August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
What I thought was an even BETTER brunch experience out in Denver was Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. You can expect a wait (about an hour for 2) but that is fine because they have very cool, fun sidewalk games for all the people waiting outside like cornhole and sidewalk chalk.
We went to the Ballpark location which I admit was not my favorite area of the city but they have a few other locations that I may need to check out. The trip was worth the hike though. Inside, the place is hopping. The retro-futuristic (if that is a thing) booths are packed full of chic-edgy (if that is a thing) people. They have a great breakfast cocktail list and you’ll hear some fabulous Michael Jackson tunes that make you want to get up and dance. At breakfast. You can just tell everyone in there LOVES their job.
And then there is the pancake special everyday. Today it was Chocolate Chip with bananas and whip cream–to which we immediately said yes before even looking at the menu.
Then it was the Breakfast Burrito for me and the Breakfast Pot Pie for him.
Oh, and if I didn’t already feel like I was in San Fran, we passed this on the way home.
A beautifully hand-painted upright piano in the middle of the mall (probably leftover from this project). I didn’t take a picture of the sign but it said something along the lines of, “We invite everyone to sit down and play.” Make music. Make peace and love. Ok I improvised there; I love this city!
August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
We started our trip with brunch at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar. We picked it because it was near our hotel and the barbecue festival happening in LoDo–and it was the perfect spot! We chose to sit outside on such a gorgeous day but the inside was very typical French brasserie feel with lots of white tiling, chandeliers and bar stools.
The beignets are served with a fresh lingonberry jam. No I did not make that up, it’s a real thing and it’s delicious–sort of like a cranberry only not quite as tart.
August 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
This past weekend in Denver was a whirlwind of good times and good food. First off, the reason for the trip out there was the Big Denver Barbecue Block Party – the debut of the NY event in Denver. Two blocks of Arapahoe by the 16th street mall were shut down so people could wander the rigs and enjoy the band at the beer garden. Some old faces were there and some new like Jake Linzinmeir of Tomboy Tavern in Telluride.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Judi’s House, a Denver community committed to helping grieving children and their families and thoughts and prayers poured in for Jim N’ Nick’s to deliver for members of families of the Aurora shooting
The food was the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous mountain views, clear skies, bluegrass tunes and a cold beer (like the brand new Red Hoptober out for fall).
The rest of the birthday weekend was spent enjoying the awesome city of Denver. There is a really cool city-wide bike rental system called B-Cycle that lets you pick up and drop off rented bikes at any of their numerous stations that operate like a parking meter. Not sure if Nashville is flat enough for a similar system…
And the cherry on top was a surprise concert at Red Rocks–something that has been on my bucket list for a looong time.
We also had some pretty great meals out that I will share this week.