The past few weeks have been somewhat of a whirlwind for me. A very fun and adventurous whirlwind at that.
I had a scheduled trip to California this past weekend, but a few weeks before that, I made an unscheduled trip to Colorado to visit one of my very best friends.
Sometimes you just need to see a good friend.. and this was one of those times.
My Foodie Travels in Colorado
This wasn’t actually my first time in Colorado. I have been there twice before.. well, once for a visit and once just driving from Utah to fly out, but I am always in awe of how beautiful this Rocky Mountain land is.
The weather for my visit this time was amazing. I don’t think it ever got over 85 and there was NO HUMIDITY! Needless to say, this thick haired lady was totally loving the no humidity and the awesome hair days, but we won’t focus on that.
Having this time with my friend was so much fun. It was a very laid back, let’s see what the day brings kind of visit, so we were able to just relax, take in the beautiful scenery, have fun, and of course.. find some AMAZING food to enjoy.
First, the grocery stores..
I’m telling you.. if Colorado wasn’t covered in snow and really cold part of the year, I would seriously think about moving there for the food alone.
Colorado has some great choices for grocery stores. Within just a few minutes of my friends house there was Natural Grocers, Sprouts, and Whole Foods! Man, it was so hard not to be grocery store jealous.. who am I kidding.. I was totally jealous.
You know you are a total foodie when you get excited about going to the grocery store and that’s exactly what I did. I wandered up and down the aisles of Natural Grocers and Sprouts in amazement. We simply do not have stores like this in Central Florida, so this FL gal was in heaven.
I bought a lot of my favorite yummies and even got to try some new things!
Now, on to the restaurants..
Downtown Denver – The Terminal Bar
Even though there were tons of organic goodies to be had at the grocery stores, my wonderful friend and her hubby couldn’t wait to show me some of their favorite places to eat. And who was I to say no?
When I first arrived in Denver, my friend and I met her husband at Union Station, which was just recently beautifully restored and now houses an array of stores, restaurants,and bars.. Downtown Denver seems to be going through a lot of change, with new buildings, shops, and restaurants all over the place.
We at The Terminal Bar that is located in the historic ticketing office in the Grand Hall. It’s a fun, laid back atmosphere that hosts a great selection of craft beers and delicious appetizers and entrees. I chose to try out their hand crafted Acme Veggie Burger in a lettuce wrap.
The burger was very tasty and I could tell that it was hand crafted, which was such a nice change from some of the frozen veggie burgers you find at some places.
The Terminal Bar was definitely a fun place to kick off my Colorado trip.
Golden Colorado is one of those small towns that you just fall in love with as you drive into town. I mean any town that has a sign that says “Howdy Folks” at the top has me hooked for sure.
We were truly blessed with some beautiful weather the day we visited Golden. It was the perfect day to just park the car and mosey (yes I said mosey) around peeking in shops, walking by the river, and just taking in all that this cute town had to offer.
I honestly think I may have driven my friend a little crazy with my repetitive saying of “wow, this is so beautiful”, but it really was.
We had such a nice time checking out the cute shops and the historical buildings around town, that we worked up quite an appetite.
After checking out a few different places to eat, we finally decided to try, from what we heard, was a local favorite, Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza Watering Hole.
I was THRILLED to find out that they offered a locally made gluten free pizza crust, so I knew immediately I was going to try that out. I ordered their California Dream pizza with no cheese.
Oh my! This pizza was beyond delicious! The crust tasted amazing and the fresh toppings were so great that I ate the whole thing.. yes.. I ate the whole pizza by myself and I’m no ashamed.
Woody’s had a fun, hometown atmosphere and our waitress was really nice and didn’t even blink an eye when I peppered her with all my foodie questions.
I did however, find out later, that the gluten free crust had dairy in it. Ugh. That wasn’t any fun, but sometimes when food is that good.. you just deal with.
On our way home, my friend tells me that we can stop by and see where Buffalo Bill was buried. Little did I know that he is buried at the top of a very HIGH mountain. The drive up (which is part of The Lariat Loop Scenic Byway) alone is an adventure but the views are spectacular!
There’s a cute little shop and museum where you can learn all about the Wild West and buy some really cute knick knack type souvenirs.
Later that evening when my friends husband suggested we go to a brewery for dinner, I wasn’t too sure what it was going to be like. Yet, again, Colorado surprised me.
The Farm House at Breckenridge was such a cool place. From what I understand, this place used to be a plant nursery till a few months back and now it’s a full blown brewery with a gorgeous dinning area, a fun outdoor area to play outdoor games, and plenty of seating area to just relax with friends.
The menu had a nice variety of foods to choose from. I chose to order the Nice Little Farm Salad with dressing on the side. The salad was crisp and tasted really fresh. Our waiter had stated that they grow some of their vegetables there at the brewery but were hoping to expand the garden soon.
I was thinking we could have stayed there for quite awhile to just hang out and relax, but this place is really popular and there was a Denver Bronco’s game getting ready to come on, so we decided we would kick back and relax at home instead.
Eventually my time in Colorado had to come to end, but thanks to the oh so very cool grocery stores, I was able to pack myself a nice, healthy, organic, gluten and dairy free lunch and dinner pack for my flight home. With my filter bottle and these yummy snacks, I was ready to head home.
Colorado, what can I say… you have become one of my favorite places to visit. One, because my very dearest and sweetest friend lives there. Two, because you have amazing scenery and gorgeous views, and three, you host some delicious foods and very awesome grocery stores!
I hope to be back soon to those Rocky Mountains in the not to distant future, but for now.. this Florida girl is off to dig her feet in the sand and watch the waves slowly drift in and out.
Thanks for stopping by!