Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Art Openings at Leon, DPAC, Lowbrow, and William Havu Gallery - August 2014

Denver is full of inspired and unique artists with amazing venues to suit their creations. While there are dozens  of art openings for the new month, I stumbled on to a few openings that sound pretty interesting.

The Denver Performing Arts Complex Art Gallery - Beauty Amidst the Madness

Jennifer Kenyon has written a collection of poetry inspired by art. She will be performing a live reading with a slide showing the inspiring pieces from her published book - Beauty Amidst the Madness. Reception is August 1 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. The slideshow will begin at 7:30pm.


Lowbrow - In Search of Rubbish Urban Illustrations by 84pages

On First Friday, from 7-10pm August 1, check out the urban cartoons from 84pages at Lowbrow Denver. This show will feature some new work and all sort monsters and creatures in their fabulous cartoon form. 

Leon Gallery - Travis Hetman, August 2nd (Saturday!) 

Travis Hetman is a transplant from Minneapolis that Denver is lucky to have! Travis' work mixes vintage photographic imagery with contemporary shapes and abstractions. Leon Gallery is hosting the opening reception, of "Nothing is Yours to Keep", August 2nd from 7-10pm.

William Havu Gallery - Lui Ferreyra Opening Reception 

Lui Ferreyra has a unique ability to produce highly expressive portrait paintings using geometric blocking. William Havu Gallery is hosting the opening reception this Friday August 1st from 6-9pm. 

Ferreyra Superimposition WEB 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Cookbook Download - Eat Well on $4 a Day

Leanne Brown has a new cookbook coming out in September this year, "Good and Cheap;Eat Well on $4/ Day." Right now you can get a free pre-release PDF download. This cookbook features delicious food at an affordable price point. The printed version will have 20 more recipes. In addition, Leanne's first book, "From Scratch", is also available for free download. From Scratch, is vegetarian cookbook focused on getting people comfortable cooking. If you find Leanne's cookbooks helpful, she does accept donations on her site.




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Espresso! Cuisinart Flash Sale, Espresso Press, Beans and a Cute Demitasse - Up To 75% OFF!

I start most days off with a latte or espresso of some sort. I currently have access to an espresso machine that I have been experimenting with and achieving desirable results. The entire ritual, from grinding the beans, to tamping the grounds, steaming the milk, and watching the espresso mix in the cup, has become something that I look forward to. Not to mention, the process is completed quicker than a run to Starbucks or your favorite bean stand. This inspired me to post a couple of deals that I found that revolve around the theme of espresso.

Espresso Makers - 

There are all kinds of espresso makers that produce all kinds of results at various price points. You could spend a couple grand or a few hundred dollars on a good machine. I generally don't recommend purchasing the cheapest appliance, because with appliances you typically get what you pay for. That being said, I came a across a flash sale on 1-Sale.com and they are featuring Cuisinart counter top appliances at deeply discounted prices. The Cuisinart brand is one of the better ones when it comes to quality and ease of use. The majority of the reviews for The Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker on Amazon (327 available) are mostly positive and is currently selling on Amazon for $155.99. The Flash Sale on 1-Sale.com is selling the machine for $90 with free shipping. 

 Cuisinart up to 75% off at 1Sale.com!

By contrast to the semi-automatic machine above, Rodale's has a beautifully designed ROK Manual Espresso Press. It doesn't actually use electricity in the award winning design. As I am a sucker for really well designed products, I wanted to share this on as an alternative to the traditional espresso machine. This link shows a great video of the machine and how to use it - Rodale's Manual Espresso Press video

Rodale's ROK Espresso - Free Standard Shipping with any order. Use code SHIP2ME Shop Now

Espresso Beans

Corvus Coffee on S. Broadway, is one of my favorite coffee roasters in the Denver area, not to mention they also have great baristas who are talented at their craft. They also have an espresso mailing club, where with membership, they will send their choice beans every month. 
everyman Blend | 12oz

Scoutmob Shoppe also is a great resource for tracking down artisan beans from independant makers. The Dapper & Wise Roasters are a good example of some of the artisan beans available.

Scoutmob Espresso Beans - Join and Save an Additional 15% Off Your First SHOPPE Order! No code required.

Demitasse -Espresso Cup 

Demitasse is the fancy way of saying espresso cup... Actually, I just like saying demitasse. I could probably post a 100 pictures of these cute cups, but I won't. Instead I will just post this one from Sur La Table. This Antique White cup and saucer, has vintage detailing and scalloped edges.  

Antique White Espresso Cup and Saucer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crested Butte Staycation Starting At $89! Includes Two $30 Spa Credits

Elevation Hotel and Spa - Crested Butte, CO - Starting at $89 per night 

A Colorado staycation might just be what the doctor ordered! I recently took a drive out to Glenwood Springs and stayed the night at a 'cheap' chain hotel and my bill was around $140. I'm not complaining, but just now while browsing I came across a deal on Groupon for $89 per night including 2- $30 spa credits at an upscale hotel, I couldn't help but start planning another mini-roadtrip. Crested Butte is about 4 hours away from Denver. Between here and there, are plenty of attractions including Tiny-Town, a hot-dog diner, a handful of wineries, horseback riding, hiking, and rafting; if you so happen to want to break up the drive a bit there are distractions along the way. https://roadtrippers.com/trips is a really cool website that can help you plan any trip short or long. Groupon - Elevation Hotel and Spa rooms starting at $89  Furthermore, Deluxe rooms (starting at $114 per night) come with a $25 dining credit per night booked!

Groupon - Elevation Hotel and Spa rooms starting at $89 

If you are thinking about visiting soon, there are several events and festivals that are taking place throughout the summer. Some of the highlights include: The Crested Butte Music Festival (June 29-August 10), Cattlemen's Days (July 5-13), Crested Butte Wildflower Festival (July 7-13), and the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival (July 10- 13). 

TripAdvisor - Elevation Hotel and Spa review

Sunday, June 29, 2014

3 of Denver's Best Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs in Denver

The deviled egg has traditionally been the staple of picnics and Easter brunch. However in the past five years, I would say that it has been appearing more frequently on Denver menus in both traditional and playful varieties. Below I have 3 of my favorite Deviled Eggs in Denver.

Sassafras Deviled Eggs

Sassafrass American Eatery specializes in southern-style home cookin', serving breakfast and lunch. Fried green tomatoes, biscuits and (house-made) gravy,  and made-to-order-mac and cheese, are staples of the eatery's menu, but one of the stars is the Deviled Egg. The eggs feature bacon salt, spicy/sweet pickled jalapeno jam, topped with minced house-made pickles and sprinkled with arugula. Yum! Sassafras now has two Denver locations; one in the Highlands and one in Capitol Hill. 

Tripadvisor Reviews for Sassafras - Cajun Excellence! 

Second Home Deviled Egg Flight 

If you are in the mood for a deviled egg, but want a little variety Second Home Kitchen and Bar in Cherry Creek might be a good start. They offer a flight of deviled eggs including: Traditional, Cured Salmon, and a Jalapeno Glazed Bacon. Second Home has the chic atmosphere, but home-cooked flavors with a sophisticated twist.

Pinche Tacos Chipotle Deviled Eggs 

Surprise! Pinche Tacos has more than tacos. While the namesake is the feature of the menu, during happy hour you can order the Chipotle Deviled Eggs. As the name suggests, these eggies have a chipotle puree mixed into the yolk mixture and is topped with crispy chorizo, cotija cheese, cilantro, and diced onions. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

$5 off Tickets - Westword Music Showcase Tomorrow! 6/21/14

Westword Music Showcase - 140+ Bands on 17 Stages GA Only $35 with Promo

The Westword Music Showcase has become somewhat of an annual tradition over the past five years. Every year I enjoy bands I love and discover new favorites. AEG has is offering a Promo to get General Admission tickets for $35 with promo code AEG.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Explore Haunted Denver - 50% off walking tour

Historical Haunted Walking Tour of Denver's Spookiest Sites

Spirit Expeditions features creepy walking tours in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. The Union Station and The Oxford Hotel are two of the oldest landmarks in Denver and are featured along with other spooky sites. Enjoy stories of scandal, intrigue, and the paranormal every Friday and Saturday starting at 8pm. Goldstar is currently offering passes for $10 instead of the usual $20 for the Denver tour.