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Haute Residing in Aspen | Elliman Insider

By Alison Margo

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Since arriving on the Aspen culinary scene in 2002, Mawa McQueen has turn into a pressure to be reckoned with. Boundless power and fervour appear to emanate from her bodily, by means of her broad smile, booming voice, can-do perspective, and particularly her meals. That hyperdrive can be how she manages to run three eating places (Mawa’s Kitchen within the Aspen Airport Enterprise Heart and The Crêpe Shack, with areas in Snowmass Base Village and downtown Aspen), a catering firm, and the occasional cooking class.

Mawa McQueen
Mawa McQueen

Initially from the Ivory Coast, McQueen was raised in Paris, and a few days she nonetheless can’t imagine she and her husband, Daniel, name this distant resort city in the midst of the Rocky Mountains dwelling. “Even after dwelling right here for nearly 20 years, I solely must stroll out my entrance door to understand Aspen’s unbelievable magnificence,” she says. McQueen additionally enjoys the numerous world-renowned eating places within the space. As a chef, she has excessive requirements however loves taking a seat as a restaurant patron. “Everybody is aware of I’m fairly choosy,” she laughs. “I’m additionally a creature of behavior, so all of them know what I need as quickly as I stroll within the door.”


“I solely must stroll out my entrance door to understand Aspen’s unbelievable magnificence.” —Mawa McQueen

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As a chef with African and French influences, McQueen escapes to the sushi bar at Matsuhisa (303 E. Essential St., 970.544.6628) for Chef Nobu’s world-famous Japanese delicacies. She loves the king crab tempura (“It’s to die for,” she says) washed down with a lychee martini, made simply the way in which she likes it (with at the least six lychees). On a uncommon break day, she’ll head over to Meat & Cheese (319 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.710.7120) for a picnic unfold of recent bread, house-made charcuterie, and “one of the best assortment of cheeses on the town.” Her Parisian roots make her a stickler for good French delicacies, and she or he claims that Cache Cache (205 S. Mill St., 970.925.3835) is the true deal. “The foie gras and frisée salad are my go-to,” she says.

McQueen likes to get outdoors every time she will be able to to understand the pristine views that encompass her. “I stroll quite a bit, however I don’t have to get excessive about it,” she says. “I like strolling alongside the Rio Grande Path year-round or cross-country snowboarding on the Aspen Cross Nation Heart (39551 W. Hwy. 82, 970.925.2145).” When she needs to get her coronary heart charge up, she’ll enterprise over to Tiehack at Buttermilk for some snowshoeing, however that’s so far as her winter sports activities repertoire goes. Most days you will discover her warming up at The Crêpe Shack (61 Wooden Rd., Snowmass Village, 970.452.2137) along with her signature sizzling chocolate made the French approach: No powder packets or lukewarm water—her recipe requires melting precise chocolate into heat milk.

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Rio Grande Path

If there’s one factor Aspen’s recognized for, it’s luxurious, and if there’s one factor most locals know, it’s discover luxurious with out having to pay exorbitant costs. That’s very true relating to purchasing. “A bit-known secret is Aspen has among the finest consignment retailers round, particularly the Aspen Thrift Store (422 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.925.3121),” McQueen says. “Yow will discover designer garments, luggage, and sneakers. Some have by no means been worn and nonetheless have the tags on them, so you are able to do your comfortable dance when you know the way a lot you scored!”

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