Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn

MILE HIGH CITY

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The first thing you realize AND everyone tells you when you arrive in Denver is to be mindful of the altitude. At 5,280 elevation above sea level you need to get acclimated, meaning beware of dehydration, lack of sleep, dizziness and shortness of breath. Lovely--on city 24 of this 25 city tour I'm already trying to stay one step ahead of such conditions. Still I was excited to party a little since yesterday was one of my rare light days, but I was scared into having only one measly margarita (and 3 glasses of water). Per usual we've crammed in a lot.

First real shopping led me to www.crybabyranch.com--the most awesome cool western store in Larimer Square owned by Roxanne who is one of the brightest lights in Denver. Her collection is so carefully curated--baby and kids stuff is amazing and for me--I zoned right in on the collection of small artisanal jewelry makers and also the homemade cowboy boots. Check it out if you can.
Lunch led us to a hip neighborhood called The Highlands and The Squeaky Bean--another little foodie gem where we ate delicious simple food. The soup was as good a rendition of autumn squash soup as I've ever had. Pictured above, Butternut Brodo poured over Kabocha puree inside roasted delicata squash garnished with sliced apple and a little celery. It was rendered so well! Every town we've been in has these emerging little gems of eateries: its a new style hard to explain. Young cooks with dreams just open up shop and start doing their thing in a sort of underground way. The day ended at the Colorado Museum of History. Denver is the western architecture of my imagination. Our hotel, Brown Palace is old school to the max, of another age but with all modern amenities--probably my favorite so far. Just getting ready to head over to The Tattered Cover for a signing and tasting at 7:30. Am really looking forward to being in this legendary store.
But, here is the what I'm happy about right now. My son, tour partner , basketball fan and all around really great person who has helped me deal so much said when we arrived in Denver--I wonder if the Nuggets are playing in town. Their star Carmelo Anthony is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Low and behold--they are playing here tonight at 8:30 (even after my signing) against the Miami Heat and another of his favs the exciting Duane Wade. I called everyone I could and miraculously managed to snag 2 tickets. He is beyond the beyond psyched which is the best thank-you I could have ever give him. Now I'm mad thirsty and have to go drink more water .
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