Quiz: Which social network are you?

We all have our preferences, and that goes for social networks, too! But, what does your favorite social network say about you? Take our quiz to find out!

Matt’s favorite food group

Matt and his burritosWhat was Matt’s answer when we asked him about the first thought that ran through his head when he woke up this morning?

It’s simple – Matt loves his burritos and often talks about the beauty of getting a trifecta (burritos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). So, we didn’t bat an eye when his answer was, “Hmm. Where should I go for a burrito today?”

A-Train Marketing Introduces Summer Intern Program with New Hire

Austin UnderwoodIn June, A-Train Marketing Communications, Inc. welcomed a new intern, Austin Underwood, to the company’s newly-developed internship program. Austin will be shadowing each of the company’s different departments throughout the nine-week internship program to develop the skills he’s learned during his studies at Colorado State University’s College of Business.

Austin’s connection to the company goes deeper than the internship program though – he knows A-Train’s President and Co-Owner, Gretchen Gaede from his time as a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County (BGCLC).

Gretchen has historically been very involved with the BGCLC, and in 2009 while serving on the BGCLC board, Gretchen met Austin while he was sitting in on a board meeting as a Boys and Girls Club member. Their encounters were brief but memorable enough to be recalled seven years later. They met again at a marketing expo held at Colorado State University’s College of Business, while Austin was looking for a way to learn the everyday functions of a marketing agency.

Shortly after Austin began his internship, he was sorting through some of A-Train’s old marketing samples and found a Boys and Girls Club brochure from 2011. And on the front of the brochure was a photo of him, as young Boys and Girls Club member. “I really feel like A-Train is a great fit for me, and finding myself in the old samples is poetic – it helps really confirm that this is where I should be, because it’s a great opportunity to continue learning and plot my career path,” said Austin.

Austin is going into his final year at Colorado State University where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing. He’s had an interest in marketing for as long as he can remember – even as a kid he found himself examining advertisements, pulling out underlying themes and messages from them. He has lived in Fort Collins since elementary school, so he takes a lot of pride in being able to work with an agency that, among other things, works to enhance Northern Colorado brands and organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball, attending sporting events, bike riding, trying new foods, and exploring Fort Collins’s robust music scene. He hopes to be able to use his career in marketing to help drive social change and to support organizations that are improving the quality of life for people who need it.

Madison’s nasty sandwich

ATOT_MadisonDon’t mess with Madison – she makes a mean sandwich

Okay, so this may seem super weird, but when I was little, my sister and I actually did this to each other. I still vividly remember eating the sandwich that she gave me. There was ketchup, mayo, mustard, salad dressing, ham, peanut butter, jelly and some other hodgepodge ingredients from the fridge sandwiched between the heels of the loaf (and we all know the heels are the worst). If I had to make my friend eat a sandwich after losing a bet, I would probably do something along the same lines…technically edible, but full of combinations that you definitely do not want to eat. My bestie, a self-proclaimed sandwich-making pro (seriously), would probably tell me to take the sandwich, put it where the sun don’t shine, and call the sandwich police on me.

Margarita Mayhem

Margaritas at Rio

This article originally appeared in the June issue of Scene Magazine.

The delicious, refreshing, versatile and occasionally mind-altering concoction that is the margarita has been a popular drink for ages, but as of late it has become the crown jewel at bars and restaurants that have nothing to do with Mexican cuisine. Since one of Fort Collins’ most iconic establishments, The Rio Grande, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this June, I thought it could be fun to give a nod to the classic cocktail and delve into why we fancy the margarita like we do.

While many classic cocktails have deep roots dating back to the 1800s, cocktail historians report that the margarita did not make it on the scene until the 1930s. There are conflicting stories about its origin, but most give a nod to a Dallas socialite named Margarita Sames, who debuted a version of the margarita at a holiday party by combining two of her favorite spirits: Cointreau and tequila. She then completed the drink with a garnish of fresh lime.

Regardless of its origin, the margarita is muy popular, and it’s hard to find a bar or restaurant that isn’t trying out an elevated version of the cherished classic. Shaken, stirred, or straight up; with salt, sugar or chili pepper; infused with lavender, cucumber, Sriracha, and the list goes on and on. So it’s easy to see why drinkers, mixologists and culinary masters alike love the drink’s very adaptable spirit.

If you are a connoisseur, a bad margarita is a travesty, but fortunately for us in Colorado the stakes are high and the margaritas are most often delicious. What makes a margarita a true margarita is debatable, as the lines are becoming more blurry all the time. However, most agree that tequila and a citrus component are important foundational elements, and beyond that, anything goes. I personally love the countless grapefruit versions that grace bar menus today, but one of the most surprisingly delicious ones I have had recently is an avocado margarita at Ed’s Cantina & Grill in Estes Park.

Of course, with the inspiration of this article being the Rio Grande, we can’t ignore their traditional marg, and the ever so wise limit of three that kicked off the craze well before it truly began.  In Fort Collins, and likely many of the Rio’s other Colorado locations, the drink is a rite of passage. So much so, that the Rio is holding a 3oth anniversary contest that invites you to share your Rio story on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #MyRioStory. Can’t wait to see what tale the winner has in store.

Congratulations to our beloved Rio for 30 years of margarita madness. It’s fun to look back on a legacy, even if most of the memories are foggy ones, because as the saying goes, the only thing better than a margarita, is two margaritas, but never more than three.

Austin and his elephant

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Hey, Austin – If you had an exotic pet, what would it be?

I would follow in the footsteps of George of the Jungle and pick a Borneo Pygmy Elephant to be my house pet. The Borneo elephant is the smallest (and cutest) breed and has the best chance at fitting into my house. I also love how emotionally intelligent they are – they can experience a wide range of emotions that are typically restricted to humans. Due to their emotional intelligence, I think an elephant would make a great best friend. We’ll go to the park and play fetch; I’ll just need to bring some massive sticks and extra large poop bags.

Charlie at the Freak Show

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If Charlie joined the circus…

My greatest circus-related offering would be as an oddities, or ‘Freak Show,’ performer. I am fortunate enough to have two different sized pupils (due to a paint ball injury) that would be sure to attract crowds far and wide. I would probably end up creating some elaborate backstory about how one eye sees the past while the other sees the future. Enchanting. Also, it would be a pretty sweet gig as all I would have to do is sit there and let people look on with wonder and amazement.

Your Summer in Fort Collins

Summer activities | Fort Collins

We’re less than a month away from the first day of summer, which means it’s time to grab your sunscreen and calendars and start making some plans.

While summer is a great time to and get out of town for that much needed vacation, we wanted to make sure you know what’s happening in town so you can enjoy your summer or staycation in Fort Collins without the hassle of traveling. Fort Collins is fortunate to have a big music scene, a fancy new Old Town Square, and four ice cream shops all within minutes of each other (Cold Stone Creamery, Walrus Ice Cream, Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, and Ben & Jerry’s) We also can’t forget about all the great places to eat and local beer to drink.

Fort Collins Passport

Photo: Fort Collins Passport Program

Speaking of drinks, Fort Collins is part of a drink passport program throughout the summer. Through September 5, you can visit up to 34 venues that offer you two for one drinks. This is a great way to get you out on the town to check out new venues you’ve never visited. With so many options for only $20, this is hard deal to pass up. To learn more about the venues that are participating and how to purchase you passport here!

There are also a ton of events that are slated to take place in old town this summer. So, we’ve put together a list of events for you to check out. While we’ve only listed a few here, be sure to check out more events happening and get full details on Downtown Fort Collins’ website.

Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series
FREE

June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 6
7-10 pm, Old Town Square

Outdoor Movie Night in Old Town Square
FREE

June 7, July 12, August 9
7:45 pm, Old Town Square

Noontime Notes Concert Series
FREE

June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9
11:30 am-1 pm, Oak Street Plaza

Illegal Pete’s Thursday Night Concert Series
FREE

May – July
9 pm-12 am, Illegal Pete’s

Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live
FREE

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4
7-9 pm, Old Town Square

The Taste of Fort Collins

June 10 – 12
All day, Old Town Fort Collins

Downtown Fort Collins Foodie Walk
FREE

Every 3rd Friday of the month
5-8 pm, Downtown Fort Collins

First Friday Gallery Walk
FREE

Every 1st Friday of the month
6-9 pm, Downtown Fort Collins

27th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival

June 25 – 26
All day, Downtown Fort Collins

The best way to enjoy these events, is on a bike. If you can bike to Old Town, we suggest it. It will save you so time and energy, instead of forcing you to drive around Old Town trying to find parking. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy the weather!

If music, beer and food aren’t your jam, no worries! Here are some other suggestions to check out:

We hope that you get out this summer and enjoy some of the free festivals and events happening. We are so fortunate to live in such a cool place with so many free activities to enjoy.

As our office is in Old Town, we couldn’t be more ready for meetings on the patio, lunch time music, and afternoon drinks. We hope to see you out and about this summer!

Cheers!

Simone’s knuckle tattoos

Simone's Knuckle Tattoos

If Simone got knuckle tattoos, this is what she’d get:

I struggle with tattoos. They’re permanent. They’re on our skin, and they’re a part of us. I’ve developed as a person so much in the last year that what I would have chosen 6 months ago is a far cry from what I would get today. But when it comes down to it, I’d get COURAGE tattooed across my knuckles. ‘COUR’ on the right hand (derived from the Latin word ‘heart’) and ‘AGE’ on the other hand. Together, the word COURAGE is a call to action, to speak openly and honestly about who I am as a person, and to own my story. Separately, COUR (very similar to the French word for heart) and AGE, it’s a reminder to not be limited by either. Don’t let your heart and your emotions limit how people see you, and don’t let your age ever limit what people think you are capable of.