Weekly Reads Roundup (3.11.17)

From the best jeans for women to Denver’s hottest coffee shops (said in my best Stefon voice), here’s what I was reading this past week!

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Amethyst Coffee Co (via Zagat)

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Basic Kneads Pizza

Whoa – September FLEW by! How did that happen? Between my new job, Josh’s crazy startup life, two Red Rocks concerts, and a visit from a college buddy, I’ve barely had time to relax, let alone blog. But that’s no excuse! I’m back on the blogging wagon.

First up for October – our tasting of Basic Kneads Pizza! We’re getting married at this super hip recently refurbished theater in Highlands called the Holiday Event Center, and to go with our slightly non-traditional venue we’ve decided to go with a food truck for our catering! Over the weekend we headed out to Station 26 Brewing Co. (congrats to S26BC on winning Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival this weekend for their Colorado Cream brew – which we picked up a growler of – also make sure to try the Sweet Potato Pie Porter) and hit up one of Basic Kneads’ four trucks/trailers.

Basic Kneads Pizza Truck
Basic Kneads Truck at Station 26 Brewing Co.

The guys at the truck were super friendly, which is a huge plus when deciding if you want to have a particular caterer at your wedding. Josh and I knew that their laid-back, cool attitudes would be a perfect fit for the venue. But was the pizza good?

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Where to Drink: Forest Room 5

Forest Room 5 started off as a recommendation from an old, super hip friend (who is also a very talented graphic designer) for a venue for an event I’m planning, but  has quite possibly also become my go-to place to take friends, family, and any out-of-towners.

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Melontonin and Truffle Fries. Ridiculously delicious.

Located in trendy LoHi at 2532 15th St. in Denver, I had originally though it might be too hip a space for the mixed demographics networking event, but after hearing and reading such great things I was determined to check it out anyway. Armed with my trusty scouting group (mom, dad, fiance), we scooted our way inside and I immediately knew that at the very least I had found one of my new favorite places in Denver.

Take a look….

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How to Enjoy Lots of Business Travel

After the conclusion of the Olympics I started a new job at a sports software company called fuseSPORT. And while I generally enjoy traveling, I was gone for 13 out of my first 23 days on the job – it’s very hectic due to the fact that I was also still completing my training and working my day to day on top of being in conference and event mode!

Life Goal: Look at glamorous as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the airport.

My new boss and I (after knowing each other for a week) spent 10 days pretty much joined at the hip, followed by a brief break and then another 3 days on the road again. It could have been a disastrous experience but instead turned out to be quite wonderful!

There are three things I realized that made a huge difference in having a positive business trip experience: unpacking completely at each stop, making time to be a tourist, and indulging in the festivities but still keeping everything under control.

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Where to Eat: Sonterra Grill, Colorado Springs

Another oldie but goodie restaurant recommendation – Sonterra Grill in Colorado Springs!

Since I work right across the street from Sonterra Grill – and because Josh (my fiance) and I love anything Mexican inspired – I have to  feature this sustainable, locally owned “innovative Southwest grill.” Here are a few of our favorite dishes. (Although please note these do often change as their menu is semi-seasonal)

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Where to Eat: Jack Quinn’s, Colorado Springs

Having spent an enormous amount of time working and playing in Colorado, I’ve been fortunate to eat at some of the best restaurants, bars, and trucks around. I’d love to share some of my favorite places with you! First up, a recycled post from an old blog of mine: Jack Quinn’s in Downtown Colorado Springs.

Walk into Jack Quinn’s Irish Alehouse & Pub and you get just what you expect – a friendly staff, hearty food, and a cozy place to meet up with friends and family. Although the lights are low and the wood is dark, the ambiance in general is welcoming. With stained-glass booths, a solid wooden bar, and plenty of benches and tables, Jack Quinn’s is clearly a place designed for socializing. We like to invite our families and try to snag a booth; the high walls make it a little more intimate which is perfect for catching up after a long day.

In terms of food, while we’ve never had a bad meal, we definitely have our go-to favorites.

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