This Tuesday, I'm linking up with Becky at Olives n Wine for Treat Yourself Tuesday. My birthday weekend turned into a weekend of delectable eating, and, there is no better way to treat oneself than to eat loads of good food.
Earlier this week, Lauren, a fellow Denver blogger, chastised me for not citing Denver on my list of cities with good food. After this weekend of fine dining, I might have to add Denver to that coveted list!
Friday night: we didn't have any plans for Friday night and as we got closer to the dinner hour, I realized I just wasn't in the mood to cook. The problem was, we couldn't decide where we wanted to go. So after consulting my short list of "Denver restaurants we need to try", we lucked out at CafeBar. I didn't know if we could get in on a Friday night without reservations, but we are early diners (thanks to our toddler), and we were able to get a table, no waiting. The food reminded me of what you might get in a French brasserie. And the restaurant was hip but still had a warm ambiance. We can't wait to go back for another meal.
|Hanger Steak with Grilled Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes|
Saturday night: this was the BIG night. We have an "event" place -- a restaurant we like to do go to for special events: birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations -- a steakhouse called Shanahan's. So of course, that is where we started our evening. No thinking about what to drink: I had my favorite cocktail, the "bubbly" pear martini.
I took several photos of our meals (with my husband trying to suppress a smile), but the lighting wasn't the best, so I decided not to post the dinner photos.
The real surprise of the evening was the apres-dinner event. I figured it had to be some kind of performance because my husband was very clear with the waiter that we had to leave by 7pm. In the end, I was surprised; I thought we were going to see the orchestra or a play, but instead, we saw Chicago! I'm not much of a musical goer and now I'm beginning to think I should go see more musicals. Our seats were amazing -- we were two rows away from the stage. I love the movie version of the musical, but there is nothing like seeing a live performance. It was a great night.
|Denver Performing Arts Complex|
Do you like musicals? Do you have a favorite you'd recommend?