Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dinners in Denver

After spending a lovely weekend in Broomfield with Brian's grandparents, he headed home and I came down to Denver for a work conference. Luckily one of my teammates was also attending the conference so we decided to have dinner together at Linger (thanks for the recc Molly!). Self-described as Denver's finest "Eatuary" (it used to be a mortuary), it did not disappoint. I started off with this delicious dark cocktail - the Corpse Reviver - gin, ginger liqueur, Lillet Blanc, absinthe, lemon, and activated black charcoal (hence the color).
With a menu best described as "global fusion" I was quickly overwhelmed with tasty choices. I finally selected the Fried Cheese Curds and Shishito Peppers with orange-habanero jam - because why wouldn't you want Wisconsin and Japan together in a dish? It was delish!
My only regret about this tofu boa bun (cooked in Korean fried chicken style with kimchee, pickled fresnos, and Korean chili aioli) was that I only ordered one.
Our second night, a group of us headed to dinner at Chow Morso Osteria in the LoDo area of downtown Denver. I started my meal with this simple and delicious cocktail - the Sea to Sea - Moletto Gin, from the Veneto, distilled with San Marzano tomatoes from served on the rocks with a fresh rosemary sprig alongside a Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
Although the waiter said that the salads were large enough to share (hence the tongs), I had no problem taking care of most of the panzanella salad - torn ciabatta bread, cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onions, capers, baby arugula, basil + roasted shallot vinaigrette. So yummy!
While maybe not the most colorful, the potato gnocchi with creamy herbed crimini mushrooms and parmigiano cheese was rich and delicious. I ate all but one bite, because I have my limits.
Following dinner, I headed back to my hotel room to pack for my early morning flight. My original flight was cancelled in anticipation of weather - and what ended up being a "bomb cyclone" which is basically a hurricane of snow over land - totally nuts! I was on one of the very last flights out and while we had more turbulence than I would have liked, we landed safely yesterday morning. Thanks pilots! Stay safe out there y'all, I'll see you again next week from Portland, OR.

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