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Where to Eat in Denver (& other fun things to do)
But mostly, where to eat.
My adventures in petsitting have most recently taken me to Denver, Colorado.
I visited back in 2017, but this was my first time exploring the city solo. This time around, I came to hang out with a very nice boy named Stevie for 5 days.
Stevie lived near a grocery store, so I took full advantage and did some meal prep. One of my favorite parts of pet sitting is creating meals in someone else’s kitchen.
I had a long list of places I wanted to try, and less than a week to make it happen. This was no problem for my appetite. There hasn’t been room for drinking on my travels. I’d rather have more room in my belly and my budget for food!
Here are some of the most delicious places I visited, and what I enjoyed on the menu.
Where to go for a meal:
ChoLon, Union Station
Street Corn Dumplings with Toasted Coconut
French Onion Soup Dumplings with Gruyère Cheese
Pork Belly Bao Buns with Sesame Honey Glaze and Pickles
El Five, LoHi
Matzo Ball Soup Dumplings, with Chicken Sausage, Mirepoix, Bouillon, Lemon Olive Oil and Dill
Iberico Pork Loin with Pine Nuts, Grapes, Paprika Potatoes, Fennel Salad, Pedro Ximenez Pork Jus, and Salsa Verde
Lamb Skewers with Anticucho Sauce and Pickled Daikon
Soft Shell Crab Bao Bun with Green Papaya Slaw, Coconut Mayo, and Cilantro Nam Prik
Spicy Chicken Ramen with Chicken & pork based spicy sesame broth, seared confit chicken, bean sprouts, soft poached egg, sesame seeds, and scallion
Leave Room for Something Sweet
Maria Empanada, LoHi
Pear Marsala Empanada
El Five, LoHi
Chocolate Baklava with Almonds, Pistachios, and Honey Cardamom Yogurt
High Street Creamery, Denver Central Market
Blackberry basil ice cream
Wafles and Dinges, Union Station
Liege Waffle with Maple Syrup & Whipped Cream
Non-Food Related Things
How to Hike With Friends When You Don’t Know Anyone (This one also involved food….)
I love using Airbnb Experiences when I travel. It is especially handy when you don’t have a car, because some experiences include transportation. And, as much as I love solo travel, some things are just more fun with friends.
To expedite the friend making process, I booked this experience called: Wine and Charcuterie on a Mountain.
I knew anyone else who signed up for this kind of hike was my kind of friend, and I was correct. The host and I chatted during the entire car ride to and from the mountain, like old friends. I also met a couple that was from Brooklyn and lived on Long Island. It is certainly a small world, after all.
How to Step Into a Different World
Meow Wolf is an immersive art experience that made me feel like I was walking inside the animation of 90’s Nick Toons. You could get lost in there for hours.
Tickets are discounted on weekdays. I went on Monday, and really, really really wanted to go again on Tuesday. I watched this Youtube video after I got back, and realized how many things I missed. I had FOMO for a place I had spent hours the night before…
I rate this a 11/10, one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.
Most importantly, when in Denver we don’t greet with, “hello.” Instead, we say, “Go Broncos!” Subscribe for more adventures!