Well the honeymoon is over loves, back to reality I suppose.

I am loving writing these wedding story posts because it’s allowing me to relive some of the moments.  As I mentioned, my wedding was just a blur. And honestly, the honeymoon kind of was too. It was so nice to have those days off and to travel, but at the same time I think we focused so much on seeing as much as we could that we never actually took in what we were doing, what had just happened and didn’t really allow ourselves to relax.  This is kind of why I did want to go somewhere tropical and just sit on a beach all day.  But I will say I had a great time in Colorado and it was beautiful, but again time went by way too quickly.

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Our wedding was Saturday and we didn’t fly out until Monday, so we had Sunday to regroup a little bit. But not too much.  Our wedding was on Easter weekend, so since my family was in town for the holiday we decided to all get together and have Easter brunch together.  After brunch Matt and I went home, tried to organize as much as we can and did our last minute honeymoon packing.  We got a decent amount done, but come dinner time we realized we didn’t have much to eat in the house as we tried not to go grocery shopping, so we did what we do best.

We went to Whole Foods for dinner.

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Yes, I know. We go there way too often, but it only seemed right.

For our honeymoon we decided to visit Denver and Boulder Colorado as both were two cities we were potentially thinking about moving too in the future.  Since we couldn’t fly into Boulder, we decided to stay a night in Denver and check the city out for a day. I have only been in the Denver airport and never the actual city and have heard amazing things about it.

But before we actually got to our destination, in typical Debbie and Matt fashion we had an eventful plane ride.  I had asked the stewardess if she had any champagne that I could surprise Matt with explaining we were newlyweds and I guess when you ask for a glass you get a bottle!

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Another reason why I love flying Southwest. They also announced our recent marriage, and even though they pronounced the last name wrong, it was still very nice. And really. Who doesn’t like free champagne!

Another fun moment.  Matt had ordered a gin and tonic and during the flight managed to spill it completely on me. Thanks husband.  The stewardess was nice enough to get him another, but not without precautions.

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Spill your drink, you get a child’s cup and lid.

We landed in Denver around lunch time, but with the whole car renting process and the unexpected traffic, we didn’t get into town until around dinner time.  Thankfully I had packed some emergency snacks of nuts and jerky, so that was basically our lunch eaten in the car stuck in traffic. (random side note: when we had dinner at Whole Foods I randomly picked up Turkey Perky Jerky which is seriously some of the best jerky I have had!)  What a romantic first honeymoon lunch. We finally checked into our hotel, which was gorgeous, and headed out on the town to find a place for dinner. After walking around for a bit we decided on the Paramount  Cafe. We sat on the patio as the weather was beautiful.

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Beautiful scenery and a beautiful date.

For dinner Matt ordered the Thai Salmon with rice and vegetables which was delicious. I love salmon, but the sauce definitely stole the show.

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I ordered the ahi tuna salad with a sesame ginger dressing which was also delicious.  I loved the sweet salty combination of the mandarin oranges, edamame and peanuts. It was such a refreshing salad.

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I will say the best thing about this place was our service. Our waitress was super nice and when we asked her for some suggestions on local places to visit, she wrote down a list of her favorite spots. (come to find out almost everyone in Colorado is incredibly nice)

Before heading out for the night we went back to the hotel to change and freshen up. When walking in Matt said he had a random craving for a gin and tonic so we stopped at the hotel bar. Now I know hotel drinks are way over priced, but I will say this one was worth it. Not only was the bartender super nice, but he was also very knowledgeable and we had really good conversation with him.

He also made me the most amazing cocktail.

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It was basically a Manhattan with extra cherries and I think it had a fresh fig juice as the sweetener. All their ingredients were local and made in house. (and just so you know how awesome this bartender was, after our long conversation about beer, when we arrived back to our room that night we had an ice bucket full of random craft beers and a congratulations note from him on our marriage. yup. he was awesome.)

Matt and I had an amazing night out in Denver, we went to a few local bars and ended up at a pizza joint of one of Matt’s old friends who was having a show there that night. Even though it was late and we were full we couldn’t say no to the free pizza that was presented to us. It was just the perfect end to our night in Denver.

The next morning we set out to get some breakfast. We actually initially had plans to have breakfast at a vegan restaurant that Matt had been to once before, but upon arriving found out they did not open until 11am. We ended up just walking around and found another breakfast spot called The Delectable Egg.

I ordered the Green Door Omelet which was filled with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and I also added some grilled zucchini. It was served with a side of sliced tomatoes and an english muffin.

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Matt ordered the Fiesta Skillet minus the eggs.

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I give that kid kudos for being able to eat that heavy in the morning, but I am not going to lie, I did steal a few bites and dipped my omelet in his gravy, because that stuff was good.

 After breakfast we just lounged around a bit after our showers and packed up as we were just heading up to Boulder after walking around Denver a bit more. We ended up staying in town a little later and decided to have lunch in Denver and then start driving north.  Since we didn’t get to go to the vegan restaurant for breakfast we decided to stop by for lunch.

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Now, this was an awesome and sad experience all in one. Upon sitting I was so torn on what to order because honestly everything looked amazing.

The Water Course had an amazing atmosphere that I immediately loved. As I studied the menu I ordered a lemon ginger kombucha that they had on tap. Kombucha on tap?
Amazing.

I went back and forth between so many things, but I ended up creating my own salad and topped it with tempeh sausage crumbles. Matt ordered the tofu scramble breakfast burrito and couldn’t decide if he wanted it topped with the vegan sausage gravy or the green chili sauce… so he got half and half.

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Now the sad part. My salad was huge, topped with fresh ingredients, and the salad dressing it was served with was amazing. However, the tempeh crumbles were basically lost in the salad and I really felt like I was just eating a huge plate of raw vegetables. What made it worse was Matt’s burrito was amazing. That sausage gravy…I really wish I could have taken a bottle of it home with me. It was the worst case of food envy I have ever had. Thankfully for me his burrito was huge and I basically split it with him.  It was just one of those moments where I actually regretted what I ordered, but as mentioned, Matt’s portion was so huge I was able to enjoy his food. Hey, we’re married now right? What’s yours is mine?

After lunch we packed up and headed to Boulder…

Well, we may or may not have gotten side tracked on the way out of town when we saw this…

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 I mean our wedding was craft beer themed and one of our points in visiting Colorado were the breweries, so it was only right we stopped for a beer before we left Denver.

We have been long time fans of Great Divide so it was nice to be able to stop in their tap room. I ordered the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.

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It not only was a beautifully poured beer, it was delicious as well.

We  sat outside on their patio, enjoyed our beers, and then finally headed out to Boulder.

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I think it’s safe to say the beginning of the honeymoon was pretty marvelous...