Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

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As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the kind of grief, misery and despair that's all too common in our lives these days. I didn't lose a job or anyone close to me; my worst moments came in the form of a few lost nights of sleep thanks to a toddler and a few days sidelined by a stomach virus. I'd like to think I can get through 2014 the same way, which is why I'm eager to get on with it - and with some of the items on my bucket list. -- Cory Casciato

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Aaron Thackeray
Legal!

1. Buy (and smoke) some 100 percent legal weed
I've been smoking illegal (and gray market) weed on and off for more than two decades, and for a lot of that time, I figured I'd never see the day when I could do it legally (well, not without a medical condition, anyway). Come January 1, though, that's going to change, and I'm damn excited to walk in, slap my cash on the counter and say, "A bag of your finest weed, good sir!"

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2. Take the whole family to Casa Bonita, because none of us has ever been
I've lived in Colorado for sixteen years, thirteen of those in Denver, and somehow I've never made it out to Casa Bonita. It's about time for a family trip, I think. My twenty-year-old daughter is probably too old to enjoy it, and my almost two-year-old is too young, but goddamn it, at least we can all say we've gone - and lived to tell the tale.

3. Get a high score on a game at 1Up and put my initials on it
I played plenty of arcade games as a kid, but I can count the number of times I managed to notch my initials on a high score on one hand, with enough fingers left over to make a number of obscene gestures. Now that classic arcade gaming is cool again, it's time I changed that. I'm making a pilgrimage to the 1Up (or the 2Up, its sibling on Colfax), selecting a game and dedicating myself to getting good enough to immortalize my initials in the top ten, even if it takes enough quarters to buy the damn machine.

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4. See Peyton Manning QB the Broncos at a home game
I try to go to at least one Broncos game a year; in fact, between 2003 and 2012, I only missed one season. Then Peyton Manning came to town, coinciding with the addition of a baby to my household. Suddenly, I had no time and no money, and the damn tickets were even harder to get than they used to be. Well, fuck that. I'm going to see the future Hall of Famer play next year, even if I have to sell a kidney to do it. I'd like to bring my daughter, but something tells me a two-year-old isn't going to enjoy four hours in the stands, even if it is in the presence of one the game's all-time greats.

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5. Ride the trifecta of sketchy bus lines in one day: 15, 16 and 0
I've ridden Denver's sketchiest bus lines -- the 15 and 16, which run along East and West Colfax, respectively, and the 0, which serves Broadway -- many times, and have seen everything from a spontaneous sing-along to a near riot. What I've never done is ride all three in one day. There's a good chance I'll be hit on, get stabbed or catch hepatitis before it's all over, but I'm still determined to do it. Hey, some people climb Fourteeners; I ride sketchy bus lines.

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Julia Mancarella
Julia Mancarella

Why would anyone go to Casa Bonita on purpose? Some advice: don't order anything with meat. Definitely get sopapillas. Bring hand sanitizer

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

I agree with the 15 out east Colfax. You sure get to experience some culture on that one.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

It's been maybe 30 years since I've gone there

Aaron Betcher
Aaron Betcher

bucket list for all of you: go see more local music.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

after 30+ years in Denver I think I will finally visit

Jordan Masterson
Jordan Masterson

I think taco bell should take over the food. That way I can at least eat something tasty before I shit my pants purfusely

James Gold
James Gold

That place is an absolute shithole. You can have as many dancers and ridiculous shows as you want, but that won't erase the fact that your food tastes like cold vomit.

Mary Jarrett
Mary Jarrett

We ate at the Kachina in the Westin in Westminster for Christmas Day they called it a Family Feast. Best food ever !!! Replace Casa Bonita with the Kachina. Especially a Holiday Feast day !!! You will not regret it. The herbed crusted Bison Prime Rib was do die for !!!

Bryan Duvall
Bryan Duvall

So get high, play video games, go to a crap restaurant and watch other people succeed....sounds like a pot heads bucket list dream big sir dream big.

Kristi Waters
Kristi Waters

Taking my fiance and our kids tonight actually. He's from Texas and has never been. I will admit its not the best food but it's an interesting place to go. I LOVED it as a kid, great memories. Everyone should go there once, even if its to understand why Cartman loved it so much.

Cathy Bowen
Cathy Bowen

nonono. Wish I hadn't done it the one and only time I did...

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Westword always gets a rise out of people when they bring up Casa Bonita. Good or bad, at least a lot of people have been there and that is good for them.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

The only reason this place is around is because of the South Park connection. Expensive meals and not very good.

Britt Irie
Britt Irie

Yesssssss it's my favorite place!

Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn

Went one time 30 years ago and hated it!!!

Bryan Moore
Bryan Moore

Imagine how well this place would do if they only had edible food.

Karen Greenstein
Karen Greenstein

Who wants to eat Mexican food in a place that stinks of chlorine? Yuck!

Nando Commando
Nando Commando

I think my childhood gave me enough traumatic incidents

Christie Hargrave
Christie Hargrave

Worst excuse for Mexican food ever. It's not even hard to make good Mexican food.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

If you love your fam, skip Casa Bonita. No one enjoys food poisoning

jaybohmer
jaybohmer

Smoke up first.  Then go to Casa Bonita.  The food will taste much better.  But you still may get sick from it.

Cooper Watts
Cooper Watts

love #10! Throw in the old HOL books too.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

13 years of passin g that place thousands of times and I never got closer than the parking lot.

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

Done most of these… it maybe time to move.

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