• Neighborhoods
  • Zoe Ma Ma // Union Station

    Named after, “Ma Ma” herself, Zoe Ma Ma has officially conquered and topped my list of dumplings. My love for the food was first sparked by Vanessa’s on the Lower East Side this past spring. I truly thought that nothing could beat the New York City shop because it is NYC after all (aka food mecca). I remember travelling to visit my sister in Boulder a few years ago, and she pointed out one of her favorite restaurants just off of the Pearl Street mall. While I admit to forgetting about how delicious Zoe Ma Ma was in Boulder, I was reminded this last weekend — Zoe Ma Ma has arrived in Denver!

    I was walking home from the Rockies last home season game towards the light rail and decided to walk around the south side of Union Station and spotted it. After going in and revisiting the menu, my favorites remain:

    Original Potsticker
    Za Jiang Mian (noodle dish)
    Ma Ma’s Chicken Noodle Soup

    More importantly, Zoe Ma Ma is not just about the food, it’s about the experience! I have been meaning to post about the rebuttal of Union Station because it is has truly sprouted into a must- see Denver destination. Zoe Ma Ma’s location is perfect for exploring LODO. I recommend just going in and looking around Union Station. There is truly no need to buy anything inside, just go and appreciate the beautiful architecture! If you are feeling the need to top off your meal, Milkbox Ice Cream inside Union Station is great too. Personally, I love just walking around the neighborhood. Try exploring Wynkoop and Wazee Street by foot, or if there is another baseball game, a bike chariot is definitely an unforgettable experience too.

  • Uncategorized
  • Insomnia Cookies

    It seems as if I have developped a new sweet tooth recently. I am continuing along the dessert train today with a famous chain arriving just minutes from my own house. While it might not be exciting for everyone else in the country, it is exciting for us in Denver to have an Insomnia Cookies! When I was in New York, it seemed that there was an Insomnia Cookies everywhere I walked. I grew to love their sugar cookies and would stop in occasionally, but when I came back to Denver nothing really matched up. At the time, it felt like Insomnia may have just been a New York thing, but I soon learned that they are everywhere! Insomnia seems to be taking over all college towns and cities in the U.S. and their first location near to the University of Denver recently opened. We all know that hunger can overcome us at all times of the day and night, so it’s important that Insomnia delivers until 3:00am. Not only do they have warm cookies of all flavors, they have ice cream too! Think of any variation of cookie and ice cream and you can get it at Insomnia. From ‘Wiches to A La Modes to just right on top of your cookie, you will certainly be left leaving with a desire to brush your teeth.

  • Fun
  • D Bar

    We all know that a late night ice cream cone from a drive-thru is truly satisfying. While a quick, cheap dessert is no doubt special in its own, I think sweets deserve a little more respect than that. Why not make it a night out of it, right? After a long week of work, I think we deserve to celebrate the comfort foods of the world, and D Bar is doing just that. D Bar doesn’t just make desserts, they made a restaurant out of it! Located on 19th Ave and Pennsylvania, D Bar has a massive and delicious offering of desserts. I think it is especially fun to drive downtown for a night and indulge our inner sweet tooth. I could go on about each and every dessert, but I will let their menu do the talking. Here is a list of their desserts:

    Cake & Shake – 3 layer chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, and a choice of milkshake
    Milk & Cookies
    Creme Brûlée
    Molten Cake Thingy That Everyone Has…
    Ch Ch Ch Churros!
    Frozen Flight – choice of 3 sorbets or gelatos
    Grab Your Beach Towel – passion fruit curd, coconut, key lime
    Rouge – rasberry sponge cake
    Cookie Monster – chocolate oreo soufflé
    B.Y.O. Sundae
    A Lil’ Sumpin’ Sweet
    Coke Float
    Root Beer Float
    Affogato
    Milk Shakes

  • Fun
  • Bluebird Theater

    Red Rocks Season is coming to a close. While many may be sad about their outdoor summer nights coming to an end, it just means there are more concert options to venture to indoors! The Bluebird Theater up on Colfax has always had great, cheap shows for kids to come down to the City Park neighborhood and listen to some tunes! While the artists may not be your average mainstream sound, it is always fun to hear some new artists and genres. This theater is perfect for being spontaneous. Why? Their shows are usually not sold out, and they occur multiple times a week. I posted a picture of the upcoming schedule, but if you are looking for some additional info just visit http://www.bluebirdtheater.net/. The last time I went to a Bluebird concert, we went and got dinner beforehand at TAG Burger Bar which is just within walking distance of the concert. Why not make a full night out of it to explore the whole neighborhood, right? There are more and more shows at the Bluebird this late August / early September, so go listen some new music when you come back to school!

  • Trek
  • Table Mountain South

    Just a quick twenty minutes outside of downtown, Golden has a great hike for those looking for something quick yet arduous. Table Mountain South is a gigantic plateau at the end of 19th street in Golden. The hike first begins with a steep incline up and then quickly levels out flatly. If you continue on the path for more than a mile you will be met with a little lake making it perfect to bring your pups along with you!

    It was a hot day when I traveled west with my sister. When I first arrived at the base of the plateau I was certainly not excited to see that we would be climbing so steeply in the beginning. As I continued across the plateau, though, I noticed that downtown Denver came into sight! Table Mountain South is so huge that you can actually see all of the Denver area as well as the foothills looking west. This is a great place to go get your nature fix this summer!

    Here is the dropped pin for the start of the trailhead:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B045’08.2%22N+105%C2%B012’36.3%22W/@39.752289,-105.2122157,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.752285!4d-105.210089

  • Fun
  • Cherry Creek State Park Beach

    As a landlocked state, Colorado is definitely limited when it comes to water, and a good beach is even harder to come by! The Cherry Creek State Park Beach is a nice option for people to go hang out in the sand for a day. The park entrance fee is only $9, and you get to experience a nice drive through the state park’s outskirts. For teens, going to the pool can definitely get tiring after a while. This beach is close to Denver’s southern suburbs and easily accessed from Parker Road. If you have the option, the reservoir is also great for boating. Although many heavily used reservoirs are a little bit scary when it comes to cleanliness, this water is surprisingly pleasant to swim in! When I first arrived, I must admit that I was hesitant to see all the people on the beach at first sight. If you have the time to walk down towards the ends of the beach, it offers a nice shaded area on either side away from the big crowds. As the weather gets hotter, it is refreshing to swim in some lake water rather than a chlorinated pool. Below is a dropped pin from google maps of the location of the beach:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/White+Tail+Picnic+Area+South/@39.6451023,-104.8484294,16.27z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x876c88c1047cd33b:0x78b3f933d76b72e7!2sCherry+Creek+State+Park!8m2!3d39.6286634!4d-104.8418044!3m4!1s0x0:0xbcfc2677d8a8b0ce!8m2!3d39.6471754!4d-104.8455977

  • Trek
  • Lookout Mountain // Back in CO!

    Young Denver Local is finally back in Colorado! After an incredible semester in New York City, I have returned and will be giving you the newest posts from places in Denver and the greater area. For my first post, I decided to trek out to Golden and see for the first time Lookout Mountain. When you arrive, you may be a bit skeptical of this incredible “lookout” because of the original tree cover; however, if you continue to walk west towards the rocky ledge, you will be met with an incredible view. I highly recommend going for the sunset. During that time period, I saw many families with picnic dinners and blankets. Lookout Mountain is the perfect place to go enjoy our state’s beautiful mountains without driving for too long. I can assure you that the featured image does not do the real view any justice… you just have to go see for yourself!

    To get there, use this pin from google maps:
    https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Lookout+Mountain/@39.7307583,-105.2433367,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876b9b3dc1203f4f:0x23536628eceaad62!8m2!3d39.7307542!4d-105.2411427

  • New York City
  • Prince Street Pizza and Elizabeth Street Garden

    Classic New York pizza is known for having a nice thin crust. But hidden in Nolita (27 Prince St) is yet another special pizza joint that is cooking up an unusual slice for its location in Manhattan. Prince Street Pizza is a small and classic shop that cooks up a famous thick, almost deep dish style pizza. They do offer the classic thin crust, but their “square” pizza is notoriously famous and covered with greasy pepperonis.

    The pizza shop’s minimal seating is an issue… so where can you eat this slice? If you walk just south Elizabeth Street, you will come across the Elizabeth Street Garden. This quaint spot is perfect to sit down and eat because there are a variety of tables. This garden is also great to merely just hang out! There are interesting sculptures scattered throughout the space, and it is quite pleasant to just sit down and people watch on a nice day.

  • Fun
  • Governors Island

    Previously known for the infamous Gov Ball, Governors Island is now becoming a hot spot in NYC. There is so much going on in this space, and it is all just a ferry ride away from either Dumbo Pier 1 or the Battery Maritime building. The ferry ride over allows you to bring your bike with you, and it also gives fantastic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

    When you arrive at Governors Island, you are met Citi Bikes and beautiful brick buildings which were once part of a military base. Within the courtyard of these buildings lies food trucks, coffee, and picnic tables. If you move towards the south part of the island, you will come across the hills! These man-made hills feature New York’s longest slides and beautiful brick inclines. Behind the brick buildings are large, old houses that house various New York organizations. My sister and I walked right into one and learned about a bird organization which featured all of the different bird species in the state of New York! There is also Castle Williams which housed Union troops in the Civil War. Today, it is a museum and historical site on the island. What Governors Island may be most famous for, though, is its hammocks! Hammock grove is right in the middle of the island and has 50 red hammocks. This is a perfect place to come lounge on a pretty summer weekend!

    Governors Island is constantly featuring art exhibitions and events. To see upcoming activities and exhibitions see https://govisland.com/events.

  • New York City
  • Roberta’s Pizza

    We all know that New York City is famous for its pizza. This last semester, I went searching for New York’s best pizza, and Roberta’s hit the top mark. The restaurant’s main location is between Williamsburg and Bushwick; however, Roberta’s has a smaller branch in the upscale food court Urbanspace Vanderbilt in Midtown.

    The area around Roberta’s main location is pretty desolate. When you first walk up to the entrance, an old and run-down building stands before you. But inside lives a bustling and beautiful setting filled with shared benches and many, many pizzas.

    The dinner menu features eight magnificent pizzas. My personal favorite of these eight were the Lil’ Stinker. But what you don’t see on the menu is my absolute favorite: The Bee Sting. Pictured on the bottom part of my featured image, the Bee Sting is a classic pepperoni with honey drizzled over it. It sounds simple compared to the rest of the incredible pizzas, but I can assure you that you must order it!

    Roberta’s is cooking up some of the best pizzas in New York. The trek out to Bushwick is definitely worth it!