Posts Tagged ‘Boulder’

Overheard At: The Twisted Pine Taproom (Boulder)

Bartender: “You want a beer? What kind of beer?”

Patron: “…”

Bartender: “How about a delicious Hoppy Boy?”

Patron: “Is it delicious and nutritious?”

Bartender: “It is extremely nutritious.”

Patron: “…because I have to have some guarantee, here.”

(The Twisted Pine Tap Room is at Walnut Street and 32nd in Boulder. 3-8PM Mon-Fri, 12-6PM Sat and maybe Sundays during football season–call ahead. $3.75 pints, $2.75 3-5PM happy hour, $2.00 for the ladies on Wednesday. Free wi-fi. Wii on the plasma screen tv. Comfy cushioned rolley-chairs. Hoardes of large, tail-wagging dogs, some of which sit at the bar. Come on down. I recommend the espresso stout.)

Purl Knit Cafe comes to Boulder’s Water Street Plaza

It used to be Cafe Boba, named for the tapioca beads patrons happily slurped up through the extra-wide straws through which they enjoyed their “pearl teas.”

Then it was Cafe Bravo, a wi-fi hot-spot serving fair trade coffee along with the pearl teas. Their couches would eat you alive and maybe spit you out again after a 50-year nap.

Then it was Bliss, taking its name from the local organic ice cream added to the menu. The couches went away, but lavender-honey ice cream more than made up for that.

Now? It’s the Purl Knit Cafe.

Outside

It’s still got Bliss ice cream, fair trade coffee, chocolate tidbits in the cooler, soups, Udi sandwiches, pearl “purl”* tea… but now it also has yarn. Lots and lots of high-end yarn. Sock yarn and sport yarn and bulky weight, oh my. Stuff you will not find anywhere else in Boulder (a conscious effort on the part of the founder to avoid stealing business from Shuttles Spindles & Skeins, according to the above-linked Daily Camera article). There’s a ball winder in the corner by the cash register so they can roll up the loose skeins. Also, there’s a spin-tree display of every size or style of knitting needle you could possibly want. And we’re not talking a Jo Ann’s size selection of nasty aluminum spikes. We’re talking a full spectrum of Crystal Palace bamboo double-pointers and Addi-turbo circulars.

*(It’s a knitting pun. Geddit?)

They’ve still got wi-fi, too. Wi-fi that even my husband’s Windows Vista laptop will consent to connect to. If you’ve got a Windows Vista laptop and have ever tried to reach the Internets at the Boulder IHOP, you know what I’m talking about. (And if you have and you don’t, email me. I wanna know how you’ve got that machine set up. The Vista wi-fi problem is driving my husband up the wall. It severely limits the places he and I can go out for coffee, tea, and Puzzle Pirates.)

Squee! Wi-fi and caffeinated beverages and knitting. If it weren’t for closing hours, I might never go home.

So I’m here on a Wednesday night because that’s when the knit-in happens. I’ve bought a couple skeins of Lana Grossa’s “Cambio” in bright orange, I’ve pulled out a set of #2 dps, I’ve had a bowl of the chicken tomatillo tortilla soup, and I’m ready to cast on.

Inside

[Pearl Knit Cafe in the Water Street Plaza, 2425 Canyon, between 28th and Folsom. Summer hours: 8 AM – 7 PM M-Th, 8 AM – 9 PM Fri, 9 AM to 9 PM Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM Sun. Wednesdays feature an after-hours knit-in. Stop by cafe for knitting class shcedule.]

Ain’t There No More (Boulder): Cafe Play

It is with great sadness, and a sinking suspicion that I am not the first on the scene with the news, that I announce the passing of Cafe Play from the Hill.

Cafe Play was an excellent idea. To my knowledge it was Boulder’s only true LAN Cafe – there were computer stations you could rent time on to play World of Warcraft with your buddies – and it was certainly the only place you could rent time on a Wii, a Playstation, or an Xbox, and while away several hours playing the games of your choice on huge plasma-screen TVs. And of course it had wi-fi. The space was huge and comfortable, full of deep leather couches as well as office-style desks, and its walls featured the work of local artists. Plus there was live music on the patio all the time. Also coffee, tea, soda, Udi’s sandwiches, and at one time Global Chili offerings. And it was open laaaaate.

It was where I went when my own cable internet was on the blink. It was where I encouraged fellow Boulder NaNoWriMo participants to meet up for write-ins. And now it is gone, and I am a sad puppy.

Cafe Play, you will be missed.

(Oh, by the way, Lulu’s on the Hill is gone too. Has been since something like a month or two after their grand opening. It’s Album’s Bistro again, which is great for aficionados of Album’s, but not so great if you really liked Lulu’s. For what it’s worth, the first space they were in – the restaurant outlet in Steelyards – seems to be still available. Hint. Hint.)

Fresh Produce Sale!

images-1.jpegIt’s almost time for the Fresh Produce sale, the one annual sale I try not to miss.  I’ve only been to the Boulder sales that are usually held in a large unoccupied office complex or warehouse setting but this one is going to be at FlatIron Mall in Broomfield.   If you’re willing to plow through tables full of tops and shorts and strip down in a common dressing room full of women of all shapes and sizes, you can get some great bargains on their normally pricey clothes.    Details:  2 weekends! May 16 – 18 and May 23 – 26Friday and Saturday, 10am-9pm Sunday (and Monday, Memorial Day) 11am-6pmThe Village at FlatIron Crossing Mall Off Hwy. 36 just west of Superior One West Flatiron Circle Broomfield, CO 80021 Located In the Village between Crate and Barrel and AMC Theatres 

Beautiful Day For Flying

Hi, y’all. Nicole here, Denver Metblog’s Boulder-area correspondent, specializing in all things aviation. Just got back from performing touch-n-gos in Longmont and Boulder. It was a gorgeous day for it, as I shall demonstrate photographically:

The view of the ramp from Journeys Aviation’s porch at Boulder Municipal Airport

You just never know, right? Sunny on Saturday, snow on Monday, and in between a Sunday forecasting 40% chance of thunderstorms. What do you do? You put yourself on the airplane schedule and you hope. And sometimes you get lucky: sun shines, ice melts, wind remains obligingly below 10 knots and refrains from gusting. Knock on wood.

So. Welcome to the Boulder Municipal Airport. Pretty, huh? You know you wanna come visit. In fact–get your calendars out–a great day to visit would be May 10th, when Journeys Aviation will host an open house at the Executive Terminal. They got a barbecue grill, and they know how to use it. Also wi-fi and deep comfy couches. Save the date!

My latest project has been to get Journeys Aviation to trust me with their Cessna 152, so I’ve been flying in it with one of their instructors. Cessna 152s are just like 172s, except they’re much smaller. You will be hip-to-hip with your instructor, and you will have to be OK with that. But you will be able to reach the rudder and brake pedals, guaranteed. Also? Slower. Much, much slower. “Are we at pattern altitude yet? Are we? How about now?” Yeah.

Anyway, it was a successful outing. I’m all signed off and in good shape to recommence with bringing you the aerial photography, which I know you’ve just been missing <em>terribly.</em>

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