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OZO Coffee – Boulder

Boulder certainly doesn’t have a shortage on coffee shops. Before heading back to the big city, we stopped by OZO Coffee, which is a neighborhood shop in a stripmall. Wow, was this place ever packed. This place is really colorful and comfortable. It’s one of the least snootiest coffee shops I’ve ever been to. They’ve got all kinds of coffee, food, chocolates, and random eats for sale.
They also have their own beans for sale.
I wanted a decaf iced coffee but they didn’t have any. So they made me a decaf americano and put it on ice. That was just fine by me! It was perfect for our drive back to Denver. And for it being late morning when we stopped by, the place was still jumping when we left. I’ll miss you Boulder!

Jax Happy Hour – Boulder

After exploring every nook and cranny of Pearl St all day, and I mean all day, we decided to catch the Jax happy hour. The happy hour drink! Some type of strawberry lemonade type of thing, with a nice bit of alcohol in it. I drank two! I know, can you believe it?
The complimentary bread, which is all kinds of delicious.
Peel-n-Eat shrimp. This is the happy hour portion, yet there’s plenty, and it only costs $3. They were perfect. Our hands stank for days, but we didn’t care.
Smoked salmon sliders. I don’t even like smoked salmon but these little babies were great!
And the $1 oysters! Oysters in the middle of Colorado, you say? They’re from the east coast, and they’re fresh and perfect on a hot sunny Colorado day. This place was hopping and we were lucky enough to score actual seats at the oyster bar. The bartenders are helpful and very friendly. A highly recommended happy hour!
Jax Fish House on Urbanspoon

Boulder Bushanbe Teahouse

When we were in Fort Collins, our host told us that her favorite place in Boulder was the Teahouse. So we went! It is a beautiful teahouse and restaurant.
This Teahouse exists because it was a gift to Boulder from their sister city, Dushanbe. For four years, artisans from Tajikistan created the hand-carved and hand-painted ceilings, tables, stools, columns, and exterior. It really is quite beautiful, and worth a visit just to check out the artistry.
It was yet another beautiful warm and sunny Colorado day, so we sat outside. S got the soup of the day, which was a split pea. Ok, so I don’t remember having tried split pea soup back in the day, but if it tastes like this, then I need to have more of it. It was slightly chunky and had a bit of a curry flavor. Is this what it’s supposed to taste like? I have no idea, but it was pretty awesome. I could have eaten many more bowls of this.
The menu is rather mixed. I’m not sure how you would describe it. S got the Indian Masala Dosa. It is a cumin and fennel crepe stuffed with curried potatoes, cauliflower, onions, tomato, peas, topped with onion fritters and it is served with dal and cucumber yogurt. I’ve never had dosa before but now I know I like it! It was even vegetarian and is still fantastic. All the bits and pieces are super flavorful, so when you put it together, yeah, it’s a party in your mouth. It’s a popular item on the menu and definitely worth a try.
I wanted something light and noodley so I got the Spicy Indonesian Peanut Noodle. It included rice noodles, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, and peanut curry, and I got mine with tofu. This was ok. It wasn’t really very spicy or very peanuty. It was just very mild and safe. But it certainly got the job done. If you’re in Boulder, be sure to stop by to eat, have tea, or just admire the craftsmanship.

Dushanbe Teahouse on Urbanspoon

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