Denver, United States
Catia, 40
Public Health Research
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in public health research, where I work with low-income population in Colorado that allows me to work with minorities and people of color. I like that I can work in many public health projects and that I can make a difference in people's life. I also get to do global health consulting, and that is a plus; to use my skills in my home country Peru and Latin america. My workplace also allows me to travel internationally at least 3 times a year, and of course I am very happy about it. International traveling is my passion and I am fortunate to be able to hit 40 countries next year for my 40th birthday :)

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Joaquin Sabina, Adele, and to cheer me up some classic salsa and merengue :)

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I am watching Genius right now and loved it! I also liked House of Cards, Orange is the new black, Santa Clarita Diet, The crown. Definitely Netflix have made it fun to watch series on your laptop or your TV.

Name some spots in Denver that are good for a Tinder date.

St. Marks coffee uptown Denver is great, The Thin Man next door also. Ace Eat Serve, Second Home Kitchen in Cherry Creek North is also a great venue. Another bar I like is the Infinite Monkey Theorem, great coaches, and in the RINO neighborhood, where you can go for a walk and see all the art walk around.

Who’s your hero and where in Denver would you take them out for a serious hang?

I don't think I have a hero, but I like Jason Silva :) I will invite him to go for a walk at City Park and after that go to The Thin Man.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I like Nordstrom Rack and sometimes I swap it on Facebook! I have also found a great online page for dresses, ASOS, cute dresses for all occasions.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Five Points at midnight.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I wish I can ride my bike more often but with work and traveling, I get busy and I drive most of the time.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Denver and where did you get it?

Extreme dish, I would say Tacos de lengua, in a food truck in Federal Blvd, was good, but i thin k I will stick with tacos at carbon :)

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Denver that you particularly like?

The Thin Man can be a hidden bar, check it out. You will be impress with their cocktails and the decoration.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Denver? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Sushi Den is pricey but worth it, around $180 for a dinner for 2. Spa, The Woodhouse Day Spa, a deep tissue massage for $130, worth it though.

What restaurant in Denver looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Tacos Acapulco, in the parking lot of a hostel on East Colfax Ave. Best pupusas, dish form El Salvador, and great taco al pastor.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Denver? Which one do you like?

If you want really fancy drinks, go to Green Russell, the best cocktails in town. Located on the basement on Larimer street, that is why they called themselves "a chef driven cocktail joint." Another bar I like is The Cruise room, located at the Oxford Hotel, is the first "Denver's First Post Prohibition Bar." They opened their doors a day after the Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Well known for their martinis.

Where would you take your partner in Denver if you wanted to really pamper them?

I will go to Beast and Bottle for brunch. If it is in the evening I will dress up and get sushi at Izakaya Den that has one of the best sushi dishes in town and the service is great.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

You can only get Mile high oysters in Denver! Never tried them and I don't think I will. Google what it is! You will be surprised.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Denver?

Coors Brewery Tour, with so many breweries in town, you can visit some small ones and better one.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Denver?

South FederaI Boulevard, great asian and Latino restaurants around all along the boulevard. I don't think people that come to Denver go to that area. In the weekends some of the Chinese restaurants have the best dim sum I have tried.

What are the Denver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Red Rocks Amphitheater, awesome scenery and views. Union Station, great view of the new architecture in Denver and nice stroll around downtown Denver.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Denver. How do you spend it?

I would get the best croissants in tow at Babettes Artisan Bread for breakfast at the Source. After that I will go hiking if it is summer, get lunch at Masterpiece Delicatessen and walk around downtown Denver. I will end the night with dinner at Sushi Sasa. If it is Winter, I I will go ski at Winter Park, get back to Denver and get ramen soup at Osaka, yum!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

It is not a city but a tinny island off the beach town in Belize Hopkins, the island is Glover's Atoll Reef. You take a boat and after 2.5 hours you are in the island. You can eat as many coconut as you want, buy fresh fish in the afternoon fresh from the ocean. Next day you can do scuba diving, or just kayak along the beach or read outside of your hut with the ocean view. Best sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen.

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