Monday, March 31, 2008

Закуски. . .Russian Appetizers

Curious about how a typical Russian dinner party gets going? Yeah, OK you know about the vodka. How about some сало (sala), aka bacon without the red stripes, just the fat? A little slice of that on some dark rye bread, a little salt and a pickle, you are ready!

I would say the picture on the left is a bit more typical for the people I break bread with: a bottle of cognac, some котлеты (kat-lyeti) which are meat patties, sliced cheese, sliced sausage and rye bread. That's a good start. Take a look at this Закуски (za-koos-ki) Link at English Russia for some fascinating pics from Russia. Besides the aforementioned items, you'll also notice in the pictures lots of: green onions & garlic, parsley, boiled potatoes, caviar, smoked fish, green onions & garlic, tomatoes, green onions & garlic, smoked meats, cheeses, green onions & garlic, oh and lest I forget green onions & garlic.

If you lost all of your money gambling ("I mean, the market was our of everything, honey!") Just don't forget the vodka and the cigs!

Adieu Quiche Factory

Goodness to Go at 1712 6th Ave is saying goodbye. From April 1st to the 25th they will be holding a wrap-up sale. Check it out, from their newsletter:

Beginning April 1st all of the quiche, fruit pies, pot pies, crustless pies and tarts will be on sale until they are gone, but no later than April 25th, our last day. There will be many other food items on sale--so really it's everything on sale!
We are offering substantial discounts on barbecue sauces, jams, chutney, demi glace, cooking stocks, and much, much more. In fact everything and we mean everything down to the bare walls even including décor and shelving is on sale. All equipment, fixtures, vehicles, food and food products not used, art work, computers, freezers and tons more will be available for sale at reasonable prices. The sale locationswill be at the kitchen--1176 S. Cherokee St. Denver and at Goodness To Go 1712 E. 6th Ave. Denver.
Please feel free to call the store at 303-377-6500 or the kitchen at 303-289-4393for any additional questions or information.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Todavia Comiendo

Had family in town this week, needless to say there was plenty of food to be had. Quick recap:

SHE made a new recipe called Riesling Chicken, awesome! You know the two main ingredients, but the it also had potatoes, carrots, and lots o'leeks. Yeah, so many leeks it made the Titanic's leakage sound trite.

Had to hit the DAM for some high-brow cultcha, ran across the street to Pint's Pub for a round of Wimpy's (aka burgers). We usually like the Banger's and Mash but thought it a bit much for lunch. If you like gravy and you like swiss cheese, you know you do, then try the Salisbury Wimpy. All that plus sauteed mushrooms, yum.

On our way back from Red Rocks, we decided to stop at one of Denver's greatest restaurants: J J Chinese Seafood. Wasn't sure how the menu would strike my family. We grew up on small town Chinese-American cuisine, this would be a little different. Well, I didn't order the chicken feet. I ordered an easy sampler for them: Fried bread, Barbecue pork, dumplings, Shredded duck with enoki mushrooms, Pepper beef with noodles, and tea. Nice, no? It was great, inexpensive and my dad thought the arroz blanco was great.

SHE had another home-made hit; Shredded Pork with Peaches. A classic recipe my wife makes into sloppy sandwiches and burritos. Very impressive.

We went out into Saturday night's snow with friends. They wanted to go to T-Wa Inn on Federal. All around a very nice place with friendly service. I'm not a big fan of the food. I must say that the broth in my Won-Ton soup was terrific; the actual won-tons, nuh, as usual, too thick.

I have a lot of catching up to do on previous restaurant experiences, I haven't forgotten and will continue to fill in the blanks of my gastronomic life.