This past long weekend took us to Denver for Shaun's company holiday party. It was so wonderful of the company to fly both Shaun and I down for the festivities; I can't say how welcomed that made us both feel. The Charlotte and Berlin offices were also flown in, as well as some folks who work on projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. It was so fun getting to know everyone!
Upon landing Thursday night (and waiting nearly 1.5 hours for our checked bags as they were somehow lost between the plane and baggage claim?!) we headed to the Highlands for dinner at Linger with our friends Shepler and Zabs. I've already raved about Linger here and unfortunately don't have photos to share since it was so dark, but it was the perfect start to the trip, from both a food and company perspective!
On Friday, we ran some errands and grabbed lunch at Larkburger. Larkburger, which originated in Vail, is a Colorado fast-casual, culinary restaurant. They use all natural ingredients, natural packaging and believe in natural operations. 100% of their energy comes from the wind and all packaging is composted. For my meal, I had the tuna burger and a side of truffle parmesan fries. The tuna burger was excellent = fresh sushi grade ahi tuna (un)cooked to a perfect very rare state for me! And the fries, well, I generally order anything with truffle on a menu and they were just as good. I loved the small, delicate size of the fries. At a grand total of $12, this was a fast and healthy lunch option that I wish I had in Edmonton. And for those with food allergies/restrictions, Larkburger offers gluten-free and dairy-free buns and is also a nut free environment.
Saturday evening was the holiday party at Mangia Bevi Cafe. Here's Team Edmonton for the win!
Poll: what is your favorite 80's song/who is your favorite artist? This was a tough one for me!
On Sunday morning we were up and at 'em, heading out to Frisco to spend time with Zabs. Up first? Driving Loveland Pass. This road was daunting (no guardrails!) but beautiful and now I can say that I've stood on two continental divides in my lifetime. More to come, I hope!
We passed out from food comas and woke up Sunday morning to lots more snow! This would have been awesome except that we had a Ford Mustang for a rental car and needed to actually make it to the airport that evening. (Side note: I think Ford Mustangs should be outlawed as rental cars in Colorado. SUVs for everyone!)
Since we had some time to spare, we headed to Boulder to walk around and grab some lunch. We both love Boulder and it was nice to be back on a beautiful day! Hard to believe it looked like the above in the mountains yet was 50 and sunny in Denver.
For lunch, we found ourselves at Riffs which worked out fantastically. They had a great Happy Hour menu (2-6 pm) for both food and drinks, so our lunch was basically half off.
We started with 'the best bread' which featured a Denver Bread Company boule with white bean dip and course sea salt. Then the chef brought us some blue cheese popcorn, complimentary!