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Hi there! My name is Natalia Story and I have been living in Denver, Colorado for more than 10 years now (although I travel quite a bit, as well). I have always had a special connection to food — and I have been avidly eating and drinking my way through the world for as long as I can remember. I think a great meal or a drink together can create the most lasting memory and truly tie people together. My passion is discovering hidden gems and delicious new bites (or sips) — and sharing my experiences with others. I cover local restaurants, the occasional travel destination for food, and carefully-chosen food and drink products that I believe will appeal to my audience.
Special occasions call for special wine. 🍷 . I love a good wine — especially when it has a great brand/company behind it — and @bacawine drew me in when they not only told me that it was a family-owned, women-run winery in Sonoma county — but that they also make wine “for people like us: the curious, the adventuresome, the lovers of life, with a gleam in their eye and a penchant for the uncharted.” 💃 Yes ladies! . 🍷 BACA produces mostly Zinfandels — like this 2020 “Tug O War” Russian River Zinfandel, which received 95 points from @wineenthusiast. Plush and complex — but also fruity, with notes blackberry, raspberry preserves, red plum, and a hint of blood orange. Wine veterans and novices alike will love this wine. . . . . . #BACAambassador #BACAwines #zinfandel #sonomawine #redwine🍷 #zinfandelwine #redwinelover #winerecommendation #winesofcalifornia #winelife #wineblogger #valentinesdayvibes #romanticdinner
Special occasions call for special wine. 🍷 . I love a good wine — especially when it has a great brand/company behind it — and @bacawine drew me in when they not only told me that it was a family-owned, women-run winery in Sonoma county — but that they also make wine “for people like us: the curious, the adventuresome, the lovers of life, with a gleam in their eye and a penchant for the uncharted.” 💃 Yes ladies! . 🍷 BACA produces mostly Zinfandels — like this 2020 “Tug O War” Russian River Zinfandel, which received 95 points from @wineenthusiast. Plush and complex — but also fruity, with notes blackberry, raspberry preserves, red plum, and a hint of blood orange. Wine veterans and novices alike will love this wine. . 📸 by @mirandatillinghast . . . #BACAambassador #BACAwines #zinfandel #sonomawine #redwine🍷 #zinfandelwine #redwinelover #winerecommendation #winesofcalifornia #winelife #wineblogger #valentinesdayvibes #romanticdinner
The cocktails at @jackswoodfire on @southpearlst are not only beautiful, but also delicious! I like to think that if I were a cocktail, I’d be their Millionaire Martini with Belvedere vodka, elderflower liqueur, like juice, sparkling wine, and gold sparkles! ✨ . I maaaaaay have been slightly less sparkly by drink #4. 😬 But their Crystal Chocolate Martinis are a must for dessert! 🍫 Stoli vanilla vodka, 360 double chocolate vodka, crème de cacao, and just a bit of chocolate (stick). It tastes just like chocolate, but is all booze. 😆 . . . . . #martinis #denverdrinks #denvercolorado #denverlife #denverliving #vodkacocktails #sparkleandshine
🌹 Just in time for Valentine’s Day: presenting one of our new favorite steakhouses and date night spots, @jackswoodfire on @southpearlst — which recently hosted us for this amazing dinner. . Some must-try highlights: 🍸 All the cocktails here are beautiful and yummy, from the sparkling Millionaire Martinis to the dessert Chocolate Martinis. 🥣 The French Onion Soup is a top contender for our favorite in town, due to depth of broth flavor, cheese quality, and that darker bread inside. 🥩 Jack’s has a variety of steak cuts available, but the highlight is their filet selection with signature crusts. We had “The Duke” — with Gruyère cheese, roasted red peppers, panko crust, garlic, and spicy Calabrian peppers. YUM! 🦞 The lobster tail “steak enhancement” has so much more flavor than lobster we’ve had at other steakhouses. 🍚 The lemongrass scallops and coconut wild rice were a last-minute addition for us, but hands-down a table favorite we’d come back for. 🍮 The Bourbon bread pudding. OMG. . We also had the light and flaky Chilean seabass, overstuffed Maryland crab cake, pecan grilled shrimp with flavorful side sauces, wedge salad with a unique dill dressing, creamy seafood risotto, and other outstanding dishes — that were honestly all delicious — but everything can’t make the video and our favorites list! I don’t think you can go wrong here, though. 👏 . 🎉 Also: while the downstairs at Jack’s makes for a perfect date night, the upstairs has a much more upbeat vibe if you’re looking for a fun spot for a night out with friends. . . . #denvercolorado #denverfood #denvereats #denverfoodscene #denverdatenight #southpearl #denverliving #denverlife
Life is too short to not look fabulous — or to drink bad wine. 👏 . 🍷 This rosé of Zinfandel may come in a can, but it’s a top-notch, small-batch, lightly-oaked wine from one of my favorite Sonoma county wineries: @bacawines. 💕 BACA is a family-owned, women-run winery that makes wine “for people like us: the curious, the adventuresome, the lovers of life, with a gleam in their eye and a penchant for the uncharted.” 💃 They forgot colorful, sparkling, and fabulous — but that’s alright. 😉 . . . . #roseallday #bacaambassador #bacawines #forthezin #zinfandel #drinkmorewine #stayfabulous #drinkmorewine #winelovers🍷 #sonomawine #drycreekvalley
This one is from my kitchen y’all — and it’s a super easy, go-to dish of mine: grilled skirt steak. 🥩 This was a beautiful, juicy cut I had delivered from @billydoe_meats — marinated overnight in tenderizer seasoning and pineapple juice, and then sprinkled with some steak rub before being thrown on the grill. I usually make 2 separate sauces: a classic parsley & oregano chimichurri — and a spicier red one with roasted bell peppers, Calabrian Chiles, and pine nuts — but this time I sort of combined the two with what I had in the fridge. 🌿 🌶️ . 🥩 LINK IN PROFILE FOR A DISCOUNT OFF YOUR FIRST BILLYDOE MEATS ORDER. 🥩 . . . . . #skirtsteak #grilledsteak #beautifulfood #meatdelivery #dinnerideas #supportsmallfarms #supportfarmers #goodingredients #farmtotable #supportssmallbusiness #homecooked
The molcajete at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina on S Broadway. All other brunch dishes are inferior — prove me wrong. 🤤 . ℹ️ Molcajete is a traditional Mexican dish served in a sizzling hot stone bowl and filled a mouthwatering mix of meats, melted cheeses, salsas, and veggies like green onions and cactus. . . . . #denver #colorado #denvercolorado #molcajete #mexicanfood #denverbrunch #denverfood #denvereats #denverfoodie #yumyum #denverlife #denverliving #foodblogger #sundayfunday #sundayfunday☀️ #sundaybrunch
Check out the @halcyoncherrycreek rooftop for “Après in the Clouds” — a beautiful setting to watch the sunset, try your hand at curling, and have some delicious bites and drinks in Cherry Creek! ☀️ 🥌 🥂 . The winter cabanas are super cute & cozy and seat up to 6 people — just remember to make reservations and place your food order in advance! We loved the oysters, caviar, tinned fish & mussels, charcuterie platter, and braised chicken. 🦪 🐠 🧀 🍗 This was honestly the best braised chicken I’ve ever had y’all — which I did not expect! . Hours: Thu 3:30-8pm, Fri-Sun 1-8pm . . . . Thank you for hosting us Halcyon! #hosted . . . . . . #denver #colorado #denvercolorado #cherrycreek #denverfood #denvereats #denverlife #denverliving #thingstodoindenver #rooftopbar #denverfun #apres
Finally made it up to Rosetta Food Hall in Boulder, and I’m glad I did! Fantastic variety of food (from pizza, to ceviche, to noodles, to desserts) — and perfectly made cocktails (like this espresso martini). 🥂 And at night, I hear it turns into a super fun party with a DJ and everything. I’ll have to come back for it! . . . . . #bouldercolorado #colorado #boulderfoodie #boulderfood #coloradofoodie #coloradofood #coloradoeats #coloradolife #coloradoliving #beautifulfood #milehigheats #noodles #noodlepull
Finally made it up to @rosettafoodhall in Boulder, and I’m glad I did! Fantastic variety of food (from pizza, to ceviche, to noodles, to desserts) — and perfectly made cocktails (like this espresso martini). 🥂 And at night, I hear it turns into a super fun party with a DJ and everything. I’ll have to come back for it! . Thanks @milehighbites for bringing me here! . . . . #bouldercolorado #colorado #boulderfoodie #boulderfood #coloradofoodie #coloradofood #coloradoeats #coloradolife #coloradoliving #beautifulfood #milehigheats #noodles #noodlepull #noodsnoodsnoods
🇨🇷 You’ve got to check out this new Costa Rican spot called Pollo Tico at Avanti F&B, a collective eatery in Boulder — brought to you by chefbyrongomez, whom you might recognize from Season 18 of Top Chef. 🇨🇷 . Our faves: 🍗 Quarter Chicken (dark meat of course!) 🍌 Chicken Patacon — tender shredded chicken on a fried plantain, topped with cabbage, pickled veggies, and salsa 🌮 Gallos de Pollo Tacos — a special the day we went that we hope makes it on the permanent menu . 🤩 Beautiful food in a beautiful setting — as you can see! And all the above were gluten-free too! . . . . #bouldercolorado #colorado #boulderfoodie #boulderfood #coloradofoodie #coloradofood #coloradoeats #costaricanfood #coloradolife #coloradoliving #beautifulfood #glutenfreefood #milehigheats
Did you know that YumCha Denver downtown now serves Chef Lon’s famous French onion soup dumplings (which used to only be at ChoLon - Downtown Denver)? Also available are the yummy General Tso’s chicken soup dumplings! . Both are on happy hour, and HAPPY HOUR IS DAILY 2-5:30PM. 👏 . Some other items we enjoyed included the pork gyoza dumplings and the wagyu beef short rib open-faced “banh mi” (flatbread) — both shown in the video. . . . #downtowndenver #soupdumplings #denverhappyhour #denver #Colorado #denvercolorado #denverfood #denvereats #denverfoodie
Winter nail inspiration for y’all on this cold and snowy day. ❄️ GelX nails by @nao_mi.nails at Purluxe Beauty Bar — neutral-to-taupe ombré with white snowflakes and matte top coat. . . . . #gelxnails #gelx #winternails #snowflakenails #holidaynails #naildesigns #nailart #denvernails #nailideas #nailinspiration #nailsofinstagram #nailinspo
You didn’t think I was done, did you?! 😉 Four more great spots below — and as always, a full list is in Guides and individual coverage to come! . 1️⃣ For all of December, the entire outdoor tent at @milehighspirits is themed as an 80s disco ski lodge party. ⛷️ Shots with Santa are also happening leading up to Christmas, which means every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 1:30pm, there are shots and photo opps with Santa in the back barrel room. 🎅 And on December 17, there’s also the Annual Awesome Sweater Party! . 2️⃣ Blazing Bright at @hiltondenverinverness in Centennial offers a wide array of classy themed drinks, bites, and decor at the hotel’s lounge and restaurant. Don’t miss the Bah-Humbug hot cocoa bar! Available Tuesday - Saturday and reservations are recommended. . 3️⃣ @happycamperdenver is always a fun and crazy time (flamingos, disco balls, and bathtub seating are not unusual any day of the year here) — so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they do a fantastic holiday theme, as well. Every inch is covered with a candy cane, bow, ornament, pine branch, or other piece of holiday festiveness. . 4️⃣ I haven’t personally been to @bezeldenver yet for the holidays, but this elegant downtown bar in @sheratondenverdowntown has redecorated for the holidays, and I hear it’s resplendent with the coziest atmosphere, ski-themed décor, outdoor heat lamps, chairlift, and warm winter cocktails. . . . . #denver #colorado #denvercolorado #denverdrinks #holidaypopup #popupbar #holidayseason #holidayvibes #thingstodoindenver #denverlife #denverliving
It’s officially December y’all!🎄 See my last posts for a round-up of the first 4 holiday pop-ups already open (at 8 locations) — and below are another 4 opening up tomorrow! . 1️⃣ @theelectriccure is known year-round for their creative cocktails and crazy-cool decor (my favorite is probably the enormous print of George Costanza’s Timeless Art of Seduction hanging on the wall). Starting on December 2nd, they’ll be transformed into The Krampus Room — a crazy, shenanigan-filled holiday bar that’s a must visit. . 2️⃣ From the creators of The Electric Cure, but located downtown on Blake Street, come @hellorhightiki / @honorfarm — another all-out themed holiday bar: Honor Farm will be hosting “Baby, We’re Dead Inside” on the 1st floor (a perfect mix of spooky and festive) and Hell or High Tiki will host “Jolly Old Saint Dick” upstairs. . 3️⃣ Starting in December, @milepostzeroco in McGregor Square will be going full Sleigh Bar, while @mcgregor_square itself will be hosting a new skating rink! There will be a holiday themed bar with floor to ceiling decor, holiday cocktails, and themed activities (drag queen performances, live music, holiday bingo, movie nights, Santa visits, and more). . 4️⃣ From the same creators as My Neighbor Felix and Felix Navidad (see Part 1), @theviewhouse will also be going into full Christmas mode for December with Santa Baby (so find your sexiest Christmas outfit and come on over). . See my Guides tab for a complete list with mapped spots!🎅 And follow me for individual coverage of each spot and more locations! 💋 . . . . . #denver #colorado #denvercolorado #thingstodoindenver #denverlife #denverliving #denverdrinks #holidayseason #holidayvibes #christmas2022