Category Archives: spring

priming the plot

I just got back from an evening session of watering the newly planted vegetables and herbs at the garden plot.  Nighttime watering is relaxing, but it is definitely a one-way conversation with your plants, since you can’t see what is happening!  We are so excited about this year’s gardening plans.  Still going strong in plot 13 at Ellis Elementary School’s community garden, we planted 12 tomato plants there this spring, along with serrano peppers, spaghetti squash, carrots, radishes, basil, cilantro, acorn squash, Swiss chard, and fairytale eggplant.  All are organic, heirloom varieties from one of our favorite garden stores in Denver, Paulino Gardens.

Freshly planted veggies and herbs, nestled neatly in rows…this was about two weeks ago.

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citrus salt scrub | spring cleaning

Salt scrub with lavender, sage, and grapefruit.

I have enjoyed an amazing day off this Tuesday!  I met up with a good friend at one of Denver’s newest culinary additions, the Kitchen.  The sun beckoned us out to the patio, but the move was a bit premature.  As we shivered through lunch, we caught up, laughed, and kept the cocktails coming.  To avoid sounding like a spoiled food critic, I’ll keep my description of the restaurant succinct, but I must say that the mussels were a stand-out, as was the bruschetta, topped with burrata, anchovies, and watercress.  An Americano with cream gave me the necessary jittery fuel for the next steps in my day.

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the 23 cocktail | spring bourbon cocktails

Today is one of those days that solidifies my choice to live in Colorado.  However, the weather in March can be so deceiving; you must form a loose attachment to it, for it can completely shift the very next day.  What a lesson in savoring the beauty of the present.  This warm, sunny afternoon simply beckons one to sit outside, take in a few relaxing breaths, and, perhaps, imbibe a refreshing cocktail with friends on a patio.  I am about to run by the grocery store, in order to pick up some Dr. Pepper, a necessary ingredient for one of the most popular specialty cocktails we feature at my restaurant.  …I would much rather be outside sipping this!
The Twenty-3 cocktail, whose main ingredients are bourbon and a reduction of Dr. Pepper.

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