Thursday, February 24, 2011

Le Central

My (available) Brother in Law Robert took me on a date last weekend. He let me pick an event and then he surprised me with dinner.

He proved that he's been listening because I took me to Le Central in Downtown Denver.

I've never had French food before so I've been excited for a long time check this place out. I was excited to try a few things that I've never had before.

We started with a bottle of  2005 Saint Emilion Grand Cru (Cotes Rocheuses).  It had a full, ripe flavor just like the menu said and it went down really easy.  It was the perfect wine to go with the choices we made.

I was walking on the wild side in my stilettos so I decided to try Escargot Bourguignons.  Our lovely waitress recommend this as a beginners dish and I was delighted with it!  Little escargots and mushrooms floating in a sea of butter.

Robert talked about how he always orders the Mussels with unlimited fries...also known as moules et frites!  I suggested that we share them and then share an entree.  He thought this was a fabulous idea!

I had my heart set on the Cassoulet du Central.  The menu describes it as white beans simmered with duck confit, sausage, pork, lamb, garlic, tomatoes and onions; topped with a pork sausage, duck confit and gratineed with breadcrumbs.  It is heaven in a bowl.  We stated that we wanted to share and they split the dish for us.

The nice thing about sharing dishes is that you have room for dessert!

I selected something for us to share and surprised Robert.  As it turned out...he's not a fan of chocolate so I got to eat most of it.  YAY me!

This delicious little gem is called Trois Chocolat.  It was lady fingers layered with white chocolate mouse, raspberry preserves and the topped with a dark chocolate ganache.  I loved every single bite!

Le Central
112 E 8th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Bubble Tea, Yes Please!

Last weekend, I was at Belmar with my family.  My kids love to go to Dick's Sporting Goods and ride bikes all over the second floor.  My apologies if you've been run over by one of my children.

It was a really nice day so we decided to park by the new Target (opening March 6th) and walk.  That's when I noticed Wystone's World Tea.  I sent my family ahead to Dick's and I took a seat on the patio in the sun.

I scanned the extensive menu and I saw it.

Bubble Tea!!

I had a Bubble Tea in Salt Lake City over a year ago.  It was so good but I couldn't find a place selling them in my town.  I'd forgotten all about them!  When I moved back to Colorado...I didn't even think that I could get one here.  Such a great surprise!

I ordered the Mango and asked for Tapioca Pearls.  It was so delicious and it was the perfect patio drink.

I decided I needed a little bitty treat so I ordered a Petits Four.  Yum!

You won't believe the number of teas you can try in this place!  And they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner too.  I noticed a Crab Cake Benedict....I must try it!

Wystone's World Teas
7323 W Alaska Drive
Lakewood, CO 80226
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 9am-6pm
Twitter: @Wystonesteas

Disclosure: I didn't receive any free tea or chocolates for this post. I just like to try new places.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

5280 Magazine 6 Top Craft Beers

5280 Magazine created a six pack of Colorado's top 6 craft beers for a limited time.  For some reason if you tell me that I can only get something for a short time or that there are only 5,280 of something.  I have to get it.

I'm crazy or something.

I dragged my family out in the cold last Friday night to Mile High Wine and Spirits in Belmar and found my six pack.  My intention was to share (because I'm a good wife) it with my husband and to do our own taste test during the Super Bowl.  We got through 4 of them before I got a migraine.  And finished the other two last night while watching The Bachelor.

iKeith and I do not have the same taste in beer so I thought this was a great assortment for us to try.  We both had a favorite and one that we both liked.  Here are the results:

iKeith's Favorite:

  Red Ale from O'Dell Brewing Co

Connie's Favorite:

 White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co.

We both liked:

Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Co.