Friday, August 29, 2014

WFM August Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Whole Foods Market gift card was comment #8! Dee!

I've never tried grilled peaches but it looks delicious! I love grilled pineapple too. :)

I will be contacting you for your address!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello, Summertime! Grilled Peaches & Whole Foods Market Gift Card Giveaway!

In Colorado we are fortunate to have access to peaches grown right in Palisades, which is on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. High Country Orchards and Kokopelli Organic Farms both supply the local Whole Foods Markets within days of harvest, so they are perfectly ripe and juicy. Even though I grew up eating the most amazing apples picked fresh from a tree, I don't think anything compares to a fresh Colorado peach.

This summer we've been experimenting with peaches and we have fallen in love with grilling them! Grilled peaches have accompanied our dinner, our dessert, and have even found their way into our breakfast!

The way we prepare them is to brush them with a little bit of maple syrup and some butter, than throw them on the grill. Yum! We make this salad with grilled peaches, but the recipe just calls for regular sliced peaches, it's turned into a go to favorite with chicken it makes a meal.

Summer Salad With Peach Walnut Dressing:
  • Dressing
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped peaches
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • Salad
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, leaves washed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, leaves washed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

  • Method: Put all dressing ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and puree until smooth. Add a little water if needed to thin to a pourable consistency. Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing, toss to coat well and serve immediately.
    Nutritional Info: 
    Per Serving:120 calories (70 from fat)8g total fat0.5g saturated fat0mg cholesterol,30mg sodium9g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber2g sugar)4g protein

    I have a $25 Whole Foods Market Gift Card to giveaway!
    To Enter:

    1. A comment equals one entry, comment as much as you wish, I will transfer over FB comments. Please leave a valid email address if you comment as anonymous.

    2. Contest will close on Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 10pm MST. 

    3. 1 winner will be chosen from comments by Random. Org and notified via email.

    4. Address must be provided within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected, the gift card will be shipped directly by the supplier of the giveaway.  

    5. Open to US residents only. 
    Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post and giveaway! Content is purely at my discretion. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Best Drinks In Boulder! Bramble And Hare

Boulder is a great town for food, but when it comes to drinks I feel like I'm always at a loss. I don't have a go to place, but rather a few places that get the job done. It's important to make the disclaimer that I don't particularly care for sugar laden drinks, I do love Prosecco, but you can find that pretty much anywhere, so it becomes more about ambiance. I typically wind up at Pizzeria Locale because well, ambiance, drinks, and fun. Unfortunately their hours are limited for late night enjoyment. I do love the mojitos at Centro, but overall that scene isn't a huge draw for me. The Med has $5 sangria which is fabulous, but OY, the sugar. I really feel the sugar the next day. Plus the Med has the typical retirement crowd, which isn't really my vibe on a fun night out. There's also the St.Julian, meh hotel scene and the drinks are a bit pricey in my opinion, but there is dancing, bonus! We always stop into Japango for a drink, but that's only because of Stanley, the bar manager, aka Boulder's unofficial mayor. Oak has a great bar as well, but my palate just doesn't quite gel with their drink menu, then there's the noise and heat level inside that place.

But wait for it… I have a new place that I LOVE! It may be my place! I've been desperate to find my place. It's Bramble and Hare.

One night at Japango, I sat next to the bartender of Bramble before his shift. We got to talking and I really enjoyed his creativity and palate, I immediately thought I need to check it out. A bonus is that they serve food late, which is also hard to find in Boulder. Last week, on our date night, we weren't heading out until closer to 10pm so we decided to give B&H a try. I am so happy we did.

I ordered the, So Much More Than A Toy, which was vodka, beets, lemon, rose water. OH MY GOODNESS, it was beyond delightful and totally speaks to my drink sensibilities. There were many drinks I wanted to try, but decided to stick with this one for the night and try something new on my next visit. B&H also has the bartender's choice and the table next to ours was not disappointed with what he came up with on the fly. B&H offers small plates and I indulged in head cheese for the very first time, I felt like I was taking a dare when I tried it, as it turns out I really liked it. Bramble and Hare is the sister restaurant of the Black Cat Bistro which is next door. BCB is a farm to table restaurant and the chef owner, Eric Skokan owns the farm that supplies his restaurants. The long and short of it is, the food is superb and a great compliment to the drinks. Bramble and Hare is a fabulous way to get a glimpse of what's happening next door, with out the commitment of a sit down dinner.

Head cheese, salad, wings (some of the best wings I've ever had)

I think it's time to rally a girls night out and head back to Bramble and Hare. They have early evening happy hour and a late night menu with special pricing on drinks as well (I believe after 11pm). The kitchen stays open until 1am. 

Bravo Bramble and Hare, Bravo! 

This is not a sponsored post, just a recap of my experience at Bramble and Hare! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Steamboat Springs, I Adore You!

A few months ago friends of ours invited us to the mountains to vacation with their family in early August and of course we eagerly accepted. Due to timing, I had to take the trip solo with the girls, so we opted for a mid week into the weekend getaway. I loaded up the car with mountain bikes, our stuff, and a cooler and hit the road for a 3 hour trip. After road tripping to southern California in July, a 3 hour car trip literally felt like a cake walk. Plus, traveling in Colorado is just as beautiful as you would imagine, the time just passes with oohs and aahs of the view out the window.

We rolled into Steamboat Springs, mid afternoon, for the first time in about three years. My first thought was, my where does the time go? I've always loved Steamboat, it's a very unique mountain town, where the locals may actually out number the tourists. In Steamboat there is no shortage of things to do. There are endless mountain bike trails, hiking trails, an alpine slide, tubing on the Yampa River which meanders through town, amazing hot spring pools, a charming downtown, Farmer's Market, and great restaurants. We seemed to dabble in a little bit of everything, we had the most relaxing time coupled with super fun adventures.

One of the highlights of our vacation was spending some quality time with our friends (our children are the same ages). We were able to hear funny stories about when they were babies, cook meals together, and the kids made some wonderful lasting summertime memories. I'm already thinking about our next trip to the 'Boat! Steamboat Springs, I adore you!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

July Whole Foods Market Giveaway Winner!

30 comments and #21 was the lucky one!  Dawn D, I will be contacting you for your address! Thanks to everyone that commented, stay tuned next month for the next WFM giveaway.