Downtown on a Dime

Posted on April 10, 2015

As a college student, I'm all too familiar with living life on a restricted budget. Believe it or not, Downtown Boulder is chock full of entertainment and dining options that will allow you to stay within your budget, without sacrificing all the fun. Here's some great ways to enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer without breaking the bank: 

Food

  • Happy Hour: This is the best way to dine on a dime! As a big Mexican food fan myself, I tend to gravitate to TahonaT/ACO, and Centro's Happy Hours. Centro and Tahona both offer all-night happy hours on Mondays so make sure to check them both out . If Mexican doesn't tickle your fancy, you should check out Hapa's 2 rolls for $7 deal during their happy hour or SALT's featured cheese plate for $5! 
  • Lunch Options: Now that I work in one of the coolest places in Boulder, Chloe (the other intern) and I have made it our mission to eat lunch at a new restaurant in the downtown area every day! You can never go wrong with a quick bite at Illegal Pete's or Chipotle, but there's a variety of unique places downtown that offer Lunches under $5, like AjiZoe Ma MaFoolish Craig's, and Pizza Colore! Don't forget about Boulder Bowls, McDevitt Taco Supply, and the other delicious food carts on the 1300 and 1400 block. 
  • Cheap Dining: Although I would love for my boyfriend to take me out to OAK or Frasca every date night (*hint hint*), an inexpensive meal can taste just as good! Check out West End Tavern and The Attic right off the bricks on the West End! They both have great a restaurant ambience, as well as burgers and sandwiches priced around $10. The Med, another West End favorite, offers delicious $5-7 tapas ranging from hummus and veggies to chicken kabobs! If you're going out with a big group, I recommend ordering a ton of tapas to split between all of you at The Med! Lastly, if you're out on a Tuesday, make sure to swing by T/ACO or Tahona for super discounted taco nights! That's definitely a deal you don't want to miss.

 

Make sure to follow my "Downtown on a Dime" series coming up to learn more about inexpensive food, shopping, and entertainment in the district!

-Danielle

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Calling all Graduates

Posted on April 6, 2015

Now that Spring Break has come and gone, Graduation is creeping up on us seniors quickly (queue the frantic 22 year olds registering for their diplomas and ordering their caps and gowns).  Graduation season is one of the busiest times in this town... Every CU student’s cousin’s cousins are coming to see him or her walk, which means it’s going to be absolutely packed. If you’re a student with parents who like to plan ahead, or you're a parent of a soon-to-be grad, I’ve got just the list to help you organize your special weekend and make it one to remember.

First things first, RESERVATIONS! As we all know Boulder is known as one of America’s foodiest towns, so it’s no surprise that the best spots are filling up as we speak. Pick a few restaurants, and then some backups, and start calling as soon as possible! Personally, my graduation crew is about ten people so space may be a bit of an issue for us. So far, I’ve got reservations at Brasserie Ten Ten, The Med, Oak and The Kitchen, all of which I highly recommend!

Secondly (and in my opinion, most importantly), finding the perfect grad party spot. Luckily, there are an endless number in downtown for the perfect bar and restaurant for your epic send off soiree. If you’re looking for a casual bar with billiards and a nice selection of beers, I recommend you check out The Walrus, The Attic, or License No. 1. If a nice Charcuterie board accompanied with a lovely French white wine is more up your alley, I’d check out the St Julien, Pizzeria Locale or if you’re feeling super fancy, Frasca.

And lastly, as cheesy as it is, the perfect picture. I’m a sucker for a good photograph, and graduation day is most definitely a day that deserves an epic moment captured on camera. So to all the people who hate having their photo taken, suck it up for this day is worthy of remembering. If you're in need of a trendy photo spot, look no further than the gorgeous Boulder creek, the breathtaking view of the Flatiron's from the St Julien Terrace or my personal favorite, the wall of colorful bricks in the alley next to the Biergarten (very Instagram worthy). 

Congrats to all my fellow Buffs on their final stretch to graduation! Five weeks left, we can do it.

xx Chloe

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Easter Downtown

Posted on April 1, 2015

Wondering do to with your family in Boulder this Easter? Look no further! Between the food and the fun, there's something for everyone to enjoy downtown on this wonderful holiday. Start your morning with a delicious brunch from one of our wonderful brunch restaurants. Starting at 10am, SALT is dishing up the goods, including Oysters with Chipotle Cocktail Sauce, Mint & Meyer Lemon Mingonette and Tender Belly Pork Benedict with Bacon Hollandaise that will melt in your mouth. Just the sound of that makes my mouth water! They strongly recommend booking reservations so call today to save your table!

Once your bellies are full, take a stroll down the bricks and admire the beautiful tulips that are just starting to bloom! Buds of purple, green, yellow, and white are emerging with such perfection that, for a second, you might think they're fake! Stay tuned for more about these beautiful flowers, including the Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival which is coming up on April 26! 

For those of you with a sweet tooth, this next part is for you! Head over to Piece, Love & Chocolate on the West End of the mall for all sorts of sweet treats. They have a wide assortment of Easter cakes, indulgent chocolates for mom & dad, and colorful chocolate eggs for youngins'! Don't forget about their delicious and adorable chocolate bunnies wrapped in the cutest Easter packaging. If you're craving more sweets, head east on the bricks to Rocket Fizz! They have everything from sweets for the whole family as well as knick-knacks to stuff Easter eggs with! 

  

End the day with some classic family fun at  POSHsplat! Swing by POSHsplat for a Family Painting Day  where they teach you the step-by-step instructions of how to paint a "Tea Party"! After your busy day, enjoy a relaxing, and yummy, dinner at one of the wonderful East End restaurants offering a special Easter meal, like Ted's Montana Grill. 

Most importantly, make sure to take the time to relax, enjoy the sunshine, and spend time with family and friends. I hope you all see Easter Bunnies as cute as this one! 

 

Happy Easter :)

-Danielle

 

 

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Boulder Arts Week

Posted on March 18, 2015

Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this internship is knowing the in's-and-out's of events downtown! Between Fall Fest and Taste of Pearl, there's always a buzz in the air and lots happening in the city. Well, ladies and gents, guess what?! Another wonderful "shindig" is on the horizon! That's right Boulder Arts Week is almost here! For those of you who don't know, Boulder Arts Week is Boulder's only large scale celebration of culture as well as visual and performing arts. Back for their second year, the event happens from March 27th to April 4th, and highlights a variety of art forms, from documentaries to art walks to workshops.

Here are some of the events happening downtown (or super close to it) that I'm most looking forward to:

  • 422 Ballet: As a dancer of 15 years, this event sounds AMAZING! This documentary is about a 25-year old New York Ballet choreographer named Justin Peck and his journey to create  the company's 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. It documents his trials and tribulations, his successes and fails, and his endurance and skill. The documentary is being displayed at the Dairy Center at a variety of dates and times. Whether your a dance fanatic or not, his incredible story is not one to miss. 
  • I've Never Seen That Before!This event is designed to showcase dozens of "under the radar" photographers! Over 30 photographers were asked to display work that they felt was new, unusual, unique, mysterious, interesting, personal, experimental, different, and/or astounding. There are so many talented artists in Boulder, but I love checking out all the artists lesser known ones in the area! Make sure to stop by the Boulder Public Library and check out these talented photographers! 
  • Hats Off to MoP: For all the fun-lovers out there, this is the event for you! On March 28th, Goorin Bros is celebrating Month of Photography with live music and the wondrous photo booth creation by Lewis Neeff of OzBox.OzBox is a retro, state of the art photobooth that was designed photographer Lewis Neff. Typically on display at night events at the Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, OzBox is traveling just down the block to Goorin-Bros for a fun event involving pictures, crazy hats, and good times!
  • Student Banners: Each spring, Downtown Boulder displays over 50 pieces artwork as light pole banners hanging on the Pearl Street Mall, designed and created by students in local elementary schools! The theme of this years' projects were "Local Foods and Farmers" so these students designed banners of produce, farmers, livestock, and more! During Boulder Arts Week, the entire community is invited to take part in voting for the People's Choice Award, in which the winner will win $100 on a Boulder GiftCard. The banners are currently on display and will continue to be displayed through April. Click here to learn more!

With the eighth largest concentration of artists in the country, Boulder Arts Week is event that you shouldn't miss. As spring is upon us, I challenge you to attend at least one of these amazing events and get your culture on.  On top of these events and more, our events calendar is always bursting with fun things to do Downtown Boulder! 

-Danielle 

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Boulder Blogger Buzz

Posted on March 9, 2015

When I decided to leave San Francisco (which what was, in my opinion, the best city in the world), I honestly never thought I could love a city as much as I love Boulder. Between the food, the entertainment, and the job industry, Boulder has gone above and beyond everything I could have asked for in a town. It doesn't surprise me one bit that Boulder has won more accolades and newsworthy titles than any other city in America! So when I got this marketing internship and discovered my daily tasks included writing a blog about this wonderful city, I was thrilled! Similarly, companies, organizations, and individuals alike created blogs to share about their love for the city as a whole! There are tons and tons of wonderful Boulder bloggers, but here's a list of some that I really enjoy!

Buzz Blogs:

  • Virtually Bing: As the VP of Product for Simpler as well as a member of the DBI Board, Bing Chou has extremely valuable thoughts and opinions regarding the tech industry. He writes about a variety of topics from up-and-coming technology companies to the Boulder Open Coffee Club. 
  • Rachel Scott:  Avid biker and VP of Quickleft, Rachel Scott's blog has a little bit for everyone! She talks about her experience in marketing, her passion for biking, her community service with Ride for Reading, and many other topics too! You're bound to find a good read here! 
  • eTown News: eTown is a NPR show that is recorded right in downtown Boulder and focuses on bringing people and music together. Their blog discusses all sorts of important music topics, performers, and venues! If live music is your forte, make sure to check this blog out! 

Food Blogs:

  • Three Leaf Farm: This locally owned farm provides organic produce to Dushanbe Teahouse and many other restaurants downtown! On their blog, you can expect to find organic food tips and recipes as well as farming and gardening tips. 
  • Eat Drink Boulder: For the Boulder foodie, this one is for you! This is a collaborative blog providing news, information, and opinions on  everything food and drink related in Boulder.
  • The F Times: The Big Red F Group is a restaurant group made up of restaurants like Jax, Centro, and West End. Their blog focuses on the people behind some of downtown Boulder's best restaurants.
  • Use Real Butter: The author, Jen, is a Colorado native who loves writing about recipes, cooking, baking, and her love for all food-things related in Boulder! 

Fashion Blogs: ‚Äč

  • Nod and Rose: This blog is a great way to stay up to speed of fashion trends and what's going in of Boulder's favorite stores! This boutique is run by a husband and wife team, and are known for their classic, but forward fashion trends.
  • Mile High Fashion: I like to think I'm pretty up-to-date on my fashion, but this blog always keeps me on my toes! This chic blogger love to describe her passion for fashion in her posts. She talks about nation-wide fashion trends and her favorite shops in Boulder. This blog was actually chosen as 5280 Magazine's choice for best blog and is one of the best fashion blogs in the state!   

Although the writers of the Downtown Boulder blog are extremely proud of their work (cough, cough, wink, wink  ), we're happy to share the spotlight with so many other amazing and talented writers. There's so always so much happening in Boulder, so make sure to follow any or all of these blogs to stay in-the-know at all times! If you're interested about blogs and want to know more, make sure to check out prAna's Blogger's Night Out! 

-Danielle 

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