Snooze, Denver

August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

What I thought was an even BETTER brunch experience out in Denver was Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. You can expect a wait (about an hour for 2) but that is fine because they have very cool, fun sidewalk games for all the people waiting outside like cornhole and sidewalk chalk.

Honestly I don’t even remember this few people waiting outside, there was much more of a crowd throughout the wait

We went to the Ballpark location which I admit was not my favorite area of the city but they have a few other locations that I may need to check out. The trip was worth the hike though. Inside, the place is hopping. The retro-futuristic (if that is a thing) booths are packed full of chic-edgy (if that is a thing) people. They have a great breakfast cocktail list and you’ll hear some fabulous Michael Jackson tunes that make you want to get up and dance. At breakfast. You can just tell everyone in there LOVES their job.

This + this = I’m ’bout to get up on my booth and shake it.

And then there is the pancake special everyday. Today it was Chocolate Chip with bananas and whip cream–to which we immediately said yes before even looking at the menu.

It was basically a banana split pancake minus the strawberries. It was sweet and rich and the pancake was soft and fluffy. Perfect.

Then it was the  Breakfast Burrito for me and the Breakfast Pot Pie for him.

I’m not sure if the photo captures the enormity of this thing. Packed full of scrambled eggs, black beans, cheese, hash browns. And that green chili sauce that you just want to lick. I got mine with avocado.

This pastry was so perfectly flaky and buttery, I’d eat it any time of day. Smothered with homemade rosemary sausage gravy.

Oh, and if I didn’t already feel like I was in San Fran, we passed this on the way home.

 

Painted piano for the people 

A beautifully hand-painted upright piano in the middle of the mall (probably leftover from this project). I didn’t take a picture of the sign but it said something along the lines of, “We invite everyone to sit down and play.” Make music. Make peace and love. Ok I improvised there; I love this city!

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster, Denver CO

August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

We started our trip with brunch at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar. We picked it because it was near our hotel and the barbecue festival happening in LoDo–and it was the perfect spot! We chose to sit outside on such a gorgeous day but the inside was very typical French brasserie feel with lots of white tiling, chandeliers and bar stools.

Plenty to choose from on their menu.

Is there a better way to start the day than champagne and beignets?

The beignets are served with a fresh lingonberry jam. No I did not make that up, it’s a real thing and it’s delicious–sort of like a cranberry only not quite as tart.

Duck Confit Hash

Gruyere and Ham Crepe. I made the mistake of ordering my eggs scrambled which was a little bit of a weird texture but the crepe was so light and somehow fluffy it was all good.

Cranberry scones with pistachio and Cream Cheese glaze. Since the beignets weren’t enough sweet for one breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Denver

August 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past weekend in Denver was a whirlwind of good times and good food. First off, the reason for the trip out there was the Big Denver Barbecue Block Party – the debut of the NY event in Denver. Two blocks of Arapahoe by the 16th street mall were shut down so people could wander the rigs and enjoy the band at the beer garden. Some old faces were there and some new like Jake Linzinmeir of Tomboy Tavern in Telluride.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Judi’s House, a Denver community committed to helping grieving children and their families and thoughts and prayers poured in for Jim N’ Nick’s to deliver for members of families of the Aurora shooting

Thoughts and Prayers

The food was the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous mountain views, clear skies, bluegrass tunes and a cold beer (like the brand new Red Hoptober out for fall).

Blue Smoke Salt N’ Pepper Ribs

Patrick Martin’s Rig

Martin’s Pulled Pork Sandwich

Jim N Nick’s famous Cheese Biscuits. Good thing they sell this biscuit mix, these things are seriously addicting.

Amazing. Hot Sauce Fountain

The rest of the birthday weekend was spent enjoying the awesome city of Denver. There is a really cool city-wide bike rental system called B-Cycle that lets you pick up and drop off rented bikes at any of their numerous stations that operate like a parking meter. Not sure if Nashville is flat enough for a similar system…

Bike ride to City Park

And the cherry on top was  a surprise concert at Red Rocks–something that has been on my bucket list for a looong time.

Concert at Red Rocks. This place is so amazing.

We also had some pretty great meals out that I will share this week.

 

 

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