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When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things

No matter when you plan to visit Aspen, Colorado — winter, spring, summer or fall — plan to spend some time and money on dining. You won’t regret it.

Before we visited this winter, I had no idea Aspen was such a foodie town, and I’m not kidding when I suggest that you should go there and eat all the things. Seriously, forget about the diet and don’t cry over carbs, just eat everything and be happy.

When Visit Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things, photo courtesy of Meat & Cheese, HeidiTown.com

Photo courtesy of Meat & Cheese.

While nothing in Aspen is cheap, the bar is set high for good food in this resort town, and it’s nearly impossible to have a bad meal here.

When in Aspen, you must go to Meat & Cheese. The restaurant was opened in late 2014, by the founders of Avalanche Cheese Company, and these folks know their cheese and meats.

When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things, Meat & Cheese courtesy photo. HeidiTown.com

Meat & Cheese, courtesy photo.

Of course, when at Meat & Cheese, a restaurant and farm shop, you must order the Meat & Cheese board, which serves two, and follow it up with one of the restaurant’s creative entrees such as coffee chocolate rubbed short ribs or the rotisserie chicken (the best I’ve ever had).

Dining here is a true foodie experience. We relied heavily on the staff for information about what we were eating and Parker, the manager on duty, knew the menu inside and out, including the fantastic craft beer selection.

When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things, Aspen Overeasy. HeidiTown.com

Aspen Overeasy

For a quick pick-me-up, drop into Aspen Overeasy for a freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice concoction. I met up here with my friend Jillian Livingston of AspenRealLife.com. I ordered the Super Sunrise which had pineapple, strawberry, orange, and grape, and Jillian went with the Avocado Dreamboat, a coconut water infused green drink filled with good-for-you stuff.

If you’re looking for a swanky après ski destination in Aspen, but don’t want to break the bank, check out BB’s bar. BB’s restaurant serves up delicious items like antelope steak ($42), and the bar keeps the creative spin going, but has more affordable bites.

When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things, Steamed Pork Buns, BB's Aspen. HeidiTown.com

Steamed Pork Belly Buns, photo courtesy of BB’s.

I highly recommend the pork belly steamed buns ($16). Great for sharing, add a side of kale and Brussel sprouts and you’ve got a high-end meal for a reasonable price. In addition to après ski, the bar at BB’s is a fun Aspen late night destination.

Bloody Marys are a big deal in Aspen. I saw them on every menu in town, and if you google “best Bloody Mary in Aspen, Colorado” a ton of lists come up, but the place that makes every list is the St. Regis. In fact, their Bloody Mary is so popular that they have a free Bloody Mary tasting every day at 11:15 a.m., which just so happened to be when I stumbled in.

The Regis Hotel in New York, is said to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. Originally called “The Red Snapper,” it was invented by a bartender working there in the early 1920s.

When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things. Bloody Mary at the St. Regis. HeidiTown.com

Shout out to James, the bartender at the St. Regis who made my delicious Bloody Mary. Thanks for the conversation!

At the St. Regis in Aspen, you can sample this hotel’s unique recipe, the “Downhill Snapper,” and order from their Bloody Mary menu that includes versions from their hotels around the world.

I ordered the “Downhill Snapper,” which is made with Woody Creek Vodka and muddled dill and basil. It was well-worth the $18 price tag, although, at that price, I didn’t order more than one.

When Visiting Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things. HOme Team BBQ Brisket Sandwich. HeidiTown.com

Home Team BBQ Brisket Sandwich, courtesy photo.

My last Aspen dining tip is Home Team BBQ. If all this gourmet fare has you longing for down home grub, this brand new Aspen restaurant is the place to go, especially for those who love Carolina style barbecue.

When Visit Aspen, Colorado, Eat All the Things. Home Team BBQ mac n cheese. HeidiTown.com

Home Team BBQ Mac ‘n’ Cheese, courtesy photo.

Located in the Inn at Aspen, at the base of Buttermilk, this is a family-friendly dining option. Everything here was quite tasty, although the southern style mac ‘n’ cheese was my favorite. On a tip from a server, I added a little Home Team Death Relish to my mac ‘n’ cheese, a habanero salsa — and my life was complete.

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Thank you to the Aspen Chamber for hosting us on this trip and to the various restaurants that invited us to dine with them while we were in town. We can’t wait to dine in Aspen again!  

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A Symphony of Food & Music on a Denver Date Night

Ryan and I hadn’t been out in the big city since the fall, so when we read that the Colorado Symphony was playing Beethoven, we decided it was time for a Denver date night.

A Symphony of Food & Music on a Date Night in Denver, HeidiTown.com, © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2009

Colorado Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2009

We used to frequent the Colorado Symphony quite often. In fact, for several years we bought concert packages to the CSO, giving us an excuse for a Denver date night every month. The Colorado Symphony has all sorts of subscription packages available, making it easy to pick and choose the number of symphonies you want to attend and which shows.

We started our Denver date night at TAG Restaurant on Larimer Street, an eight minute walk from Boettcher Concert Hall. This restaurant has been on my radar for awhile now and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

A Symphony of Food & Music on a Date Night in Denver, TAG Restaurant octopus

The food scene in downtown Denver has come a long way since we lived in the Mile High City in the early 2000s.

Chef Troy Guard, who opened TAG in 2009, is a big part of the city’s culinary expansion. He has opened a number of restaurants since, and there are still more in the works. Guard’s restaurants elevate food, while still making it approachable, and I think this is why he’s so well-loved by Denver foodies. Continue reading

Fort Collins for Christmas

Considering a holiday getaway this month? Fort Collins is an excellent Colorado Christmas town. Downtown sparkles with thousands of lights and from Old Town Square to Oak Street Plaza Park, the atmosphere is merry.

Fort Collins for Christmas

This past weekend, we did one-night getaway in Fort Collins to experience the city’s holiday offerings. Before exploring the festive scene we checked into the Fernweh Inn & Hostel on Mulberry, just blocks from the excitement of downtown Fort Collins.

Some people, including my husband, Ryan, have an aversion to any place with hostel in the name. The word makes him worried that he’s going to have to share a bathroom or wash dishes to earn his keep.

Fort Collins for Christmas, the Fernweh Inn & Hostel in the snow

Fernweh is a modern-day, American hostel which offers private rooms as well as bunk rooms. Our private room, “The Loft,” was a virtual suite because the space occupied the entire upstairs of this historic, Victorian home. There was a full bathroom in the room complete with large, soaking bathtub and multiple beds, making it perfect for a family or friends. Continue reading

A food tour in Delicious Downtown Colorado Springs

Last Saturday we went on the Delicious Downtown tour in Colorado Springs with Rocky Mountain Food Tours. My first piece of advice for anyone participating in this tour is to wear stretchy pants. Seriously, you will thank me.

Our tour started at The Antlers Hotel, a mid-modern goliath in downtown. We had a full tour of 14 hungry people. About half the group was from the Springs area and the other half from the Denver metro area.

Rocky Mountain Food Tours, Delicious Downtown tour. Bambino's Urban Pizza HeidiTown.com

Bambino’s Urban Pizza, Colorado Springs, Colorado

There’s some walking involved on the tour, but I was grateful for the time between stops to let a little bit of the food in my stomach digest. Plus, Colorado Springs is a sunny city, so it’s likely that you’ll be soaking up some Vitamin D while you walk.

Our tour started with a visit to the Caribbean and ended by going down the Rabbit Hole. True story.

I’m not going to give away all the wonderful experience you’ll have on this Colorado Springs food tour, but I will tell you some of my highlights. Continue reading

Win a pair of tickets to Wine Fest featuring over 500 wines!

It’s time for another great give away, and I know many of you will be very excited about this one because my citizens love beer and wine. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the largest wine events in Colorado.

This is the 30th Anniversary of Wine Fest in Fort Collins, a wine tasting to benefit  Disabled Resource Services. DRS provides support for those living with disabilities in Larimer and Jackson counties. As one of the ten centers for independents in the state of Colorado, DRS provides resources to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through advocacy, awareness and access to the community.

Wine Fest features 500 different wines paired with food from Fort Collins’ restaurants. The evening also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction that raised $12,000 last year. For those who prefer beer, that delicious beverage will be available as well.

This year’s Wine Fest is being held at the Hilton  located at 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23 with general admission at 7 p.m.

Tickets to this amazing wine event are $75 each, but here’s your opportunity to win a pair of free tickets from Wine Fest and HeidiTown.com.  Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite wine country. Are you a fan of wines from Australia? France? Chile?  Leave a response and be entered to win.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday evening, March  16th.

Check out Wine Fest online at WineFestFC.org and check out their tasting tips.

Bon Chance!

~ Contest Closed ~

The 6th Annual Taste of Loveland

Island Grill at the Taste of Loveland, Colorado

Island Grill's owners serve up their popular fish tacos at the 5th Annual Taste of Loveland. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

My husband and I attended this event last year and ate ourselves silly – it was so much fun!

This event has not been well advertised. In fact, I’ve been watching their website for date information and it was only recently updated with the date of the event which is next Thursday, April 7, 2011.

The Taste of Loveland is held at Embassy Suites and  features multiple restaurants from around the area, as well as beer and wine vendors.  Once you’ve paid your entry fee of $35, you can simply wander around and eat and drink from any of the vendors. It’s delightfully indulgent and slightly gluttonous.

I wasn’t able to get in touch with anyone about the details of this year’s event, but I do know that one of my favorite breweries will be there, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland.

For more information on this event, read my review from last year’s event here.

You can purchase tickets to the 6th Annual Taste of Loveland at Thompson Valley Liquors, House of Spirits, Rowe’s or at the Foothills Service League website.

 

Giveaway celebrates Great Plates

The Canyon Chop House has given the Mayor *TWO*  $50 gift certificates to give away in celebration of Great Plates in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Great Plates runs March 1 – 14, 2011. The Canyon Chop House’s Great Plates special includes a three-course dinner for one, with an amazing  entrée  selection.  Click here to see all the Great Plates specials.

The Canyon Chop House received 4 stars from Feasting Fort Collins, Northern Colorado’s premiere restaurant critic.  Read the review here.

To enter this contest, just leave me a comment and tell me how you learned about HeidiTown. TWO winners will be chosen by a random drawing on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

If you haven’t joined HeidiTown on Facebook, please do it now!  Join us here.

If you haven’t joined Feasting Fort Collins on Facebook, join now!

Visit The Canyon Chop House online at  www.canyonchophouse.com.

A special thank you to The Canyon Chop House for providing the gift certificate for this giveaway!

Dining events mean big deals for you

Who doesn’t like a dining event? The Mayor certainly does.

Denver has Denver Restaurant Week, Feb. 26 – March 11, 2011, where diners can enjoy amazing meals all over town for $52.80. For a list of participating restaurants go to www.denver.org.

Starting on March 1, residents of Northern Colorado can enjoy two dining events. First up  Great Plates runs March 1-14, 2011. Restaurants around downtown Fort Collins offer unique dinner specials for $25.25. My personal favorite during this two week extravaganza of eating are the pizza and beer deals, but there are so many Great Plates deals it’s hard not to want to try them all.

For a listing of participating restaurants and to see menus visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.

(In celebration of Great Plates, next week the Mayor will be giving away a gift certificate to a fabulous restaurant in Fort Collins – stay tuned!).

Last, but not least, during the entire month of March, on every Thursday, you are invited to Savor Estes Park. This restaurant event celebrates the unique tastes Estes Park has to offer. Here is the most amazing thing about Savor Estes Park, your small meal will  cost just $3, and includes a soda, beer or glass of wine. Participants are encouraged to try two to three restaurants each Thursday.

This is a fun and easy way to try multiple restaurants in Northern Colorado’s very own little resort community. Twenty-seven restaurants are participating in this yummy event. To find out what restaurants are participating and to rate each one, visit http://www.enjoyestespark.com/savorestes.php.

A tip from the Mayor: I get my restaurant info from Feasting Fort Collins, the home of Northern Colorado’s premiere food critic.

Thank you to Feasting Fort Collins for letting me be a guest blogger today!  Read my guest blog on the site HERE.

“Great Plates” is underway in Fort Collins, Colorado

Great Plates Logo

It’s here again!   March 1-14, 2010,  twenty-five Fort Collins restaurants will be offering a great $25 deal.  

The event it sponsored by the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association.

Click here to see  a full list and menus of the participating restaurants.

My favorite  Great Plate deals  includes wings or nachos, a 14 inch specialty pizza and pitcher of beer for $25 at Coopersmith’s Poolside at  #5 Old Town Square.

The Art of Dining

Art of Dining LogoLove food?  

The Art of Dining is back and runs Feb. 15 – 28th. What’s the deal? Participating restaurants in the Loveland, Colorado area have signed up to offer a set price menu at $18.77.  

Some of my favorite restaurants on the list include Stone Ridge Grille at Mariana Butte and The Black Steer Steak and Seafood.  

To see a full list of participating restaurants and  menus go to  http://www.engaginglovelandinc.org/event_details/.

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