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Super Summer Saturday’s In Boulder, Colorado

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One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is to visit Boulder on a Saturday! We can take a stroll on the Pearl Street mall to observe a colorful selection of characters and street musicians. Browse the many shops and eat at some of the best restaurants in Colorado. 

The Boulder Farmers market is to place to go for fresh local produce, flowers and herbs, ranch-raised meats and dairy. Local grown sweet corn is now available as well as zucchini, tomatoes and onions. Top stands include Black Cat Farms (owned by the Eric and Jill Skokan, who also own Black Cat Restaurant in town) and Munson Farms (famous for their Peaches and Cream Corn)



Nearby top eats: Oak At Fourteenth, a hip restaurant that is famous for amazing cocktails, wines and new American cuisine focused in seasonal ingredients. The kitchens famous Oak Fired Oven is a focal point of the restaurant. Food (especially meats) cooked over the hot wood coals provides amazing flavors.
We love going to Oak for lunch! The menu is ever…

Just Opened! Overlook Bar & Grill, Estes Park, Colorado

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A new restaurant opening in Estes Park is a rare and welcome occasion. Up until now Foodies had slim pick ins. Since this casual vacation town lies in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park. A large percentage of diners are looking to treat themselves to a night of dousing their campfires and enjoying BBQ, Pizza or Rocky Mountain Oysters. Most of the local joints in town are seasonal restaurants that have not been decorated or renovated since the 1970’s. While knotty pine paneling was once popular, I prefer light earth tones to dark and dingy.
The Overlook Bar & Grill has all of the right ingredients. Friendly staff, clean & modern décor, creative bistro-esque cuisine from an award winning, master chef, combined with a breathtaking mountain view. The bar offers a massive selection of craft beers, creative cocktails and hip domestic and international wines.
To be fair, I keep a practice of not reviewing recently opened restaurants, especially a restaurant tha…

Recipe of The Month! Shafsky Benedict

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We recently visited Eldorado Wine Country in California for the purpose of creating a feature story in Wine Country International ® magazine. This region is nestled between South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento off Highway 50. The main town is Placerville, California, formerly called Hangtown during the Gold Rush years.
Placerville is a quaint and friendly town with a 10 block business district, containing a historic hotel, great restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, a cheese shop, chocolate shop, winery tasting room plus even a Mel’s Dinner.
Located just across the highway, a block from a pedestrian bridge is the Albert Shafsky House B&B. It’s a fully restored, small property that is full of charm and well-appointed decorations. The bedding is superb and sheets may be purchased.
One of my favorite aspects of staying at any Bed & Breakfast is the breakfast. And co-owner Rita Timewell proved that Momma didn’t raise any fool! She prepared an incredible breakfast of fresh fruit, h…

Aftertaste: Denver’s Urban Winery Rolls Out New Wines With Haute Cuisine

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Denver, Colorado, Thursday May 16, 2013.
It was like a set from an HBO miniseries, filmed inside a working wine cellar. There were fourteen rounds set to feed about seventy wine and food lovers, the tables displayed amongst towering racks of new and old oak wine barrels, curtains flowing from the ceiling amongst soothing light to soften and section the dining area, and vases full of freshly cut flowers decorated the cellar. Guests eagerly awaited to taste Balistreri’s newest wines from barrel, many months before they are to be bottled, offering a rare glimpse of future wines.
The talent was abundant that night. Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” Season Five Winner, Hosea Rosenberg, created a spectacular six-course pairing menu with his team at Blackbelly Catering. Chef Rosenberg has remained true to his roots after his win propelled him into culinary stardom just five years ago. There have been no automobile endorsements, just honest hard work transitioning from a chef-employee into a businessman …