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Out and About: Boulder

Posted Jun 21 2012 8:01am

Oh, I guess I never told you what I did after my trip to Seattle , huh? Some of you may remember my friend, Jenny, who lives in Colorado. She came to visit me last year while I was still living in Seattle and I’ve been dying to return the visit in Colorado for the longest time. The timing and ticket prices ended up working out really well that I was able to have a whirlwind of a short visit (two days) with her on my way home from Seattle to Connecticut.

This is the longest ‘Out and About’ post that I’ve done, but there are just too many good pictures to share! Just click on the photo below to enlarge.

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  1. From Seattle to Boulder, I had a layover in Salt Lake City. Judging from the scenery, I must plan a trip there sometime.
  2. My layover in Salt Lake City was long enough that I actually stopped at a sit-down restaurant to have breakfast and coffee.
  3. I was impressed to find Squatter’s Pub inside the airport which believes in buying local, organic ingredients. Their Buenos Dias Burrito was absolutely delicious.
  4. This would be Ollie, Jenny’s lab mix. He’s quite the character.
  5. After picking me up from the Denver airport, Jenny took me straight to Modmarket , which describes itself as a farm fresh eatery. This was their Prosciutto Pizza which was also topped with arugula, pears, and gorgonzola cheese.
  6. Besides splitting the pizza, Jenny and I also ordered the Wintergreen Salad to share which was a bed of mixed greens topped with roasted potatoes, apples, walnuts, and goat cheese. Yum!
  7. One of the things that I loved most about Boulder was how it was nestled at the bottom of the mountains. I would love to see this view every day!
  8. On Saturday, Jenny took me to the Boulder farmer’s market. Hands down, it was the best farmer’s market I’ve been to.
  9. I was especially smitten with this colorful display of yarn.
  10. Stand after stand, there was fresh produce as far as the eye could see.
  11. How cool is this vintage van that we saw in the parking lot?
  12. Another aspect of Boulder that I really admired was how they not only talk the talk about eating local, but really walk the walk too. This booth for Garden Against Hunger was distributing produce seeds for free. They asked that you take the seeds to plant at home and then drop your harvested crop off at specified locations that would then distribute the food to feed the homeless. What a great cause, huh?
  13. At the farmer’s market, I was able to try my first pupusa – a thick corn tortilla (similar to a pancake) that can have a variety of fillings. Jenny and I split the green chile pupusa with a side of guacamole. I must learn how to make these at home!
  14. Among the different purchases I made at the farmer’s market were these cherry vanilla almonds. They have been making the perfect afternoon snack at work.
  15. After the farmer’s market, we wandered over to Pearl St. which is the main shopping strip in Boulder.
  16. Of course, I was still on my shopping ban during the trip, but that didn’t stop me from trying on the pair of Tom’s flats that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. (They were perfect, by the way.)
  17. I found this whimsical whale print to be quite charming. Laugh and the world laughs with you.
  18. As if Boulder hadn’t already convinced me enough what a health-conscious city it was, it had to go and have all of these bike rental stations around the streets. Perhaps if the weather had been a little better, Jenny and I would have rented a pair of bikes to cruise the town in.
  19. For dinner on Saturday night, Jenny suggested Sherpa’s , a restaurant serving Indian, Nepali, and Tibetian food that is staffed by actual Sherpas (the people most notorious for leading expeditions on Mt. Everest).
  20. Although I was tempted to be adventurous and try one of the yak dishes that was on the menu, I decided to stick to something that I was familiar with and ordered the chicken Tikka Masala.
  21. Before getting our entrees though, we started off with the Saag Dip appetizer which was a spiced creamed spinach served with naan for dipping.
  22. After dinner, we headed next door to the Bitter Bar where I tried the Sprig and Berries drink – made up of tequila, blueberries, strawberries, lime, and agave nectar.
  23. The following morning, we went out to breakfast at Snooze , a breakfast eatery famous for their wide selection of pancakes.
  24. Jenny and I played it smart and ordered two egg dishes and a pancake to share. First up was the Early Harvest Benny – toasted ciabatta bread topped with mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, leeks, baby broccoli, lemon-white bean puree, two poached eggs, and a cream cheese and Romesco sauce. Holy cow, right?
  25. The other egg dish that we split was the Sandwich I Am – scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and a sausage patty sandwiched in a soft pretzel roll. Best breakfast sandwich, hands down!
  26. The real star of the breakfast show though was the blueberry and lavender pancake topped with a streusel crumble and lavender butter (a special of the day). This pancake has taken the title of best breakfast of my life and I can tell you, it’s going to take a pretty darn good breakfast to steal the title away from this pancake.
  27. Parked right outside of Snooze was this funky school bus that was covered with all sorts of positive messages.
  28. After breakfast, we headed straight to the Denver airport so I could catch my flight. I’m so thankful that I got to see Jenny and explore Boulder, but it was definitely too short of a trip for sure.
  29. On my way home, I had another long layover in the Minneapolis airport and decided to check out the French Meadow Cafe which I’ve heard so much about for its emphasis on local, organic ingredients.
  30. I kept things light by ordering the black bean crab cakes (that came with a bed of greens lightly dressed in an olive oil dressing) off of the appetizer menu and a cup of the tomato soup along with a glass of crisp white wine. I have to say, airport food is really starting to move up in the world!

And because that photo montage does not do the Boulder Farmer’s Market any justice, here are a few more pictures that I snapped of the day. How cute are the mini cupcakes in the egg crate? I will most definitely be borrowing that idea the next time I have to transport mini baked goods.

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