Five Questions, One Broker: Amy Cesario

Amy Cesario, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Taking time to be with family and having as many in one room as possible – Christmas Eve Dinner at my parents’ house is that special night that we all are together and present.

Name one thing we might not know about you. I love collecting Santa Clauses. I have hundreds of them from all over the world.

Local Insider: What are you currently inspired by in downtown Denver? The Coloradan. It offers the opportunity to help people buy a brand new condo in the heart of Denver. 

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? Cherry Creek – We have so many new restaurants but I like going to places that have been there for years and knowing I can get the same pasta I did 7 years ago. Kind of comforting, like going to Grandmas.

Winter is here! What’s your favorite winter activity in/around Denver? Having a glass of bourbon near the fire with friends, maybe bake a lasagna or make homemade pasta. I love Denver because the snow melts the next day! You won’t find me outside enjoying winter activities unless the sun is out and it’s a 65+ degree day. I’ve never skied or done any outdoor winter sports and I’ve never had any desire to.

Bonus Question: What’s the best new restaurant/bar you’ve tried lately? I haven’t tried anything new lately, but I am excited to check out Izakaya Ronin, because I love Japanese Whiskey... 

Amy Cesario,, (303) 995-3180

Five Questions, One Broker: Nic Leggett

Nic Leggett, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver 

Name one thing we might not know about you.

This may be cheating, but I’m not just a broker — I am somewhat of a serial entrepreneur. I have my own architectural and graphic design firm (NicholasCutler), I founded a natural skin care company with my mom (Plus Modern Skin), and I also just started a travel blog called Chouf Chouf. So if I’m not out on a showing, I’m either drawing something, testing out a new skin care formula, or planning a trip!

What’s your go-to spot in Denver?

I lived in China for a bit in college, so I’m continuously searching for the tastes I remember from my time there. Luckily for me (and for you), there’s a great little Chinese joint on Federal called Lao Wang. It is absolutely authentic, complete with somewhat brusque service and zero ambiance — but trust me, the food is worth it. Get the pan-fried dumplings, a few orders of xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and a beer, custom-brewed by Caution Brewing Co. with five-spice and chilies.

What’s your favorite fall activity? 

Mark (my fiancé) and I love to cook, so we throw a lot of dinner parties in the fall — something about the cooler temperatures make gathering with friends and family extra cozy. One of our go-to fall menus is a huge assortment of cured meats, cheeses, olives, fresh baguettes, with lots of roasted veggies and salads — easy, casual and zero-stress. Light a ton of candles and open a few bottles of wine and you’re set.

What are you the most excited about in life right now? 

As previously mentioned, I am a bit of a travel addict and I’m really excited about our upcoming trips! We just went to Mexico in November — split our time between a restored palace in Mexico City, a water purification plant-turned-boutique hotel in Puebla, and a luxurious retreat on a lime plantation in San Rafael, Veracruz. On the book next: Minot and Santa Fe with our families for the holidays, then L.A. in January, and London / Paris in February for my birthday! (And just took a little trip to Montréal!)

What’s the best new restaurant you’ve tried lately?

My favorite new restaurant has to be Citizen Rail at the Hotel Born. We’ve been both for drinks and for dinner and I can’t wait to get back ASAP. As a designer, the interiors are top-notch, with a menu to match. I’d recommend any of their dry-aged steaks, and I had truly perfect duck as well. I’m eager to try their new brunch menu — anyone game?

Nic Leggett,, (720) 626-0921

Riverfront Park Blood Drive

Join us for a neighborhood blood drive!

Bonfils is bringing their mobile donation truck right here to the Riverfront Park plaza, making donation easier than ever. 

  • What: Bonfils Blood Drive
  • When: Wednesday, December 20th, 2-7pm
  • Where: The Riverfront Park Plaza, at the base of the Millennium Bridge

Schedule your donation appointment online at (use Site Code B308) or call (303) 363-2300.  (Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly encouraged to help manage the flow of people.)

Pop into our office to relax before or after your appointment — we’ll have warm drinks and delicious snacks to help you refuel.

#MyFavoriteBlock: Tyler DuBois

Tyler DuBois, Co-Founder and Co-Owner,  The Real Dill

The Real Dill is Denver’s official pickle maker. What started as a low-key pickling hobby over five years ago has since become a delicious staple in the city’s food scene. Along with his business partner Justin Park, Colorado native Tyler DuBois runs the company, which now produces several varieties of pickles (jalapeño honey dills, anyone?) and the best bloody mary mix in town. And these guys are the epitome of creativity when it comes to flavors — they even have a recipe section on their blog with clever ways to use your leftover pickle juice in marinades, entrées, cocktails, and more.

We caught up with Tyler to talk about his favorite block in Denver and what it is about it that he loves so much.

My Favorite Block: 

“My favorite block is the stretch of Federal Blvd. between Kentucky and Mississippi. This stretch of Federal is a treasure trove of different cultures. On the same block you have people roasting green chiles, serving up huge bowls of Pho, and serving up handmade dumplings! Two of my favorite places to eat happen to be on the block: 

  • Pho Duy — Pho Duy is my go to pho place. The broth is always great and they do a great job with the tendon. 
  • Lao Wang — My other favorite is Lao Wang noodle house. They are famous for their quirky service, soup dumplings, and pot stickers. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!!”