Monday, July 25, 2016

Brasserie Ten Ten, Bikes, & a Beautiful Boulder Day

RE-PRINT: Views on Village - August, 2012

As summer winds down and I prepared to return to school, my wife and I planned one farewell to summer outing with the kids, and it turned out to be a beautiful Boulder day.  We began with the Sunday brunch at Brasserie Ten Ten, and were not disappointed by some of the finest breakfasts in all of Colorado.  This was our second visit to Brasserie Ten Ten, and we started off with their morning cinnamon rolls and coffee.  The roll is perfect French pastry - nice, light, and flaky with plenty of flavor and not drowning in gooey sauce.  It was more like a cinnamon croissant, and we quickly put in a second order.  The coffee was rich and aromatic, and this time I bypassed the adult beverages.  Though the Brasserie Ten Ten Red-Eye won my heart last time - it's a half glass of Stella Artios with the signature Bloody Mary mix.  Not to be missed if you fancy a morning cocktail.  The Hideaway salad is a novel idea for brunch with a Ceasar, potatoes, bacon, sourdough, and a fried egg.  Beautiful presentation and quite refreshing.  Additionally, the Pomme Frites which are tempura fried Granny Smith apples with caramel sauce are sinfully good.  Perhaps one of the best desserts for brunch I've had.  Check out the menu for more great breakfast treats.  Brasserie Ten Ten is top notch in terms of presentation, service, and taste.  We'll be back for more.

We followed brunch with a day at the Valmont Bike Park, an all-terrain park for mountain biking of all levels and ages.  Having enjoyed a lot of biking in Summit County this summer, we were looking for some new local trails, and a friend recommended Valmont.  It did not disappoint, as there were trails that were fun for my seven-year-old daughter, and trails for the whole family as well.  That's not to say they don't have hard-core challenges as well.  The Valmont Bike Park is well mapped and laid out, and it is accessible for so many ages and skill levels.  My son and I had good fun on the Corkscrew - though on first glance, I almost bailed.  Ultimately, even my wife - who is not a hardcore biker - was trying out some challenging trails like the Corkscrew.  Valmont has some X-treme courses as well, and it's great fun to watch the flips and dips of the most adventurous bikers.  While we are big fans of the Highline Canal Trail and easy rides through Cherry Creek State Park, the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder was a fun discovery, and we plan to return.

Overall, a great day in Boulder, and a fond farewell to summer.

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