Category: REVIEWS

Streets Of Denver

Denver , Colorado is six hours from where I live. I have been there for 3 nights and days. First night (Friday),  my husband and I went to 16th street Mall right after checking in our hotel. It was beautiful with all the lights, stores on each side, the free Mall bus and the horse drown carriages.

16th street mall is a long street with cafes, restaurants and shopping places. If you like you can walk all the way up and down the street or if you are tired you can take free bus on this street. If you feel like a romantic ride, you can get on the beautifully decorated, colored horse drown carriages. Unfortunately, I could not take their picture since I did not have my camera with me.

Next day (Saturday), after having my brunch at Mercury Cafe, I started wondering around the streets of Denver. I have taken  hundreds of pictures. At the end of the day, feeling tired because of walking 5-6 hours, I took a bus till Broadway street and a free mall bus from there to California Street where my hotel is.

Beside the fact that my feet were hurting, I was really happy because I had taken about 500 pictures, found quite unique places in the streets of Denver. I had few places that I wanted to visit but couldn’t such as:

I did go (walk) to these cafes but they (first two) were closed by the time I was there and the third one, I did not have time. :( I wanted to see these because they were locally sourced/organic cafes.

Same Cafe is a unique place where you can eat but pay as a donation or volunteer work. While I was passing by this cafe, I was trying to look through the window, since it was closed, I heard a voice over my shoulder saying ‘This is a great place, you eat really good food and you only put money in donation box. I ate good pizza for only $2 ‘. It was a man on the street going the same way with me. This place was only using locally grown/organic ingredients and everybody could eat there, whether they have money or not. I was impressed.

Cafe Sanora is an Italian cafe, foods made with locally sourced produce and meat whenever possible. Of course coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified and organic coffee.

The French Press I wanted to go here because I heard they have European style pastries. I love those creamy and/or flaky desserts.

On Sunday I could not get out of the hotel because of the snow. Yes, on Saturday it was beautiful and warm, but all of a sudden, on Sunday snow decided  to come to Denver for 3 days (as news channels said). It was OK though, because I was really tired and hanged out in the concierge room categorizing my pictures and publishing  Mercury Cafe while I was enjoying breakfast, hors d’oeuvre , dessert and drinks all day :) .

I believe, sometimes instead of words, seeing (pictures) are more descriptive, they speak for their selves. So please enjoy my pictures from my Facebook page.

My picture gallery for Denver:

On The Way To Denver

The streets of Denver

Mercury Cafe

Capitol Hill Books,  bookstore

Common Grounds, cafe

Coors Field, stadium

Hollywood Posters

Osteria Marco, Italian restaurant

Pandora, gift shop

Rialto Cafe

The Desk, cafe & workplace

The Market, market

…………………, Italian restaurant

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Mercury Cafe, Denver (CO)

I tagged along to my husband when he came to Denver for business. I am glad that I did. I found a place where I can eat clean & delicious food, listen to poetry and watch people swing (unfortunately i can’t but  enjoyed the music though).  MERCURY CAFE . I am impressed by the community youth who read their own poems with such passion I even felt them (considering i do not have any talent/education on it).

I loved the colors and the paintings (everywhere) done by the employees in the dining, poetry (Jungle Room) and dance (Dance Hall) salons. They have different events everyday Mercury Cafe Events.

We had brunch and light dinner there.

For Brunch: I had two eggs (organic), green chile, grilled potatoes and house made spelt bread. My husband had the vegetarian omelet. I ate every bit of it as my husband did his too. Our brunch plates came with piece of fruit, bread, butter and house made pear preserve (I guess, may be I should say sweetened, softened pear slices).

For dinner: I had small salad with green chile soup (as you can tell I love spicy, hot food) and my husband had Quesadilla (blue corn ) with trout. My bowl of soup was kind of too hot (spicy) and I wanted to mix it with milk so that I can have creamy and little bit less spicy. My server was so kind, she even warmed it up for me and guess what, she said milk was organic, if i am not mistaken, the milk was the kind that I use at home, non-homogenized, good quality of milk that comes in glass.

For me; milk, chicken and eggs are really important. They HAVE TO be ORGANIC. They were organic here, PLUS bread was house made, this means no additives & no unnecessary, hard-to-pronounce ingredients.

They had different varieties of desserts including vegan and Gluten free. After 10 pm, it was half off :)

Well, I will leave the rest to the pictures … By the way, you will see our brunch server’s picture. Her name is Aimee.

Thank you Aimee and Cafe Mercury for the wonderful time and food that you provided us.

P.s: You can’t use credit/debit card there, so have some cash with you.

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Compulsive Eating & Dieting?!

I am reading a book which, i believe, really enlightened me about dieting, eating and being happy. Now i can understand the reasons of why i eat,  what i eat and when i eat. It made me feel happier because i do not feel guilty of eating anymore. I started to trust myself so that i do not need any diet plan tell me when to eat, what to eat or what not to eat. I started to enjoy eating and stop when i am full.

I used to finish whole tub of chocolate mouse before (and feeling guilty), but now few spoonful is enough and i do not feel guilty, i enjoy it. I know if i want more i can eat it later, but not now because i feel full and satisfied. :) I do not need to go on diet and suffer any more.

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I recommend you read this book. It has exercises in it to help you understand yourself ; Why do you eat? Do you have compulsive eating problem? Why do you have it? Why weight (wait for the things that you want)? Are there other pleasures besides food? etc.

There are 7 guidelines explained in the book and exercises related to these guidelines. I will tell you my favorite ones that helped me.

-Eat when you are (physically) hungry. (There are tips to help you  understand if it is physical or emotional hunger.)

-Eat only what you want. (At first, i was afraid, because i thought all i want would be chocolate pudding, chocolate mouse or chocolate lava cake. But i guarantee you that is not the case. I crave soup with lots of spices, i want to eat salmon with brown rice, freshly squeezed vegetable juice etc. :)  )

-Eat until you are satisfied. (I used to eat 5-7 times a day and most of the time i had problem figuring out what i wanted to eat. Now, i am eating 2-3 times a day including my dessert if i want it that day. You read me right, there are some days that i do not crave sweets. This means a lot to me.)

Well, the rest  you can read. 186 pages that makes you think, smile and say ‘hmmm…’.

Book: ‘WHY WEIGHT? A Guide To Ending Compulsive Eating’

Author: Geneen ROTH

Mama Pacha Vegan Cafe ,Santa Fe

As you may know, i live in Los Alamos right now. I am visiting  all ORG/V/VV/GF restaurant/cafes in Santa Fe. Well, what can i say, it is my hobby. I love eating good, clean and allergy free (mine: GF, sugar, yeast) food and i must say after working in a wonderful Mediterranean restaurant when i lived in Norfolk, VA for about 5 years, i started to be a critic myself. Friends and family members around me started to tell me to write reviews, book or a blog.  Every time i go to a restaurant i look at the food, cleanliness and customer service and compare it with my joy, Pasha Mezze Restaurant

At Pasha, everything is cooked from scratch (i know, i was there :). Cooking, training and witnessing others cook ;) All kinds of dishes (Vegan, vegetarian, GF, raw, seafood, red meat, white meat..), olive oil in dishes,  himalayan salt on tables, organic coffee, Mediterranean desserts, Coffee House next door, patio… I missed them ;(

Well, i better come back to my subject:  Mama Pacha. It is a modest, small place with 4-5 tables. Seems like 2 ppl runs the place.

Salad (Mama Pacha Salad, small) and dessert (Chocolate Raspberry cake) that i tried were really tasty. Cashew jalapeno cheese on salad tasted like real cream cheese which is really a good news for me who is trying to cut back on cheese. Raw buckwheat-sunflower croutons were really good too, crunchy, delicious.You don’t have to get large salad ($10), small salad ($6) is enough to fill you up, because of all the nutritious, crunchy things on them. But i think dulse seaweed (which i believe is really good for you) kind of ruined the taste combination, it would be much better without it.

Dessert was worth to price ($7.50) even though expensive. Soooo goood, creamy, guilt free, fulfilling, with real raspberries in it.

I could not try anything else but even these two dishes tell me the overall taste (good) of the other items. Beside the fact that the prices are a little on the high side, the other thing that i can say is they need help. Their food can be really good but customer service, being helpful for the questions you ask (about the food or the classes they offer).. these are really important. I am guessing they are really trying to catch up with the things they do from scratch and i guess other things, they forget about the customer service.

One last thing, they were not wearing gloves when they were preparing the food. This is important, especially if you are handling raw food. I will go back there again. Not everyone can catch the taste that they have. They succeeded in making raw food (especially DESSERT) taste good.

I believe raw food can be really useful to heal our self. As i say if  ‘i am my doctor’, i should eat what is good for my body. Not as a whole diet may be, but raw food (veggies, fruits, soaked nuts..) is  really important for our health.

Love, Peace, Happiness, Clean Food .

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