We landed in Denver, Colorado, 2 days prior of heading up towards our breathtaking skiing experience in Vail. So, we decided to explore the city a bit.
Denver is a very charming city, and we had a great time just exploring it and walking around before heading up for our skiing experience in Vail.
The city has a little over 680,000 people and it houses some of the most amazing 19th-century buildings, museums and landscapes.
These are a few of the places we visited:
True Food Kitchen
For our healthy start in Denver, we went for lunch at True Food Kitchen. We do love healthy, seasonal and sustainable food, so it was the perfect place! Yes, they do have other restaurants in other cities across the U.S., but we had never gone there before. Nonetheless, they have a very good healthy menu that we really enjoyed.
We coincidently picked the top choices on their menu, and loved them all! These were our dishes:
- Edamame Dumplings with a delicious white truffle oil
- A to-drool-for “Inside-out” Quinoa Burger with hummus, avocado, feta, and other great ingredients
- Winter Ingredient Salad had Brussels sprout, squash, mulberry, pomegranate
Do ask for dessert! They are all extremely tempting, and we just couldn’t get enough. We ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake. It’s gluten free and vegetarian, with 72% cocoa, vanilla ice cream, almond butter and caramel. We also tried the Chia Seed Pudding with banana and coconut flakes, that was fantastic!
Last, but definitely not least, we tried the Genmaicha Green Tea with almond milk and vanilla!
And, the best news for us, healthy New Yorkers, is that they’ll be opening a beautiful and huge 3 story place this next fall! So, keep your eyes opened.
Location: 2800 East 2nd Ave, #101
Union Station of Denver
Any place, is a work place, right?! Well, we think this way and any place with chairs, we pop opened our laptop.
So as we were walking around and exploring Denver and we bumped into the Union Station of Denver which was actually very interesting!
It was built in 1881 and they have restored the place beautifully!
We stopped there to work a bit, but we did walk around it too.
There are some nice restaurants, bars, retail stores with handmade stuff, candles, scarves, etc!
It also hosts the Crawford Hotel, so do check it out!
Bar Dough Restaurant
At night, we decided to have dinner at a very trendy, relatively new restaurant named Bar Dough. It’s located in the Highlands neighborhood, today considered an upcoming, cool place to live.
We ordered a few different dishes, since we were curious about them all, so we decided to share everything and have a taste of each.
Our choices were: Garlic Bread – in-house made focaccia, parmesan, parsley, Oven Roasted Carrot – farro, chickpeas, carrot, cumin vinaigrette, Grilled Octopus – charred eggplant, caponata, toasted pistachio, mustard frill, King Trumpet Mushroom – guanciale vinaigrette, and for dessert the Fried Dough – served w/ lemon curd, caramel, hot chocolate sauce.
It was all very, very good! Plus the space is great, with a beautiful crowd.
Location: 2227 West 32nd Avenue
The Art Hotel
“Fire” away to start off the day!
On our second and last day, we had breakfast at Fire Restaurant, located inside this super cool artsy hotel in Denver, called The Art Hotel. With a beautiful architecture, a fabulous view and a phenomenal service, it’s definitely done with the heART.
They host original art works and collections of 20th and 21st century artists from around the world, which does make a difference when you’re exploring the place!
To start off a dazzling new day, we had an amazing Smoked Salmon Benedict – to die for – and black coffee, which we love!
Thank you Chef Chris, and the team – Dan, Quenton and Aaron!
Location: 1201 Broadway Street
After exploring these fantastic places in Denver, we headed up to Vail for a very exclusive skiing experience.
We visited the most coveted restaurants, had exciting adventures in the snow and stayed at one of the best high-end boutique hotels in town!
Our group of friends has an amazing time uncovering Vail, so take a look at what we did there for the 5 timeless days.
Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Venues and DCI-Engineers
*Last Update on March/2020.*