Qdoba Mexican Grill – Helping the Home State

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Stop in at your local Colorado Qdoba today only to donate to the Colorado Flood relief fund, and as a “thank you”, they’ll provide you with a coupon for free chips and three-cheese queso for your next visit. Check out the picture posted, and stop on in. Qdoba is matching the donations up to $20,000 – how awesome is that?! Come help out those that have lost so much. See you there!

Out to Lunch – Sushi Uokura in Golden, CO

Luckily, Golden is a short hop, skip, and a jump away from Wheat Ridge where my friend and I work; equally lucky is that Sushi Uokura has endless sushi during lunch for $16, (unlimited during dinner is $23) as well as other tasty specials. This may be a little backwards, however this is the scene after our delicious meal, and before we received our check:

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After this, my friend and I went back to work to fight to stay awake. Awesome lunch at Sushi Uokura; Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Located at 815 Nile Court, Golden, Colorado 80401, Sushi Uokura is a hidden gem type of seafood restaurant with a sushi bar; my friend had told me that we had to go, and so last Friday we ventured on down the road to Golden. Tables are packed pretty efficiently inside the restaurant, and the place was hopping! Don’t let that put you off – the wait staff is attentive, the atmosphere homey and welcoming, and the food is fantastic.

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Sushi, including a Rainbow Roll and variety of spicy rolls. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013.

The rolls were a good size – not too large or too small, which can be pretty annoying when trying to enjoy good sushi. All of the ingredients used tasted fresh and deliberate; the presentation and appearance was awesome (before we started digging in, of course).

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Tuna Tataki – soooooo good!! This was an item listed on the specials – amke sure to check them out as well. Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013

Pictured above was my favorite part of our meal – the tuna tataki. This seared tuna with sesame seed, jalapeno , crispy gyoza skin, spicy mayo, and ponzu was so delicious and refreshing. I can safely say this is my favorite tuna tataki experience in (or around) the Denver area yet.

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Outdoor shot of the restaurant – make sure you visit! Credit: Kirsten Ebey, OCT 2013.

Round of applause to Sushi Uokura for making incredible food, and providing us with a memorable lunch – we can’t wait to go back!

Few suggestions for when you visit:

  1. We went around 1 pm on a Friday – it’s going to be busy, so prepare yourself, or go at a later / earlier time to beat the lunch rush!
  2. Across the street from the restaurant / parking lot is under construction, but parking is still available along the road. Be careful where you park so as not to block the construction site or others dining within the restaurant.
  3. Come hungry! They know how to fill a belly well, that’s for sure.

Tommyknocker Brewery – Never a Bad Visit

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Surprise, surprise – we have another Michigander visiting this weekend! As part of our Denver tour, we like to bring visitors to Tommyknocker Brewery on Miner St in Idaho Springs for some fantastic food, and incredible beer. Try the whole flight for $1.50 per 5 oz sample, like we did pictured above.

Stay tuned for our write up on Tommyknocker’s.

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Something for the Ladies – Studio 3sixT – Pole.Dance.Fitness

A few weeks ago, while perusing through Groupon one afternoon, I came across a deal for one month of unlimited pole dancing classes for $90 bucks. I considered the opportunity before me; I had never pole danced before, am always looking for challenging fitness opportunities, and $90 bucks for a month of unlimited classes is actually pretty inexpensive compared to other gym’s rates in the area.

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Credit: Studio 3sixT, OCT 2013. Out of respect and privacy, I have not taken pictures inside the studio for this feature – take my stamp of approval, and go check it out. The first class is $6, aka a total steal!

So I went for it! I bought the Groupon to Studio 3sixT, and anxiously arrived last Thursday for the Intro to Pole class, a pre-requisite to all other pole classes offered at the studio. Located at 2553 S Colorado Blvd STE 109LL, Denver, Colorado (look for the Music Skool and O’Reily’s Autoparts – head toward the corner between the two, and you’ll see the door with the sign on it!), the studio is in a great location in metro Denver. Definitely plan ahead traffic-wise – Colorado can be a bitch. Plain and simple. The studio is functionally beautiful, home to multiple rooms with mirrors lining the wall, and, of course, POLES! The anxiousness immediately vanished when I was welcomed by Xiaohui, the instructor of the class.

We started class warming up and stretching, incorporating fun and sexy cardio movement. The second half of class, we learned different tricks on the poles, how to walk, and floor work. It was nice to be surrounded by women having a great time working out, gaining confidence by the minute, and just letting loose. The environment is incredibly supportive and enjoyable, and the instruction is not only comprehensive, but also totally sweat-worthy. Needless to say, I’m hooked! It’s hard to find a fitness environment in which people aren’t constantly competing. Also, with their variety of classes including Ballet Body, Saturday Stretch, and, as mentioned, pole dancing, I don’t see myself getting bored.

Aside from being incredibly fun and supportive, the instructors at the studio have a ton of experience in multiple forms of dance. I’ve learned that there are actually Pole Dancing competitions all around the world; check out this video posted by one of the instructors from the Colorado Pole Dancing Championships:

Ladies, if you’re looking for a fun way to work out and rebuild that confidence level, check out this studio. They have a variety of classes for all skill levels. It’s also a great way to meet some new girlfriends, and learn some new moves. Check out the Studio 3sixT Facebook page, shoot them an email, stop by… give it a try! I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed in any way, shape, or form.

Drinks, anyone? Earls Restaurant – Glenarm

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Honestly, Denverspeax may be a little bias… But we stand strong on the topic of Moscow Mules and that Earls Restaurant makes the best. Not really your thing? No worries – try a signature Frozen White Peach Bellini or an Earls Old Fashioned.
Stay tuned for more on one of our favorite, casual/fine dining restaurants that we have a love-love relationship with…
P.S. Hope you like our first attempt to post from a mobile phone! Whoop whoop!

Denver’s 8th Annual Zombie Crawl – October 19, 2013

How amazing does this event look? October 19th, 2013, the 8th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl takes place. Tentative schedule as follows:

  • 11:00 am – Organ Trail
  • 12:00 – Makeup and costume help
  • 2:00 pm – Kickoff!
  • 3:00 pm – Widows Bane
  • 3:55 pm – Thriller!
  • 4:00 pm – Zombie Crawl Parade down 16th St.
  • 5:30 pm – Costume Contests @ Skyline Park
  • 8:00 pm – Zombie Crawl after parties at Casselman’s and Meadowlark

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Check out the Zombie Crawl’s Facebook Page, and like ’em! Credit: Zombie Crawl Facebook Page, OCT 2013 – click on the photo to be taken right to their page to check it out.

According to the Denver Zombie Crawl Facebook Event Page, there were over 20,000 zombies last year; this year is all about breaking the Guinness Book of World Records, so make sure you register (for free) so they can shoot for an accurate head count. I felt it only appropriate to spread the word!

In Michigan, fall is such a fantastic time of year; now that we’re in Denver, CO, events like these will really help us get into the Halloween spirit. The costumes will be killer (haha, yeah… I had to), and there are multiple events on the actual date of the Zombie Crawl, like the Organ Trail.

While the Zombie Crawl (starting at 2 pm in Skyline Park) is a free event, tickets need to be purchased for the Organ Trail, which is described as a combo of “Amazing Race” meets “Fear Factor” with a touch of “Haunted House”. Check it out here for more details.

For more info, check out the website as well as Facebook Page for the crawl and other events.

Hiatus

If you haven’t noticed, we’re a little behind. 

 

 

No fret, friends – we’re still here! Posting on Instagram @denverspeax as well as on our Facebook page.

We have so many posts waiting in the wings, and can’t wait to flood the page with recent features and travels. Hold tight – we’re not going anywhere. 🙂 

Appreciate the support!