2 Days in Denver, Colorado || Day 1

For my second Denver post, check out 2 Days in Denver, Colorado {Day 2}

 

Last weekend, Nate and I flew to Denver, Colorado for a spontaneous weekend getaway! Denver has been on our list of cities to visit since… well, forever… so we decided on a whim to fly out to celebrate Nate’s birthday AND end of his second year of law school <— insert ALL the party emojis!

Boy, are we glad we did! It was the picture perfect weekend— filled with amazing food, beautiful urban walks, interesting people, and lots of relaxation. Let me tell you, I am such a fan of weekend getaways. It’s so nice to get a change of scenery every once in a while and it really allows you enjoy the weekend to the fullest, which is something I’m not always good at when I’m home in my normal routines.

Ok, so let’s get to the recap…

 

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We woke up super early our first morning in Denver (like 5 am, darn time change) and started out bright and early with coffee and a walk around the downtown area of the city. There were some must sees on our list straight away, the first being the huge blue bear at the Convention Center (of course). Isn’t he so cute?!?!

We spent a few hours getting our bearings around the downtown area, walking down the famous 16th Street Mall, checking out the State Capitol Building (which is actually one mile above sea level— crazy!), and finishing the morning off with lunch at City o’ City, a vegetarian restaurant near the Capital Hill area of downtown Denver.

Just wait till you see what we ordered…

 

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Nate ordered this fabulous Chipotle Rice Bowl, packed with chipotle rice, seasonal veggies, enfrijolada (that black bean puree), mixed greens tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette, pickled red onions, avocado, and vegan sour cream! It had great spice and was SO flavorful. I snuck in a few bites before Nate demolished it and absolutely loved it.

I ordered the Udon Noodle Bowl, a ginger carrot broth loaded with mushrooms, bok choy, fennel, jalapeños, thai basil, and fresh udon noodles. The noodles were OUT OF THIS WORLD!! I’m pretty sure they were freshly made in house, or at least they looked and tasted like they were, and I seriously couldn’t get enough of them. The broth had just the right amount of spice and was packed with my favorite thai flavors. Definitely recommend if you ever make it here!

We finished off the meal with a gluten free, vegan Samoa Scout Cookie. This seriously was the cookie from my dreams! It had great texture, thanks to all that coconut and dark chocolate, and was definitely not too sweet. Perfect balance of flavors and textures. Well done, City o’ City!

 

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After our lunch, it actually started to rain pretty hard, so we went back to our hotel to hide until the storm passed. Luckily, we had a Craft Brewery Tour scheduled that afternoon, which was mostly indoors, so we were able to stay dry while still enjoying our afternoon.

Our tour took us to four different breweries around the LoDo area of the city (Lower Downtown) and it was an absolute blast! We got to try TONS of different craft beers, met some pretty awesome people, and learned some really interesting stuff about Denver’s culture and history. One of our favorite breweries was Wynkoop Brewery, which was right across the street from Union Station, and had some pretty awesome vibes.

 

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After our tour ended, we headed across the river to the Highlands area for dinner, which quickly became one of our favorite areas in the city. Tons of hip restaurants and cafes, cute houses and condos, lots of people out and about— definitely my kind of neighborhood! We originally wanted to go to dinner at Root Down (lots of you guys recommended it!), but unfortunately reservations were booked up for weeks before our trip, so we ended up going to their sister restaurant, Linger, instead.

Ok, so Linger is SUCH a cool place. First off, it has one of the best views of the downtown skyline in the area. Absolutely gorgeous! Not to mention how awesome their food is— their menu is comprised of upscale street food from all over the world. What a cool concept!

We started off with their Dragon Steamed Buns, filled with tempura avocado, radish, snap peas, puffed rice, and wasabi aioli. The buns were so tender (hehe, sorry, I had to) and basically melted in your mouth! And is there really anything better than tempura avocado? Nope. It was fantastic.

Next, we shared the Seared Fish Tacos— because we can’t ever pass up fish tacos— and the Veggie Pad Thai, packed with green papaya, pickled vegetables, peanuts cilantro, and this amazing salty black bean sauce. This was definitely our favorite dish of the evening! So peanuty and flavorful!

After our amazing dinner, we had a nice evening stroll back to our hotel for some much needed rest.

 

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Vegetarian Travel: Denver, Colorado // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

For my second Denver post, check out Vegetarian Travel: Denver, Colorado {Day 2}

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

12 Comments

  1. Linger looks like it was an amazing alternative to Root Down! I need to go back to try all that amazing food!! Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

    • It really was wonderful 🙂 So many awesome gluten free goodies!!

  2. DYING to go to Denver. It looks like you had a perfect first day in the city!! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

    • It’s such a gorgeous city!! You will absolutely love it there 🙂

  3. Well, it’s decided. We just HAVE to travel together sometime in our lives because you know how to find all the good food!!!! I’m dying! This all looks so tasty and FUN!

    • Ummm for SURE! Reading restaurant menus is literally one of my favorite things— so of course I absolutely love planning trips like these where food is a major focus 🙂

  4. I need to stop reading blogs before dinner because all that food is making me hunnngry!! haha It looks like you guys had a fantastic time!!

    • haha totally been there! Thanks Ashley— it was such a blast!

    • Awesome! I’m kinda super jealous of you— it’s such an amazing city!

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