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!!
This last weekend (6/2-6/5) was bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Let me just start by saying that I LOVE FIRST FRIDAYS!! If you haven't even been down on Santa Fe in the Art District during the evening, in the warmer weather seasons, on the First Friday of the Month... You are missing out on some legit people watching, amazing art, great food and just an incredible atmosphere! I look forward to it every year. June 2nd was my first First Friday of the year!
One of my closest friends, Judy, met me and we went to dinner at "Pinche Taco" A.K.A.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which is my #1 favorite Taco Shop, ever. If you know me, you know that I love TACOS! Always busy, fresh food and spicy salsa!
After we pigged out, we found our way down to Santa Fe and 10th Ave. to start perusing the galleries, and people!
There are so many amazing galleries, antique stores, co-ops, artists, musicians and people! It takes a few minutes to really soak it in. One of the antique shops has a funny bird in a cage that talks to you! There are hidden alleys, like the one in my photo that is lit up with lights, basements full of freshly painted canvas and street buskers entertaining you with drums made out of plastic, 5 gallon buckets and an upside down metal pot!
One of my favorite galleries is Artwork Network, which you can see the exterior of in one of the photos above. They have some incredible pieces of art. Don't forget to go in the basement!
Judy and I ran into some friends, checked out a live sculpting session, watched some B-Boys and B-Girls in a break dance circle and ended our 4 hour stroll around 10:00 PM.
Brunch, The Stanley Marketplace, 16th Street Mall, Thirsty Lion and Marian Hill! Phew!
What a full day! I hardly took any photos, which is unlike me! I met my friend Aly (who is kind of a big deal female brewer for Dry Dock Brewing Co.!) for brunch at the Denver Biscuit Company in the new Stanley Marketplace near Stapleton! They had the best music playing and some wildly entertaining gentlemen behind the bar that knew every word to every 70's hit that was being played in the restaurant! So fun.
Aly and I decided to walk around the Stanley, in hopes that my favorite place Mondo Market would be open but we were just a day or two early. What we DID find, was my buddy Josh Schwab's new spot for his Glazed and Confuzed donut shop! Aly and I shared a Confused Samoa donut, even though we had just eaten DBC 10 minutes ago... if you come anywhere close to Josh's donuts, you cannot say no.
I also spend some quality time inside of Trunk Nouveau! The family that owns Trunk Nouveau are also the owners of Pandoras (on 13th... but really on 17th now) and Soul Haus! 13th ave between Washington and Broadway are my old stomping grounds. Pandoras and Soul Haus are two of my favorite stores and I am thrilled to know that they now have a location on 17th (with some incredible history behind their new building) for both Pandoras and Soul Haus.
Anyhow... Trunk Nouveau is an incredible mash up of the two other stores and I just felt it when I walked in there. And Chris even brought me a potato knish from Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli! It was THE BEST!
After I ate my way through the Stanley, I had a few hours to kill so I went and walked around 16th Street for their music fest and through the Chalk Art Festival! By about 5PM, I was ready to go get my BFF, Christi. We had planned on going to dinner and then to see Marian Hill at the Ogden.
Christi and I ate at the Thirsty Lion in Union Station and took an Uber (quite entertaining, this driver was a goof!) to the Ogden where we were met by some guys that had already had their party pants on for quite sometime. Thankfully, the gate keepers told them to take a walk and get some nachos at 7-11 across the street (*smirk*).
Christi and I worked our way to the front of the crown and I secured our spot at the front of the stage. A group called Opia opened up. Two young guys from L.A. took the crowd by surprise with some incredible guitar solos and an incredible vocal display that I don't think anyone saw coming from their blonde, surfer look!
Marian Hall came out and the energy was amazing. Her voice is one of a kind and the house was PACKED! It's been awhile since I voluntarily stood that close to a speaker, so the unfamiliar bass that shook our bodies from the ground up only added to the electricity flowing from person to person in the entire crowd. It was such an amazing show and I have been listening to her album
ACT ONE (The Complete Collection) all week! I think my favorite songs on that album are Down, Take Your Time, oh yeah i love u and I Want You. Give them a listen!
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market! I bought everything. Ok, not everything but it felt like it!
The Spice Guy (Zach) makes some of the most legit spice blends out there. Inexpensive, fresh and well blended... your home cooked meals are about to level up!
I also grabbed some garlic goodness from Prohibited Provisions and tons more! They were also having a puppy adoption event, so I pretty much played with puppies for half the time. Be still, my beating heart. I wanted to take them all!
Once we were done at the market, I did my normal mundane Sunday chores of groceries, laundry and such.
We have so many amazing things to do in Denver, let alone Colorado... ALL year long! Next time you find yourself trying to find something to do... just walk down the street and you're bound to find something fantastic! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to see what other events are happening!
xoxo - Leah
HUGE shout out to La Sandia in Park Meadows for hosting us this month! Everyone had a blast and I cannot wait to party on their amazing roof top patio again!
We had a fantastic mix of Featured Businesses this month and I have already received messages looking to get in touch with some of them! Thank you to everyone for their participation and attendance!
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Who loves Summer Camp?! We have an amazing guide showcasing some of the best and coolest camps for your kiddos this summer! Everything from rafting to music and movie making to tennis all the way to the mountains... you will find an awesome camp for your littles!
DENVER TOUR CLUB
Every day is an adventure!
We offer day-long excursions to exciting and educational destinations in and around Denver.
Rest assured that your kids are safe, having a blast and getting plenty of exercise.
Visit http://denvertourclub.com/ for schedules, locations and information regarding all the fun trips your kiddo can take this summer!
"Think field trips are just an excuse to get out of going to class? Think again." - Denver Post
AJAX ADVENTURE CAMP
Aspen’s first real sleepaway camp since the Ashcrofters in the 1960s! Sleep in Tipi Villages complete with rope bridges and a Peter Pan meet Alice in Wonderland atmosphere. Twinkling lights at night complement the stars as campers cross rope bridges from the main camp fire complete with s'mores and guitar playing to retire to their Tipis and rest up for the next day of adventure.
Campers will have 100s of different activity choices throughout the day including: Rock Climbing, Paddle boarding, Mtn Go-Carts, Paint-balling, Archery, Fishing, Rockets, Paintchery, Tracking, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Survival Skills, Shelter building, Sportz, Arts & Crafts, Tenkara Fly Fishing, plus 100’s of other creative and adventurous activities including ranching opportunities such as helping to raise the ranch animals (Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, etc.).
There will also be special activities at the Ranch Camp such as Mtn. Go-Carts for some off-road fun.
All weeks will have the staple sleepaway activities, but through unique partnerships we will offer a few special weeks like Survival Skills and Animal Tracking with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and Fly Fishing and Fly Tying with the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
The Ranch is nestled on 200 Acres in the rockies about 1 hour from Aspen. We provide transportation from Aspen for all campers.
Visit www.ajaxadventurecamp.com for more information and to sign up. Limited spots remaining.
STEAMBOAT BOOK TRAILS CAMP
Visit http://www.mybooktrails.org/camp-descriptions for more information!
All Camps are Monday-Friday Full Week Overnight, Drop-off at 9AM on Monday and Pick-up at 2pm on Friday. $600 enrollment.
Ultimate Survival Camp
July 17-21 and August 7-11 Grades 5-9
Campers will get to stay at our newly constructed overnight site— The Reading Ranch! Ultimate Survival Camp will spend the week learning advanced survival skills such as building your own survival site, foraging and cooking food, and many other pointers to master outdoor survival. We will read many books together during the week, including new books such as A Series of Small Maneuvers and classics like My Side of the Mountain. Campers will also get to participate in hikes to neighboring peaks and swim in Steamboat Lake, which is a 5 minute trip from our site.
This camp includes five full days, and four nights at camp.
July 31-Aug 4 Grades 5-8
This new Middle School camp is all about mystery. Campers will read mysterious stories and get to try writing their own tales. Learn about the different western mysteries surrounding the Yampa Valley and Colorado. Use your detective skills to find signs of wildlife in the forest surrounding camp.
Land of Stories Camp:
July 24-28 Grades 5-8
Imagine you're Alex and Connor Bailey while reading the exciting Land of Stories series! We will jump into your favorite fairy tales and travel through the kingdoms of camp. Try to decipher the clues left in journals from campers before you! This camp is sure to bring adventure!
Ranger's Apprentice Camp:
July 24-28 Grades 5-8
Dive into this exciting series at camp as we read about the stealthy Rangers. Learn skills to combat enemies during your own Apprenticeship! Imaginations will thrive as you pretend to be Will on your own journey against the Wargals.
JCC CAMP SHAI & MACC ACADEMY ART & THEATRE CAMPS
JCC Camp Shai & MACC Academy Art & Theatre Camps offer kids ages 5 – j18 a diverse range of summer activities for young athletes, artists, adventurers, and everything in between!
Don’t want to drive to camp? No problem!! We offer busing from Cherry Creek, Southmoor/University Hills, and Stapleton neighborhoods! Check out our full listing of camps at jccdenver.org under the Family tab!
With questions, please reach out to Courtney Jacobson, Director of Camp Shai, firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you this summer!
LITTLETON SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Do your kids have a LOVE for music? We do too! There is no shortage of studies that prove that music is good for your brain. Instead of having too much “down time” this summer, come join our Rock To Your Potential Summer Camp and engage your kid’s mind while they have so much fun doing it! We offer over a decade of experience offering the finest private lessons, group lessons, and summer camps to Denver and Littleton students. Every year keeps topping the one before and we want you to be a part of it! At the end of each camp week, your child will perform on stage at one of Denver’s premier music venues! Every year parents keep saying, “We can’t believe you put this show together in just one week.” Located in Littleton, Colorado, we at Littleton School of Music offer fully loaded studios in a modern setting. Over 2,000 Square feet of space including a kitchen, bathrooms, and comfortable waiting areas for parents. Students will have space to work with their groups, stretch out, and have plenty of room to do it. Ages 10 - 16. Click HERE to learn more or register easily online.
THE SALVATION ARMY CENTENNIAL CORPS SUMMER DAY CAMP
The Salvation Army Centennial Corps Summer Day Camp is a place for kids to make friends, lifelong memories, & fun! Our facility will provide snacks, games, recreational activities, field trips, music lessons, VBS program, & educational classes.
Sign up now for ages 5-12, starting July 5th and ending August 4th.
Our operation hours are from 8am-6pm and we are located at 3900 E. Arapahoe Rd. Centennial, CO. Call 303-779-9662 and ask for Lily or email Lillian.email@example.com for more information.
DIGISTARS MAKE-A-MOVIE WORKSHOP CAMP
Kids in grades 1-8 can bring their stories to life with stop motion animation or live action filmmaking in a Digistars Make-a-Movie Workshop camp this summer!
This is a chance for kids to unleash their creativity and work with professional filmmakers to Write, Act, Build Sets, Direct, Film, and Edit their own films in a fun and exciting week! We watch and analyze films to learn techniques, and take outside breaks in a nearby playground. Moviemaking integrates art with technology and demands storytelling skills that can feed into academic success. The production process is hands-on, kid-driven, and collaborative.
Learn more and register at DigistarsWorkshop.com or call 1-888-611-5090.
HIGH ALTITUDE TENNIS
Fun, action-packed, convenient summer tennis camps in Denver, Colorado for kids 7-18 years old! Check out what tennis mom Nancy I. from Littleton, Colorado had to say about High Altitude Tennis Summer Camps.... "My kids are jazzed, they love it and are inspired by the highly skilled, experienced and ethical staff!".
And here is what student Hana K. from Parker, Colorado had to say..."Everyone at HAT is amazing, like my second family!".
Rated 5 stars on Yelp and 5 stars on Facebook.
Weekly camps begin May 29th and space is limited.
Learn more by visiting www.highaltitudetennis.com today!
PALS CHESS ACADEMY
PALS Chess Academy is proud to offer four exciting Summer Chess Camps in the greater Denver area, open to children ages 5-12.
National Master and two-time Colorado State Champion Lior Lapid will be the head coach, teaching each lesson with his trademark humor and storytelling that your child will love.
Students have a lot of fun while learning valuable lessons that go far beyond the chessboard, building character, teamwork, confidence and problem-solving intelligence for life.
Prior chess experience is not required; all levels welcome!
Go to www.palschess.com/camps for more details and online registration.
THE HIGH MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
The High Mountain Institute offers two summer programs, Summer Term for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and High Peaks Adventures for rising 8th and 9th graders.The HMI Summer Term is a five-week program that combines wilderness, community, and academic pursuits in our unique setting of Leadville, Colorado. Summer Term students partake in two extended backpacking expeditions, become members of a vibrant community, and stay intellectually engaged with place-based classes. HMI's High Peaks Adventures is a two-week program introducing students to wilderness travel and the Rocky Mountains. Student split time learning the basic skills needed to camp and travel comfortably in the backcountry and participating in some of Colorado's best known sports: rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. No previous experience is necessary for HMI's Summer Term or High Peaks Adventure, only a willingness to try new things!
For more information please contact:
(719) 486-8200 ext. 1
DENVER WRITING PROJECT YOUNG WRITERS CAMPS
The Denver Writing Project at the University of Colorado Denver is excited to offer four Young Writers Camps for young people who love to write!
Please visit our website for additional information about each camp and links to register.
UCD Young Writers Camp at Auraria Campus
DVORAK EXPEDITION'S TEEN CAMP
TEENAGE (13-17 YRS) WHITEWATER SKILLS CAMP 22 DAYS: All inclusive meals & lodging i.e. (camping multi day river expeditions)
The Dvorak Expedition’s Teen Camp is a 11 – 22 day camp that gives campers an in-depth understanding of river running, environment exploration and understanding, plus useful river rescue techniques. It will also facilitate opening lines of communication, enhancing self-image, improving group interaction and emphasizing self-reliance skills.
The focus is to develop river-running competence in a variety of craft. These include paddle and oar power rafts, kayaks, canoes and inflatable kayaks. Participants can choose to specialize in one or two modes of river travel or experiment with all options. As the basics of reading and understanding the hydraulics of the river is a primary skill, the ability to move comfortably from one craft to another will be greatly enhanced.
Dvorak’s wants your course to be exciting; you should expect the unexpected. Many of the course activities are well publicized, but you will probably find some surprises. We want to give you something you can take away with you– hopefully a sense of appreciation for what you can do!
Campers will experience all the fun and faith of resident Camp Timberline in Estes Park here at home along the Front Range! Our program is for kids finished with kindergarten through 6th grade; hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday-Friday at 10 different church locations in the metro area and northern Colorado.
Campers will experience adventure on our high ropes course, climbing wall and giant inflatables as well as quality sports instruction, huge camp games, theme parties, wacky skits and songs each day! Your child will be KNOWN AND LOVED by our phenomenal staff, sure to have a week they will never forget. Sign up today at www.camptimberline.com for a Christian Day Camp unlike any other in Colorado!
General info: Main office, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Diane Dahm, email@example.com
Registration: website, www.camptimberline.com
Questions: 970.484.8462, main office
I just LOVE all of these camps. I wish I could go back in time and spend my summers in some of these amazing, fun and super unique summer camps! What amazing memories your kids will have of these exciting days! Let's unplug from our phones, tablets, games and tv's and play in the dirt under the sun with our fresh Colorado Rocky Mountain air! I am so excited that all of these fantastic camps are right here in our back yards.
If you have any questions about these camps, please contact them directly.
This Spring is gearing up to be extra busy and I am already feeling the burn! My apologies for the delay in this post! Our April Ladies Night out and Networking event was an amazing success! The Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery was such a great venue! With amazing food and a incredible selection of craft beers, everyone was raving about hosting the event here again! Thank you so much for hosting us, and hopefully again in the future.
We had an awesome line up of Featured Businesses in April. I received some incredible feedback from our guests and the venue. The selection was great, the energy was awesome and a lot of shopping was done! Here are our Locals we Love!
Sprouts Farmers Market - April Sponsor
Thank you so much to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring our April event! Between providing the awesome Swag Bags, handing out some great coupons and fun Lara Bars, everyone loved interacting with you all in person!
Find Sprouts here and look for a location near you!
We had a great time last week at FTW Denver! A fun filled night full of entertainment, shopping, networking and games! A big shout out to everyone that came to wish me a Happy Birthday too! You guys rock! We also had some really awesome Swag Bags! If you missed us, please make sure to come to our next event on April 24th at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery.
RSVP and snag your FREE ticket here!
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you all the businesses that were featured throughout this event. They are all fantastic and everyone loved them at the event. If you are interested in any of their services or products, please feel free to contact them. They would love to connect with you. So, here are the Locals We Love: March edition.
A HUGE "Thank You" to For The Win (FTW) Denver for hosting this event, providing the Swag Bags and adding some fun Free Playtime Cards into the mix! Everyone was super excited to attend and see all of the fun new games in the Arcade! That Mario Cart and the 3-D Zombie scary game were my favorites!!
I am very excited to feature a truly amazing woman for the February edition of our Leading Ladies Series. Shawnte` Smith opened Beauty Lounge in 2012 after building up a huge following while being employed by a local high end department store. They are now the official eye brow sponsor of the Miss Colorado USA, Miss Colorado Teen, Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA pageants.
Shawnte` and her team of artists are experts of their industry and take pride in their craft, and ability to be among the best of the best.
Shawnte`, tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I am the owner of Beauty Lounge, a high-end specialty spa in Lone Tree, CO. We specialize in Eyebrow shaping, Eyelash extensions, Makeup, and Facials. We have been open for 5 years and we are currently expanding. I have over 12 years experience in the spa and skincare industry. I began my tenure as a licensed esthetician for Aveda, as well as a make-up artist for Hard Candy, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and Duwop. My real passion is in Eyebrow shaping.
I was trained by Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2005 and then worked as an eyebrow specialist at Nordstrom Park meadows for over 6 years. I built up an amazing clientele and opened Beauty Lounge in 2012. I currently still shape eyebrows and do about 20-30 clients a day!
I 'm also obsessed with skin care, I launched my very own skin care line in October 2016 after working with a chemist/naturopath here in Denver who help me develop a natural, toxic-free, nutritional skincare line. My courage has always come from my mother and grandmother who have always taught me that I could achieve anything I wanted and to never take no for an answer. The hours are very long but I have found it is not work if you love what you do. At the end of the day it really only comes down to 2 basic traits; you have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve anything. Lastly, I have found if you surround yourself with honest, trustworthy, positive people a positive outlook is the byproduct.
Describe yourself in three words:
Compassionate, Optimistic, Loyal
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Growing Beauty Lounge from 2 employees to 11 and starting my Shawnte` Smith Skin Care line.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to work with kids in an outreach program.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Work/Life balance is very important to me. I work very long days, but on my days off I try to enjoy everything life has to offer. I also leave an hour early every Wednesday night so my husband and I can have a date night.
What websites do you visit every day?
Amazon (I always need something)
Social Media (IG, FB, ect)
The Daily Skimm (so I know whats going on in the world)
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I absolute love to try new food in Denver. Brunch is my favorite meal so I am loving Gozo on Broadway right now. I also love Denver Central Market where you can eat, drink, get coffee, indulge in Ice cream, and do your shopping all in one place!
For a night out on the town we love The Rack House Pub in RINO. They have amazing food and are the home of Bierstadt Lager Brewery & C Squared Ciders.
What is your goal for retirement?
My retirement goal would be to travel the world with my incredible husband.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Do something you are very passionate about. Start small, then grow slow and steady. Relationships are the most important thing in business so be kind to everyone.
Any final comments?
If you want it, work for it.
BuxieJo Bags is graciously giving away one handcrafted Branded Cowhide Cuff!
Handcrafted, Branded Cowhide Cuff
I am officially in love with BuxieJo Bags in Denver, Colorado!
Kerrin Pogozelski is the owner and designer of these amazing handmade, leather goods.
Using unique, old world leather crafting techniques, each item has it's own quirky personality and is truly a piece of art.
Recently, Kerrin and I met over coffee and she showed me some of her work. I am now the proud owner of a perfect Brauch Bag and a Branded Cowhide Cuff Bracelet!
Kerrin started creating these cuffs using individual words that inspire her and make her smile! I just love the meaning behind each of these cuffs!
The Brauch Bag
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What a fun and busy week! Christi is my BEST girlfriend from high school and she celebrated her Birthday this weekend! We both had the day off on Friday, January 27th and wanted to have a fun 'Girls Day' to celebrate her! We started off by going to Black Eye Coffee in CapHill (800 Sherman Street) to grab a breakfast sandwich and some tasty drinks! It is so cute on the inside and very cozy. The food and tea was fantastic!
Next, we went to The Source (3350 Brighton Blvd) to see...everything! They have 2 awesome restaurants, Crooked Stave brewery, a butcher, florist, bakery, novelty/jewelry/art shop, liquor store and a coffee shop called BoxCar. They introduced me to my new obsession. A Peppermint Tea Latte with steamed almond milk and just enough simple syrup to make it taste like magic.
I had the pleasure of meeting Robert (General Manager) and Will (our fantastic server) at the new Blue Agave Grill in Denver. They are on 16th Street Mall, (right next to The Cheesecake Factory) and boy were we in for a treat!
Christi and I wanted to try something new for her celebratory lunch and we chose wisely. The restaurant has a great layout with a fun and welcoming environment.
The entire menu is incredible, so we asked Will what his favorites were! He helped us choose the Black and White Nachos as our appetizer.
Christi chose Southwest Pork Medallions and I ordered the Tacos En Fuego.
They have an amazing selection of fun margaritas for only $2.50! Just the right size to enjoy during lunch! This was the Spicy Cucumber Margarita. We also tried the Muy Macho Jalapeno Margarita! YUM!
These aren't your normal pile of nachos. Every chip is covered with Shrimp & Lobster, Chipotle Cream, Black Beans, Monterey Jack, Asadero Cheese, Corn Pico De Gallo & Guacamole in the middle. They flavor combinations and creamy texture with a bit of bite from the shrimp was perfect. It was hard to stop eating them to save room for our actual entree!
While we were enjoying our appetizer, I smelled something incredible as another server walked past us with some dishes. I asked Will what it was! I was originally going to order the Coconut Shrimp Tacos (If you know me, you know I LOVE TACOS!)
Will said it was the Tacos En Fuego! These guys pour a shot of Tequila over the super hot cast iron skillet and light it on fire! EN FUEGO! So fun! The Tequila-Fired Tableside was so cool to see!
The Marinated Skirt Steak is perfectly charbroiled with Onion, Bell Pepper (I opted out of the peppers and added grilled pineapple) topped with Corn Salsa! The tacos are served with Serrano Avocado Salsa, Flour Tortillas, Cilantro Rice and Black Beans. Those little grilled onions and pineapple bits are flavor crystals that made these irresistible! I want to eat them all over again right now!
And then... there is DESSERT. What is a Girls-Day-Out-Birthday-Lunch-fest without the desserts, right?!
I don't really know what to say about these, other than you MUST visit the Blue Agave Grill on 16th and Lawrence to eat these yourself. These were the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
The top photo is their award winning Toasted Coconut Blonde Brownies served warm with Pecans, Toasted Coconut, Caramel Rum Glaze and topped with Vanilla Ice Cream. The glaze that surrounds this mound of warm coconut goodness is almost like a crust that you have to crack to get to the hidden treasure inside. This dessert is now one of my top favorites in Denver and I cannot wait to go back and enjoy it again!
The second dessert is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake. This is gluten free folks (TONS of amazing GF options on their entire menu, BTW). This chocolate ganache covered delight is made from scratch by Becca's Gourmet in Wellington! Another reason to love and support this locally, family owned restaurant! They source locally which is so great! Inside of that chocolate coating is a Chocolate Sponge Cake with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse sitting on top. How can you say no to anything with chocolate and peanut butter?
n We had such a great time at Blue Agave Grill and I am so happy to know there is another great restaurant on the popular 16th Street Mall in Denver! Thank you so much to Blue Agave Grill, Robert and Will for the hospitality and making this Girls Day Out a success!
You can find Blue Agave Grill at:
1201 16th St #104, Denver, CO 80202
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