We paid a long-overdue visit to friends in Long Beach, and after a gabfest at their home, we headed downtown for a bite of lunch. French fare always hits the spot, so I was happy to visit Crème de la Crepe, a delightful little restaurant — and perhaps our own little food tribute to the recent tragedy in Paris.
This appears to be a small local chain. The Long Beach one is light, airy and has French literary quotes stenciled on the ceiling. Yellow appears to be the theme color, carried out with yellow cloth napkins and a yellow rose on each table. I am generally not a fan of chains, but I would not be unhappy if someone from Colorado would buy a franchise. One reason: at least at lunch, the fresh mixed salad with an authentically French salad dressing, not the bottled orange glop, that came with each dish four of us ordered.
Price check: None to add. The menu is not on-line, and since I assumed it would be, I didn’t take notes.
The restaurant is at 400 East First Street, Long Beach, CA; 562-437-2222.
Boulder Farmers’ Market organizes 1-day market in Denver.
Denver’s Union Station hosts a Harvest Market this Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wynkoop Plaza. Expect market 10 Colorado farms, including The Fresh Herb Co., Cure Organic Farm, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Jodar Farms, Oxford Gardens and Plowshares Community Farm. Union Station restaurants, including Mercantile Dining & Provision, Stoic & Genuine and Snooze, prepare foods for market day.
The exemplary Boulder County Farmers Markets, a nonprofit organization that has operated producer-only farmers markets in Boulder County since 1987, is organizing this market too. The Union Station Alliance, which BTW just won a Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, is eager to explore “new ways to offer travelers and locals alike more quick and curated options at Denver Union Station,” said Joe Vostrejs, partner in the organization that redeveloped the historic building. A fine farmers’ market is one of those “new ways.”
Dining Out magazine — mostly menus but some features too — invited readers to select what they considered the best in various categories. Like all such reader selections, the results are heavily weighted toward what’s “hot” and “in” now, not necessarily the best. How, for example, would Black Cat and/or its sister restaurant, Bramble & Hare be left off the farm-to-table list? And not to put to fine a point on it, but Chez Thuy is not really Chinese and Sherpa’s is not really Indian. But here, with that caution, is the Prime Picks list. Clicking on a category should bring up details on the winner:
I’ve passed B&F Mountain Market in Nederland, say, a million times and never been in the store. Until today. I’ve seen the sign for Mountain Burgers but never spotted a storefront. And that’s because there is none. Today, after a gorgeous fall hike, we finally went in to put puzzle pieces together. The little market in Ned’s shopping center is whistle-clean and stocks a find variety of good food — lots of organics include. In a corner is a small stand that sells burgers and other hot foods.
We opted for burgers and something cold to drink. The grill was really busy, so there was a bit of a wait, but definitely worth it.
Some oldies but goodies and some new faves — and more honors for Frasca.
Come September 25, the always-anticipated October issue of 5280 Magazine will arrive. It’s the issue that features the monthly mag’s selection of the year’s 25 best restaurants in metro Denver. Andra Zeppelin of Denver Eater got the list first and noted that the newest entry is Boulder’s Blackbelly Market, launched last November, and Barolo Grill, which opened in 1992, is the most venerable. Here’s the list:
6. Work & Class
7. Beast + Bottle
8. Sushi Den
9. To The Wind
12. Barolo Grill
15. Old Major
16. Stoic & Genuine
17 Guard & Grace
18. Cart Driver
19. Bistro Barbes
20. The Plimoth
24. Blackbelly Market
Spoiler: Frasca, whose gracious hospitality is matched by its earthy, clean-tasting northeastern Italian cuisine, will remain on the national Eater 38 in 2016. The summer dinner that cinched its place included zlkrofi, a variation on “spoon dumplings” from Slovenia filled with roasted chicken, prosciutto, and ricotta and garnished with fresh porcini mushrooms. 1738 Pearl St, Boulder, (303) 442-6966, frascafoodandwine.com
I don’t know what captivated me about Cronuts when I first heard about these fried items made from croissant dough, filled and topped with a frosting. New Yorkers were reportedly waiting in long daily lines at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo. There was a limit to the number prepared each day, and a limit to the number each customer could order — 2 at a time. If you want more, you have to go to the back of the line. Part of the mystique, I’m sure.
I wrote a couple of blog posts here while dreaming about Cronuts and knew that I had to try one when next in New York. My husband and I are there now, and I lured him to Spring Street on a quiet Sunday morning, where we joined what appeared to be a fairly short line for the Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was about 8:20 a.m., and the bakery was to open at 9.
Top Denver chefs are coming together on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge. The first Go Fish! Sustainable Seafood Tasting Event is described as a “luxurious strolling dinner” that includes ocean-friendly fish donated by Seattle Fish Co. — with gourmet beer wine and cocktails as well. The focus is on sustainable ingredients as identified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s wonderful Seafood Watch program. During this fishy feast, guests can sample dishes by some of the top restaurants and chefs in Denver, including acknowledged local seafood specialists. The event is open to the public. Click here to purchase tickets ($40).
Dory Ford, Baur’s Restaurant and AQUA TERRA Culinary.
Sheila Lucero, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar.
Kelly Whitaker, Basta and Cart-Driver.
Robert Grant, Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge.
Alex Seidel, Fruition.
Troy Guard, Guard & Grace and others.
Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle.
Shaun Motoda, TAG Raw Bar.
Matt Vawter, Mercantile Dining & Provision.
Kyle Mendenhall, The Kitchen Community.
Kevin Grossi, LOLA.
Bauer’s is at 1512 Curtis Street, Denver; 303-615-4000.
Claire Walter's Colorado-oriented but not Colorado-exclusive blog about restaurants, food and wine events, recipes and related news. For address of any restaurant, click on the Zomato icon at the end of the post.