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Boulder trip report

ScottDude | Nov 7, 2005 12:26 PM

I spent a few days in Boulder, and here's what I sampled. I rate the food on a scale of 1-5: 1 = bad, 2 = poor, 3 = OK, 4 = good, 4.5 = very good, and then it asymptotically approaches 5.0, which is a life-ending experience.

Brasserie Ten Ten: homemade potato chips = 4.8. Coq au Vin = 3.
The potato ships are great, and they are drizzled with cheese and chopped bell peppers, just like nachos. They are very addictive.

The Med: Caesar salad = 3, Pork ribs with Caribbean spices 4.5, Grilled lamb brochette with a cucumber and yogurt dressing 4.5, Bacon wrapped dates with a garlic butter sauce 4.6, Grilled garlic marinated shrimp served with a Chipotle aioli 4.6
All the above, except for the Caesar salad, are from the tapas menu.

Blue Fine pastry: sticky bun = 4.8, French donut = 4.6/4.9, scone = 3, peach tart = 2. Blueberry tart = 3.
I upgraded the sticky bun to a 4.8, since it was better than usual that day: It was caramelized around the edges. The French donuts are available on the weekend. On Saturday, they were not quite cooked inside, but on Sunday, they were "well done," and a near life-ending experience.

Frasca: Risotto: 3, Gnocchi: 3, pork tenderloin: 3, milkshake: 4.5
Overall, I was disappointed. The risotto seemed to be made with a sour cream base, which was different, but not that great. The Gnocchi was too pasty - it didn't have the "al dente-ness" that gnocchi is supposed to have. The pork tenderloin was good, but rather plain. The milkshake dessert is very different than a normal milkshake - it's sort of a frozen pot de creme which was both different and very good.

Q's at the Hotel Boulderado: fried apple slices: 4
The fried apple slices on the appetizer menu make a filling, cheap meal.

Rhumba: shrimp and corn fritters: 4.6, Duck confit: 3, Malasada dessert: 3.
The duck confit consisted of small corn cakes, garnished by a few tiny bits of duck meat. The duck was crispy and flavorful, but there was not enough to make it worthwhile. The Malasada desert is basically a ball of fried dough, nothing special.

-Scott

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