Java Jives

Posted on September 30, 2015

Java Jives - Downtown's Favorite Coffee Shops

Hello my fellow Boulder-lovers! As many of you may know, yesterday was International Coffee Day. Because I happen to be a coffee enthusiast and addict I’d like to give a shout-out to all our amazing coffee shops downtown! Our countless hours of work and play wouldn’t be the same without that warm, delicious, liquid bean in a cup to help us keep on pushing.  In honor of this week’s international coffee holiday, I’ve put together a list of my absolute favorite coffee destinations downtown, complete with reasons to love them. Enjoy!

OZO Coffee

1015 Pearl St.

LOVE IT: Ok, I’ll admit it. Having had the pleasure of working for this amazing local company it’s safe to say I’m a little biased. But what’s not to love? OZO does all their roasting and brewing locally here in Boulder, supporting our community and job market! Their mocha menu is so creative you’ll have a tough time picking your new favorite chocolate-inspired beverage.

DRINK IT UP: The Loch Ness Mocha. Dark chocolate, Irish cream, and mint. Enough said!

Boxcar Coffee Roasters

1825 Pearl St.

LOVE IT: I’m absolutely obsessed with Boxcar. Local owners Vajra and Cara Rich’s passion for coffee perfectly complements the gourmet meats and cheeses found at Cured, the small grocery by local foodies Will and Coral Frischkorn. Together the couples share this amazing space, giving their customers the opportunity to pick up a delicatessen sandwich or dinner with your coffee order!  

DRINK IT UP: Their house latte done right

Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

1709 Pearl St.

LOVE IT: The Laughing Goat is that special place where I can either meet up with friends for a glass of wine and a free concert on the weekends, or drop in for a study date with myself and a hot coffee.

DRINK IT UP: Chai Latte

Trident Booksellers and Café

940 Pearl St.

LOVE IT: Trident has been around for over 30 years, a true West End staple. Their cozy warm atmosphere reminds me of this little coffee shop I love in downtown London. At Trident you can dream yourself away browsing through an amazing travel section.

DRINK IT UP: For the not-so-caffeine oriented beverage lover, Trident provides an amazing tea selection.

Woody Creek Bakery & Café

1207 Pearl St.

LOVE IT: Woody Creek is one of our office favorites. Located right across the walking mall from our headquarters we head into Woody for coffee, cookies, or a bite to eat on a daily basis. Great sandwich and wrap selections from their brand new menu, along with  yummy coffees and teas!

DRINK IT UP: China Black Iced Tea 

Till next time, hade på bade! –Maria Bond  

Related Tag: Coffee

Danielle's Visitor's Guide

Posted on February 23, 2015

The best part of loving where you live is showing it off. In a place like Boulder, the “showing off” is easy! This weekend, my wonderful, and coffee-loving, mother will be leaving the warm weather of San Francisco and coming to visit! In this post, you'll find an itinerary that I've created for us to help provide ideas and inspiration for when you have visitors from out-of-town. 

   

Friday: We'll start off our weekend at one of our favorite places downtown; ten20! This salon is absolutely adorable. While you're getting your mani/pedi on, they treat you with complimentary M&M's and Coca-Cola, while you catch up on the latest Ellen or Modern Family episodes. We'll head west on Pearl street after that and take care of some afternoon shopping; Free People, Peppercorn, and Pitaya, we're coming for you! 

As happy hour approaches, we'll pick one of many happy hour specials to indulge in. As a mexican-food lover, I'm a huge fan of Tahona's happy hour....if you haven't tried their queso, you're seriously missing out! Sticking to the Mexican theme, we'll probably dine at Tahona, Centro, or Rio. Lastly, we'll have dessert at Jill's and head up to our room at the St Julien to get a good night's sleep!

Saturday: Rise and shine, visitors! We will start our Saturday morning off with coffee from one of the amazing coffee shops downtown. If you missed my last blog post regarding the best of the best of Boulder's coffee, feel free to read it here.  I know my mom will enjoy a relaxing morning at The Cup, complete with a pastry and her favorite skinny vanilla latte (which they do make at other places besides Starbucks). If the sun is shining (which I hope it is because us California girls love our warm weather), we'll hike up Chautauqua and enjoy the beautiful views from the top. If the weather is chilly and snowy, we'll check out classes at either BOCO Fit or Amana Yoga by vpk. After all, Boulder was rated one of America's Most Active Cities.

After a workout (and a much needed nap), we'll head back downtown for another delicious meal. There's always so many events happening downtown on the weekends, I encourage you to check out our events calendar! My mom and I will visit POSHSplat on Saturday night where we will learn to  paint "Aspen Views" onto a canvas. What better way to end a great day than with delicious treat from Piece Love & Chocolate?! As a fellow chocolate-lover, I'm sure my mom will enjoy their decadent deserts just as much as I do!

Sunday: To conclude our wonderful weekend, we'll enjoy a delicious brunch at Snooze. It's always so sad to see my momma leave after such a fun weekend together, but summer is only a few months away, which means another visit is on the horizon! Until next time, mom! xoxo​

Stay tuned for my mom's review of her weekend in Boulder! 

-Danielle (intern) 

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Dining, Happy Hour, Restaurants, Shopping

True Life: I'm a Caffeine Addict

Posted on February 13, 2015

Once upon a time, in a small town right outside of San Francisco, a young Danielle looked up at her coffee-loving mother and thought to herself, "there is no way I will ever drink that AND LIKE IT". A hop, skip, and a jump later, I'm now 20 years old and my day is not complete without a Starbucks run. I constantly find myself craving a skinny vanilla latte or iced vanilla coffee with soy (yes, my coffee orders are that complicated) regardless of the hour of the day! Now that I work downtown, I decided to make my way through the district, trying all sorts of new coffee shops and cafes...living the dream, am I right?! Fun Fact: Downtown Boulder has over 17 different places to get coffee! I'm dedicating this blog post to my five favorite unique coffee places in downtown Boulder. So listen up coffee-lovers...

1) The Cup: Located on the East End of Pearl, this is probably one of my favorite coffee shops downtown. It's a large cafe where you can hang out, do homework, and enjoy one of their delicious homemade sandwiches and pastries. Their garage door patio is the perfect setting to enjoy  the beautiful Boulder sunshine! From students to tourists to the "Lance Armstrong's" of Boulder, The Cup offers something for everyone to enjoy!

2) Unseen Bean: This tiny, but mighty coffee shop is absolutely worth checking out! Master coffee roaster, Gerry Leary, has been blind from birth, but that's never stood in his way. He attended the San Francisco Coffee Training Institute before opening his own restaurant. Their creme brulee latte paired with a tasty egg and cheese breakfast bagel is pretty much the key to my happiness on a Monday morning!

3) Boxcar Coffee Roasters: I honestly had never heard of this place until I started my coffee adventures! It's an adorable establishment with a rustic feel to it on the East End. They sell bags of their freshly roasted coffee along the walls, so you can't help but take in every scent of that delicious coffee smell. One thing I love about Boxcar Coffee Roasters is that they highlight the various coffee-connected countries. If you're feeling adventurous, try their Columbia El Pita

4) Laughing Goat: All you night-owls, look no further! The Laughing Goat has live music, poetry, and entertainment every night of the week. It's the perfect place to get a cup of joe with some good friends ad enjoy the many talents Boulder has to offer. My recommendation: try the Venetian Cream; it's smooth, creamy, and a little sweet. I promise you won't regret it!

5) Trident Booksellers Cafe: Trident is maybe one of the coolest and most unique places I've ever stumbled across during my experience in Boulder. Not only is the coffee tasty, they have an incredible new and used book selection! I spent over 45 minutes browsing through everything from health and cooking books to rare first edition journals. If you love literature and have time to spare, this is the place to be!

These are just a few of the many coffee shops downtown Boulder offers. Check out the extensive list here. Whether it's hot or iced coffee, sandwiches, pastries, or the ambience, the coffee options of Boulder really have it all! The hardest part is deciding where to go...I encourage you to try them all! 

Happy tasting!

-Danielle 

Related Destination: The Cup - Espresso Cafe
Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, East End, Restaurants

It's Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 9, 2015

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to pull out your red sweaters, succumb to candy advertisements telling you "Yes, you NEED this box of chocolate", and scramble to find something to do this Saturday (so you're not couped up at home watching Netflix all day). It's Valentines day! A holiday full of love, sweet treats, and a half-naked baby mascot, what's not to love? Whether you're single, taken, anti-valentine's day, or a softy at heart, there's something for everyone to do in this wonderful downtown on the 14th! 

I plan on spending my favorite holiday with the one thing I know will never break my heart, food. There are some incredible dining options on the 14th that both couples and singles alike can enjoy! If you decide to go for that mouthwatering multi-course meal at places like The Kitchen, Jax Fish house, or any of the other restaurants serving up delicious food this Valentine's Day, I guarantee you'll be leaving with a full-belly and a good time. One thing I'm looking forward to is Cured's Truffle Tasting Event. Chocolate tasting on Valentine's day? It doesn't get much better than that. 

If the ooey-gooey, couples stuff isn't for you, not to fear! There's plenty for singles to do out there. Fun fact: in 2010, Forbes magazine listed Boulder as the "Best City for Singles". So call up your single galpals and head to the "Paint Wine Love" event POSHsplat for an evening of artistic endeavors, fun friends, and an in-store bar. After that, head up Pearl Street for Conor O' Neil's annual Anti-Valentine's Bash! Make sure to check out live music at The Laughing Goat and late-night dancing at  Absinthe House. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than having a great time with good friends! 

Personally, I've always loved Valentine's Day! Regardless of my relationship status, it's a day to remind my best friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to me. Make sure to check out the Downtown Boulder Gift Guide for all your Valentine's Day gift shopping this year! Whether you hand-craft valentines or dance the night away, I hope your Valentine's Day is full of good times and even better company! Have a wonderful Valentines Day, Boulder <3 

-Danielle 

 

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Dining, Holidays, Restaurants

Bundle Up, Boulder!

Posted on January 30, 2015

Hey there Boulderites! My name is Danielle and I’m a 2015 spring intern here at Downtown Boulder. Originally from San Francisco, I moved to Boulder three years ago to study Journalism at CU. Besides studying the days away, I’m a dancer, a dog-lover, a Bay Area sports fan, and a food-enthusiast. During my time as an intern, I hope to provide you with a variety of  information on topics such as fun things to do, important holidays, fashion trends, and most importantly, food and fine dining.

Coming into my third snowy season here in Boulder, you would think that I'd be a pro at the basic winter "do’s and don’t’s”. However, this California girl still finds herself shivering on her way to class every morning. With that in mind, I did some research regarding the best ways to keep warm in the winter and developed my very own “How To” list!

Danielle’s How to Survive Winter’s in Boulder 

1. Dress warm!  Layering is key. I start with a thermal undershirt and layer it with a cute and cozy sweater from Free People, Urban Outfitters, or any of the other wonderful boutiques we have here on Pearl Street. If you’re an exercise fanatic like myself, you might enjoy some of the warm workout clothes from Athleta or prAna. Lastly, top it off with a warm coat, hat, and gloves from Patagonia and stylish snow boots from Savvy. For all those ski and snowboarding buffs out there, check out stores like Volcom and Meta Skate for outdoor wear as well as Zeal for awesome eye wear.

   

2. Drink warm beverages. As a caffeine-addict, I can’t go a day without my cup of joe. The chilly January temperatures increase my want need for coffee, not just for the caffeine, but for the heat. We’re lucky enough to live in a place that provides us with so many unique coffee options. The Unseen Bean is one of my personal favorites. Their unique flavors and customized beverages make it a great place to enjoy coffee and relax on a snowy day. Laughing Goat is a lively place full of fun people! With delicious food and beverage options and live entertainment every night, a good time is almost guaranteed. The Cup is a great coffee place on East End; perfect for a snowy afternoon full of warm coffee, tasty food, homework, and snowfall. There are so many delicious coffee shops in and around the area; I dare you to try them all!

3. Stay hydrated. This one definitely caught me by surprise. It is scientifically proven that water is actually amazing for your body heat. The more water you have circulating your body, the easier it is for your body to stay warm. So bring a reusable water bottle to work or school with you and refill it throughout the day in order to stay hydrated! Make sure to check out stores like Athleta or University Bikes for trendy and reusable water bottles.

4. Stay warm and dry inside. Although some days it simply isn't possible, staying inside in the heat and comfort of my apartment is my favorite way to stay warm! My friends and I prefer to spend those days watching movies, trying new arts and crafts projects, and learning how to cook on our own. In a family setting, what could be better than pulling out a classic board game and enjoying the heat with your loved ones. Other fun indoor activities include:

That's all for now folks! I hope these tips provide you with a little help in order to survive these next few months. Bundle up, Boulderites!

-Danielle (intern)

 

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Shopping

Attention All Coffee Lovers

Posted on November 28, 2012

Downtown Boulder's Coffee Shops

The colder weather in Boulder has made me catch myself ducking into more and more coffee shops to escape the shivers and drink some deliciously warm coffee. Downtown Boulder has 17 coffee shops and each one has their own personality and way of roasting their coffee.  I know 17 coffeehouses is a lot to try, so have no fear, I have researched a handful of the wide array of choices for you!  

Amante Coffee:  A European style café that receives their coffee fresh from Italy is the ideal hang out spot for Europeans, soccer players, St Julien guests, and Boulderites alike. The café offers gelato, paninis, and other European style foods.  For a taste of Italy check Amante Coffee out!

Atlas Purveyors: This swanky coffee shop caters to students, working professionals and most of all techies.  They mix their own unique blends of coffee and source their teas directly from all over the world.  If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a technology friendly place Atlas Purveyors is for you!

Brewing Market Coffee: This café roasts their own coffee and their own chai and have been doing so since 1977, which makes them the oldest coffee house in the downtown area. Serving environmentally conscious beans and supporting their Beans & Bridges project makes Brewing Market an attractive choice for environmentally conscious customers.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters:  This coffee shop is nestled in with its sister store Cured and is attractive to those who are looking for a specialty coffee.  The coffee is roasted in house using a twist on traditional cowboy coffee roasting, a method unique to Boxcar.  This café is perfect for the person looking for a little something more beyond the traditional $1.50 cup of black coffee.

The Cup: Located in the East End of Pearl, The Cup is a large café where you can hang out all day and many of their customers do.  The Cup’s usual customer can range from students to tourists to cyclists (just check out the large bike coral in front of the store) and they enjoy the slow drip method the café uses.

Laughing Goat Coffee House: When the owner was asked what the Coffee House’s typical customer was like he replied, “Hot.  Super hot.”  And we cannot deny that. The laughing Goat attracts music lovers who enjoy the live music nights and air roasted coffee, frozen until ground.  

Starbucks: The coffee house that started it all is appealing to the customer who knows what they want and how they want it! The baristas at Starbucks fufill complicated drink orders and do it so fast you’ll be in and out in under a few minutes.  However, if you would like to stay and sit near the windows to people watch on Pearl that’s always an option.

The Unseen Bean: The owner and roaster of the Unseen Bean who was born blind roasts his coffee based on the smell and sound of the beans.  So much attention to detail that you know the coffee is going to be amazing.  The small store caters to customers who are on the run and need a quick cup of coffee.

 

  • Rebecca (intern & coffee lover)
Related Tag: Coffee

CoffeeCoffeeCoffee

Posted on March 27, 2012

Fact: 5/7 days I need an afternoon caffeine fix

Fact: Downtown has 17 places to get coffee

Fact: Today is an iced coffee kind of day

Now, the tricky part is trying to figure out where to go. If I start on the West End, I’ll run into Spruce Confections and have to get a chocolate croissant to go with my coffee, but if I go to Trident then I’ll be there for at least 45 minutes perusing the book section. I’ve never been to Amante or Ozo, so I would have to thoroughly look over the menu to make sure I’m not missing out on any specials. The Unseen Bean has a phenomenal veggie sandwich, which I’m sure would go perfectly with an iced latte. Then there is Tee & Cakes which is definitely a dangerous option with all their cupcakes and scrumptious treats staring me down; coffee will not be the only thing I walk out of there with. If I go to Atlas Purveyors, then I’ll probably get a tea latte, which is not bad, except I’m on a mission for iced coffee. The Cup is always irresistible when I see people soaking up the sun and hanging out front with their pups. Laughing Goat not only has plenty of space for me to sprawl out with my Spring Break homework, but it also has tons of fun art and an exceptional music selection. And the quaint Boxcar Coffee Roasters is on my way home, so it’s convenient. Too many decisions!  And yet there are so many more to pick through right here.

Happy iced coffee day!

-Devon

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee

The Tulips Are Coming! The Tulips Are Coming!

Posted on March 20, 2012

Ahh the first day of Spring. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the shorts are coming out. Spring in downtown means lots of strolling lunch breaks, iced coffees instead of hot lattes, and taking advantage of all the restaurant patios. It also means that the tulips are coming.

Take a walk down the mall today and check out the planter boxes. Buds of purple, green, yellow, and white are emerging with such perfection that it is possible to think they are fake. But that is not true, whatsoever. Let this be your first walk down the mall, and then make it a priority to come back once a week to see the growth process of Colorado’s largest tulip display. Next, mark your calendars for April 28, because the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade will take over the bricks and mark the official beginning of Spring in downtown. Stay tuned for more information about how to take advantage of the Spring season. For now, take note of blossoming trees and send us your best Instagram photos.

-Devon

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Festivals

East End Explorer

Posted on March 2, 2012

Thanks to the combined efforts of Hollywood and a slew of popular American rappers, the “east side” is often labeled in a negative way.  It’s always on the wrong side of the tracks, it’s where the terrifying gang bangers reside, it’s got the shabby buildings, and ironically, it usually has some of the best food (should you be brave enough to cross the tracks and have a taste). But let me tell you a not-so-secret secret, Hollywood and rappers are not always right, and they are especially not right about the East End of Pearl Street.

Today I had the privilege of being free to roam and thoroughly explore and East End. I have a big love for the East End, because it was the first part of Pearl Street I ever explored when I arrived here at CU. I fell in love with The Cup at first sip and Buffalo Exchange found its way immediately into my wallet.  My agenda today was a bit different than the aimless wandering I have come to know and love. Geared up with the fancy camera and legal pad, the people seemed to part on the sidewalk and let this obviously very important lady through. My credibility was quickly compromised however, when I lost my footing and took a slight tumble off the curb. No big deal folks, I’m an intern.

I figured the best route to take in my explorations would be to start in the far east (the scariest part, right?) and work my way to the bricks. Knowing very little about downtown’s spa scene, I headed to nail and waxing spa, ten20, to get more acquainted. I was blown away with the splendor of the space as there were walls of nail polishes, complimentary diet cokes and m&ms, and even a movie projected on their enormous screen. The staff was very friendly and let me know the skinny on their women’s bike team: it currently has sixty-five members and continues to expand with each meeting. They welcome women of all levels and even have Wednesday training nights where they bring stationary bikes into the spa and cycle to training videos (as well as each other’s encouragements). Makes me want to dust off the ol’ bike!

After my bike inspiration, I went to check out Boxcar Coffee Roasters and Cured to see if I could further develop my dream of being a coffee and/or wine connoisseur. This might be a shared space, but there is nothing crowded about it. I felt very welcome as I was greeted from my left and my right by employees ready to offer any insight or answer any questions.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters is a sleek, yet rustic establishment that does not hide their fervor for brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Along the wall, they sell bags of freshly roasted coffee that have origins in various coffee-connected countries, as well as their personal blends which combine select beans to create the perfect mix. Boxcar is also a café which sells the standard hot drinks and pastries, but each item has a flavor that can only be found in something that was made with passion. With a spin to the right, you will find yourself faced with Cured; a shop unlike any I have ever known. It focuses on “preserving a personal connection to food” by offering hand-picked selections of cheeses, cured meats, and wines. Not only is Cured an aesthetically pleasing place to shop, but they also offer classes every Thursday night to share their knowledge of choosing quality ingredients and how to bring them into your every day. And they are also the recent recipients of the 2011 Downtown Boulder Rising Star Award, so they’ve got our official stamp of approval.

In the spirit of giving the East End of Pearl Street its well deserved attention, I am splitting this blog in two. Check back on Tuesday for the second half of my explorations; and in the mean time, take a look at all the shopping and dining listings that the East End has to offer. There are so many and it will be well worth your time, I promise! And as a special treat for all you loyal blog readers, email me at intern@downtownboulder.org for your chance to win 2 FREE tickets to Los Lobos at Boulder Theater Friday March 9! To keep things fair, I’ll combine all the entries and randomly select one to be announced in my blog next Tuesday.

-Devon

Related Destinations: Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Cured
Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Dining, East End, Shopping

Baby It's Cold Outside

Posted on December 5, 2011

You’ve got to love when you wake up to your IPhone telling you it’s 7 degrees outside (sarcasm).  When the day is forecasted at a high of um…12, I sometimes wonder how exactly to dress myself to WALK to work and school without looking like a total marshmallow and while avoiding death by frostbite.  Eli once told me that the cold is like an equalizer among humanity…it’s hard to not look like a total goof when all you care about is keeping warm, so in the cold the playing field becomes quite level.  It’s a stretch…but it’s one positive aspect of 7 degrees, right?  The only other thing we could possibly enjoy about today is how the cold makes snuggling up by a fire with a hot Cup O Joe sooo much more satisfying.  I think the Boulder business owners have tapped into this consumer need quite well considering there’s not one, not two, but SEVENTEEN coffee shops just in downtown.  How does one decide where to take their marshmallow self for refuge?  Let’s discuss;

Eli loves the coffee at The Unseen Bean (which now that I think about it, I’ve actually never seen it) but apparently its right on Broadway!  Still, the slightly hidden storefront is not the reasoning behind the name.  Gerry Leary, master roaster at The Unseen Bean has been blind from birth.  But his passion for coffee led him to attend the San Francisco Coffee Training Institute and now have his own café in Boulder.  Pretty cool!

The Cup is my personal favorite.  Mostly due to its spacious interior; there’s always a spot to plop down and study.  Also, all of their coffee is fair-trade, organic and roasted locally, which I’m always a fan of supporting.  In the back room, they have a clever little “cell phone booth” where they encourage customers to take calls so you don’t disturb others trying to enjoy their cozy time.  Practical, and comical.

One day (another cold snowy day) the power went off in the office and we took a stroll down to Ozo coffee.  We tried a maple donut with bacon on top.  Who would have guessed such a strange topping would be so great on a donut? (I guess it is bacon).  Order an espresso drink “for here” and enjoy the cute little maple leaf design they make with the foam.  Love coffee?  Ozo has Brew Bar Tastings on Fridays at 2 p.m. where you can try one coffee brewed in three different brewing processes.

Amante is another café that’s caught my eye, located on Walnut next to The Parlour hair salon.  If you’re looking to wind down after a long day or possibly start layering on your night time liquor coats a little early, Amante has a full bar featuring “Italian wines, coffee-based martinis, Moretti beers, along with traditional standards such as Negronis, Manhattans, and Gimlets.”  Quite trendy if you ask me.

These are only a few of the many options to escape from the cold in Downtown Boulder.  Find a full list here, pick your favorite, and let’s make this freezing day a wee bit more enjoyable.

Stay warm!

-Lindsey

Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes!?

Posted on October 3, 2011

As if Boulder didn’t have enough great breakfast spots, the hippest place to enjoy a pancake in Denver has moved west.  Having spent last summer working in Denver, some locals introduced me to the only place anyone would be willing to wait 45 minutes for some morning deliciousness…Snooze!  And delicious it was!  Needless to say I was pleasantly stoked to hear a new Snooze branch was opening in Downtown Boulder.  Last Thursday, September 29th, Snooze opened a new location on Pearl Street’s east end nestled between Art & Soul Gallery and Momentum.  


Personally I find Snooze’s move to Boulder to be a perfect fit.  Snooze’s business model is as sustainable and innovative as Boulderites themselves.  They buy their eggs exclusively from Niman Ranch (free range, family owned…basically as organic as it gets) and the restaurants follow a list of sustainability principles including recycling, composting, and using chemical free cleaners.  But wait, there’s more!


I’m sure half of you will agree with me when I say that half the fun of eating out is the atmosphere.  The ambiance of Snooze makes the experience a lot of fun.  I want to call it retro 50’s, but it reminds me a lot of the Jetson’s.  Confused?  Well, after further research, I discovered what they were actually going for:  “The Snooze concept, beyond great food, was to create a comfortable and timeless setting.  Energy through design, from flow to the feelings invoked. This vibe is reflected in both the space, and the service. Snooze has the comfort of a neighborhood coffee shop, while evoking a retro-future spin.  It's fun. ”

   


But enough of this jibber jabber, let’s get down to business and discuss what’s really important here…THE FOOD!  Ladies and gentlemen, I have 4 words for you, Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes!  Not even mentioning Snooze’s plethora of breakfast options (including four different types of Eggs Benedict, my personal fav) I would have to say that Snooze’s pancakes are their specialty.  Walking a fine line between meal and dessert the pancakes are definitely worth a try (or two, or three).  Always ask what the pancake of the day is because it’s usually something especially decadent.  They even offer a “Pancake Flight” so if you can’t decide which flavor to try, just try a bunch!  Careful, I see a food coma in your future.    


They serve coffee while you wait…so courteous.  So let’s be courteous back!  Give our newest Boulder restaurant a try.  You won’t regret it :)

-Lindsey

Related Destination: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee, Dining, Restaurants

The Kitchen

Posted on August 10, 2011

This small restaurant on the West End, right off the bricks, is absolutely wonderful. After unsuccessfully attempting to go for brunch without a wait time (who eats brunch at noon on a Sunday, come on) and being too hungry to wait, I decided to go back and check it out for dinner.

The Kitchen is very Boulderesque in that they serve all local food in an eco-friendly environment running on local wind power (don’t deny it, you’re impressed). The Kitchen has always popped up on my radar whether through various event listings or passing by on one of my endless stops to Holiday & Co. And after hearing from a friend about their awesome eco-friendly attitude and stellar reviews, I decided to try it and bring my friend along with me.

The ambience in the restaurant was awesome. There is a trend of clean simplicity with the décor, menu, and cocktails. I felt as if I were in a must be seen in, trendy restaurant in downtown Manhattan, but with the comforts of home cooking. We started with the Beet Bruchetta, not at all what I was expecting. I am a texture person so blue cheese with the combination of beets, just wasn’t my cup of tea. However, my friend’s sister LOVED it, so if beets and blue cheese is on your radar you should definitely try it! After my tastebuds and emotions settled (yes, textures freak me out that much) my amazing, delicious, mouth watering lobster entrée came. Being from the East Coast, I know my lobster, and this lobster was absolutely divine. It came with grilled corn and lime flavored fries (YUM!) and I ate every bite, and I’m not sorry about it.

If you’re a pork chop, duck, beet or lobster fan this place is a must! The Kitchen’s eccentric menu has something for everyone. You also have to be sure to check out The Kitchen’s other two sister restaurants The Kitchen [Next Door] and The Kitchen Upstairs. Literally upstairs and right next door so don’t fret about trying to find them! The Kitchen [Next Door] has a casual pub-like atmosphere while still serving farm-to-table food. The Kitchen Upstairs is wine, beer and cocktail lounge, with one of the best beer and wine lists in all Colorado! It’s perfect for a date night, night on the town with friends or for a relaxing cocktail (or two).

So check out The Kitchen, The Kitchen Upstairs, or the The Kitchen [Next Door] and let me know what you think!

Cheers,

 Erika

Related Tags: Bars, Boulder, Coffee, Dining, Happy Hour, Restaurants, Shopping

Not so bitter about Bitter Bar

Posted on July 6, 2011

Yesterday, as I was updating the happy hour page, my love for a good happier hour grew (it’s five o’clock somewhere right?).  My overwhelming love for great food and eating out while on a college budget can be pretty hard to balance at times, so I found a compromise, happy hour (okay not that big of a compromise, but I’m sticking to it).  In honor of this compromise I decided to put one of these happy hours to the test.

Happy and The Bitter Bar stood out right away. Bitter Bar is tucked away right off Pearl Street’s West End.  I have to admit I didn’t  know much about the cuisine, but, the name was so enticing I decided to just figure out the food when I got there (very out of character seeing as I can be a picky eater). My first glance went to the amazing cocktail choices,  all at just $4. I decided on the “42 Pink Party”, seeing as my favorite color is pink , I was sold on the name alone. It was a delicious mix of pomegranate and fresh mint (yum). It was  an absolutely divine, fabulous cocktail, perfect for a happy hour!

On to the food:  As I quickly learned, the cuisine is Asian fusion with a little bit of everything. My boyfriend and I split this phenomenal spicy chicken rice bowl special and the sesame flat bread with pesto and fresh mozzarella (I wouldn’t complain if I had that in front of me right now despite it being breakfast hour). Everything just got better from there. This Restaurant/Bar is one of my new top ten favs, hands down. There was plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and everything exceeded all expectations. The whole “Happy” part in the name was really kicking in right about then.

If you’re looking for a great happy hour, with an array of food ranging from small to large plates, and a cocktail list that is near to impossible to narrow down,  this is the place. I promise you whether you’re a well whiskey drinker, or a world renowned wine connoisseur,  Bitter Bar’s Mixologists will not disappoint. In fact he gave me just the amount of liquid courage to attempt a ride on the famous bull at Shooters later that night (flop). So if my love for this restaurant bar isn’t convincing enough, put your taste buds to the test and check it out.

Stay tuned for more of my Happy Hour discoveries as I get to know the rest of Downtown Boulder’s marvelous foodie culture.  Cheers!

Erika

Related Tags: Bars, Boulder, Coffee, Dining, Happy Hour, Restaurants

Coffee on the Brain

Posted on March 25, 2011


Last week, my calendar told me that it is officially spring time here in beautiful Boulder, CO. I don't know about you, but I associate spring with the sound of birds chirping, the smell of fresh flowers, and a canvas of blue stretching across the sky over my head. Even though my calendar promised me all of these things, during this time when March begins to fade into April, "spring time", in my world, has mostly been left to my imagination. Instead of chirping birds, and sunshine, Mother Nature has only blessed Boulder with the sounds of eerie whistling brought on by the winds that have been ripping through town along with little bits of snow and frost on my car in the mornings and fake-outs in the form of early morning sunshine, followed by afternoons and nights filled with stormy clouds that seem to pop-up out of their hiding places behind the mountains sometime around mid-morning. Not cool, not cool at all Mother Nature. So as the chilly temps, and the threat of snow and rain showers continue through mid-week, I've assembled a list of my favorite coffee shops that will be more than happy to make you a hot beverage to warm you up while you sit back and wait for the real spring fever to hit Downtown.

1.) The Cup- The perfect place to not only grab a cup of killer, fair-trade coffee, but to also grab some lunch. I've stuffed my face with their turkey and avocado bagel sandwich (hold the tomatoes please) on many occasions. Delicious. Say hi to owners, Wendy and Chris before you leave.

2.) Bookend Espresso- This is where I head to not only fuel up when my energy levels are on empty, but where I go with the best intentions of 'getting stuff done'. Mid-morning is the perfect time to grab a flavored latte, and post up at a table in the back of the cafe. While my intentions are good, my productivity levels usually takes back seat to all of the fantastic people watching that Bookend's placement on the mall has to offer.

3.) The Laughing Goat- Best place to get coffee at night. With live music or poetry readings every night of the week, this is the place for the thirsty night-owl to visit.

4.) Atlas Purveyors- If you're more of a tea person, check in here. Atlas offers a variety of tea, and won't judge you for ordering tea in a coffee joint. (I can't make that same promise...). And if you're a tweeting twitterer, be sure to follow @atlaspurveyors. They keep all of their customers up to date with new menu items and the different specials that they offer throughout the week.

5.) The Unseen Bean- Worth the squeeze. The Unseen Bean may be tiny, but it's worth shuffling around their store for a breakfast egg and cheese bagel. Extremely yummy in my tummy. They also offer BREGGO's, which, paired with a creme brulee latte, is pretty much the key to my happiness on a Monday morning.

6.) Ozo Coffee- Back in the day, when East Boulder used to be my stomping ground for work, I frequented the Ozo Coffee Shop on Arapahoe and 55th(ish)... and by 'frequented', I mean 'visited' Monday-Friday. Since I now call Downtown Boulder my (work) home, you can imagine how happy I am that Ozo followed suit, (stalkers...) and set up shop Downtown as well. Fabulous coffee, plenty of seating and room, and really pretty latte art. (Don't judge me. You know those pretty little flowers and designs in your coffee add a little bit of happiness to your day!).

And last but not least:

7.) Starbucks- This is where you'll typically find an open seat, a fast line, and dirty stares from locals when you leave with you're logoed Starbucks cup in tow. While I am a loyal, loyal customer to each and every barista at each of the coffee shops listed above, I must remain friendly with the place that introduced me to Pumpkin Spice lattes. #sobusted

 

-Tyra

Related Destinations: The Cup - Espresso Cafe, Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, Ozo Coffee Co. , The Unseen Bean
Related Tags: Boulder, Coffee


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