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Entries in Denver (11)


Becoming Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887, Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 13 inches (41 x 33 cm); Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

If you live in Denver or are passing through sometime before January 20, 2013, be sure to see the "Becoming Van Gogh" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  The exhibit displays van Gogh's art from when he first decided to become an artist (after pursuing a number of other careers) to his more famous later works.  It is fascinating to see his evolution as an artist and to learn about how he really committed himself to his craft and was largely self-taught.  Image credit to the Denver Art Museum.


Paper-Source is Coming to Denver!

When we left Boston, I made one last trip to Paper-Source and embarrassed myself by offering my business card to the manager and asking her to please let me know if/when they finally launched a store in Denver because I wanted to work there (or at least know).  Clearly they didn't think I was cut out to be an employee (or they were terrified by my love of their store OR Rob paid them not to contact me because I would spend every paycheck before I even received it) because they didn't contact me... but I'll forgive them because Denver is getting a Paper-Source.

Yes, I know you can order Paper-Source products online, but it is just not the same thing.  I love their workshops and perusing the gorgeous paper goods, wrapping paper, and rubber stamps.  Thank you so much to J for letting me know about this.  The store will be located in Cherry Creek North and is slated to open in September.   


YSL @ the Denver Art Museum

In what is certainly a major coup for the Denver Art Museum, the museum is currently playing host to Yves Saint Laurent - The Retrospective. Through July 8th, you can view the stunning, expansive collection of clothing created by Yves Saint Laurent over the course of 40 years. The exhibit includes 2,000 haute couture garments, as well as photographs, sketches, fabric swatches, and videos about Saint Laurent. A recreation of his workspace reveals that he was immaculate and methodical in his work and provided some insight into what inspired him. I learned that not only is he responsible for feminizing "le smoking" (the tuxedo), but also for popularizing the pea coat, the tunic, and the safari look for women. I was in awe at how I still would just love to wear 95% of what was on display. Apparently his second favorite color (second only to black) was bright pink - a man after my own heart. If you plan to be in Denver before July 8th, this is a must-see!

All images but the last credit to the Denver Art Museum.


Egg & Kale Sauté

I've been part of a CSA before and I loved it - the interaction with the farmers, the surprise of the contents each week, and the delicious produce.  However, I found that I could never keep up with what I received and wound up wasting food each week (freezer space is not always readily available).  Enter In Season Local Market located in the Highlands and in Louisville where you can purchase only Colorado made or grown goods like at a farmer's market or through a CSA, but you only buy what you need.  They carry some of my favorite local products (e.g., ice cream from Little Man, habanero pickles from Colorado Country Kitchen) and there are always surprising finds.

Chicken eggs on the left, duck eggs on the right

Over the weekend, I was lucky to snatch up a half dozen duck eggs from Mini Moos and Kids Too, a farm in Canon City, Colorado.  I've had their goat cheese before but never their eggs and the owner of the farm was at In Season making a delivery and talked me into half a dozen.  They are larger than chicken eggs and the yolk to white ratio weighs more heavily toward yolk.  Most importantly, duck eggs are delicious!

I'll eat a fried egg or two on top of most anything - pasta, salad, steak, whatever!  Today I went had two bunches of kale on hand, and so I sautéed kale and topped it off with duck eggs.  It was the perfect lunch - healthy and delicious.  Note that this kale dish makes an excellent side (and serves approximately 6 people), but I think it really shines when complemented by an egg.  If you serve this as a side dish, omit the 4 eggs and stop after the first instruction below.

Egg & Kale Sauté
Yield = 2 servings (as a main dish)
Adapted from Bon Appétit


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1 3/4 pounds kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped (I used two bunches)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 eggs


  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add red pepper flakes; stir 1 minute. Add kale and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, until crisp-tender.  Stir in the apple cider vinegar.  Add butter; toss until melted.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • As the kale is cooking, fry four eggs over easy so the yolk does not solidify.  Serve 2 eggs over a bed of kale and season with salt and pepper.

Look at those orange yolks!


EVOO Marketplace

We've lived in the LoDo neighborhood of Denver  for a year and a half and I walk to work each morning past this cute store called EVOO Marketplace on the corner of 15th and Market.  What was inside always intrigued me, but I just thought it was, frankly, so absurd to have an entire store devoted to vinegars and oils that I never went in.  

When I finally decided to actually go into the store rather than just judge from a distance, I was pleasantly surprised.  I've never given that much thought to vinegar and oil, but the owners of EVOO Marketplace certainly have.  You can sample almost anything in the store, beginning with balsamic vinegars in an incredible array of flavors - from an 18-year-old traditional vinegar to dark strawberry to honey fig to dark chocolate.  My favorite was the dark cherry - a little sweet but not overwhelmingly so and with a strong cherry flavor.  The olive oil comes in flavors such as Persian lime, chipotle, and roasted walnut.  The store sells other spreads and tapenades, but the highlight is certainly the oils and vinegars and they'll even sell you a freshly baked (and huge) loaf of bread from Denver Bread Company should you want to indulge in your purchase immediately (as I did).  And don't worry, if you don't live in Denver, they ship anywhere in the United States and Canada.