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  1. No specific suggestions, other than to say ditto to the others. But a warning: You're coming to Colorado, not Texas. It's not Tex Mex. Breakfast burritos are everywhere, but probably not what you're dreaming of; you're not in Texas anymore. Colorado Mexican is all about green chile. There are countless holes in the wall along Federal, Alameda, Colfax; in Brighton, Thornton, Lakewood. . . . Look for trucks at construction sites, anywhere, everywhere.
  2. I ate at Bombay Bistyo one Sunday a few weeks ago, and spoke with the (very earnest) owner, so got the back story...He is related to the folks who own Tandori Grill (brother-in-law of chef/owner I think it was) and so couldn't open a normal Indian rest in town unless he wanted to be banished from the family - hence the upscale/fusion concept. TG is, by the way, my favorite Indian in town. As I said, very earnest fellow, with I think a serious cooking school background (or maybe it was the head chef? - anyway, somebody is a Culinary Inst or similar grad) trying to do something interesting a la the fushion Indian trend hapening in major cities (at least NY/LA/Chicago.) Alas, everything just missed. Conceptually interesting dishes (mostly) that were so-so on the plate. And as others remarked, standard high-end prices (upper teens, lower twenties for entrees) meant the prices for the trad Indian items on the menu were a bit silly. Server was very amateurish (though, again, very earnest and trying hard) as well. Swami predicts: "Bombay Bistro not long for this world. Space on Broadway and Spruce shall not achieve Nirvana, but will experience reincarnation in near future as expression of unfufilled desire to be successful eatery." By the way, Swami did find a decent $40 Pinot there he had never tried before - Chandon - Cali sparkling wine folks - I think 2002. On sale (retail) for $15 or so, I'd say it's worth it. $20 or more you can do better. ← Thanks for your review, thenextmeal. Your opinion about the food seems right in line with others I've been hearing. At least I know I won't bother trying Bombay Bistro in my quest for good food in boulder. Welcome to egullet.
  3. Okay, I still haven't been to Bombay Bistro, but I've read a review of it that makes it unlikely that I'll be choosing to eat there... Review of Boulder's Bombay Bistro
  4. Haven't yet tried Bombay Bistro; According to a column in today's Camera, L'Absinthe should be opening soon:
  5. If I remember, KT's was in an small old house at 63rd and Arapahoe.
  6. Efrain's, La Familia, taco trucks... I'm up for any of them, at just about any time. Or we could pick up food from Santiago's and come back to my house... edit to add: Welcome Aileen, it's good to have another coloradan posting.
  7. Hmph. Is everyone else happy all the time? When you need to cry... Volunteer to chop the onions.
  8. afoodnut

    Rosh Hashana

    L'Shana Tovah everyone. To all in Florida and other threatened locales, be safe; to all who are far from loved ones, be with them in your hearts. Have a happy and healthy New Year.
  9. The boggled mind is why I asked the question; I couldn't wrap my mind around the idea of fries at Carelli's (and I've got a vivid imagination). You're right, of course, that I've not tried the sandwiches. I'm always there for dinner with friends, and the sandwiches on the menu don't register. Next time.... I'm trying to remember the menu when Carelli's first opened, but I'm lost in the mists of age and forgetfulness.
  10. afoodnut

    Rosh Hashana

    Thanks, I needed that. You're right, of course. Now that the housekeeping chores are done, I'm up to the fun part. I'm pondering the dish that gives the vegetarians among us a "main course," and the rest of us another tasty bit. I'm leaning towards some spicy chick peas with tomatoes, but if anyone has some other interesting ideas, I'd love to hear them. (Note: that dish must be pareve, as our menu includes chicken. We're not by any stretch of the imagination kosher, but for observing holidays I wouldn't dream of violating kashruth rules. Interesting, but probably a topic for another thread.)
  11. Wow. Fries at Carelli's. Who'd a thunk it? Are they Italian style fries, or regular good ole 'merican style french fries? Sorry for the questions, but I don't think I've ever had Carelli's fries, and I shudder to think that all the times I've eaten at Carelli's, I somehow managed to miss good fries, whether they be Italian, French, or just plain fries.
  12. afoodnut

    Rosh Hashana

    Y'all will understand. (No. I'm not from the south.) This thread is the perfect (and only) place to vent. This afternoon was spent cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, and doing all sorts of otherwise avoided chores so my home is fit for Rosh Hashana. Wednesday, twenty or so people will be here for dinner (no final numbers yet, but that's close enough for now). I have most of my ingredients, but still haven't decided exactly how I'll prepare it all. That is, I have chicken, salmon, beets, carrots, lemons, honey, apples; watermelon...watermelon? you say? Well yes, watermelon. I live in Colorado, and there's no way I'm passing up a Rocky Ford watermelon. Tuesday, I'll pick up the green vegetables, and whatever else I still need. My cousin's husband, who works in a local bakery, is bringing the challah; my guests are all bringing the wine. Oh yes, I also have rice, potatoes, cous-cous; don't know which I'll use, but I'm veering towards rice. Guests includes vegetarians, who know they can eat anything on the table that is not visibly chicken or fish. My daughter is responsible for the table set-up. Unfortunately, it involves moving furniture. Our everyday arrangement does not allow for seating twenty people at the table. Fortunately, with re-arranging and moving furniture, we can have everyone seated at the table, and use all the good china etc. Every year, I consider using paper plates, but then I hear the calls of "tradition". As I said before, unfortunately, we have to move furniture... I've just seen a recipe for honey cake that includes finely chopped candied ginger as an optional ingredient. My daughter loves candied ginger, so of course I'm going to try the recipe. But I have to also make the honey cake I always make (it's the honey cake my mother and my grandmother made), just in case the new honey cake isn't so good... The possible menu so far... Apples and Challah with honey Salmon, roasted with honey, pepper, chile Chicken with lemon, garlic, rosemary (from my garden) Roasted beets and carrots, Moroccan-ish Rice pilaf with saffron Unknown green vegetables Honey cake(s) Watermelon I consider frizzled leeks, wondering if they might reduce the chance of frazzled host. edit to add: No soup for us. Unless I get ambitious, then I might make a cold soup of some sort or other.
  13. Thanks for starting the thread, Chezhoff. So this makes a little more sense: In This thread, I said: (Hmmm, I haven't quite figured out how to do multiple quoting in the new interface.)
  14. Colorado west slope peaches are a great secret, aren't they? Do you also get the Rocky Ford (Colorado) melons there?
  15. If it's still there, a good German restaurant not far from Boulder is Andrea's in Lyons. I've not been there in ages...
  16. With my fading memory of the '60's and '70's, I seem to recall a restaurant on 72nd between the Park and Columbus called Szechuan Royal. My favorite dish there was a spicy rich eggplant with garlic sauce. Does anyone else remember it, or is my memory playing tricks on me, and perhaps it was Empire Szechuan, of which everyone else is speaking? Eclair, Victor's, several Chinas y Latinas, the Museum Cafe, and a Mexican restaurant (with a rear outdoor patio) who's name I cannot recall (perhaps something like La Fortuna?), are others I'm recalling, thanks to this thread. And there was a tiny takeout shop run by Sheila Lukins (opened pre Silver Palate) and one or more other women.
  17. afoodnut

    Honey Cake

    This is a very moist traditional style honey cake for Rosh Hashana. Make it at least a day ahead, (you can make it a few days ahead), and wrap it well with plastic wrap; it mellows and the moisture seems to deepen as it rests. (This recipe is one of those from faded, stained, pinch of this, teacup of that, recipe notes from my mother and grandmother, not a measured, scientifically tested one, so remember to take it with that grain of salt...) For 1 loaf pan: 2 eggs 1/2 C sugar 1/2 C honey 1/4 C very strong coffee (cooled) Juice of 1 orange (1/4 C orange juice) 3 Tbsp oil 2 C flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon (You can use any combination of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg you like; I prefer just cinnamon.) pinch salt Mix eggs, sugar, honey, coffee, orange juice and oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to liquid ingredients; beat until the batter is completely mixed and smooth. Bake in a greased loaf pan, (line it with parchment or waxed paper to make removing the cake easier, or you can use a disposable aluminum foil loaf pan and cut the pan away) at 325º. Start checking for done-ness after an hour, but it can take longer; the cake is done when it's firm and non jiggly. L'shana tovah.
  18. And now, for those who wondered about the popularity of Beau Jo's, Jason Sheehan has weighed in with an explanation in this week's Bite Me column in Westword. He also reviewed Famous Pizza #1: Slice of Heaven.
  19. If anyone is interested, Boulder Wine Merchant is co-hosting a dinner at Frasca on August 31.
  20. I entered this conversation in the spirit that you did Mongo--curiousity and respect because I know how much work it can be to teach a cooking class--not, god forbid, because I had any interest in taking it on.... While I don't know anyone who has taken the classes, the woman who owned the late Roma's Royal Bengal Kitchen in Longmont is supposedly still giving cooking lessons. Royal Bengal Kitchen
  21. I'm one of those people, and Icon Burger is close to home. But you've already admitted that you wouldn't even cross the street for a good burger, haven't ya? Exactly. But I'd kill for the perfect french fry.
  22. I'm one of those people, and Icon Burger is close to home.
  23. Not everywhere, but plenty of places: Fuddrucker location finder
  24. You don't want my directions, they'll get you as lost and confused as I, but one thing to know is that the name is now officially: Paraiso Azteca by Mina (As far as I can figure out, it has also been Mina's Latin, and Casa de Mina) The phone number: (303)828-3477 It moved a couple of blocks from where it was this past spring, and I'm not positive which is the correct address, but I think it's 605 Briggs St. Try mapquest...that's what I used the first time I tried to find it, and while it wasn't perfect, I ended up close enough that driving back and forth and in a few circles let me eventually find it. But let's hope that someone else here pipes up with real directions.
  25. Interesting. So it's near the Y in the shopping center at 95th and arapahoe? I think the fountain on the southwest corner of 95th and Arapahoe bears the inscription Atlas something or other (center? valley?). Someone's too clever by far.
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