Colorado Recap Part 4: Back to Pearl Street

Morning!  Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!

Before I get into mine, here’s some more Colorado recapping for you.  If you’ve missed my last recaps, here they are:

Back to Pearl Street

So you guys already know all about Pearl Street from my first recap.  On Friday while we walked around, we made note of what bars seemed like fun to come back and try on Saturday night.

Here’s the rundown!

Our first stop was a place called Pasta Jay’s.  This restaurant caught my eye because of the red and white tablecloths but it’s really homey vibe.

This also had an outdoor patio and seemed like the perfect spot for a relaxing dinner.  This was our view:

We ordered lots of Chianti to start.

Then looked over the menu.

Pizza was calling our name!

We ordered the Katerina, which is NOT the same as Katrina!  Shrimp with pesto, red onions, and gorgonzola.

It was yummy, but VERY oily.  I wiped off a lot of that oil before eating my slices.  We aren’t used to eating pizza out since we make it so much at home!

I also ordered a side salad.

I loved the atmosphere at Pasta Jay’s!

After dinner, we crossed the street and went to stop #2, Centro.

Check out that super cool patio!  I know I probably seem like a broken record, but I seriously cannot get over all the outdoor patios.  And this one had such a cool vibe.  We weren’t craving any kind of Latin food, but mojitos sounded good to us!

Regular for Tim, pomegranate for me.  YUMMY!

After slurping down those mojitos, this happened:

There’s a one mojito limit for this girl.

Our last stop was a place called The Lazy Dog.

Doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, buuuut there was a huge roofdeck.  Sold.  I didn’t snap a photo of it, but this is from their website.  It wasn’t daytime when we went, but you get the idea.

Because we already had wine, and I wasn’t allowed any more mojitos, beers it was.

I ordered a Kinda Blue, because I loved it so much at the Boulder Brewing Company the night before!  I honestly couldn’t finish it though, I was too full.  Before we left, we checked out the band downstairs (Dr. Phil Good) and they were actually pretty awesome.  We jammed for a little, then took a cab back to our hotel (only a ten minute drive away), and went to bed.

Token awk pic of me on the way out:

Wish we could have tried EVERY bar and restaurant on Pearl Street, but we’ll just have to go back for me.  I’m pleased with the ones we did try!  We had a good night!

Which of the three places we went to do you think you would have liked the best!?  Italian with a cute atmosphere, funky Latin American kitchen, or sports bar with a band and roofdeck?

I’m heading out kayaking with Tim, Katrina, and Geoff.  It’s Geoff’s birthday today, so we’re starting the day off right with a fun (and also active!) outdoor activity.  Happy Birthday, Geoff!!!

Colorado Recap Part 2: Boulder Brewing Company

Continuing with my Colorado recap posts!  If you missed the first, click over to this post to read about our day on Pearl Street.

Boulder Brewing Company

Friday after we spent the day on Pearl Street, we headed back to the hotel to relax for a bit, then got ready for a night at Boulder Brewing Company.  This was one of Tim’s our must do’s during the trip, we’ve had their beers before at the Boston Beer Summit and really like them!

Bonus:  The brewery was a three-minute walk from our hotel.  #forthewin

They had a great outdoor patio, again with a view of the mountains in the distance.  Colorado is so weird because some parts are SO flat, but you can always see crazy mountains somewhere far off.  Or not so far off as you’ll see in Recap Part 3 and 4!

We spent a while trying to decide what beers to get.

The solution when you can’t decide?  Get all of them!

My favorites:

  • Sweaty Betty Blonde:  A Bavarian style wheat beer, unfiltered and cloudy with subtle hints of clove and banana
  • Kinda Blue Blueberry Ale:  A tasty and tasteful summer brew – a filtered American wheat, placed in perfect measure with muted tones of blueberry
  • Buffalo Gold:  A true golden ale that’s an easy drinking, lively carbonated stampede of flavor.
So good if you can get your hands on them!
After some beer sipping, we got hungry and studied the food menu instead.

I was craving something burger-ish, so I went with the Barley Vegetarian Burger which was “made from a  flavorful blend of brown rice, mushrooms, rolled oats, sunflower seeds and mozzarella cheese, charbroiled and served on a lightly toasted fresh kaiser roll.”

I ate this as an open face burger topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions with only half the bun, and substituted a side salad instead of french fries.  So good.

At the end of the night, we went inside where Tim bought a t-shirt, and I snapped some photos of the brewery.

We also bought a 6 pack of the Golden Ale on the way out to enjoy by the outdoor fire pit at our hotel — that’s where we spent the rest of the night relaxing!  After taking this pic of Tim in front of the Get Hazed truck of course — that’s his favorite BBC beer!

Fun times!

Ever tried a Boulder Beer Co. beer?  What’s your favorite kind?

Off to teach Core Strength and work a floor shift at the Y!  Enjoy the night.