3 Sons Italian Restaurant in Arvada, Colorado

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3 Sons Exterior
3 Sons Exterior

3 Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar
14805 West 64th Avenue
Arvada, Colorado

3 Sons had been serving fine Italian food on W 44th Ave in Denver for years. Susan and Michael Scarafiotti purchased 3 Sons in March of 2004. For over a year, the new owners have been serving fine Italian food at a new location in Arvada. The new 3 Sons Italian Restaurant and Bar opened at 14805 West 64th Avenue in Arvada, Colorado, in June 2009. And it’s a good thing. Not that they moved, but everything is good: the location, the bar, the dining room, the food, the happy-hours, the staff, and the spotless head(s).

The Tuscanesque-style restaurant with beige walls, old-brick archways, booths and chairs in warm reds and golds is in a shopping-center location, plenty of parking. There’s a bar area with a few booths and tables in front of floor to ceiling windows where patrons can “do” half-priced apps and 2-4-1 wine and wells and other drink specials at Happy Hour (call for hours).

The brunette cocktail-bringer we had last night was over-the-top gracious. Not only when she brought us the drinks and fresh bread with olive-oil/Balsamic dipping sauce, but every time she passed the table.

3 Sons at Christmastime
3 Sons at Christmastime

Moving to the dining room (one of two) after lingering a half-hour in the lounge, we were seated at a cozy booth in a warm room with subdued lighting, a kinda-formal setting. The only thing out of place was the dude in the Giants team-jacket. This is really a fairly elegant room.

From the menu we chose a basic pasta (spaghetti) with Marinara sauce served with meatball or Belfiore’s sausage ($11.00), and White trout filet pan-roasted & topped with shallots, white wine lemon butter sauce, served with Chef’s risotto of the day & 3 Sons vegetable medley ($17.00.) Add a soup or fresh house salad for $2.99, we did. A cool, blonde brought us fresh bread and dipping-sauce with the entrées. All the right textures, flavors and accouterments were accounted for and present. Portions were decent, service was excellent. I’ll return to try the pizza ($11.00) – ($15.00) and Lasagna ($17.00) and…

Full menus can be viewed at 3 Sons Official Website. Items from those menus include: Calzones ($14.00), Spaghetti Bolognese, Meatloaf ($15.00), and a Family Favorites list including, Lobster Ravioli ($16.00). Oh yea, Uh-hmmm!

3 Sons Patio
3 Sons Patio

Photos are from 3 Sons Official Website
This post assembled by W Carbone.

This is a TrueItalianTable recommended authentic Italian restaurant.

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Resort will reopen Feb. 11 as Ravella

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This is a repost from the LasVegasReviewJournal.Com

Ravella at Lake Las Vegas - LasVegasSun
Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, formerly the Ritz-Carlton - LasVegasSun

“The former Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas will reopen on Feb. 11 as Ravella.”

“Dolce Hotels and Resorts, which took over the 349-room nongaming property following its closure last May, took the name from the Southern Italian coastal town of Ravello.”

“Joseph Serrano, general manager of the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant in Lake Las Vegas’ MonteLago Village, didn’t really care what name was attached to the hotel.”

“The reopening means increased midweek business for his restaurant and the 35 shops and eateries at the outdoor retail area at the center of the 3,600-acre community that disappeared when Ritz-Carlton pulled out.”

“The fact that the hotel brings back business Monday through Thursday is really a huge driver for all the operators in the village,” Serrano said. “We’re all really encouraged about what the hotel’s reopening will mean to our business” read more from the LVRV.Com

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Yippie Ki Yo Ki Yay: Denver’s National Western Stock Show opens January 8

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First posted January 1, 2011

NWSS Bull Rider
NWSS Bull Rider

“This ain’t no New York taxi!”

Yippie Ki Yo Ki Yay. The National Western Stock Show – Opening Day January 8, 2011

“Background: In its 105th year, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is also our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier Stock Show, Rodeo, Horse Show and center for year‐round events. The 16‐day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, largest horse show and Colorado’s largest tradeshow.”

“Attendance: Overall attendance in 2009 was 643,100. The attendance record was set during the Stock Show’s 100th anniversary in 2006 at 726,972.”

“Exhibits: More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world’s only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.”

“Trade Show: More than 350 vendors fill the nearly 100‐acre show grounds with a variety of food and shopping opportunities. The National Western Trade Show offer a variety of products including fine art and jewelry, clothing, household items and agricultural products and equipment.” read more from the Official NWSS Website…

The National Western Stock Show, a brief history By Keith and Cheryl Chamberlain:

“The year was 1906. Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, there were 45 states in the Union, Colorado was getting ready to celebrate its thirtieth birthday and sirloin was ten cents a pound. On the outskirts of Denver, a growing town with a population of 200,000, stockmen from around the West gathered to show their animals, buy and sell breeding stock and encourage a meatpacking center to rival those in Kansas City and Chicago. From this beginning, the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show was born. The grand champion steer that first year was a Shorthorn that tipped the scales at 1,150 pounds and befitting its status, fetched an eye-popping 33 cents a pound.”

The West Needs A Stock Show

“In the early years of the 20th century, western stock growers faced a problem. They lacked a large market center in the West to receive their animals and the cost of shipping to eastern markets cut into already lean profits. Though there was a small meat packing industry in Denver, it was a poor cousin to its larger rivals in Chicago and Kansas City. There was also the feeling among western stockmen that they weren’t getting fair prices for their cattle, sheep and hogs. Livestock raising in the West was a tougher proposition than in the more humid East where concentrated corn and grain feeds were used to fatten livestock. The solution would be improved breeds that could thrive in this more arid region and a meat packing center in the West to compete with the big eastern packers” read more

Great American Bison
Photo is from Gear-Gear.Com


Buy tickets, see photos and find more information including show times at the NWSS Official Website
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And another Full Moon: January 19, 2011

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Semi under a full Moon by the sea.
Semi under a full Moon by the sea.

Photo: The Full Moon image was shot with a Sony VideoCam at the Main Street Station RV Park in the 90s, the truck image was borrowed from the web (jupiterimages.com,) the “mountains” are from a Utah desert scene and the rest was drawn and assembled with Photoshop. c.2011 – LasVegasBuffetClub.

The moon will be 100% full at 1:22 PM on January 19, 2011, Las Vegas time.

Q: What do you call a Native American’s great, great, great, great, great, great, (going back 12,000 years) grandparents?
*See answer below…

“American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months” – Western Washington University

Back East

Northeast, Maine

Abenaki children
Abenaki children - WWU

In the Abenaki language, the January full Moon is called “alamikos” or “greetings maker moon.”

Out West

Southern Plains

Apache ladies, amoeba.com
Apache ladies - amoeba.com

In the Apache language, the meaning for January’s full Moon is “Time of Flying Ants.” No Apache name is given.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Natives referred to the January full Moon as “Full Wolf Moon

“This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.”

Native American Beauty
Native American Beauty

Wampanoag people according to WIKI

Native American Soldier-forthardknox.com
Native American Soldier.
Thanks for all you do.

Photo of the woman in the Wampanoag headdress is from oscarkasimirjasper.blogspot.com
Photo of the audacious Native American Soldier is from forthardknox.com.

A: *Maybe Asian?
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here or here

I certainly hope this doesn’t offend anyone, if it does I apologize now.

UPDATE January 17, 2011 Today I saw some youngsters walking a several-week-old baby wolf. It was probably a hybrid but it had the unmistakable eyes and cut-through-you stare of a wolf. Since this full Moon is referred to as The Full Wolf Moon, I feel extremely lucky to have seen this baby wolf-hybrid. It is a first for me. Here are a couple of links to check out: Wolfdog – Wolf hybrid on Wiki and About The Wolfdog, The Hybrid Wolf Dog Mix on “A Pets Blog”

The official website of Western Washington University
The Old Farmer’s Almanac website
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