Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pimento Cheese Club? Yes, please!

pimentoCheeseI have blogged previously on my recent discovery of just how much I like pimento cheese. I had been sadly deprived of good pimento cheese until visiting Magnolia’s in Charleston earlier this year; it’s now one of my favorite dishes.

So of course I swooned when I received an email from Garden & Gun about a pimento cheese club from Tupelo Honey Cafe. For $200 plus shipping, you receive six shipments of various pimento cheeses along with various salami, pepperoni, and cracker sides. Southern goodness!

Concerts at Cherokee Castle

cherokeeIf you’ve been pining for dinner and music in a castle (and really…who hasn’t?) but find the commute to Scotland rather arduous, I highly recommend checking out the events at Cherokee Castle in Douglas County, CO. Last night’s jazz piano concert by Henry Butler was divine!

(Picture from http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/cherokee.htm).

I have also attended teas (excellent treats for visiting relatives & friends), tours, and tastings here…the staff is always welcoming and excited to show off this unusual Colorado gem.

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(Picture that I took last night before dinner. The castle is on the far right.)

Nicoise Terrine

I’ve adored salad nicoise for years, but I just loved this fresh take of Nicoise Terrine in the June issue of Martha Stewart. Great for picnics, the office, or informal gatherings.

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Colorado Urban Winefest

Yesterday, we attended the 2nd annual Colorado Urban Winefest in downtown Denver. I’m so glad we got there early, as it eventually got too hot to enjoy wine. The day started with coffee in Larimer Square.

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I sported my new Audrey hat.

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After brunch at the always-charming Bistro Vendome, we headed for the Winefest on the grounds outside of the DCPA. We saw some Colorado favorites (Canyon Wind, Whitewater Hill) and discovered many amazing wineries that were new to us:

  • Guy Drew: the crispest whites around. I didn’t realize until we were leaving that the kind and knowledgable gentleman pouring for us was actually Guy Drew!
  • Col. Clifton DeBeQue’s Tart & Twangy bloody mary mix: if you secretly sip the pickle juice from the jar after all the pickles are gone, this is for you. Col. DeBeQue also has the cutest sales schtick that he does with his son.
  • Leroux Creek Vineyards: the My Cherry Amour will be perfect with barbeque later this week.
  • Maison Le Belle Vie: the Vin de Peche is summer in a bottle.

My one suggestion for next year: hold it in Washington Park or City Park if possible. The lack of shade caused us to leave much earlier than we might have otherwise. Overall, it was a great time with folks who are passionate about Colorado’s wine and produce!

Summer Morning Light

Just a few shots from earlier today as I enjoyed how seashells, sterling silver, and pearls glowed in the bright June morning light. We have a lovely day planned ahead. Enjoy your Saturday!

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Golfing Attire

I readily admit that one of the things that got me into golf were the infinite options of cute skorts, capris, and polos that I could wear. I love how classic golf attire combines function, tradition, and casual elegance. One of my favorite memories of playing golf with my husband involves a relentlessly rainy afternoon (a rarity in Colorado), my Ross Hunting tartan with waterproof boots, and Sam in Gatsby-visits-the-Highlands wool cap and sweater.

erh golfThough women are technically exempt from the requirement a collared shirt, I almost always wear a short-sleeved or sleeveless polo, preferably in a modern fabric that allows for breathability. I was in the mood today for my light-blue Adidas skort.

I sometimes wear a dressier pair of espadrilles or wedges if we are going out for a bite after a game. Otherwise, my comfy Sperrys are just right. Other than simple stud earrings and my wedding ring, I tend to not wear jewelry when doing anything sporty.

When playing, I love the classic Callaway saddle-style shoe.

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heatherGardens Today, we played at Heather Gardens, a lovely executive nine in Southeast Denver. My game this afternoon made me thankful that I don’t rely on the sport for my income!

Afterwards, we enjoyed a pint of Allgood Amber Ale at the Bull & Bush.

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A happy Sunday to you and yours!

Learning from the Pros

I purchased two books this week on Amazon to help me decorate as we move to a new apartment in July. These have been on my list for a LONG time!

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A Passion for Blue and White by Carolyne Roehm

The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard by Phoebe Howard