My name is Jess and I am a senior here at CU. I studying International Affairs and
French and have absolutely no idea what I plan to do once I graduate besides
travel the world. I’m originally from Boston, but came to Colorado to enjoy the
good life in the mountains and do something new and have never looked back.
I was quite the picky eater while I was growing up. I went through the no pizza
phase, then pizza with no cheese phase, then just the crust phase, and now of
course I don’t discriminate. Though my dad is the biggest foodie I know, even
calling calamari “bumpy French fries” and lobster “chicken of the sea” could not
cure my phobia of unusual cuisines.
I spent the spring semester of my junior year abroad in Paris studying French,
but really I was just sampling every French food and wine I could get my hands
on. Prior to my trip I would have never classified myself as a “foodie,” but I think
it is hard to live in a gastronomic capital of the world and not gain an
appreciation for food. I grew to love baguettes, pain au chocolat (chocolate
croissants), nutella/bananna/coconut crepes, smelly cheese, and of course, vin
rouge (red wine). Back in the States, my favorite foods is ice cream, as random
as it may be.
Trying new restaurants is one of my favorite things to do because it gives you
the opportunity to try new foods and experience all that a city has to offer.
Lucky for us, Boulder boasts the ideal environment to support this activity.
I’ve always been pretty fearless when it comes to food. My parents love reminding me of the time they took three year old me out to eat and I ordered calamari even after they explained it was a fried version of Ursula, my least favorite Disney villain. From then on I’ve always been notorious for my eating habits. I’ll eat just about anything – and a lot of it!
Although I’d definitely describe myself as a carnivore, after having been brought up by a semi-vegetarian mother (she never could give up bacon) I’ve tried and appreciated my fair share of vegetarian substitutions. Since I’ve moved to Boulder I’ve really enjoyed getting to try more unique vegetarian dishes.
Going out to eat is one of my favorite pastimes. Not only is it awesome not to have to do your own dishes but I also love experiencing new food with friends, family, or even a stranger! I’m excited to impart on you all my adventures throughout Boulder and hope that I can lead you to some new and interesting restaurants!
Like Dan, my parents took me out to all sorts of restaurants growing up. Those adventures turned into a way of life for me. Good Food became a passion of mine. Unfortunately, when I got to college I realized how expensive this way of life was. To pay for these excursions, over the summers, I would go back home to Chicago and be a Personal Chef for neighborhood families. It taught me a great deal about food, and what really goes into making a complete meal. But it really made me appreciate great food that much more. I’ll be doing it again this summer, so my food can’t be that bad, right?.
Now I get paid to go out to eat! Could life get any better?
I’m also an intern at Denver Magazine, where I’ve been able to better develop a love for writing that has been with me all my life. At the magazine, I might write about topics ranging from charity events to whitewater rafting gear to someone’s dog. (Some projects require more research than others. I don’t raft.)
I’m never bored, but food is what I’m most interested in writing about. As an intern in the editorial department, I often find myself eavesdropping on conversations in the food department, eyeing the food interns with just a twinge of jealousy.
For this reason, I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with Hungry Buffs. With this blog, I’ll be exploring the Boulder restaurant scene more thoroughly than I have in the past, branching out from my favorite restaurants. Hopefully, sharing my experiences will encourage others to try something new!
Food has always been a major passion of mine. I would even consider it to be a hobby. When I was a little kid I went by the motto “live to eat”. All of my friends’ parents loved having me over for dinner because my plate was always empty by the end of the meal. What mother doesn’t love when a kid has two to three helpings of their dishes? Growing up, my parents provided my brothers and I the luxury of dining out a lot at a wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You know the families that have their “Sunday night spot”. My dad won’t vacation to the same destination twice, let alone go to the same restaurant consistently. A rule that we always had at dinner was that we had to try a menu item that we had never had before. Going to a variety of ethnic restaurants not only diversified my palate, but it taught me a lot regarding the cultures and traditions of different countries. Ranging from Greek food to Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, the list goes on… we tried it all! Each restaurant had a unique atmosphere that gave the customers an authentic taste from its homeland. By the time I got to college, I had become a very well balanced eater. Sitting in my dorm room freshmen year, I ran into the issue of not having any idea where to find good restaurants around Boulder. Do you know how frustrating it is when you get sick of the dorm food and you don’t know where else to turn? Cardboard pizza at 3am gets old… This is what led to me starting hungrybuffs.com my freshman year in January 2007.
Through running hungrybuffs.com for the past four years, I have been to many restaurant in Boulder. I have developed some great relationships with restaurant owners all over town, and am excited to gain even more through this blog! Some of the best restaurants in Boulder are unknown to most of the population, and that is a complete shame! I am not the best writer so I wont be the main poster, but I am always up for trying new restaurants, and the dishes that they offer. We are excited to help all of you learn more about the restaurants around Boulder and all that they have to offer. Come take a Bite into Boulder with us!