Nuance Chocolate

Nuance Chocolate is located in Old Town. The c0-owners, Toby and Alix Gadd, have been certified chocoholics for decades, even going on chocolate-tasting dates together over a decade ago. They now source all cacao beans, roast and create extraordinary creations, from dark chocolate bars from all points of the globe, to truffles and chocolate nibs to enhance dessert or coffee.

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A nice treat (and I can say that because we experienced it with some friends joining us on the Silver Plan!), is to have a chocolate tasting of several dark bars of chocolate partnered with champagne as a nice, sublime dessert! As a Copper Plan guest, if you love chocolate, let’s make plans to visit this shop and take some yummy chocolates home from your adventure in NoCo!

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Bissetti’s

At the time of this posting, I will be honest. We have not been over impressed with the Fort Collins restaurant scene. For an area that has access to the most local produce, the restaurants are just now catching up. And if you know me, I love food and restaurant food better be better than what I can cook up at home.

Super Venetian (Ripasso)
Super Venetian (Ripasso)

We tried Bissetti’s  with a couple who came for a visit on the Silver Plan. We were pleasantly surprised.  I think we all agreed the beet salad and burrata with honey appetizer were excellent.

All the pastas are made fresh. I will say the portion sizes were substantial. I had the salmon risotto and I had some to take home. The server and chef were both responsive to a couple of edits to our dishes. Mike’s gnocchi was very good!

The selling point of this restaurant is the Wine Down Thursday.  All bottles of wine less than $45 are half off. Our first bottle was a Super Venetian 2011 Masa Campofiorin. None of had ever heard of a Super Venetian. It was excellent. Needless to say, we shared a second bottle.

The atmosphere is not rushed. It is quiet enough to have a conversation so dinner can be leisurely, which is a plus when you are trying to catch up with friends!

Prices: reasonable $$

 

 

 

Tour de Fat!

The Tour de Fat is Tour de Fun!

For 15 years, New Belgium Brewery has sponsored the annual Tour de Fat parade and celebration of all things cycling. For a parade that could easily go down into the debauchery hall of fame, the 20,000 cyclists keep things cool, calm, fun and family-friendly.

The Tour de Fat is traditionally the Saturday before Labor Day. It would make a great event to watch or participate in! Costumes are easy, (butterflies and dragonflies are very popular) and we have guest bikes! We can ride from Waterford to the starting line. The parade is an easy 3-mile loop around Old Town. OK, sometimes the parade slows and you have to walk, but that’s part of the fun!

Rather than stand in line for free beer at the New Belgium tents, we opt for walking two blocks to a pub to enjoy air-conditioning and escape the crowds.

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