Evergreen, Colorado

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Evregreen, Colorado is a little wonderland about 20 miles west of Denver. As kids we would spend a lot of time here as a family friend lived close by, and now that my mom lives up there, I am so excited to be able to rediscover this beautiful area.

Evergreen started to become populated around the late 1800’s, and continued to grow as it provided lumber for the buildings of Denver. Once roads through the mountains were improved, it became a popular summer destination. You can read more about what you can do in Evergreen here. If you’re driving through the Rockies, on your way to the ski resorts, I highly suggest swinging by Evergreen!

Downtown Evergreen is basically one main street, filled with the basics and a few specialty shops. It is the home of the Little Bear, a western saloon that my parents would go to before I was born to dance and drink, and the Baskin Robbins where my brother had his first taste of ice cream! There are many galleries as well, and Evergreen’s winery, Creekside Cellars.

This area is filled with so many family memories, and it was so wonderful to stroll down Evergreen’s main street with my mom to reminisce and hear all of the stories she had to tell from the 80’s.

My favorite Evergreen spots:

Beaujo’s Pizza

Creekside Cellars Winery

Ice House Café & Coffeeroasters

Little Bear

Rio del Sol

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Woodsy Landscapes

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There is just so much freshness. I can’t help but feel like I’m dreaming when I see these views.

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Christmas Eve

Happy Holidays to all. Greetings from the Rocky Mountains.

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Chipotle Paris : It’s not just a burrito.

Yes. Chipotle opened in Paris. And not only as a Coloradan but a Chipotle lover, I went and indulged immediately.

Chipotle is a staple in American fast-casual restaurants. It’s not what people think of when they think of fast food. It’s not fancy. It’ s in between and it’s delicious and it’s all-around different. Chipotle’s got an environmental itch that all of  the world should know about, and has set a standard of providing consumers with better quality food since 1993. It had been a  since the Americans in France first heard Chipotle was on it’s way to grace France’s posh capital with its presence, and on May 24, 2012, it did.

One of the things I also find so wonderful about Chipotle is their strong brand identity. They are the cat’s pajamas and rock their ads and tag lines like there’s no tomorrow. They have a different take on sharing their products and boy is it fabulous. You can read about that here and here. You can also just check out their website to get a taste of their personality and what they’ve got to offer and why they’re not making just an ordinary burrito.

Chipotle burritos and tacos are not JUST burritos and tacos. As all Chipotle lovers know, they are made from sustainably made and grown food. They are all about Food with Integrity, which was one of the obstacles to eventually give Chipotle fans the same great tasting burrito abroad. But they did it!

To read more about Chipotle’s story, click here and here.

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Paris’s Chipotle (how exciting to say!) is settled right on a strip with oodles of American spots: Boulevard Montmartre  (9ème). It is clean and spacious and open daily from 11am to 10pm. Now whenever that nostalgic memory of Chipotle comes to mind for all of us Americans in Paris, we truly have a place to go and feel at home… as tacky as that may sound… it is true. Don’t hide your excitement!

The staff was mega friendly, and the burrito was delicious (a pinch different but the same great taste). A burrito/taco/burrito bowl is a whopping 9 euros, with chips + salsa at 1.50, and chips + guac at 2.00. Some may have room to complain, but when a meal at McDo next door can be up to 7 euros, I tend to roll my eyes because this is just so much better.

For those of you that haven’t tried it, give it a whirl. Hopefully you’ll appreciate not only the delicious grub, but the message they have about sustainability and quality food. And a little word for Chipotle Paris, you’ll be seeing a lot of me. To top it off, I did run into 3 people I know there. This is a new expat hotspot. GET READY.

Allez venez nombreux et goutez un burrito de vrai qualité! Et pour ceux qui le connaissent déja… il n’y a plus besoin de nostalgie!

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Chipotle

20, boulevard de Montmarre

75008

Métro: Richelieu Drouot (8, 9)

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Twenty Four Hours in FoCo

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While I was home in Denver last month, I had the chance to head up to Fort Collins (1.5 hour drive from Denver) with my best friend Liz so that she could show me all of the snazzy places. Gosh this town is cute, not to mention the drive from Denver that is absolutely stunning along the Rockies. There are so many cute colorful victorian houses that have been spiffed up.

Our journey started off with the brewery tour at New Belguim, where oddly enough I ran into an old friend from elementary school. Small world, eh? New Belgium’s tour was fantastic and they all had snazzy bikes. I’m a big fan of their Sunshine Wheat Beer and now I proudly sport the vintage style poster for it in my itty-bitty kitchen! After hanging out for a little while, Liz and Dan took me to one of their favorite spots, with oodles of local Colorado beers on tap and delicious pizza: The Mayor of Old Town. Obviously after dinner it was the perfect time for a cupcake, so we popped in Buttercream.

Our slumber party was pretty wonderful, and breakfast at Little Bird Bakeshop was sublime. By the way, that beautiful dog pictured above is Al, Liz’s nephew/son.

Liz, I miss you dearly.

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