In recent months my ConnectHer retreats have taken me to new and exciting places. Most recently I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado and while I was there I decided to do a little exploring. One of the first things I discovered while taking in this wonderful and unique city was the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. A girlfriend and I had heard from a few locals that it was worth trying so we made a point to go there for lunch one day after the retreat. However, it wasn't until I arrived that I discovered just how special and one of a kind that this place truly is.
But first, let me talk about the food. Everything we tried was absolutely delicious. From the Greek Meatballs to the hummus nothing disappointed us. It was such an interesting mixture of different cultural cuisines all combined in such a fresh and different way. I've been spoiled with years of amazing NYC restaurants so whenever I find something on par with that level of excellence I definitely take notice.
Now, let me get into the most interesting aspect of the entire restaurant. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse was originally constructed in Tajikistan and brought over to Boulder piece by piece and re-built. It was given to the city of Boulder as a gift from Mayor Maksud Ikramov because Boulder is the sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan (the capital of Tajikistan). If one were to dig straight through the earth from Boulder, CO they would happily arrive at Dushanbe upon completion. What an amazing way to unite two very different cultures. I give Mayor Maksud Ikramov a lot of kudos coming up with such an original and creative way of bringing a piece of Asia to the States. Especially since it is a piece that very few here know a lot about. This opens the door to such a powerful opportunity for the people of Boulder and all it's visitors to experience a culture that is quite literally on the other side of the world from them.
If you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado I have to insist that you pop in and check it out for yourself. The painted and carved ceilings are absolutely breathtaking.