Colorado in the Fall….and the vegan places we found in our travels
Paul and I went to Colorado for a long weekend to visit two of our kids and take them to Aspen to see the colors change. We stayed in SnowMass, 15 minutes north of Aspen. The first day we headed to Aspen to Maroon Bells to go hiking.
The Aspen trees were incredible against the rest of the terrain. The weather was in the high 70s, and the views were breathtaking.
Unlike Michigan, Colorado has a vast amount of vegan restaurants, and every restaurant we went to doing our 5 day stay had incredible selections on their menus. One of my favorite casual stops was Big Wrap. This little sandwich shop in downtown Aspen offers a variety of sandwiches, vegan soups, and salads that appealed to everyone in our group. At 11 a.m. people were lined up out the door, and we soon realized why. They also have this incredible hot salsa made only of jalapeños, carrots, and lime. Sounds spicy? It was!
The weather cooled down and it SNOWED; it literally dropped 40 degrees overnight, so we ventured to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs; a mere 50 minutes south the weather was much warmer. We hiked for a few hours 1000 feet up to Hanging Lake. Yep; it is literally hanging 1000 feet up, and it was truly a beautiful site.
When we made in back to Denver, with a little research, Paul and I embarked on a vegan tasting frenzy through the downtown area. Denver is an awesome town and vegan friendly. We found a place called Watercourse Foods. When we arrived, there was a 45 minute wait. The restaurant is large and easily seats over 100 people, so waiting was a good sign.
Paul and I decided to get a few different dishes, so we could taste a variety of food from the menu. Paul loves fish and chips, but since going to the healthy side of life and becoming vegan , fish is no longer an option. He ordered Tofu Fish and Chips; it even looked like fish and chips. Although I am not a fried food fan, I took a bite, and if you are a fish and chips lover, you need to journey to Watercourse Foods for the perfect clone of fish and chips, vegan style.
We also ordered Jackfruit Crab Cakes. It was perfectly cooked, with a raison sauce to make a spicy yet sweet finish to a wonderful appetizer.
And then there was spicy cauliflower, mashed potatoes and gravy and a kale salad…… we were so full we walked for hours after our feast.
The following morning, we found a hip and funky vegan restaurant on the other side of town called City O’ City. Again, this large, multi-room restaurant was packed. Apparently there are a lot of happy vegans in Denver. We both had a very difficult time deciding what to get, but after a lot indecisiveness, I decided on a BBQ Seitan Bowl ,and Paul ordered “Chicken and Savory Waffles” Southwestern Style. The chicken was of course cauliflower.
….and next door to City O’ City is an all vegan bakery. Paul has a wicked sweet tooth, and although I would have photographed his decadent chocolate peanut butter mousse bar, he engulfed it before I could take a picture. My favorite ending to this incredible meal was the GIANT cup of peach ginger tea. I need a cup this big…..
Thanks Denver for the beautiful scenery, the time with the kids, and feeding us so well! You rock!