Archive for August, 2009
Dinner at Fruition Posted by
Recently we had our anniversary dinner at Fruition, one of our favorite restaurants. I have posted about our meals there previously but it had been over a year since we dined there last. Our table was right on the window overlooking sixth avenue. Both the food and service were spectacular.
We started with the Marinated Beef Carpaccio that came with a Meyer Lemon Hollandaise and the Alaskan Halibut Cheeks that came with English Pea Agnolotti. All of the flavors were bright, buttery, flaky and earthy - it was my first time trying halibut cheeks. For my entree I chose the Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast that came with Carnaroli Risotto, Grilled Arugula, Smoked Duck Prosciutto and was garnished with a sweet Red Onion Marmalade. I also got a taste of their Sea Bass that was accompanied with a hearty Corn Chowder.
For dessert I had their Palisades Peach Cobbler and some Macallan 12 year. The cobbler was delightful and a perfect end to my meal. It is nice to know that one of Denver’s best restaurants is still packing foodies in with a sophisticated, chef inspired menu and top notch service.
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1800 Larimer Topping Off Posted by
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The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver is running their 2009 Rocky Mountain Home Raffle between now and September 25th. The grand prize is a $1,000,000 mountain dream home, a luxury Downtown Denver loft or $1,000,000 in cash. There will also be two early bird drawings on August 17th and September 7th where you could win anywhere from $1,000, to $5,000 to $10,000 in cash. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds go to support the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Denver. You can order your ticket online here. Right now there are discounts if you by packs of 3 or 10.
I got to tour the luxury Downtown loft earlier this week at Zi Lofts at 2229 Blake Street right across from Coors Field. All of the penthouses on the 7th floor open onto a stunning Zen water garden which has a giant sky light over it. Each home is two stories and you enter on upper level where the kitchen and dining room are. Stairs lead you down to the private living space where the bedrooms and dens are. The bathrooms had over sized tubs and showers with seamless glass doors.
Each residence that we toured had amazing exposure to sunlight, great views and modern finishes. All of the kitchens that I saw were unique and one of a kind. Other homes had two sided fireplaces and one had a butler’s pantry which has always been a dream of mine to have in my own home. The corner terraces offered both city and mountain views. I certainly would envy the lucky person that wins one of these homes. You can check it out for yourself this weekend - they are hosting an open house on Saturday, August 15th from Noon to 5:00pm.
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Ritz Carlton Residences Posted by
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Closings & Opportunities Posted by
July turned out to be the last month of operations for three 16th St. Mall retailers and now represent opportunities for new stores along the Mall. Sportsfan located in the former Kortz Jewelry space at the University Building closed on Friday. The souvenir t-shirt shop at the Champa Center next to Payless Shoes also closed last week.
Christopher & Banks at the Tabor Center - next to Ling & Louie’s was not officially closed on Friday but a quick peek inside revealed mostly empty shelves with a few items remaining. While this is bad news for some I would argue that it is good for the Mall in the long run. I know that the Tabor Center space is all but re-leased to a new tenant and I think the University Building space is in a prime location that will receive a lot of attention. I have posted previously about how desired space along the 16th Street Mall is and how deals are just taking a lot longer to finalize in this economy. I hope the employees affected land on their feet and I look forward to some new stores in Downtown Denver.
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