A: Ting is to the islands what Coca-Cola is to the States, except that Ting is a caffeine-free, grapefruit-flavored concoction that has enough sugar in it to send an elephant into insulin shock for a week. Good stuff. You can find Ting a case will set you back $25, and you can also buy it by the can and many other Caribbean goodies at the cheery Caribbean Bakery (2934 East Colfax Avenue, 303-399-7993).
Unfortunately, Caribbean restaurants don't seem to last long in this climate. One upscale option is Rhumba (950 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-442-7771), which serves killer conch fritters and well-crafted chutneys in a fun, noisy atmosphere that can reach hurricane force.