Mexican Hot Chocolate

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

It’s only been a day since we left Playa del Carmen, and I’m already missing the flavors of Mexico (not to mention the luxurious summer heat, the lazy days by the pool, our palatial hotel bathroom, and the pleasures of room service and housekeeping :-P). Though I’ve always loved Mexican food (or really, Tex-Mex, which …

Lola Savannah Taste of Texas Coffee

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

Katy always wanted a donut wedding cake. Some girls like their fancy fondant, others their delicate swirls and dollops of buttercream, but no my sister has always danced to the beat of her own drum. Paying no heed to the restraints of wedding pretense, she held fast to the notion of a sugary, breakfast-themed confectionary …

Abby Salad with Fire-Roasted Green Chile Ranch and Honey Smoked Salmon

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

After two weeks of unbridled holiday gorging in Texas, the month of reckoning is upon me – being sustained solely by a diet of Tex-Mex, barbecue, kolaches, and Christmas cookies, my body hates it when I go on vacation. But I’ve gone through the wilderness and have emerged ready for all things green, nutritious, and …

Restaurant Review: Ototo Raw Bar and Robota Grill

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

A welcoming, narrow space warmed by exposed brick and charcoal tinted pendant lights, comfort, and ease permeate the latest reincarnation of Ototo alongside subtle whiffs of smoke from the open kitchen. Now featuring grilled dishes and skewers, shared plates, and don’t worry, sushi enthusiasts! a raw bar, this prime South Pearl Street corner location offers …

Torchy’s Tacos Queso Pop-Up, Ink Lounge

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

Only a Texas transplant truly appreciates the rarity of good queso north of the homeland. Though many I know judge – and harshly – the quality of a restaurant based solely on the mastery of its salsa offerings, I tend to lean toward queso as a barometer of success instead. To reach the Tex-Mex ideal …

Restaurant Review: Sushi Rama

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

As you walk into Sushi Rama, smack in the epicenter of white-hot and evolving RiNo, petite, clear-domed plates of sushi whiz like flying saucers up and down the length of the central dining counter by “kaiten,” a special food conveyor belt that is the core concept of James Beard semi-finalist and restaurant visionary Jeff Osaka’s …

Restaurant Review: Brider

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

The newest incarnation from chef Steven Redzikowski (Oak at Fourteenth, Acorn), Brider feels like the chic yet comfortable living room of Denver. Though sleekly appointed with marble slab backsplashes, retro-industrial lighting and a lounge area stocked with bertoia diamond chairs, the restaurant (pronounced Bree-DAY) manages to retain the warmth of home and the welcoming aura of a …

Pressure Cooker Rabbit Ramen

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

Wondering what to do with leftover rabbit pieces from my Braised Rabbit with Charred Carrots? Or maybe you just want to experiment with the mild flavor of this highly sustainable meat? Make this high-speed rabbit ramen broth in a pressure cooker to get hours-long flavor extracted in under an hour. The broth couldn’t be easier, if …

Chez Panisse Almond Torte (High Altitude)

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

As much as I love to bake, I have only a handful of dessert recipes that I rely on time and time again. I’m usually more interested in trying new recipes or experimenting with elaborate concoctions that, while fun to play with, aren’t always the most practical to whip out for an unexpected visitor or …

Pasta Carbonara with Leftover Ham and Spring Vegetables

November 14, 2020 0 Comments

If you didn’t experiment with cooking rabbit or gather around a splendid haunch of lamb this Easter, you probably invoked that most classic and welcome dinner guest, the glazed holiday ham. Salty and magenta-hued, this magnificent bastion of porky resplendence is beloved not just for its initial holiday debut, but especially for the days and days of …