Thursday, July 31, 2014

Garden Classy

My grandparents are in town, so I joined them along with a few other family members for a morning at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We were there to see the Chihuly exhibit, which features glass art installations throughout the gardens.







Just a sampling of what is there! On to the classy meals:
 TJ's Coconut Milk Vanilla Yogurt with maple granola and raspberries.

Lunch at The Hive, a restaurant within the gardens.
"SUMMER HIVE SALAD: baby green medley, almond, avocado, blueberry, tomato, tarragon vinaigrette, 
olive oil crostini".  It comes with cheese, but I obviously ordered it without.

There was a Bhakti Chai and three dark chocolate almond clusters later on...
 Last week, I mentioned to Shen that I made a Farmer's Market Pasta.  I recreated that meal tonight, and had a glass of Pinot Gris to go with it.
How to: yellow squash, zucchini, and shallot sauteed with canola cooking spray, followed by a white wine reduction.  Add chopped kale, tomatoes, and a few splashes of veggie broth to keep it all moving. Once cooked, add cooked linguine and toss. 

See you this weekend!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, the Botanical Gardens are SO pretty!! And even moreso with Chihuly. Have you posted about seeing an exhibit of his before? I seem to remember someone else showing photos of his stuff...
    The granola and pasta look gorgeous. I love cooking with alcohol - it's already out, so why not drink some too, right?

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    1. I haven't mentioned him before, but he does seem to be popping up everywhere!

      Ha ha! Exactly! It was actually the other way around - I wanted a glass of wine, and decided to cook with it, too. Either way, it's a win. ;)

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  2. You're so lucky that you got to see the Chihuly garden exhibit! Everything is so pretty. I especially love the boats.

    The pasta looks terrific, as do those raspberries. I've had terrible luck with finding decent berries this year, so I'm always craving them. Yours look perfect!

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    1. I love the boats, and the floating glass baubles. Really beautiful! There were so many other pieces, but I want to respect his work and not put it all on the internet! All of the flowers reminded me of you, and the lovely flowers you have in your garden.

      I agree, berries have been hit and miss. I've stopped buying them fresh for the year, and hope that next spring will bring better ones.

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  3. I love Chiluly - whenever I see his stuff, it always cheers me up. There was a great exhibition in London not so long ago. Such great pictures - the colours just sing.

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    1. Hi Joey! It certainly is cheerful and luxurious work. Thank you!

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  4. A classy post from start to finish! Never heard of Chiluly, so it was educational as well. Glad to see that Pasta dish I had read about. You are having a good summer from my view point.

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    1. I was not familiar with Chihuly, (first name Dale) until the news starting buzzing about his art installation at the Botanic Gardens! People were raving about the exhibit, but I still wasn't sure I'd go...and then I was handed a ticket. ;)

      The pasta was delicious! I only have two weeks left, I could cry. Ha! If my job wasn't so stressful, I wouldn't need such a long break.

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  5. Wow! I don't even know where to start, I am in love with this post! I have a weird love of glass art and this exhibit is absolutely stunning. I love the garden exhibit idea and I'm kind of a little obsessed with the boats especially. That is the kind of work and creativity that make me incredibly jealous, ha! How cool that you got to see it in person and you captured it so beautifully!

    You captured your meals really beautifully as well! Your breakfast looks gorgeous! All of the meals are making me hungry actually and I love the wine glass!

    As for the yoga studio, that is really bitchy of the new owner to pull that on you. Clearly she is not a good businesswoman because you would think that maybe accommodating you for the next few weeks may lead you to sign up again (not that it would but if she didn't know that she ruined any shot of a re-sign). If she's that crazy and paranoid she won't last long which is really sad for the studio. I'm glad that you are going to continue in another studio though, you are definitely inspiring! I could never get back into the routine after my trainer left my gym but I'm glad you are not letting the change deter you from your practice!

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    1. I agree, the boat pieces are spectacular! I love the blue baubles in the water, too. Since I wasn't in a rush (unlike England! So much to see, go, do!) I could focus on the photography. There is one of the lily pads with the sky reflected that is really pretty, but it didn't have any art in it, so I didn't include it here. Thank you for your compliments!!

      I think you nailed it - if I was to stay, I would probably lose interest considering that all of my favorite teachers left (and that lady is clearly crazy). Moving on to somewhere else is a good thing. There's a lot of change in the air, and this is part of that process - I'm happy to embrace it! Also, the former owner wrote a newsletter recently that talked about committing to 30 days of yoga. I started yesterday, and my hope is to get on my mat at home or in a class everyday. So far, so good!

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