The New Orleans of Colombia

Only two things went wrong on our first trip together during our 8 days in Colombia, South America: mice men Mice and men made for more entertaining stories on this trip.  I am getting to the mice on this post; bad men will come into play in Medellin. Let’s begin with what went right, choosing…

A Fruitful Foodful Weekend in Denver

Pisco Sour 3-4 oz Pisco 1-2 oz squeezed lemon juice (I like lemon, but lime works just the same & is great too) 1 egg white 3/4 oz homemade simple syrup (I prefer to use Mauritian sugar cubes or use my fine homemade vanilla sugar) Drinkrections:  Shake it til you can’t shake it no mo’!~  Then…

Thump Coffee All the Way from Bend, OR

This coffee shop is one of my top 3 favorites in Denver!  I dropped my friend off at the airport at 6:00am and headed off to try a new coffee shop to work from for the morning.  The service was great from the moment I walked in the door.  After ordering a regular cuppa joe,…

Raining Coffee and Beer

To start the day, I had coffee at Common Grounds prior to an interview in downtown Denver, which I thought went quite well.  Then I walked a ways down the road  and met a friend we all know as Cyrus at Purple Door Coffee.  After doing some work there we had lunch at this awesome…

Out and about in Denver

We were headed to Sassafras (located just near Mile High Stadium) but realized it was Broncos game day so rerouted to Jezebel’s Southern Bistro and Bar to experience this delightful surprise.  I have to say this is my first time to be served in a personal sized cast iron skillet and it was wonderful.  This…

Boulder and Brews

After our hike up in Nederland, we picked up Frank in Boulder and check out the new Avery Brewing Company.  I love Frank’s house, especially his heated pool and his dog Hazel (she appreciates the pool as well).  He offered to share his local beer collection too!  After one post hike beer and collecting all…

The Leadville Experience

   City on a Hill Coffee Roastery and Cafe Bakery was a great coffee shop.  I can’t officially say I loved their coffee, because I opted for the delicious hot chocolate made with silky smooth steamed milk and whipped cream.  Paul can verify that they make a mean Cafe au lait.    We could spend…

The Exquisite Beach Towns on 30A

Alys Beach is a beautiful beach community like no other I’ve seen… My favorite coffee shop here…they even served cold brew!          A gorgeous view of all the houses along the water The fancy bird house cluster    ..next to the old school ornamental windmill  The driftwood horse statues are a must for this…

Sucré

I have compiled three visits from both boutique cafes to show you how amazing this bakery is.  Enjoy salivating over these decadent desserts! They make a mean Flat White!

LoHi

This will hopefully be my near future neighborhood! Rootdown:  my favorite restaurant in Denver so far Maci Cafe, this small Italian gem, is authentically Euro!  I felt like I stepped off the streets of LoHi right into Italy.  They have the perfect espressos (Italian style- short and strong!) with the perfect natural crema and the…

Homemade Pop Tarts: savory and sweet

Batch number one:  the savory I filled some of these with an aged cheddar, roasted garlic, fresh parsley, and a dollop of ‘Amora Moutarde de Dijon’ (favorite French mustard).  Others were similar but stuffed with a smoked gruyere in place of the cheddar. The one you see oozing with strawberries is filled with homemade strawberry jam…

Montreal’s Bakeries and Coffee Shops

La Brioche Doree served the ristretto espresso just like back in France and Italy.  They extract the perfect shot of espresso with the crema layer that the states can’t quite seem to pull off. O Plaisir Gourmands was the most impressive bakery I have ever experienced.  Leave the pastry making to the French to perfect….