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Sweet Cooie's

Sweet Cooie’s

As soon as I walked in, I loved this place. Sweet Cooie’s in Congress Park is hard not to like. After all, they’re in the sugar business and business is sweet.

Sweet Cooie's

I’m sorry, I realize how cliche that sounds but I’m so amped up on chocolate truffles right now that I can’t help myself. Imagine a 1950s-style sweet shop decorated in the newfound post-war optimism from that era. Add a scoop of Tiffany blue elegance for good measure. That’s Sweet Cooie’s.

Sweet Cooie's

Owner Paul Tamburello of Little Man Ice Cream fame (known for its long outdoor lines, even at the height of winter) dedicated this spot to his mom, affectionately nicknamed ‘Cooie.’ This shines through in every detail of the shop. It’s a new gem in Congress Park. Unlike Tramburello’s other LoHi hot spot, Little Man, you’ll only find the Gooey Cooie here – an ice cream sandwich made with a brioche bun. Glorious.

Sweet Cooie's

Sorbet and sherbet will be making their comeback at Sweet Cooie’s as well as a host of vegan offerings. Yes, please! I picked up a pint of vegan Horchata ice cream for Clare as a Valentine’s treat while I was there and it was a big hit.

Sweet Cooie's

Sweet Cooie’s is a beautiful shop that takes me back to the Mackinac Island trips I took as a kid, Up North in Michigan. In fact, it even smells the same! Now only if they offered Superman ice cream…

I’ll talk with Paul.

Visit Sweet Cooie’s at 3506 E. 12th Ave. (12th and Madison) in Congress Park. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Colorado Rapids Stands

Colorado Rapids

gate c dick's sporting goods park

I’m a soccer fan.

In fact, I probably spend too much time listening to the Men In Blazers, reading blogs, analyzing formations, and (of course) watching matches.

My poison of choice is the English Premier League. The richest sporting league on the planet. With it comes multi-million dollar transfers, managers with a shelf life shorter than bananas at King Soopers, and the most entertaining/attacking and competitive soccer in the world.

But this post isn’t about the EPL.

Dick's Sporting Goods Field Colorado Rapids

This post is about supporting your local club. For me, that’s the Colorado Rapids.

I’ve come to love the Rapids since moving to Colorado nearly a decade ago. As a fan, I’ve seen the team win the Cup in 2010 and struggle to win a game in 2014. To say the least, it’s been a rollercoaster ride but the constant throughout the journey has been the unparalleled sporting experience you get at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Are you still with me?

Rocky Mountain Cup Colorado Rapids

Ok, hear me out.

It’s Cheap

I’m going to a playoff game next week where I’ll sit 10 rows back from the middle of the pitch with C38 (the supporters group) for only $35.

That’s right. A postseason match against one of the (historically) best teams in MLS history.

The Atmosphere

Chanting. Singing. Yelling. It’s all a part of the experience.

Don’t know the songs? You’ll be able to pick it up right away so long as you know a little John Denver and have been to a sporting event in your life.

Colorado Rapids Fans during Rocky Mountain Cup

The Tailgate

Be sure to get to the match early and head to the south parking lot. There, you’ll find the BBQs smoking and craft beer flowing for the small donation of $5. All proceeds go to the C38 supporters group for future tailgate supplies.

The Talent

This league is surprisingly good.

The MLS has come a long way in 20 years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a retirement league for European superstars, although it still happens from time to time. I’m looking at you, Galaxy and NYCFC.

On any given matchday, you’ll find the next big USA player getting ready for World Cup qualification, an exciting homegrown player gaining experience, and big time European players in the prime of their career.

Sunset over Dicks Sporting Goods Park Colorado Rapids Rocky Mountain Cup

I’m not trying to sell you on becoming a soccer fan but if you’re looking for a professional sporting experience unlike anything else in Colorado that offers you entertainment, access, and fun without breaking the bank; support local soccer and go to a Rapids match.

Hope to see you there.

COME ON, YOU RAPIDS!

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Postino Denver LoHi

Postino LoHi

In a town drowning in beer offerings, Postino sticks out as the Denver wine bar.

The bright, mid-century modern restaurant was the first to open in the renovated Denver Book Bindery building. With stunning views of downtown Denver that rival neighbor Avanti Food & Beverage, Postino features bruschetta, panini, salad, and other small, shareable bites.

Postino LoHi BooksWalking into Postino on Friday night with our friends Maggie and Kevin, I realized I was entering into a mix between a hip new book bar (a nod to the building’s past), a liquor store (wine is seriously everywhere), and a trippy Chihuly fanboys wet dream.

Nothing inside Postino screams, I am Italian. Arrivederci!

However, there is a certain steadfast confidence in the minimal menu options that remind me of a few Italians I met while traveling. It’s a statement of, “This is who I am. Take it or leave it,” and I respect that.

Postino Denver Butcher Block

Our group started with the Butcher Block. A mix of of dried meats, cheeses, olives, nuts, and pickles. It’s an impressive platter that I’d recommend sharing with three others. The peppered salami was the standout for me.

Postino LoHi Autostrada

After such a great start, I followed up with the Autostrada. A panini combination of sopresatta, Italian ham, cappicola, mortadella, and other fun Italian words. The star of the show by far was the bread, baked daily by the folks at City Bakery.

Something not to overlook if you go are the deals to be had at Postino. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, you can get $5 glasses of wine and $5 pitchers of any beer (that’s right….ANY beer that they have). Every Monday and Tuesday night, you can order four kinds of bruschetta and a bottle of wine for $20. Not. Bad.

Be sure to keep up with Postino on:

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The Fika Passport Espresso

The 2016 Denver FIKA Passport

Fika.

The Swedish concept that basically means to relax and have coffee in the afternoon with friends or family. This idea of slowing down and taking time out of your day to enjoy your coffee instead of rushing off to the next thing is what fika is all about. This experience is worth slowing down for and so is the coffee itself. Two Parts, the folks behind The Passport Program, is betting that the people of Denver will agree too.

The Fika Passport Denver

Here’s how it works: From April 1 through October 1, present The Fika Passport to the barista at one of the participating coffee shops (full list below) for the deal. At checkout, the booklet will be stamped. It’s that simple.

The cost of entering into the world of fika will only set you back $20. The new passport went on sale last week and will inevitably sell out soon. Just like The Winter Warmer and The Denver Passport (which sold out in a week last year), you can buy yours on the Fika Passport website. Clare excitedly suggested I title this blog post, “The Fika Virus,” and I told her that it’s inappropriate.

As always, follow along with The Fika Passport on:

Here are the coffee shops participating in the 2016 Denver Fika Passport:

  • Allegro Coffee Roasters
  • Amethyst Coffee Co.
  • Bellwether
  • Black Black Coffee
  • Black Eye Coffee
  • Boxcar Coffee Roasters
  • Coda Coffee Co.
  • Copper Door Coffee Roasters
  • Corvus Coffee Roasters
  • Crema
  • Denver Bicycle Cafe
  • Hooked on Colfax
  • Huckleberry Roasters
  • Little Owl Coffee
  • Lula Rose General Store
  • Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.
  • Metropolis Coffee
  • Novo Coffee
  • Pablo’s Coffee
  • Purple Door Coffee
  • Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen
  • Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters
  • Two Rivers Coffee
  • Weathervane Cafe

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is a gift to the world.

Our good friends, Nate and Christine, were in town over a long weekend and as any good Denver local will do, we had to show them The Source. We walked in, looked around at a few shops, gawked at the pastries, smelled the flowers, and sampled some cheese. We were nearly finished with our little tour when Christine wanted to find out what was going on in the back room. So, we ventured a little further and found Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Before walking in, I knew all about Crooked Stave. As a massive Saison fan, it’s one of my favorite breweries in Denver. Every single beer they make is worth the (sometimes) hefty (yet albeit worth it) price tag. Christine, a fellow sour fan, had to walk in and give the place a try.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Let’s just say Christine enjoyed herself. Crooked Stave was a big hit and if you haven’t been, go immediately.

Beer List:

  • Vielle
  • Colorado Wild Sage
  • Surette
  • Autumn Surette
  • St. Bretta Pomelo
  • Pure Guava Petite Sour

Specialty:

  • It’s hard to keep up with their Limited Release schedule so be sure to stop in often but, if they have it, order the Nightmare on Brett.
    • This beer is aged in Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey Barrels and is nothing short of incredible.

Favorite:

  • Vielle – If you can’t get your hands on a Limited Release, like the Nightmare on Brett, the Vielle is a great Crooked Stave staple. This is a barrel-aged Saison that’s lightly dry hopped and has lemon skin, pear, and dusty apple notes. Give it a try!

Food:

  • Luckily, Crooked Stave is surrounded by great options. Walk over to Comida for some Stella’s pork carnitas tacos.

Insider Tip:

  • For your D.D. friends, they have Happy Leaf on tap!

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