The Kitchen

When I first moved to Boulder, everyone recommended The Kitchen and their many various restaurants (The Kitchen Next Door and The Kitchen Upstairs). I was a little hesitate, mostly because I was poor and the menu seemed kind of pricey. Then I discovered their happy hour menus and fell in love with their food. It was simple, clean and the menu was really transparent. The origins of most the food is listed on the menu and it’s mostly local ingredients.

I have eaten at the Kitchen (Upstairs and Next Door) many times, but have never eaten at their Denver location. Thankfully, it was very similar almost identical to the Kitchen in Boulder. Dining at The Kitchen is like dining a family farm, the decor is so earthy and eccentric.

My main reason for dining at the Kitchen is their dessert dish: the Sticky Toffee Pudding; it is the only non-chocolate that I adore. It is the perfect dessert. The cake is spiced beautifully and the brown sugar pecan sauce has so much flavor and provides the perfect amount of crunch. The warm pudding and cold vanilla gelato are a divine combination. If you haven’t tried this dessert, do so immediately, you are missing out on a masterpiece. Seriously, get in your car or a plan and get this dessert. I promise it will not disappoint.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding – $8

kitchen (1 of 1)Marinated Olives – $6

kitchen (1 of 1)-3La Quercia Prosciutto & Burrata Sandwich – $14

kitchen (1 of 1)-4Portobello Sandwich – $11

kitchen (1 of 1)-2Roasted Organic Beet Salad – $11

Starting Over with a Juice Cleanse

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Almost three years ago, a young woman decided to make a big life change, she was moving from her Larose, Louisiana to Colorado, that young woman was me. I had never lived anywhere besides to Louisiana and wanted to experience something different and have an adventure.  My plan was to stay in Colorado for six months to complete a culinary school program, and then move back to Louisiana or possibly somewhere new. But then something magical happened, I started feeling really connected to Boulder and did not want to leave.

 

So, I stayed in Boulder, wrestle a lot of demons, and fix some serious bad habits in my life, but in the back of my head, there is a little voice saying “you’ve always wanted experience living in a big city; now is the perfect opportunity, what are you waiting?” That voice in my head is a bit of a pusher. I began to think of new cities to move to; my lease ends in March 2014, so it was perfect timing. Like it was meant to be, something amazing happened, I got a job offer in Downtown Denver.

 

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Everything seemed to fall into place; I gave my two weeks notice, said goodbye to some truly remarkable people and the place that was my security blanket since I moved to Boulder. I thought this new job would be challenging and exciting.

I never anticipated how hard starting a new job can be; the first week was brutal, second was worse. I was completely humbled. Then all of my bad habits starting creeping back and years of hard work was all undone in a couple of weeks.

With a bunch of affordable fast food within walking distance of my new job, I started eating my feelings again and drinking vast amounts of coffee, three cups a day at least and I felt terrible. Then, slowly my shopping addiction which took two years to break came back in a full swing. Almost every day over the last month, I tell myself I need this or that, and it just CANNOT wait. But, the absolute worst thing to resurface is my skin picking.  It is my darkest secret. Anytime I get stressed I start to pick at my skin, finding any little bump and turning it into an open wound. This Monday I hit my limit. I looked at myself in the mirror and counted eight scabbed over cuts just on my face.

I had been stopping by a cold pressed juicery (Pressed Juice Daily) near work for a while and thought maybe a juice cleanse would be the radical change I need? So, on Tuesday I made the decision to do a two-three day juice cleanse depending on how I feel.  I spent the week phasing out caffeine which is one of the hardest parts of cleanses for me. The most difficult part will be giving up sugar. Sugar, well chocolate, is my weakness.

I was going to purchase all of my juices through Pressed Juice Daily in Denver, but there was no way I could carry sixteen bottles of juice on the bus. I will purchase their juices on Monday because they are fantastic. For the weekend, my juices are from SolJuice, and they delivered right to my door. I decided on the “Green Cleanse” which is five green juices and one nut milk. They have another option that is mixed with fruit juices, but when I eat too much fruit I get shaky.

Today is Day One. I am sipping on my first juice which consists of kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple and lime. My spirits are high or maybe I am just high off of the kale juice…

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Day 244-248-Fun at the Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market Wednesday is officially back! The Boulder Farmer’s Market opened in May, but the weather hasn’t been all that great and I forgot my camera last week.

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The best pretzel I ever had! It was amazing; it tastes like beignets! I had the sea salt original pretzel last week and it was the perfect combination of a crunchy crust, yet pillow soft inside. This week I had the cinnamon sugar and I am totally obsessed!

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My very first Mango Nassi, it was delicious, but a little heavy and filling with the pretzel!

Day 191-Struggling

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After taking a break, almost two months from blogging and Project 365, I am officially back on track.

This winter was incredibly difficult for me for multiple reasons. My immune system took a major hit and it seriously affected me emotionally and mentally. I quit taking pictures; my camera which used to be on my person at all times was left gathering dust on a shelf. To say I was struggling with day-to-day happiness is putting it lightly. At one point, I planned on abandoning the Project 365 all together.

However, a lot has happened over the past couple of weeks and I really want to finish this project plus I missed blogging. Hopefully, after this last snow storm in Colorado, spring will officially arrive and stay, and my winter blues will go away.

Day 186-187-My Favorite Pitbull

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This weekend, I am pet sitting one of my favorite dogs, and yes, he is the only pitbull I know; therefore, he is my favorite pitbull. He is so calm and gentle, and pretty adorable too! My only issue with him (Doastie) is his very loud snoring!