Monday, July 4, 2011

Racine's

This Sunday I met with mom, her friend/college roommate Barb, and Barb's daughter Kristin, who was visiting from Santa Fe for brunch.  We met at Racine's which is a reliable place with parking.  We got there early enough so we didn't have to wait.

We had a lovely time chatting and catching up. The conversation was lively - Kristin and I share a love of memoirs and we discussed a few of our favorites; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Glass Castle, and Running with Scissors to name a few.  Somehow we got to talking about Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet, who wrote Born on a Blue Day.  Anyway, the time flew as we chatted.

We ordered the eggs Benedict, a veggie skillet, the avocado Benedict and the asparagus and artichoke omelette.  And an order of pancakes for the table.
We had a great time. The service was fine, and in general, the food was good, although reviews varied by plate.  I got the asparagus and artichoke omelette, which was tasty, but would have been better if the artichoke was fresh, instead of the kind from a jar.  Barb said that her avocado omelette was about the best she'd ever had - the avocado was perfectly ripe and generous on the plate.  Kristin had mixed reviews about the veggie skillet, and mom thought the eggs Benedict was good. The consensus on the pancakes was that they were most definitely not light & fluffy, and in general weren't worth it.

The camera setting was a bit wonky - so please excuse the "artistic nature" of the pictures:
avocado Benedict

veggie skillet
eggs Benedict
Racine's is a tried-and-true hangout.  I'm not sure that brunch is the best there, but as a meeting spot for the ladies this week it worked well.  The outdoor patio is lovely, and the free parking is a bonus.


650 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Avenue Grill

We met a friend for brunch this week at the Avenue Grill in Uptown.  It's a lovely restaurant with a beautiful bar.


We ordered a round of beverages, mimosas and a bloody Mary.  At $2 a drink, we really couldn't refuse!

Edwin got the red & white burrito, Dean got the buckwheat crepes, and I got the honey yogurt, granola, and fruit.  We got blueberry pancakes for the table.


The honey yogurt, granola and fresh fruit was a highlight
good pancakes, but not as good as Dean's
Everything was great.  The service was excellent, the drinks were tasty (well, the coffee actually wasn't), and the food was very good.

630 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203 (303) 861-2820



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery, Taos, NM

We spent the weekend in Taos, NM with our moms.  We had a great time fishing, painting, hanging by the river, and eating (in and out).  We went to Sabroso to sit on the patio for happy hour one day, and to the Anaconda Bar (which seems to have lost a lot of its charm, leaving only the pricey drinks) for happy hour another day. We drove out to and walked across the Gorge Bridge.  We also went to the John Dunn Bridge to enjoy a picnic by Rio Grande, and Dean fished (and the dog swam) on the Cimerron.  I took a plein air oil lesson with Richard Nichols which was wonderful.
Taos mountain in the distance
Ginny in the mighty Cimerron
my first plein air attempt! in the courtyard of the Blumenschein museum
We had breakfast at the Dragonfly Cafe.  We've been before, and it's one of our hands-down all-time favorite places to go, anywhere. Their baked goods are divine.

We went on Saturday (I had my art lesson on Sunday), and unfortunately, they don't do their regular brunch menu on Saturdays.  Instead, they had a "specials" menu, which still sounded good, but didn't come close to their regular Sunday brunch fare. The potatoes were burned, and the food seemed rather ordinary.
We ordered 2 of the veggie omelettes with spinach, zucchini and feta, one of the meat omelette with ham, brie and asparagus, and the heuvos rancheros.  For the table, we ordered the French bread French toast with creme Anglaise and blueberries.
huevos rancheros
 

 The best part of the meal was the French bread French toast.  And the homemade bread.  And the coffee.  Dean got a croissant, regular, as the almond ones were being baked.  I went over and chatted with the chef who was working on the frangipane filling.
mixing the frangipane

Overall, it was a lovely morning and a relaxed breakfast.  The ambiance and company couldn't have been better.  The food definitely wasn't up to the high quality we've come to expect from Dragonfly, but despite that, we'll be back. 



402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte    •    Taos, New Mexico 87571    •    575-737-5859

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Lobby

A group of us met at The Lobby downtown on Sunday.  We'd never been - it was delightful!  I was a fan as soon as we rounded the courtyard side to enter the restaurant.

We arrived at about 10:30, and they had no problem seating 5 of us outside on the patio.  Walking through the restaurant to get to the patio revealed a lovely bar and what we heard referred to as "the tower of power" (a monster mimosa).
The best part about the menu was the "Starters" section.  On a breakfast menu.  These are my people. We (naturally) ordered some breakfast appetizers for the table.
We got the Tater Greens (amazing!) and the Glazed Doughnut French Toast (eh...not worth it) as starters.  Plus they brought us a complimentary House-made Doughnut Hole (brilliant!) dish for the group.  We topped off our starters with drinks, and really, there was no need to order breakfast.

Mimosas, Yellow Hammer, and the house Bloody Mary (thumbs up for all!)
Tater Greens and Glazed Doughnut French Toast
The service was a bit slow, and the food took awhile to arrive.  Since we were chatting and catching up with friends, we weren't in a hurry, and it wasn't really a problem.  Our waitress did a nice job of keeping our glasses full and entertaining us while we waited. We ordered a few breakfast burritos, a bacon risotto, and a couple of Alaskan omelettes.
Bacon risotto
Alaskan omelette with potatoes and gravy
Breakfast burrito
We'd had a lot of food, and we all managed to leave with leftovers.  Despite the slow service, I'd definitely go back to this place, especially on a sunny Sunday morning for brunch.  They have free parking, and are able to accommodate larger groups without reservations. 

2191 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-997-9911


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Huevos and Oatmeal at Home

We got up to a drizzly, gray day and decided to head up the street to Sloan's for breakfast.  It's in the neighborhood, and they do a decent breakfast.  (Otherwise, their food is rather mediocre.)  It's a fun neighborhood spot in Edgewater, we were looking forward to the $3 build-your-own bloody Mary bar. 

We walked up there only to find that it was closed. Apparently they don't open until 10am for breakfast on Sunday.  We ran into a neighbor along the way, who had also tried to go there to grab breakfast.

After running through a few options (Javier and C? DJ's?) we too decided to go home and make breakfast.
the main cast of characters
Dean wanted huevos, I thought it was a good oatmeal day.  Note the eggs from Grant Family Farms (our CSA).  Duo also used their eggs - they're about as good as they get.

Dean fries his eggs sunny side up, lays them on toast, adds some grated cheddar cheese, then tops the whole thing with green chile.

I cook my oatmeal per the box directions with water (a bit less than they recommend - I like it thick) and add cinnamon, vanilla and honey while the oats are cooking.  I top the cooked oatmeal with fruit and toasted walnuts and flax seeds.
mmm...
The meal was delicious.  Since starting this blog, it's rare that we stay in for breakfast on a Sunday, and Saturday morning are usually too busy for anything other than something quick.  It's good to keep it real.
Enough leftover oatmeal for breakfast on Monday

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cozy Cottage, Denver

Well, we're continuing along the Tennyson trail, and we headed back to Berkeley to the Cozy Cottage with my mom, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my youngest nephew.  Since there were 6 of us, I called ahead for a reservation.  They actually called me back later and asked if we wanted a table inside or outside.  What a nice service touch!  We opted to dine al fresco, since it was a beautiful day. We arrived and our table was ready so we were seated right away.
They've recently redone the space, and it is just lovely.  The patio is gorgeous and is a perfect spot to sit and sip coffee and catch up with family.

The service was really excellent.  The coffee came and was refilled often.  The prices were reasonable.
Mom got the Spanish frittata.  My bro got the all meat breakfast burrito.  Dean also got a breakfast burrito.  My SIL and I both got the Greek omelette with a side of fruit.  My nephew got the pancakes from the kids menu.  We ordered a side of buckwheat pancakes for the table which were unfortunately the weakest part of the meal.  They were dry and without a hint of airiness.
Spanish frittata

breakfast burrito

Greek omelette

kids menu pancakes
The food was good.  Probably the best part of the experience was the atmosphere and the service, both were amazing (despite what the Yelp reviews say, our service was great).  The pancakes were unfortunately not terrific, but the eggs were delicious.  The coffee was decent, and since they don't have a liquor license, no adult beverages.  We will likely return to sample other parts of the menu.


4363 Tennyson Street Denver, CO
Dine In / Carry OutOpen Daily 7am - 3pm
Ph. 720-855-9800

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