What I am Loving | Pizza Edition

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G and I have been loving Ian’s Pizza lately. We were going to another place for our bi weekly pizza nights and then discovered Ian’s when we were too lazy to drive far. We got lucky because Ian’s is amazing! We usually get half pepperoni for me and half grilled onions and bacon for G. The crust is super doughy so if you are in to that then you will love their pizza. The only down side is that they are located right next to Coors Field so if there is a game going on you might have trouble finding anywhere to park.

-M

Wine Wednesday | Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

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Happy Wednesday! This week has been dragging and I can’t believe we are only half way there! But on the bright side I have this 2015 Wente – Riva Ranch – Chardonnay to cheer me up a little. And it really was just a little because I didn’t love this wine as much as some of the other chardonnays that I have had. I tasted some oak but thought it lacked that buttery taste and had more of a steely or tart taste that I don’t enjoy as much.

It’s odd because I have liked prior vintages of this wine a lot but for some reason this vintage did not sit well with me. So if you are in the market I would check out a prior vintage as well to see if that is something you might like better.

G had this to say about it: “The wine has a golden yellow hue with creme brûlée, vanilla and Asian pear on the nose. The wine is full bodied and rich for a chardonnay. The palate brings notes of butter, pineapple, vanilla, toasted oak and pear. This is a fantastic California chardonnay and the price to quality ratio is amazing. Wente is known as the first family of Chardonnay and this budget friendly wine upholds that legacy.”

Cheers!

-M

The Best Gucci Belt Dupe

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You have seen the Gucci Double G belt everywhere. I feel like anytime I open my Instagram I see at least 10 of them in different colors and sizes. While I would love to drop $400 on a belt, that sadly is not in my budget so I found the next best thing.

This Amazon find was a good one. I am so sad that this belt is currently unavailable but I am sure that they will bring it back soon. It is genuine leather and great quality for being under $20. It also has almost 350 reviews with an average of 4 stars. 7651005344_IMG_1648

I highly recommend getting this belt as soon as it comes back in stock. It is such a great cheap alternative to the real trendy thing.

-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

Wine Wednesday | Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Happy Wednesday! G and I are binge watching Shark Tank which is our favorite show, but I wanted to take a break and let you know about this weeks wine. We decided to go with Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Fun fact, G and I went to Napa about a year or so ago for a friends wedding and this was our last winery stop before we headed out. G gave me strict orders not to let him join another wine club and of course I went to the restroom and came back to find out that we were now members! So this is a bottle from one of their quarterly wine club shipments. It is on the pricer side at about $50 per bottle and you could probably find it at your local BevMo! or liquor store.

Anyways this bottle of wine was great! My thoughts were that it was really fruity and had a little funk or earth to the taste. I didn’t get much bitterness, so I don’t think that this wine would need to age any longer.

G thought that this was a fantastic Napa Valley Cab, but it will greatly improve with more cellar time (agree to disagree I guess).  When he first tasted the wine right out of the bottle it was really closed off and there was not a lot going on. After decanting for an hour the wine started to open up and display notes of fresh red berries (raspberries, cranberries and blueberries) on the nose with hints of cedar, oak, dark cherry and vanilla. The wine is full bodied with plenty of French Oak and grippy tannins on the palate. The palate also displayed notes of blackberries, leather, earth and black pepper. While the wine was delicious, he will be saving his additional bottles of this vintage for at least 5-10 more years in the cellar and is looking forward to watching it develop and evolve over time.

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

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 13th and I thought that I would put together some fun ideas for gifts. Heads up mom you may or may not see one of these items on your door step.

  1. La Mer Moisturizing Cream – This stuff is supposed to be amazing and at the price point it better be! I thought this would be a fun gift to pamper mom with.
  2. Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan – I love Barefoot dreams, their stuff is so soft. This piece would be great for mom year round and there are tons of colors to choose from.
  3. Joe Malone Cologne – You can’t go wrong with anything Joe Malone. My favorite scents are Red Roses and Wood Sage and Sea Salt. This stuff is good and lasts all day.
  4. Yeti Cup – Great for any mom on the go. The classic cup in a fun color would be perfect and an added bonus would be combining it with a gift card to her favorite coffee shop.
  5. Slip Pillow Case – Such a fun gift to give mom to make sure she stays pampered even in her sleep. This will keep her wrinkle and bed head free. A splurge for a pillow case but worth it for mom. This is what G got his mom.
  6. Kendra Scott Earrings – Would be great for a mom that likes fun jewelry. G’s mom is always wearing different and fun jewelry so I thought this would also be a fun gift. This would not be great for my mom since I know she wears higher end pieces and not much costume jewelry so definitely know your mom for something like this.

I hope this helps to make your shopping a little easier this weekend.

-M