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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Eat & Run

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon GreatnessEat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Born to Run followed by Eat & Run, two very good motivational running books in a row. I think I needed to read the words in those pages, it made me realize that hard goals are reachable regardless of it's related to running.

Reach for the stars, you just may touch one.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Denver: Libations

As previously stated my wife and I recently visited Denver.  This is my last Denver post and it regards beer.  Denver is a pretty big beer town and they do it well and for that I am extremely happy.

Great Divide - Great Divide's taproom was a little cramped and pretty much completely packed when we got there mid-afternoon.  I was underwhelmed by the staff work the taproom. They got you what you wanted when they got to it.  The beer was pretty good, I'd say it was better than average.  I would drink it again; I just didn't fall in love with any one brew while I was there.  The brewery and taproom seemed to attract an abnormally large volume of hipsters, I'm not sure that's a good or bad thing.

New Belgium Brewery - Hands down, New Belgium Brewery was the best beer experience I've ever had.  First, there was the tour.  The tour was awesome, we walked with our guide all around the brewery, sample beer, and at the end of it we got to go down a slide.  Those working in the tasting room were great and attentive to a packed room.  The culture and excitement for their jobs that just oozed off the staff was contagious, if I could drop everything, move to Fort Collins, CO. and work at New Belgium I would.  I think I feel in love with the Lips of Faith series while I was there, the La Folie, Pardebloom, and Pluot were probably my favorites.  The regular line is pretty amazing too.

Breckenridge Brewery - We headed to Breckenridge's restaurant near Coor's Field and enjoyed a flight of beers from the local area.  I decided to do this, instead of going for all Breckenridge beer, which I can get here in Indiana.  The brew was good and so was the food, it was a pretty good place to visit.

Wynkoop Brewery - One block from our hotel sat the Wynkoop Brew Pub that we didn't know was there, we happened upon it by accident.  We sampled several beers and were happy with what we got, though I believe my favorite of theirs was the ColoRojo an American Amber / Red Lager.

Avery Brewing - Thanks to some bad directions for our phone's GPS we got to Avery a little slower then we wanted to.  In the end it worked out, because when we left we were happy.  Everyone in the taproom was great and took good care of us.  The food was taken care of by a catering company in the same area in the office park they're located in and it was really tasty.  We tried several good beers, even a spicy beer.  The best thing I tasted though out of the load of good beer was the Maharaja, a double IPA.  Though I really enjoyed Ellie's Brown Ale too, I was partial to it before I ever tasted it due to the dog on the label.

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Denver: Chow

My wife and I went to Denver a few weeks back and I've been a little busy and neglected to get the rest of my thoughts down about the trip until now.  This post will be covering the food we encountered while on our trip; I'll have one more post regarding our beverages.

McCormick's Fish House - I wasn't overly impressed with McCormick's Fish House, the restaurant attached to the Oxford, which was where we were staying.  The waitress was mediocre on the verge of terrible while the food was merely ok.  The best part about the meal was likely the Denver Pale Ale by Great Divide I had while eating.  The ale was most enjoyable after the flight to Denver.

Bistro Vendome - One of the tastiest meals on our trip was on the evening we arrived, which happened to be our wedding anniversary.  Bistro Vendome is in Denver's Larimer Square, since it when we made reservations we let them know it was our anniversary the started us out with a nice glass of champagne.  We started with mussels, and then moved to our main courses, me: duck leg confit and her: lamb leg.  We finished with the chocolate bread pudding, again it was very good and the service was great.  The next time we're in Denver, I foresee us stopping back in.

The Delectable Egg - We visited The Delectable Egg for breakfast one morning since it was close to the hotel.  They had a nice menu with a lot of good options; it reminded a lot of Le Peep, which is a good thing.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Again we stuck close to the hotel for dinner at Jax Fish House.  We got in at the end of happy hour to a packed house.  We ordered some tasty oysters to start and finished with up the special of the day, which was seared ahi tuna.  Unfortunately the ahi was dry, average, and not so special.

Old Major - A very hip spot with a lot of pork to partake of.  The service was pretty good, but nothing to write home about.  I picked a plate that probably sampled much more of a pig than I ever should have tried to wrangle.  The food was fine, but I definitely wasn't blown away by it.

Casa Bonita - This Denver area landmark was so awful, that it was awesome.  What other restaurant have you been to that has cliff divers and terrible stage shows?  The food was pretty meh, but the sopapillas were just fine.  One visit is probably all I will ever need to never forget that place.

Slotted Spoon - This meatball eatery was probably one of my favorites on the trip.  It was tasty, with all kinds of meatball options, from chicken, salmon, and more.  I personally had the Picnic sandwich and it was delicious.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream - This one is real simple: delicious homemade ice cream.

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - One of the last spots we visited for food in Denver was Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs.  They have a real interesting menu with all kinds of meats from rattlesnake to reindeer.  I personally had the elk jalapeƱo cheddar dog and it was delicious.

 

Born to Run

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot, as a runner there are a lot of things from the book that I can apply to life and my running. The runners and personalities detailed in this book were defiantly engaging and fun. This book makes me want to reach for the unobtainable, because no matter how much self-doubt I have I can always do more than I think I can.

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