This past week, I headed west to Denver to visit my good friends Crystal and Jess. I have been to Denver many times. Crystal has lived there for 12 years and I have visited her 5 or 6 times over that period. I have been to the mountains, many restaurants, the hot springs, etc. The best thing about it is now I can go and just spend time with my friends. I have done the “touristy” things. The trip this past weekend was a much needed girls’ weekend with lots of laughs, girl talk, beer and good food. In my opinion, that’s the best kind of weekend. I came back refreshed with a big smile and some great memories.
Crystal was my roommate in Currier my sophomore year at Iowa. She met her husband Brian in Iowa City and they moved to Denver right before they got married. I met Jess in my last (and hardest) grad school class, Portfolio Management. There were three females in the class: Jess, her friend Lizzy and me. Jess and Lizzy knew each other from other classes and sat together from day one. During one of the last classes of the quarter, Jess came to class wearing a Hawkeye sweatshirt. I couldn’t help going up to her during the break and saying “Go Hawks!” and the rest is history. We became quick friends and went scuba diving in Belize after she graduated from grad school. She moved to Denver two years ago and as an avid skier and hiker, is loving it. (On a side note: the girls in Portfolio Management set the curve with high A’s. I am very proud of that little fact. Whoop!!).
I arrived in Denver on Thursday night and worked remotely on Friday. Friday night, we had pizza at Pie and Hops. We had the special, which was a pizza with steak and mashed potatoes on it. It was so delicious! The funniest part of the evening involved our Uber rides to and from Crystal’s house. The driver on our way to the restaurant was from Chicago. Unfortunately, he was a fan of the baseball team on the south side but we still had a great conversation about the Cubs and Blackhawks. Crystal is not a sports fan and had little to offer during the conversation. On the way home, we got into the car and our driver announced he was from France. Crystal speaks fluent French because she lived in France for a year after college so it was perfect! I now know what it feels like to be in an Uber in France! They spoke French the whole trip home. Crystal was so excited and it was fun to listen to them, even though I couldn’t understand a word they were saying.
On Saturday, Crystal was on mommy duty so Brian and I met his friend, Scott, and Jess at the Sports Column to watch the Iowa/Illinois game. If the Sports Column sounds familiar to some of you it’s because there is also a Sports Column in Iowa City. They were opened by the same folks. It was a fun time capped off by an Iowa win.
After the game, we headed to Fresh Craft. Everyone else loved it. Me? Not so much because I am not a fan of craft beer. But craft beer is very popular in Denver so I went along and did my best of find a beer I would drink (we did find one). We hung out there and watched the Cubs/Cardinals game. The Cubs beat the Cardinals, 6-3 and it was extra special sweet because Brian is a big Cardinals fan (he lived in Missouri early in life so I forgive him).
Brian and Crystal switched kid duty later on and we finished the day with dinner at Root Down. Jess’ friend, Steph joined us and it was perfect because Steph went to culinary school and is in the food industry. I love to go to dinner with foodies because they always know what to order. She did not disappoint us. It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. My favorite dishes were the Devils on a Horseback and the green bean salad. The short ribs and bread pudding were also delicious.
On Sunday, Crystal and I went to a little coffee shop for some tea and a latte before meeting Jess for brunch at Linger. We then did some boutique shopping before Jess took me to the airport. I got to the airport really early and was able to get on an earlier flight back to Dallas. I was about to leave the parking lot after picking up my car in Dallas when the other person on the lot shuttle with me came running up asking if I could jump his truck because it was dead. Of course! I was impressed that my little old car was able to do it but it started that truck right up. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous weekend!
Drinks after dinner on Friday night (Crystal, Jess, Carmen).
I took my first ride on the light rail on Saturday on our way to the Sports Column.
A boutique in Denver. “Kismet” is my favorite word so I love this store. It means “fate.”
Linger is located in a building that used to be a mortuary. It has a rooftop with a great view of the city.
Two of my favorite Denverites walking ahead with the Denver skyline in the background. I really like the pot landscaping in the second photo.