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Colorado is, in my eyes, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The richness of the views in almost any direction, or climate, are breathtaking. Being home for the holidays was the perfect excuse to take it all in, and let my mind reminisce the simple times. It’s a funny feeling, being somewhere so familiar with your lover for whom, despite being several times, it will always be so new. Something as simple as driving unexpectedly down a certain street or passing a random food chain can ignite crazy memories of teenage shenanigans. I often think about my pre-teen and teenage life in the Rockies, and about all the things I did and experienced, and how its all shaped me to be the woman I am today. I also wonder sometimes what my life would be like had I never left for a year abroad in France when I was 16. Not that I have any regrets at all whatsoever, but sometimes I wonder what kind of woman I would have become.

As charming as Paris is in the winter time, there is the level of winter wonderland magic that just can’t compare to Colorado. As my trip to the state where I grew up approaches, I can’t stop thinking about the snow-capped mountains and falling snowflakes… sadly snow just doesn’t seem to stick in Paris. A good snow I find to be one of the most beautiful and serene of all things.

The countdown begins. I feel like perhaps growing up I didn’t take in the beauty of winter landscapes.

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Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 1There’s a new icon in Larimer Square with a modern twist on comfort food…

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 2 Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 3Tom’s Urban 24 opened last fall, and has something new to offer the Denver foodie crowd.

Not only do they have a menu that is to die for (I can’t stop thining about it), but also they are open 24/7. What’s better than that? A delicious grub, drink and snack at any hour of the day or night? Yes please.

To further enlighten you with this place’s awesomeness, this Tom guy is the mastermind and founder behind Smashburger and has the most crazy and exciting background in food science, marketing and branding for various national fast food chains. I’m not kidding when I say he had something to do with Stuffed Crust Pizza and McGriddle. According to the Westword, he’s an R&D wonderboy.

He sounds like a pretty terrific and inspirational guy.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 4So, when I was home for Christmas, Kristen and I went there for a revisited-comfort-food dinner date.

After a long debate over all of the choices and what to get for dinner (and of course after the Blue Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs as an appetizer), we settled for one of their Urban pizzas and the Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese.

If you want to also drool over their menu, you can check it out here. I am craving most things on the menu as I type this. There is such a large variety of food and flavors, all Colorado sourced! Tom’s works with 30 different Colorado food companies and produce farmers to offer their ever so delicious “comfort food with a modern twist”.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 5We both paired with a pint. K went with the Hoegaarden that they had on tap, and I went with the local Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewery.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 6 Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 7Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 8I’m dreaming of this place and wish so much somewhere with such delicious grub and fabulously retro and urban atmosphere could open in Paris. A great place to enjoy delicious food.

If you happen to go to Denver, check it out for yourself. Your jaw will drop.

Tom’s Urban 24
1460 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado
Tél: 720.214.0516
On Larimer & 15th Street

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 1I just love the Passy metro stop.

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 2 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 3 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 4In the winter it really has en eery feeling, and so gray. Something about how symmetrical it is I find to be so interesting. Have you been for a stroll here?

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 5 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 6 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 7 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 8It’s still so chilly here in the city of lights. But these strolls make the cold worth the stroll. And something about those foggy skies I just love.

Hope you’re staying warm.

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All photos by Jean-Laurent Gaudy

As tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to post these lovely photos that Jean-Laurent took of Louis and I a few weeks ago. It was what he calls a “Love session”. He has a talent for capturing beautiful candid moments. And gosh I am so happy with how they turned out!

It’s hard to get some seemingly natural shots as sometimes it’s awkward to show PDA in front of a camera, eh? We did our best.

I really like these pictures because they were taken in our apartment. In our own element. With our stuff. It felt so much more natural, and so much more true.

I love love.

You can check out the original post on Jean-Laurent’s blog here.

Don’t forget to check out his blog and Facebook page for more updates and showcasing of his sublime couples photography.

Happy Valentine’s Day.