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TO beautiful evergreen! We enjoy living and working in the Denver area. It is a labor of love for us to publish this beautiful magazine twice each year so we can show others why the Front Range area is such a great place to live and work. Denver has all of the features of a vibrant metropolitan area with professional sports teams, active art communities and growing employment opportunities. For us at Pelican Publications, we love the Denver area because it is an exciting city situated smack in the middle of a nature and wildlife paradise. We are both wildlife enthusiasts and city dwellers. With the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Kansas Plains to the east, Denver metro has all of the natural and cultural qualities that are dear to us. In addition to this beautiful magazine, we publish blogs, or articles, on www.movingtodenver.co to help newcomers learn about featured businesses, real estate agents, and other useful information about the Front Range area. Pelican Publications publishes magazines and websites promoting Denver, the Rocky Mountains and the Kansas Plains with beautiful pictures and artwork. We are experienced marketers providing marketing advice to businesses. However, we are also artists who believe that marketing should be artistic. You can learn about Pelican Publications unique approach to marketing at www.mypelicanmagazine.com. Casey Orr Publisher Pelican Publications


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LIVING IN EVERGREEN MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2013

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CONTENTS Welcome to Evergreen A Day in Evergreen

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THE LIST

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FOOD, ETC.

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Crave: What bites and drinks we are still dreaming of Summertime Sweets: Salted Caramel

ACTIVE Top 10 Tips for Training and Racing

PETS

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Cat Talk

DESIGN Feng Shui: Basic Design Principles

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Around Town: Evergreen Feature: Foothills Animal Shelter Local Flavor Front Range Favorite Advertiser Directory

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EVERGREEN beautiful, relaxing mountain living KNOWN TO MANY AS A DAY ESCAPE FROM THE CITY, EVERGREEN IS A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN TU CKED INTO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. WITH EASY ACCESS FROM I-70, EVERGREEN AND IT’S APPROXIMATELY 10,000 RESIDENTS ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, RELAXING MOUNTAIN LIVING WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF DENVER. THERE ARE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND, WITH HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, WATERSPORTS, GOLF, NEARBY SKIING AND MUCH MORE FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST. TOP NOTCH RESTAURANTS AND TRENDY RETAIL SHOPS GIVE EVERGREEN RESIDENTS ACCESS TO URBAN CONVENIENCES WITHOUT DRIVING TO THE CITY.

Evergreen really is a community that has it all.

Evergreen established itself as a community in the 1880’s when lumber demands for a growing Denver were high. Area sawmills were built to meet these demands and provided Evergreen with jobs and the community began to grow. As the community grew it became a popular summer getaway for Denver residents. Mountain resorts grew in popularity as the automobile became more prevalent and Evergreen and surrounding mountain communities capitalized on their new found tourist appeal. Many tourists found the mountain life so appealing that they took up residency year round and Evergreen became known as a commuter town. Commuters still make up a large portion of the residents today.


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evergreen MORNING CRUISE

8:00 AM

We start the day in downtown Evergreen at Java Groove with an americano and breakfast. Armed with our to-go joe, it’s back in the car for a morning drive down highway 74 for breakfast in Kittredge, a 15 minute drive down the mountain.

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9:00 AM The small mountain town of Kittredge usually gets passed by while driving to or from Evergreen; but now you have an excuse to stop. The Country Road Cafe, at 26490 Hwy 74 has been cooking up legendary meals here for the past 16 years using only the best and freshest ingredients available. Amazing variations on eggs benedict, oversized pancakes, famous “smashed” bowls that include mashed potatos as the base for incredible, creative breakfast goodness. The servings are huge, the food is phenomenal and the weekends are busy: go on a weekday if you can!

Enjoy the breathtaking views and take advantage of several stopping areas to get out the camera and snap the amazing natural beauty.


Scenery along the road, downtown Morrison and Red Rocks provide a morning of exploration and shopping.

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EXPLORING MORRISON

10:00 AM

After eating until we were miserable at the CRC, it’s time to drive on down the road a quick 10 minutes to Morrison. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is just minutes from downtown Morrison; it’s our first stop as we are looking for a little exercise to burn off the breakfast. Morning is a great time to explore the geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. The walking and then climbing of the stone seating has us out of breath. We snap a few pictures and head back to town for some store browsing. Downtown Morrison has an eclectic selection of boutique stores, bars and restaurants that make for a fun and easy walk, popular with tourists and music fans going to concerts at Red Rocks.

If you think of Red Rocks Park as just a beautiful place to see a concert, think again! Around you are 868 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas. At 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park is a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The diverse environment allows visitors to see plants, birds and animals of both regions.


A DAY IN EVERGREEN

FUN & SUN IN THE WATER

2:00 PM We’ve explored Red Rocks, browsed the Morrison boutiques and grabbed a quick, light lunch before making the trip back to Evergreen. The warm Summer afternoon has us itching to get in the water as we pull into Bear Creek Lake Park. Activities at the park and on the lake include fishing, walking the trail, boating, ice skating in the winter, and paddle boating in the summer. We decide to rent a paddle boat and cruise the water; a great way to enjoy the sun on your skin, the sweet breeze in your hair and the Rocky Mountain vistas on every side.


FINE DINING WITH INCREDIBLE VIEWS

5:00 PM After returning the paddle boat and cleaning up; it’s time for a glass of wine and gourmet goods from the Willow Creek Restaurant at 29029 Upper Bear Creek Rd Ste 105. With incredible fresh food, beautiful plating and one-of-a-kind views of the lake and Evergreen golf course, the ambience is perfect and the weather ideal for sitting on the patio. After the suggested cheese plate, bread and crisp white sangria, dinner is Rocky Mountain trout with marcona almonds, brown butter, peas & asparagus. The view, the food and the outstanding service create a truly unique dining experience that would be phenomenal for a date night, but equally great any night, because once you try the food you will be back, and back again.

SWEET T ENDINGS Arriving home after a long day exploring the Evergreen area, I pull out some saltwater taffy picked up in downtown and reflect on the truly beautiful people, places and things that call Evergreen, Morrison, Kittredge, Gennessee and Idledale home. The mountainous area is rich in history, charm and wonderful culture; with locals ensuring that the community is thriving, welcoming and progressive. One day is not nearly enough to experience the town of Evergreen, not to mention the entire area it claims as part of the family. Come back and stay awhile, you just may want to call it home.

MU USI S C & DRINKS

7:00 PM We’re going to end our day in Evergreen with a trip to the notoriously good time bar, The LIttle Bear. A history lesson on Evergreen would not be complete without the Little Bear, a local legend of live music and rowdy crowds. Stop by the iconic Little Bear Saloon for a drink, a bison burger, and a piece of honky-tonk history. For over 40 years the Little Bear has been the place to hear legendary live music in true western style where the crowd is as rowdy as the beer is cold. The bar is adorned with a collection of ladies’ under garments; a colorful, lace covered homage to years of wild crowds and late nights. The Little Bear Saloon has been a popular stop for many that come to see the legendary bar but it has also been a home to those that live for the tradition of great music and true mountain grit. LIVING IN EVERGREEN / SUMMER 2013


The popular Little Bear Saloon in downtown; sharing the deck and amazing morning view of the lake with the geese at Bear Creek Lake House.

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SUMMER 2013 / THE LIST


OUR FAVORITE THINGS: ONLINE & ON POINT

the list SUMMER 2013

OUTDOOR LIVING INSPIRATION

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Where do you want to go today? Let us take you there. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) would like to welcome you to the neighborhood. The metro area offers many exciting destinations, from arts and culture to restaurants, shopping, sports, entertainment and outdoor activities. And with RTD, it’s easy to get just about anywhere you want to go. With nearly 150 bus routes, light rail lines, specialty services, and our 16th Street Free MallRide, we provide a convenient, economical, and environmentally friendly way to explore your city.

303.299.6000 rtd-denver.com

Our bus and light rail system operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at more than 10,000 bus stops and 40 light rail stations across our communities. Many of our bus and light rail stations are within walking distance of your home or office. For those who have to drive, RTD offers more than 70 convenient Park-n-Ride locations throughout the metro area. We also offer exceptional web-based tools to keep pace with our passengers’ busy lives. So whether you’re commuting, meeting friends, running errands, or just exploring the city, trust RTD to get you there safely and on time.


You love Denver. You love hiking, skiing, shopping, and dining. You love concerts, sports and all that the metro area has to offer. So try RTD bus or light rail and we know you’ll love transit too.

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DEAR EAR R LO LOUIS IS...

ACCESSORIES

ENVY

This Spring we are splurging on another obsession from timeless designer Louis Vuitton; the accessories. Incredibly designed scarves in a rainbow of colors, and sleek, chic sunglasses. View the Spring collection online at LouisVuitton.com or visit their store in the Cherry Creek mall.

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HOTEL TEATRO Located in downtown Denver Colorado, across from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver’s luxury boutique hotel offers exquisite lodging accommodations for the business traveler or for perfect romantic weekend getaways. Included is complimentary high speed wireless internet access and no extra hotel fees. Unique costumes and photographs from past theatrical productions of the Denver Center Theatre Company decorate the hotel lobby, parlor and guest rooms. Award-winning chef/restaurateur Kevin Taylor operates two fine dining restaurants in Hotel Teatro - PRIMA, a light, heart-healthy Italian restaurant, and Restaurant Kevin Taylor, serving contemporary American cuisine and Denver’s only four-star, four-diamond restaurant. Get Out! Trekking trips, survival skills and a plethora of information on hiking and backpacking. Whether you are traversing the Eastern plains, a Chatauqua park trail or the mighty Rockies, BACKPACKER.COM will provide information for anything you are wondering.

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ONLINE & ON PO OINT

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PINTEREST Iff you haven’t heard of Pinterest by now it’s safe to assume you have been living under a rock for the past year. That being said, you’ve probably also wondered what exactly the popular phrase ”it’s on pinterest” was referring to. The social media mecca of just about everything int nteressti ting n on the world wide web has see een exponent ntia i l growth. By February 2012, 2, Pinterest crosssed e the 10 million-user mark faster than an ny other standalone site in history.

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The Recipes. The site serves as an online recipe box for millions of users; pin it, like it, - you will always know where it is, saving you time rummaging through cookbooks and sticky recipe cards.

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Discovering New Sites & Blogs. You notice a pin about obtaining ultimate obliques and follow the link through to the personal blog of a college dancer who provides intense workouts and healthy living information. Score! You just found an extremely informative, well written blog that would have otherwise been lost in the incredible vastness of the personal blogging universe.

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Ongoing Inspiration. Vision boards are either digital or physical collections of what you want to do, be, achieve and enjoy in your life. Viewing these items everyday and visualizing your life with them fast tracks your visions into reality. Pinterest has unknowingly allowed it’s millions of users the opportunity to keep incredible vision boards; full of personal dreams and desires, and in a place that is convenient to view every day.

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The DIY Projects & Tutorials. Endless wine bottle shelves and homemade Christmas wreaths have been constructed, and bragged about, thanks to Pinterest.

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For Business. Today Pinterest isn’t just used by the like-minded individuals who want a medium to collect, organize and share meaningful things. Like most other social media networks, Pinterest has become a business tool with which marketers are extending a brand’s presence in a more visual, shareable way.

THE INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM As the urban Denver winery states on their website: The Infinite Monkey Theorem represents a counter culture in winemaking. No vineyard. No pretense. I FIRST DISCOVERED THE INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM ON FACEBOOK. It was around two years ago, and I happened on it by a chance sighting or reposting. Today I can say that I am truly addicted: to their posts, business attitude , community involvement and gritty modern vibe. Opened in 2008, they recently relocated to 3200 Larimer, and have included the WINE LAB, an elegant and hip “tasting” area that is laid back cool with super knowledgable staff and a positive energy flow that sucks you in. The locale of the winery promotes urbanity and social-mindedness, both giving the winery access to the city and the city access to the winery.

Because The Infinite Monkey Theorem believes the culture surrounding the winery helps define the wine’s quality, the winery takes its position and influence in the local Denver community very seriously. The

wines are not only expressions of the local fruit, the process, and the personality of the winemaker, but also expressions of the people drinking the wine. It is a product born out of the community and thus representative of the community.

Above, from left: The Blind Watchmaker White; Cabernet Franc; 2012 Rose; 100th Monkey; Back Alley Rose; below: Back Alley Moscato

Cheers to a business moving forward with modern thinking, a stellar process and great people.

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HELLO HOT WEATHER

MAKE A GREAT DRINK:

Cheers To Summer Capture the tastes of warm weather and long lazy days with these splendid Summer cocktails.

MONDAY MOJITOS

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1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish / 2 limes, cut into wedges, plus more for garnish / 2 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving / 1 cup Lime-Mint Syrup, recipe follows / 1 liter white rum / 1/2 cup fresh lime juice / Club soda Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with 2 cups crushed ice in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Lime-Mint Syrup, rum, lime juice, and more ice. Top off with club soda, to taste. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint sprigs, if desired.

Lime-Mint Syrup: 2 cups sugar / 2 cups water / 2 limes, zested / 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves-

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and mint, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the syrup with the flavor of lime and mint. Strain out the mint and zest and refrigerate the syrup, covered, until cold.

NON-ALCOHOLIC 1 can frozen limeade / 1/2 can sprite / 2 C. frozen strawberries / juice of 2 limes *Blend all ingredients; serve in a mason jar with a straw.

POOLSIDE LEMONADE 1 can (46 oz.) pineapple juice / 1 C. Country Time Lemonade mix / 2 C. water / 2 cans Sprite / pineapple coconut rum

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hen Memorial weekend rolls around at the end of May, all the graduations are done, the kids are out of school and the pace has slowed down a bit - the time has come to officially kick off Summer. We have found there is no better way to officially welcome in the hot season than with cold refreshing drinks mixed up especially for the occassion. Whether it be five o’clock on Friday, a Wednesday night grilling or Sunday afternoon, these beverages will have you kicking up your feet, turning off the TV and enjoying the everyday ”occasions” of a beautiful life in Colorado.

*mix all ingredients except rum in a pitcher, fill a glass with crushed ice, pour in 1-1.5 oz of the rum and top with the lemonade.

FOR BEER DRINKERS 6 pack favorite beer (avoid dark lagers or ciders) / 1 can frozen limeade *mix in a pitcher - this can be made in larger quantities, and tastes just as good from a plastic cup, so throw a few cans of limeade in the cooler and you have a perfect drink to take to the lake or neighborhood barbeque.


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EXHIBIITIO ONS S

FIRST SHOWING Charles Partridge Adams was a Colorado landscape painter active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams’ paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado. Adams became one of the finest Colorado artists and is best known for his paintings of Longs Peak near Estes Park and other mountain ranges in Colorado. He was a highly prolific painter who created more than a 1,000 pain-

tings during his lifetime. The DAM will exhibit 33 of the very best of his oil and watercolor paintings depicting Colorado and will show the diversity of Adams’ oeuvre, which includes such styles as realism, tonalism and impressionism. Rocky Mountain Majesty also will feature two of the museum’s own paintings, Moraine Park and Sunset in Colorado, alongside pieces from lenders across Colorado. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams; Denver Art Museum December 16, 2012 – September 8, 2013

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SAVORY SHOPPING The EVOO Marketplace, with locations in Littleton, LoDo and Aspen, offer an interactive & educational tasting experience unlike any other in Colorado. Family-owned and operated, they put the customer first by allowing you to taste all of the ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars before you make a purchase. Encased in beautifully polished steel canisters named “fustis” are over 50 of the finest and freshest ultra-premium extravirgin olive oils, flavor fused olive oils, flavor infused olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and flavor infused balsamic vinegars from across the world.

OUR CHOICE? THE FIG BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND MUSHROOM - SAGE OLIVE OIL DOWNTOWN N DEN ENVER R

Budding Wonderland Visit the York Street location of the Denver Botanic Gardens, featuring gardens representing all corners of the world from authentic Japanese Gardens to plants native to South Africa in the South African Plaza. As you stroll from garden to garden, you are able to experience plants from around the world – right here in Colorado. Denver Botanic Gardens has opened the city’s first publicly accessible green roof, located above the Offshoots at the Gardens cafe. The green roof is the first of its kind on a city-owned building in Denver, and is a highly visible demonstration of the many benefits of green roofs for communities and for building owners. 1007 York Street, botanicgardens.org.


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SUMMER 2013 / FOOD, ETC.

Rich and buttery sweet potato biscuits balance savory with sweet perfectly


RECIPES & RESTAURANTS

food,etc. SUMMER 2013

HOW TO:

PERFECT ROASTED GARLIC If smearing soft, golden, roasted garlic onto a piece of warm baguette is your idea of heaven then you are in for a wonderful surprise: it is one of the easiest and most impressive things you will take out of your oven. Whether spreading on toasted bread slices, mixing in with garbanzo beans for a perfect roasted garlic hummus, or adding into your mashed potatoes, this heart-healthy masterpiece of a food will become your new best friend. 1 large head of garlic 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkling of salt Cut the top quarter o of your garlic so it is exposing the individual cloves, drizzle with olive oil and salt; wrap in foil and place in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes (your nose will tell you when it’s done!) Let sit until cooled, and then squeeze the softened cloves from their casing. Devour the entire thing yourself (remember a breath mint!) or wow dinner guests by placing on a tray with assorted cheeses, meats, crackers and toasted bread.


SUMMER 2013 / FOOD, ETC.

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS Orange sweet potatoes give a soft texture and a beautiful golden color to these fluy biscuits 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and shaping 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus 1/2 tablespoon melted butter and more for pan 3/4 cup Sweet-Potato Puree, chilled 1/3 cup buttermilk

*Create the sweet potato puree by peeling and dicing a sweet potato and boiling until fork-tender; drain and mash with a bit of butter to create a creamy consistency Make the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some pea-sized lumps of butter remaining. In a small bowl, whisk together sweet potato puree and buttermilk; stir quickly into flour mixture until combined (do not overmix). Shape the biscuits: Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead very gently until dough comes together but is still slightly lumpy, five or six times. (If dough is too sticky, work in up to 1/4 cup additional flour.) Shape into a disk, and pat to an even 1-inch thickness. With a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits as close together as possible. Gather together scraps, and repeat to cut out more biscuits (do not reuse scraps more than once). Bake the biscuits: Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with rack on lower shelf. Butter an 8-inch cake pan. Arrange biscuits snugly in pan (to help them stay upright). Brush with melted butter. Bake until golden, rotating once, 20 to 24 minutes.


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STICKY WHITE RICE Properly cooked white rice is, in our opinion, one of the most important, affordable, and delicious recipe staples to have. A simple meal of roasted chicken and white rice is healthy and satisfying; add them to fajitas and cure your craving for food chain Chipotle’s monster roll-ups, or eat the hot, sticky goodness all by itself. NOTE: This recipe uses light coconut milk, and yes, you should be able to find

it at your local grocer. If you are leary of using it because you or someone in the family does not like coconut flavor, don’t worry, this recipe only uses enough to add creaminess, not taste; if you don’t have it or can’t use it for allergic reasons just substitue water. 3 C. long grain white rice 1 can (15 oz) light coconut milk 4 C. water 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp salt 2 Tbsp. lime juice (optional) 1/4 C. fresh cilantro (optional)

Add oil to saucepan set to medium-high heat, when hot add rice and stir to coat./ Saute rice until toasted and slightly brown. / Add in coconut milk and water, stir to combine, boil mixture for 10 -15 minutes, stirring occasionally. / Add in salt and remove from heat, give one final stir and cover for 30 minutes without lifting the lid./ After 30 minutes it is ready to serve or stir in the lime juice and cilantro. (recommended if eating with fajitas!)

CUBAN BLACK BEANS Black beans usually get a second look only when preparing mexican-style food, or to throw in a taco salad, but wait - pick up a few more cans at the store next time and discover a new favorite. This nutritious legume is a great way to stretch your food budget, and when prepared properly, the flavor intensity transports you to an open kitchen full of famly recipes and smells of worldy cuisine. 2 (10 ounce) cans black beans, do not drain 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Saute the onion, pepper and garlic in olive oil. / Add the beans with liquid. / Add spices and simmer 30 minutes or up to an hour if you have time, stirring occasionally. / Add the vinegar just before serving.


SUMMER 2013 / FOOD, ETC.

HOT! HOT! HOT! IN LOHI

FEAST YOUR EYES

From top: The trademark HOT above the kitchen was once part of a HOTEL sign; fresh fare artistically prepared and presented; the red glow cast ambience over a cocktail and menu.

The atmosphere at Central Bistro & Bar will pull you in first. A modern, clean and sleek style that is comfortable, not cold, thanks in part to the red glow of the massive letters H-O-T above the kitchen. If you arrive early or are waiting on your party the bar is small and chic and serving up some of the best cocktails in the city - try a star power or tejon. Fresh, eclectic ingredients combine with creative preparation and result in flavors so rich and savory that we were nearly giddy with satisfaction. Our table sampled small plates like fried pickles, wisconsin cheese curds and crab mac & cheese, leaving no crumbs for the hungry and nearly a clean plate for those wash-

ing dishes. The dishes, inspired and very clever but also deeply nourishing and satisfying were seasoned and presented beautifully. The sta, so helpful and friendly, pampered us with attentive service and extensive knowledge of the menu. Everything suggested was spot on, and we left feeling that we added a new friend to our foodie four-some. Stop in for a quick bite and glass of wine or plan a sit down dinner with friends. If you are looking for a night out, to be spoiled with service and food in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere: look no further and make your reservations at Central Bistro & Bar. 1691 Central Street, Denver centralbistrobar.com.

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Fancy Flights Travel West to Morrison and stop by the tiny Flights Wine Bar, where the sta is incredibly helpful in choosing flights of wine based on your likes and dislikes. Choose from their menu of freshly prepared items like the hummus and cheese pairings. Get comfortable in an oversized chair by the fire and enjoy big flavors and exquisite wines in the cozy setting of a small mountain town.

From left: Pinot Noir and empty cheese plates; meats, cheeses and a hummus trio

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FEAST & CRAVE

crave the bites, nibbles, meals & drinks in the front range we are (still) dreaming about

garlic olives & red sangria from ONDOS, 250 Steele St./ the spicy hummus at CITRON BISTRO, 3535 S Yosemite St / sunday bloody mary’s at PUB ON PENN, 1278 Pennsylvania St / CENTRAL BISTRO & BAR’S fried pickles, 1691 Central St. / crab bisque and ceasar salad at NORDSTROM CAFE BISTRO, cherry creek mall nordstrom / sausage and gravy kolaches from THE KOLACHE FACTORY, 92 Wadsworth Blvd. / Pork canitas at TEQUILAS, multiple locations / buffalo chicken chicaroonas at THE LAKEWOOD GRILL, 8100 West Colfax / taco sushi at TAG, 1441 Larimer / bob’s favorite at CAFE JORDANO, 11068 West Jewell Ave. / pubchips, hush puppies, queso dip and the big dog burger at THREE DOGS TAVERN, 3390 W. 32nd Ave. / a large sweetness pizza from THE EDGEWATER INN, 5302 W. 25th / HOUSTON’S fries and bbq ribs, 303 Josephine / fry bread and nachos at TOCABE, 3536 W. 44th Ave. / beer and pizza from HOPS & PIE, 3920 Tennyson / fresh beignets from RIOJA, 1431 Laramie / lobster mac n’ cheese from PASTA JAYS on Pearl Street in Boulder / happy hour tapas at THE MED, Walnut Street, Boulder / a chapel hill chicken biscuit from RISE AND SHINE, 3930 W. 32nd Ave. /

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SENSATIONAL SWEETS: SALTED CARAMEL

There is something truly addicting about mixing salty with sweet Salted melons, grapefruit, hot chocolate and most recently, the delicious, pourable confection known as caramel.

DULCE DE LECHE CARAMEL SAUCE (makes about 1 C.) The name of this caramel-like confection, from Argentina and Uruguay, loosely translates to “milk candy�: In a traditional process, sugar and milk are cooked over low heat for hours, until the mixture becomes thick and golden, in our method we simplify it a bit. 1 can sweetened condensed milk Pour the contents of the sweetened condensed milk into a 1.5- 2 cup canning jar; tighten the lid securely. Place in the bottom of a slow cooker, fill with hot water until the water level is at least an inch above the milk. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until caramelized and thickened to your liking.

LIVING IN LITTLETON / SUMMER 2013


UPGRADES TO THE AVERAGE

SALTED CARAMEL BUTTER BARS 2 cups butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 1/2 cups icing sugar 1 Tbsp vanilla 4 cups flour 1 14 oz bag caramels, unwrapped (About 40 - 50 individually wrapped) 1/3 cup whipping cream 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt Preheat oven to 325 degrees & line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper, spray lightly with cooking spray. / In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars, beat until creamy. / Add in vanilla and beat until combined. / Mix in flour until a soft dough forms. / Press half of the dough into the prepared 9 X 13 pan. Refrigerate remaining half of dough. / Bake for 15 minutes. / Place the caramels in a microwave safe bowl. Add the cream and vanilla, and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. / Pour the caramel filling over the cooked crust (Do your best to pour it evenly over crust as it is very diďŹƒcult to spread). / Sprinkle salt over the top. / Removing remaining dough from fridge and crumble it evenly over the caramel. / Return the pan to the oven and bake until filling is bubbly and the topping is firm and golden brown, about 25 - 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. (Try one warm!)

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES WITH CARAMEL & PRETZEL TOPPING 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 3/4 C. sugar 1/3 C. peanut butter 1 egg 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 1/4 C. flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 C. milk chocolate chips approx. 32 caramels, unwrapped 1/3 C. heavy cream 2 C. crushed pretzels Preheat oven to 350 degrees. / Beat the butter, sugar and peanut butter until creamy - add the egg and vanilla. / Stir together the flour, soda and salt - add to butter mix, blending well. / Stir in the chocolate chips and drop by rounded teaspoonfull onto an ungreased cookie sheet - pressing an indention into the center of each cookie. / Bake until edges are golden - let cool on a wire rack that has been placed over a sheet of foil or parchment paper. / Melt the caramels over a double boiler till smooth, stir in the cream. / Spoon caramel into the center of each cookie and top with crushed pretzels.. / Makes approximately 24 cookies


TRY SOMETHING NEW All too often home cooks get caught in the same food rut; preparing meals based on family tastes, time restrictions and being comfortable with a recipe. Adopting new cultures and countries in your eating style is a great way to discover new spices, scents and flavors to fall in love with; such as the cinnamon in these two savory dishes.

INDIAN CHICKEN

This recipe needs to be prefaced by stating that the following chicken recipe is not authentic Indian cuisine: it has been modified so that all ingredients can be found locally, while keeping some of the familiar flavors traditional in Indian cooking. This “American-Indian” chicken dish is incredibly savory and also uses hints of cinnamon to create a unique cultural tasting for your mouth. Bonus! It cooks all afternoon in the slow cooker so you are free to do other things, although it may be hard to concentrate with the incredible smells filling the kitchen! 3-4 large boneless chicken breasts 1 can condensed tomato soup 1 C. sour cream 1/3 C. minced onion flakes 2 Tbsp. garlic powder 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp cumin 1/2 Tbsp paprika 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp salt 3/4 tsp pepper 1 tsp cayenne or red pepper flakes 2 bay leaves 1 C. heavy cream 1 C. water 2 tsp. lemon juice

GREEK PASTITSIO

A pasta casserole with hints of cinnamon is a heartwarming comfort perfect for fall weather, but we like it so well that it often makes it’s way to the table on a Sunday evening or rainy afternoon. 8 ounces bucatini pasta or 8 ounces ziti pasta 3 tablespoons melted butter 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/3 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 1 lb ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried mint flakes (optional) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon pepper 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup parmesan cheese 1 Cook pasta; drain, and return to pan. 2 Stir in the melted butter, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup milk, and the egg; set aside. 3 In a a skillet or large saucepan, cook ground beef and onion until meat loses its pinkness and onion is soft; drain excess fat. 4 Stir in tomato sauce, the 1 teaspoon salt, mint flakes (if used), cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper; set aside. 5 In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then mix in flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

1 Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.

6 Slowly stir in the 2 cups milk, stirring well after each addition so that no lumps form.

2 Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over the chicken, stirring to make sure all the chicken is covered with the sauce

7 Cook and stir on medium high until cream sauce starts to thicken; stir for one minute more, then remove from heat.

3 Cook for 4 hours on High or 8 hours on Low

8 Beat egg in a small bowl, then pour into cream sauce, stirring briskly. 9 Blend in the 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.

4 Because every slow cooker is different, check the mixture every once in awhile to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom - just give it a quick stir. Remove the bay leaves before eating. This chicken is divine over rice, or eaten with rice and black beans, rolled in a tortilla. Mix up this quick remoulade to enjoy with it: 1/2 C. mayo 2 Tbsp Sriracha (chili garlic sauce) 1 Tbsp lemon juice *mix until combined

10 Layer half the pasta mixture in a 11” x 7” (or 2 quart) baking dish. 11 Spoon the meat mixture evenly on top, then the remaining pasta. 12 Pour cream sauce over top, to cover completely. 13 Bake, uncovered, at 350F for about 40 minutes, or until hot and lightly browned. 14 Let stand for 10 minutes.


STAYING HEALTHY; PHYSICALLY FEAST & MENTALLY & CRAVE

active SUMMER 2013

TRAINING & RACING TIPS

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aybe you’re not running in the Colorado Marathon , but warm weather means hitting the pavement more often, whether for pleasure, personal goals, physical endurance or marathons. Preparing yourself, both physically and mentally is key to making sure you are performing at your best and preventing injuries. Follow our tips to ensure smooth sailing, or rather running, during this beautiful warm season.


SUMMER 2013 / ACTIVE If you are planning on using supplements with your training make sure you do not try anything new on race day, or during your long runs. I always suggest if someone is trying something new such as a GU, energy blocks, or power bars to make sure you try them the day before the run when you are at your house. It is not uncommon for these supplements to upset your stomach.

6. Supplement use: TRAINING G & RACING:

Top 10 Tips from Dr. Robert Sindorf, DC, MS There are many different resources available to help you with your training goals. One training program that many runners including myself have used is by Hal Higdon. Training programs are available for all skill level runners including: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

1. Use a training program:

Most training programs suggest starting your training at least 16 weeks before the race. This amount of time gives you sufficient time to build up your mileage for the race, whether you are running a full marathon or 5k race. Don’t put off until the last minute to start your training, no matter how great of shape you are in.

2. Make sure you have time:

3. Get proper shoes: Before beginning your training make sure you consult your local running specialty store to help you get fit for proper shoes. Every shoe company makes a shoe in three categories: neutral, stability, and motion control. Make sure you have a gait analysis performed at the store to help you determine which category of shoe fits your foot and biomechanics the best. 4. Wear appropriate clothes: Technical clothes may seem unnecessary for you if you have never used them before but trust me they will help you. Running specialty clothes are designed to wick moisture away from your skin, help keep you dry and prevent chafing during the race. Keep in mind that your body will warm up once you start running so take a spare long sleeve with you when you start the race and if you get to hot just throw it away. This is a well-known tactic by veteran runners. If you are running the Colorado marathon you might think that since it is in the mountains you would be running up hill. This is not true; the marathon actually has a steady descent of 1128 feet from start to finish. This type of running puts increased stress on your quads and hip extensors so make sure you work some downhill running into your training program.

5. Know your terrain:

ACCESSORIZE

LOOK SHARP, RUN SMART

If during your training you notice any pain or discomfort that is out of the ordinary consult your local sports medicine doctor. Little pains and discomfort if treated quickly can keep you healthy during your training program. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people to let these little pains snow ball into large problems that can keep you out of the race; especially once your mileage increases later in your training program.

7. Listen to your body:

8. Don’t forget to stretch: Current research has shown there are different types of stretching you should do before and after your runs to help keep you healthy. Before starting your runs make sure you use more dynamic type stretching, which mimics a gentle bouncing motion throughout the stretch. This helps to loosen up the muscles and stretch them at the same time. After your run make sure you perform static stretching, or holding a stretch for approximately 15-30 seconds then releasing. This is the time you are able to actually improve your flexibility. If you are training and racing with headphones make sure you are being safe. afe. Music can help to motive you and break up the monotony of running, but it does come me with risk. Running with music decreases ses your ability to hear your surroundings ngs including other runners, cyclists, and vehicles. Make sure you are paying extra attention to the road and your surroundings ngs if you choose to wear headphones.

9. Music:

Achieving your goal of rununning a marathon or half marathon is a great accomplishment. Make sure you take time to have fun and soak in the experience. Don’t get in a rush if this is your first race and make sure you stop at all of the aid stations for water; this will ultimately make you feel better during the run. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with a fellow runner, this can make the experience better for yourself and someone else.

10. Have fun:

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BE STRONGER

GET OUTDOORS

STAY ON THE TRAILS LONGER, MOVE

STRONGER

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Rarely do you have a have a clear view of what lies below the grass, and whether you are a veteran or novice hiker, there are many injuries you have to watch out for. Some of the most common include spraining an ankle, and injuring your knees and elbows when falling. While it is impractical to expect you would wear knee and elbow pads to protect yourself in the event of a fall there are many other ways to help keep yourself healthy and less injury prone. The single most important thing you can do to help keep yourself healthy during expeditions is to wear proper boots. Your boots should come up above your ankles to help support the ankle joint when you are walking on uneven terrains. Variables such as weather and location play into your choice of boots, which may differ in insulation, waterproofing, and grip. You need a boot that is durable and designed to help with temperature regulation. Make sure the shoe is breathable, to help allow moisture and heat to leave the boot. Most midseason boots are designed as a great all-purpose boot. These boots provide proper insulation to help protect your feet from early morning frost but also keep your feet from getting too hot throughout the a day of exploring. The second most important thing you can do is to warm up your muscles before setting out. Stretching is a very beneficial activity you can do to help engage your muscles and get them ready for weight bearing exercise. Important areas to stretch are your calves, your quads, ham-

FIN ND THE TIM IME

EARLY TO RISE...

If you are having problems finding time throughout the day to squeeze in a workout consider a time change of your own. Rising early to get in exercise may be the last thing you want to do, but studies show people who do moderate exercise in the morning on an empty stomach can actually burn more fat. Fitness experts may argue on the peak time to workout for fat burning, but we do know this: in a personal experiment, once we rolled out of bed and, in our case, jumped on the treadmill, the rest of the day was smooth, productive and overall pretty great. That boost of adrenaline may be just what you need to get the most out of your day.

strings, hip flexors, mid back muscles, and shoulders. When you are stretching try using slow rhythmical motions or holding each stretching position for 15-30 seconds. To help decrease soreness at the end of the day, try stretching after your hike as well. These stretches should warm up your muscles and help you stay healthy and strong throughout the day. - Dr. Robert Sindorf, DC, MS


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FURRY FRIENDS

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pet portraiture painting: Kaley Rhodes, KBR Gallery

SUMMER 2013

PROFILE

THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER NAMED THE MOST POPULAR DOG IN THE U.S., THE ”LAB” IS PART OF THE SPORTING GROUP, BUT PROVIDES SOLID COMPANIONSHIP AND LOYALTY OUTSIDE OF THE FIELD. The energetic and intelligent Lab thrives when part of an active family, and is an outgoing, friendly and devoted companion that is used as everything from hunting partner, to seeing-eyedog, to family pet. Originally from Newfoundland, early Labs were developed from an extinct breed known as the St. John’s Water Dog that were used to, among other things, retrieve nets and fish from the Atlantic. The dog was taken to England, crossed with setters, spaniels and other retrievers and voila, the modern-day incarnation of today’s Lab appeared. Its duties shifted from retrieving nets and fish to picking and delivering game; everything from waterfowl to upland birds to rabbits.

The AKC’s general appearance of the breed is as follows:”The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as an efficient Retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment.

The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an ”otter” tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; powerful jaws; and its ”kind,” friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament. Above all, a Labrador Retriever must be well balanced, enabling it to move in the show ring or work in the field with little or no effort. The typical Labrador possesses style and quality without over refinement, and substance without lumber or cloddiness. The Labrador is bred primarily as a working gun dog; structure and soundness are of great importance.”


SUMMER 2013 / PETS

CAT TALK

Just as pet owners undoubtedly talk to their pets, cats have a way of communicating that is all their own. So what does all the meowing, purring and chirping actually mean?

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eow: Did you know that cats only meow to humans? In fact, you’ll never hear a cat meowing to other cats or animals. It’s an attention-seeking call it uses for a variety of situa-

tions. Over time, if you listen closely, you should be able to determine if a particular meow is being used to beg for food, attention, or general chatter. Like people, cats emphasize their calls in different ways for

different situations.

Purr: Most cat owners assume that a cat purrs only when its content, but in reality cats purr almost as much when they are in stressful situations, such as a trip to the veterinarian. Although no one is sure why cats purr, scientists believe the act of purring actually helps keep the cat healthy by stimulating their muscles and bones. But purring also is a way for cats to communicate with their owners and their kittens. It is now believed that purring occurs when the laryngeal muscles of the cat twitch, causing the vocal cords to separate as the cat inhales and exhales.

Chirp: Have you ever heard your cat make chirping sounds as it sits on the window watching birds flit about outside? Well, chirping is the vocalization cats use when they are excited about a potential live meal that they are trying to lure closer. Outdoors, chirping is used less frequently because the cat can approach the prey faster.

PET BEN NEF FITS

SUPPORTIVE & STRESS REDUCING While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present! (This may be partially due to the fact that pets don’t judge us; they just love us.) It’s important to realize that owning a pet isn’t for everyone. Pets do come with additional work and responsibility, which can bring its own stress. However, for most people, the benefits of having a pet outweigh the drawbacks. Having a furry best friend can reduce stress in your life and bring you support when times get tough.

Chatter: As an indoor cat becomes more frustrated watching birds fly by the window, it might begin to chatter. It’s a sign your cat would like nothing more than to open the window itself and catch its own food. Remember, your cat is a carnivore with a prey drive and its instincts are telling it to attack!

Hiss:

When a cat hisses, it’s usually pretty

apparent what’s on its mind. Generally, a cat hisses only when it wants to be left alone or is feeling cornered and scared. Cats also often hiss when they meet strange cats (or dogs) for the first time.

Caterwaul:

Sometimes it’s shocking the volume of noise that

can come out of our feline friends. Caterwauling is an unmistakable scream or yowl a cat produces when it is in heat or about to battle with another cat. Generally, if you spay or neuter your cat, you won’t have to tolerate a middle-of-the night caterwauling session, but even a neutered pet might let loose once in a while if a strange cat suddenly appears in the window.


INSPIRE & CREATE

design

photo: Aquality Construction

UMMER 2013

OPULENCE

COMES STANDARD

Making outdoor living dreams come true, Aquality Construction is creating award winning, custom pools and spas against the rugged backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The results are nothing short of masterful works of art.


SUMMER 2013 / DESIGN

THE 4 BASIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF

FENG SHUI BY CATHLEEN MCCANDLESS

The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. - Frank Lloyd Wright

”I don’t believe in Feng shui.” I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve heard this statement throughout my years as a feng shui consultant. Yet every time I do, it always amuses me. You see, saying you don’t believe in feng shui is like saying you don’t believe in air or gravity. Whether you believe in it or not, feng shui is all around you and affecting you all the time. Take a moment to observe your environment right now. Are you curled up in your favorite chair or propped up against soft pillows on your bed? How are you feeling right now? Relaxed or tense? Focused or distracted? No matter where you are or what you are doing, how you are feeling right now is influenced by the way you are experiencing the feng shui of that environment. Feng Shui [pronounced ”fung shway”] is the study of the environment and how it affects people. Contrary to what you may have heard, feng shui is not a belief system, a religion, superstition, or magic. You don’t need to ”believe” in it in order for it to work. Feng shui has nothing to do with changing your luck and everything to do with helping you create a space that promotes feelings of happiness and well-being. In order to have an optimal life, you must have optimal surroundings. All living things practice feng shui. Plants, ani-

BASIC PRINCIPLE 1: PROTECT YOUR BACK Both people and animals prefer to sit with their backs to a wall in order to have a view of the rest of the room. When your back is protected, you feel safe enough to relax and enjoy yourself because your basic survival needs for safety and protection are being met. Feng shui translates human survival mechanisms into basic design principles that can help create an environment that’s relaxing and comfortable. Select chairs, sofas and headboards with sturdy backs that are high enough to provide a feeling of safety but not so high that they feel oppressive. Chairs and sofas with arms offer a greater feeling of protection than seating with open sides. Arrange furniture to provide a clean view of the main door to a room. This is especially important with desks and task oriented seating. When you’re seated with your back to a wall and with a clear view of the door as well as the rest of the room, this is known as the ”command position” in feng shui. This position eliminates the element of surprise. Such an arrangment allows you to feel more empowered, more relaxed, and more in control of your surroundings.

mals, and people have specific requirements for their respective environments in order to thrive. An unfavorable setting may bring disease and illness, causing living things to degenerate and possibly even die. Just like plants and animals, your releationship to your surroundings is fundamental to your health and well-being Feng shui is often credited with creating miraculous changes in people’s lives. Many people attribute improvements in relationshiops, finances, health, and well-being to applying feng shui principles to their homes and offices. The benefits that are achieved with feng shui are not the result of magic, belief, or luck. They occur because feng shui helps people adjust factors in their environment in order to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative. when you’re happier in your surroundings, you experience greater happiness and satisfaction in your life.

Chairs with arms and comfortabl e backs are key, just make sure the back isn’t so high that it feels oppressive.


photo: Dessin Fournir

FENG SHUI


Lighting greatly influences the way you experience your kitchen. After leaving the privacy of your bedroom and bathroom in the morning, the kitchen is usually the first room that you spend time in during the day. Exposure to natural sunlight in the morning helps regulate circadian rhythms and internal body clocks to set the tone for the day to come.

SUMMER 2013 / DESIGN / FENG SHUI

BASIC PRINCIPLE 2: MINIMIZE SHARP EDGES, POINTS AND CORNERS Right angles and straight lines don’t exist in nature. Sharp points, corners and angles in our surroundings can be interpreted as threatening, and our bodies respond to the threat with tension. When sharp corners protrude into a room, the space may not feel very relaxing because our survival instrincts are on high alert to keep us safe. Soften or minimize sharp angles and pointed objects in your space by doing the following: •

Avoid plants with spiked leaves and thorns, both inside and outside your home.

Place round objects, such as sculptures, planst with soft leaves, circular tables and lamps in the corners of a room.

Position furniture with sharp edges, such as tables, desks and cabinets, diagonally in corners to make a room feel more inviting.

Frame windows with drapes to soften the edges.

Choose floral or non-geometric patterns for rugs and upholstery.

BASIC PRINCIPLE 4: CREATE BALANCE BETWEEN EXTREMES The term ”feng shui”, loosely translated, means ”wind” (feng) and ”water” (shui). Instead of taking these words literally and seperately, it’s more beneficial to consider them conceptually and together.

BASIC PRINCIPLE 3: ADD IMAGES & MATERIALS FROM NATURE

Combined, they capture the essence of feng shui, which is balance and flow. The concept of balancing between two extremes is

Scientific studies have proven time and time again that plants, images,

the essence of feng shui’s approach to optimizig an environment.

and materials from nature reduce stress, promote healing, increase

You must be mindful moment-to-moment of keeping your balance

productivity and provide a greater sense of well-being in humans. We

while also looking ahead to make sure that you’re heading in the

are hard-wired to respond to all aspects of the natural environment: its

best direction. It’s about being balanced and focused in the pre-

shapes, materials, smells and colors. When we integrate plans, images

sent moment while paying attention to, and preparing for, what

and materials found in nature into our living and working spaces, we’re

lies ahead.

including features that resonate with us on a deep level. No matter your design preferences, there are simple ways to bring nature into your home: •

Add live plants. It’s a simple idea, but somethimes just the addi-

When you apply feng shui principles to your surroundings, you’re helping your environment, and your journey through life becomes more balanced and positive.

tion of a plant or two can transform an area from a place where no one feels comfortable to a place where people want to be all the time. •

Display artwork that depicts scenes from nature. Seascapes, landscapes and other outdoor scenes help to bring the natural world indoors, promoting a feeling of calm.

Choose materials that come from nature. Wood, stone, jute, hemp, bamboo and cotton feel better and are better for you than synthetic or man-made materials.

Integrate water into your home environment with indoor tabletop fountains or aquariums. Pools, ponds and even birdbaths add water to an outdoor setting, as well as outdoor fountains.

Recommended Reading: Learn more about Feng Shui and implementing it effortlessly into your home place with author Cathleen McCandless’s book, Feng Shui That Makes Sense, available at Amazon.com


photo: Dessin Fournir

Soft lighting in the form of a neutral lamp and shade, natural accessories, floral drapes and a circular side table are inviting and warming; you feel comfortable and at ease upon entering the space.

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LIVING IN EVERGREEN / SUMMER 2013


AROUND TOWN: EVERGREEN

BOUTIQUE

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SUMMER 2013 / LOCAL

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he emphasis on music and art in this quaint mountain town is undeniable. On Thursday and Friday evenings you can follow the sound of music to the doorstep of the Muddy Buck. Every Thursday is Open Mic night at the Muddy Buck, where the promise of local talent and quality coffee draws a faithful crowd. Live music fills the intimate location again on Friday with a different act each week.

K MUSIIC & DRINK

THE MUDDY BUCK Something special for every part of the day: Specialty coffee, great food, beer, wine, and regular live music.

By day the Muddy Buck fuels the town of Evergreen with fresh coffee, wine, beer and a lunch menu of wraps, sandwiches and salads. The Muddy Buck also roasts their own coffee beans, offering one or five pound bags for purchase. You can find the Muddy Buck at 28065 Colorado 74 in Evergreen or keep up with them on Facebook for their latest updates.

create your own gallery collection of fine art photography using our artist- curated collection of denver imagery found throughout this magazine

look for the 6 images throughout the issue and cut on the dotted lines to fit in your favorite 8”x10” frame. look for new images in our next issue!

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AROUND TOWN: EVERGREEN

Mountain Perks Craving good asian food and sake? Don’t drive to Denver; get your cravings fixed by visiting Saigon Landing at 28080 Douglas Park Rd. You may miss it if you aren’t looking; the restaurant is perched on an off-street hill, just off Hwy 74. The converted Victorian house is open, airy and charming, with a man playing the piano in the background and authentic smells wafting through the space. Sit on the patio and enjoy the hillside view, while taking in the extensive menu that offers Asian cuisine including Chinese, Thai, and of course, Vietnamese.

FRESH AIR, PLEASE >> Evergreen Lake Trail upper Bear Creek Road

Evergreen Lake Trail is a great way to take in the fresh mountain air and the stunning views. The trail makes an easy 1.3 mile loop around the stunning Evergreen Lake. The morning view of the lake is always mesmerizing and is without question the gem of Evergreen. Along the trail you might find runners, hikers, and bikers. During the warmer seasons the Lake is dotted with fisherman and boaters. The Lake was formed after the damming of Bear Creek in 1927 and now is a popular place for everything from sailing lessons to ice skating to family gatherings.

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LIVING IN EVERGREEN / SUMMER 2013


OUR HERO: FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER

JEFFERSON COUNTY: ANIMAL SHELTER HEROES

staff, the loving care of the animals, and the number of services provided to the community. I had always known the Foothills Animal Shelter was there, but I had no idea that one of the top animal shelters in the state (probably in the country) is right here in Jefferson County.

front desk to help point you in the right direction.

Adoption Services

Foothills Animal Shelter takes in approximately 8,000 animals each year and finding good homes The Foothills Animal for these animals is Shelter, located just therapy, the Foothills priority number one. off of 6th Avenue and Animal Shelter is your The beautiful 33,000 They make it very easy Indiana St. next to the animal headquarters. square foot facility is Jefferson County Fair- On a recent trip to the welcoming and visitor for potential adopters to get to know the grounds is an animal friendly. Adoption Foothills Animal Shelanimals who want lover’s dream. Wheth- ter, Jennifer Strickland services, lost and to become a part of er you are looking for found services, lowwas kind enough to their family. If you a new pet, looking for give me the grand tour cost services, rehaa lost pet, need advice and tell me about the bilitation services and are looking for a feline or help with your curmore are offered here family member you shelter. I was absocan get started in the rent pet, or just want lutely blown away with and there is always “cat colonies”. These an afternoon of animal the facility, the friendly a friendly face at the LIVINGINEVERGREEN.CO 53


One of several “Real Life Rooms”, where prospective pet parents can get to know their furry friends before making an adoption decision.

are rooms that are specifically set up so you can see the cats in a “home-like “environment. With several cats lounging in the colonies you can almost let the cat pick you (I had one loving cat immediately run up to me). There are toys and towers so you can play with and get to know the friendly felines. If a dog is what you are looking for, you have come to the right place. Big, small, purebreds, mixes, there are all walks of life in the shelter’s dog kennels. As you walk through the kennels almost every dog greets you with a tail wag and friendly yip, it would be difficult not to find a perfect companion among them. If small dogs are better suited for you, then head into “Tiny Town” where the little guys have their own private quarters. There are private rooms where you can get to know any of the dogs one on one to see what kind of fit they would be in your home. Most people do not realize that the shelter has more than just dogs and cats. In fact, of the 8,000 animals taken in each year 500-600 are “critters”. The “critters” range from reptiles, chinchillas, parakeets, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. These animals are all looking for homes as well, so don’t forget to check out “Critter Corner” . Adoption fees go toward ensuring that all animals get the loving care they deserve—such as the pet’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a health check and microchip. For some pets, the adoption fee may also include additional surgeries, medical treatment, weeks of foster care, extra socialization, training and more.

Facilities While animals are waiting their turn to be adopted they are living the good life. With lots of friends to play with, roomy kennels, comfortable beds, outdoor play areas and daily walks, these animals get the outstanding treatment they deserve. The kennels and private rooms are well maintained and amazingly clean. The proximity to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds offers dogs and others the opportunity to stretch their legs. low cost Services

One of the best features of the shelter is the low-cost services that are offered to the community. I was fortunate enough to meet the Director of Health Care Services, Dr. Hill, during my visit and she recapped the multitude of services they provide. Spay, neuter, microchipping and immunizations are all performed by Dr. Hill and her health care team. The team consists of another part-time veterinarian, 5 vet technicians, and 10-20 volunteers. These services are for all of the animals the shelter takes in, but are also available at a low-cost to the community to use for their own pets.


Saving Animals

The facilities and services provided by the Foothills Animal Shelter are top notch, but perhaps the most impressive aspect of the shelter is how hard they work for the animals. They have an absolutely amazing 85-91% save rate for all animals they take in. Meaning, of the 8,000+ animals they take in each year they are able to find homes for up to 91% of them. To put this in perspective, the national average save rate for shelters is 50%. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that the Foothills Animal Shelter does not refuse any animal.

Lost Pets

One of the most helpless feelings is when your pet gets loose and you cannot find them. If you have a lost pet in Jefferson County the first place you should check is the Foothills Animal Shelter. Local animal control uses the shelter as a hub for lost animals. When lost animals are brought to the shelter they are scanned for microchips. If owners are not identified by a microchip then the pet’s photograph and a short profile are posted to the Foothills Animal Shelter website lost pets’ page. Lost pets are put on a five day hold in hopes of the owners contacting the shelter or seeing their pet on the web page. If owners do not come forward within 5 days, then the shelter begins getting the animals ready for adoption. The best and/or easiest way to avoid losing a pet is to have it registered. It is mandatory for all Jefferson County dogs to be registered and now it is easier than ever. The Foothills Animal Shelter has recently taken over all pet licensing for Jefferson County. It is only a $15 fee and the proceeds go to funding the shelter. Although not mandatory, it is a good idea to have your cat registered as well. You can head to the shelter to get your pet licensed on Wednesday or Friday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. The shelter also has many weekend clinics around Jefferson County where you can also register your pet (see www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/Clinic for details and a list of dates and locations). These clinics are held almost every weekend during the warmer months and you can bring your pet in for vaccinations, licensing, and microchipping.

We are extremely fortunate to have the Foothills Animal Shelter here in Jefferson County. If you have never been, stop in and see for yourself the wonderful things the shelter is doing for the community and our pets.


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