Friday, February 24, 2017


 We are celebrating Marla's birthday this week. She hates when I blog about these things, but I felt compelled to share what I find so interesting about this woman. Marla is unique in a myriad of ways but her passion for truth, justice, and high ideals, has always fascinated me. In some ways she is like a chameleon, soft and gentle, as well as principled and tough. She is always striving to be her best self. 

 She is always willing to take on the toughest tasks!

 Marla is smart and great with math just like her Dad.

 She is a nurturer with everyone in her family.

 Mar has always been a lifelong student, whether close to home or far away.

What a fantastic ambassador she would be! 

 She is the perfect person to enjoy a long romantic evening with!

 Being a 23 year year stage 4 cancer survivor has definitely formed and refined her character and view of the world. After over a year of multiple surgeries, stem cell transplant, high dose chemo, and radiation treatments, she wanted to explore the world with a sense of carpe diem! This was a trip to Thailand just after her doctors gave her the OK to travel abroad.

She loves immersion in unique countries and culture.

She is an adventurer!

She is at home wherever she goes.

Marla has the unique ability to look like she just got off a mega yacht during the Cannes boat show!

She cracks me up with her sense of humor,...and obviously, Paxton as well!

She would rather sit on her deck and watch a sunset than almost anything!

Thank you for letting me gush a little about the woman I love.


Images: Dick Gentry

Friday, February 17, 2017


Last week I wrote about the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. Almost 50% of the soon to be 54 restaurants and stores are open now. My favorite place of all is Miette et Chocolat, a simply amazing haute patisserie in the French style with high creativity. 

On our first visit Marla and I bought one fruit tart to share. Up close you can see the care and style of this delicacy. The chef included 24 karat gold leaf as well as a tiny macaroon. The delicate twist of apple added real flair. Yes, it tasted even better than it looks! I've dined at three star Michelin restaurants in France and this little tart was just as good, maybe even better than some of the desserts we've had!

Miette et Chocolat is the brainchild of chefs Gonzo Jimenez and David Lewis.

The pastry kitchen is busy!

Bonbons and other fabulous treats.

Up close you can really see the artistry with this Bonbon. They are like little works of art.

Oh my!!!

I watched Gonzo work his magic!

Their shop may be tiny, but I took huge pleasure in sampling their creations.

The Stanley Marketplace is a really happening place which is destined to be one the go-to fun spots in the Denver Metro area! On your next visit be sure to drop by Miette et Chocolat and walk around with a delicious smile on your face.

IMAGES: Dick Gentry, Miette et Chocolat,