Breakfast can be a tricky meal for vegans when dining out. Usually breakfast and brunch menus are dominated with bacon, breakfast sausage, eggs, and even sweet options, like French toast and pancakes, made with milk and eggs. While a bowl of fruit is nice, sometimes you want a hearty, savory option that are meat-eating friends enjoy. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots right in Boulder that offer tasty vegan breakfast options. (Note: Anytime you’re ordering, it’s always helpful to mention to make it vegan.)
Boulder is home to many awesome companies making healthy, delicious foods right here in our own backyard. Opting for one of these nearby businesses gives us a chance to support our Boulder community and savor something local at the same time. This week, we’re checking out Blue Moose of Boulder.
Have a Boulder-based brand you absolutely love? Let us know about it and why they’re great in the comments.
Boulder may be 4,393 miles from Dublin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re looking to get artistic, listen to Irish music, dine on authentic food, or have a drink, here are some fun Irish-themed activities to do to celebrate.
World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Conor O’Neill’s (1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922) is hosting their annual “world’s shortest parade” at noon on March 12th. Following the parade, the pub will have Irish dancers and live acoustic music from Troy Clayton 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Yes, there is pretty much a holiday for every food. But hey, who are we to turn down a reason to celebrate? If you adore the creamy, nutty goodness, we’ve found eight spots in Boulder to enjoy a peanut butter focused dish and embrace the holiday. From savory to sweet, breakfast to dessert, whether gluten-free or vegan, we’ve got you covered with a delightful peanut butter treat. We’ve even got a little something for our beer enthusiasts because it is Boulder after all.
Boulder and beer are synonymous for a reason – we make great craft beer just as much as we love drinking it. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the brewing process or just get a deeper look into how a brewery works, taking a tour is a great option. To make things even sweeter, these Boulder breweries offer a tour of their facilities for free.
Chocolate is the obvious star of Valentine’s Day with more than 58 million pounds of it being sold during the week of the holiday. While I love to eat a good piece of chocolate, as a beer lover, there’s nothing better than drinking it instead. These Boulder County breweries are serving chocolate the best way there is — in a tasty craft beer.
Colorado ranks number three on best state to retire by Bankrate.com. It was our beautiful weather and focus on health and community well-being that got us to the top of the list. We all know Coloradans are an active bunch, and age doesn’t change that for a second. If you’ve ever been passed on your way up Sanitas by someone twice your age…not that that’s happened, but if it HAD happened (cough)…you know what I’m talking about.
Here are some fun activities and destinations for seniors in Boulder.
As a plant-based eater, the thought of going to a buffet can seem pretty much like a waste of time. Maybe there’ll be a few salads and if we’re lucky a few other meat- and dairy-free items among a sea of carving stations, but ultimately, not worth the time or money.
But before you swear off buffets forever, check out Jill’s Restaurant, located inside the luxurious St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder. Every Friday, during their daily “Ooh La La Lunch Buffet”, it turns completely vegan. That’s right – every single item served is free of meat, dairy, and any other animal products. This gives vegan diners the unique experience of just simply enjoying a buffet and meal out without what’s in the dish or avoiding anything that appears to be a plant-based no-no.
Our holiday shopping lists seem to get longer and longer every year with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and beyond. In the midst of our online shopping and trips to the store, it’s important to keep in mind those who have an entirely different holiday, right here in Boulder. No matter how small, consider donating to a local, worthy cause, which is much more appreciated than any sweater or electronic on your list. Check out five great places ready for your giving heart in Boulder this holiday season:
One of my favorite things about living in Boulder is that the end of summer and warm temperatures doesn’t mean the end of outdoor exploration and fun. While skiing and snowboarding are popular winter-time activities for the masses, snowshoeing is an affordable, low-maintenance alternative that you can do right in our very own backyard. Check out these tips for snowshoeing, where to go nearby, and where to get your gear.
Tips for Snowshoeing in Boulder
Conditions are best within 24 hours of a big snowfall, according to Boulder County Open Space & Recreation, so shoot to start your trek at that time.
Always check the condition of your trail before heading out. It’s worth the couple seconds now, opposed to getting all the way out there to find a closed trail. You can do this by visiting Boulder County’s Trail Conditions page. Also, you can search on Twitter for “#boco_trails” and “#BoCoSnow” to see what other trail users are saying about the condition of nearby trails as well. And if you want to report something yourself, use that same hashtag on Twitter or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org to give them a heads up.
As with any hike or outdoor adventure, check the weather forecast before you go. It makes for a much more fun time to hike when the weather is nice rather than treacherous.
Wear the right gear. It’s not just about those stellar snowshoes. You’ll want to dress in comfortable, warm layers so you can always remove something if you get too warm. Pending weather, opt for durable, waterproof clothing including pants, jacket, gloves, heavy duty socks, waterproof boots, and a hat that protects your ears. It wouldn’t hurt to have a face mask and ski goggles, too, if it’s windy or cold. If you’re not doing goggles, at least grab your sunglasses since sunlight on the snow is quite intense. Ditch the cotton, as it is useless once wet.
Pack smart. You probably aren’t reaching for your sunscreen on your winter excursion, but it’s definitely a must-have even in the cooler temperatures. Bring along plenty of water to stay hydrated, snacks to boost your energy, and extra clothing to keep your skin dry.
When snowshoeing, yield to cross-county skiers.
Just like with any hike, it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re headed and when you’ll likely be back.