We’ve been going to Breckenridge regularly for a couple of years. It is perfect temps in the summer, stunning in the fall and ideal in the winter. (Spring? hmmm) I often get asked for our favorite spots in town so I decided it may be worth posting.
Favorite food spots-
Duggans Deli- a local’s secret for really fresh sandwiches! I find that when I am back in our hometown, I crave a sandwich from Duggans! Don’t be scared off by the basement location.
Oscars of Breckenridge- opened in August and we have been twice already in a week! YUM! It’s small, but our kids loved it and we were lucky to find a table to squeeze into. Margs are awesome!
Ember- it’s been a couple of years since we ate here- but it was so memorable and the reviews continue to be stellar. More for adults. Love their outside eating area in summer.
Empire Burger- YUM! This place delivers on really great burgers. Casual, easy with kids too.
Downstairs at Eric’s- this is a must-go with kids as they have a basement arcade. Plus, the service and food are good. My husband likes the Southwestern Veggie burger best. We go here almost every month.
Amazing Grace- Go here when you have time to relax as there are one or two cooks in the kitchen and they also serve. Having said that, the food is so fresh and phenomenal! My husband and I love their egg sandwich on a homemade biscuit with avocado. Have taken the kids and the wait can be long so I would rather go with adults! Sweet old house and easy parking.
Kava Donuts- Don’t go here if you don’t like your donuts fresh and made to order. I have been known to go here too often, and even on the sly with a girlfriend once when we said we needed to run to the grocery store again! In the summer, they serve Italian Ice from a cart that my kids love like crazy.
Giampetros Pizza- I hesitate to include this because they are always packed and can be a nightmare about pickup. Having said that, the pizza is good and if you can be pushy (like I can sometimes appear)- you can pick up a really tasty pizza in a normal amount of time.
I would love to hear any of your favorite places to eat too!
I will have to do a whole other post on favorite shops…
I started reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and am halfway through. I think it’s a great read- and I like the parts about life being so tied to all of our senses.
Speaking of scent, I placed an Everyone Hand Soap in our downstairs bathroom and had to laugh as everyone walks out commenting on how great it smells! It’s spearmint + lemongrass that I bought at Whole Foods. I guess it’s that good.
Is it ironic that I watch cooking shows while I exercise on our treadmill? I recently watched Giada make this Asian Chicken Salad and was inspired to share it with a friend and her mother today over lunch. We all liked it so much and it couldn’t have been easier to make!
While I was at my friend’s for lunch, her mother wore Clic readers, and they are incredible! What a cool idea. She had a red pair (she always is fashionable) and looked so smart in them! What a great gift for our parents, or myself in 5 years… I mean, if they are good enough for Helen Mirren who still rocks a bikini, they are good enough for me! (see pic)
My two year old is fascinated with everything pink. I bought her these Sauconys and she is loving them, plus collecting compliments everywhere.
Finally, I loved hearing from so many of you about my friendship post. How lucky are we to have so many wonderful friends, both old and new? The two days after this post, I had great talks with friends on the east coast and emails from others catching up. You guys are the best!
From the novel “Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace and Learning the Hard Way” by Shauna Niequist- about friendship-
“Share your life with the people you love, even if it means saving up for a ticket and going without a few things for a while to make it work. There are enough long lonely days of the same old thing, and if you let enough years pass and if you let the routine steamroll your life, you’ll wake up one day, isolated and weary, and wonder what happened to all those old friends. You’ll wonder why all you share is Christmas cards, and why life feels lonely and bone-dry. We were made to live connected and close . . .
So walk across the street, or drive across town, or fly across the country, but don’t let really intimate loving friendships become the last item on your long to-do list. Good friendships are like breakfast. You think you are too busy to eat breakfast, but then you find yourself exhausted and cranky halfway through the day, and discover that your attempt to save time totally backfired.”
XOXO friends. Thanks for all the amazing moments!
Just ordered “Bread & Wine” by Shauna Niequist- came highly recommended.
Marinated Chicken Breasts- I am not planning on freezing them- just marinating them for the day tomorrow. Based on reviews, I am going to use Balsamic Vinegar.
Mongolian Beef- My brother-in-law got me into this dish years ago and when this recipe arrived in my inbox, I realized I have never tried to make it myself. This is on the books for tonight!
Finally, I will try a version of these Breakfast Burritos for Friday night – meaning take out half the stuff for my kids and eat all the stuff with my husband! Breakfast for dinner gives my father-in-law the heebie jeebies, but we love it in my house!
Just posting these makes me hungry!
Here are some of our favorite things from January-
Could your kids name the state capitals? My kids are close ever since my friend Angela sent me this link to Tour the States- very fun learning video! (admittedly, I learned some too!)
Saw the Original Dish Drying Mat at my friend Jill’s last week- I am using it instead of a wet dishcloth for when I empty my dishwasher.
Books I have recently enjoyed- The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. On my bedside table is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. My friend Krista suggested I read How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough- I ordered and gave to my husband to have the first crack at it!
My friend Erin posted a recipe for Homemade Flour Tortillas last week and I am considering a tortilla press!! If you have a favorite press, please tell me!
A new snack for long flights for my husband- Kate’s Real Food Stash bars- great stuff inside and great taste!
My friend Linda sent me this tip of what to do with your butter wrapper and I have done this ever since she sent me the idea!
Hope you are staying warm wherever you are!!
My sister sent me this link yesterday and I really liked it – from Finding Joy.
I have blogged about Kelly Corrigan before because I find her so insightful (and funny). I think she nails it about us being in a middle place- hence her amazing book The Middle Place from 2008. Take a moment to read her latest work- an excerpt from Glitter and Glue- I am excited for the February release. Here is a snippet-
“It is one thing to be a man’s wife—quite another to be the mother of his children. In fact, once you become a mother, being a wife seems like a game you once played or a self-help book you were overly impressed with as a teenager that on second reading is puffy with common ideas. This was one of many things I had learned since crossing over into the middle place—that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap.”