The Taste of Telluride

 

With all of the hiking, biking and climbing Matt and I did in Telluride, we got really hungry. Thankfully there were plenty of options to chose from. Here’s out edible tour of Telluride.

Breakfast Spots:

Telluride boosts a few bakery/coffee shops, all located within a 5 minute walk of each other. We visited 3 different spots during our trip.

The Steaming Bean –  An electric coffee-house by day that turns into a rowdy gathering place at night. While this seemed to be the most popular place in town, Matt and I found it to be our least favorite of the three. The breakfast sandwiches we pre-prepared and the service was very slow. However, the “cool” factor and prime location of this spot will definitely keep business coming in.

Baked in Telluride – With their wide variety of breakfast pastries, donuts and coffee this place was probably our favorite. That being said, they make more than just baked goods; they also offer sandwiches, pizza, etc. I am a fan of bakeries just sticking to baked goods and breads. I think it takes away from the atmosphere and the quality of produces to branch out too wide.

The Butcher and the Baker: This small bakery definitely had the best atmosphere. Unfortunately their food didn’t quite keep up. Matt’s breakfast sandwich was again, pre-made, and the oatmeal that I ordered was too thick and prevented the toppings from getting mixed in. But again, their cute decor and homemade napkins definitely spoke to my style.

 

Lunch:

For lunch we found a couple interesting places. Typically, we were eating later in the afternoon after our “activities” and as a result, were coming into the restaurants starving.

Smuggler Joe’s: Located near the base of the gondola this micro-brewery is convenient for a post-mountain drink and bite to eat. Matt and I came here after our hike to get out of the rain and enjoy a locally crafted beer. The food was very typical bar food – I ordered the homemade chicken noodle soup while Matt chose the chili. Then we shared a buffalo chicken sandwich and fries. None of these options were bad but we definitely weren’t blown away. The beers were solid – I had the Shred Betty Raspberry Wheat and Matt had the Strong Scottish Ale.

Floradora Saloon: Right on main street, this a family owned and operated restaurant and bar offers a wide array of dishes. Matt and I sat outside and enjoyed the burger and the grilled cheese. We both enjoyed our meals and left full.

Brown Dog Pizza: The walls of this sports bar/pizza place are lined with Red Sox and Patriots posters. Naturally we felt right at home. We ordered buffalo wings and a pizza. Clearly we were really trying to eat healthy! The service was great, the patrons friendly and it was a great place to watch some of the US Open tennis while we avoided the afternoon rainstorm – something that is a daily occurrence in Telluride.

Dinner:

In addition to eating at there… (we loved it so much we ate there twice!) we found a couple other places:

Siam: While Matt loves Thai food, what really sold us on this restaurant was the live music that was being played on the large outdoor porch. They had a very large menu offering both traditional Thai as well as some more unique dishes that blend exotic tastes of Thai Cuisine with recipes from around the world including France, Malaysia, India, North America, China, Greece, Italy and Japan. I had drunken noodles and Matt opted for Chicken Friend Rice. This was definitely a good meal.

Allreds: Located on the mountain at the top of the gondola, Allreds draws people up out of Telluride for the incredible views. Matt and I decided to ride the gondola up and enjoy a glass of wine at their bar. The views were truly breathtaking. It was the perfect way to spend our last night in Telluride.

 

 

 

Why the Patriots Didn’t Win the Super Bowl

10. Wes Welker’s mustache got in the way when he tried to catch the ball.

 

9. Brady had Madonna’s Vogue stuck in his head for the entire second half

8. Brady was trying to stick it to Peyton – Your little brother, who has lived in your shadow his whole life, now has 2 Super Bowl rings. How many do you have?

7. Brady didn’t want to have to go to Disney World after the season ended. He prefers to vacation in classier places like Rio and the Mayan Riviera.

 

6. Gronkowski’s ankle sprain wasn’t going to make as dramatic a story as Curt Schilling’s bloody sock during the World Series.

 

5. The Patriots were too motivated by the Dodge halftime commercial – they were all focused on saving our nation, not winning a football game.

 

4. Gisele – always blame Gisele

3. Hernandez spent too much time rehearsing his touchdown dance (which was pretty awesome) and not enough time studying the play book.

 

2. Tebow – the Patriots used up all of their good plays in order to shut this kid up. You’re welcome world.

1. We didn’t bring our A game. Plain and simple. No excuses.

 

Fueling the Giants? I hope not.

Hmm – I am assuming they don’t mean my blog…

 

The Patriots might find inspiration here, but definitely not a Manning brother. Eww, gross.

 

Sunday is a big day for the Pats – I guess it is a big day for the Giants too. I can’t decide if I want the Giants to win so that we have a chance of playing them in the Superbowl. I am not going to lie, I am having some flashbacks to February 3rd, 2008 that aren’t very pretty. But at the same time, nothing is sweeter than revenge. Especially if that revenge also involves a Manning annihilation.

David versus Goliath

Take You Pick by Rick Reilly (ESPN.com)

*Written before their first meet up earlier this year (Which the Patriots won 41-23)

Tom Brady/Tim Tebow

When Tom Brady takes on Tim Tebow in Denver, it will be a tale of two very different quarterbacks.

Tom is righty. Tim is lefty.

Tom is 34. Tim is 24.

Tom is second in passing yards among NFL starters this season. Tim is dead last.

Tom is third in completion percentage. Tim is dead last.

Tom has won five games in a row. Tim has won six.

Tom swears like a teamster who has stubbed his little toe. Tim says “Gosh!” and “Golly!” and calls reporters “Sir.”

But in the fourth quarter, Tom’s is 91.0 and Tim’s is 99.6.

Tom is a national sex symbol who’s had two children, one out-of-wedlock with a stunning actress and the other with his wife, a Brazilian supermodel. Tim is a national sexless symbol, a proud virgin.

Tom has won 77 percent of his games as a starter. Tim has won 73 percent.

Tom throws spirals that could slide into a mailbox from across a cul-de-sac. They nestle into receivers’ arms like babies returned to new mothers. Tim throws chevrons of mallards. He has more overthrows than the Arab Spring.

Tom has the seventh-best-selling Fathead poster in the NFL this week. Tim has the best-selling one. And the second-best-selling one. And the 10th-best-selling one.

Tom is the ultimate pocket quarterback. He’s as comfortable in it as Sarah Palin in mink. Tim treats the pocket as an electric chair. He bolts it like it’s on fire.

While Tom Brady relishes the pocket, Tim Tebow can’t wait to rush out of it.

Tom runs like he’s wearing ski boots. Tim runs like he’s wearing ACME jet packs. In his entire career, Tom has rushed for 697 yards. Tim could very well run for that many this season.

Tom has lost games this season scoring 31, 20 and 17 points. Tim has won games scoring 18, 17, 17, 16 and 13.

Tom is aided by the NFL’s leading receiver, Wes Welker, and a touchdown-gobbling tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Tim is helped by God, according to his pastor, Wayne Henson. “God favors Tim for all his hard work,” the pastor says.

Tom is in his 12th season. Tim is in his second. Tom finished his second season with a passer rating of 86.5. Tim’s passer rating is about the same, 83.9.

Tom was born in San Mateo, Calif., to an insurance consultant and has three siblings, all girls. Tim was born in Makati City, Philippines, to a Baptist missionary, and is the youngest of five.

Tom went to the prestigious Catholic high school Junipero Serra, where Barry Bonds and Lynn Swann went. Tim was homeschooled.

Tom was mostly unknown in college. He sat on the bench his first two years. Tim was one of the most famous college athletes in history, a cinch for the College Football Hall of Fame, winner of two national championships, claimer of one Heisman and finalist for two more.

Tom was a sixth-round draft pick. Tim was a first-rounder.

Tom did not start a game as a rookie. Tim did.

Tom has won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs and two league MVPs. He owns the NFL regular-season records for TD passes, best TDs-to-interception ratio, consecutive home wins and consecutive playoff wins. Tim is a favorite of Skip Bayless.

Tom is Goliath. Tim is David. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound David who can bench 350 and flatten cornerbacks into peanut brittle.

Tom has 24 fourth-quarter comeback victories in his 11 years as a starter. Tim has six in, basically, one.

 Tom has no jokes going around about him. Tim has this one: Tebow asks for an audience with the Pope, who grants it. Tebow flies to Rome and the Pope gives him a tour of the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, everything. But it’s Sunday morning and now the Pope needs to deliver Mass to the 50,000 people waiting in St. Peter’s Square below his window. “Come with me to the window and see for yourself,” the Pope says. The two of them go to the window. Down below, an Italian guy says to his buddy, “Hey, who’s the guy in the pointy hat next to Tebow?”

 

 Tom has made 17 Sports Illustrated covers. Tim has eight, one more than Drew Brees.

 Tom has 19 books for sale about him on Amazon.com. Tim has six.

 Tom is the namesake of the NFL’s Brady Rule, which prohibits hitting QBs below the knees. Tim is the namesake behind the NCAA’s Tebow Rule, regarding athletes wearing messages on their eye black.

 Tom is on a greeting card. Tim is on a Christmas card.

Tom has been named his team’s QB of the future. Tim has not.

 Tom is 1-5 versus Tim’s team. Tim has never played Tom’s team.

 Bradying is not an acknowledged English word, according to the Global Language Monitor. Tebowing is.

 Both men would chew through a cement embankment to win a football game.

 Who do you like?

 

 I think you all know my answer…

LET’S GO PATS!

Tell Me.

So apparently, there is a big football game this weekend. Well like many Patriots fans around the country, I am not very interested. I am ready for Spring. I am ready for the Red Sox. And I am ready for my boy Dustin.

56 more days till the season opener.