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

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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!

Election Night

This election is a nail biter.   We were trying to watch Homeland with the TV on mute, but I couldn’t even concentrate on that.  I’m trying to distract myself by blogging, but this too is proving to be difficult to concentrate on.  I’ve eaten and seen some interesting food over the past few days, so let’s talk about that instead of politics.

 

Steve brought me home these crackers to try and I was pretty smitten with them.  The have an outstanding ingredient list of all foods I can pronounce and they are seasoned perfectly.  I was surprised at how little salt they had in them for how good they tasted.

Seed-filled!

I got a lot of weird looks eating these in the office, but I’m always eating weird things so I’m used to it.

Surprise!

I was roasting vegetables last week and when I was cutting into my beets, one of them need up being candy striped!  I love candy striped beets; I wish they would hold their stripes better when they cooked.  Their so very pretty and I hate destroying the stripes.  There’s butternut squash and Brussels sprouts on the pan as well.

Goat milk lollipop

I have yet to be brave enough to try this, but it’s lurking in my office drawer, waiting to be eaten.  I really enjoy goat milk, especially in cheese form, but for some reason this sucker really freaks me out.  Maybe it’s the color or maybe it’s just weird to think about eating a goat milk lollipop.  I’ll probably try it tomorrow.  Check back for a full report on the world’s weirdest sucker.

Sunday night beer

I tried a new beer on Sunday night that had some hoppiness to it.  The real news here is that I actually enjoyed it!  I’m what you’d call a pansy when it comes to beer and usually gravitate towards lighter, less hoppy beer.  Oddly, I enjoy a good stout though.  Any ways, I enjoyed this pale ale quite a lot.  It’s the Conniption Pale Ale from West Flanders Brewery.

Not food. Hi Indie!

My cat is cute and this is a silly picture of her.  There’s no real reason other than I think she’s cute that I included her in this post.  Well, time to watch a little more of this nail biter.  I’m trying really hard to stay up, but I’m getting really, really sleepy.  Night, night!

 

 

 

 

 

Brunch at Tangerine

House-made chai

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.

Happy pup and girl

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

A Send Off Dinner at Black Cat

The first time I hung out with my friend Alli, we made gingerbread men.  Both of our family’s made cookies around Christmas time, and neither one of us were at home, so we made cookies with each other.

First course: octopus, tulle with root puree and cucumber gelatin

 

We were friends from that point on.  We started making dinner together occasionally, and then it became a regular occurrence.  Both of us loved food, so it was pretty easy cooking together.

Second course: duck prosciutto, duck rillete and duck gelatin.

 

Soon, we discovered we both liked to run and started doing some runs together.  We’d run every Saturday morning on the Boulder Creek Path and then split a smoothie at the Farmers Market.  Eventually, we ran a marathon together, that brought us even closer.  Pain and extreme suffering can bond two people like that.

Trout with beet sauce, onions, zucchini and bacon.

 

Alli stayed with me the day after my surgery, and sat on the couch with me.  We watched three movies in a row, during which I got sick from my pain meds and was probably slightly hallucinating.  She spent so much time peeling that grapefruit for me, which I threw up, but good friend’s don’t mind doing things like that for you.

 

Pork with mystery red sauce. I don’t remember what it was. And POTATOES. Maybe the best potatoes I’ve ever had.

Cheese course, blue cheese, house made crackers and cherry jam

 

Alli is off on a grand adventure on the other side of the country, and I couldn’t think of a better way to send her off than at my favorite restaurant in Boulder.  Black Cat never fails me; it is a delightful and damn near perfect experience every time I go.  What wonderful food with a wonderful friend.  It was a perfect night.  Words don’t do any justice to the night we had.  So, here’s dessert.  And I’m lucky to have had such a amazing person in my life, and who will continue to be a part of my life, even if we don’t live next door to each other any more.

Chocolate semifreddo and peach open face pie.