Five Points Jazz Festival

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Happy Monday. The weekend here was pretty dreary with lots of rain, but we finally got a break on Saturday afternoon and got to check out the Five Points Jazz Festival. This is an annual festival held every May in the Five Points neighborhood.

They have three stages with different bands playing all throughout the day. We were able to check out a couple of bands, Hazel Miller Band, Fluxus and The King Stan Band. They were all really good and we can’t wait to check them out at some other venues around the city.

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They also have lots of vendors with food, drinks and all sorts of other fun things. We got Charlie a new bandana which he loves 🙂 This is such a fun event that is free every year, so I highly suggest going to check it out. Since it is free I love how you can go for just a short amount of time to check things out but don’t feel obligated to stay for the entire day.

Have a great Monday!

-M

Denver Graffiti Tour

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I am so excited to be able to finally post about my experience with the Denver Graffiti Tour! I live for the weekends and this was such a fun way to learn more about my neighborhood as well as get out and enjoy the perfect weather last weekend.

Denver Graffiti Tour officially launched last weekend and was started by a husband and wife team. They went on a graffiti tour in Bogota Colombia and fell in love with the idea and brought it to Denver. The tours are $20 per person which may seem a little pricy but I can assure you that it is well worth it. They have spent so much time researching all of the different artists and pieces around the RiNo area and it really shows when you are on the tour.

This two hour walking tour will take you around the Denver RiNo neighborhood, where you will get information on the art pieces as well as the artists themselves. The tour starts at 10:00am (they also have tours starting at 3:00 which would be fun to do before dinner) which allowed us to get a small breakfast and coffee at Port Side (highly recommend this by the way) and end right in time for lunch. The tour begins at the “Love This City” mural on Broadway. From there you walk a little over a mile up and down Larimer street, where you stop at the different pieces and talk about them. This is where I think that Denver Graffiti Tour does a great job. They know everything about the pieces that we stopped at and were able to point out so many things that I have missed. Mind you I drive by this art at least once a day and walk by it probably once a week, so I am very familiar with the area. The level of knowledge that our guide has was amazing which made it very educational and worthwhile.

I highly recommend taking this tour. It is really great for everyone of all ages that are fine with a little walking (luckily are no hills or anything too strenuous). The great part about street art as we learned on the tour, is that it is always changing so the tour you take this weekend may not be the same tour you take a year from now. I think this is so cool because you can keep coming back with different groups and see different things.

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loved this one with the letters spelling out magic (@LOVEPUSHER).

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Perfect photo op (@WHATUNITESUS, @WHATLIFTSUS)!

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This was buy a female artist which I thought was cool and I loved the details in the face.

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Love that chicken fish and that this artist does these pieces to make his daughter laugh (@MIKEROANE)!

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They pointed out things on the tour that I would have never noticed like this wheat paste hand.

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This is from an Oakland artist that was passing through Denver.

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Love all the colors on this building.

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I couldn’t believe the amount of detail they can get by using a can of spray paint!

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Again the detail is just insane! I have so many more photos I could share but these were just a few of my favorites.

-M

Dinner at White Pie

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This past weekend started off right with dinner at a new restaurant for me, White Pie. A co worker of mine was raving about it and told me I had to check it out. It is located in the uptown neighborhood. G and I went on Friday evening and the weather was perfect so we go to sit outside on their patio. We got there around 6:30pm and there were still plenty of tables and were sat right away without a reservation. The vibe is also super casual. Most people were in jeans an t shirt and some were even in workout clothes from biking over there.

We started off with a house white wine for me and a Negroni for G as well as their house salad that fed 2-3 people. The white wine was pretty bland without much flavor, however I think that was needed to pair with all the amazing flavors of the food. G said his cocktail was great. The salad was huge! The both o us could hardly finish it and we are not light eaters so it is more than enough for 2 people.

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We also got the lasagna which they are known for as well as the Paulie Walnuts pizza. I wish I had taken a photo of each, however I was too hungry and everything looked too good that I completely forgot to. The lasagna is what everyone said to get and it was homemade with about 10 layers. It was good, however I don’t think it was the best I have ever had. The pizza had mashed potatoes, bacon and candied walnuts and OMG it was amazing. If you end up going I would highly recommend getting the pizza. G and I can’t wait to go back soon and try another pizza.

-M

FNG Restaurant Review

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Another successful weekend in the books! We got lots of yard work done and were able to sneak out for an early dinner at FNG Denver.

FNG is part of the TAG restaurant group and I was lucky enough to get a gift certificate for Admin Day. FNG is located in the Highlands neighborhood and only 11 minutes from downtown. I love Guard and Grace so I was really excited to try out their new less fancy sister restaurant.

We had an early dinner and arrived a little before 5 so seating was not an issue and it was such a nice day that they had all of their windows open and it was the perfect setting. Their vibe is retro classic rock. G ordered the F’n Burger with avocado and I got the Rotisserie Chicken Salad. We also got a basket of fries to share.

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The the food and the portions were great, except for the basket of fries. I think those were probably enough for one person. We ended up ordering a second basket. The drinks were probably the best part though. I got the Almost Famous and G got the Debbie Gibson. The Almost Famous had the perfect amount of sweetness to it, but not too sweet and was perfect for a warm spring day.

The only complaint that G and I had with FNG was their wait time. We think that it might have just been us for some reason but it took forever to get our food and the second order of fries. G also ordered a side of ranch dressing and that did not arrive until he was finished with his burger. Again we think that this was mainly just us for some reason so we are both down to try it again soon because the food was so good.

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-M

First Saturday Free Day at the Denver Art Museum

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This past weekend G and I checked out the free Saturday at the Denver Art Museum. It was so cool to be able to experience this museum for free over the weekend. They have a free day every first Saturday of the month. It is free to view all of the exhibits except for the exhibitions which currently is Degas ($24 extra) We decided to get there about an hour before it closed and it was still pretty busy.

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They have a couple of really cool collections right now including Drawn to Glamour with several fashion illustrations and clothing displays. They also have Stampede where they showcase animals in art which was really cool as well.

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I highly recommend checking out the first free Saturday at the art museum if you have the chance.

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-M

Why I Never Need to Eat Chick-Fil-A Again

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How can I stay away from Chick-fil-A you ask? Well it’s because I have found an even better place! birdcall opened up in 2017 in the 5-Points neighborhood in Denver and has quickly become by favorite go to fast food joint. I liked how one employee put it “we accept everyone and are open on Sunday’s” I mean what is not to like?!  I always find myself wanting a chicken sandwich on a Sunday while running errands. On top of their low key vibe they have incredible food and a really tech savvy ordering process.

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They have employees that work there, however you place your order by swiping your credit card on the iPad and using that to place your order. You can make modifications to all of their chicken sandwiches and add on a combo of fries and a drink. What is awesome about this is that you can take your time with the ordering process and it saves your orders based off the credit card used, so when you go back it’s an easy process to order what you know you love again. My go to order is the original grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickles with fries and a drink.
Once your order has been placed your name and wait time will show up on the monitor so you know exactly when your food will be ready. They will also send you a text message when your food is ready, if you are sitting outside and not in front of the monitor.
Since birdcall is locally owned they use locally sourced chicken which is really nice and not something that you will get from your local Chick-fil-A. They even parter with other restaurants like Rosenberg’s Bagels where they use their everything bagel as a bun.
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I highly recommend checking out birdcall next time you have a chicken sandwich (or veggie sandwich) craving! They also have breakfast so you can go whenever the craving strikes!
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-M

Weekend Breakfast at Stowaway Kitchen

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This weekend we hit up one of our favorite brunch spots, Stowaway Kitchen. This place is tucked away in one of the old converted industrial buildings on Walnut street in Rino and has a really relaxed vibe. They also have a really unique breakfast/brunch menu that is delicious and filling! I had the Citrus + Vanilla Porridge and G had the Scram Breakfast Sandwich. We both also shared the blueberry scone and everything was amazing! I highly recommend this place. They usually will hold a line after 9:00am but it is worth the wait and we only had to wait like 15 minutes.

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I kept this look super casual and went with athleisure wear. My pants and pullover are both Lululemon but super old. Here are good alternatives: pants, pullover.

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-M