Down and Out in Denver

Happy Birthday Alastair!

Posted in Uncategorized by Blake on January 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Alastair!

Alastair is celebrating a rather momentous birthday today in San Francisco.  I won’t tell you which number it is but suffice it to say that it’s a landmark.  I hope you have a wonderful rainy day in San Francisco, Alastair, and that you come back to Denver with lots of birthday stories to share!  I know how you love a manly pink cake so I found this one especially for you.


Happy Birthday To Us!

Posted in Uncategorized by Blake on November 13, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday DOD!

Blake: Can you believe that it’s been a whole year – to the day – since we started this blog?  It feels like the time has flown by, and here we are, still in Denver. Still a little down, though maybe not so much.  Definitely still out.

Alastair: Has it really been a year? Lady, I’m getting old. So much has happened in Menver over the past 12 months. The restaurants, the booze…the boys.

Blake: You ARE getting old, but that’s another story (dear reader: Alastair has a milestone birthday coming up pretty soon!). I’m more surprised by what our little blog has turned into.  We hadn’t really planned for much beyond complaining when we first started.  But now we’ve got restaurant reviews and Wednesday Links (ahem! where are our Wednesday links?), Capitol Hill apartments, and Blake’s Book Nook.

Alastair: You know Blake, we really have eaten our way across Denver during the past year. So much so that you might want to seriously consider your dream of producing your very own public television show “Check, Please! Denver.” At least we could write off all of these meals!

We’ve gone from Barolo Grill to Grand Lux Café and everything in between. Looking back, there have been some clear trends. We apparently love red meat: LoHi SteakBar, Deluxe Burger, and Bastien’s Steakhouse. We can’t ignore DOD’s love of pizza: Benny Blanco’s, Proto’s Pizza, and Fat Sully’s… And that was only in Denver! Let’s not forget our perennial favorite, Potager.

We also found some pretty decent watering holes: The Cruise Room, Thin Man, A Côté, Sketch Wine Bar, and recent favorite, Cellar Wine Bar. I’d say we’ve accomplished quite a task.

Blake: Speaking of Potager — yes, definitely our favorite — the new menu premiered on Thursday and of course we were there. Recommendations: the warm cabbage and bacon salad may be a bit beige looking but it’s super tasty.  Speaking of beige and tasty: the chicken liver terrine.  For entrees we recommend the steak with potato gratin but would avoid the risotto with mushrooms and lobster: al dente, drippy, and the flavors are ho hum. There were so many options, however, that I’m definitely game to go back for more soon.  We also enjoyed a few glasses of Denver’s own Infinite Monkey Theorem Malbec — straight from the keg!

Alastair: I wonder if serving wine from a keg is a ruse intended to deceive Denver’s enormous beer drinking community. Seriously, people, there’s more to the world than just beer.

Blake: True enough Alastair, but back to the blog! While there can be no doubt that many of our readers seem to make their way to DOD because of an interest in reality TV — our niche market may well be reality TV stars without their own websites: Sandra Rinomato, Sarah Richardson, Mondo Guerra, Gretchen Jones, Tabatha Coffey (back soon on Bravo!) — we’ve also made some loyal reader friends along the way, bloggers and non-bloggers, Denverites and people from further away.  Our blogging gal pals now include the Denver Omelette, Squadratomagico, Historiann, and GayProf. And where would we be without the wise words of Spunky T, Corey, ej, Casey, and Totally Anonymous?

Alastair: You’re not the boss of me! You know, I’m shocked Spunky T only caught one of my spelling mistakes. Oh, and WHEN are we going to meet the Omelette? I think they’re a figment of your imagination.

Blake: Maybe you’re right, Alastair; does Mama Monroe actually exist?  Clearly NOT a figment of our imagination are all those other gal pals who have joined us on our jaunts around town: Justine and Christine and Gareth; Bonita Lou and Bethany Sue; Walt and Wendy; Oklahoma Gal Pal, Kimmy, and Whitney; Rutabaga and Clementine; Historiann and Dr. Mr. Historiann; my Gentleman Friend; Mr. and Ms. B.; and Ginger Snap.  So much fun have we had!

Alastair: We did have some good times, and even though we’re still down, out, and in Denver, it’s been great having someone to help navigate the ride.

Blake: Happy First Birthday, Alastair! Happy Birthday DOD!

Alastair: Happy First Birthday to you too, Blake!  Happy Birthday DOD!


It’s Tough to Be a Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on October 17, 2010

“Dur dur d’être bébé! (It’s Tough to Be a Baby)” is a 1992 song recorded by French singer Jordy Lemoine, who at  only four years old became the youngest singer ever to have a charted number-one single. “And mommy says go to bed, brush your teeth. Don’t pick your nose, don’t do this, don’t do that.” The song achieved quite the success across the world, particularly in France. Don’t ask me how or why this came to mind, but I just had to share. The video is ridiculous.

Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on September 22, 2010

Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Anna Wintour at Alexander McQueen's memorial service in London.

  • Tim Gunn’s mother doesn’t know he’s gay?
  • After taking a few classes at the Art Student’s League of Denver, Michael McDowell created the Hanging AirPlant Pod, a seemingly gravity-defying plant holder made specifically for the Tillandsia, which requires no soil and very little watering.
  • Zac Effron gets himself a beard… no not that kind of beard.
  • Denver rocked by the Great Bike Poster Battle of 2010? An interesting look into originality. Has it all been done, like everything under the sun?
  • Men and Women of Industry have A-Frame on the brain.
  • Hear the new single from Belle & Sebastian’s forthcoming album, Write About Love, out October 12.
  • Alexander McQueen remembered in London: “Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Campbell were among those taking a break from London Fashion Week to attend the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral.”

Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on September 8, 2010


  • This Friday, IIDA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Prêt-a-Porter at Exdo Event Center.
  • The recent New York Times article, “Denver Chefs Head for the Garden,” provides a glimpse into three Denver restaurants that produce or source ingredients from in and around the city.
  •  Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’,” from the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy”) is a classic and John Scheinfeld’s 2010 documentary “Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?),” explores the singer’s enigmatic life and music that came to an early end.
  • MCA Denver’s Energy Effects is on view in its entirety through Sunday, September 12. See the exhibition Westword described as “over the top.”
  • El Diablo just opened, and Tambien is now closed
  • Late addition: Next to Johnny Weir, Brad Feels Masculine. This has to be one of the best scenes from this season’s Rachel Zoe Project. If you were lucky, you also caught a glimpse of Johnny in the newest commercial.


Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on August 25, 2010

  • Introducing Let’er Buck Cologne, a new fragrance that finally lets you embrace the scent of a rodeo cowboy, available now. I’ll assume this ain’t your first time at the rodeo.
  • Egyptian scents + the afterlife + King Tut’s curse + a dose of the unexpected = UnTutled #32 (Tut) at the Denver Art Museum the final Untitled of the season. Friday, August 27, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
  • The Denver Modernism Show takes place this Friday thru Sunday at Denver’s National Western Complex, home of the National Western Stock Show. A VIP gala will be held Friday evening, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 but you get free cocktails. I was told that last year’s drinks were ridiculously strong. SOLD! 
  • Interested in all things mid-century? The 2010 Arapahoe Acres Home & Garden Tour takes place this Saturday, August 28th. Arapahoe Acres is the first post-World War II residential subdivision listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Participants can tour 12 homes and gardens from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • ARTCRANK Denver will open on Saturday, September 4 at the Lisa Koslowski Gallery. The show will feature the work of 56 local artists and run through Saturday, September 11. (via xrocksthespot™)
  • SF Weekly‘s food critic, Jonathan Kauffman reports, When Pink Ice Cream Isn’t Gay Enough: Tranny Smackdown at Humphry Slocombe. Oh, San Francisco… Oh, Cazwell.


Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on August 11, 2010

  • According to the New York Times, “Summertime is tote time.” However, the DOD boys know that anytime, not just summertime, is tote time. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, in collaboration with Polo Ralph Lauren produced the totes pictured above. Proceeds benefit the institute, the nation’s oldest social service organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. More here.
  • There’s been a variety of local and national criticism (both good and bad) regarding Santiago Calatrava’s recently unveiled designs (with architects of record Gensler) for the Denver International Airport. I’m not quite sure where I stand, but I’m sure that just like the Clyfford Still Museum, which recently released images of the final design, Calatrava’s proposal will also change over time.
  • I’m not a fan of flip -flops. Yes, King Tut wore them, but I’d prefer that you didn’t… unless we’re at the beach, by the pool, or they’re made entirely out of gold. Just saying. As if you needed another reason to avoid flip-flops CNN recently aired a story regarding researchers who found that wearing thong-style flip-flops resulted in pain in the ankles, legs, feet… and some people’s eyes. Yes, I did.
  • Do you work in downtown Denver? Well, you may have heard that it’s Downtown Denver Partnership Employee Appreciation Week. There are numerous events, freebies, discounts at downtown restaurants and other activities, including free ice cream, today at 12:30 pm at Skyline Park (16th & Arapahoe).
  • An exclusive and rather handsome collection of “built-to-last” men’s apparel and accessories –a collaboration between Levi’s and Filson– is now available in select retail stores, as well as on and
  • Gary Hustwit, the filmaker responsibile for the documentary, Helvetica, which looked at the worlds of typography and graphic design, and their impact on our visual environment and Objectified, which focused on industrial design and product design, and our relationship with the manufactured objects that surround us, is now working on his third film, Urbanized. The last of Hustwit’s design trilogy, Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on July 28, 2010

  • Are multi-level shorts for men really the new summer trend? Via Le Fag.
  • Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is in town this week to unveil plans for the Denver International Airport South Terminal Redevelopment. Tonight, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs will host a special public presentation with the architect at the Denver Art Museum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • I’ve amassed quite a collection of works on paper. Drawings, posters, and prints. The thought of framing and then hanging these works is a little daunting. KID Collective offers up a few suggestions of how to incorporate artwork behind your sofa. I particularly love the vintage furniture thrift store combo.
  • As we mentioned last week, Mondo Guerra will be bringing a little Denver to “Project Runway” this season. You can personally cheer him on each and every Thursday night during the season as The Fabric Lab and Guerra host Project Runway Nights at Beauty Bar Denver.
  • 31 is apparently the new 21, according to a study on the age at which women reach their peak of confidence. Congratulations, Kate Hudson — it’s all downhill from here.

Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on July 21, 2010

Denver's Security Life / ING Building

  • Neil Patrick Harris tweets his double rainbow sighting. Apparently, I’m not the only one who gets excited over a rainbow, or two. I caught one last night, above.
  • Courtney Love has started writing a blog about what she wears.
  • ‘Project Runway’ Season 8 begins airing on Lifetime on July 29. Seventeen contestants will compete this season, including Mondo Guerra from Denver.
  • Michael Paglia’s review of three important Biennial art exhibits.
  • The fall election is heating up in Oklahoma. Brittany Novotny, a Democrat and the states’s first known transgender candidate, is running for a seat in the State House against Sally Kern, the Republican incumbent who gained national attention in 2008 for saying that “the homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation.”
  • Men are being introduced to the concept of mattification. I’ve been using DDF Daily Matte™ with SPF 15 for years. Just saying.

Wednesday Links

Posted in Uncategorized by Alastair on July 14, 2010

The wives of the African leaders joined French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The bouffant hairdo of Cameroonian first lady Chantal Biya added to the splendour of the occasion.

  • Vive La France! France marked Bastille day with a military parade down the Champs-Elysee in Paris to celebrate the 211th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, amid criticism of the presence of some African leaders in Paris.
  • Check out Design*Sponge’s “sneak peek” of my friend Kate’s sunny Oakland, CA apartment where she and Anton have surrounded themselves with pieces they’ve made, collected and inherited.
  • According to Westword’s Worst-Case Scenario, King Tut could give a DAM.
  • The Foals announce a North American tour and stop by Denver’s Larimer Lounge on Tuesday October 12th. The Oxford group is playing in support of their recently released second album ‘Total Life Forever’. While this is great news (notice San Francisco and Seattle missing from the tour…) I will need to travel elsewhere this fall to catch twee-pop cult heroes Belle and Sebastian.
  • Otter, bear, seal… or just not sure what animal you are? This Friday the Barker Lounge, “Denver’s Friendliest Neighborhood Lounge” on Broadway hosts a Woodland Creature Party, featuring “honey wrestling” and a “pelt pageant.” Should be an interesting evening…
  • When will this heat end?