What a CRAZY week! We were SO busy at my new job, one of my BEST girl friends moved back to Denver after being gone for 14 years and I was given the opportunity to try some of the best food that Denver has to offer! If you haven't read my last post about our Valentine's Day round up, go read it already! There are some AMAZING deals out there... not only for our beloved Hallmark Holiday but these spots are perfect for any type of celebration; whether it is your BFF moving back, a birthday or just a Wednesday night! Check out my week of professional eating below!
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
8100 E Orchard Rd, Denver, CO 80111
Last Monday after work, my honey and I hurried over to the infamous Del Frisco's in the Tech Center, conveniently off of I25 and Orchard to eat dinner together. Nick is a brewer at a local craft brewery in Parker (Elk Mountain, soon to be Downhill Brewing) and sometimes his hours are crazy but he made his schedule work for me this night!
As soon as we arrived, we were sat and introduced to our server Sarah! She was incredible and totally helped us make our decisions on what to order from the menu. It was kind of like going to the grocery store when you're hungry and you end up leaving with 72 things that you didn't really need. I just couldn't figure out what to settle on because EVERYTHING on the menu looked SO good. We started with a couple drinks (Nick ordered their VIP Drink with Clementine and Pineapple infused Vodka that they infuse in-house!) and their simple but amazing tasting of Shrimp. The three sauces were amazing; a mustard aioli, classic cocktail sauce and a garlic vinaigrette! Next, we ordered the burrata and heirloom tomato salad while we waited for our steak entrees. Sarah, our server, helped twist my arm a bit to try their Tomahawk Wagyu Beef steak and they tossed a crab cake on top! We were just amazed at how flavorful and tender these steaks were. No words! Just ...eating! And to top it all off, we were treated to their famous Lemon Cake that has been made by the same lady for YEARS! It was perfectly dense and moist with the best lemon cream frosting. We couldn't have asked for more. The best service, best food and just .... the best night out!
Olive and Finch - Cherry Creek North
3390 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
One of my best friends and most favorite humans is always going 24/7, just like me. She is the Director of Events for a company that owns a few of the radio stations out here so she is always planning and running! We don't always have time to hang out but when I asked her if she was free on Wednesday night for dinner, she was thrilled because we could actually chill out together for a few hours!! I picked Sarah up at her office and we followed the friendly blue dot on my Google Maps app to this new location for Olive and Finch! I haven't been in this area for SO long and there are some new and awesome additions to Cherry Creek North!
We were greeted by Chris, the "Flock Leader" (get is... finch...bird...flock... haha! It made us giggle), and we took a seat at the small bar side countertop that overlooks the backside of the bakery case and bar area. Chris introduced us to Heidi and Lauren behind the bar and we received drinks right away. I ordered one of their house made Strawberry Basil sodas (YUM!!) and Sarah tried their Cool as a Cucumber cocktail. The menu has an awesome variety of sandwiches, flat breads, entrees and more. That is the main difference between this location and the original one on 17th... This one serves "dinner" and has some awesome Flatbreads and Entrees to choose from. We ordered the Fetsetter sandwich (imagine a Lox Bagel with all the bells and whistles on fresh Rye bread instead of a bagel.... He-l-l Yeah!) and the Soprano Flatbread. Sarah chose their pasta-of-the-day with salmon and I ordered their Steak plate! (I love steak..steak steak steak). I LOVED the Steak plate! It had this incredible corn and green chili succotash with the most incredible flavor. Once we were done with our meals, Chris came to check on us and showed me their dessert/pastry case. It looked like heaven. If heaven is covered in Peanut Butter frosting and filled with chocolate... then that's where I went! I tried their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and Sarah chose their Double Chocolate Cake. We also decided to sample the Opera Torte but it was so good, there was no sampling because we ate every last crumble of that torte! The cakes were equally delicious but this Opera Torte was something special.
Olive and Finch also has an amazing breakfast/brunch menu and I came home to Nick and raved about how incredible it was. We will absolutely make it down there for brunch!! And the best part, they don't have a hour long wait like some other popular brunch spots have!! Stop by here after work or run down for brunch because you will not be sorry!!!
Del Frisco's Grille - Cherry Creek
100 St Paul St Suite 140, Denver, CO 80206
So, I mentioned that my BFFFFFF (Becca) just moved back here after being gone for 14 years right? We had seen each other every now and then on quick trips and facetimed and talked alll the time, but it's not the same as spending quality time together. So, to say that I was EXCITED to go pick her up and take her with me to dinner... well, that would be an understatement! As soon as I got off work, I headed over to where she is staying (with some other long time mutual friends) and got to squishy her face and say hi to the others (Todd & Chad... Heeeyyyy!). We had to peel ourselves away from the reminiscing and story sharing to make it to Cherry Creek for the last, but not least, dinner of the week. I was SO grateful that they offer complimentary Valet Parking because I hate having to circle the blocks of Denver to try to fight for a parking spot. Phew. When we were walking in, they had some great disco-friendly music playing outside that we were already digging! Inside, off to the right were some gorgeous chandeliers and a fun looking bar area. We were taken to the dining room off to the left and got comfy in a booth. Gavin, the manager, chatted with us for a few before our server Patrick came by. I asked them to make me some fun mock-tail concoction (for those of you that don't know... I am a non-drinker, so I like to try fun drinks that aren't your typical soda/tea/water variety) with Pineapple! They succeeded! I didn't even ask what it was but it was amazing. Patrick gave us some fun suggestions of popular items to try from the menu. This was my first time visit so I was a total rookie. The menu was fun and had a great variety of items to choose from with a more standard "restaurant" feel (as opposed to the Del Frisco's steakhouse standard). We ordered the AhiTuna Tacos, the Lollipop Chicken Wings and Artichoke Beignets to start. Oh. My. These were the BEST suggestions and we LOVED them. The Ahi Tuna Tacos are seriously one of the best things I have ever had eeveerrrrrr. That is something I am going to crave on the regular! For our Entrees, we chose to try their Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff and the Wagyu Beed Strip Steak that they're featuring for Valentine's Day. The strip steak was perfectly cooked and topped with a mound of truffle butter that made the already perfect steak just that much more decadent. Oh, and that Stroganoff... Becca and I almost had a fork-sword-fight over the last bite. SO good.
For dessert, they were advertising their Coconut Cream Pie on a small flyer right when you walk in, so of course, my mind was already set. This location also has that famous Lemon Cake that the Double Eagle Steak House has, so you can enjoy that here as well!
They also have an amazing roof top patio that will be incredible to visit in the warmer months.
The food was incredible, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and the service was the cherry on top of the cake! I can't wait to go back and I definitely need to take my Mom because she will LOVE those Ahi Tacos!
I had so much fun visiting these restaurants and spending some much needed quality time with some of the people that I LOVE! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply contact the restaurant to make a reservation! Let me know what your favorite dish is that you try!
xoxo - Leah
We’ve rounded up some great Valentine’s Day happenings around Denver for you to consider in your search for the perfect Valentine’s Day. Whether you have a date or not - we have lots of options for those wanting to celebrate! (Even Singles Awareness! Keep reading...)
Where Couples Can Celebrate Their Love
Are you single, taken, or just ravenous?
At Del Frisco’s Grille (100 St. Paul St. - www.delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek) the focus is on sharing the love, and what better way to show love the Colorado way than with a sexy seared steak? On Valentine’s Day, diners can order a special, one-week-only 12 oz. Wagyu bone-in steak. From Saturday, February 10 through Sunday, February 18, the prized marbled cut is served topped with a decadent, truffle butter for $58. Lovebirds can cozy up in a booth, dig into a steak and sip on swoon-worthy wines like Portillo Malbec and Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon from the Grille's award-winning wine list to pair, or sip on the aphrodisiac-inspired APT. 5D cocktail, a smooth concoction of vodka, strawberries, fresh lemon and a dash of balsamic.
The Grille’s full dinner menu - shareable apps, savory entrees and lip-smacking desserts – is also available on Valentine’s Day for guests, in addition to the Wagyu special. Reservations suggested: Please call (303) 320-8529 for reservations
(Facebook @DFGrilleCherryCreek, Twitter @DFGrilleCC, IG @dfgrille).
When it comes to Valentine's Day and eating, is your sweetie more of a simple and easy–going diner?
Cherry Creeks elegantly casual eatery might be just the place,
Olive & Finch (3390 E. 1st Avenue - www.oliveandfincheatery.com), with the expanded menu of fresh and sophisticated plated entrees, artisan sandwiches and hearty salads are sure to grab the heart of your crush. We like the simple and romantic elegance of the pan seared bistro filet steak, with Chef/owner Mary Nguyen’s green chili & corn succotash, caramelized onion demi and chimichurri, followed by a Cool as A Cucumber cocktail, which helps you keep smooth with gin, freshly juiced cucumbers and lime for a mere $6. Grab a carafe of wine to share! Don’t leave without sampling a sweet treat with your sweetie – beautifully crafted cakes for two, cookies, bars, and pies are available fresh from the pastry kitchen all day.
(Facebook @OliveAndFinch, Twitter @OliveAndFinch, IG @oliveandfincheatery).
RiNo’s award-winning hotspot bar helix (3440 Larimer Street – www.insidethehelix.com) is hosting an evening called “Love the One You’re With,” featuring owner Kendra Anderson’s favorite thing: what she calls “soulmate pairings,” the perfect match of champagne/beer/cocktail paired with complimentary sweet and savory small plates.
It’s an evening perfect for couples, singles looking to mingle or those of us relegated to the strict friend zone. Catch the pairings on Wednesday, February 14 from 4pm-close with a three-course food and beverage #soulmatepairing menu for $49, consisting of champagne, beer and cocktails paired with bar helix’s decadent, savory and sweet small plates. The sultry back room will be featuring DJ Big Styles spinning sexy grooves and the bar is offering special giveaways all night. Reservations encouraged but not required: call 720-449-8587 or email email@example.com to snag your spot
(FB: @barhelixdenver, IG: @barhelixdenver, twitter: @barhelixdenver)
This Valentine’s Day celebrate your love for each other at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (8100 E. Orchard Road, www.delfriscos.com). Executive Chef Mario Hernandez will be serving up the best cuts of meat including their Double Eagle Steak and will pair this with a glass of Robert Foley Purple Label Cabernet. Share your favorite side dishes from Grilled Asparagus with Romesco to Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. Top off the evening with a dessert for two and indulge in the Chocolate Soufflé Cake.
Reservations are recommended, 303-976-0100.
(Facebook @DelsDenver; Instagram @Del.Friscos; Twitter@Del_Friscos;)
There’s nothing nicer than a delicious meal over soft candlelight and a good bottle of wine (or a pitcher of beer — hey, we’re in Colorado!). This Valentine’s Day, bring your beloved (or your girl group!) to Postino LoHi (2715 17th St. - www.postinowinecafe.com) for an Italian-inspired Valentine’s in a vibrant space. Let the welcoming staff illuminate their latest wines by the glass (only $5 until 5 p.m.), or explore their unique and expertly curated rack wine program for a full bottle of something special. Catch up over a shareable bruschetta platter or meat and cheese board, and fall in love with the help of a rich Chocolate Bouchon cake with vanilla bean ice cream (hint: it’s perfection when paired with a glass of the exclusive Redwood Alley Carignan blend). (Facebook @postinowinecafe; IG @postinowinecafe).
Photo Credit: Denver Post
When Denver thinks romantic, Vesta (1822 Blake St. - www.vestagrill.com) hits the mark, as the LoDo mainstay is all about the dark, romantic vibe and has been named the “Most Romantic Restaurant”or “Best Date Night” spot in Denver year and again. Executive Chef Nicholas Kayser has cooked up a menu of romantic dishes available February 9 – 17. Start with an order of braised oxtail raviolo served with sauce American, toasted garlic and micro beet greens. Specials for the holiday include Chef’s prosciutto wrapped halibut with Vesta’s 20-month house cured prosciutto, halibut filet and cauliflower risotto. Take sips from the extensive and thoughtful wine list, or indulge in one of the sexy, barrel-aged cocktails that are Vesta’s calling card. Finish with the Petit Gateaux – a decadent raspberry cheesecake with truffle core and chocolate sponge. Call (303) 296-1970 for reservations. (FB @vestadenver, Twitter @VestaDenver, IG @Vestadenver)
It will be love at first bite at this Boulder restaurant with two high profile NYC transplants helming the kitchen burners!
Emmerson (1600 Pearl Street, Boulder – www.emmersonrestaurant.com)
On Valentine’s Day, the tag-team operations of Chef Michael Gibney and Chef Jeb Breakell are turning out a show-stopping, five course, three options per course menu of bold and inventive dishes, flavors and tastes that are worth swooning over. For starters, diners can choose from the Black Bass Crudo with whey, strawberry, celery and basil; the Cucumber & Celery Salad with sunchoke, apple and pickled cherry, or adventurous diners might opt for the cheekily named "Sex on the Bay” Oysters with uni, tobiko and fennel for an additional $8. Second course features choices between the Chorizo & Clam with laughing bird shrimp, marcona almond, crouton; Salt Baked Turnip with seaweed, sesame, miso, bonito or the Farmer's Cheese with savory cured elk heart, charred onion and chicharron. Third course choices include Campanelle Pasta Primavera, Rigatoni Carbonara or Acquerello Risotto with squab, celeriac and cocoa, and fourth course features choices of Wagyu Beef with brie and oyster emulsion, bok choy, pickled Fresno; Roasted Chicken with foie gras stuffing, pommes aligot; or a tender, Steamed Halibut with roasted beet and aromatic white truffle (for an additional supplement). Caviar Intermezzo of Ossetra caviar, toasted peanut ice cream and nasturtium is available before you are served your choice of desserts with a Chocolate Caramel Tart or the Citrus-Seared Angel Food Cake with tarragon and blueberry. All this for $75 prix fixe, supplemental options available, and of course an array of wines and wine pairings will be available for the prefect sips to seal the deal.
(Facebook @EmmersonRestaurant, IG @emmerson_restaurant)
First Date or Group Night Out
In a new relationship? We get that those first few dates can be awkward. Head to Punch Bowl Social (both S. Broadway and Stapleton locations http://www.punchbowlsocial.com) and start with a round of Giant Jenga or Skee-Ball for a little friendly competition. If you’ve been together a while, then maybe it’s time you visit the very Instagrammable “I Love You” wall — and let your subsequent social media post speak for you. More of a vocal type? Grab your partner or a group of friends and sing your hearts out to some Beyoncé or Bright Eyes in one of the private karaoke rooms. And whether you’re single, with a date, or in a group, you’ve got to try the seasonal punch, Shot Through the Heart (Old Forester Bourbon, strawberry cinnamon shrub and Teakoe pear tea). Pair it with savory/sweet Chicken 'N' Waffles or snack-able Lil' Fried Bologna & Cheese Sandwiches and you’ve got the makings of a fun and memorable evening.
Anti-Valentine’s Day A.K.A. Singles Awareness
Single? Come mingle this Valentine’s Day at Max’s Wine Dive “Reds Rock” party (696 Sherman St, Denver, CO www.maxswinedive.com). Drink like a king (or queen!) with drink specials all night long. Enjoy 6 wine flights (being offered at $20 per flight) and exclusive pricing on a selection of their most favorite bottles of red wines, all while jamming to classic Rock n’ Roll. For more information, call (303) 593-2554. (Facebook @mwddenver; Instagram @mwddenver; Twitter@mwddenver)
Enjoy your love whether it is singularly, in a group or with your lover!
January has come and gone! I can't believe that it is already February! Doesn't it seem like 2017 flew by in no time?! I remember when I was a kid, people would tell me that the older you get...the faster time goes by. Now I know what they mean! I want to look back on the days and months and have something to show for this time that is going by with the blink of an eye!
So, with that said... What do you have in store for 2018? Did you make a resolution? New Goals? New Career or Job?
I have 2 of those 3 things (I am not really a resolution person...) on my plate! Lots of new goals and some of them are already in the works!
I started a new job at the beginning of the year. If you remember, last summer... I left my job of 5+ years with Renovation Ready/Banc of California when they shut down the Denver division that I worked in. I took a needed "summer break" and waited until I found the right fit before going back to the standard day j-o-b!
I am now the Director of Client relations for the Keller Williams Alliance Team in the Denver Southeast office. I get to help with some productivity coaching and training, social media and event management as well as assist the team of realtors with their transactions and making sure things go smoothly. Not to mention that the gal who hired me is a friend and someone I worked with almost 10 years ago. I am loving it so far! Great office with a fun culture and positive energy! Definitely a needed change from the last office I worked in.
As far as goals... I have big things on deck for Denver Housewives in the City this year!
Our January event was at the Lodo's Highlands Ranch location where we took over the rooftop patio and had a blast! We had some AMAZING Swag Bags from Janesa Lockhart with Matilda Jane. They sponsored the Swag Bags with the most incredible totes that are straight from the corporate offices, not able to be purchased so if you scored one, you are a lucky ducky!
Check out Janesa's website here and find some SERIOUSLY cute clothes for you and your little girl - Janesa Lockhart- Matilda Jane
February, we are having out Ladies Night Out event at Lone Tree Brewing on Park Meadows Drive - February 28th from 5-8:30! RSVP HERE for that event.
March... well, March is my Bday Month so I am going to try to make this a big deal. We are going to be partying at the Breckenridge Brewery Farmhouse on Santa Fe. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for those details, cause it's going to be FUN!
Leave a comment with what you want to see happen in 2018! Goals, resolutions, manifestations, plans and parties!
2 Twisted Arrows Boutique - Megan Foster - Parker, CO
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2 Twisted Arrows Boutique is a place for busy women who want to look cute and current but don't have the time, energy or money to shop traditional boutiques! With a fun and unique variety of clothing, you will always be able to find something for you! Megan Foster started this boutique in the beginning of 2017 with a need to help define her own style while helping others doing the same! Everything from casual to classy, hats to jewelry... you will find the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Megan's original 2 Twisted Arrows Facebook Group has grown to have thousands of fans following it and you can join too!
Wildtree - Erin Dobkin
Have you ever tried any of the amazing products from Wildtree? I am obsessed with their fun seasonings and easy, make ahead meal plans! Download the Wildtree Meals App! There are so many great features, I would highly recommend it! Use Erin's referral code: C9Y9D when you first download the app! Once you download it, you'll be given a referral code you can pass onto friends! When they make a $50 order within 30 days of downloading the app they'll get $5 off their order and you'll get a $5 credit-win-win! PLUS, on every order through the app you'll get 10% off your total! Wildtree has brought my family and I so much more than I ever imagined! Check out Erin's website to find some fun sets of seasonings that can be easily turned into a gift for the new or experienced cook on your holiday shopping list!! Pssst. The Taco Seasonings.... Yaaasss! Amazing.
Chloe & Isabell - Lisa Haas - Lisa's CI Boutique
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Lisa's Chloe + Isabel Boutique is your one stop shop for Holiday Gifting! Our Jewelry + Accessories are Beautifully Crafted, Inspired &Exceptional Quality. We take great joy in designing gorgeous, finely-detailed and affordable pieces for the stylish women of today – jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.
All Chloe + Isabel jewelry is exclusively hand-designed in our New York City studio! All pieces are hypoallergenic, nickel-free + lead safe. Each item is branded with signature closures + keepsake packaging! (No need for gift wrapping!). We are known for our timeless + fashion-driven jewelry line with prices starting at just $18! And... last but not lease, your order is backed by our Lifetime Guarantee!
Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile - Eleen Ryan
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Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile is the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for anyone you have to shop for! Made locally in the Denver Metro Area, this small batch homemade Green Chile sauce is incredibly addicting. You can choose from Hot or Mild and while you can use this as a cooking sauce in a slow cooker or in your favorite burrito or enchilada recipe... it is perfectly fine to pour in a bowl and eat with chips! Add cheese and it makes the BEST queso ever!
Place your order on her website. You can even ship it to your friends and family across the country!
Wanderlust Beauty Barn - Younique - Kenzie Cunningham
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Is your makeup on a mission? Younique is a full cosmetic line created to help support women who have been sexually abused as children or adolescents. The focus is shifted from the makeup to the mission. We are here to uplift, empower and validate women around the world and believe in more than just makeup. We believe in helping women find their inner beauty and a strength that they have never known. With high-quality, naturally based products you will not only be showing yourself some love, but supporting women on their journey to redefine themselves, build hope and overall learn that what was once broken can be beautiful. Our Epic mascara will take your lashes to new, fiber-less lengths while our liquid foundation with let your confidence shine. Pamper yourself without our Royalty skin care line while you take a break from that hectic stress filled life. Our products our great, but our mission is incredible! So I will ask you once again, is your makeup on a mission?
Colorado Oily Life - Young Living - Kasi & Cindi Steinheimer
We are Colorado Oily Life (COOL). We are committed to healthy living using Essential Oils.
Our oily journey with Young Living Essential Oils began when we became aware of the numerous toxic chemicals contained in everyday cleaning supplies and personal care products. The exposure to these chemicals is linked to fertility issues, endocrine disruption, allergies, chronic diseases and cancer.
Young Living provides a safe, effective, natural, and cost saving alternative to toxic chemicals. In the premium starter kit you will receive a diffuser and 11 Essential Oils that provide health and wellness to every system in the body.
This holiday season we are offering $25 off of the premium starter kit, making this the perfect gift for your loved ones. Please visit our website today or email us for more information.
Join us in saving money and keeping your family healthy by removing toxic chemicals from your home. Come along on this oily journey!
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Ticket Secrets - Talia Yadgar
Do you love going to concerts, shows, family friendly fun outings?? Well, Ticket Secrets is your key to getting access to these local, fun and sometimes very sold out events!
The idea all came from the love of going to these events. Started by Talia Yadgar, she grew up in a family of big sports fans. It went from watching sports on TV to a being a huge sports fan that was attending games frequently. As a college student, Talia didn't want to attend the events that were over three times the value, including all those fees.
That's when Ticket Secrets LLC was born.
Started in August 2014, Ticket Secrets is a locally owned ticket broker service that serves the Denver Metro Area. Ticket Secrets mission is to find you tickets to any event whether its a sports game or a concert at a reasonable price.
Talia started this business to make sure that you are able to enjoy your event without having to break the bank account. Talia will guarantee that your tickets are 100% authentic and guarantee that customer service is the number one priority with every transaction!
Find us on Facebook and give us a try!
Request tickets to an event you have been wanting to attend and give the perfect Holiday Gift!
Everlasting Beauty by Britt - LipSense/Senegence - Brittany Copithorn
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If you haven't tried LipSense yet, you are missing out on the most incredible, long lasting lipstick. Smudge Proof, Kiss Proof and super nourishing, this lip color is one of a kind. With a variety of shades from bold to nude, red to every-day neutral... you can easily find one that will look amazing on you! We also have a full line of cosmetics and skin care that are just as amazing as our LipSense is! Contact me for a one-on-one consultation for a new look and samples! I have some amazing gift sets ready to go for the perfect stocking stuff or holiday present to yourself, a friend or a loved one!
Touchstone Crystal - Janet Baughman
Swarovski continues to add sparkle to people’s lives with Touchstone Crystal, their fastest-growing social selling business. Backed by the Swarovski strong heritage and quality reputation, Touchstone Crystal brings the magic of Swarovski crystal directly to women’s doorsteps. Each piece of Touchstone Crystal jewelry is uniquely designed with first quality Swarovski crystals and innovations and is sold exclusively through our Independent Sales Consultants.
All Touchstone Crystal jewelry includes only genuine, first-grade Swarovski Crystals, Pearls and Zirconia. Our Little Black Dress line features Swarovski Zirconia, the finest simulated diamond in the world, matching the brilliance of the Tolkowsky diamond.
This is the perfect gift for the Holidays!
All Touchstone Crystal jewelry also includes a 45-day refund policy, 90-day warranty against defects and after 90-days a full Lifetime Warranty against defects for a nominal processing fee. If all of this wasn’t enough, half of the Touchstone Crystal catalog is priced below $50!
When you are ready to sparkle with the unsurpassed brilliance of Swarovski and the Touchstone Crystal line of jewelry contact Janet Baughman, your local Independent Consultant.
Saturday night was so much fun! I was fortunate enough to attend an awesome event with my Denver Bloggers Club and then spend time with 3 of my favorite girl friends!
The first part of the day was spent at a restaurant that I have driven by hundreds of times, but haven't ever gone into. You know those new restaurants that you haven't ever heard of so you kind of shrug off but also want to eventually try one day? This is that restaurant for me. But, man... I should have tried this place earlier and NOT shrugged it off because it was AMAZING!!! You guys... Dion's is SO good. Dion's originated in New Mexico after the owners were driving across country and their vehicle broke down near Albuquerque. They decided to open a restaurant which eventually turned into Dion's! They are a fun Italian spot where they make everything from scratch, including their dressings. They also have green chiles on some featured pizzas! New Mexico is known for their Hatch Green Chile's! Another thing they put their Green Chili in is their amazing Green Chile Ranch Dressing. Holy. Crap. As soon as I tasted it, I found myself reminiscing about high school and how Pizza + Ranch was the best thing in the entire world. So, I proceeded to dunk each and every bite into the Green Chile Ranch and I enjoyed every second of it!
Check Dion's out by visiting their website here or check out their Facebook page
Here are some photos of the amazing lunch they provided to me and our Denver Bloggers Club!
So, after lunch... I drove down to Parker to meet up with the girls. Judy, Nicole and Delphine joined me for an incredible dinner at Element Kitchen. We decided to meet in Parker at the Board & Brush location that we would be coming back to after we ate. Yes, I literally ate everything, all day long!
I drove the 4 of us to Downtown Denver, to this amazing spot on Broadway! I have some history in Denver, on Broadway and around these parts. I love that this new restaurant is doing some amazing things in an area that I am so fond of.
Element Kitchen is on S. Broadway, between 12th and 11th on the east side of the street. Their exterior windows have cute pink pigs and it is tucked into the row of businesses on this block.
When we walked in, I could tell it was going to be a fun place. There was sort of a sports bar feel, but with a cozy and welcoming ambiance! We were seated, greeted and promptly brought drinks by our server that was super amazing!
The Manager, Kenyon, came by and introduces himself and ordered us a variety of his favorite appetizers to start. Deviled Eggs, Yellowtail with Avocado and then... their Bacon Tasting. If you love BACON, you better stop what you're doing right now and get down there to eat this ASAP. Ok, well... whenever you can, order this because it was legit. 4 different types of bacon plus bacon jam... we devoured that and the other two apps without hesitation!
Next came the entrees. Fish & Chips, Roasted Chicken Club, The Element Pub Burger and a few sides. And we shared their decadent Brownie dessert. We all left full, happy and excited to have tried this new spot and I know we will all be back! The service was great, the menu has an awesome selection and they definitely know what they are doing. I have to give them kudos for being so new and having it all together. A lot of new spots have some obstacles and growing pains, but you would never know these guys were new kids on the block with how well they executed everything! Well done!
Find Element Kitchen and their bad ass menu here and follow their Facebook Page too!
Here are some photos of our fun!
When we left the restaurant, we had just enough time to hustle back to Parker for our evening at Board & Brush. Now, I haven't said much about Board & Brush yet because I am saving the best for last. This place is like the painting and drinking thing only 10x better and WAY more fun. And so interactive! I honestly had no idea what to expect. Now, when you sign up for a class, you have to do so days in advance and pick out your design when you register. Judy, Nicole, Delphine and I all picked out our designs the week before and I wasn't sure what everyone else chose but I was about to find out!
When we arrived, each table had your project laid out, ready to go. The boards were untouched wood. We would soon be sanding, distressing, staining, building, painting and more! Say what?! This was so much fun!
So, first up, we sanded the corner so they would be soft and not splintery (that is a word, right?). Next, we were instructed to use either side of a hammer or meat tenderizer to add some texture to the front of the boards. Now... staining. Thank goodness they provided aprons for us all to wear! They have a variety of stains to choose from, and I went with the dark walnut. I am obsessed with dark woods. After the stain dried for a bit, we all applied our stencils. If you have a cricut machine and cut vinyl, imagine this as something 10 times bigger that cuts thick, pliable plastic like stencils! After peeling the back off, you set it on the board and carefully peel the top cover off, making sure all the fine details of your image stay in place because next up is the paint!
So, I got a little crazy with the paint. Less is more, right? Well... That concept escaped me that night and I had a heavy hand. We were worried that the paint was going to bleed through the lines in the stencil to the next letter/section but... it turned out perfect!! The owner and instructors are so sweet, helpful and ensure that everyone has an amazing experience! There were other ladies there that were celebrating birthdays and just having a fun girls night out like we were! They have drinks (wine, beer and sodas) to purchase and you are allowed to bring your own snacks! We had such a blast and I cannot wait to come back and do this again, and again!
Book a class with Board & Brush on their website and follow their Facebook Page also!
Here are the photos from our class! I LOVE how amazing all of our projects turned out!
Mine is the Holiday Cheers, Nicole did the Quartiero Family, Judy did the Halloween one and Delphine created the Mountains one. I love them all!
Thank you to Dion's, Element Kitchen and Board & Brush for hosting us all. It was definitely an amazing day of fun events and I cannot say enough good things about you all!
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I think that I take Denver (and all of Colorado, really) for granted sometimes.
There is a reason this is one of the most desired states to live in! We have SO many amazing things going on all year round, all across the state.
For those of you that don't know, I live pretty rural. I am out towards Elizabeth and am almost an hour from Downtown Denver. I have lived in Colorado my entire life and have spent many years in Denver, romping around in my teens and 20's (I now have to say... "when I was in my 20's" *sigh*). My family owned a business in Downtown Denver (visit this article to see what I wrote about the family business and how the 100 year old building was incredibly re-purposed here ) and I have some incredible memories of the Taste of Colorado, Peoples Fair, Saint Patricks Day Parade (I loved getting pelted with jolly ranchers) and so many other fun events in Denver.
Now that I have refined my taste a bit, there are some highly sought after events every year that I make it a point to attend. So, let's get to it...
Dining Al Fresco on Larimer Square
Funny story about this photo above (credit Larimer Square). That pretty girl facing you smiling, that is one of my best friends, Judy. Last year or the year before... she just so happened to be there dining with her family when Larimer Squares photographer snapped this photo which is used all of the time for the promotion of the event. I just get such a kick out of it and always tag her on Facebook when it surfaces. So, naturally... I had to use this one.
Dining Al Fresco is one definitely one of my top 5 favorite Denver events. A number of participating restaurants between 15th and 14th on Larimer will allow you to make a reservation to eat out under the stars and well known canopy of lights. Larimer Square only hosts this event once a month, for 3 different months during the summer time. 2017 dates are July 22nd (which we attended), August 19th and September 9th.
We were lucky to be invited to eat at Ocean Prime and made a perfect reservation for 7:30 PM. As the heat of the day dissipated, we dined on chilly Shrimp Cocktail served over a smoking bowl of dried ice and a generous portion of Tuna Tartare. It was so fresh and refreshing.
Next we received our entrees. I ordered the Florida Grouper and Nick ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Just revisiting this experience is making me salivate! My grouper was served with tender gnocchi in a magical broth with the perfect veggies! It was perfect. The crab cakes were quickly devoured by my beau as I quickly stole a bite before it was too late. The sun had set and the lights were on, a jazz band playing in the background and our servers were so incredible. Nick and I were struggling on a dessert decision. I decided to order the Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake. I mean.... it's cheesecake. Our server was sweet enough to treat us (I am full of puns) to their new Warm Butter Cake. I had no words, not only because of their generosity but because... that was one of the most incredible desserts ever. I want to drive to Denver just to have that cake. For Breakfast.
Thank you so much to Heather and Ocean Prime for an amazing evening!
If you would like to see which restaurants are participating in the next 2 Dining Al Fresco Events visit the Larimer Square Events page here.
And... if you want to go eat cake for breakfast with me (or have some of the most incredible, decadent seafood in Denver), visit Ocean Prime and make a reservation here.
FESTIVAL OF CHEESE - American Cheese Society
I love Cheese. All cheeses. On all foods. Or by itself. Life would be over as I know it if I couldn't eat cheese anymore. So, when I was given media passes to attend a professional tasting tutorial by an ACS competition judge and the following Festival of Cheese, I shed a tear. Okay...not really but I was so excited, that I told everyone I came in contact with for days.
I mean... it's a festival of CHEESE! Be still my heart.
I first came across this event when I attended the Slow Food Nations event on July 15th. I sampled my way through what I thought was a cheese festival there but then came across an invitation to the American Cheese Society's Festival of Cheese and quickly began to realize that I could now attend the Mother-of-all-Cheese events!
It was like Christmas.
We arrived and participated in a 45 minute tutorial on what the professional competition judges looked for (touch, smell, consistency, taste, etc.) in a cheese. We learned how to be critical in a technical sense and then how to provide praise in a aesthetic manner.
I learned a lot and was excited to take my new skills to the Festival and silently judge away.
Boy oh boy was I in over my head! There were over 2,000 cheeses. Hard cheese, soft, spreads, blues, goat, sheep, american, marinated, flavored, cheddar... I could go on. AND... there was more charcuterie, crackers, olives, etc than you could fathom. I knew I was about to be "Thanksgiving Full" from a full on cheese and meat gluttonous feast.
We tried some of the best winners, best in show and left with some fun goodies and a TON of cheese from their cheese sale! I need not say anything further... just bask in the glory of my cheese and meat photos below.
Great job to the American Cheese Society for putting on such a fun and unique event for all of Denver to enjoy! If you missed it this year, you MUST follow them and attend in the future.
Denver Burger Battle
This annual event showcases the best Burger in Denver! 16 top restaurants all compete, sampling their best burgers to a hungry crowd. And when I say hungry crowd, I mean... you have to be hungry as each restaurant gives you 1/4 of a large, fully loaded burger. If you eat each restaurants sample, it is the equivalent of 4 whole burgers!
When we arrived, the line was long to enter but moved rapidly. There were multiple booths offering liquor tastings, a really fun State Farm agent that was giving away hats with super funny slogans (you can see mine in the photos below) and a half dozen dessert offerings to sweetly breakdown the richness of all the beef you just inhaled.
My friend Brandi and I patiently waiting in line with our plastic tray plates provided by the event coordinators. So many different burgers. Thin patty, double stack, extra cheese, fancy big mac style toppings, bacon/strawberry/habanero combos, etc.
My favorite... and who I voted for... was Stoic & Genuine. My runner up was Prohibition. And guess who won the People's Choice vote for the night?! Stoic & Genuine! Yippeee!
We had so much fun watching the 3 Million Dollar Band, sampling all of the burgers and desserts and I loved seeing my friend Josh's business Glazed & Confused Doughnuts present their huge Colorado Flag Maden made up of his amazing doughnuts!
This was such a fun event and they did an amazing job. Everything went smoothly, voting was easy, the crowd was fun and the food was incredible! Great job!!
Comment below and let me know what fun events you have been to this summer! Make sure to follow me on Facebook on my Denver Housewives Page to follow along with everything I am up to!
Have a great Sunday!
xoxo - Leah
Every year it seems like time just goes by faster and faster!
August is about to peek around the corner.
Before we know it, the days will get shorter... football will start and it'll be sweater weather in no time!
I have gone to some great concerts, super fun festivals, had my fill of farmers markets, gotten sunburnt, worked on my flip-flop-tan-line (my feet are seriously the only thing on me that tans! Why!?), we poured a new patio at my house and have some fun patio furniture to relax on!
I still have a few shows that I want to see! I want to spend a weekend in the mountains. I need to put together this huge hammock for the patio. I want to play in a river (that isn't the Platte!) and have more BBQ's with friends!
At at the end of August, I'll stock up on peaches, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn to do some canning for the year!
What are some of your summer time bucket list items that you still want to get in before it's too late??
So... I got laid off yesterday.
Have you ever been through a RIF (Reduction in Force")? Also known as a lay off, downsizing, getting cut, dissolving of divisions. Some of you may know that I have a day job. I have worked in the real estate and mortgage industry since 1999 and am currently a underwriter for ground up construction loans and FHA/Fannie Mae construction loans. I have a very specific specialized set of skills that comes with this type of processing/underwriting.
Yesterday, we had a visit from one of our managing directors who kindly (he really was super cool about it) let us know that they were shutting us down.
Now, I have been through about a half a dozen RIF's over the last 17 years, so I know what to expect and how it all works... and am a bit desensitized to it all.
We are getting severance and will be working through the end of July... but now the hunt begins for a new job.
Or maybe not! On to bigger and better things as doors are always opening when others are closed!
How have you and your coworkers dealt with a RIF in the past? Comment below and let me know!
On the left, me and Jenifer is on the right. This was our Junior Prom in 1998.
Lately, I have had this weird nostalgia thing going on. I am starting to feel stuck in the past, in a good way though.
I think it started a few weeks ago when I spent some time at the new Stanley Marketplace and went to a concert in Denver at the Ogden. I used to spend so much time in Downtown Denver when I was in my teens and 20's. I have been having a hard time saying, "When I was in my 20's...". It makes me cringe.
When I visited with the owners of Trunk Nouveau at the Stanley and found out that they also owned one of my all time FAVORITE stores (Pandoras on 13th), I instantly started reminiscing about all of the fun times I had spending hours inside of Wax Trax, iMi Jimi's, FashionNation, 5 & Dime, Snake Pit, Saul Haus, Pandora's... and more. I used to collect all of the Westwords (before they were full of dispensary and sex ads *snicker* ) and underground zines, flyers, papers, etc and make collages out of all the quirky things that caught my eye. Quirky... I was definitely quirky. Had my own sense of "style"... Somewhere between hippie-raver-stoner-tomboy. I mean, this was 1998-ish... so that was kind of the thing then anyhow. I wish I would have kept some of those collages!
I have recently gone through old photo albums, drawers of 4x6 photos that were taken with those fun Kodak disposable cameras and ....my year books. Oh man, some of the things written in my year books are HILARIOUS. To be 16 years old again... Although, I would only want to be 16 in the era of which I was 16. I don't think I would want to be a teenager with the level of social media that we have now. No, thank you.
Within these old photo albums, I found some crazy things that I have saved over the years from different occasions. Pictures that friends drew for me, old concert ticket stubs (Helllo Pearl Jam, 1994, Red Rocks!), a half broken necklace that my childhood best friend gave me.... and another one is a large, gold metallic flower cut out made from the same plastic type material that confetti is made from. I picked it up off the ground at a high school homecoming dance that I went to. What year, what school and my dates name... NO idea but I know it wasn't my school. For some reason, I have always kept that little flower cut out.
Being 36, with my 20 year high school reunion around the corner, it really does blow my mind when I think about how fast time has gone by. I am so grateful for all of my life experiences, friends that have come and gone and those that are still around. Here's to another 36+ of making more memories to look back on!
Here are some of the old photos that I found!! From top left, going clockwise:
1) My Christi and I, around 2000.
2) My childhood best friend Sarah that passed away a few years ago. She is who I grew up with from elementary school, through our twenties. I miss her so much! I think I was 16 or 17 in this photo so, 97'/98'
3) Old school Traxx 2000 when it was on 20th and Walnut. Jordan and I in the back room, probably dancing to Groove is in the Heart... This was probably in 1999 or 2000
4) My junior year of high school. 1997-1998.
5) Dana, Francesca and I at Fran's 5th grade graduation. I am thinking this was 1999...
6) Freshman or Sophomore year at Smoky Hill. (95'/96'?) Check out my metal mouth! All of the braces!!
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah