Eating Out: The Post Brewing Company

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Last week, Steve and I went out on a mid week date night.  He took me to The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette and it was awesome!  We’ve been trying to explore more restaurants closer to our house, instead of driving all the way into Boulder or Denver.  The Post will definitely become part of our regular rotation.  The deal was sealed for me when I ordered the Moscow Mule picture above and it came in a copper cup.  If you can correctly serve your Moscow Mule in the right vessel, then I’m in.  That means you take your cocktails seriously!  Steve ordered Lemon Mint Shandy, which he had the first time he came here with a friend and liked it so much, he ordered it again.  I had a couple of sips and it was cool and refreshing, perfect for a hot day.  The Post brews their own beer, which I unfortunately cannot speak to how good it is.  (I’ll have to make Steve go back and be a guinea pig.)

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We started with deviled eggs.  These are not your grandma’s deviled eggs with mayo and paprika sprinkled on top.  Nope, these are the deviled eggs that dreams are made of.  There are crispy pork cheeks as a garnish on the eggs, zippy mustard in the filling and it’s served with a horse radish dipping sauce.  A most excellent choice!

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The super great thing about The Post is that most of their menu is gluten free!  I can’t remember the last time I ordered something fried at a restaurant, but here, the crispy chicken basket is gluten free.  Their fried chicken and all their sauces on their dishes are gluten free as well.  This makes me incredibly happy.  I get mighty tired of ordering a salad every time I go out to eat.  I could not stop eating this Crispy Chicken Pieces basket.  It had fried livers, oysters and chicharrones.  The apricot/mustard sauce was a nice accompaniment to the chicken; the acid from the mustard in the sauce cut nicely through the fat of the chicken.

My personal favorite pieces were the pieces of liver.  I ate almost the whole basket, and then spent the night in a fried food coma.  Those pieces were simply perfect-light, airy and crisp.  I also really enjoyed the fried pieces of vegetables that were in there, cauliflower and bell pepper.

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Steve had the fried chicken biscuit, which looked delightful.  We also ordered two sides.  Steve ordered the squash (local squash from Isabelle Farm!) with beer tomato jam and I had roasted beets with kale pesto.  Our server told us that the restaurant tries use as much local produce and products as they can.  We are lucky to live in an area that has many local vendors, so it is nice to see The Post taking advantage of that.

We will definitely be back to The Post!  Their menu changes seasonally, so I’m excited to back and see what new dishes they’ve come up with.  Go check it out!

The Post Brewing Company

105 West Emma St., Lafayette, CO

Waterloo Restaurant

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Tiny grilled cheese!

Last night, Steve and I went with a friend to Waterloo Restaurant in Louisville. It’s a fun little place, right on Main Street and just down the way from one of our favorite breakfast places, Huckleberry.

It’s a pretty laid back atmosphere in Waterloo, a bar in front and additional seating on the back patio, which is where we were.  The patio would be especially fun in the summer when it’s warmer, and they have concerts too!  Summer’s just around the corner, right? What’s really cool is all the pictures and records of famous artists. Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and my personal favorite pictures was of Miles Davis.

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We had the same picture hanging in our living room growing up. I’m still not sure how my Dad convinced my Mom to hang that, but it’s probably the same reason they now have a red stag head hanging in their tv room now. A mystery.

My food was tasty at Waterloo. I got the tomato basil soup, because I love soup, especially tomato. I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t have cream in it, but it did. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of cream soups, but I enjoyed this one. Someone had a light hand with the cream and it didn’t over power the basil or tomatoes. It also came with a tiny grilled cheese, which I thought was great. You must have bread when eating soup for dipping purposes.

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I had the harvest salad for dinner, which I also enjoyed. Of course I did. Very rarely do I not enjoy a salad.  This salad had almond slices, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, apple chucks and a warm maple dressing. I added avocado, because everyone knows avocado improves everything it’s put on. I really liked the crunchy/chewy aspect of the salad. My best bites were a leaf of spinach an almond sliced, a cranberry and some cheese.

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New scarf!

I wore my new scarf to dinner that my coworker’s wife made for me.  It’s HUGE, soft, comfy and it has pockets on the end.  Perfect for putting cold hands into while waiting for the bus.  No, I don’t own any gloves, silly.  That’d be too easy!

Erhard’s European Cafe and Bakery

Here’s a useful recovery tip on getting yourself to walk faster on a bum foot.  Dress completely inappropriately for the weather so that you’re freezing.  You don’t need that extra layer.  Don’t wear gloves so your hands are icicles.  Also, it’s an added bonus if it rains, forcing you to walk even faster. Recovery at its finest.  My walk this morning did lead me to Erhard’s European Cafe and Bakery, which was a delight.  I have walked by this bakery many, many times and never went in there until this morning.

Steve wanted bagels this morning and I wasn’t so keen, so I wandered into Erhard’s.  Oh my.  The smell alone should be enough to keep you in here and buy something.  Freshly baked treats, pungent espresso and a cute Polish woman behind the counter taking orders truly made me love this place from the second I walked it.  It’s brightly lit, with windows surrounding the entire seating area and the dark red walls make it feel extra cozy in there.

I had a really hard time picking out what I wanted, but I ended up with a strawberry rhubarb muffin and a pumpkin tart.  I was really tempted to get the raspberry tart or some apple strudel, or a giant, fluffy croissant.  It would be totally worth it to get a croissant here, as they probably make their laminated dough in house.  After making laminated dough at school and finding out how much work goes into making a croissant, finding a place that makes their own is a rare treat.

Strawberry rhubarb muffin

 

Bright red muffin!

 

The muffin was much more rich and sweet that the ones I make at home, and for that reason, it was lovely. The streusel topping with powdered sugar made it extra special.  Delicate tender crumb and a hint of rhubarb tartness easily made this one of the best muffins I’ve eaten in a while.  I haven’t dug into the pumpkin tart yet, but expect a full report when I do.

 

We might make it a new Saturday tradition to go here and support this tiny bakery.  Boulder doesn’t have too many bakeries like this one and especially ones that specialize in German/Polish pastries.  I’m off to do some baking of my own.  I feel inspired now!  Happy Saturday!

Brunch at Tangerine

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Yesterday was our anniversary, and we celebrated by going out to brunch.  Since we had quite the celebration on Monday, we kept it pretty low key today.  We just wanted to spend the day together.  Tangerine’s menu is very cool; it uses lots of local farmer’s products on their menu.  We are very lucky to live a town that has such an abundance of local vendors and farmers.  It’s always great to see their products being used in local restaurants.

I had the house-made chai, above, and the “Beans and Greens.”  Steve pointed that out almost immediately and said that it was a dish I would like.  He was right.

 

I can’t pick a favorite component to this meal.  The pinto beans were perfectly spiced and cooked.  The drippy yolks on my eggs made a nice, rich sauce for my roasted Autumn vegetables.  I also slathered that piece of toasted with a slightly bitter orange marmalade that rounded out the meal perfectly.  Steve had the brioche french toast with cinnamon butter, which he was pretty pleased with.  We didn’t partake in any adult beverages with our breakfast, but they have a really cool selection of mimosas that you can choose from.

We spent the rest of the morning grocery shopping and walking little Georgie.

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I made it all the way around the lake, which is just under a mile.  My bum foot kind of hurt at the end, but the more I walk, the better it feels.  I even walked the dog for a minute, but then he got really excited about a snow patch and wandered off the path.  My boot isn’t equipped with crampons (yet!), so I let Steve take over again.

Georgie and Steve, way out on the dock.

It was a lovely, chilly Autumn morning for a walk.  Words can not express how happy I am that I can walk again.  It feels so good to be upright again.

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An Engaging Dinner

We went to Bouchon on Monday night for dinner!  Definitely in my top five of meals I have consumed.  Aside from my mussels and fries being a touch too salty, it was a fabulous dinner.

Cheese course: Capri goat cheese, Etorki Basque Tomme
sheep’s milk, & Selles-Sur-Cher goat’s milk. With honey comb and Fiji apple.

French onion soup

Escargot with puff pastry toppers

Bucket o’ fries that came with my mussels.

Steve’s scallop entree

LEMON TART. The best I have ever had!

Chocolate mousse with burnt orange cream

It was quite the dinner!  I had mussels with my fries, but the picture turned out really dark; you’ll just have to take my word for it that the saffron butter broth they were in was incredible.  Also, the lemon tart.  Very few citrus desserts are more tart than sweet, but this one delivered.  If I wasn’t so stuffed to the brim, I would have eaten the entire thing.  It was a perfect meal.

So very happy!

And the best part of all; we got engaged at dinner!  We are so happy and I am a lucky, lucky girl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kitchen Next Door

I have been to The Kitchen Next Door three times now and I’ve ordered tomato soup every time I go.  I’m not sure why I decided to order soup the first time I went, but I haven’t ordered anything since.  It’s simply the best tomato soup I’ve had.  I almost got the mussels this time, but I just had to get the soup.  It’s that good.

 

The splash of olive oil on the top is the first thing that got me.  I always destroy the splash and swirl it all around into my soup.  This soup is simplicity at its finest, which is probably why I like it so much.  It’s light and bright and highly satisfying.  The bread they serve it with is also perfectly toasted, with some slight char on the edges.  It’s bread that’s perfect for dunking into soup.

We also had the chickpeas and hummus, but I was too busy stuffing my face to take a picture of it.  It comes with hummus on one side of the plate and chickpeas with stewed tomatoes, carrots and spices on the other side.  It’s served with warm pita bread and drizzles of olive oil.  Delicious.  Steve was a little more adventurous than me and got bangers and mash.  I had a bite of sausage and it was excellent.

It’s a dreary day here in Boulder, which limits my excuses for not trying to clean up.  Has anyone seen Argo yet?  We went and saw it before lunch and I love it!  Really suspenseful and well acted.  Happy weekend!

A Birthday Dinner at Salt

Yesterday was my birthday!  I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with my boyfriend and sister.  We went to Salt and had quite a lovely time.  We started off with birthday cocktails of course!

Mine is on the front right, bf front left and sister back.

 

I had the “Back in Thyme” cocktail:  Dancing Pines Gin, fresh lemon and lime juice, thyme simple syrup, milk, egg white, orange flower water, on the rocks

I do love me some gin.  With our fancy drinks, we had the intermediate cheese plate and some charcuterie.    Both were incredible and it may have been my favorite part of the meal.  I could eat charcuterie and cheese with a gin cocktail every night for dinner and be a happy, happy girl.

Intermediate cheese plate: la tur, cow-sheep-goat | capra verde, goat | pecorino foglie de noci, sheep.  It is worth pointing out the condiments on the cheese plate too: local honey with the comb, onion jam and local peaches.  That onion jam was sensational!  The onions were caramelized to perfection and their sweetness was a great compliment with the cheeses.

Charcuterie choices, from left: bresaola, lardo and andouille sausage.  The lardo was interesting.  It tasted like whipped bacon fat to me, which isn’t a bad thing.  It was just very rich and they aren’t shy with the portion.  A little goes a long way with this stuff.

I splurged and got the seafood entree.  It had salmon, mussels, and shrimp, all swimming in a thin corn soup with potatoes.  It was an excellent choice for birthday dinner, as rarely get the chance to eat seafood as often as I’d like.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel tart with cocoa nib ice cream

 

Chocolate peanut butter mousse bomb

Self explanatory.  I will say that I don’t usually go for chocolate desserts, but this one had salted caramel and I love salted caramel.  I feel about salted caramel the way most people feel about chocolate.

It was a fabulous dinner with fabulous company.  Here’s to my 26th year!