The Palm Denver offer brunch and a football bus to Broncos games with complimentary valet!
Dec 2016
30

The Palm Denver Brunch + Bus for Broncos Games (Free Valet!)

OK, yeah, so… 2016 doesn’t seem like the Broncos’ year. But they are rebuilding, right? Not that I even know what I am talking about since I an about as unknowledgeable about sports as they come.

But one thing I *do* know about: BRUNCH! It’s pretty much my favorite thing if you follow our Swarm check-ins.

We were thrilled when The Palm Denver invited us to check out their Broncos brunch recently, and ride the football bus over to the game. Of course, it happened to be the coldest day of the year so far, but we didn’t mind. We’d sampled the Bloody Mary bar and dressed warm – plus the atmosphere on the bus was cozy.

The Palm Denver offers a brunch with complimentary valet while the football bus brings you back and forth to the Broncos game! Continue reading…

Gloria Ferrer Photo Contest - 4th of July
Jul 2015
01

Celebrate The 4th With Gloria Ferrer Wine


independence 1I have to make a confession. It’s taken me a long time to get to like wine. It’s always sounded and smelled good to me, but I rarely chose it. Even still, I definitely tend to like my wine sparkly and cold. That’s why on holidays my best friends (who are also our family away from family) usually have bubbly on hand. We also have had semi-annual sangria parties around mid-June, where lots of red and white wine is mixed with juice and spritzer.

Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means a picnic and fireworks with the aforementioned best friends. Sometimes we will go to an Outlaws lacrosse game because they play in Mile High Stadium, thus placing us directly UNDER the fireworks… But lately we have had more low-key gatherings. So we can enjoy each other and avoid the crowds.

This year, we are planning to do a little of both over at Dick’s Park with the Colorado Rapids at their free 4th Fest. Tailgating and carnival stuff, plus fireworks  later in the evening. This way we can do a picnic too – since we much prefer to bring our own drinks and food than buy corndogs. I’m especially excited this year because I have Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs for the festivities. Continue reading…

Open Table #100opentables
Mar 2015
19

Win A Fantastic Dinner: Open Table #100OpenTables

Have you checked out Open Table lately? They have revamped their site, and their brand; it’s really pretty. In celebration of that, they are holding the 100 Open Tables giveaway to show off some of the best places to eat around the country. That means 100 lucky folks in 30 cities will have an incredible dining experience like the one we recently had at Acorn Denver.

We love to eat out. We love to take pictures. We turned into THAT FAMILY when we pulled out our phones during every course. In fact, it because somewhat of a competition between the three of us to see who took the best photo, and I am proud to say, many times – our 12 year old won. Although, frankly, he had an easy target with the food and drinks that kept landing on our table.


Oak Grilled Octopus
Potato gnocci, braised artichokes, house-made chorizo, salsa verde

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Jane St Vodka Soda
Jan 2015
12

New To Colorado: Jane St Vodka Soda

Many people know I love fruity drinks. I also love soda. So when Jane St Vodka Soda asked me to check out their fruity vodka sodas, I figured we were a match made in heaven. I was right!

Jane St Vodka SodaThe lovely folks at Jane St emailed me right before the holidays and I suggested they send their flavors over for our low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations.

It’s also no secret that I am not a fan of grandiose NYE parties. So much money and too many expectations to live up to. I much prefer to hang out with our best friends, eat lots of yummy food, drink delicious cocktails and play games. (Heads Up is our current favorite because all of us, ages 6 to 46, can enjoy.)

We were able to sample three of the four Jane St Vodka Sodas (unfortunately Peach Peppercorn was out of stock). Our favorite BY FAR was Grapefruit Meyer Lemon. It was just enough sweet to satisfy me, but not too sweet for people like my husband (who usually hates everything I drink). Several times since NYE all four of us (adults) from the gathering have mentioned we needed more of the grapefruit pronto. We also liked the Original Lime quite a bit – it felt just like the name. An original, a staple, that you would keep around all summer long. The one we liked the least was Pineapple Jalapeño, although it was really fascinating how strongly you could taste both flavors. Here is a secret though, we soaked some pineapples in that one and BOOM! Fantastic. I look forward to checking out the peach flavor as soon as possible. Continue reading…

Rambutan - red spiky fruit Costa Rica
Oct 2014
09

Mamón Chino (Costa Rican Rambutan)

One of the great things about travel is finding things you have never seen before, much less tasted. To be fair, we had a wonderful guide in Costa Rica by way of ex-pat Andrea Fellman and she basically ran off the road when she saw a Mamón Chino stand. I did some googling and this red spiky tropical fruit goes by many names, officially “Rambutan” and sometimes called “mamoncillo,” which is technically a cousin. In Costa Rica, Panama and elsewhere in Central America, it goes by “Mamón Chino” because it is an Asian fruit and that phrase literally means “Chinese sucker.” Continue reading…