To keep up with my series of weekend excursions as part of the residency interview process, here are some photos of my recent weekend in Denver, Colorado. I was there to check out the pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The hospital and the program are both amazing – top 10 in the country. I felt pretty stoked just to get an interview! The first thing I checked out was City Park. It is in the middle of Denver and is 330 acres! In all of the parks I saw in Denver there were hundreds of Canadian geese. City Park was no exception. It earily reminded me of the old Hitchcock movie, The Birds.
Then I grabbed a cup of tea and cozied up in one of the old overstuffed chairs spread throughout The Tattered Cover bookstore. This gem is full of people who love books and everyone I talked to was so kind – from the baristas to the clerks. All of the books are for sale, but browsing is encouraged. There are even post it notes with staff and customer recommendations to help you find your next favorite book.
After that, it was time to meet up with my Couch Surfing host for the weekend – Josh. Josh was an encyclopedia of all that is awesome about Denver. He knew all the best places to eat, the best places to drink and the best places to shop. He knew stories behind the businesses too. The first place we checked out was Pinche Taco. According to Josh, Pinche Taco started out as a food truck serving cool twists on the old favorite. One time, a customer asked about the tacos and when the owner started describing it, the customer said @$#$%& tacos, I just want to eat! Pinche is the equivalent of @$#$%& in Spanish! 🙂
We also checked out a brand new brewery, River North Brewery. I had a few samples of their awesome beers and finally settled on a pint of RN^4, a Belgian-style quadrupel. The bartender/brew master that was working was very friendly and knowledgeable I highly recommend checking them out.
The other place that we grabbed a beer during the weekend was the Bull & Bush. The brewery was very cozy and manly. Apparently they have great food, but the kitchen was closed so there was a food truck in the parking lot keeping everyone happy. I had a pint of their sweet potato and butternut squash ale. AMAZING. It was so unique and the flavor of the squash and sweet potato made this brew one of the best I’ve ever had.
I also have some Instagram snaps that I will post too!