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Deliciously Denver

Written by Robyn Wyman-dill

For a food lover, there is nothing quite like taking a stroll down the middle of a road with a tapestry of tents on either side. All beautifully set with fresh foods and artisan goods and bursting with color. There is a honeymaker on my left and Mile High Fungi mushrooms on my right. City Girls Flowers is next and a real eye-catcher with gorgeous girls.  The cucumbers come in three different shades and sizes. Palisades peaches, tuscan kale, heirloom tomatoes and a delicious almond and honey feta cheese later. Then, there are the breads, the cheeses, pies and pastries. Il Procellino Salumi draws the crowds. While samples abound. I think you know where I am going with a feast like this. First stop is my kitchen. Then, Nirvana. My life as a self-proclaimed, food wanderer and semi-prophet has its benefits.

To earn my ‘food whisperer’ T-shirt, I have had to wander for centuries among the fruits and veggies at outdoor markets around the world in Italy, Germany, England and France. In the late 90s, I believe I had a divine awakening at Santa Monica Farmers Market. That was the day Wolfgang Puck bought my favorite salad mix, validating me as a chef. Paving the way to then become an apprentice private chef and food commentator. Now, in Colorado, a state that is blooming with creativity, I am taking nature’s horn of plenty to the next step. To deeply appreciate food craft at the artisan level.

I want to thank the goddesses of good timing for magically appearing. Three lovely ladies at rootpr.com named Kuvy, Cori and Em
ilie, began sprinkling some pixie dust in my inbox. Which put me in touch with a community of farm-to-market-to-table disciples and artisans here. Invitations, conversations and Farmers Market volunteer experience later, I have assembled a roadmap to some of the best products in terms of taste and creativity. Beginning with Chocolate Lab.IMG_3350
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Sipping on Hello Kitty Wine

by Robyn Wyman-dill

Hello and welcome to 2017. Shall we commence with a quick reality check before we cultivate ourselves. As kind of a warm-up to the New Year.

Marking this calendar week, we have the raging United States of Russian relations and a storming Helena – spreading ice and snow across our vast nation. Like old
man winter sweeping across Red Square. Meanwhile, a cold, cold war – in the words of Nobel for Literature-Elect Bob Dylan ‘is blowing in the wind.’ (Does anybody really know when Bob Dylan is going to accept the award?) Okay. If life insists on imitating art badly, may I recast my presidential vote in favor of Princess Leia, posthumously, before it’s too late. She is someone who has proven to me that she can guide a ship to greener pastures with the goodness in her heart, a light saber by her side and a sassy sense of humor. Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for inspiring girls like me to think large. May the force be with you and your unsinkable mother, Debbie Reynolds. Salute. Cin cin. I raise my glass to you, sipping on Hello Kitty sparkling white wine…from the Lombardy region of Italy. Made with love by the Torti family.  At last. Read the rest of this entry »