{denver} prohibition eats

April 20, 2015

One night, we grabbed a quick early dinner at Prohibition. Set up as a local pub, there were certainly people there that were friendly with the staff. However, we were not one of those people. Nonetheless, we had a really awesome dinner. Essentially we chose this place because it was close to where we needed to go and it had decent reviews on Yelp.

We started the meal by sharing House Breaded Buffalo Mozzarella Bites with San Marzano Tomato Sauce. These fancy bit-size mozzarella sticks were delicious and the right temperature, which made dipping into the sauce just right. I think the best part about them though was that you could tell with each bite that the mozzarella was fresh! Then we decided to share the Braised Short Ribs served with Parmesan Polenta Cake and Bacon-Brussels Sprout Hash. This might have been the best dish I had in Denver. Not only were the braised short ribs fall off the bone tender, the polenta cake had just enough flavor that when dipped in the braising sauce the flavor just burst in your mouth. And since I love brussels sprouts, why would I ever complain if it’s cooked with bacon? If you’re ever in Denver, I would totally recommend this particular dish to try!

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{denver} hopdoddy burgers

April 18, 2015

One evening, we were around Denver’s Union Station so we decided to have dinner at the newly opened Hopdoddy Burger Bar. I didn’t realize it until now, but there are actually Hopdoddys all over the place including Texas and Arizona. Anyway, Hopdoddy is supposed to be the perfect place to get burgers and a beer. My sister and I didn’t buy any beer though so we shared a delicious Chocolate Stout Shake along with our fries and two burgers: Bison Bill and Primetime.

My one complaint about this place though is that its set up is really strange. When you walk in, it’s hard to know what to do. Do you walk up to the counter to order? Do you sit at the bar? Do you sit at the table? Once you figure out you’re supposed to go to the counter to order, you order and then are told to sit because then it becomes a full-service dining experience? What? Well, that’s all fine and daddy, but then the people must have been super bored that night or just over excited because we had wait staff walk up to us at least every five minutes asking if we needed anything, etc. At first it was OK, but then it got super annoying, so annoying in fact that if their goal was to make me want to leave faster, they accomplished their goal.

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So many options

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Strange seating

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Bison Bill: Bison, Blue Cheese, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sassy Sauce

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Primetime: Texas Akaushi Beef, Brie Cheese, Truffle Aioli, Arugula, Caramelized Onions,
Steak Sauce

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Chocolate Stout Shake

One of the places my sister really wanted to try while in Denver was Osteria Marco because it was on some list of best pizza places to try in the country that she had read at one point or another. Since she travels quite a bit for work, she tries to hit as many as possible during her travels. Walking past Osteria Marco, you would think that the place is absolutely tiny because only a counter and a few chairs are visible from the outside. What you don’t realize until you walk in though is that the dining room and kitchen are actually in the basement and the place is massive. Since they didn’t have any more tables available, we decided to eat at the bar.

First we decided on some of their signature cocktails. We figured since this was going to be one of most expensive meals while in Denver anyway, we might as well. The Mora Agave and Deconstructed Grapefruit cocktails were both so delicious! Then we decided on an Arancini appetizer. We had never heard of Arancini before but were super pleased with the Butternut Squash Risotto, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and House Made Ricotta. Then we decided on the Fig Pizza, which sounded strange, but tasted super delicious. I thought the opposing flavors of the sweet figs, sour arugula, and salty speck (cured meat similar to Prosciutto) went together perfectly. What a delicious meal!

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Mora Agave (left) and Deconstructed Grapefruit

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Fig Pizza: Speck, Goat Cheese, Fontina, Black Mission Figs, Arugula

{san diego} baked bear

April 8, 2015

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I have found my favorite place in San Diego so far!! It combines two of my favorite things – ice cream and cookies into an ice cream cookie sandwich! The cookies were so fresh and chewy! I choose a funfetti sugar cookie and red velvet cookie with birthday cake ice cream sandwiched in between. It was heavenly!! They have a wide range of cookies and ice cream choices. They even put it on the hot press for a couple seconds so the cookies are warm and the ice cream just starts to melt. There is also the option to get waffle ice cream sandwich, brownie sandwich etc.  It is also really close to the beach, which adds to its perfection. I want to go here again and again and again!

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Baked Bear

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Yummy cookies!

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The perfect sandwich =)

Denver recently got a new Union Station. The idea first started in 1881 and the current building was completed in 1914. In 2012, the entire station received a major renovation and reopened to become a new transit-oriented mixed use development on the site’s former rail-yards. It finally reopened in 2014, 100 years after it was originally completed to include the Crawford Hotel, a number of restaurants and retail spaces, as well as an all new train hall that gives homage to the way train halls were treated in the early 1900s, majorly fancy.

These days, you can catch the light rail, the Amtrak, a number of different buses, and all kinds of shuttles in and around Union Station, which is located in Denver’s LoDo district. My favorite part was walking around and lounging in the train hall that resembles the way train halls used to look a hundred years ago. This throwback train hall was created perfectly with its light fixtures, waiting benches, and comfy couches. It’s also nice that you can get anything from breakfast to coffee to ice cream to burgers and a drink right in the Station. And for those waiting awhile or being touristy like my sister and I were, there were even small shops to browse. It certainly makes sense that Denver keeps saying their new Union Station is ready for the next 100 years!

A throwback photo adventure:

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