Discover Something New at Home in Denver

Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AMUpdated Dec 20th 2013 10:55 AM

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Denver has been on a tear lately. Union Station is in the midst of a $500 million redevelopment that will bring a hotel and restaurants to the iconic depot. North of downtown, the RiNo neighborhood is also taking off, both Broadway and Colfax Avenue see new businesses open on a near-daily basis, and urban revitalization is spreading in all directions from the city center.

New Restaurant: Session Kitchen

With a sensory feast of music ranging from ambient to alt-country, colorful pop-art murals and eclectic munchies that draw inspiration from the culinary traditions of Louisiana, Cuba and France, to name a few, Session Kitchen has breathed new life onto Old South Pearl Street. The focus is on sharable small plates like pastrami duck ham and fried Brussels sprouts and handpicked craft beer and cocktails. Brought to you by the same folks behind the landmark Wynkoop Brewing Co., Session occupies the building formerly known as the Izakaya Den, which moved half a block up Pearl Street to a snazzy new location adjoining its landmark sister restaurant, Sushi Den.

Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: I Heart Denver

The I Heart Denver Store in the Denver Pavilions at the southeast end of the 16th Street Mall takes the souvenir shop and hyperlocalizes it. Proprietor Samuel Schimek hand-picks art, apparel, and paper products from the city's top artists and designers. Grab a LoyalTee T-shirt emblazoned with local landmarks of past and present or an eye-grabbing map of Denver's neighborhoods from January Jones Prints to show that you indeed "heart" Denver.

Word on the Street

Peyton Manning. He might be national news, but Denver hasn't gone gaga for a Broncos quarterback like this since John Elway retired in 1999. Whether you are an NFL fan or not, Super Bowl speculation is hard to avoid in Denver this season.

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Eric Peterson once walked Denver's Colfax Avenue, said to be the nation's longest urban street, from end to end, and lived to write about it. He has also written numerous travel guides covering Denver and Colorado and is the managing editor of Confluence Denver.

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