Posted on January 17, 2017
Looks good right? I could have stayed here all afternoon and sipped on cocktails but we had places to be and more food to sample! The nice thing about the tour is there is A LOT of food you get to try. Everything is small bites, not like full blown dinners, but it’s filling. I promise. Plus, after each restaurant, you get to walk to the next place, as your guide talks about the history and city around you. You’re getting to learn, burn off some calories, and eat all at the same time. It’s pretty fantastical.
Our next stop was Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen. The building itself is rich with history. As Chamae told us all about the building we got to sample their house made Beef Short Rib Kielbasa as well as their house-made mustards and kraut. True story, all the meat from here comes from Colorado animals. They make and cure almost all their meat. They also have a wonderful drink selection. We got a coupon for a free drink and we used it! We came back and sampled some more food and drinks later that evening and it was worth it.
We left Euclid Hall to be greeted by Christmas carolers dressed to the nines in 1920s garb and makeup/hair. The city really goes all out during the holidays and everywhere was decorated beautifully. Chamae continued to tell us about the history of many of the buildings and city as we made our way to our next stop, Little Owl Coffee, a cute little coffee shop with baristas who know their stuff and do some killer coffee art. The hot beverage on a chilly day, was a perfect break before we started in on some more food. I had a macchiato, while Kate opted for a hot chocolate, and Chamae had a latte.
After warming up we headed to our favorite stop. And no, it’s not what you would think. And trust me, everything we had was awesome, so this was a hard decision buutttt after much discussion we both agreed EVOO Marketplace was our favorite stop. Not your usual food tour stop either, which was why it was so memorable. It’s a family run shop and the brainchild of a husband and wife team, Mick and Carolyn Major. The whole store is based on the concept of ‘taste before you buy.’ And taste we did. All their olive oil and balsamic oils are the highest quality you can buy. From pressed and infused oils to a HUGE variety of white and balsamic vinegars. It was so much fun and Carolyn gave us a wonderful lesson before tasting about the processes of their different products. Then the sampling began, you take a little cup and pour yourself a little oil or vinegar and taste away. So many flavors all in one place, we couldn’t get enough! We loved it so much I got a whole case of different varieties for Christmas gifts.
These aren’t your ‘everyday’ oils and vinegars. I fell in love with their Sage and Wild Mushroom Olive Oil. Kate leaned more towards white vinegars while I loved the darks. All the vinegars are aged in barrels and are either infused or pressed (either aged with the product, or pressed into it in the beginning). We loved the Cara Cara Vanilla Barrel Aged Balsamic as well as the Grilled Pineapple Balsamic.
After EVOO, we headed out again! This time, Chamae took us into some historic buildings and bars before we headed to our next destination. Seriously, aren’t some of these places stunning?
Where ‘pearl’ buttons were first invented for cowboy-ware was in Denver, this is their store now.
Next on the docket was Zoe Ma Ma – Super Yummy Street Food. And yummy food it was! The owner, Ma Ma, was on hand to talk to about her food. It’s some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever had. And it’s all handmade with recipes from Ma Ma herself. It’s high quality ingredients include fresh homemade organic noodles, cage-free eggs, and all-natural meats. Not to mention the ‘sauce bar’ they have where you can mix and match different sauces to top all your food with. We got to indulge in Za Jiang Mian. It’s a Classic Northern noodle dish with fresh egg noodles, ground pork sauce, and julienned veggies. Kate and I almost licked the bowls clean. Plus, the vibe of the whole place was wonderful. It was like you were stepping into a little restaurant in China. I wish we had a few weeks in Denver because I would be back here every week just to try different dishes.
Ma Ma and our guide, Chamae.
Following happy bellies full of noodles, we headed off to Mercantile. It’s kind of like an open air market that specializes in cheeses and meats. They also have a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries. It’s one of those places you’d want to come study or read a book so you can keep going back and getting little snacks all day. It was lovely. I wish we had time to sample everything, because let’s be honest, cheese is quite frankly one of the greatest foods in the entire world. We got to try Sheep’s Milk Ricotta from Fruition Farms, it came with little crackers and house-made jam. It was super yummy.
Our last stop (sadly) was Union Station which was a plethora of different food shops. We ended with dessert at the Milkbox Ice Creamery. It was pretty good in the ice cream front. It’s gmo free, 100% natural, and all sourced from local farms. I had salted caramel pb cup while Kate had Mocha Chip.
And with that, it was the end of our food tour. Sad day. Chamae was nice enough to walk us back to EVOO so we could continue to taste test. But what a great experience! Tons of good foods and off the beaten path food stops. Literally the cat’s meow of foodie tours. If you’re in Denver look up Taste of Denver. They do all sorts of food tours too! So you can pick and choose what works best for you.
Following our full bellies and food coma, we headed to the Parade of Lights! What a wonderful holiday tradition! The city is all lit up and the whole parade is filled with lights! They have lights on horses, dogs, even Santa! You name it and it most likely has a glow stick or lights attached. A fun little excursion that day and a cool thing to see in the city! It happens every year and even if you miss the Parade, the city itself is all lit up and is lined with little shops all decked out in holiday gear so that’s a pretty photographic experience too!
Now aside from the food tour, Kate and I seriously ate like queens for honestly, really cheap. We probably didn’t spend over $50 a day for three square meals and that’s pretty freaking awesome. We had three favorite places. Cafe Paprika was seriously the best. It’s a little hole in the wall and as soon as you pull up you’re hit with the wonderful smells of Mediterranean food wafting in the parking lot. Mediterranean food and me is like white on rice. I’m still thinking about the gryo meat (house-made) and mint tea that they pour from authentic teapots wwaayy up in the air. We also tried a dish called Bastilla which is like nothing I’ve ever had (which is rare). It’s layers of puffed pastry filled with spiced shredded chicken, nuts, savory herbs and topped with powdered sugar and more spices. Now sounds crazy right? But honestly, it was soo good. If you’re here in Denver and you have a love affair with Mediterranean food like I do, go here. You certainly won’t be disappointed!
Next on our list was the the The Denver Biscuit Company. Confession. This was the only place we ate at twice. The biscuits were that good. They have appeared all over various tv shows, probably most notably Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The biscuits are almost the size of your head and literally melt in your mouth. The sausage gravy would have any Southern Grandma begging for the recipe and the jams and butters will make you want to get another biscuit just to use them. If you looked up biscuit in the dictionary, The Denver Biscuit Company’s photo should be there. They’re that good.
Yes, be jealous of that biscuit. I’m jealous and I already ate there. Excuse me while I lick the screen. Last, but not least, on our list was the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. We went here during our day trip to Boulder. Starting off we drove Boulder Canyon, which is stunning in itself and has great hiking/biking trails as well as a number of pull offs to stop and absorb the beauty around you. If you have a few hours to spare, take the drive up Boulder Canyon and stop off and hike a bit.
The Dashanbe Teahouse is kind of a combo food, drink, architecture and artwork visit. The building is breathtaking. The whole building was created by 40+ artisans from several cities of Tajikistan. They created the decorative elements the Teahouse, including its hand-carved and hand-painted ceiling, tables, stools, columns, and exterior ceramic panels. It’s absolutely stunning. I’d recommend going here even if you’re not hungry. The craftsmanship of this building is so unbelievable. But we did eat there. And drink there. They offer unlimited chai. YES. YOU HEARD RIGHT. UNLIMITED CHAI. You empty your coffee mug and they REFILL IT. FOR FREE. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. We were in hog heaven. Add that to the artistry around us and the yummy small plates we had of hummus and veggies and a little sampler plate. People come here for tea (obviously) and the tea sandwich sit down experience. You have to have reservations for that, so plan in advance people!
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is and I’m the one writing this! But, in all fairness, I also got to eat all this deliciousness too. Hopefully that was a good little food tour of Denver. You can eat like kings and queens for cheap. Plus, there is soooo much to see! The scenery is breathtaking, the locals are wonderful, and there are more craft breweries and wineries then I could count! But go to Denver! Seriously. You won’t be disappointed. Especially if you’re a crunchy granola foodie like me! Until next time! -Alysha
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Posted on November 21, 2016
Two families coming together in love, life, and faith. That’s what the lovely wedding of Shannon and Josh was. Taking place at the stunning St. Patrick Church in Carlisle, light streamed in through the stained glass to reveal this church’s humble 1779 beginnings. Shannon and Josh’s closest friends helped these two get ready before they took their plunge into marriage. They chose a purple and white color scheme and peppered these colors throughout from the bridesmaids dresses, groomsman’s ties, flowers, and even the mother’s dresses.
With a traditional Catholic ceremony, Shannon and Josh’s day was filled with tradition. An especially wonderful family touch was the bride’s brothers and mother played music and sang throughout their ceremony. How wonderful is that? Following the ceremony and family photos, we all headed down to Thornwald Park to take fun party and couple photos! These two and their party both rocked their photo session! The sunlight coming through the trees lit these two perfectly in all the fall park beauty. Between brick walls, gazebos, and a forest backdrop, I couldn’t have asked for a more stunning backdrop for this wedding party.
After we wrapped up their photo session, we headed over the St. Patrick Activity Center where the family had set up lights, banners, and backdrops to create a perfect setting for a reception. Dances were had, speeches were given, and dinner was served. Following dinner, guests danced with the happy couple for their dollar dance, the bouquet and garter toss were held, the cake was cut, and HUGE family photos were taken with just about everyone in attendance. Before I left the happy couple, we stepped outside to catch the perfect golden hour light and these two just glowed with happiness. So here’s to another 100 years of happiness to the happy couple, and without further ado, Shannon and Josh’s wedding.
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Venues: St. Patrick Church of Carlisle
DJ: Payne Hurley
Caterer: Kathy’s Deli
Cake: Carlisle Bakery
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Posted on November 14, 2016
Fall weddings always leaves me breathless and Tricia and Tor’s wedding was no exception. The lovely fall colors, a wonderful wedding, and a beautiful location, I mean… does it get any better then this? Now this wasn’t the first time I’ve photographed these two, they had a wonderful fall engagement shoot last year with their fur babies. Seriously though, does it get any cuter??
Lucky for everyone, they picked the most beautiful fall day for both shoots! Not only did we have a fantastic first look overlooking the Blue Mountain ridge on the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountain range, but we got to get four-wheeled up the mountain to get some spectacular scenic shots as well! It’s not every day you have a bride and groom who are willing to four wheel up a mountain in full wedding garb! Also, special shoutout to the wonderful bridesmaid and driver, who helped us make all our mountain photos!
This kickass couple also added so many touches to this wedding to make it their own. The bride hand crocheted little pumpkins as guest table seatings and rocked some rockabilly shoes. The groom and groomsman rocked funny socks and an orange bow tie. These two had the ring bearer don a Star Wars themed ring pillow, their dogs and cats made for their cake topper, and awesome take-away custom chapsticks for their guests.
Following their first look and photos, these two got married at a beautiful outdoor ceremony at golden hour. With a waterfall and mountain range behind them, guests looked on as these two read their own vows, and got hitched right as the sun set. The cocktail hour followed with bonfires, human sized checkers, and lots of laughter with friends. As the night became chilly, everyone moved inside for the reception.
Dances were had and speeches were given. One of my favorite quotes was the MOH giving her speech and saying, “these two were such a perfect match, even Obi One Kenobi couldn’t have made it!” And it’s true, the love and affection these two, and their family and friends, have for one another is infectious. With each little photo session we snuck away for, these two kept each other, and me, laughing with their contagious happiness and love for one another! So here’s to that love and laughter for this wonderful couple for another 100 years!
Notice the ‘butt grab,’ these two had me laughing hard behind the camera!
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Venue, Cake, & Caterer: Blue Mountain Ski Resort
DJ: Robert Cline
Flowers: The Potting Shed
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