Fans of antique roadshows and smoothies can take their tongues to joyheaven with today's Groupon: $10 worth of smoothies and blended bowls from Rush – Naturally Enlightened for $5, good for both Boulder locations. Though you can only use one per person per visit, you're free to buy enough energy boosts to simultaneously keep up with your jogging and novel-writing goals.The Hoax: The Cardiff Giant, a 10-foot-tall petrified man found buried in the groundThe Disappointing Truth: It was actually just a carved stone that caused all who touched it to see gruesome visions of playoff baseball.
Bright canvases hang over the counter at Boulder Creek Market, behind which the crew crafts a menu of signature sandwiches. You can order traditional cuts of ham, turkey, and roast beef, but it's worth trying some of the specialty game meats, such as ostrich, buffalo, and wild boar. Fresh, locally baked bread is included whether you're having salad or a gourmet sandwich. And the dressings are all made in-house, from basil pesto to spicy chipotle mayonnaise and balsamic vinaigrette. Sandwiches and salads can be prepared vegan or vegetarian upon request.
With its TV, Xbox games, and free WiFi, Twirl Boulder is as appealing any neighborhood hangout as any you might see on television—and that's not taking into account the 50-plus flavors of locally sourced frozen yogurt on rotation. Here, guests can pile them high with dozens of other toppings, including several gluten and dairy-free options. The store understands its youth appeal, creating the Purple Lounge, which hosts game, karaoke, and dance nights. The lounge is also available for get-togethers via free reservation. As visitors kick back on the wraparound couch or warm themselves before the fireplace, they munch on slices of Nick-N-Willy's pizza, sliders, chicken nuggets, and sip cold drinks. Twirl also caters to its adult clientele, offering presentation-friendly meeting areas with a TV to banish boring office meetings.
Mile High Organics delivers organic, non-genetically modified produce, natural groceries, and other eco-friendly goods directly to the home. Freshly stocked produce bins host a swinging soiree of assorted nutrients colorfully frocked in fruited finery and vegetable vestments. The contents changes weekly and, with more than 100 items on their weekly specials page, can include anything from cameo apples to satsuma seedless tangerines. Unlike farmers' markets, backyard gardens, and the Shamrock Shake, Mile High Organics is available year-round. Any desired produce not included in the bin, such as blueberries or locally grown roma tomatoes, can be added at its individual price.
Mile High Organics also carries a line of humanely raised family-farm organic meats, such as turkey, pork, and beef, and pantry stockers include fresh soups, cheeses, baked goods, and spices. The online grocer practices earth-friendly habits by delivering along efficient, geographically planned routes and collecting reusable bins for future use.
Owners Manuel Sanchez and Joanne Keys lead a staff of oenophiles who stock West End’s intimate shelves with hand-selected, value-priced bottles from producers both foreign and domestic. The team rigorously tastes each wine that the store sells, then privately ranks them on a scale from “sangria” to “cellar” to “object of worship.” Shelves brim with such enological gems as the Sean Minor pinot noir ($18), which glides across palates with preternatural delicacy, and the robust Protocolo red from Spain ($9), which demonstrates its value for cooks by doubling as a rolling pin. Meanwhile, the Jordan cabernet sauvignon ($55) dons formal attire as it assumes its place among the West End Wine Shop’s elite selection of premium wines. Corks fly on Wednesdays as the staff pours complimentary tastes of choice elixirs, allowing customers to sample bottles and judge their lip-staining potential.
Maiberry's inventive menu of craving-mollifying treats features organic frozen yogurt, raw juices, and more. The eatery's nonfat, rBST-free frozen yogurt, available in pomegranate, white-peach, mocha, and many other mouth-tickling flavors, is a chilly nosh that’s as smooth as a sweet-talking seal ($0.42/oz. at Denver and Fort Collins, $2.50+ at Boulder). Opt for glacée, a mouthwatering mix of classic shaved ice and italian gelato ($5.75), or all-natural fruit smoothies available in a slew of blended flavors to pamper tongues with a delightfully sacchariferous snack ($4.25 for a medium). Açaí bowls rich in antioxidants and proteins, as well as raw juices concocted from fresh produce and organic wheatgrass, serve as potent pick-me-ups, unlike strongmen wearing rubber gloves covered in grape jelly.