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10 Ways to Get Around Denver Without a Car

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For the longest time I lived a car-free lifestyle. Okay, I’m going to be honest and say that I had an ECO pass from my job and I was afraid to learn how to drive. Ahem. I’ve since learned how to drive and own a car but still love exploring Denver via all of the awesome ways there are to get around town-car free! Don’t have a car? No worries here are 10 ways to get around Denver without one.

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No Car in Denver? 

No Worries! When I was younger having no car would have been a huge problem. Fortunately, Denver has caught up with the times and there are a ton of ways to get around.

10 Ways to Get Around Denver

  • RTD (Public Bus)-I have a very long relationship with the bus system. I learned how to drive as an adult which means I took the bus for a ridiculously long time LOL! I’ve also traveled quite a bit around the US and the world and I feel that Denver has a pretty decent public transit system. While there are a couple of buses that I try to avoid like the: 15 and the 0 after rush hour, in general the buses that people will take in the Central Business District are well-maintained and easy the bus system is pretty easy to understand. The main transit hub in Denver is located at Union Station and you will find the bus terminal underneath the train station.

 

 

  • Denver Bcycle-I love this bike sharing program. If you’re on vacation and visiting Denver/Boulder the B-Cycle program is a great way to rent a bike and explore the town. Bike share stations are located throughout the city and they are adding stations all the time. Click on the following link to get information on the daily, weekly, or monthly rates. Hopefully, we will see you at the next Cruiser Ride that happens once a month from mid-May-September.

 

  • Scooter-I haven’t had a chance to check out a scooter tour but it’s on my list. Whenever I think of scooters I think of my time in Europe. There are scooter tours offered in town and if you’re moving here, there a number of shops that you could purchase your next scooter from. Share your experience with us.

 

  • On foot-I love walking around town and exploring the many different areas on foot. Check out Eat.Walk.Learn if you would like a guided tour throughout the different neighborhoods in the city of Denver. My favorite area to explore is the RINO area because of the sheer number of murals in that neighborhood. I also love exploring the city and looking for Little Free Libraries because I’m weirdly obsessed with them. I love to read! And, free books rock.  Denver has so many Little Free Libraries that it was recognized as a city of distinction. So awesome.

 

  • LYFT-I am a huge fan of LYFT and I prefer to support LYFT because so many people are getting UBER that LYFTS are always available. I’ve had a great experience being picked up pretty quickly and getting to where I would like to go in a reasonable amount of time. Never used LYFT? Get $5 towards your next ride as a new user. Click here!

 

  • Rickshaws/PediCabs-You know, those 3 wheeled contraptions with a ridiculously fit person propelling them with leg power? These are located throughout downtown Denver and are a lot of fun to use. The cost is around $2 a block plus tip your driver. You will find these outside of Pepsi Center, along the 16th Street Mall, Union Station, and other well-known points of interest.

 

  • LightRail-I love Denver’s light rail. To my big city peeps-no, it’s not like NYC’s Metro or Chicago’s L, but it’s a wonderful addition to Denver’s public transit scene. The light rail is clean, has pretty decent security, and affordable. You can get around Denver/Aurora/Arvada (soon) and it’s slated to expanded to other areas of the city in the next 5 years. It costs $5.25 for a day pass and I strongly recommend getting  a day pass because it just makes life easier. We also have the Train to the Plane that takes travelers to Denver International Airport. The cost for that is $9.

 

  • eTuks-There is a wonderful Denver-based company making electric rickshaws. Fortunately, there is a TON of business shuttling Denver people from one fun event to another so they are coexisting nicely with the pedicabs. I’ve included a link to eTuk’s Facebook page so that you can research how to rent them for your next event (or, where to find them-usually in RINO).

 

  • Segway Tours-Ok, don’t laugh, but Segways freak me out. That said, for those of you who aren’t freaked out by them, Segway tours are offered in Denver. You will have to research this one on your own LOL!

Whenever your exploring the town using these alternative forms of transportation always remember safety first. Wear a helmet, don’t act crazy, and don’t drink and ride.

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10 Free or Ridiculously Cheap Ways to Get Fit for Summer in Denver

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Coloradans are ridiculously interested in staying fit, fitness in general, and random physical feats that many people would prefer to leave to the pros. If you have friends who live here you will hear about a race that they plan on running, a hike they just did or are about to do, or tales of their friend who just did an ultra-marathon. Oh, wait, this sounds like my life LOL! But seriously folks-we love to get fit and fortunately for folks in Denver, there are a ridiculous number of ways to get fit for free or ridiculously cheap. Let’s talk.

The Obvious

Work out at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I try to go every other week and go up and down the stairs. You also get to see the regulars like the guy who we’re convinced was on American Ninja Warrior work out. He’s a beast.  People also do exercises up and down the stairs, run from one level to the other, and the list goes on. Cost: gas money.

Community Minded

Check out The November Project’s Denver crew. They are the nicest, fittest people that I’ve ever worked out with…at 6:15 am. Once you’re done you get encouragement and sweaty hugs from hot people. Literally and figuratively. The November Project was created in Boston and has expanded throughout the United States. If you work out with a different chapter you’re always welcome to join in the fun every Wednesday and Friday at either 5:30 am or 6:15 am. If you’re not used to high altitude workouts be prepared-they are intense. Cost: Free

I also love Meetup.com’s ridiculous assortment of fitness based meetups. There are bootcamp meetups, running, yoga, hiking, and more. I typically participate in the hiking meetups and if you don’t have access to a car, you will be able to carpool. Cost: Free

The Outdoor Afros outdoor community. As the name is alluding to, it’s an outdoor enthusiast community for people of color. I love this community because it fills a need for under-served communities that may want to experience the outdoors but would like to go outdoors in as non-intimidating a setting as possible.

Classpass

For the non-committal fitness enthusiast. I love working out but I really get bored if I’m doing the same thing over and over again (unless it’s hiking and dance). Because of this I’ve fallen in love with Classpass which gives users various levels of access to studios across the city of Denver (and other locales). You can opt to attend 3, 5, or 10 classes a month. New users click here to get $30 off your first month’s access.  I also like that you can switch off your membership if your schedule changes. I travel often so I tweak my membership from time to time to reflect that. Cost: $30-$89

Civic Center Moves

Is one of my favorite ways to workout in Denver. Basically the Civic Center Conservancy partners with: The November Project, Fold Yoga, The River, Fitness in the City, and Pearl Street Fitness to provide FREE fitness classes the end of April until the middle of October. Those classes are legit and you WILL get fit attending them regularly. Click here for more information. Cost: Free

Get Outdoors

There are a number of great bike paths for cycling enthusiasts but the following two are exceptional.

  • The Cherry Creek Bike Path-Ride from downtown to Cherry Creek Reservoir.

 

  • The US 36 Bike Path Between Westminster and Boulder. I watched this path being built waiting for the day that I could ride it. I’ve finally replaced my Cruiser and have a much lighter bike so that I can do this ride.

I love yoga. And, doing yoga outside is awesome. I’m so excited to Namaste outdoors with Yoga Rocks the Park this summer. Finally, one of my absolute favorite ways to workout is to go hiking in Chautauqua park in Boulder.There a number of different hikes that you choose from in varying levels of intensity.

Bonus:

Hip Hop Yoga!

I took a one-off hip hop yoga class at Shine Boutique on Pearl street for $5 dollars. It was awesome. We all begged for this to be a regular thing. Best line of the class “Biggie would tree the sh$t out of this song.” And, he would have.

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36 Hours in Denver

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It’s that time of year when people begin thinking about their summer vacation. If you’re like most people, you’re probably crossing your fingers and hoping that your boss won’t hassle you about your vacation request this year. One of the best places to visit this year is Denver, Colorado! Only have 36 hours in Denver? No worries, here’s a basic guide for a quick trip to Dtown.

36 Hours in Denver

6:00 pm -You’ve landed at Denver International Airport and narrowly missed a bird flying at your head (because cute little sparrows live in the airport-seriously). You make your way to the train that will take you to the main airport terminal and the train to Denver which is affectionately called “The Train to the Plane or The A-Line” It only costs $9 and you can use cash or charge to purchase your ticket. The ticket is good for 24 hours on public transit but you’ll probably opt to use LYFT for tonight’s shenanigans. Here’s the LYFT code for $5 your first ride if you’re a new user (downloading the app is super fast).

Related Post: Why I Love the Train to the Plane: Warts and All

7:00 pm-It’s around 7 pm and you’ve arrived at Union Station. It only took 37 minutes (give or take) for the train to go from the airport to downtown and you did get a glimpse of the famous devil horse “Blucifer” that warmly welcomes visitors to Denver at the airport. Leave your stuff at one of the many great hotels downtown and then prepare to wander around town.

Some Recommended Hotels and Hostels:

  • The Curtis Hotel
  • The Fish Hostel
  • The Oxford Hotel

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8:00 pm (ish) Ok, you’re hungry. The sunset is pretty legit and people are looking pretty happy for a Tuesday night. Grab a LYFT and go to either Avanti or Postino LOHI. Avanti is a great food hall with a gorgeous view of downtown Denver. It also has a single alcohol license for the entire building. Of course, local beer is on tap. You could also go to Postino which has a $20 bruschetta and bottle of wine special on Monday and Tuesday nights. Yes.

It’s almost 10:00 pm and you only have 36 Hours in Denver so it’s too early to go to sleep. Check out Williams and Graham which is about 2 or 3 blocks from Postino and about 7 blocks from Avanti. Williams and Graham is a speakeasy that actually made a list of the 50 best bars in the world. That’s legit considering how many bars there are in the world.

It’s late enough where it’s time to rest up for Wednesday’s explorations. You return via LYFT and get some rest.

Wednesday

It’s super early Wednesday and you’ve decided to work out with some Colorado peeps. Check out The November Project’s free workouts on Wednesdays. Typically they work out in Civic Center Park on Wednesdays at 5:30 am or 6:15 am but check out their Facebook page to see what they’re up to. Great people.  ***Do research exercise and altitude sickness***

8:00 am-10:00 am Not up for exercising first thing on a vacation. No worries. Have a leisurely lie in and then go to one of the following places for a great Colorado breakfast:

  • Mercantile Dining and Provision-Union Station
  • Stowaway-RINO District
  • Jelly (in the Capital Hill neighborhood)
  • Snooze-Union Station
  • Root Down-LOHI
  • Sassafras

These places are popular so you may have a bit of a wait f.y.i.

10:00 am You’ve had brunch it’s time to quickly check out Colorado’s state Capitol and the City and County Building. Don’t forget to take a picture at the actual 5280 (mile high) marker.

11:00 am (ish) You’ve already packed in a lot into your itinerary considering that you only have 36 hours in Denver. It’s time to embrace some culture. Check out the Dikeou Collection which is a really cool (free) contemporary art collection in downtown Denver that very few people know about.

12:00 pm (ish) make your way down to the Museum of Contemporary Art located near Denver’s Union Station. Designed by David Adjay-who was named the world’s most influential architect by Time magazine this year. The building is also the first building in America designed by an African-European architect. You’ll know you’re there when you see a building with a giant heart with a dagger in it. Be still my beating heart.

Take some time checking out the art and then enjoy some refreshments in the rooftop cafe (has WIFI).

Boulder

Huh? Isn’t Boulder far away? Nope. It’s less than an hour away and it would be a shame if you missed it.

1:00 pm Head to Denver’s Union Station and get a $9 round trip day pass. Take the bus that goes directly to Boulder. Check the t.v. screens in the bus terminal to figure out which “gate” the bus is departing from. Show the pass to the bus driver and then you’re on your way. **The bus going between Denver and Boulder is super clean and safe for those of you who’ve never taken the bus before.** 

2:00 pm Arrive at Boulder’s Downtown Bus Station. Walk one block to Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. It’s an open air mall with lots of shops, restaurants, and a gorgeous view.

5:00 pm Leave Boulder for Denver and evening shenanigans

6:00 pm  (ish) Shenanigans

Ok, let’s be clear. There is a TON of fun to be had in Denver (and Colorado) regardless of time of year. This post will just gloss over all of the possibilities and then you can decide what you would like to do.

The Cruiser Ride

Make your way back to the hotel and rest up a little bit. If you’re visiting between May 15-Mid-September you can participate in the Denver Cruiser Ride. Ride the streets of Denver with 1,000 + of your favorite new friends.  You’ll have to check out a Bcycle (Denver Bcycle Bike Sharing Program) or see if there is a bike that you can borrow from your hotel. **This is a dangerous activity because you’re riding in the streets of Denver.** You’re an adult just going to put it out there.

Sports

Denver basically has a team for every sport. Let’s go through the list:

  • Denver Broncos-Football
  • Denver Nuggets-Basketball
  • Colorado Rapids-Soccer. F.Y.I. Dick’s Sporting Goods Field where they play is far from Downtown Denver.
  • Colorado Avalanche-Hockey
  • Colorado Rockies-Baseball.
  • Denver Barbarians-Rugby (Boulder is the headquarters for U.S. Rugby)

Breweries

Do you feel like keeping things low-key and having a beer while wandering around a cool neighborhood? Check out the RINO neighborhood and one of the following breweries:

  • Great Divide Brewing CO.
  • Epic Brewing CO.
  • Spanglang

There’s more and I will add to the list later.

Theater

Love the theater? Check out what’s being performed at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. One of my favorite places in Denver. I’ve seen the following shows there:

  • The Color Purple
  • Wicked
  • The Book of Mormon
  • The Lion King

and more!

Arts

Feel like checking out more art? Go to the Santa Fe Art District and wander up and down the street. I do prefer going to Santa Fe on the 1sr Friday of each month when they have musicians, food trucks, etc.

The Denver Art Museum has some amazing art and next to it is the Clyfford Still museum. Both typically close at 5:00 but occasionally have special events.

Restaurants

Just feel like eating after a day of checking out all of the things? Here are some restaurant suggestions:

  • Linger
  • there (yes, that’s the name)
  • Stueben’s
  • Work and Class
  • Uncle
  • Lena

Most vegetarians/vegans will have a couple of options on the menu (except Work and Class-that’s for meat lovers). Check the menu online to make sure they have stuff that you would like to eat.

36 Hours In Denver-Logistics

They will fly by. You’ll have a great time. Seriously. Some basic logistics

  • Water Bottle-Stay hydrated. We don’t carry them around for fun. It’s because it’s so dry here.
  • Read up on Altitude Sickness-EVERYONE regardless of your health. Talk to your doctor about any concerns that you may have. 
  • Bring layers. We have weird weather. Just saying.
  • Good walking shoes
  • Comfortable backpack
  • We don’t judge people (really ) for not dressing up. But, bring one cute outfit because-why not?
  • An open mindset. People are really friendly here. Don’t get weird if people start talking to you randomly. Obviously be mindful of your belongings and safety but that would be in any city. I’ve lived out East and I know it freaks people out. But, we don’t want anything-usually we’re just being friendly.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to take the Plane to the Train back to the airport. It’s great but sometimes has…issues…

4:30 am (ish) Thursday

Time to go home!  Hope this was helpful and we are looking forward to having you visit our wonderful city and state. Welcome!

 

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Colorado Rockies Home Opener: Baseball Season Is Here

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It is a gorgeous day and the Colorado Rockies home opener is this afternoon. I thought it would be helpful to share some tips and tricks on how to enjoy baseball season, have an amazing time, and get a ton of bang for your buck.

Let’s be honest. Denver LOVES opening day. I have the theory that opening day is basically the start of all of the summer shenanigans that we love to get into here. Once Opening Day happens we have the parties up in the mountains signaling the end of ski season, the Cherry Creek Sneak, 420 for the pot heads, and the Derby Day Party (just got my tickets). Basically, the Colorado Rockies Opening Day signals to Denverites that it’s  about to get real fun in Denver for the next 6 months or so.

So, let’s talk about the ins and outs of having an amazing time a the Colorado Rockies Home Opener without losing your mind. First, 50,000 of your closest friends will be inside Coors Field. Then, there’s the other people who plan on watching the game from one of the dozens of sports bars, breweries, and restaurants throughout downtown Denver. That’s a ton of people!

How to Get There

If you’re from the Denver/Boulder metro area or in-town visiting to support the Rockies or a visiting team one of the most important logistical issues you have to manage is how to get to Coors Field to watch the game. Coors Field is located at 2001 Blake and fortunately for everyone is within walking distance of downtown Denver’s gorgeous Union Station.

My favorite option for going downtown during baseball/football/hockey/basketball season is the Light Rail. It works really well and is pretty straightforward to use. Purchase a day pass for $5.20 when you get to the light rail station that is located nearest to you. On game days it will be crowded and rowdy in all of the best of ways.

My second favorite way to get to the game is to take LYFT. I love ridesharing and am a particular fan of LYFT because I’ve had a fantastic experience with them. Click here if you’re a first time user and get $15 in LYFT credit towards your first couple of rides.

If you drive. Ok, if you drive I would still VERY STRONGLY recommend parking at a Park-n-Ride along the light rail or A-Line and taking the train in. It will make your life easier. If you drive in double-check traffic jams, etc. utilizing the Waze app or CDOT’s website.

I also recommend buying a book of round trip light rail tickets a week from the Union Station bus depot (if you’re near there) so that you just have to validate your ticket at the light rail station and get on the train.

But, if you’re honest with yourself…you’re going to want to drink beer. Take public transit and have a good time!

Related Post:

The Ultimate Transit Guide to Denver and Boulder

Colorado Rockies Gear

You’ve got to represent! And, if you’re a Rockies fan it’s always nice to show your support with a baseball cap (it’s going to be sunny) or a jersey. You can order one off of Amazon and save a little money compared to buying in the stadium. Check out some gear suggestions below.

 

Money

In an effort to make things a bit more affordable have a couple of financial strategies in mind.  Use cash. By the time you hit your 3rd beer you may find your financial defenses down. Set aside a specific amount for spending in the stadium. Expenses to consider:

  • Transportation-Light rail tickets, gas, parking
  • Food-Eating during game and potential meal after the game.
  • Shenanigans
  • Whatever your kids may need. You know.

There are, of course, atms located in the and around the stadium.

Security

I’m not sure why but there are still people who seem to be confused by the fact that stadiums have stepped up their security protocols. Don’t be that person. Click here for Coors Field Security information. 

But, here is a quick brief run through of what to expect.

  • Don’t bring a big bag.
  • You will walk through security screening
  • Your bags WILL be searched

Again, read through the Coors Field Security information so that you can avoid being “that guy.” Remember, the staff is working hard to insure that you and other participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. Don’t hassle them.

Miscellaneous

If you’re visiting or new to Denver there are a couple of things to remember.

  • Wear sunscreen! You will burn.
  • Drink water.
  • The people love having a good time and you may find yourself talking to strangers. East Coast people don’t freak out.
  • We love rooftop bars. If you can’t get watch the game in the stadium there are some great venues near and around the stadium.

There is nothing better than watching the Colorado Rockies on opening day. Have fun. Don’t go broke.

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Visiting Denver this Winter? Let’s Talk!

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If you’ve never visited Denver don’t let a little snow keep you from checking out our beautiful city. But, please note that winter travel to Colorado does present some special consideration for the would-be traveler.

But, first, let’s talk about what the heck you would do in Denver during a winter visit? There are too many activities to count. I absolutely love winter in Colorado. Besides the fact that it’s absolutely stunning, snow gives an extra dimension to the types of activities that we can enjoy during the winter months.

The weather is not as bad as people perceive it to be. In fact, when I went to college out east I was completely confused by all of the people thinking that it’s snowing all the time and dreary.

It’s not.

Yes, it snows. Probably not as much as before because the weather has changed and it’s warmer a lot further into fall. The snow melts fast so we may get dumped on, then a couple of days later-it’s melted away. By the way, we have a ridiculous amount of sunshine. In fact, it’s said that we have more sun that San Diego and I believe it because I was in San Diego for 2 weeks this fall and it was not that sunny. By the way, we love snow 🙂

White Gold

That’s what snow is referred to in states that have mountains. Snow represents water in the warmer months, skiing during winter, and rafting spring-fall. We embrace snowshoeing or just wandering around mountains in warmer gear for a nice hike. Basically, snow doesn’t keep us from having a great time outdoors.

If you’re specifically wandering around Denver for the majority of your visit there are a ton of activities that you can enjoy. Let’s talk:

  • Explore the neighborhoods because there are a ton of cool neighborhoods. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list:
    • RINO
    • 5 Points…Which RINO kind of ate.
    • LOHI
    • 32nd and Lowell
    • Wash Park
    • Baker
    • The Golden Triangle
    • City Park
    • Olde Town Arvada
    • Olde Town Littleton
    • Capitol Hill
    • Congress Park
    • Stapelton

What to Do?

There are a number of fun activities to enjoy while you’re in Denver. These activities are pretty affordable, fun, and easy to get to from downtown.

  • Please spend only 2 hours exploring  the 16th Street Mall. There are a number of other places to check out.
  • Lunch on Larimer Square.
  • Check out a Denver Nuggets game-tickets are super affordable because they kind of are a hot mess. But, live basketball is always fun!
  • Check out the Colorado Avalanche-Same as the Denver Nuggets, except hockey! They’re a bit of a hot mess too but is a fun night out.
  • Have drinks while having outside on the patio (overhead heaters).
  • Prefer art? Totally understand-Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. It has a giant heart with a dagger piercing it and blood dripping down. Makes for great pictures.
  • Day trip to Boulder. Love my hometown. It’s very beautiful and a wonderful place to visit for the day.
  • Go for drinks at Union Station. I love this place! They’ve done an amazing job with the remodel and it’s just a great place to meet friends (new and old) and have a great time.
  • Enjoy the theater? The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is apparently the 2nd largest performing arts complex in the U.S. I’ve had the good fortune to see the following shows there: The Color Purple, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, The Blue Man Group, and more!
  • Eat phenomenal food. I never thought that this would happen in my life. but there is an amazing food scene in Denver/Boulder and beyond. I typically only eat at locally run restaurants. Here is a list of either favorites or ones that I would like to check out soon! Latigo Denver, Uncle, Linger (great view), Stowaway, Mercantile and Provision, Sushi Den, Pho-Natic, Vert Kitchen, Stueben’s, Honor Society, Root Down (brunch), The Denver Central Market, The Source, and Avanti Food and Beverage.
  • Explore the town via foot, bike, or whichever way you feel like checking out town.
  • Check out the Murals. Ok, there are a RIDICULOUS number of beautiful murals in Denver. The highest concentration of these murals is in the RINO district. But, you can find them throughout Denver. I absolutely love them!

Lyft Credit!

It’s pretty easy to get around and I’ve included my affiliate link for Lyft including $50 in credit towards your rides! How it works, I believe you should receive a $5 credit for your first 10 rides.  affiliate link for Lyft including $50 in credit towards your rides! How it works, I believe you should receive a $5 credit for your first 10 rides.

You’re not in Denver right now but would like to try out Lyft? That credit is good for first-timetime users of the app! Just download it from Play Store on Android or Apple and then check out your town safely.

I’ve had a pretty good experience with Lyft but like with anything (including taxis) if you have a bad feeling about the driver-do not get in the car and forward your concerns to the company/police if you feel the situation warrants it. 

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I share:

  • Neighborhoods and what to do.
  • Safety concerns and downtown Denver
  • Thoughts on the A-Line train (Train from the Plane) between Denver’s Union Station and Denver International Airport.
  • We talk Altitude Sickness
  • Where to eat.
  • Basic tips.

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Latigo-Restaurant Review

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One of the weird things about Denver and most of Colorado is that good Mexican food is hard to find. Yes, it’s strange and it has always been like this. But recently I’ve had the good luck to stumble upon a couple of great places to enjoy some amazing Mexican food and Latigo is one of them.

Latigo

Is not what most people think of when they think about Mexican food. I think many people have the experience of variations of street tacos, tamales, or even (if you’re lucky) a good mole. Latigo is a fine dining experience and I am so lucky that I got to enjoy it for free!!

Why free? I belong to the Denver Bloggers Meetup and this month’s meetup happened to be at Latigo. I had no idea what to expect and left with my mind blown. This review is entirely my own opinion and the I would like to disclose that I received a free meal and a gift certificate for another meal in the future.

Let’s be clear-I’m about to gush and if it hadn’t been such a great experience I would be very clear about that too.

I Love Latigo

I loved how friendly the staff was, the food, and the restaurant space which was open and airy. The location is right across the street from Coors Field at 22nd and Blake and I wonder if a different location with more year around foot traffic would be a better location for Latigo? All I know was that the food was incredible. Let’s do a run-down of the dishes that we had.

Tinga Tostada

Was a small plate that comprised of a corn tortilla, shredded beef, lettuce, queso fresco, and a little radish. I especially enjoyed the chipotle sauce that the meat was marinated in.

Ceviche de Camaron

Obsessed. Seafood always feels a bit risky in Colorado because we’re so far from the ocean. Fortunately, I’ve had some amazing seafood at different restaurants around town and Latigo delivered. This was actually my favorite dish. I could have eaten a giant bowl of this every day for the next 7 days. I couldn’t get enough. What I especially enjoyed was how spicy it was and the fact that the shrimp was marinated in lemon vs. the traditional lime. Delicious.

Chicken Fajitas

Arrived at the table sizzling. Nicely seasoned chicken, veggies, and the fixings. I enjoyed the fajitas but preferred the next dish more because it surprised me.

Cochinta Pibil

YES! This was one of the more beautiful dishes I’ve seen in a long-time. It was plated gorgeously and even though I don’t eat a lot of pork-I couldn’t get enough this slow roasted pork with achiote sauce and avocado puree. This dish is a traditional dish from the Yucatan. But, I also thought of the Puerto Rican version of pernil-but it’s totally different.

Hot Smoky Horchata (dessert)

I wanted to weep into my drink when I realized that I couldn’t drink it because I was driving. Epic fail on my part. Especially when confronted with a mix of Mezcal, Tuaca, Coffee Patron, chocolate shavings, and whipped cream. I told them that next time I won’t make this mistake and will UBER/LYFT or take the light rail so that I could enjoy this dessert the next time that I visit.

The next time I visit I would like to try the following:

  • The Guacamole
  • Molcajetes
  • Camorones Aquachiles

The next time you get a craving for Mexican food add Latigo to your rotation. I can’t emphasize enough what a positive experience I had and I’m hoping that you will enjoy it too!

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The Library of Things

I am obsessed with going to the library. My mom passed her love of reading to me. As well as a deep love and respect for the library, the library system, and the wisdom that they share with everyone in the communities that they serve.

My first experience with going to the library in Colorado was in Boulder. The Boulder Public Library is built over Boulder Creek and at the time that I started going there, the children’s section was located directly over the water.

I love that library. It still holds a special place in my heart as it’s the first library that I had a library card from. Throughout the years I’ve made it a special project to visit libraries in every town that I visit in Colorado.  I can’t wait to go to the Rocky Mountain Land Library…but, that’s a post for another day.

Denver Public Library

Is amazing. While I must admit that I don’t go to the Main branch as often as I used to, I visit the library on a weekly basis. Yep, I’m that girl. The librarians at more than one branch actually know who I am. And, I love that about them. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and create and run amazing programming. But, what makes DPL the best library ever (besides national accolades) is the following:

The Library of Things

What exactly is this? At the core of any well-run library is the mission to expand it’s users world-view through access to knowledge, art, beauty, and thought leaders from the community. The Denver Public Library does this but takes its missions a step further with The Library of Things.

Put simply: The Library of Things gives patrons access to the following:

  • Free State Parks Access
  • Free museum entries-You have to schedule your visit in advance but who cares? You can even take a friend!
  • A wireless hotspot
  • A Go Pro Camera to record what you’re up to!
  • Video projector
  • Power Check Meter-To see how much it costs to run your appliances
  • Draft Meter-It’s getting colder! Find the drafts in your home.

The Library of Things quite simply is the most amazing thing ever and I have to  admit that I’ve geeked out over it. It may take a little while to receive your pass, hotspot, or use the GoPro, but you will always have access to one. And, I just love the name.

Connect with your local librarian today to find out what resources are available to you that you may be unaware of. If there are resources that you would love to see made available to library patrons-suggest them. I am very aware that my experience with the DPL has spoiled me when it comes to library expectations. It is my hope that more libraries follow suit and think outside the box about how they can best serve the people in their town.

I just placed a hold on the GoPro and I’m looking forward to shooting some great video for the blog. The Library of Things is one of the coolest ways (besides the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) to democratize access to services that everyone should be able to use.

What’s your library like?

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Food

Let’s be honest, Colorado used to be a food desert. A place of unimaginative and boring food where the most exciting item on any menu was a Denver omelette or a really good steak (the steak has always been good). And, to add insult to injury, we have a underwhelming amount of good Mexican food despite our proximity to Mexico. For a foodie, living in Colorado has been hard…until now. Food is finally good in Colorado.

Food

Is experiencing what I can only call: a resurgence, awakening, or, an epic moment. It is a great time to be a foodie in Colorado. It feels like we’re up for anything and that people, finally, finally have the palates to appreciate good food. There is a bit of a trick to finding good food consistently in Colorado:

  • Talk to other foodies-if you have friends who enjoy good food ask them where they go out to eat.
  • 5280 and Westword’s best of lists-Google the lists for the past 2 years and then go for it.
  • Eat local-Don’t get me wrong, there are national chains that make good food but there are so many local chefs creating beautiful and regional sourced food that it would be a shame to miss out on their greatness.
  • It’s a Secret-there are secret food experiences that you can have around the state. In Denver and Boulder there a number of cooking events that you sign up to receive monthly updates on cool events.
  • Harvest Week Dinners-Every October there are a number of venues that share incredible dinners celebrating the harvest.
  • Denver Restaurant Week-February 24-March 5, 2017. Enjoy 3-5 course meals at a hugely discounted price. Check out the different restaurants that you’ve heard about for less.

Great Foods that I Find on a Regular Basis

  • Truffles and Truffle salt
  • Great olive oil
  • Good bread
  • Kimchi (fresh)
  • Good cheeses-I used to live in France, I have a palate for good cheese. We have it here.
  • Great coffee
  • Local lamb

And then, there is the experimental food, the regional foods, ethnic food, and the I can’t believe we’re eating this in DENVER food!

I’m also in love with the food hall concepts that have opened up: The Source and Central Market Denver. I can’t wait for Stanley Marketplace in the Stapleton neighborhood sometime this fall. In fact, there are so many great places to eat I’m overwhelmed by all of the choices.

There are even James Beard awards winners in our midst as well. Some other cool food concepts of note:

  • American Cultures Tap Room-love kombucha? Go to the tap room and taste a number of your favorite blends.
  • Pho Real! I love Uncle-I haven’t gone in awhile but the food is so freaking good.
  • The PreserveryA cool community/food/and music concept. I had a great lunch there the other day. (RINO)
  • HMart-The ultimate in international grocery experiences. I’ve only gone to the location in Aurora. Pick up fresh fish, kimchi, or fruits and vegetables.
  • Bramble and Hare-The most Boulder of Boulder restaurants. I love this place.

I’m so excited to check out more cool places and share them with you. Can’t wait.

 

 

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Denver Startup Week

I had no idea how amazing Denver Startup Week was until I attended this year. In fact, I had no clue about the size, the amazing energy, and the resources that would be available to attendees during the week.

I won’t miss it again!

Last year I had a conflict with another event that was being held in another state. I attend that event each year so the choice was clear-I had to go. Fortunately, this year and next year I won’t have to deal with conflicting times and will be able to attend both events.

Denver Startup Week

Is quite simply a week dedicated to creating community, educating current and potential start-up/small business owners and potentially connecting these individuals with funding of some sort.

So far this week I attended a cool session where 3 businesses of varying sizes were able to pitch their product to people who might fund their enterprise. I also attended the kickoff party that was held at Union Station and I couldn’t believe how many people were there.

Tonight I plan on attending the Women in Tech event and catching a couple of other sessions throughout the week. Listen to this week’s episode of Square State to listen to me gush about this event.

I realize how fortunate I am to have access to this free resource. I won’t take it for granted.


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The 10 Best Coffee Shops In Denver-That You Still Haven’t Checked Out Yet

I am an unrepentant coffee drinker. I love a nice cup of dark roast, a well made latte, or the pleasantly smooth taste of a shot of espresso with an amazing head of crema on top. I used to work at Starbucks (don’t judge) I love that place but that’s a story for another day. But my heart is with the local shops that take the approach that coffee is an art form. So, I decided to figure out where the best coffee was in Denver. Fortunately, we have a lot of choices. No more bitter brew, with no depth or flavor. Many of these shops by locally roasted beans and sell local pastries as well.

In my many wonderings around town I’ve found some phenomenal locally owned shops making epic cups of coffee, almond milk lattes, and americanos. Some of the shops on this list you may recognize others may be new to you. All I ask is that you take the time to check each one of them out. I will give directions to all of the shops using Union Station as the starting off point. Also, I  will write another best coffee shops edition later on this summer because there are a ton of amazing shops that aren’t getting enough love!

Best Coffee 

Lists are tricky to do because everyone has their biases. I included places that I normally go to and have visited more than 5 times. I thought about cost, quality, and service. We have an amazing coffee culture in Colorado now but there are certain locations that just get all of the press. Hopefully I’ve shared a few places that you haven’t tried out yet or heard of before.

Illy Cafe

I was wondering around downtown Denver when I noticed a new patio attached to a newly renovated hotel downtown. I decided to pop in and I am so glad that I did. I actually love Illy Coffee and always pick it up when I find it at-TJ Maxx (weird-I know) The latte that I had did not disappoint. The prices were a little on the high side for the food items ($9 for tiramisu when the average cost is around $6 in Denver). But, that coffee is phenomenal.

Check out Illy Cafe at Renaissance Downtown Denver (which is a pretty amazing building in its own right). It’s located at 918 17th Street. They also have wi-fi service as well.

How to Get There:

Exit Union Station and walk about 6 blocks to Champa street. It’s on the right side of the street.

Black Eye Coffee-Capital Hill

I am obsessed with the new Black Eye Coffee location in Capital Hill. It is closer to where I live but I would make the trip there regardless. From the lovely art deco decor, to the garage wall that opens on hot days, and the cool murals on the garage door walls-this place is not only cool the coffee and food is great.

Their food is simple/elevated and outstanding. Try the avocado toast a simple treat that has an elevated taste. And-they have a bar. Not just any bar, but a bar with artisanal drinks. They also serve charred octopus at night. Just saying. Black Eye Coffee is my coffee bae.

I do wish the booths were a little smaller but that’s a small thing.

Black Eye Coffee Capital Hill is located at 800 Sherman St.

How to Get There:

You could walk…but, to be nice I’m giving transit directions. From Downtown Denver (Union Station). Take the Free Mall Shuttle going East (away from the Mountains) to the last stop. The last stop is Civic Center Transit Center.  Take the 83L/3L bus from Civic Center Transit Center located at 16th and Broadway to 8th and Broadway.  Then walk 3 blocks East on 8th avenue to Sherman Street. (You can also take the 0 bus from 16th Street and Broadway-located one block west (towards the mountains) from Civic Center Transit Station. Just look for the bus stops on Broadway street). Black Eye Coffee is located on the corner of the building and you will most likely see a bunch of guys going into the barber shop that is next door to it.

Purple Door

This shop is my sentimental favorite. It is not only a coffee shop, it is also a non-profit with an extensive job training program from homeless youth. The building is a lovely combination of wood, and slightly old-fashioned touches. There are basic pastries such as: cookies and croissants and a small patio when you feel like enjoying your coffee outside.

Purple Door is located at 2962 Welton St.

How to Get There

Take the Free Mall Shuttle from Union Station and get off the shuttle at California Street (there is a Starbucks on the corner). Take the light rail from 16th Street and California going north. Pay the $5.20 for a round trip day pass on the light rail. You can use your credit/debit card. Have cash just in case. You will get off at 27th and Welton and walk about 2 blocks in the same direction (north). The coffee shop will be on your right and it has..ahem..a purple door.

Little Owl Coffee

I absolutely adore this little shop. It’s located in the Sugar Cube building located at 16th and Blake street. It is a spare modern space with very limited seating. The baristas take their coffee seriously and I have never had a bad drink here. They also have pastries that I think are sourced from Beet Box Bakery and Cafe-a primarily vegan baker (I need to double check this!)

Little Owl Coffee is located at 1555 Blake St. #150

How to Get There

Walk 3 blocks East (away from the Mountains) from Union Station until you reach Blake street. Turn right and it’s in the middle of the block.

Steadbrook

Is technically a men’s clothing store. But, it’s actually owned by the same guy who owns Little Owl Coffee. I included Steadbrook because this is where they roast the coffee beans used at both locations and other places throughout the city.

Steadbrook is located at 46 S. Broadway across the street from Goodwill.

How to Get There

Take the Free Mall Shuttle going East (away from the Mountains) to the last stop. The last stop is Civic Center Transit Center.  Take the 83L/3L bus from Civic Center Transit Center located at 16th and Broadway to 8th and Broadway.  Then walk 3 blocks East on 8th avenue to Sherman Street. (You can also take the 0 bus from 16th Street and Broadway-located one block west (towards the mountains) from Civic Center Transit Station. Just look for the bus stops on Broadway street.

The White Whale Room

I.love.this.place. Maybe it’s the furniture that looks like a whale’s vertebrae. Or, the open layout, or the patio. Or, the whimsical art on the wall and the fake greenery (I think it’s fake) one wall. Or, maybe it’s the passion of the owners to give its patrons a somewhat elevated coffee/drinks experience a la Sydney, Australia. They even carry Fernet for the serious drinker who has been to Argentina.

The White Whale Room is just pretty freaking cool. The concept is also a nod to Moby Dick and the great white whale. They also have a limited food menu with some pretty standout options.

The White Whale Room is located at 415 S. Cherokee Street #125

How to Get There

From Union Station take any light rail train EXCEPT the W line. Do NOT take the W line. Take the E or C line to Alameda Station. You will get off and walk towards the patio that is on the corner of the building next to the light rail. Boom, there you are!

Steam Espresso Bar 

I love Steam. It is a bright, airy, warm space with ridiculously nice people and a steady stream of clients coming in throughout the day. I’ve never had a bad drink there and the baristas know what they’re are doing. When I’m on South Pearl Street I prefer walking a couple of blocks to Steam because I feel it’s the more grown up of the two coffee shops on that street.

Steam Espresso Bar is located at 1801 S. Pearl St.

How to Get There

From Downtown Denver (Union Station). Take the Free Mall Shuttle going East (away from the Mountains) to the last stop. The last stop is Civic Center Transit Center.  You take the 0 bus from 16th Street and Broadway-located one block west (towards the mountains) from Civic Center Transit Station. Just look for the bus stops on Broadway street.  Get off the bus at E. Colorado Ave. and walk 11 small blocks (East-away from the Mountains) to Steam. It’s about a 5 minute walk and is a grey building.

Corvus Coffee

Takes making good coffee SERIOUSLY. They even have a cold brew dispenser that reminds me of getting poured a fabulous cup of beer. Locate a long the “Green Mile” you will find Corvus Coffee on S. Broadway. If you’re in the mood to check out antiques, eat empanadas, or check out the Arc Thrift Store you definitely need to check this place out.

The coffee quality is superb and even though I wish coffee shops would add a couple of warm accents to industrial chic-the baristas more than make up for the lack of warmth in the interior.

Corvus Coffee is located at 1740 S. Broadway Street.

How To Get There

From Downtown Denver (Union Station). Take the Free Mall Shuttle going East (away from the Mountains) to the last stop. The last stop is Civic Center Transit Center.  You take the 0 bus from 16th Street and Broadway-located one block west (towards the mountains) from Civic Center Transit Station. Just look for the bus stops on Broadway street.  Get off the bus at E. Colorado Ave.  You will see it across the street.

Mercantile Dining and Provision

Is located inside Union Station-no travel required. The prices are a teensy bit high but the quality of each drink and gorgeously crafted pastry more than makes up for the price. The baristas are super nice, very knowledgable and endlessly patient given the volume of business that they do at this location. They also make their almond milk fresh on the premises and I consider their almond milk lattes the best in Denver.

In case you’re feeling a little peckish-check out the menu. Phenomenal food. One of my favorite items to order is the Banh Mi off the Market Menu.

2914

In my view is a hidden gem. I honestly don’t know why more people haven’t heard of this place. It may be because they are pretty low-key and located in a part of Denver that is cool-but probably not on your normal rotation. I get to this shop a couple times a year and I just love this place.

They don’t have social media, they have a one page website-basically, they keep it simple. The coffee is smooth, delicious, and worth the trip (especially if the owner is making it).

2914 is located at 2914 W 25th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

How To Get There

From Union Station-walk 3 blocks to 15th Street and Wynkoop. Look for the bus stop. Take the #28 Bus Going West (towards the mountains) with the final destination of Applewood. Get off the bus at W. 26th Ave and Federal. Walk 3 block to 29th street, turn right and you will find 2914 in the middle of the block.

I will share a second edition of the 10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver soon!





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