Wednesday night I landed around 5:00pm Denver time and my sister kindly offered to pick me up from the airport since she got off work early that day, which I was super thankful for because Millie was NOT having a good travel day (usually she does fine, but she, like everyone, has her days she is not feelin’ it).
After waiting 5ever for my luggage, we headed to my sister and her husbands place, stopping for tofu and kombucha at Natural Grocer’s along the way.
Disclaimer: Millie does not engage in recreational marijuana lol; this was a joke!
Back at her place, her husband whipped up a Super yummy cauliflower rice stir fry with crumbled tofu and a spicy peanut sauce. I didn’t take a photo cause #hanger but it was YUMMY in my tummy.
After that we just kinda chilled and hung out until bedtime. I was pooped.
I didn’t sleep well AT ALL on Wednesday night, and neither did Millie. I think it was the altitude. And then Millie woke me up for the zillionth time at 4:00am and I decided to put her out and feed her. And after that, I was just up, and couldn’t fall back asleep no matter how hard I tried.
Jenn and Tyler both worked Thursday, so I went to a free birthday Yoga class at CorePower, half napped, and worked in the guest bed the whole day with Millie. Anyone else get super pooped while adjusting to altitude? I feel WIPED the entire first day.
Then, at night, the three of us met up with my friend Vic to celebrate my birthday early with dinner at True Food Kitchen Denver. I started off with this really yummy house-made ginger tea with lemon thing. Because, you know, turn up.
We ordered a bunch of stuff to share including a butternut squash pizza with almond milk ricotta, a charred cauliflower with a yummy vinaigrette glaze and dates, tofu mushroom lettuce cups, a seasonal salad with a bunch of burnt veggies and squash and white beans and pomegranate, a veggie bowl with teriyaki glazed sweet potatoes, quinoa + hemp seeds, avocado and some other veggies, and a winter squash toast appetizer.
The charred cauliflower was my favorite. I also was SO looking forward to redeeming my birthday dessert and they were out. Boo. Looks like no bday desserts for me once again this year.
After dinner, we went back to their place, put the pups out, and went to bed.
Friday my sister had off work so we took the pups hiking at Three sisters wilderness area. Millie had SO MUCH FUN it was insane.
There were many sniffs involved!
Afterwords we headed back to her place to shower. In the afternoon, the three of us ventured out to Whole Foods in search of vegan cheese, fruit, veggies, guac, crackers, and other goodies to make a charcuterie plate for dinner. Whole Foods ended up being out of many of the cheeses we wanted (womp womp) but we still picked up some yummy ones and nice spread. I reviewed the ones we tried here.
We also got Hail Mery’s pies which I reviewed here.
After that we played some board games and chilled and went to bed early.
Saturday we left in the morning for Rocky Mountain National Park. We did a nice walk around a frozen lake and played on the ice a bit.
I had fun with portrait mode.
After, we stopped in Boulder, CO for the Celestial Seasonings tea factory tour!
It was pretty legit considering it was a completely free tour. While we were waiting for the tour to start, we got LOTS of tea samples and were offered the ability to have any flavor brewed for us to try. The tea tour was about an hour, and included a video about the company, as well as a walk-through of the facilities. The mint room smelled so minty it hurt my eyes!
Next, we hit up Whole Foods Boulder to check out the Beyond Meat Sausage since we were close by they have the Beyond Burger Bar there.
The Beyond Burger bar is where the whole Beyond Burger got it’s start, and it’s currently the only place in the country you can get it. I’m writing a whole review for Spoon, which I will link here once it’s live, but long story short, it was good!
It came with these weird quinoa tots. And Jenn and I also ate salads.
After we got back, I showered and did some homework while Jenn napped and Tyler gamed.
Eventually I got hangry and woke Jenn up and we ate leftovers from the previous night for dinner with zero pants or fancy arrangement, all standing around the kitchen island inhaling food like savages.
We finished off the evening at C-Squared, a local cider brewery, where we met up with our friend Vic and some of her friends / boyfriend. GTs.
Sunday I slept until 6:40am (late for me). Millie was also so pooped she didn’t want to get out of bed!
I tried to bake something but messed it up (I’m going to blame never before baking at altitude lol). Didn’t matter much, though, since we ventured out to Thump (not Trump) for coffee.
At Thump, I spotted a vegan coconut almond scone that was out.of.this.world.
I’m not a huge scone person but if all scones tasted like this one I would be. The inside was super fluffy and the outside was crispy and had crunchy caramelized coconut flakes and the whole thing just tasted like fluffy almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors EVER.
Tyler and I noshed on this while we walked the dogs at Chessman’s park.
Millie rode co-pilot home. We quickly dropped off the pups and headed to brunch at Vital Root.
Per this post, Vital Root USED TO have the best avocado toast on earth. They changed it significantly and now it is MEH! They took away the crispy chickpeas, balsamic glaze, and spicy chili sauce…aka everything magical about it.
Also, maybe it was just the one I got, but it was like SOPPING with oil and super greasy and gave me gnarly acid reflex. I was super bummed. My sister’s tofu scramble was pretty tho lol.
I was in a poopy mood after that because I was bummed about the toast and sad about going back to the city. I just love hanging with Jenn and Tyler so much and really miss them. Plus, the city is just a hard place to go back to when you’ve been away.
I left for the airport around 3:00pm and off Millie and I went on our 5:50 flight to Newark. We landed around 11:00pm local time and Millie was a TOTAL rockstar traveler (#proudmamma).
And now it’s back to the grind! My bday is tomorrow and I plan to post a reflection post, as well as a review of my trip to Orchard Grocer soon. Stay tuned!