Wednesday: Rioja: Sat at the bar, noshed on some small plates: the Colorado peach appetizer, which was great but was very rich and would have been better as dessert, the roasted Brussels salad, and the fresh bacon, and a spectacular cheese plate for dessert. I would love to go back here five days in a row and try every single dish.
Thursday: Conference dinner….
Friday: John’s in Boulder. I loved John’s. Tucked into a neat little quiet home, which is great ambiance for a traveler who’s been on the road a few days. I started with champagne and the Italian White Anchovies, which were salty, lemony, and not at all fishy. The Wild Arugula Salad was excellent, and had a good amount of Marcona almonds - which I adore. For my entrée I had the Colorado buffalo ribeye. Huge steak, grilled to a perfect medium rare, nice garlicky chimichurri sauce. I had my heart set on dessert, so I had to leave at least half the steak on my plate. Good decision, as the the Wild Cherries – brandy marinated cherries with chantilly cream sweet chocolate fondue- was amazing. Best dessert I’ve had in years. I loved John’s Restaurant.
Saturday morning: Went to the Boulder Farmer’s Market . Had a very tasty corn and cheese tamale topped with green chili sauce. Bought some apples to nibble on. Bought some ground mushroom powder, dried pasta. Very nice market. I enjoyed strolling down the food alley trying to decide what to sample, listening to music, checking out the local produce. Much like the Minneapolis Mill City Market – the focus is on the food and the community, very few crafters.
Saturday afternoon: Had my first ever Green Chili at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. I am hooked.
Saturday night: I just hated to cancel Black Cat. I tried to move my reservation up to 7:00, but they were packed. I needed to watch the Minnesota Twins in the playoffs. So I had a smoked chicken quesadilla at The Corner Bar (in Hotel Boulderado, where I was staying). It was good. Drank some local beer. Watched my poor Twins lose yet again to the damn Yankees.
Sunday night: The Kitchen: Started with the country terrine with Dijon. It was a coarse style, which I like, framed with bacon, several strong spices. I really liked this dish. For my entrée I had Colorado trout and a side of Brussels with bacon. The fish was simply prepared, very delicate and moist. My dessert was a snifter of brandy back at the Hotel. I really liked the simple, fresh, spot on cooking at The Kitchen. However, I was very tired, and the noise level really did me in. It did look, though, that everyone was having a great time!
Monday afternoon: Went to Juanita’s – found out they are closed Monday’s. Went back to The Kitchen, sat at the bar downstairs, had a nice glass of wine, tomato soup with olive oil, and the Charcuterie Board – Proscuitto and cornichon, chicken liver pate with pickled chard and country terrine (see Sunday night review) with Dijon, served with a dense dark bread. The lunch crowd was lively, but I didn’t mind the noise level at all this time.
I had a great time Boulder. Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and an abundance of great dining places. Thank you, all, for the comments, guidance and recommendations you gave to me in my previous post.
p.s. Places on my list for my next visit: Black Cat, SALT, Arugula, Frasca (closed for renovations), Juanitas (closed Mondays).