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Last weekend, I threw a party on the rooftop at Bácaro Venetian Taverna (at 921 Pearl Street) and I can’t say enough about the experience. It was an absolutely spectacular time and everything went off without even one hitch–thanks entirely to the staff at Bácaro.

Inese, their party-planner extraordinaire, helped me nail down all of the details, including all of the hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the event. (Their bruschetta, wood-fired pizzas, calamari, and grilled veggies were a huge hit!) And on party day, Corrado (the GM) helped ensure that everything stayed smooth.

Even when Mother Nature threw us a curve ball (by way of some brief thunderstorms), they gave us the entire rooftop (3/4 of which is covered) and called it a private party. Overall, the staff was amazingly well-organized and accommodating, the food was delicious, and the pricing was surprisingly reasonable.

Thanks to Bácaro (and 30 of my closest friends) for making this one of my best birthdays ever!

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A Perfect Ten

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Bike to Work Day 2009 is tomorrow–June 24th!

Please, please, please get yourself out there and bike, walk, scoot, skate, or just plain drag yourself to wherever you need to be tomorrow (just don’t use your car for help). Need a little extra incentive? How about fueling up with FREE breakfast at one of 40 Boulder-area restaurants? There are breakfast stops in many of the surrounding communities as well, so all you Lafayette, Lousiville, Longmont, Superior, and Denver peeps can start dusting off your bikes too.

To learn more about the event and to register (for free), visit the DRCOG website.

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Road Bike Revelation

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It’s summertime and the living is easy. . .easy on the eyes, that is. As some friends and I recently noted during happy hour, Boulder has had a sudden and much-needed influx of great-looking men. While temperatures have yet to soar for the season, the sights are definitely warming up!

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Just Say No
With or Without You(r Number)?

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As many of you have probably heard by now, three guys from Boulder went missing in the Sichuan Province of China during a recent climbing expedition. Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade Johnson, who were shooting a new piece for Sender Films, were declared missing when they failed to catch their flight from China back to the States on June 3rd.

I’m sad to report that the body of Jonny Copp was found yesterday in a bed of avalanche debris on Mt. Edgar. Copp was both a world-renowned professional climber and a strong presence in the local Boulder community. Dash and Johnson are both still missing, but many are fearing that the slide may have taken all three of them. Sending condolences and thoughts to their families and friends. . .and still hoping for some positive news.

For the most up-to-date information and to donate to the search efforts, please see the blog at AdventureFilms.org.

UPDATE 6/8: According to Stewart Green’s Climbing Blog, Wade Johnson’s body was found this morning. Very sad news. . .

Here’s a shot of the south east face of Mt. Edgar, as seen from base camp.

Photo by Roland Zeidler

Photo by Roland Zeidler

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Boulder Indoor Cycling is now the home of a 142-meter velodrome—the first indoor cycling track in the state (an outdoor Olympic training track does exist in Colorado Springs) and one of only 23 in the entire country. This is especially exciting news for cycling enthusiasts, but the slope of the track, varying from 17 to 45 degrees, is accessible to recreational riders as well. Word on the street is that you have to maintain a speed of at least 16 MPH to even stay upright!

Sticking with spectator status for now. . .

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It turns out that I had so much fun at the BolderBoulder, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going through the summer. Enter the Summer/Fall Distance Program offered by BOLDRUNNING and head coach Ewen North. They offer full and half marathon options, with specific training schedules catered to your current fitness level and desired race time. When it comes to any sort of distance, I usually run a very slow 9:30-minute mile pace (although I ran a mile in 7:40 this morning!), so my current goal is a similarly slow half marathon in under two hours. Since I’ve run 13 miles exactly 0 times ever, this may indeed be a dream…
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Life is short. . . running makes it seem longer.
Baron Hansen

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Enter Full Belly, Radek Cerney’s delightful new bistro-style “Crazy Kitchen”  located at the NW corner of 28th and Iris. Most famous in Boulder for L’Atelier, a delectible and upscale French restaurant on Pearl Street (and worthy of a separate blog post), Cerney is now offering a more casual and cost effective option with Full Belly. This new location will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who is looking for healthy, local ingredients, delicious flavors, and less crowding (i.e. everyone I know!).

At brunch, I highly recommend the Crab Cake Benedict or the Louisiana Shrimp.

For my next visit, which I’m hoping will include dinner/happy hour, the Moules Rustica are on the top of my “to try” list.  (Update: I tried this dish on 5/30 and it was fabulous!) Speaking of lists, Full Belly is right next door to Arugula Restaurant, also new and due for a visit—stay tuned!

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