Exploring Boulder and Denver

After a day of snowshoeing, we drove back to Michaela’s apartment in Denver, but made a pit-stop in Boulder around 5 p.m. for some appetizers and drinks.

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Boulder is the cutest little town and I loved the brick streets, adorable shops, local restaurants, street music and active atmosphere. It actually reminded me a bit of Savannah, Georgia!

We walked a few blocks looking for a place to grab something light to eat to hold us over until dinner that night.

When we stumbled upon Salt, it looked like a great fit and we were seated immediately and ordered drinks and shared two dishes, including an apple and cheese salad in a citrusy dressing and the cheeseburger with French fries.

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Since none of us were ready for dinner, our appetizers were perfect and did a great job of satisfying our desire for a snack before our main meal.

The food was good and we ate it up! I would love to return to Colorado and spend more time exploring Boulder because I have a feeling there are some gems to be found among the shops, restaurants and bars.

Thai Dinner 

Once we were back at Michaela’s apartment, we took our time getting ready, sipped on some wine and changed before heading out for a late dinner at Wild Bangkok, one of Michaela and her boyfriend Kyle’s favorite local Thai restaurants.

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When we arrived, we made the executive decision to sit at one of the floor-level tables.

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It was a great idea… in theory.

Not before long, sitting Indian-style began to make all of us feel uncomfortable and we began shifting around. I cracked up when I looked over at Michaela and Kyle they were basically sitting back-to-back.

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Leah and I were crammed underneath the table in the beginning, but eventually brought one leg out while waiting for our food which made us more comfortable.

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Such a classy bunch!

Our table shared eggrolls and edamame before ordering our entrees.

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I think my craving for salty foods from earlier in the day when we were snowshoeing was still running rampant at dinnertime, because a veggie stir-fry sounded like the perfect dinner.

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I ordered the vegetable stir-fry with tofu and Bangkok rice and it hit the spot. I loved the sauce and made sure my rice soaked it all up. If I were a Denver resident, Wild Bangkok would be a go-to restaurant for me for sure.

Everyone else really enjoyed their meals as well.

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Isn’t she a cutie? A cutie with a carrot. Smile

Since we went to dinner close to 9 p.m., it was pretty darn late by the time we were finished and my stomach didn’t feel particularly great. It actually started cramping up and I felt pretty queasy when we were getting ready for dinner and I don’t know what was up. In retrospect, I cannot help but wonder if the altitude affected me more than I thought because I didn’t shake the light nausea and crampy feeling until Sunday morning.

Fortunately Michaela, Kyle and Leah were game to just head back to Michaela’s apartment and spend the rest of the night lounging and drinking there in our pajamas which sounded perfect to me!

It was another late night, but I was able to sleep in a bit on Sunday which was great.

Breakfast Extravaganza

On Sunday morning, Kyle made us the most amazing “Breakfast Extravaganza,” that he makes for Michaela and himself to enjoy once a week.

After hearing about “Breakfast Extravaganza” Saturday night at dinner, Leah and I were pretty pumped to try Kyle’s wonderful home cookin’.

Kyle made all of us a fantastic breakfast that included scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and diced peppers, roasted breakfast potatoes and pumpkin pancakes.

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I had a bit of everything and went back for more potatoes and another pancake. It was a great meal!

We lounged around their apartment a bit before changing and heading out into the cold, sunny weather to spend the afternoon walking around Denver.

Leah and I really wanted to see where Michaela works and she took us by the Optique of Denver where she works as an optometrist.

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If you’re looking for an awesome optometrist in Denver, Michaela is your girl!

After walking by the Optique of Denver, we walked a mile or two to grab lunch at a local pub near where Kyle works, also as an optometrist! They’re an eyeball-lovin’ couple. Smile

We waited about 30 minutes for a table and I was pretty darn hungry by the time we ordered. I opted for an avocado and Swiss cheese sandwich, loaded with veggies and served with a side of chips.

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I ate every last thing off my plate and a slice of Leah’s quesadilla. I was hungry!

By the time we were done with lunch, we had to head back to Michaela’s apartment fairly quickly so Leah and I could pack and make it to the airport on time for our evening flights back to Chicago and Tampa.

The flight went smoothly and I slept about half of the way there and used the remaining time to get some work done on my computer. I crashed hard at my parents’ house in Tampa for the night after arriving back in town a little after 11 p.m.

I really did have the best time in Colorado and seeing Michaela and Leah only makes me miss them more. They are two people I love a whole lot!

I’m hoping we can all get together again soon! Colorado was such a fun place to visit and I left the state understanding why so many people love it. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and has so much to offer. I’d love to go back!


  1. says

    All that food looks delicious! I’m so glad you’re having a good time. I’d love to visit there sometime, but being from cold Canada, warmer destinations are a bit higher on my priority list at the moment! 😉


  2. says

    It sounds like you had a great time! 🙂 That Thai restaurant looks so cool. I’ve never had Thai food before but I’ve always been curious to try it. The breakfast extravaganza sure looked yummy! Home fries and pumpkin pancakes are my favorite.


  3. says

    Oh wow, I really want to visit Colorado now!! The Thai dinner sounds absolutely delicious, and I think I would have ordered the same dish as you. I’m also not really a fan of those low-to-the-ground tables because I get so uncomfortable sitting cross-legged. I guess I need to work on my flexibility a little more often! Have a great afternoon Julie!


  4. says

    I’ve never been out to Colorado but definitely jealous of the adventure! I’ve been trying to plan a trip out in the summer for hiking and a potential Red Rocks Concert 🙂


  5. bethany says

    Boulder is amazing! I love living here!!! Strange, I’ve been to just about every restaurant on Pearl St, but not Salt!! I’ve heard it is great!


  6. Stephanie D. says

    My in-laws live in Colorado. When we visit them, I can count on spending the first night hugging the toilet bowl because of the altitude change. The next day, though, I’m always good to go!


  7. liz g says

    Hey Julie,
    I discovered your blog after a friend of yours told me about it when we lived in Ocala. We recently decided to up and move to Golden, CO (right between Denver and Boulder). I’m so glad you got to come visit Denver. This state is incredible and never gets old. There is always something active to do and a new restaurant to try. We are moving to Boulder in about a year after I finish nursing school, which was one of the reasons for our move. Sometimes, I miss Ocala as seen through your eyes, but I’ve decided CO is my heart. Glad you had fun! Your blog is awesome and always entertaining. Keep up the fab work!


  8. says

    I want to go to CO so bad this winter! I got to go in 2010 and it was so beautiful. I am loving the 70 degree weather we are having here, but kind of missed winter this year! We’ve only had a few days that it has dropped below freezing and absolutely no sign of snow.


  9. lorie says

    I love Colorado and I miss it so much. I almost moved to Golden and have visited so many times. I still want to move there so bad. So many active outdoor adventures, beautiful and amazing healthy foods and grocery stores. It was neat to see where you snowshoed since I have been there when there was no snow. Oh now I am wanting to go now.


  10. Valerie @ FreshMutz says

    Funny you mentioned Savannah because I was just thinking how I’d like to go back during my morning commute…I’ll add CO to the list, too. The “cutie with a carrot line” had me cracking up. I mean it’s true your friend is a cutie with a carrot. It’s not particularly comedic by any means, but it made me laugh out loud.

    Looks like you had a great time!


  11. says

    I absolutely love Boulder! I’ve actually had to go for my 9-5 job a few times over the past year, and it was nice to travel somewhere fun and cute for once instead of to all these “middle of nowhere” customers. If you ever go back, try out The Hungry Toad and The Walnut Brewery. Two of the best salads I’ve ever had!


  12. says

    OHhhh I love it there! Denver/Boulder are the #1 places I want to move to when I am done with my PhD. I was offered a job in Boulder last summer but turned it down because I had another job here in Virginia. But I really hope I can get another one out there!


  13. Debbie says

    Oh my goodness, Denver looks beautiful! It almost looks European in a way. I just had a look on the map to see where it is, and wow, it is really far away from your area! How long is a flight? Is it normal to to take flight like that when you live in the states, or is more of a special occassion kind of thing? Sorry, random question! haha.


  14. says

    I’ve heard that it’s breathtaking and photos cannot do it justice! I’m going there for Blend Retreat in May and cannot wait! My cousin lives in CO and I’ve been meaning to go and visit, so I’m hoping I can make time while I’m out there for Blend.


  15. Emily says

    I live in downtown Denver just blocks away from everywhere you went! I read your blog and then had a dream this weekend that I saw you downtown. Its amazing what your crazy brain picks up!


  16. says

    My fiance and I moved to CO last spring and we love it- there is so much to do. I am glad you came out and had a great time! And yes, isn’t Boulder just the cutest?!


  17. says

    Niice Colorado seriously sounds like a gorgeous and chill place to visit! Would love to someday~And isn’t Thai food so delicious?! And I wonder if perhaps the way you guys sat on the floor while eating affected your stomach. In the Korean culture, it’s quite common to eat on the floor sometimes, but I have a sensitive stomach and I get cramps whenever I do that….maybe that’s it? I hope you feel better girl! 🙂


  18. Chelsea M says

    Such a fun trip, my parents actually lived in Boulder for 10 years before I was born. They always talk about Dot’s Diner for breakfast with their homemade biscuits and raspberry jam. Tell your friends to give it a try!


  19. Jen says

    I’ve lived in CO my whole life and haven’t been to Wild Bangkok or Salt, but I love Pearl Street! Thanks for the recommendations and I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Denver!


  20. Ann Wilson says

    Julie – looks like you had a great visit to CO! I live in the Denver area and work only two blocks away from where your friend works!!! Boulder and Denver are HUGE foodie towns. There are so many fabulous restaurants to try. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to visit again soon. I moved out here 5 years ago with my husband and love it. However, we would like to move to Florida next. We’re not sure when, but we will eventually. I stumbled upon your blog just a couple weeks ago through Pinterest, so it’s funny you came out for a visit to my town. Hope all is well back in FL!


  21. Katie says

    Ahhh Pearl Street Mall! So much fun! There are definitely a ton of great restaurants down there. Boulder and Denver are so much fun, and I am not just saying that because I live here 🙂


  22. Shannon says

    First, I love your blog and read it daily! I had the opportunity to have a work assignment in Denver for four months, and absolutely loved the area! I loved the scenery, the food, the outdoor activities, and the sustainability efforts by restaurants and businesses. I travel a lot, and this was one city I could seriously see myself relocating too!


  23. Alyssa says

    I have been a hug fan of your blog for awhile….I tend to have peanut butter fingers as well 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed Boulder. I was born and raised here and except for going away for college I have lived in Boulder my entire life and you are right when you say there are lots of little gems to be discovered. Hope you come back to visit!


  24. dee says

    fun and yum! Thai food is definitely very flavorful 🙂 Oh, will you be having pancakes in honor of Pancake Day tomorrow? Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate with pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert? I could only imagine the possibilities of savory pancakes people could come up with for dinner. What I do know, is that I would LOVE some red velvet pancakes for desert! 🙂


  25. Josephine says

    Boulder is so cute and fun. You should totally explore more next time!

    Also, it’s not referred to as “Indian style” anymore – that’s an offensive term. In schools it’s now called sitting criss-cross applesauce.


  26. Lauren says

    Hey Julie! I recently found your blog and I love it! I live in Boulder, I’m so glad you got to come and check it out. Colorado is a beautiful place 🙂


  27. says

    I live in Colorado and love this post! Thanks for capturing just a tiny bit of what makes our state fantastic! Salt is…good…if you ever come back, I can think of at least 10 other hidden gems that you MUST try! The food in Boulder and Denver is (in my opinion) some of the best in the nation 🙂



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