I took this trip in August, and it’s now January! Ha. It’s taken me awhile to get around to editing all of these photos, because I took a whole lot, not to mention busy with event planning for V MARKET! The food for this whole trip was excellent, and there were so many breakfast options as early as 7am. That’s pretty much unheard of here in Dallas. We ended up staying in a little carriage house we found on Airbnb with our friends who were traveling with us to keep expenses low so that we could, you know, buy more vegan food and other various forms of plant matter. I remember basically being perpetually full for this whole trip. We even had to sort of take a day where we hardly ate anything because we were so full from the first three days! Luckily, Colorado has some beautiful hiking, tons of parks and lots of neat places to explore and walk around. If you live in Dallas, I highly recommend keeping an eye on Southwestern fares. Our plane tickets ended up only being around $90 each person, round trip. Not bad at all. Plenty of low cost places to stay, too! So really, most of your budget will probably be blown on food and shopping…which is how it should be! We spent time in Denver, Boulder, and visited Colorado Springs.
Anyway, I know what you really came here for! So here’s a list of the places we ate, and pictures of some of the things we had. This is PART ONE, look out for part two coming soon!
Native Foods Cafe
I’ve been seeing buzz about Native Foods Cafe almost as long as I’ve been a vegan with an Instagram. I was really excited, and while I may have overhyped it in my brain just a tad, I still was not disappointed! It’s easy to see why this place has had success as a chain. Great variety with recognizable concepts. This place makes a wonderful lunch stop!
BBQ Chicken Salad
Big ‘Ol BBQ Burger
This hole-in-the-wall diner made some of the best food we had for the whole five days, and that’s saying something! We went here two times, mostly because they were open as early as 7am! The food is so delicious and hearty, just like diner food should be! I wasn’t able to get a good picture of my favorite dish, The Chickpea Chicken Fried Steak. It mostly looks like a giant blob of gravy, something fried, with a side of toast…but just trust me when I say, get it!
Special – Jack Fruit BBQ Burrito
Boulder Dushanbe Tea House
Before we hit up the local farmer’s market, I had to make a stop in this beautiful tea house! Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge tea fanatic. The interior was beautiful, and even though it was packed that day, it was still very pleasant. I ordered two different tea drinks, one being a cocktail that was plain looking but tasted amazing, and then I had some blossom tea that was oddly served in a wine glass, but it was so pretty to look at. I didn’t eat here, so I’m unsure if they have any vegan food options, but it’s an amazing place to stop in for refreshments if the market is going on.
Boulder Saturday Farmer’s Market
Perhaps the best farmer’s market I’ve ever been to. It was brimming with fresh produce, local small food businesses and had plenty of vegan options, too! Among my favorite finds were tomato basil flatbread, vegan pesto, granola, fresh salsas and local kombucha.
Couldn’t pass up the chance to eat at Leaf, a beautiful contemporary vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Boulder. I loved the vibe here, and they had a very simple but flavorful approach to their food. Many of the ingredients used here are local and organic, from their farm Three Leaf Farm. We all tried to keep it pretty healthy since we had basically been binge eating at this point in the trip, and Leaf fit the bill perfectly!
Curried Vegetable Salad w/ Added Harissa Tofu
Sushi Salad w/ Added Vegan “Crab” Cake
Part Two of our vegan trip to Colorado will be coming soon!