ManMade | The Things We Cook

My dear friend Alli Howe has accomplished something wonderful. She has illustrated a cookbook. I have always been an admirer of her work because of the free-feeling style she has. Her art is organic, yet precise and it is incredibly inviting. Most of her pieces kind of make you want to jump inside. She inspires me to be creative. And so, here is the culmination of many months of work and love.

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The cookbook is called The Things We Cook. It is full of recipes from a beautiful farm in New Hampshire called Green Hope Farm. The recipes are a collection of dishes from Molly Sheehan as well as her family and farm staff. This book is lovely to look at and you could spend many hours browsing each page. However, it is also a book that you would use daily. The recipes are approachable, yet full of flavor. These are the type of dishes you keep coming back to time and time again, eventually becoming family favorites. They’re the recipes you whip up while laughing and chatting with friends seated around your kitchen counter. This book is the perfect gift for friends and family or just for yourself. Take a look inside and then head straight to Amazon to purchase a copy.

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The book is worth every cent and you need it on your bookshelf. Right. Away.

Purchase it here.

That’s all for now. Happy Tuesday!

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Odds & Ends

It’s cold and windy here this morning and the snow oscillates between thick falling flakes and lighter flurries. I’m trying my best to melt into the couch.

There are a couple of thing I would like to share today. First off, there’s a really neat project called The Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves.

 

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And now a couple interesting sites I’ve been enjoying:

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1. If you enjoy stationary and paper like me, you should head to this site here.

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2. The most natural of scents.

 

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3. Most well respected winter gloves

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4. A collective bringing you some pretty darn trendy outdoor gear.

That’s it for now. Have a fabulous Wednesday. Stay cozy!

In the Loop | What’s up around Denver

Sometimes the best experience comes from stepping out of your comfort zone and checking out some fresh venues to meet up with your friends.

If you’re like most people you find yourself heading to the same place on the weekends out of convenience. But Denver’s food/coffee scene is blowing up with new innovation. So here are some places to hit up if you live in the Denver area and if you don’t well that’s just your luck isn’t it. You’d better start looking at flights asap.

Here are three for this week, to which I’ll add more each Sunday:

Happy Coffee CO:

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These folks pull a mean espresso shot. But it’s not necessarily the dark, dark espresso of the old days. As they describe it, they pull 2 shots with a 3 shot basket to lose the bitter, unrefined flavors that are left. Happy Coffee first opened within Salvagetti Bike shop. It began as a bike thru window, but has since moved to a new location on South Broadway. This inviting little spot is worth shot. (no pun intended…)

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Black Eye Coffee Shop:

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This hip little coffee oasis is located in the Highlands at 3408 Navajo Street. It has some of the best coffee in Denver, using Box Car Coffee as their primary roaster—a pretty darn good choice. The renovated space has a rustic, industrial vibe with refurbished vintage furniture and high exposed ceilings. They take their coffee seriously, which means each drink is made with quality beans and machines. Stop by next time you’re looking for a spot to read your morning paper.

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Old Major:

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When you walk into Old Major, you feel like you might want to pick a table or a bar seat and hole up for the night. The farmhouse style design is inviting and soft on the eyes. But, naturally once through the door, we’re here for the food, which is nothing but phenomenal. The chefs take part in conscious cooking, by which I mean they are aware of the origins of most if not all of the ingredients they use as well as the farmers who grew them. Their in-house butchering and curing is certainly a big draw, but their whole menu is amazing. Plus, you’d hope they’d be churning out delicious food with a kitchen that costs around 200,000 dollars. As they say of their style, “It’s an honest approach to doing food right.”

Note: They have an amazing happy hour from 3pm to 6pm everyday. Which.is.awesome.

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If you don’t already frequent these places fit one or two into your routine this week. You won’t be disappointed.

Manmade: Winter Sessions

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Last week, when I was in Chocolate Spokes, Gregory directed me toward Winter Session. This small artisan shop is owned by Ron Katz and Tanya Fleisher . They have a store front slash studio space in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver where they make high quality canvas and leather goods. They began their operation in Chicago, but relocated to Denver early in 2013.

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As their mission statement presents, “They strive to design and produce thoughtful and well-made things in a responsible manner.” I certainly think they’re succeeding in their goal. And lucky for those of you not living in the Denver region, they have a great online store! They were nice enough to let me walk around and snap some shots of their well-curated space.

 

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Well, enjoy being back in the real world, after the long weekend.

Cheers!

In the Loop: Chocolate Spokes

ChocolatespokesI bought a chocolate bar at a bike shop last week and let me tell you it was an amazing one. But, why would I be buying an artisan chocolate bar at a bike shop? You got it. They sell them there.

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Gregory, the proprietor of Chocolate Spokes, has incorporated two of his passions into his business: Bikes and Chocolate. The small shop is located in an up and coming neighborhood of Denver called Five Points. Not only does Gregory fix bikes and build custom bike frames he also has a well-chosen selection of artisan chocolate bars. Most of them are single origin bars highlighting the flavor of the region the cacao beans originate from. The bar I bought was made by Dick Taylor out of San Fran and it had black figs! The flavors were wild! Here’s the block print design on the bar:

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Courtesy of the Dick Taylor Site

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Courtesy of the Dick Taylor Site

I enjoyed chatting to Gregory about his business, which will soon be expanding into the next space over. You can tell he’s very interested in the growth of his neighborhood and providing a high quality product/service that everyone can afford. This video talks more about his ambition.

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Gregory sent me down the street towards Winter Sessions, where a small crew are crafting goods using leather and canvas. More on that later!

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