Squeeze every last drop out of summer 🍋

Summer gifts

Fooducopia Wash Park top shelf cocktails
Fooducopia Wash Park has a great selection of top shelf signature cocktails to enjoy the last days of summer.

Whether you want to admit it or not, the end of summer is quickly approaching.  I know. I don’t want it to end either. The last rays of summer sunshine are the best. The memories created are enough to want to make me squeeze every last drop out of summer. So perhaps  we can.

August is the third month of summer. A time when we start to feel a bit more anxious of what lies ahead. But I recently read a great article about how we can conquer the anxiety that creeps up on us this time of year. To be present. Instead of filling our mind with dread with what lies ahead of us. Why not toast all that summer has given us?

Fooducopia Wash Park offers a creative drinks menu of top shelf signature cocktails. My favorite is Forever Young—an uplifting drink of organic green tea, orange liquor and fresh squeezed lime. Now that is great idea! Don’t you think?

 

Denver brunch spots that celebrate community

What is your story?

Denver brunch Spot
Fooducopia Restaurant in Wash Park is a great Denver spot for brunch!

I love stories. Especially when they are around the table. They make the food taste better and the stress levels lower. At the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue Denver brunch spots Fooducopia offers a place to celebrate community and good honest food.  Executive Chef Richard Glover’s brunch menu is the perfect spot to gather for telling stories. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the food is always the centerpiece.

Perhaps it takes a few moments to tell your story, but the truth is we all have one. It just gets away from us. I’m often reminded of the famous quote from Soren Kierkegaard  “of all the ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy—to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.”

Kierkegaard calls out busyness—the culprit that robs of us our story. The good news is that it is an easy remedy. Make time to tell your story. And that starts around a table. Stories evoke all different emotions around a table. It is an escapism from our busyness.

So why not gather up your buddies, girlfriends, relatives or neighbors and sit and enjoy a weekend brunch together. The hurried schedule mentality will disappear and the only thing that will occupy your mind is—which story should I tell first.

We look forward to seeing you at Denver brunch spots Fooducopia to enjoy good honest food and your story!

 

 

 

Why we all need a device free dinner . . .

 

Restaurant tables are not what they used to be. The daily newspaper, which rested next to the silverware, is obsolete. Kids’ firetruck and car noises are no longer heard while waiting for their meal. And those with a keen sense of precision no longer play with sticks.

This year, 2019 marks the 11 year anniversary of Apple’s App store. Little did we know what would happen to the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. It became a billion-dollar industry for tech companies to take a seat while you enjoy your pancakes, BLT sandwich or romantic dinner for two—regardless of the invitation.

Now don’t get me wrong. There is no way to harness technology. There are positives that have come out of this table guest. But there are also side effects—or heartburn as I like to call it. There is a side of the App store that we don’t find satisfying. It takes away from human interaction. It makes the dinner table quiet and less focused on who we are dining with. Research suggests that what was meant to connect—in fact disconnects us at the table. So perhaps a device free dinner at Wash Park restaurant, Fooducopia,  is the answer.

In an earlier blog, I wrote about Will Ferrell’s hilarious #DeviceFreeDinner campaign. After watching, one reader decided to pack up her phones and hide them at dinner. Let’s just say that Chef Richard’s meal was enjoyed with laughter, eye contact and plentiful conversation. So, I have a favor to ask, watch the #DeviceFreeDinner campaign and then perhaps you might find yourself playing with sticks at the table. Pick-Up Sticks for those who remember. Just ask Tim, he might even have a set when you next dine with us.

Thanks for reading . . .

 

 

 

Chef Richard’s vendor list is all L-O-C-A-L!

Local Vendors = Good. Honest. Food.

If you are looking for the best restaurants in south Denver that offer locally-sourced and organic ingredients, then take a look at this list from Wash Park’s favorite restaurant. Executive Chef Richard Glover wants you to enjoy food that is honest and good. So this month we thought to make things simple. Below is a list of our local vendors. In other words the basis for what makes Fooducopia the restaurant that it is.

We look forward to seeing you at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue!

 

Wash Park brunch places all about community

We all need . . .

Fooducopia Restaurant is located at 1939 E Kentucky Avenue in Denver’s Wash Park community.

Every so often my emails take over if I don’t manage them. I’m sure we all have this. Sometimes, it’s a quick delete to the trash, but more often than not there are emails to be read, news to be learned and events to be corresponded. As I write this one, I sure hope you don’t delete but rather keep reading. I promise it’s worth the two minutes of your time. In fact, I hope it  will make you think of the community where you live.

One particular email, immediately drew me in with the following sub head: “One of the world’s leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society’s problems.”

Now I am no where near being a scholar and am not sure how I got on this subscription service but it came from the University of Chicago. So not only is it legit, but its scholarly.

The podcast, which you can read here, explores the disempowerment of communities. My heart sank a bit as I read the article. I wanted to say, “now hold on a minute, community is a strong word not to be taken lightly.”

But then again, I started to think perhaps we have taken our community too lightly. When was the last time you didn’t venture out to a far off big box store but rather just went to the local store to get that item you so desperately needed? Or better yet, when have you just stopped and supported the locals?

In a world where social media is what supposedly keeps us “social”, I couldn’t help to feel saddened at how lonely our world has become. Isolation is at its all time highest and that just doesn’t seem right—nor wanted.

Bill Withers says it best when he belts out the lyrics to his song Lean on Me

“We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on.”

When Tim Lymberopoulos first opened the doors to his Wash Park restaurant, he didn’t know what the community would expect. Of all the Wash Park brunch places he wanted one thing:  a place of community.  “There is nothing better than when I am at Fooducopia and I see customers laughing, talking and enjoying a meal together,” he said. “It just makes me happy.” Isn’t that what community is all about?

Or as the song reminds us all:

“If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load…”

 

Thanks for reading…

We look forward to seeing you at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue.