Munching my way Through the Mile High City

Munching my way Through the Mile High City

Knowing the city’s reputation for #culinary excellence and creative dishes, we came to #Denver for a short weekend full of #foodanddrink. It did not disappoint; offering us little known craft #beers, breakfast burritos on every corner, and the gorgeous Rocky #Mountains as a backdrop.


Denver may not be the obvious foodie choice behind New York or San Francisco, but if you skip it over, you'd be seriously missing out. Colorado is home to a whopping 10% of America's microbreweries, and has over 300 days of sunshine per year, a combination that makes Denver perfect for a foodie holiday.

Hotel Monaco; Reasonable Luxury

If you want to stay in the middle of the action, check into the Hotel Monaco. The hotel blends an overall sleek vibe with just the right amount of funky twists. It’s also pet-friendly, so you may see some four legged friends roaming the halls. 

It's also pet-friendly

The staff was kind enough to bring up a tiny orange goldfish to keep us company since we left our own pup at home. 

from  $300

Hotel Monaco Denver, A Kimpton Hotel

 1717 Champa St, Denver, CO, United States

However, my decision to choose Hotel Monaco was heavily influenced by just one thing; the hosted wine hour every day from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Complimentary glasses of red and white flow freely, and serve as the perfect pre-dinner treat before nabbing a table at the on-site award winning restaurant, Panzano (whatever you do, do not skip the brussel sprouts).

Complimentary glasses of red and white flow freely, and serve as the perfect pre-dinner treat before nabbing a table at the on-site award winning restaurant

Having spent quite a bit of time in Denver over the years, I'm constantly singing its praises. I tell everyone that the city that birthed Chipotle, Smashburger, Coors, and Quizno's could very well be heaven on earth. Over 1,800 different beers come out of the state and Downtown Denver is home to several microbreweries of various sizes, many of which you can tour to taste the product. 

Over 1,800 different beers come out of the state

So, where to start? The best thing to do is hop on the Colorado Brewery Bus.

from  $50

Boulder, Longmont Brewery Bus

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 Denver, CO, United States
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Not only does the brewery bus take the pressure off you to whip out the map and pinpoint every stop, but you don't have to drive! This means everyone samples safely while a energetic driver hits all the best spots in town.

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Fresh brewed beer

What do you do after you've spent a day trying the best brews in the state? 

Have a go at green chili, but be warned, once you taste it atop everything from cheeseburgers to tacos, it'll be hard to curb your cravings. We snagged a table at Sam's #3, the nearly always packed diner adored by The Food Network, every chance we could, just to get crispy chili rellenos (a mild chili stuffed with melted cheese, dipped in batter and fried) smothered in pork green chili. After stuffing ourselves silly with a local delicacy, we headed out to VooDoo Doughnut, a hip place with wacky flavors, and the perfect spot to frequent if you partake in Colorado’s newly legal pastime. My favorite was the Mango Tango, a mango donut topped with frosting and dipped in Tang, while my husband raved about the Bacon Maple Bar.

Getting Active

The next day, approximately 10 pounds heavier, I needed an exciting way to work off all that beer and quick. We made our way over to City Park, which houses the Zoo, the Museum of Nature and Science, and an IMAX theatre. 

We cruised by all of that (despite my protests that I wanted to pop into the zoo and visit the polar bears) and onward towards the lake. There we met up with the guys from Wheel Fun Rentals to try our hand at the newest craze: stand up paddle-boarding. We were the only people on the lake that day, and we had an absolute blast. Out on the water was the perfect spot for people watching and seeing the park from a unique perspective. 

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Rental

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 2001 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205, United States
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Paddle-boarding wasn’t as hard as I was expecting, and I only fell into the water once, which the guys assured me was a good performance for a SUP newbie.

Paddle-boarding wasn’t as hard as I was expecting, and I only fell into the water once

That night we headed out for a real treat, in every sense of the word. Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s original steakhouse, open since 1893. In addition to housing a delightfully kitschy Western Museum, Buckhorn is the best place in Denver to try Colorado’s most interesting dish; Rocky Mountain Oysters. In this case, we decided it’s better to not ask what exactly we were eating until after we’d cleaned our plate.

Chef for a day; The Stir Cooking School Experience

To continue our food tour, my husband signed us up for cooking classes with Stir Cooking School, in a very subtle attempt to boost my cred in the kitchen. Katy, the owner of Stir, was charming, funny, and made even the worst of us comfortable welding large butcher knives. 

Katy, the owner of Stir, was charming, funny and made even the worst of us comfortable welding large butcher knives

The space was bright and open, the perfect setting for our Cooking From Your Garden class. 

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Once we got through some quick chopping lessons (julienne anyone?) we made dish after dish, with every single component coming from your average backyard garden.

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Our trip to Denver was decidedly too short. You could spend a month here, just trying different restaurants and bakeries, taking walking tours of the different neighborhoods, trying a new microbrew, or grabbing a Rocky Dog at Coors Field while enjoying a sunny baseball game. We came to Denver with an empty stomach, and left full, happy, and with an addiction to green chili. 

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