Sometimes eating what we want, the way we want isn't always easy on our budget. The good news is Denver has a plethora of restaurants that cater to the vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian I've searched far and wide to find some of the best dishes around town. It was tough to narrow it down to just five, but here are my 5 favorite.
Slightly Stoopid at Red Rocks a couple of weeks ago was one of the best shows of the summer by far and we got some amazing shots of the night.
All photos credited to John Verway of JVPhotography
Back-to-back Trap sets are always a treat and rare to find. On May 12, Summit Music Hall in Denver hosted an entire back to back show featuring Denver natives Vinnie Maniscalco and Treyy G, LA-based DJ/producer Hoodboi, as well as the London-based trap-duo Stooki Sound. The nature of the venue and the size of the crowd (not exactly your sold-out show) brought an intimate feel to an incredible trap show, which is unlikely to come across with trap being the most popular EDM genre in the US right now.
The Ogden has not failed us yet in this new year. Having just brought in Snails, and revealing an even more hype lineup for the months ahead, Keys n Krates was just proof this was something you should take seriously. The energy and shows continue to leave you anticipating your return and confirming it quickly.
A sea of white cotton apparel trickled into Denver’s National Western Complex, each metaphorical drop poised in anticipation for the release of their transgressions through tantalizing electronic tones. For many, this was more than your average showcase. It was a representation of freedom and finding the persevering truth within ourselves to still remain evident. Life In Color promised us a kingdom and we were given nothing less.
Weekend warriors, urban explorers and beer-loving bar goers; this is for you. Colorado Culture wants to help you out by guiding you for a night on the town for cheap. A part of being Coloradan is exploring your surroundings and finding the most interesting places, so we’re going to help you out by showing you some of the most unique places to start in the Denver area.
Far too often music aficionados disregard smaller venues and more intimate shows as lame. But there is something sobering about seeing a big name in EDM performing in a 500 person venue, with minimal stage production. On Tuesday March 15th, the Dutch EDM Trio Yellow Claw played a high energy set that had the whole crowd bouncing. Opening the night for them was a recent addition to the Barong Family, Moksi. The bucket hat wearing Dutch Duo started the night off with a relatively tame deep set. The crowd had fully accumulated 15-20 minutes into the duo’s set, and they were very responsive to the beats being laid down. As Moski dumped bass anticipation for Yellow Claw was peaking. Moksi was a phenomenal supporting act, and no doubt would make for quite the headliner. They did an amazing job of getting the crowd hyped up for Yellow Claw, picking up tempo as their set drew to a close.
Between the growing tension across the nation from this unruly political process and opinion pieces becoming the only resource for media outlets to infiltrate voters highly receptive to social influence, our generation has been left with the daunting task of sorting the banter from impenetrable truth. While Migos have had several disputes occur during the course of their shows as of late, the people of Denver maintained its prevailing respect and passion for music, culture, class, and diversity. Is that not what makes this city so profound? Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff did not just piped up Denverites at City Hall last Saturday, (Yes, I said it) they taught us a grand lesson in what defines our generation from the rest.
As the clouds were rolling in on a beautiful Friday night in Boulder it started to snow creating a relaxed yet excited buzz around The Boulder Theater where fans stood outside chatting and laughing anxiously awaiting to see their favorite musician, and with that energy in place it would set the tone for an evening with Citizen Cope.
Immediately as you went inside you noticed huge signs that declared it to be a media blackout. Specially meaning Cope won’t allow any photos or videos and encouraged his audience to stay present and be with them throughout the show. For some this was noticeably upsetting and for the majority just shock. Yet as the lights went down and the energy shifted to all black with just one spotlight the crowd waited. Hoping around, swaying people were ready for the show, and as he made his way out on stage to a thunderous applause not one person pulled out their phone, and to say it was magical would be an understatement. You could see each person so focused on Cope that even if you wanted to take a photo you wouldn’t dare disrupt the energy. He started off his set with a bang, taking the audience on a beautiful ride with him that evening. Almost no small talk was made in-between songs and he even acknowledged that “he sucked” at talking and much rather just sing, and so he did.
Going up, on a Tuesday!
Amber Giles, better known as MIJA, has been killing the electronic scene this past year. Following her back-to-back set with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, this superstar became noted as one of EDM’s top 15 artists to look out for in 2015.
Let me just start off by telling you --this girl knows how to mix. That being said, with the support of local Kommon Interests and Denver’s Sloane Peterson, the Fox Theater was filled with electronic music enthusiasts from all across Colorado.
Oh, how we miss the smell of winter in the air, and waking up to some white stuff blanketing our peaks. In Colorado, we have the luxury of taking off to the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range whenever we like. If you are not from here, and are looking for a quick getaway, we have plenty of gorgeous places to go in the mountains. My personal favorite for all that Colorado Culture has to offer is Breckenridge, CO. Not only does it have phenomenal skiing and riding, but its small chill ski town vibe is off the charts! Yes, prices are elevated in these parts of Colorado, but they make it worth your while. The hotels are always great, and the locals make you feel like family. Also, summer is a great time to visit.
When I think of the perfect happy hour, there are five special places, in particular, that come to mind. Each has their own distinct flare to it, and it just so happens that they are all conveniently located on the same street- that street would be Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. Maybe some of you have had the pleasure of experiencing a few of these awesome happy hours, but if you haven’t, it needs to be a priority!
Living in Colorado means that you accept the insane weather changes almost every day. Our weather is often referred to as the "bipolar climate, blink and it changes”. It’s funny how we can wake up one day to a white out blizzard and the next day the snow is gone and we’re out and about with shorts on. Although it is unpredictable, sometimes it can work to our advantage. The weather unpredictability allows us the opportunity to go on beautiful hikes almost year round! Colorado is blessed to have some of the most scenic hikes in the U.S. So you can call us spoiled, but we aren’t complaining! Get your hiking boots laced up(and most likely a few extra layers), because it’s never too late to go! Go live some culture. Here are our some good ideas to get you started.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s imperative to get your body sufficiently fueled up for the day in front of you. Whether you’re preparing for a case of the Mondays at work, or you’re binge eating the morning after the alcohol-heavy diet you forced yourself to indulge in the night before, breakfast can be your little taste of Heaven for the day. “Breakfast food” is the superhero in your belly, helping you get through your days. It just so happens that in Boulder, there are three beyond spectacular breakfast restaurants around to fulfill any and all of your morning cravings.
1) The Buff
The first and my personal favorite breakfast place in Boulder is The Buff. This place not only serves dishes the size of your head, but they are also creatively delicious. From their delectable and savory Eggs Benedict (MY FAVORITE) to their sweet and sticky sour dough French Toast, you get the best of whatever you’re in the mood for. They even have lunch dishes too, if in fact you are among the unfortunate souls who do not prefer breakfast food. Their Ozo coffees are bottomless, and their iced coffee drinks are even more so seeing as how the glasses they serve them in are bigger than your head! There are also a plethora of ‘boozey’ drinks for your liking as well depending on your morning mood and after breakfast agenda of course. The Bloody Marys and Mimosas are to die for! With everything you could want out of a breakfast restaurant, why not go?!
We all know that Boulder, Colorado has a bunch of yummy food choices when it comes to ordering in. If you go to the University of Colorado, a big website used to order food online is HungryBuffs. If you don’t, almost every place has their own website to order delivery from. Whether you’re up all night studying and in need of a quick food break, or you’ve got some major late night munchies, Boulder has you covered. Ranging from pizza to Asian, and everything in between, you’ll be sure to be satisfied. Here is a list of late night food deliveries that will definitely hit the spot!
What makes a romantic getaway these days? Is it the location? Attractions? Or perhaps a combination of everything? We're firm believers that the romance lies within the individuals as the heart is the most powerful thing on this earth. If you really want a romantic getaway you don't even have to leave state lines. We here at Colorado Culture want you to know that you can make your own adventure by just stepping outside. Colorado has endless possibilities for you to enjoy, and all you have to do is choose a direction to drive so you can discover your own favorite slice of this state and enjoy it all to yourself! We hope that you join us in our effort to experience the world without walls. Whether you're looking for a day trip or weekend be creative and have some fun.
1) Day Trip to Hanging Lake, and possible weekend stay in Glenwood Springs one of Colorado's Best Kept Secrets.
It is an absolute shame that people don’t do enough solo trips into the mountains. Whether you live along the Western Slope or near the Front Range, you can drive out to Hanging Lake within a couple of hours along I-70. This is the perfect place to go on a day hike, see a gorgeous geological gem and take some jaw dropping nature photos to send your buds out of state, or maybe to the people on dates waiting for their name to be called on a list at a three star restaurant. You’re going to have this adventure all to yourself, and be able to tell cool stories about your experience at one of the most beautiful destinations that Colorado has to offer. If you find yourself hungry, don’t sweat it! Glenwood Springs has all sorts of options for mountain grub for you to choose from. Want a preview? Here is a serene video for you to get your zen on and get excited about your day in the mountains!
2) Grab a bike and head up to Fort Collins
This town has an incredibly cool vibe and has something for everyone. If you have a bicycle, you should definitely bring it because this place is bike friendly, and you can get anywhere you need to in a matter of minutes around the downtown area. What most people don’t know about Fort Collins is that it is one of the best places for the self-proclaimed “foodie” because the restaurants here are all bringing their A-game and serving it right to you. If you find yourself getting tired, the perfect place to get a pick me up is near the center of town. Go visit the Alley Cat, the coolest 24-hour coffee shop in Fort Collins and order yourself a florentine
3) Head up to Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
It's no secret to the Boulderites that this is one of the best spots in to bring your main squeeze. Just beyond Chautauqua Park is a winding road that leads to a resting area where you can experience a breathtaking view. It's a prime spot for having a romantic picnic, and a perfect place to take a couple of selfies. If it happens to be snowing, no worries! Go to one of the many cafes in Boulder to pick up some hot chocolate and enjoy the snow together. Boulder is a gorgeous city no matter what the weather looks like!
4) Denver Art Museum
Are you on a first date with a new person this weekend and you want an easy way to get to know them? First, find out if they like pretty things like art! If so, then look no further than the Denver Art Museum. The usual fee is $16 if you aren't a member, but going here to see the exhibits is worth the cash. If you and your date need some help starting conversation, why not go along with one of the museum's daily tours? (11:00-11:45am, every day). Don't want to deal with a group but still want to learn about the art? Some exhibits have pre recorded tours so you can share earbuds and admire the art together.
5) You Need Pie (Estes Park, CO)
Up for some mountain adventure with your sweetheart? Or, just need an amazing slice of pie? This place is right by the famous Stanley Hotel, so if you are a fan of horror movies and want to get your Shining on, take a stroll around the grounds and then walk your way down to You Need Pie! for a slice and some coffee. Colorado Culture recommends trying some classic flavors, like apple or cherry pie. The mountain drive down to Estes is worth it alone, and also brings you within a mile of Rocky Mountain National Park where you and your date can admire some big horned sheep and wild elk bugles along with the natural beauty of the landscape.
Stay tuned for more great ideas for fun and romantic getaways. Until then go out there and live some culture.
Hello Culture Heads! My name is Elaine and like most of you, I love a good Colorado beer. Luckily for all of us there are a multitude of impressive and innovative breweries here in the Denver metro area. I’m going to be covering a local brewery every other week and we will be posting the review just in time for you to make your weekend party plans.
This front-range micro-brewing establishment is located in downtown Golden, CO. It opened about a year and a half ago and is nestled off a main street of Golden, close to an intimate neighborhood setting. If you love seasonal takes on classic beers and craft beer creators who aren’t afraid to experiment, this is the brewery. The motto of this brewery is “Carefully Crafted” and I highly agree that each one of their unique brews is crafted quite carefully. While I was there I tried six of their seven beers on tap: