Fogo De Chao (Denver, CO)

Our first night in Denver, we were lucky enough to be invited downtown to Fogo De Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse buffet. The restaurant is in a fairly non-descript building downtown, but opens up into something ornately appointed as soon as one enters. We were greeted and sat in short order, and our drink order was taken. I decided on their Brazilian Gentleman, a cocktail that utilized Knob Creek as its base. From there, port and Bitters are included. Passion fruit and honey tie together the drink as a marriage of opposites. Sweet, sour, strong, and assertive, it played the perfect counterpoint for the masses of food that I encountered.

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Rebecca Creek Saloon (Arlington, Texas)

The Rebecca Creek Saloon is the newest addition to the Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  We were lucky enough too be invited in for dinner and a game. This night, the Rangers faced the Oakland Athletics. The stadium was massive and airy, ensuring that the 15,000+  in attendance did not feel crowded. A similar sort of ambiance was present in the saloon. Tall ceilings and tasteful design will immediately strike listeners. Continue reading “Rebecca Creek Saloon (Arlington, Texas)”

Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)

While we have had beers sent our way for NeuFutur nearly a decade now, actually visiting breweries is a fairly new frontier for us. Luckily, we were able to join up with Emily from RadCraft to see what was going on at Strange Craft Brewery. Head brewer Tyler Bies has crafted a considerably wide collection of efforts available both year-round and seasonally in the Denver area. Continue reading “Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)”

Ocean Prime Denver, new American done right

While we were in the Denver area, we had a moment during the afternoon to visit the city’s Ocean Prime location (a second location will be opening later this fall). We were able to drop off our car at the valet without much in the way of hassle – Larimer, the street that the restaurant was on, was busy but the restaurant had placed the valet corral front and center to ensure one could easily get into Ocean Prime without having to hunt for a spot on the street parking.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Interior

While the lot for the Cincinnati location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant was full to capacity, we were astonished at how spacious the location was. After confirming our reservation, we were brought back to the main dining room. Lower lights made for a cozy experience. Continue reading “Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Cincinnati, Ohio)”

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver

Oskar Blues has constantly helped our beer review section grow over the years, allowing us to enjoy a variety of their brews, including their IPA, Chubna, Death By Coconut, Hotbox Coffee Porter and Pinner.

We were able to stop in to their new location during our trip to the Denver area. As soon as we walked in the door, we marveled at the decorations and polish of the bar, tables, and overall ambiance of the location. Despite being downtown during the early evening, there was cheap parking literally next door to the restaurant. The Oskar Blues Grill & Brew remained busy throughout our visit, but there were ample enough staff and space to keep a light and air feeling throughout. Continue reading “Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver”

Something for the kids (and adults): Children’s Museum of Denver

Before we moved to Arkansas, we were fortunate enough to stop by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Our daughter was a little bit on the young side at that point, so she was unable to properly get into some of the exhibits. While she was a bit older for our visit to the Little Rock Museum of Discovery, there were still a few things that she was unable to enjoy. Fast-forward a few months, and we were invited to check out the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.

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Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price

Part of the fun that we have when going out on the road for NeuFutur has to be the variety of restaurant chains that we have the opportunity to visit. On our way back from Denver, Colorado, we had a pretty length return ahead of us. After a particularly daunting drive through New Mexico, we finally got into Texas and had a chance to stop at the Lubbock, Texas location of Dion’s. The store was well kept up and had a classic dining (think mid-1990s) feel to the decor. Continue reading “Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price”

Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit

We were lucky enough to take a night in Albuquerque, New Mexico during our trip out west. While there, we stopped by Isleta Resort and Casino, an oasis seemingly plucked from the desert. While we spend a good amount of time on the road each year, I feel that our stay at Isleta will be fondly remembered even 10 or 15 years after it had ending. Continue reading “Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit”

Hopdoddy (Houston, TX), a great bite before a show

We had a big night ahead of us – we made the five hour-plus journey from our house in SW Arkansas to the River Oaks District in Houston. We stopped by Hopdoddy Burger Bar to fuel up before Chromeo began their set. A trio of offerings – Space CiTEA, an alcoholic drink, Hopdoddy’s storied Green Chili Queso Fries, and the luxurious Buffalo Bill cheeseburger. Continue reading “Hopdoddy (Houston, TX), a great bite before a show”