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Monday, September 6, 2010

Denver Art Museum

When I think of Denver, I typically envision mountains and remember my first two years of college at Loretto Heights. I seldom venture into downtown Denver - more often than not we simply drive through on our way from Colorado Springs to Loveland or vice versa.

Jim, Everett & Jimmy
This year our friend, Jim Wright, planned a day with his son, Jimmy. Jimmy and his fiancee Lisa bought a house that they are rehabbing.They're busy planning their wedding and enjoying their jobs. Jimmy is the Director of Operations for the Kevin Taylor restaurants - all located in downtown Denver.

We started our day by meeting Lisa and checking out the progress on the house. They are just a few blocks from downtown. Blue skies and sunshine brightened the city from sidewalks to skyscrapers.

Denver Art Museum
Two special treats for the day: a visit to the King Tut exhibit at the Art Museum and dinner at Prima Ristorante.

The Denver Art Museum houses some exceptional exhibits in addition to King Tut. I especially enjoyed the western art, the new Charles Deas 1840s America exhibit and the Asian art. King Tut is marvelous and far exceeds the imagination. Most of us have seen documentaries on TV about the discovery of his tomb. To actually walk through the exhibit and glimpse the magnitude in both physical size and gold treasures is an awesome experience. The exhibit is on display until January 2, 2011, so if you're in Denver, treat yourself to a few hours of Ancient Egyptian culture.

Downtown Denver from inside the Museum
We ended our day with a stroll through the theater district and a scrumptious dinner at Prima Ristorante. Located in the theater district, the restaurant has tall ceilings, a mezzanine and a bar that is a natural focal point. Spotlessly clean, well-decorated and light, we felt a sense of comfort as well as fine dining.

The menu features northern Italian cuisine. Since Italian to us usually means spaghetti, we truly enjoyed their specialty dishes. Two of the appetizers we tasted were tuna tartare (sushi) and soft-egg ravioli. Both were excellent. The ravioli was totally different from any we've ever tasted, but we loved it.

Like the food, the service was excellent. Add to that good company, stories of old times, and catching up over the years, and it was a great evening.

The restaurant is one of five in downtown Denver owned by internationally known Chef Kevin Taylor. For more info on the restaurants, see http://www.ktrg.net/. Check out the art museum at http://www.denverartmuseum.org/home.

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