You guys, this year New in June WORE ME OUT. In a good way. I discovered so many great things and I feel like this year, more so than the others in Denver, was truly an exploration of the area. Of course, there were the easy outs, like restaurants and coffee shops, but that is part of the deal too.
I’m excited to continue with some of the things I initially explored this June: golf, pilates, Bear Creek Lake Park; while I probably won’t be returning to Top Golf, playing drinking games, or Chatfield Reservoir. That’s all a part of the process though, and I’m better off for it.
In relation to different/new experiences, I’ve recently started asking ‘why’ more. As I explore things that others have loved and I have not, I’ve tried to determine what exactly it is that makes the same general set of actions feel totally dissimilar for two different people. This has extended from my trip to Nashville last year (I still don’t really know what all the hoopla is about) to my disaffinity for fly fishing. In light of that, this year I’m giving a little more detail than I have in years past, trying give a little more color to what is worth trying instead of just listing out the new things. [And the photo format is new too! You can now click on the pictures to see them larger.]
As in the past 5 years of doing this, I certainly gained a new appreciation for where I am, a re-realization that variety is the spice of life, and a continued desire to try new things. I hope you find some inspiration here and try taking the unexperienced path a little bit more.
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- Post Chicken & Beer – Super tasty, not too greasy, loved the sides too – I would recommend it!
- Kurffel, Zanzibar, and a new view of downtown – I passed the night away with some new friends, starting at a random pool hall (Zanzibar), and ending with house made up drinking games (Kurffel)
- Historicity Walks – My friend started a walking tour company in Denver! She and her business partner are both from Denver and super passionate about its history. The first tour they are leading is about Denver’s most influential and interesting historical women! I loved the unknown stories of these critical figures as well as taking notice of downtown in a way I hadn’t before – go!
- Pretzel Buns – Not too hard and a nice mix up of the traditional burger bun.
- Yoga at MUV Lab – Another friend just got certified as a yoga teacher and her class was great!
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – a very overwhelming, yet well done play
- Phoenix and Miike Snow at Red Rocks
- Bluegrass Thursdays at Stem Ciders
- Golf at Harvard Gulch – SO much fun and really laid back. Only 9 holes, par 3, BYOB, flip flops encouraged. I will definitely be pursuing golf as a hobby
- Bear Creek Distillery
- Chatfield Reservoir Swim Beach
- Blueprint Bar
- The Fab Method – I’ve been intrigued by the idea of doing reformer Pilates more, but classes can be expensive and hard to come by, so I got class pass and tried out The Fab Method by work, can’t wait to go back!
- Axios Denver
- Tiki Party – My midsommer party this year involved mai thais, tiki torches, big jenga and good company!
- Bear Creek Lake Park – I loved this spot! The lake is smaller than Chatfield and no boats are allowed, so the crowd is purely stand up paddle boarders and floaters – time to get an inner tube!
- A new walk in the hood – I walked 2 miles down 41st street one night after work. I ended up on Tennyson and saw so many new things along the way. There are really charming houses and streets in the Highlands and I loved the novelty of seeing a little creek in the city!
- Lookout Mountain – Drove up to the top for a picnic at sunset on the longest day of the year, it was spectacular!
- MLK Memorial in City Park
- Bar Max (and the cutest mule cup)
- MCA Denver for 3 Things, Any 3 Things – Coffee, Beer and Ice Cream. This was pretty random, but including one of the best pistacio ice cream’s I’ve had from Marczyk’s Fine Foods and learning way more about containerization (a.k.a. my job) than I ever thought I’d learn.
- Allegro Coffee Roasters
- Fort Collins – My mom went to school here and I had never been. There is a cute intersection of streets in the main part of the town. I just went up for an afternoon with a friend, we had lunch, shopped around and obviously had some beer!
- City Park Jazz – This has been on my radar for a long time, and I’m glad to have finally checked it out. There are a lot of people, but it’s low key and easy, plus who doesn’t love to have a picnic and spend some time outside listening to live music?
- Min’s Massage – A random place in a equally as random part of town, but for my great $25 hour-long chair massage, it was totally worth it. Also note chair massage as in laying in a puffy recliner the whole time, not sitting up like you are thinking…
- Denver Pho
- Kickboxing – I may or may not go back, I haven’t quite decided, but it was nice to be sore for a few days and sweat way more than I usually do in my ‘workouts’.
- Senor Bear – Good, but not as good as I wanted it to be. There’s a lot of seafood (ceviche) on the menu, so I’ll need to go back with fish eating friends.
- Top Golf – Very underwhelmed, I’ll be sticking with real golf courses and driving ranges from here on out.
- Colorado State Capitol – So cool! It’s only open on week days, but you can just go in and walk around. I didn’t time it right for a tour, but if you do go on one, you can climb up INTO the dome! Also, Frances Wisebart Jacobs, one of the women featured in #3 Historicity walking tour for her work in founding National Jewish Hospital, is the only woman to be featured in stained glass in the Capital’s dome!
- Redline Gallery – Very cool gallery with a great mission. I loved all the art in the current exhibits which just opened on June 30 and will be there for a while. The exhibit I liked the best had so much color, linear dimensions and pieces created specifically for the space. Check it out!
It’s always hard to believe that a year can pass in a blink of an eye. After 2015 ended, I felt like I had passed the time in a not really ‘me’ way – minimal travels, feeling like I didn’t do a ton in general… I was new to Denver and transition years are always tough. This past year; however, was much more on the mark, filled with many travels, fun house projects, growing friendships and so much more.
I also managed to do New in June for the 5th year in a row! It was my second year trying out new things in Denver and getting to know the city a little better. I still so enjoy this annual project – it’s a great motivator to get out there and reteach myself to not be complacent.
Especially in Denver, with my own home that I love spending time in, it’s become easy to accept a slower pace of life. June continues to be the one month that reignites a passion, which lingers throughout the year. I love my usual haunts, but am continually motivated to try the new dish/bar/walk/park/run/project.
As 2017 is getting started, it feels appropriate to post this, albeit 6 months late. With the new year is going to come a whole set of new adventures and opportunities that I can’t wait to embrace – looking back on all that I did last June brings even more promise for what 2017 can be.
- Reformer pilates at the gym
- Walking the trails in Greenwood Village
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
- Pool time at the gym
- City Park Farmers’ Market
- First summer food truck at work (and very tasty gyros)
- Playing on the work volleyball team
- First time using a SLEDGEHAMMER – part of the backyard remodel
- Ratio Beerworks
- Meeting Anna Schnelle!
- Summer Art Walk
- Mountain Ranch Bar & Grille at Coors Field
- Mell’s Cheese
- Laying sod! Last step in the backyard remodel
- The Way Back
- Bike to work day – 16 miles!
- Rhein Haus
- New breakfast sandwich from Backcountry Deli
- Los Chingones DTC
- Museum Outdoor Arts
- Walking all the way down Shoshone St.
- Union Station Farmers’ Market
- My first back yard party!
- Walking around Rocky Muntain Lake Park
- Driving home in intense hail and rain!
- Live music night at the Marina at Cherry Creek
- Upstairs Circus
- Sculpture exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens
- Hillstone Denver
Well, hello! I can’t believe how long it’s been. Summer swallowed me up and has just spit me out. It’s been an awesome season so far – I took a weekend trip to Santa Fe, my sister and parents visited, as did a friend from Sweden, and I went camping in CO for the first time. Many of these weekends and adventures fit themselves nicely into New in June, and while it was a bit of a challenge, I did it – 30 new things in June!
Being new to Denver, the easiest things to try were new restaurants and coffee shops, but I experiences a fair amount of other places and things. It’s funny though, because while there is a lot to do here, there is a certain uniqueness that’s found in San Francisco, that I haven’t found yet here… the secret stair cases, hidden mountain slides, and things of the sort. I’m sure all in due time I’ll discover some Denver gems too, but this year I was just happy to do my 30 new things and continue to explore this city.
- Novo Coffee
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Softball at a new field and playing in the hail (summer hail is definitely a new thing all in its own)
- Infinite Monkey Theorem
- Road trip to Santa Fe with le boyfriend*
- Santa Fe Cathedral
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
- Steam Espresso Bar
- Bike ride on Cherry Creek Trail* and a stop at Denver Beer Co.
- Root Down*
- A visit from Brooke and breakfast at Sam’s no. 3
- Deborah Butterfield at the Denver Botanic Gardens*
- Lower 48*
- The Rooftop at the Rockies Stadium
- Mom and Dad in Denver and a happy hour at Prost*
- Joan Miro at the Denver Art Museum
- Bike to Work Day
- Civic Center Eats
- Declaration Brewing Company
- Riding the light rail
- Attending a polo match
- Curtis Park Deli*
- Mercantile Dining & Provision (amazing pastry for breakfast)
- Happy Hour at a bank opening
- Using fondant to decorate a cake – yay Craftsy!
- All the other things – just too many things happened that I forgot to take pictures of like me hosting my first Denver BBQ, having dinner at Steuben’s and brunch at Black Pearl.
* my favorite new things of the month
I’m still here!!! It’s far far too late to say happy new year, but happy first post of 2014 everyone!
I have been keeping myself busy with: A trip to Japan! Rafting down the Grand Canyon! Sunning and clubbing in Miami! Weekend trips to Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma and Half Moon Bay! And finally, a whole month of new things in June!
2014 has been a whirlwind so far (I can hardly believe that it is already July – a similar sentiment I’m sure most of you share) and sprinkled in between the trips mentioned above, there have been many new recipes tried, a relationship started and ended, a promotion gained (finally!) so as you can see it’s been busy busy. Despite all the new things I’ve done with the year, I still wanted to make sure to dedicate June to San Francisco (mostly) and do ‘New in June’ for the 3rd year in a row.
For those of you who don’t know, I started this tradition back in 2012 where after a slew of weekend trips in May I realized that there is still so much left of my own city to discover. Last year I was a little less diligent about the EVERY day idea, and just completed 30 new things, which was still a great accomplishment. And this year I have to admit that it was definitely a challenge, and I ended up missing several days, but making up for them later. All said and done though, I did do 30 new things and still appreciated the spirit of going outside my daily routine to get them done!
I was in the Grand Canyon for the first part of the month, which I counted every day as being new. And I was in Sonoma for a bachlorette party one weekend, but again trying lots of new things. So the days available to SF were smaller than the rest, but I did manage to accomplish 40% of the things on the list I created at the beginning of the month (same amount as the first two years!).
I’m so happy to live in such a great place and to have inspired some friends to do their own new things. It’s such a great way to shake things up, I hope you’ll find inspiration to try your own new things.
- Tongue & Cheek, Miami, FL
- Hoover Dam
- Hiking down the Grand Canyon
- Rafting down the Grand Canyon
- Camping in the Grand Canyon
- Pretty much everything in the Grand Canyon
- Prickly Pear Margaritas and a Teva tan
- The Taco Shop @ Underdogs
- Delivering Meals on Wheels disaster kits to SF seniors
- Roller Disco
- SF Botanical Garden*
- Thor’s Ricotta-Orange Pound Cake
- Wiener Races at Golden Gate Fields
- St. Francis Fountain – one of the oldest soda fountains in SF
- Chinatown Library Branch
- Getting promoted into my first managerial role*
- Firemen breaking into my car after I locked my keys in it*
- El Dorado Kitchen, Sonoma
- Kellys Bachlorette & all new wineries: Laurel Glen, Kunde, Korbin Kameron
- Fig & Thistle*
- Civic Center Farmers Market
- Asian Art Museum
- Limon Rotisserie
- Urban Putt
- Palm House
- Harry Denton’s Starlight Lounge (for a Colombian dancing night!)
- Presidio Social Club
- 3 Fish Studios (I picked up some monster art and am taking a class here later this month)
- Etcetera Wine Bar
- Amnesia for Bluegrass Mondays*
* my favorites of the month!
Remember how last year I did something new every day in June
? I had such a great time exploring my city that I wanted to do it again this year. I must admit that I wasn’t AS diligent about EVERY day, though I was close to it, but I did do 30 new things this month! It was just further proof that even after living in one place for over 5 years there are still corners undiscovered and new things worth trying. The month of newness is a great adventure and a wonderful way to stay busy – it’s definitely a tradition that I hope to continue in years to come.
To get real life updates on new things in June as well as every other month, follow me on Instagram: @emsbonappetit
- Lunch in Alamo Square Park – sitting on a bench instead of the grass where I always sit
- Ginger Beer and a party for Mr. Tibbs
- Hike up the stairs to Coit Tower and go to the top*
- David’s Tea event with tea cocktails
- 16th Ave Tiled Steps*
- The Mill
- A proper day trip to Tomales Bay Oyster Company*
- Lydia Fae (my best friend’s baby) at 3mo + new hike in San Carlos with baby and mom
- Molasses Oat Bread
- State Bird Provisions
- A drink at Hard Water*
- Ina Coolbrith Park and a walk down Macondray Lane
- Mark di Suvero sculptures on Crissy Field*
- The Rebel Within at Craftsman & Wolves
- Movie night in Dolores Park*
- Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park
- Krav Maga
- Bar Jules
- Nerd Night at Rickshaw Stop
- Google Hangout to plan for BRAZIL in Nov 2013
- Swedish inspired Midsommar picnic with strawberries and champagne
- SF Flower Mart
- Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista
- Burlesque show for Pride
- Row 1, seat 1 right next to the Giant’s dugout*
- China Beach
- Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito*
- Glide Memorial Celebration*
- Secret SF staircases
* my favorite new things of the month
Happy Summer everyone! There is no better time of year, with sunshine and warm weather as inspiration, to try new things, even in one’s own city. Since I spent every weekend in May taking weekend trips and exploring other cities, I thought I should get to know my own city better by doing something new every day in June. My focus was really on switching up my day to day activities, because while I had a whole list of fun SF bucket list items, there’s only so much you can actually do every day. So walking on a new street and getting a coffee somewhere other than my regular spots were also eligible as new activities.
I absolutely loved this challenge! I did a ton of fun things and it gave me a new perspective while doing other things even if they weren’t my ‘new thing’ for the day – going for my usual run, but in the opposite direction; walking down a different street than the one I came up; or really noticing a tree I’d run by many times before. And just as exciting as doing new things myself, is the fact that it inspired my friends to take action and check new things off their bucket lists!
I think I’ll have to do another month of new in the Fall just to get more bucket list items checked off, but until then, I’ll continue to use a “new” filter when doing the same day to day activities that are my life. And here they are – an Instagram photo-a-day for every new thing:
- Bier Garten, Hayes Valley*
- 4505 Meats breakfast sandwich, Ferry Building Farmer’s Market
- Bike riding in SF*
- Latte from Ritual, Hayes Valley
- Take the 12 bus (new) to Schmidt’s
- Visit the 2nd story of the SF Ferry Building
- Go inside City Hall*
- Host a dinner date at my house
- Hike to the top of Buena Vista Park and Corona Heights Park
- Rock climbing at Planet Granite*
- Domo Sushi, Hayes Valley
- Yoga at Grace Cathedral
- Clarion Alley Murals, Mission
- Humphry Slocombe ice cream, Mission
- Philz Coffee, Castro
- Mayer Hawthorne at The Fillmore*
- Concrete slides in Seward Park
- The Sycamore, Mission
- SF Public Library in the Presidio
- Wine & Canvas Event (I painted a picture!)
- Arizmendi Bakery, The Sunset
- SF Railway Museum
- Pride celebration in the Castro
- Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park
- Central Kitchen*
- Caltrain commute from San Jose
- Reading my new Kindle Touch
- Forage SF Underground Market
- Pe Yale Wine Bar, the Marina
- Town car to the airport
* denotes my TOP 6 new things from the month