I have been a busy businesswoman this week!
A Japanese Shochu delivery to Matsuhisa Restaurant took me up to Aspen. I certainly didn’t mind! I even stayed for shopping and dinner. Matsuhisa is really a pricey yet deservingly-so restaurant. Their innovation in their foods and presentation is exhilarating, and so fresh! The Sudachi Cosmo is a must try!

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An Aspen. In Aspen. I couldn’t help myself.

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Alsn can’t avoid the caramel apples. They seem to find her!

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A beautiful German-inspired jacket at one of the many alpine-inspired shops in Aspen. I loved the button grouping and the feathers! Still not entirely sure why one needs German things in Colorado, but hey! This is America.

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Rarr. The downtown Aspen streets are gorgeous. There is a babbling brook through the pedestrian walkway, and tons of shops.

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Owl Cigars? What a hoot! I love the old painted bill boards on buildings. It looks like this one has been repainted recently, so I’m happy to see Aspen is keeping their history.

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Just to remind you where you are… It never ceases to surprise me when I’m shopping and suddenly look up over the rooftops to see the mountains all around me. It really is a breath-taking place.

After my Aspen weekend, I went to a company dinner at The Margarita at Pine Creek, down in Colorado Springs. There, we enjoyed exquisite Polkura wines with a 6 course meal. It was a masterpiece! I highly recommend this restaurant to any foodies out there.

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The bright mismatch of colorful lamps at Margarita at Pine Creek were just one touch of “not a box restaurant,” to say nothing of the unique architecture and fabulous circa 1970s plaster walls. There were lots of alcoves and quiet places- perfect for romantic dates.

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Before the wine dinner I got a chance to wind through Garden of the Gods, which is gorgeous, and this picture doesn’t do it justice.
I spent the afternoon in Manitou Springs, where I discovered quite a few new favorite places.

#1: You must try a crepe at Coquettes Bistro and Bakery. They are gluten free, and to die for! I went off the deep end and tried the “Tokyo Crepe.” which was ahi tuna with rice, wasabi, cream sauce, and who knows what else. What I do know, is that is was awesome. My mother recommends the Pumpkin Butter Dessert Crepe. Yum!

#2: Silver Sparrow Bead Shoppe Yes, I’m a sucker for beads, and I love small stores, so this little shop was right up my alley. Strangely enough, their selection was incredible! There were a lot of neat beads, and none of the “usual” findings you see in bigger stores. Great charms, glass, and stone. If you’re a beader, or looking for a unique piece of jewelry, check ’em out!

#3: Safron and Black Cat Books Wowzerz! No offense, but I wouldn’t expect to find this kind of “art wear” in Manitou Springs, let alone Denver! This is an awesome shop! Safron, downstairs, is an amazing clothes shop, full of items you’ve never seen before, and will never see again. 100% unique and artistic, ranging from steam punk to wine snob. I fell in love with a ruched plaid skirt and a re-distributed, rust-orange half-sweater that had a brass button corsage worked in. The book store had great little gifts, and lots of books. Certainly a must for the uniquely dressed!

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