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Celebrating Chamblee

With a small town feel and a large city food scene, the city of Chamblee sits just inside the perimeter of Atlanta in Dekalb County.  The former rail town has transformed into a progressive and vibrant international city, bordered by the famed Buford Highway corridor, abound with Asian and Hispanic food and culture from a multitude of countries, as well as Peachtree-Dekalb Airport, the second largest in the state of Georgia.  Home to nine beautiful parks and a destination for antique store lovers, the downtown district is a thriving business community with a unique sense of entrepreneurship and optimism that is a cultural mecca.

2022 Events Wrap Up

If there is one thing I can say about Denver is that there is always something happening around town. The Mile High City boasts events year-round and 2022 was no different than normal. From city-sponsored picnics for employees to free outdoor movies at the Denver Performing Arts Complex to a multitude of arts festivals all around town, Denver has it all. So much in fact that certain events like the German Christkindl Market and McGregor Square have separate posts encompassing many days and nights worth of photography all on their own. So whether you’re a Denverite or one of the millions of visitors who come each year, I’m sure 2023 will have just as many, if not more, awesome experiences in store.


City Spirit Luncheon at Civic Center Park:


Cheesman Park Art Festival:


Sunset Cinema at the Denver Performing Arts Complex:


Mother Cabrini Shrine’s Fundraising Gala:


1940s WWII Era Ball:


And because I travel extensively for work I had the opportunity to photograph the Rio Grande Art Festival which coincides with the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico every year…

Denver’s 2022 German Christkindl Holiday Market

The Christkindl Market in Denver has come and gone, celebrating the season and spirit of the holidays! From right before Thanksgiving until right before Christmas eve, Civic Center Park has been transformed into a wonderful German holiday market to shop, drink, eat and get into the festive season. For 22 years the Christkindl Holiday Market has been celebrating all things Christmas with a German twist. Craving some gluvine (hot spiced wine)? Or some stout beer? Or hand crafted ornaments, garments and toys?  The market has you covered.

Want to hear some live music? Members of Denver Symphony Orchestra have been spotted up on stage in years past. So have polka bands, accordionists, and some local celebrities such as the mayor, radio personalities and newscasters. Hungry? There are plenty of authentic German food vendors serving salmon, sausages, and so much more.

You get the idea….

For those of you who are wondering what is a Christkindl I can be of some help. In Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries of that region the Christkindl is literally translated as the Christ Child but thought of more as a sprite like child usually depicted with blonde hair and angelic wings, dressed in white. The Christkindl ushers in the holiday season with the help of St. Nicolas who, on December 6th, brings presents to children in the same way Santa Claus visits on Christmas Eve. The market is regularly visited by the Christkindl, as well as St. Nicholas and Krampus.

2022 McGregor Square Wrap Up

McGregor Square, right next door to the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field and just a couple of blocks from Union Station, is a hot spot when it comes to fun events in downtown Denver. Throughout the year, the square puts on silent discos, themed parties, cornhole tournaments, movie nights, game watches, ice skating, Santa sightings and one of the best New Years Eve parties in the city. Take a scroll through some of the best 2022 had to offer…


The Throwdown Cornhole Tournament:


Graveyard Groove Halloween Silent Disco:


Colorado Rockies Opening Day Party:


Halloween Trick or Treat Street:


Rockin’ Around McGregor Square:


The Drop: New Years Eve Party



New Restaurant Wrap Up

With the roller coaster of 2022 Denver saw a bunch of exciting new restaurant openings around the city and stretching into the surrounding areas like Boulder and Lafayette. From the Mac Project, a ghost kitchen serving some amazing mac & cheese creations to a long awaited Postino’s addition in Highlands Ranch. Boulder saw a revamping of the beloved West End Tavern and the opening of the Velvet Elk Lounge while Colfax got  a vegan joint with Next Level Burgers. Celebrations, such as Dia de las Muertos, were honored at Richard Sandoval’s Tamayo. And of course, don’t forget a sweet treat for dessert with Colorado’s first Van Leewen’s Ice Cream parlor in Larimer Square. 2023 is sure to bring more culinary delights to the Mile High City and Colorado in general and I for one, can’t wait!

Velvet Elk Lounge:


Van Leewuen Ice Cream:

Next Level Burger:


West End Tavern:

PRIDE Month in Denver

It’s PRIDE month and Denver has been ramping up it’s inclusive game with all sorts of related events.  From Drag Queen Bingo, to a PRIDE inspired Colorado Rockies party at McGregor Square before the game, to a fashion show entitled “DCR Studios & DeMarcio: Creating the Glamor on Center Stage at Denver PRIDE,” featuring local LGBTQIA+ models as well as Mayhem Miller from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Denver is hosting a plethora of parties to celebrate.

Denver’s 2022 Cultural Fashion Runway Series: Mottainai

Four times a year, the McNichols Civic Center Building in downtown Denver is transformed into the city’s center of fashion as models make their way down the runway in conjunction with some of the current artwork being exhibited within the building’s halls. The first iteration for 2022 featured the Japanese concept of mottainai, encompassing the idea of respecting resources rather than excessive waste.  Local designer Rachael Levine’s studio ARAE exemplifies this practice through her design development. Levine is a textile artist with a focus on shibori and fabric dyeing techniques that she uses for her signature, one-of-a-kind art-to-wear collection. This sustainable fashion runway show will also showcase vintage kimonos from the Nikkei Treasures collection.  The show ran in conjunction with two art exhibits, Zen Gardens from Kyoto to Denver: The Photography of William Corey and Scott Dressel-Martin as well as Tomorrow is a New Day: The Artwork of Lauren Iida and Morn Chear

The evening included, food, drink, a wabi-sabi vendor marketplace featuring local Colorado artists and a Taiko drumming performance but the real star was of course the fashion…

McGregor Square’s 80s Apres Ski Silent Disco

Coloradans love to be outdoors even in the dead of winter. I think it’s because of all the skiing and snowboarding but that’s just an educated guess. So it makes sense that McGregor Square would plan an 80s, ski-themed silent disco when temperatures were hovering around seven degrees because neon snow suits love the cold…. Three deejays pumping tunes through the evening, remnants of snow on the ground, alcoholic hot chocolate and dancing to stay warm. What else can you ask for on a cold winter’s eve?

International Travel: Vacationing in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There is so much to say about San Juan del Sur. Some come for the surf. Some come for the sun. Some come to visit and never leave… I come to explore a Nicaraguan Pacific Ocean beach town through food and friendship.

San Juan is located on a crescent-shaped bay in the Rivas department of the country about 90-ish miles south of Managua. What used to be primarily a fishing and shipping town has blossomed into a tourist mecca, touting a strong surfing community, colorful buildings and of course a bay full of sandy beaches.

The town is also home to The Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia or The Christ of the Mercy statue. Standing at 25 meters (82 ft) tall, the statue towers nearly 400 feet above the bay below and rivals the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro or the Christ the King statue in Poland. In fact, it is one of the first things visitors see when they arrive in San Juan and the hike to the top is a right of passage of sorts. The cobblestone path leads from the town and shoots up the surrounding mountainside steeply. The thought of that, albeit short, hike still makes my calves ache years later.

The view however is worth its weight in gold…

A hike at sunrise is a great way to work up an appetite and San Juan can deliver on the food. The smell of Nicaraguan cuisine wafts through the streets mixing with the salt air as if the ocean itself were handing over her precious minerals to enhance the already vibrant information reaching my nostrils and tempting my taste buds. The ingredients of said food are usually grown in gardens, gathered from family farms or milked fresh that same morning. Whether it’s a version of plato tipico (typical plate) with rice, beans and plantains, or freshly made tortillas stuffed with your favorite meat and topped with chilero (pickled veggies) or a Nicaraguan chilaquiles your belly will stay full and happy like mine.

Now that you’re stuffed, it’s time to work off all of those calories. Surfing is a big draw. It seems that everyone I met was either on their way with board in tow or just getting back from a day full of catching waves, again with board in tow. But surfing isn’t all there is to do. Rent a boat to do a little deep-sea fishing or whisk away to one of the many secluded coves along the shoreline. In recent years there’s been a push towards eco and agro tourism with local farmers trying techniques such as hydroponics drawn from family wells. Then there are all of the volcanoes. Yes volcanoes. A short-ish drive away from San Juan and you can stare into the depths of the earth as liquid magma churns in any one of the 19 active volcanoes that dot the surrounding countryside.

No matter the reason for visiting or who you are traveling with there is adventure to be found in and around San Juan del Sur. For myself, I wanted to enjoy the company of my chosen family in an exotic locale and experience a wonderfully friendly and vibrant culture together…


2022 Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Studio Loft featuring Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient

There is something that stays with you the first time you see a live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I popped my virgin cherry when I was in high school many years ago when the callbacks were very different. Alas, time marches on even if the silver screen freezes moments in time.

The movie itself, starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, the late Meat Loaf and Susan Sarandon, is a cult classic but something magical happens when you throw a live cast like Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient, into the mix. Starting pre-show “the virgins”, people who had never seen a live Rocky performance before, are picked out of the crowd and marked with a lipsticked red “v” for everyone to see. Before the show starts in earnest all of the virgins are brought on stage to have their cherries popped (their words, not mine) with an auction of sorts. Then the lights go down and the show really begins. The shadow cast of actors mimic the movie as fun additions of audience participation are peppered throughout the next hour and 40 minutes of 70s-style shenanigans.

Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient usually performs at The Esquire Theatre the last Saturday of every month but were invited to wow audiences at The Studio Loft inside Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Center over Valentine’s Day weekend this year.  Damnit Janet Enjoy the show…