We got our house through a government program for teachers. They take rougher neighborhoods and find the roughest of those houses and offer them to teachers for a hefty discount. When we first moved into our house, the girls were only 4 months old and I was on maternity leave for the year.
|Our little HUD home when we got it|
|Our little HUD home now|
Because of the nature of the HUD program for teachers, I convinced myself that our neighborhood was sketchy. But I found out very quickly not only that we were on a great block (our next door neighbor brought us menudo on Christmas morning!), but that our new home was nestled in the heart of Denver's Little Asia and Little Mexico, if you will.
Since we're leaving, I wanted to post about our favorite places in our neck of the woods. Starting with the best kept secret in Denver: Bamboo Forest
Bamboo Forest offers a one hour massage for only $25
I mean, it's not exactly a traditional massage. They take you into a dimly-lit room and sit you down in a big Lay-Z-boy type chair. There are about 8 chairs in one room-and there are often other people getting massages there too. But don't worry you leave your clothes ON (wear shorts or loose sweats). They start by soaking your feet in a bucket of really hot water, then they start the massage. It's totally amazing and for only $25 you can really relax.
Next up. Pho 95
When you are pregnant and constantly craving drunken noodles (or anytime you want drunken noodles), head next door to Pho 95 to J's Noodles. J's has the best drunken noodles in Denver.
Now on to the Mexican food of Federal!
Jim's favorite Mexican place is Tacos y Salsas. There are TWO Tacos y Salsas on Federal and they're basically across the street from each other. The one on the West side is gross. Stick with the one on the East side of the street.
Tacos y Salsas has freshly made mexican fare with a huge variety of....SALSAs!
|watch out! Some of those are spicy.|
One more Mexican place. Tacos Rapidos. The name can be misleading, but it's only because they make the food to order. Tacos Rapidos is this little drive-thru (or walk up) restaurant in the Kmart parking lot off Evans and Federal.
Last, but not least, Jim's favorite: Cowboba's. This is a steak place.
|steak and potatoes, right here on Federal Blvd!|
There you have it! Where to go on Federal Blvd. between Alameda and Hampden. The next time you're here, maybe you can make a day of it?