1. Escape to the Mediterranean (sort of)
Whenever it is a cold, snowy February in my soul—whenever I (and we) need a bit of sunshiney warmth in the middle of the long winter—my wife and I grab a little bit of Mediterranean culture right here in the Mile High City. We start with brunch at Olivéa, which sets the tone for our short escape with sunny windows that face East 17th Avenue, and southern European–inspired eats. One might choose the eggs Olivéa, served with polenta, pine nuts, and San Marzano tomato sauce (and that would be a fine choice), but I am a sucker for the breakfast flatbread with eggs, onion, and smoked bacon, which has the magical effect of whisking me off to the south of France, or somewhere in Italy or Spain…you get the picture.
And although we may not have Frank Ghery’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the Mile High City, the MCA Denver is a wonderful stand-in—an inspired building that houses avant-garde art and is just about the right size for a lazy weekend morning stroll with your significant other. After perusing the galleries, we head to the roof, where you can enjoy a glass of—you guessed it—a Spanish Malbec from the cafe.--Geoff Van Dyke
In the Know Brunch at Olivéa wouldn’t be complete without the near-perfect Bloody Mary, which comes garnished with mozzarella, basil, and a cherry tomato.
The Details Olivéa: 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-5050, olivearestaurant.com; MCA Denver: 1485 Delgany St., 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org