Gardening, Food, Farmer’s Market, Zoo, More Food…

24 Jul
Tapir snoooozin' at the Denver Zoo

This is how I feel after a weekend of indulgent eating...

What a weekend! There was much running around and attempts to stay cool (mid-90s for the past week here in Denver! Though I shouldn’t complain–there are so many other places hitting over 100!) It seems as though many of my activities revolved around glorious FOOD!

Waiting for us Saturday morning at the community garden we’re a part of (at the library I work at) were tons of WEEDS due to last week’s downpours! We had a garden workday in order to combat this inevitable issue and made some progress…but of course, the work is never done. In our plot, we’re growing carrots, snow peas, jalapenos, habaneros, heirloom tomatoes and jack o’lantern pumpkins (which have COMPLETELY taken over). Had to trim the pumpkin vines back a bit since they were taking hold of one of our precious tomato plants. Can’t wait to see the pumpkins when they are ready to pick!

Denver is a great place to find interesting things to do on the weekends, like the Denver Food Truck Renegades Party! This was a great event that took place in an empty parking lot downtown (cement…so hot…) and was filled with 14 local, independent food trucks! We walked the .8 miles in the heat and it was so worth it! This was such a great people-watching opportunity (the anthropologist inside me was thrilled) and a great way to support these unique businesses!

http://www.bonbonbuggy.com/

Delicious treats from the Bon Bon Buggy!

http://www.steubens.com/

Steuben's is great restaurant in Denver and they also have a food truck!

Sunday involved a delightful (albeit sweaty) bike ride over to the Farmer’s Market in City Park! Also great for people watching, especially this week since there was a fun bluegrass/folksy band playing (pretty sure none of them had shoes on). We have so much food at home, but it’s just so tempting looking at the piles of fresh produce! We resisted and only got some whole wheat tortillas (delish!), some Argentinean lemonade (very sweet, almost had some hints of peach?) and a black blean & guac pupusa! So. good. Looks pretty simple to make, though I’m sure I’ll reject that statement once I try…

Such a happy sight--the mixing of food, people and sunlight!

Black bean and guacamole pupusa! yum!

Somehow this innocent trip to the Farmer’s Market turned into stopping at the Denver Zoo, buying a year membership and wandering around snapping photos of the pachyderms (best word ever), marsupials and birds! I love that we are within a 10 minute bike ride of the zoo! Though I don’t completely agree with the “zoo” concept (animals don’t belong in an urban setting), I do enjoy the educational aspect and understand that under certain circumstances, the zoo can promote mating for endangered species. Take the good with the bad, I suppose. The tapirs that they were “encouraging” to mate seemed pretty disinterested. Just wanted to sleep!

yummeh om nom nom nom

Om nom nom nom. Some of these may have disappeared before assembling the fajidillas!

Apologies for butchering the Spanish language with my made-up words.

The quesadilla/fajita hybrid! the fajidilla? quesajita?

With our goodies from the Farmer’s Market, we whipped up an easy meal of pseudo-quesadillas. Really, these were more like a mixture of fajitas and quesadillas. We grilled a bunch of vegetables (lightly tossed with canola oil and salt), layered them like a quesadilla with vegetarian refried beans and Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese. Grilled them a bit longer…whipped up some rice (which I forgot I wanted to make spanish rice! next time!)…and some guacamole! I absolutely love Haas avocados. Can’t get enough. Especially when they are 2 for $1 🙂 We really should have made only one fajidilla (quesadilla+fajita) because the thick zucchini squash really made them hearty! Quite tasty.

Another week gone. Another week closer to the Warrior Dash (eeek!) Going. to. pass. out. I can jog well at 5280ft here in Denver. The dash is at Copper Mountain which I think is like 7000-8000ft above sea level. Ack! Oh, Oxygen. I need you. It will be great fun, though I will be the one breathing loudly and stumbling about as the 60 year old marathoner passes me. Can’t wait!

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