Monday, February 1, 2010

Girls Getaway to Colorado - Day 4

Our Saturday began with an early lunch at the St. Julien Hotel’s ( Jill’s Restaurant. The Cuban Panini was perfect; one of the best I’ve ever had! After a quick tour of this gorgeous hotel, we strolled along Pearl Street for some more shopping.

That afternoon, we saddled up for a ride on Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour (, which is decorated with old sofas, disco balls, saddles and a rubber chicken on the front to lead the way while we spent 90 minutes touring Boulder. We heard about the history of the city, as well as some of the spooky ghost stories the locals share.

The tour was followed by an afternoon tea of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse (, which is a gift from Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan and is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Handcrafted by more than 40 Tajik artisans, the building is a feast for the eyes with its vibrant colors, patterns and furnishings. The Teahouse, which officially opened in May 1998, features an eclectic, international menu and teas from all over the world. We all loved the Tung Ting Oolong and the delicious snacks that accompanied our unique experience.

After the Teahouse, we went back to the Boulderado for a quick nap and then we were ready to go again. Our next adventure included a dining tour of some of Boulder’s best restaurants. We started with cocktails and appetizers at Happy (, and true to its name, we were more than happy with our time here. Having cocktails here is like nowhere else I have experienced. Mark’s expertise combined with Ben’s flair for the tasty and unusual made our time here unforgettable. Their Bitter Bar menu offers some amazing concoctions for any cocktail connoisseur, with options based on vodka, absinthe, brandy, gin and more! I had the Happy Pair and Katie loved her Kiss the Sky (a tribute to Hendrix). In addition, we tried the absinthe, which was served by gradually dripping water over a sugar cube into the glass. In addition, the food was delicious. My favorite was the Pork Belly….so good! Many thanks to Chef Sam for the great food!

With our own bellies full, we happily moved on to our next stop, which was Centro ( From the moment we arrived, Erin made sure we were fully satiated with an incredible avocado salsa, campechana shrimp cocktail and anaheim chile relleno. My strawberry mojito was perfect and we wondered how we could even think about eating one more bite! Roz loved the shrimp so much she drank it straight from a glass. To finish the night, we moved a few doors down to Jax Fish House ( for dessert. I arrived to our table a little late only to find the girls, with crayons in hand, sketching and coloring on our table. Many thanks to Jeri for the great Getaway Girl portrait! Dessert consisted of key lime pie, tiramisu and a crème brulee assortment. They all hit the spot and satisfied our sweet tooth for the night.
PHOTO: Jeri, Katie & Donna enjoy tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We really enjoyed having you visit Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace. Please don't hesitate to visit us next time you're in town.