Pancake House, we’re always crafting up something delicious, and Halloween is no exception! We use high-quality ingredients and traditional recipes that have satisfied hungry customers since 1953 and it is always our pleasure to welcome your family to dine with ours. Be sure to visit us soon and try some of our signature pancakes, crepes, French toast, omelets, waffles, and more to start your day with classic mouthwatering breakfast food. You won’t even have to wait in line as you can use our Yelp Waitlist any day of the week and show up when your table is ready! Stop by this Halloween with your costume and appetite, and The Original Pancake House will serve up some spooky Halloween food for the whole family to enjoy.


Last Minute Summer Trips

Last Minute Summer Trips

Warm weather will be over before you know it. End summer vacation with a bang by getting in a last-minute summer trip before the kids head back to school! Will you head for an exotic foreign locale or stick close to home?

The Centennial State has a lot to offer when it comes to historic places, gorgeous scenery, and exciting things to do. Not only that but exploring Colorado's many offerings won't break the bank, either! Even if you live here, there are probably plenty of enjoyable activities and breathtaking sites that are new to you.

Wherever you go, Jetsetter suggests going late in the summer. If you plan your vacation for the last half of August, you'll generally find improved availability, thinner crowds, and lower rates. See, there are perks for planning a late summer vacation! Below, you'll find a few of our favorites.

Exploring the World

Are you itching to go exploring outside the USA? Maybe you have a foreign destination or two on your bucket list and you'd like to cross one off this summer. Here are some popular destinations you may want to consider. We'll start up north, head south, and then it's off to the east.

Nelson, British Columbia

Lift-access to hiking trails, glass-bottomed gondola rides, and world-class mountain bike terrain. What else could you want from a relatively small mountain town tucked into the stunning Selkirk Mountains?

Mexico City, Mexico

Surprisingly, Mexico City stays at moderate temperatures (the mid-70s) all summer. That makes it an ideal late summer destination for those looking for a taste of Mexican culture, history, and cuisine.

Portillo, Chile

Who says you can't ski in summer? Not the many World Cup ski teams who practice on Ski Portillo's world-class runs! This rustic resort lies nestled between the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains and Inca Lake.

Curaçao

Beautiful white sand beaches and stunningly clear tropical waters are part of the allure of Curaçao, one of the Caribbean's ABC islands (Aruba and Bonaire are the other two). You'll want to take lots of photos of its charmingly colorful Dutch Colonial architecture!

Kraków, Poland

What do you get when you combine the world's largest remaining medieval marketplace, impressively beautiful Old World architecture, and some of WWII's most poignant and heart-wrenching history? You get Kraków, Poland, and the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Meanwhile, Back in Colorado...

Check out these top Colorado vacation destinations! You may recognize most of them as winter hotspots, but trust us, there's more to them than just skiing. The natural beauty hidden beneath that snow for much of the year is simply breathtaking when you experience it in all its summer glory.

Aspen

Spectacular scenery and world-class food (maybe you've heard of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen?) draw visitors from around the world to this mountain village.

Breckenridge

A rich history of silver and gold mining, vintage Victorian charm, breathtaking biking and hiking trails, and friendly people. Have we forgotten anything? Only the awe-inspiring night sky studded with brilliant stars!

Garden of the Gods

Visit spectacular Garden of the Gods Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs and hike its renowned trails. Just don't forget to take plenty of photos so you can answer those who ask, "You hiked where?"

Rocky Mountain National Park

This stunner is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from your car as you travel the Trail Ridge Road or take a family hike for a more up-close view of its beauty. It's also a great place to enjoy a last-minute camping trip to celebrate the end of summer.

Steamboat Springs

Gondola rides, fishing and camping, mountain biking and hiking, restaurants, art galleries, and mineral pools. What more could you want from a small mountain town set amidst working ranches?

Telluride

This Colorado mountain town is small in size but huge in its friendly atmosphere, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures. Maybe that's why U.S. News & World Report listed Telluride as its #1 pick for "Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA"!

Vail

Explore Vail's iconic mountains in the summer to experience top-notch hiking and mountain biking trails, whitewater rafting, and epic trail rides. There's just nothing else like experiencing these mountains from the back of a horse!

Wrapping Up Your Summer with a Last-Minute Trip

Whether you live in Colorado or are just visiting, you're sure to enjoy its abundant natural beauty and expansive list of outdoor activities. No matter where you're going on your end of summer hurrah, or who you're going with, enjoy your vacation! And stop in at OPH so we can fuel you for the journey. Our Yelp Waitlist makes any meal quick and easy!

 


Denver Stanley Marketplace

Visit the Stanley Marketplace

Have you finished a scrumptious breakfast and now you're looking for something fun to do in the Denver area? Try heading east to Aurora, Colorado. This Denver suburb is home to the Stanley Marketplace — one of the best places to visit in Denver!

Visiting the Stanley Marketplace

Part food court, part urban bazaar, the Stanley Marketplace is an entity all its own. This unique community gathering place is located at a former aviation manufacturing facility (the Stanley Aviation Corporation) that was once adjacent to Denver's original international airport. Stapleton Field may be long gone but the Stanley is here to stay!

The Stanley Marketplace is a go-to destination on the border between Aurora and Denver. It attracts shoppers, diners, partiers, and those just looking for a cool place to hang out with friends. There are more than a dozen independently owned shops, a beer hall, and nearly a dozen bars and restaurants to frequent at the Marketplace. All told, there are more than fifty local, independently-owned businesses at this 140,000-square-foot much-loved community center!

Add in the fact that there's an event center (appropriately called 'The Hanger'), yoga studio, and co-working space, and you might be getting a feel for the vibe here. There's also an early learning center and gymnastics studio in case you're wondering how family-friendly it is.

The History Behind It

It all started with beer. Former social worker Mark Shaker was lamenting the lack of a place to hang out in the neighborhood. That desire for a beer hall eventually turned into an opportunity to save a historic factory and unite two disparate communities. Oh, and a great place to hang out, drinking beer with your friends!

Stanley Marketplace Events Abound

That's right, there's always something fun or exciting happening at the Stanley! After all, that's part of the 'Stanifesto' that makes the Stanley Marketplace so great. As these guidelines for the Stanley point out, "Every day is an opportunity to put goodness into the world." Events that bring the community together to experience joy do just that!

Spring and Summer at the Stanley

Celebrate Mother's and Father's Day with your family. Enjoy food tastings or pick up fresh produce at the Farmer's Market. Attend art events and concerts. Join in one of the fitness gatherings so you can make the most of your summer.

Fall Festivities

Do some fancy pumpkin carving. Don your best costume to try to win a prize at the costume contest and then attend the spooky Halloween festivities. Celebrate your Thanksgiving blessings with family and friends.

A Winter Wonderland

Get into the holiday spirit with homemade holiday cards and caroling. Enjoy gingerbread houses, festival wreaths, and joyous people celebrating holiday happiness at the Stanley Marketplace!

Stop in for Breakfast on Your Way to the Stanley

Our Yelp Waitlist lets you call ahead and save your space in line. We'll have you all fueled up and ready to hit the Stanley in no time. Once there, you'll be extra thankful for taking the time to eat a good breakfast before you went. After all, there's a lot to see and do at Aurora's unique Stanley Marketplace!

 


Family hiking in Colorado

Family Hiking Trips

 The Best Family Hiking Trips in Colorado

The weather is beautiful, the trails are open... It's time for a family hiking trip! Taking your family hiking in Colorado is easy. After all, we're surrounded by gorgeous scenery, fabulous mountains, and some of the best hiking trails in the country. The hardest part of hiking in Colorado might be deciding which scenic trail to hit first!

Gorgeous Viewpoints Abound in Colorado

Stoke up with a hearty breakfast and then head out for a day of exploring Colorado's scenic beauty. You may want to start with a day hike up Pike's Peak,  the views from which inspired the beloved song 'America the Beautiful'.  From breathtaking views to quiet mountain meadows, from strenuous climbs up a challenging fourteener to family-friendly backpacking trails, Colorado has something for everyone!

Colorado offers an abundance of hiking opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. There are several beautiful State Parks to explore, as well as National Parks like spectacularly scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, awe-inspiring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the incomparable Uncompahgre Wilderness.

Family-Friendly Hiking

family hiking vacationsGetting outside with your family to enjoy some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise is good for everyone's mental and physical health. You might want to start with a non-intensive hike to get everyone warmed up before planning a more extensive family hiking vacation.

Some of our favorite family hikes near Denver are easy enough for families with young children but interesting enough for the whole family to enjoy. They include the Bear Creek Trail at Lair o' the Bear Park, the Evergreen Lake Trail, and the trails at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

Travel a little farther afield and you can enjoy some more great hikes at Emerald Lake in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, the renowned hiking trails at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and Sedalia's Devil's Head Lookout Trail, which ends at the historic Devil's Head Lookout.

Family Backpacking Trips

Did your family whet its appetite on the easy trails we listed above? If so, it might be time to tackle something a bit more adventurous! There are several 2 to 4-day backpacking trips that are great for families looking for something a little more exciting than a simple day hike.

Chicago Lakes - Echo Lake Trail

Located near Idaho Springs, this trail is just under 10 miles long and only gains a couple of thousand feet in elevation. That makes it perfect for beginning backpackers or families with pre-teens. Make a 2 or 3-day adventure out of it so you have a better chance of seeing the elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats that inhabit the area.

Abyss Lake — Guanella Pass Trail

This trail near Georgetown offers sweeping views and spectacular vistas. The roundtrip is just over 17 miles with around 3,000' in elevation change. The scenery, wildlife, waterways, and diverse terrain make it well worth a 3-day backpacking trip!

The Four Pass Loop

This 28-mile loop near Aspen gains 8,000' in elevation, so it's definitely more challenging than the day hikes we've listed! Plan on spending 3 or 4 days crossing the four mountain passes along this trail.

Are You Fueled for the Trail?

The next time you're getting the family ready for a full day (or 3!) of hiking, stop by OPH first. Save your spot in line with the Yelp waitlist and we'll have you well-fed and ready to hit the trail in no time!


4th of July brunch ideas

Red, White and Blue Brunch

Enjoy a Red, White and Blue Brunch on the 4th!

It's almost time to combine two longtime American favorites — the 4th of July and a delicious brunch! Kick off the festivities by inviting friends and family to join you for a celebratory brunch. We've rounded up a few creative recipes to help you incorporate the red, white, and blue into your July 4th brunch favorites.

Summer berries are a natural for creating a colorful patriotic display. You can also show off your creativity through colorful parfaits, tasty blueberry muffins, festive pancakes, decorated waffles, and a whole range of other tasty treats.

Fabulous Fruity Decor

July 4th brunchThere are plenty of fruits arrayed with our national colors. Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, apples, bananas, blueberries, purple grapes, and blackberries are perfect choices to represent our flag. Here are some of our favorite fruit-filled 4th of July brunch ideas.

American Flag Cake

This is a moist vanilla cake studded with raspberries and blueberries. It's frosted with a light, delicious mascarpone whipped cream and topped with more raspberries and blueberries laid out in an edible stars and stripes pattern.

Fourth Of July Parfaits

Breakfast parfaitLayer vanilla yogurt with red and blue fruits for a healthy parfait to start your brunch. Try blueberries and raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, or blueberries and chopped cherries.

Looking for a decadent finish to your brunch or an après fireworks treat? Replace the yogurt with vanilla ice cream and add a dollop of whipped cream on top. Yum!

Independence Day Flag Waffles

Decorate your favorite waffles with blueberry 'stars' and raspberry and whipped cream 'stripes' for a perfectly patriotic brunch! The small berries nestle into the waffle crevices while the whipped cream skims across the surface.

Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Alternately layer banana slices, raspberries, and blueberries onto wooden skewers. Insert the skewers into a watermelon half for even more fruity fun! Tip: Dip the banana slices into fresh orange juice to prevent browning.

Red, White and Blueberry Pancake Stacks

Mini pancake stacks are layered with whipped cream, blueberries, and banana slices. Then they're topped with more whipped cream and garnished with a whole strawberry. Use about a tablespoon of batter for each pancake and don't forget to dip the banana slices to keep them from browning.

Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

Dip plump, ripe strawberries in white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with decorative blue sugar.

Yankee Doodle Berries

Slice just the bottom tip off of large strawberries so they stand up. Then remove the stem, fill the cavity with whipped cream, and garnish with a blueberry for perfectly delicious plate garnishes.

Non-Fruit Options

Don't 4th of July brunch ideaslimit yourself to just fruity 4th of July dishes. These delicious additions to the holiday menu give you a more diverse array of dishes to offer your guests.

4th of July Pinwheels

These festive and tasty patriotic sugar cookies look almost like fireworks with their vibrant swirls of color!

Star-Shaped Pigs in a Blanket

What a cute finger food! Children and adults alike will love these adorable savory treats made by wrapping hot dog slices between star-shaped layers of puff pastry dough.

Red, White, and Blue Soda

This deliciously refreshing sparkling drink turns purple as the red and blue Kool-Aid ice cubes slowly dissolve into the lemon-lime soda.

Any Day Is a Perfect Day for Brunch at OPH!

Use our handy Yelp waitlist to save your place in line, then check out our tasty brunch options. We have some colorful and fruity dishes of our own!

 


Breakfast parfait

Did Someone Say Parfait?

A parfait is delicious at any time of the year, but summer just seems to call out for a light, tantalizing breakfast parfait. Layer after layer of creamy yogurt, crunchy goodness, and summer fruit just bursting with juice... The best part about a homemade parfait is that you can make it as healthy (or decadent!) as you like.

Easy breakfast parfaits

These yogurt parfaits are as easy as it gets — your favorite yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit layered in a glass or cup. Start with a bottom layer of yogurt, add fruit, and top with the granola. Any additional toppings you choose to add just up the 'yum' factor.

Berry Parfait

Start with vanilla yogurt and add your favorite berries alone or in a combo (we especially like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries together). Top with granola and repeat the layers until your cup is almost full. Drizzle with a bit of honey if you prefer a little extra sweetness.

Halo Delight

This one starts with cubed Halo segments on the bottom. Top with granola, plain yogurt, and shredded coconut. Keep layering until the cup is full.

Strawberry, Banana, and Chia Seed

Mix chia seeds into banana yogurt and combine chopped strawberries and banana with the granola. Start with the yogurt/chia mix followed by the granola/fruit mix. Repeat until the cup is full and enjoy immediately.

Getting creative with parfaits

Who says parfaits are just for quick, healthy breakfasts? Some of these homemade parfaits are sweet enough to make them perfect for dessert! Try some of these exciting parfait recipes and then step out of your comfort zone and see how creative you can get with parfaits.

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bites

Instead of a heavy muffin, enjoy a breakfast on the go in the form of a frozen parfait bite. Just like that muffin, these delectable breakfast bites get their shape from a muffin pan. We suggest using silicone muffin liners to keep things neater.

Line your muffin pan and fill each cup with banana slices, Greek yogurt, and your favorite cereal. Top with fresh berries and freeze for at least two hours. Store any extras in a sealed airtight container in the freezer.

Peach and Pecan Brown Sugar Parfait

Peaches, pecans, and dark brown sugar are made for each other, so of course, they make a delicious Southern parfait!

Mix plain Greek yogurt with vanilla bean paste and honey to taste. Break a small handful of pecans into small chunks. Slice and then cube a fresh peach. Put a layer of peaches, pecans, and a sprinkling of dark brown sugar in the bottom of a cup or glass. Top with the yogurt and then finish with another layer of peaches, pecans, and dark brown sugar.

Chocolate Almond Butter Breakfast Parfaits

Breakfast, snack, or dessert... This delicious gluten-free parfait is delicious whenever you eat it!

Simply layer Greek yogurt and banana slices with almond butter, toasted old-fashioned oats, cocoa powder, and cocoa nibs. The slightly bitter cocoa nibs lend this simple parfait a sophisticated flavor that's perfect for dessert.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities for creativity when making fruit parfaits. Just remember the essential components — something creamy, something crunchy, and something deliciously fruity!

Visit OPH for your favorite sit-down breakfasts

At the Original Pancake House, we have all of your breakfast favorites on hand for those mornings when you want someone to fix you a delicious, sit-down breakfast. Save your space in line with our handy Yelp waitlist and come see us for breakfast!

 


Brunch Around the World

Brunch Around the World

The Wide World of Brunch Choices

The best part of world travel is all the local customs you get to experience along the way. Food is a big part of every culture and many travelers' favorite memories revolve around the foods they've experienced during their travels. Eating your way around the world sounds delicious, doesn't it?

Even a meal as 'classic' as brunch is unique in every country. The next time you're traveling, why not check out the different types of brunch you encounter and see what you think? You might find a new favorite!

Let's start with brunch right here in the United States and then work our way around the world heading in an easterly direction.

America: Brunch here usually consists of egg dishes like omelets or eggs Benedict, bacon or sausage, and pancakes. Plenty of Mimosas or Bloody Marys help ease the pain from the night before!

Kingston, Jamaica: Brunch in Kingston is as delightfully unique as the island itself. It's a hash or stew made from salt fish, cooked ackee fruit, and fiery Scotch bonnet peppers. It's usually accompanied by fried dumplings, boiled plantains, and breadfruit. Sometimes it's served with rice and peas, traditionally made with white rice and (despite the name!) kidney beans cooked in spicy seasoned coconut milk.

Jamaicans wash this fiery feast down with a refreshing, bright pink hibiscus ginger punch made by combining fruity hibiscus tea with ginger, agave syrup, and rum.

London, UK: A traditional 'full English' is a hearty meal, for sure! This fry-up usually consists of... wait for it... back bacon, bangers, fried sunny-side-up eggs, grilled fresh tomato halves, sautéed mushroom slices, fried bread, baked beans, and black pudding. Whew!

Back bacon is very similar to Canadian bacon, bangers are large sausage links, and black pudding is, um, blood sausage.

To do it right, the beans are usually eaten on top of the toast and the meal is served with British brown sauce. This monstrous meal is washed down with a few Buck's Fizzes, which consist of orange juice mixed with champagne.

Paris, France: Parisians' favorite brunch dish is Oeufs en Cocotte au Saumon Fumé. It's a small, savory casserole containing eggs, garlic, smoked salmon, and crème fraîche. Of course, torn chunks of baguette are an essential accompaniment!

The drink of choice is a Bloody Mary, popularly believed to have originated in Paris in the 1920s.

Hong Kong, China: Mmm, dim sum. These delicious steamed and fried dumplings are generally filled with seafood or pork and vegetables. If you're feeling adventurous, try chicken feet or 'phoenix claws' as they're known in China. They're one of many non-dumpling versions of the ever-popular dim sum.

The Hong Kong brunch drink of choice is yuan yang, a blend of Ceylon and Pu'er tea with evaporated milk. Enjoyed either hot or over ice, it's the perfect wake-up call after a long night.

Cancun, Mexico: A favorite brunch item in Cancun, huevos divorciados consists of two fried eggs topped with both red and green salsa. It's usually served with tortilla chips and sometimes a side of refried beans and cotija cheese.

Quench your thirst (but not the fire!) with a Michelada. This savory cocktail combines chilled Mexican beer, fresh lime juice, chilies, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco.

Brunch right here in Denver: Well, now that you've had a 'taste' of brunch around the world, what do you think? Which one would you like to try first? While you're making up your mind, stop in at the Original Pancake House and try our delicious brunch offerings!


Pancake World Records

Pancake World Records

The Original Pancake House: A Scrumptious Array of Pancake World Records

Pancakes are more than just a delicious breakfast staple. They're also fun! It's almost as easy to create pancake art with the batter as it is to make it. Maybe that's why this easy breakfast treat is so popular among people looking for creative ways to set a world record.

The world's largest pancake

Have you ever made a colossal pancake? You know, the kind of pancake that would probably lap over the edges of a turkey platter... If you could get it out of the pan! Sadly, it's pretty hard to produce the world's biggest pancake using an ordinary household griddle and flipper.

For those monster pancakes that can feed a town, pancake makers resort to specialized tools and pans. Like a 50' steel pan, a tanker to pour the batter, and a pair of giant cranes to flip it. Yep, that's what it took to make the monster that holds the Guinness world record for the largest pancake ever. This massive morsel was 49'3" across, an inch thick, weighed 3 tons, and took hours to cook!

The Co-operative Union Ltd organized this amazing engineering feat in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England on August 13, 1994. Once it was finally done, it was divided into 15,000 portions and sold off to benefit local charities.

Other pancake world records

Surprisingly, the 'world's largest' isn't the only pancake listed as a Guinness World Record. People have gotten really creative at figuring out ways to elevate this humble breakfast staple into world record stardom.

The largest serving of pancakes

JSC MAKFA (a Russian flour company) set this record on February 25th, 2017 to celebrate Russian pancake week. An astonishing 12,716 pancakes were made from batter prepared the evening before. It took 16 professional chefs nearly 8 hours to set this record!

Tallest Stack of PancakesThe tallest stack of pancakes

Chefs James Haywood and Dave Nicholls made and stacked 213 pancakes to create a tapering tower that reached 3' 4" high. They completed their pancake tower on February 8th, 2016 in Rufford, Newark, England. Hope they had a few gallons of syrup on hand!

The longest line of pancakes

Kenwood Ltd lined up 429' 3" of pancakes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to set this record on February 25th, 2020. They even signed their name (in pancakes, of course!)

The highest pancake toss

The highest pancake toss took place right here in the States at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, on November 13th, 2010. Dominic Cuzzacrea beat his previous record by 11'8" with a mighty toss of 31' 1".

The most tosses of a pancake in one minute

Australian Brad Jolly managed an astounding 140 tosses at Martin Place in Sydney on February 21st, 2012.

Most people tossing pancakes

The University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England organized this event that took place on February 15th, 2012. A total of 930 people participated but 40 of them were disqualified because they either dropped their pancake or didn't finish in time. That still leaves a respectable record of 890 pancake-tossing people.

Set your own record

You may not be quite ready for a world record, but you can certainly set a personal record for how many of our deliciously fluffy pancakes you can eat! Set it by the hour, day, week... We'll happily help you meet your goal when you visit the Original Pancake House.

Hint: Use our Yelp waitlist to save your spot. There's no use wasting valuable pancake-eating time waiting in line. Especially when you have a record to beat!

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