October 12, 2018

Around Town with sugar bound

After you see amazing art, you want to keep the vibes going.

By Wyatt Scott; Illustrations by Wyatt Scott

After you see amazing art, you want to keep the vibes going. When I see something that is really inspiring, I’m always looking for more to keep that energy going and to share it with my friends. This week on the CVA blog, we’re featuring my favorite Denver food, drink and activity pairings to help you keep the feeling of sugar bound all day long.


Joe Maxx Brown Sugar Latte


After you’re finished exploring sugar bound, head just one block south to Joe Maxx Coffee Co. to start your day proper! Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the shop, while the sounds of a fantastic vinyl collection fill the space. Joe Maxx rotates local artists along their red-bricked walls and features a variety of sandwiches and pastries from local artisans. Pick up a coupon at the CVA front desk for 1/2 off a Brown Sugar Latte, the perfect companion to sugar bound, and the coffee drink of the season!

As you walk down Santa Fe Drive, galleries, murals and antique stores surround you on all sides. Mattai often appropriates vintage objects, sometimes finding inspiration from artifacts and other times seeking a particular object out. Once you’ve soaked up all the inspiration from the many shops and galleries in the Santa Fe Arts District, it’s time to head to the tropics!



Illustration of tropical plants


Denver, an arid climate, is not known for its shady palm leaves, however the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens is the lush oasis that will transport you to the tropics of Guyana. The three story greenhouse is open year round, so even when the snow falls in October, you can still feel the heat of the tropics – like the landscape in Mattai’s triptych Salvation Islands.


Biju's Little Curry Shop curry bowl llustration 


After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the beautiful foliage at the gardens, it’s time for some southern-style curry at Biju’s Little Curry Shop. Whether you are new to curry, or an experienced veteran looking for an extra spicy experience, Biju’s has the bowl or roti for you. Seen on Food Network Channel, Biju’s X Hot Goa curry can only be cooled down by a refreshing Mango Lassi. Pick up a coupon for buy one, get one entree free at the front desk of the CVA.


Illustrations of Tropical Drinks


As the day winds to a close, nothing better than a cocktail at Bang Up to the Elephant!. A Caribbean inspired restaurant off of 13th and Pearl, Bang Up to the Elephant! features spirits from the port cities of the Caribbean, which melds Latin American cuisines with imported spirits from East Asia and India. Try the Nose Ender, a tequila based drink served in a coconut, or, for the adventurous, try a Baiju-based cocktail. Fun fact: baiju is the most consumed liquor on earth. Bang Up to the Elephant! provides a glossary for ingredients and terms unfamiliar to many in the states.

Hopefully you and your friends have learned something new, tried something different or added one of these places to your list of favorites. Thanks to all these great spots for making Denver such a fun place to be!



Did we miss a great spot? Let us know and share in the comments!

sugar bound is on view at CVA from August 30 through November 3. The gallery is open 5 days a week and admission is always free. Check out our exhibition page to plan your visit.