Tony Ortega paints the Chicano experience in Denver

HIGHLAND — “My purpose is to preserve Mexican-Americans’ cultural identity, while walking alongside the dominant culture,” says Tony Ortega, a Northwest Denver artist and associate professor at Regis University. Ortega’s art juxtaposes the two cultures in sometimes humorous ways. “I mix American pop culture with Mexican pop culture, like putting Chicano leaders on Mt. Rushmore […]

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Mizu brings the Izakaya experience to LoHi

LOHI — We found ourselves wandering the city in search of a place to eat. The Highlands hotspots along 32nd and Tejon were so busy we walked down past Little Man and were drawn into the hip new Mizu Sushi & Izakaya Bar for their soft opening. While their soft opening means we ate from a slight menu, we found ourselves very pleased with the flavors and the exciting vibe.

The corner location across from Lola’s on Boulder St. has gone through several variations in the past few years. The new interior features a sassy mural of an alluring Japanese maiden tucked into a warm brick wall surrounded by cargo bundles with a rope lattice ceiling. Industrial bulbs hang like shipyard chandeliers. Metal, wood, and ropes mix into a warm hideaway feeling. There are several larger spaces for large groups as wells window seats for more private dining. A drinking bar provides some seating as does a Sushi bar where we sat and watched the chefs prepare the rolls and sashimi.

When presented with the menu, our waitress explained that the concept of Mizu is an Izakaya, a Japanese version of a pub or after work snack and drinking place. “It’s a tapas-like experience,” she explained. Small plates to share while drinking from the whiskey and sake collection. The drinks had amusing names: Duel to the Death, Drunken Master II, The Grandmaster, Five Deadly Venoms, and Come Drink with Me. The cocktails are $ 5 and the hot sake, beer, and wine is $ 4.

Although the menu was small, the dishes we tried were delicious. We started out with the Jalapeño Sashimi, $ 13. The thinly sliced Shima Aji and Hamachi were drizzled with feisty pieces of minced peppers and fresh cut herbs from the sushi counter garden boxes. It was delicious.

Next, up we tried the Honey Eggplant, $ 5. I’m not a big fan of sweet dishes, but this was fantastic. The eggplant was softly cooked into a comfort dish loaded with complex sweet and spicy flavors due to the peppers and sweet miso glaze.

From the sushi rolls section, we tried the Spicy Tuna, $ 6. These were our least favorite of the dishes we tried. The tuna was minced into a coarse puree and the rice was very sticky as well. The fish tasted good, but we found the overall impact to be too mushed up for our liking.

The Pork Belly Steamed Buns, $ 7 with their 24-hour braised pork belly with basil slaw had the mildest taste of all of the dishes. These satisfied our hunger with their fluffy buns and the meat and slaw that filled them. We found ourselves dipping them in the remainder of the eggplant dish. A side of some honey mustard would have been nice.

The service was good but a bit hectic. As a soft opening, the processes were being worked out. A few times a server approached us asking if we were expecting the dish in her hand. As we sat at the sushi bar, we commented that the lighting didn’t seem so good for the guys with the sharp knives. Not a moment later, the sushi chef offered us a delicious, rich scallop dish that he had made by mistake. As we enjoyed his error, he and the other sushi chefs were pointing at the lights as the culprits of the error.

Overall, we really enjoyed the meal we ate. The serving sizes were perfect for what we needed. We hear they are rolling out more menu items as their soft opening continues. This eatery has a very fun vibe and the food was quite good. It was both comfortable and hip. Although not available for a while, the wrap around porch will also be a fun place to sit when the weather warms up. For now, the cozy warmth of the rustic and modern interior along with rich and comforting foods make Mizo definitely worth a visit.

1560 Boulder St. | Denver, CO 80211

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Experience Ballrooms In Denver

You have seen people on TV enjoying ballroom dances. Did you ever wonder if it would be possible for you to enjoy that too in a place with friends or acquaintances? You are in luck because there are ballrooms in Denver wherein events such as weddings, proms as well as get together for reunions could be held. Ballrooms in Denver are becoming a first of its kind and are now being done in different states and there might even be a dance sports which will be spearheaded by the ballroom denver group.

Ballroom dances are known to be held in a spacious ballroom. Denver, Co can offer a wide selection of ballrooms to choose from. The atmosphere of these venues can be altered to suit the mood of your event.

Ballrooms in Denver are events that most people in other states would like to see because of some celebrities being invited to show the dances that they have been practicing. Some people from other states would like to enjoy the ballrooms because of the beautiful weather and sceneries during the event.

You can search the web and check out the venues that they can offer. Most even centers will even offer to decorate your chosen ballroom. Denver, Co event centers offer a variety of function rooms that would fit your budget and need. They have packages that will help you arrange everything hassle-free and they offer additional services like private entrance, valet parking, housekeeping and waiting/bartending. Venue rates vary, though, depending on the day your event will take place.
Ballrooms in Denver differ in size. Some ballrooms can hold 300 guests while others can hold a thousand people. You can ask their event coordinators for advice when choosing the right ballroom.
For more information that you might need before planning the event, their customer service representatives are willing to answer all your questions regarding any ballroom. Denver event centers also have resident event managers that will assist you in planning the event that you are aiming for. You may be one of those people who would like to hold an event for a cause and would like to make your guests feel great while attending the event. So, for that special event for you or your family,

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