Happy Halloween, Denver!

This Halloween will mark my other half, Steven, and I’s 1 year anniversary of the first time we visited Denver. We were in town for a few days to hang with good friends, go to the Saints vs. Broncos game, and ended up at Atomic Cowboy on Halloween. This year, we’re going back to Atomic Cowboy for “good measure” or to “come full circle”.  However, we’ll have sweet costumes this time!

Don’t know what to be for Halloween? No worries – In honor of Halloweens past, here’s a few good ones for ya:

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Halloween 2011: Impersonating New Orleans own all-male dance troop – the 610 Stompers. Left to Right: Emily, Sarah (SB), and Kirsten. Credit: Sarah Bloomfield

Halloween 2011

Chest hair, bandana’s, mustaches, and rolled socks in our pants… we sang karaoke in Grand Rapids and let women rub up on us. We even practiced a dance routine for weeks that was unveiled Halloween night. Obviously, it was awesome. Left to Right: Emily, Sarah (SB), Kirsten. Credit: Sarah Bloomfield

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010 – Jersey Shore. Spray tans, dyed hair, and obnoxious/slutty clothes – epic. (Left to Right) Kirsten, Bork, Sarah (SB), and Steven. Credit: Steven Mercer

Halloween 2009

Halloween 2009: Ron Burgundy and a kitty cat. Left to Right: Kirsten and Sally. I got thrown into a dresser that night!

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008: Old people rule. Machete looked just like his dad! Left to Right: Steven, Kirsten, Mallory, and Mike (Machete).

Everyone have a safe and fantastic Halloween! Can’t wait to see the costumes.

Red Rocks – FINALLY!

Yesterday, my friend Jeff took me to Red Rocks. To tell you the truth, I’ve tried to visit Red Rocks multiple times: I wanted to check out a concert at the amphitheatre, but didn’t act quickly enough to purchase tickets. I wanted to participate in fitness events at Red Rocks, but always forgot to check their site for when Yoga on the Rocks was happening.

FINALLY – we hiked Red Rocks yesterday!

Not only a venue for concerts, weddings, and other events, Red Rocks has tons of trails for hiking and biking. Also, dogs are welcome! Red Rocks not only satisfies your appetite for much-needed exercise, but is also immensely aesthetically pleasing. We hit the trails around before dusk to catch a beautiful sunset over Denver. Check it out below!

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View from near the stage – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Hiking a trail at Red Rocks, Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Red Rocks – view at dusk. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Jeff and Moguls, following the path. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Kirsten and Moguls, check out that view! Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Jeff and Moguls posing for a “Senior Picture”. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

Weather permitting, Red Rocks will definitely be another destination to bring visitors. The hike Jeff, Moguls, and I took was pretty relaxed – not too tough, but we definitely huffed and puffed during segments.

Definitely a must-see, make sure to visit this beautiful park and amphitheatre; don’t forget to bring your furry friends!

Sleigh Bells – Bluebird Theater on Colfax

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Super excited to see Sleigh Bells play at the Bluebird here on Colfax. Doldrums just finished an epic set, and now it’s just a waiting game…
It’s our first time at the Bluebird, and I’ve got to say – what a sweet venue! Honestly, there’s really not a bad seat in the house. Yeah, my Coors draft was $5, but I didn’t expect any less.
If you didn’t make the show…

I’m sorry. You’re missing out.

More soon! Happy hump day, Denverites.

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Denver Broncos – Orange Ride 2013 – Bikes & Football

Late last night, my friend Michael told me of this glorious event occurring this Sunday, October 27th – The Orange Ride! It can’t be true… mixing bikes with football?! Yes. Ohhhhh, yes, my friends –

it’s true.

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Click on the picture to get more info on the Denver Broncos Orange Ride happening this Sunday, October 27th, 2013. Credit: Denverbroncos.com, Oct 2013

Not only do I love football, but I also love getting outside and riding my bicycle. We’re so fortunate to live in a city where bike riding is encouraged not only as a means for fitness and transportation, but also for fun! 2013 marks the year for the 4th Annual Orange Ride in which fans are encouraged to wear orange and “ride to the game”.

Like the above flyer states, there are two ways to master the Orange Ride – ride to the game from home, OR meet up with 1000’s of your closest, orange-clad pals at the Denver Pavilions  at 10 am to party and THEN ride at noon.

And, please – don’t forget your orange. You don’t want to be heckled, do you? See you there!

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Tommyknocker Brewery – Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer

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Tommyknocker brews: 5 oz samples of each beer on tap, for a $1.50 a pop. Try them out – click on the picture to be brought to Tommyknocker’s Facebook page. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Loveland Pass is a great place to bring your friends and family when visiting the Denver area; here’s another place that you can incorporate on the way to Loveland Pass! Tommyknocker Brewery is located in Idaho Springs, one of many small mining towns west of Denver. It’s about a 40 minute drive in decent traffic from North Colorado Blvd’s i70 ramp.

When our friend Chris was in town from Michigan, we didn’t get the chance to run up to the Pass, but we were able to bring him to Tommyknocker’s to show him more of Colorado’s awesome brews. Whenever we stop there, I always order the Nuts and Berries Salad and pair it with the Tundrabeary Ale. If a pairing isn’t notated on the menu, your server will be able to suggest a great brew to go along with any food ordered, whether it be a juicy burger or pub food, like their Homemade Bacon Jalapeño Poppers.

To give Chris an idea of what Tommyknockers is all about, we ordered one of each brew in a 5 oz. sampler size for $1.50 each – that’s only .30 cents an ounce! Also, we ordered up our favorite Beer-Battered Mushrooms (pictured below) drizzled with balsamic glaze, and the Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers (also pictured below). Both of the pub appetizers came out piping hot, and reasonably portioned. It was pub-food heaven with our apps and 50 oz of delicious, assorted beers.

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Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers – these were a big hit, and might actually take over the number spot for me as fave appetizer at Tommyknocker’s! Click on the picture to head over to Tommyknockers menu. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

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Beer-Battered Mushrooms with a balsamic glaze drizzle. The mushrooms are actually HUGE and super juicy – they aren’t your 2 am, drunken bar food mushroom, no sir! Click on the photo to check out Tommyknocker Brewery’s menu. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Not only did we order these kick-ass appetizers, of course we had to try out some mains! Steven had a giant reuben with sweet-potato tots, while Chris had a few brots with kraut and fries. Let me take a minute to describe the fries Chris received; smothered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese, the fries definitely made a good impression at our table. The pairing of buffalo sauce and blue cheese atop golden french fries is genius!

I was content with my Nuts and Berries salad – the produce and apples are always fresh, and the caramelized walnuts are to die for. Again, this paired with the Tundrabeary Ale guarantees satisfaction. Adding broiled chicken adds $2, but is well worth it. The salad is so ridiculously large -I’m never able to finish it. Hooray for lunch the next day!

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Check out the Reuben Steven ordered stacked with juicy, corned-beef. Are you seeing a pattern with the serving portions? They’re huge! Thanks, Tommyknocker’s. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

Everything is decently priced and beyond reasonably portioned – the plate sizes are huge! If you’re passing through and just want to try the brews and get a snack, split the Motherload Nachos – “A heaping platter of freshly fried tortilla chips, topped with chili con queso, cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, cilantro, and sour cream. Served with a side of salsa” (Credit: Tommyknocker Brewery menu). When they say a heaping platter, don’t take this statement lightly – these nachos are massive. Also, you can add some protein – chicken or buffalo; add guac as well, if you so dare.

Aside form the food and the brews, Tommyknocker’s venue is fantastic. You can see the beer being brewed while sitting in the brewery / pub area; it’s really incredible to watch the brewmasters go to work and do what they do best – brew outstanding beer! There is an additional room for restaurant seating as well. They also have a small shop, located right at the entrance, with a cooler full of their beer and rootbeer (that they ALSO brew themselves!), t-shirts, beer coozies, and other Tommyknocker gear.

Check out our glorious dinner!

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Check out this salad: apples, fresh greens, red onions, dried cranberries, feta cheese, caramelized walnuts, and a side of raspberry vinaigrette. I opted to add the chicken for an extra $2. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

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Check out that homemade ‘kraut! Strictly delicious. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Oct 2013

Check out the Tommyknocker Brewery website and see what specials and events they have going on down at the Brewery.

If you find yourself heading west, take a break and check it out. They have a great menu, appropriate for all ages with good comfort-classics. The wait staff and bartenders are friendly, and the venue is incredible. Watching Tommyknockers brew staff actually brew the beer while you eat, drink, and maybe watch a football game or two creates such a cool environment to take your out-of-town guests.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Snow in October? That’s new…

20131018-124944.jpg The picture reflects my morning – beautiful, fluffy snow frosting everything in sight. In Michigan, this would be Christmas, if we were lucky enough to get snow, so I found myself in quite the festive mood.How long will it take me to set up tree?

Back to reality: it is October!
Definitely not used to the whole snow-before-Halloween thing, but it was fantastic to see this morning. I’ll never forget this morning, actually.

Fast-forward to this afternoon: the sun is high in the sky, and all of the snow has disappeared.

Colorado, you are crafty and awesome.