Discount Promo Code for Westword Feast: GREEBLE

Westword Feast full food-and-drink sampling event happening on Sunday, September 30th at the McNichols building in Denver. What does that mean exactly? Unlimited samples from more than 40 local restaurants including Matsuhisa (just announced!), Biju's Little Curry Shop, Little Man Ice Cream, Roaming Buffalo BBQ, Asada Rico,…
Best Places to Get Maryland Crabs

Best Places to Get Maryland Steamed Crabs

Both Bryan and I grew up in Maryland, and when you are from Maryland, you eat Maryland steamed crabs. But since we moved to Denver 24 years ago, we were a little rusty on the best places to go. Over the past year or so,…
Gloria Ferrer Photo Contest - 4th of July

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.
Open Table #100opentables

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 Oak Grilled Octopus
Jane St Vodka Soda

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.
Rambutan - red spiky fruit Costa Rica

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…

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