Denver Eater: Interview with Heather McCormick from Ocean Prime

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(Photo Credit: Adam Larkey)

 On a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night through the revolving glass door of Ocean Prime on Larimer Square live music can be heard coming from the piano in the blue lounge. One thing you won’t hear though when you walk through the door is “no” because general manger Heather McCormick is there to make sure “yes” is the only answer guests get. From a passion for hospitality and a commitment to finding the best solutions to the constant challenges of the restaurant occupies on the corner of Larimer and 15th street, guests, this GM has one focus: the guest experience. Eater had a chance to sit down with her and talk everything from getting a seat at the restaurant to plating fried oreos.

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Food and Drinks in Santa Barbara

This past weekend I went to Santa Barbara for my friend Haley’s wedding. I met Haley studying abroad in Greece and her wedding was basically a reunion for a few of my Greece friends and myself. I was obviously so excited to go to the wedding, be in Santa Barbara, and see my friends, but I was also excited to try In-N-Out for my first time. It was the perfect welcome-to-California burger. I was a little surprised by the animal sauce though. It wasn’t as “saucy” as I imagined if that makes sense; maybe they just didn’t put enough on my burger? With that said though it was a very good burger.

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The wedding was amazing! The cocktail hour was overlooking the water and the bride was stunning. We even got a shout out from the father of the bride during his speech; “Michigan Girls” that is us. We felt so special we all shouted and put up our arms—unplanned. Its fair to say we all think the same crazy way.

Below are the rest of the pictures from the trip. Pictures of brunch and bottomless mimosas, the WEDDING!!!!, biking on the water, and some food. I kept just diving into each meal and forgetting to take a picture till basically the plate was empty.

Brunch at State and Fig

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Drinks and dinner at the Boathouse of Hendry’s Beach

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Scallops on the half shell

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How everyone felt at the end of the weekend.

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Sneak Preview – Chef

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Last night I was invited to a advance screening of the movie “Chef” with Denver Eater. I went in with biased thoughts on the film because I figured I would love any movie that had a plot based around food; I was correct the movie was fabulous. It was witty, creative, fun and heartwarming. Between comments like “amuse-douche” and the relationship between Jon Favreau and his son played by Emjay Anthony, the writer, Favreau, had me actually laughing out loud. When this movie hits your town I say immediately go see it. Oh and make sure you have a reservation at your favorite restaurant immediately following because trust me you will be hungry.

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Denver Eater: Interview with Brian Rossi from Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

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Photo credit: Adam Larkey

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina the restaurant named after a strong female warrior, turned one on April 29. Co-owner and manager, Brian Rossi, took over a space that was home to three different restaurants in two years and managed to shape Adelitas into a Mexican restaurant that is thriving twelve months in. In the kitchen Silvia Ayala, the main female soldadera or soldier, whips ups creations from family recipes from her hometown of Michoacán, Mexico. Her unique recipes give this restaurant the edge to compete against the other Mexican restaurants in the area.

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A Time For Firsts

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MGM Pool Party – AfroJack

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 The Bride!

This past weekend I experienced a few “firsts.” The first of the firsts was Vegas. One of my friends bachelorette party was in Las Vegas. I was so excited to experience the crazy party city! But what I decided to do, instead of what my smart sister decided to do, was fly standby. The night before I checked the listings and my fear was confirmed; none of the flights going or returning looked good. Awesome. I called my dad and discussed all my options. I was flying through Salt Lake City so maybe I could take the bus or maybe I could rent a car and drive. Both of those options would not get me to Vegas in time for the pool party we were scheduled for on Saturday so those were out. We finally decided we will just see what happens that morning and say a little prayer that the the standby gods show me a little sympathy.

I wake up at 3 am for my flight and feel good. I get ready and drive to the airport. I get through the airport and then what do I see? My flight is delayed for an hour and twenty minutes. Just enough time for me to miss my connection in Salt Lake City which was the only flight that day that looked good. Once again awesome.

I get to Salt Lake City 30 minutes after the flight I would have gotten on leaves. So I start the waiting process. The 11:01 am flight roles around. I am 15th on the list. Everyone but me and the standby person ahead of me get on. Next flight is 2:09 pm, getting me in at 2:39 pm. Which isn’t too bad, still plenty of pool time. I am 28th on the list and I get on. That is the name of the game, you don’t know what is going to happen till the plane door closes.

Vegas was amazing and crazy at the same time. I did make it to the pool party and it was so much fun. Unfortunately my sister who had bought her ticket who arrived at 9 am had already left the pool, not by choice, for “sleeping” (sleeping is code for something else if you catch my drift) but the bride was roaring to go and it was a blast.

Fast forward through dinner, clubbing, and 19 hours later you find me back at the Las Vegas airport trying for the 10:55 am flight. I somehow get lost in the airport because I couldn’t find the D Gates security entrance. If you are nice enough to the TSA though, they will escort you through the C Gate security and then through the locked door to get on the tram. Lets just say I was struggling. Keep fast forwarding through the day and you will see me sitting at multiple different D gates for the 10:55 am flight, the 1:57 pm flight, the 4:45 pm flight and then finally at the 6:36 pm flight that I shockingly got on. What wasn’t good about me getting on that last flight though was that it missed the last flight to Denver so I was stuck in Salt Lake City. Which is probably the most opposite city of Las Vegas.

Normal me would 100 percent just sleep on the airport floor, but apparently I have changed and I am still trying to deal with this change even as I write this post. I…bought…a hotel room. The second first. Does this mean I am old? That I am a mature adult? AHHHH. I don’t know what it means but I will say I felt great the next morning.

I finally got on the third flight out on Monday and made it to work in Denver only three hours late. So 30 hours in the airport for 19 hours in Vegas…totally worth it!

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Denver Eater: Interview with Frank Bonanno about Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria

Check out my recent interview with Frank Bonanno of Bonanno Concepts on Denver Eater.

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(Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts)

On April 29 Frank Bonanno’s 10th restaurant, Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, celebrates its one-year anniversary. This was the restaurateur’s first foray outside of Denver proper and many wondered about the move. Chef-driven, made-from-scratch food is the norm for Bonanno’s restaurants, but it is not the standard at the Park Meadows Mall in the chain restaurant-heavy area where the pizzeria operates. The biggest complaints Bonanno has received from his guests have been about ranch dressing, or lack thereof.

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The Bunny Hop

Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a day filled with sun, friends and of course a cadbury egg.

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I put a little oil in the dye this year. The eggs looked like Yoshi eggs!


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Take two on the cake. Turned out much better this year.

(Check out last years cake and you will see what I am talking about)

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Henry was the Easter bunny.

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New Activities

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When I moved out to Colorado I realized how active one person can be. The average person living in Denver either is incredibly active or knows someone who is. If they think of any sport you can possibly do in the winter time then at least one person they know is very passionate about that sport and does it every weekend; skiing, ice climbing etc. If they think of any sport you can possibly do in the summer then at least one person they know is very passionate about that sport and does it every weekend; hiking, mountain biking, climbing, etc. With all this “activeness” I realized there was a lot more “stuff” to do out there then I imagined. Take snowshoeing for example, the most I had heard about it was from Kirsten my sister’s American Girl doll she had when we were kids. In the books that came with her it describes them as real people and Kirsten and her family snowshoed. It was one of her accessories you could buy. I must say Kirsten and her family were on to something because I went snowshoeing for the first time with some friends in Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend and it was awesome.

The weather was perfect; it was warm the sun was out. We started at Beaver Lake then stopped at Nymph Lake and then finally Dream Lake before we turned around. Seriously so fun!

The night before  snowshoeing we stayed in the city and had dinner at a little Idian restaurant called Nepal. If you are looking for Estes Park dinner suggestions then my number one suggestion would be Nepal. It is owned by am adorable Nepalese family. The food was delicious. The restaurant is decorated in things all Mount Everest and the dad of the family, who we were lucky enough to have as our server, will tell you all about his experience climbing the mountain at age 60.

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Bear Lake

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Dream Lake

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We also enjoyed some great views of wild elk. Even one decided to cross the road in front of us.

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Spring Has Sprung

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It is really starting to feel like spring has arrived in Denver. I find there is an extra pep in my step in the morning when I walk out my door into the sunshine and warm air. When I think of a spring dessert any fruit involved dessert comes to mind. Hence the mini fruit tarts. One of my old roommates from college and Denver was in town this past week so I felt it was fitting to make these as welcome back to Denver treat. They were so so good! I have added them to my Easter menu so if you are looking for something delicious and adorable make these.

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Pastry cream recipe

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Side note: For dinner tonight we had asparagus risotto and grilled chicken. I added an egg yolk to mine and it was so tasty. The risotto was rich with flavor from the cheese, wine, and chicken stock and the asparagus added a light flavor. This could also be added to an Easter menu too…just sayin.

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