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Colorado Recap #4: Boulder, Idaho Springs, and Silverthorne

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Happy Thursday and almost Fourth of July!  There is nothing quite like celebrating America’s freedom with tasty eats and ice cold drinks.  It turns out that my boyfriend and I did a whole ‘lotta early celebrating during our vacation in Colorado a couple of weeks ago.  The good food and delicious drinks continue now in Boulder, Idaho Springs, and Silverthorne.

Avery Brewing Co 2Our first stop once we made it to Boulder was at Avery Brewing Company.  Instead of simply ordering one beer each, we decided to order four samplers.

Avery Brewing CoI did not enjoy the two on the right very much.  Jeremy (who love IPAs) really liked them though, which was a good thing because I was not interested.  I was more intrigued by the two on the left.  First of all, they were much prettier.  And more importantly, they were delicious.  Both were sour beers, which we already established last time that I am a big fan of.  The star in the center of the picture is definitely the prettiest sour that I have ever seen and was really delicious.  We both commented that it had a rather funky smell to it, though.  Jeremy said that it smelled like vegetables.  Maybe that is why I loved it so much? 😉

The Sink Colorado 2After so much beer during our fourth day in Colorado, it was food eating time!  We at dinner at a “famous” Boulder restaurant, The Sink.  I first found out about The Sink when I was looking up Colorado restaurants that had been featured on food TV shows.  The Sink just so happened to have been on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  I figured that had to be a good sign, right?

Jeremy ordered the Texas Onion Straw burger with a side of garlic fried broccoli.  I was definitely digging the broccoli.

The Sink ColoradoI ordered the Southwest Spicy Black Bean burger with a side of sauteed vegetables.  I didn’t love the veggies, but the burger was a whole different story.  I was really impressed.  The burger was obviously made in house and was huge.  It was incredibly flavorful, too!  The toppings really put the burger over the top and I was especially loving the jalapeno jam.  It was a spicy burger, but in a good way!

The Sink Colorado 4Holy deliciousness, right?

After this dinner we were pretty much in food comas.  We headed back to Denver for the evening and crashed.

Tommyknockers ColoradoWe slept in a bit on Wednesday and then headed up to Jeremy’s aunt and uncle’s condo in the mountains.  On the way we stopped in Idaho Springs to eat at Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub.  We ate here two summers ago and loved it, so we knew we definitely wanted to go back.

Jeremy ordered a build-your-own mac and cheese that he added chili and onions too.  I loved the fact that they crushed Cheez-Its on top and then baked it!

Tommyknockers Colorado 2I had a whole ‘lotta cheese going on in my meal, too.  I ordered the double-decker grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and subbed in a cup of soup in place of the fries.  The soup was the sole reason why I wanted to eat there.  They have some of the best soup I have ever eaten.  If you ever go to Tommyknocker’s then you MUST order the tomato swiss artichoke soup!

Colorado 36We did a little more driving through the mountains after lunch and then arrived in Silverthorne.

Colorado 40These were our digs for the next couple of days.

Colorado 41It’s all about the kitchen for me, even on vacation 😉

Colorado 42We hung out and relaxed for awhile after getting settled and then spent a couple of hours at the outlet mall in the area.  I bought work pants (how exciting), a couple of shirts, and a Coach wallet (for 20 bucks!).  I’d like to think I made it out of there with some great bargains.

Colorado 44We spent a little bit longer at the outlet mall than anticipated 😉 but already knew that we wanted to keep things simple for dinner, so we made an array of “snacks” that we ate at about 8:30 that night.  On the table included: leftover seitan “wings,” tomatoes with salt and pepper, veggies and hummus, and crackers with goat cheese (and salami for the bf).  After eating this, I decided that I really need to do this for dinners more often.

Colorado 46There is nothing more peaceful than this.

We finished up the evening with vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream, Friends on TV, and this gorgeous view.

Have a wonderful Thursday (“Friday” for most of you!) and a great Fourth of July for my American blends!  I’ll be back for the fifth and final Colorado recap next week.

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  • Jessie July 3, 2014, 5:08 am
    I'm about 100% I'd never want to leave that cabin/home. It looks so cozy. I bet it'd be amazing during the winter time.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 11:59 am
      It was definitely an awesome place to be. I have not been there in the winter yet, but I imagine it is gorgeous!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate July 3, 2014, 6:33 am
    Did you like Boulder?! We are thinking about going there for a day trip when we go to Denver.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:03 pm
      We weren't there for very long.. mostly just for the brewery and dinner. But it seemed like a super cute town and we really liked the restaurant we ate it! It is definitely a good day trip or half of a day trip!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 3, 2014, 6:34 am
    That swiss artichoke soup sounds amazing! So does that veggie burger. Can we all just always live on vacation and get to eat amazing restaurant food?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:05 pm
      Gosh, I SO wish we could!! We would be living GOOD!
  • Joanna @Makingmine July 3, 2014, 7:02 am
    I love the place you stayed! It's so nice when you don't have to stay in hotels! Again, your vacation eats look AWESOME! On another note, Jeff and I went to Mark's in Dundee last night and it was AMAZING (again)! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...healthy “berry” 1st birthday cakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:06 pm
      Ahh, I LOVE that place!! We all definitely need to go back there soon! It is SO good.
  • Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake July 3, 2014, 8:24 am
    THE KITCHEN!!! <3 Same here, its all about the kitchen when on vacation. Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake recently posted...How I’m Dealing with My Unemployment (Personal)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:07 pm
      It is always so nice to have a wonderful kitchen that makes eating in and eating for breakfast SO much easier!
  • Lish July 3, 2014, 8:58 am
    Joe and I hang out in Boulder all the time...I can't believe I have never been to The Sink! It's on the list for next time for sure! Tommy Knocker is a staple; we stop there a lot on our way home from the mountains...really good beer, and that soup is totally my fave :) Yay! love reading about your adventures here!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:08 pm
      Yes, you definitely need to go to the Sink! It was really good! And isn't that soup at Tommyknocker SO good? I never knew soup could be so tasty ;)
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie July 3, 2014, 10:06 am
    What an awesome place to stay! Also - your hair looks so ridiculously pretty curly! I love it! Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...5 Creative Paper Gift Ideas for Your First Wedding AnniversaryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 4, 2014, 12:09 pm
      Aww, thanks Erin!! I appreciate that :)

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