cinfully-simple-top-picks-try-before-you-dieThis is the Try Before You Die for 2015! A list of our (current) top picks from food to booze to where to travel, our favorite gadgets and more! It’s always a work in progress so if there’s a place, gadget, appliance or beverage that you want me to try, please use our CONTACT Form to get in touch! I’m always happy to check it out!  Cuz’ I WILL work for Food, Booze, Kitchen and tech Gadgets! 








Top10 Try Before You Die – Our 2015 Top Picks!

Top 10 Restaurants In the U.S.


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  1. Royal Exchange, San Francisco (Even the brussel sprouts are good! Happy Hour starts at 2 PM, get there early!)cinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-9
  2. Anthony’s Pier 66, Seattle (Great outside upper patio and salmon if you like it!)
  3. The Hangar, Juneau, AK (Halibut anything! Watch the sea planes land!)
  4. Bouchon at the Venetian Las Vegas, NV (Another elegant gem from Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame!)
  5. Puukaow Thai, Pueblo West, CO (So NOT kidding! Best Thai Food EVER!)
  6. C-Level, San Diego (Great views and fun food fusion!)
  7. Bankok’s Best Thai, San Francisco (Chicken Panang with Avocado!)
  8. Murray’s Steakhouse Minneapolis, MN (A Minneapolis Tradition with Great Service!)
  9. Pier 23, Embarcadero San Fransisco (Fish Tacos!)
  10. Hofbrauhaus, Newport, KY/Cincinnatti (Beer is a no brainer but try the imported German pretzels!)
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And don’t forget to make an OPEN TABLE reservation!  I  Open Table because you earn points for free and those points get you certificates for FREE meals!  If you don’t Open Table, you don’t know what you are missing!  They have apps for all platforms!

Top 10 Restaurants in Denver



  1. Namaste India (Best Indian Anywhere!)
  2. Bova’s Italian (Best hole in the wall! East Coast Italian)
  3. Westy’s Cafe (Best hole in the wall in Denver! Great and friendly owners, too!)
  4. Cafe Terracotta (Unique and friendly)
  5. Syrup Downtown (OMG Breakfast To Die For!)
  6. Jack & Grill, on Federal (Order the Chile Relleno Burrito from the secret unpublished menu.)
  7. Sloan’s Bar & Grill (Great neighborhood gem near Sloan’s Lake. Try the Reuben!)
  8. Yard House, Downtown Denver Sheraton (Excellent Happy Hour!)
  9. Cherry Creek Grill (Part of the Hillstone group. Try the grilled artichoke!)
  10. West 29th (Nice ambience and menu variety.)cinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-7


Top 10 Favorite Beers

cinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-20 “Got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today. Life is good today…”

  1. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Brewing, CO (Even if they don’t retweet! )cinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-5
  2. 1554, New Belgium, CO
  3. Pacifico, Mexico (Modelo)
  4. Sol, Mexico
  5. Hinano, tahiti
  6. Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Brewing
  7. Safari Lager, Africa
  8. Lion Red, New Zealand
  9. Singha, Thailand
  10. Kirin Ichiban, Japan
  11. Mayan Maybe Not (Tastes like you’re drinking chocolate! Only found in Vegas, baby! 10% alcohol so what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!)



Top 10 Favorite Wines Over $20


  1. Duckhorn, Howell Mountain Napa Valley Merlotcinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-2
  2. Adagio Red Blend, Kitchak Cellars
  3. Duckhorn, Sauvignon Blanc
  4. All Malbecs, Argentina – Never met one I didn’t like! 
  5. Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
  6. La Crema Pinot Noir
  7. Decoy Zinfandel
  8. Cesari Amarone
  9. Paraduxx Red Blends
  10. Bulls Rush Merlot, Matua Valley Estate, Hawkes Bay New Zealand (Only #10 because it’s super hard to find. If you find it LET ME KNOW!

BONUS WINE: Hakutsuru Sake (Best Sake I’ve ever had!)


Top 10 Favorite Wines under $20cinfully-simple-try-before-you-die-top-picks-12


  1. Frontera Malbeccinfully-simple-cindy-wine
  2. Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. Frontera Chardonnay
  4. Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. Frontera Pinot Noir
  6. 14 Hands Hot to Trot Blend
  7. Concha Y Toro Reservado Sauvignon Blanc
  8. Frontera Vintage White
  9. Alamos Malbec
  10. Cocobon Red Blend


Top 10 Favorite Spirits


  1. Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila (Terrific Sipper!)
  2. Pinnacle Chocolate Whip Vodka (Check out my Almost Famous Hot Chocolate)cinfully-simple-salty-dog-grapefruit-gin-fizz
  3. Wild Turkey American Honey (Blended with Blackberries, YUM!)
  4. Bacardi Limon Rum (Makes an excellent Grapefruit Mojito!)
  5. Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  6. 1921 Tequila Crema (Tequila’s version of Irish Cream)
  7. Tanqueray Gin (Yep, I like it better than Sapphire!)
  8. Svedka Vodka (I recently infused some with Lemon Grass!)
  9. New Amsterdam Gin (This is fast becoming a favorite for me! Try it in my Salty Dog!)
  10. Rumchata (Rum’s version of Irish Cream but better!  Tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal!)

Top 10 Favorite World Cities To Visit—This was SO HARD!

  1. San Francisco (Still my favorite CITY in the world)
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Sydney
  4. Seattle
  5. Kona
  6. San Diego
  7. Bangkok
  8. Auckland
  9. Juneau
  10. Chicago

Top 10 Bucket List Places To Visit Before You Die:

  1. Moorea, French Polynesia, South Pacific
  2. Tanzania Africa
  3. Zanzibar
  4. Thailand
  5. Isla Mujeres Mexico
  6. New Zealand
  7. Australia
  8. St. Maarten
  9. Hawaii
  10. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Canada

There’s More Where that Came From… Look What Else We’re Cooking Up

  • Top 10 Restaurants in Colorado
  • Top 10 Neighborhood Gems
  • Top 10 Restaurants Around the World
  • Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances
  • Top 10 Favorite Food Blogs–Other Than Mine of course!
  • My Favorite Geek Toys (tech gadgets)


Some Beach… Some Where!


Super foodie sidekick to #DrDP; digital storyteller, part time ginger and queen of convenience with more ideas than time. I go by #CC #CinfulCindy #CinfullySimple

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