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Vegan Options In Denver

I'm seeing a guy who likes to eat out, and he's mostly vegan (though not at all over-the-top about it, will sometimes eat eggs and fish). He loves places like City O City, and we've been out to Watercourse and a few other places. He _really_ likes pho and we've been out for that as well.

What I was curious about was whether anyone can think of some good restaurants (besides Asian cuisine) that are not primarily vegetarian/vegan but nevertheless have a lot of options in that area.

Aug 27, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

What's your order at Chipotle?

Salad with steak and black beans. Cheese, corn salsa, pico de gallo and salsa verde. Guac if I'm feeling indulgent. Dressing on the side (I dip my fork in).

May 19, 2013
Heatherb in Chains

Light summertime flavors?

Mangoes and peaches are always good. Both go good with "cream" type fillings/icings.

Lavender is always summery to me too. I remember a heavenly lavender mascarpone ice cream from a Princeton ice cream shop...

May 15, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Too much garlic! Arghhh

Yep. I'm with you there. I don't think that three-word string has any significance in my worldview.

But even un-roasted, I still just love garlic!

May 15, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

Oooh. That's a good idea. I'll bring some next time!

May 14, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

Pork Roll In Denver?

OMG, I could do it at home on my grill!

May 14, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

Leftover filet mignon...what to make

Serve over homemade garlic bread with cheese and maybe mushrooms cooked in burgundy.

I love filet mignon sandwiches!

May 13, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Pork Roll In Denver?

I have never had spam, so I don't know. It's more like bologna, I think. But you wouldn't want to serve it raw!

May 12, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

Pork Roll In Denver?

So Breakfast On The Edge, in Edgewater, serves pork roll (they call it "Taylor Ham"), and I hadn't seen it on any other menus since I left Jersey. Awesome - I get it every time I'm there. But I'm headed to Taita, a Peruvian restaurant tonight, and while browsing their menu today, I saw "Taylor Ham" on their breakfast menu.

Aside from the fact that I'm intrigued by the idea of a Peruvian restaurant in Denver serving an obscure regional breakfast meat from New Jersey, I'm wondering if anyone else knows of other restaurants serving pork roll on their menus.

May 10, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

Kerrygold butter - why so popular?

Yes, I've found a good local brand from grass-fed local cows, so I've stopped by Kerrygold when that brand is available.

May 10, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

I'm outing myself!

Yeah, I have really come to hate the term "foodie."

May 10, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics
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I'm outing myself!

So do we start our own chat board then?

May 10, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Beet recipes for a hater?

You can do a root vegetable roast with them too - turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, potatoes. Or just use a vinaigrette on the roasted beets, as someone mentions below. But they are wonderful roasted.

I do have one friend who continues to hate them. She says they taste like dirt and sugar. :P

May 09, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Does Race Matter in the Kitchen?

No, I think that fits the definition of bigotry, though perhaps it is not one of the word's more horrific facets. You're still excluding someone from consideration not because you know them personally but strictly because you associate certain traits or abilities with certain ethnicities/races. You are making assumptions about them or setting restrictions based on their ethnic/racial background. I believe that qualifies as bigotry. It doesn't always have to be about cross burnings and concentration camps - bigotry spans a wide spectrum.

Does Race Matter in the Kitchen?

Yeah - this is why I would not try Indian food for YEARS after having a horrendous take on it in a sketchy little dive in my rural college town in the Northeast. When I finally was coaxed to give the cuisine another try by friends, I was amazed by the difference.

May 08, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Beet recipes for a hater?

Roast the bejesus out of them, and serve over greens with goat cheese, walnuts and a light vinaigrette. HEAVEN.

I have also had them in a risotto with butternut squash. It was beyond amazing. But I don't have the recipe :(

May 08, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Does Race Matter in the Kitchen?

I don't see where it would - heck, my favorite American-style bar is owned by a friend who is Vietnamese. And they serve some really great tacos.

But I will say that since moving to an area with far fewer Indians and Asians (of Chinese, Filipino or Japanese backgrounds), I get very weirded out being in Indian or Asian restaurants with no sign of anyone of that nationality actually eating there. Back home, my friends who were Indian or Asian would always steer me to restaurants where people of the same nationality as the cuisine actually ate. I realize it's just demographics, but it's still strange to me to be in a good Indian restaurant and look around to see almost exclusively white faces seated at the tables.

May 07, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Do people ask you random questions…

LOL. My two BFFs are not adventurous eaters, and I'm really not either. They're just not very invested in selecting something but also don't want to have a bad meal. So it's left to me to eyeball the menus, the locations and interiors and make a pronouncement. Much easier these days with Yelp on my smartphone - I've gotten good at sorting through the more ridiculous and useless reviews for nuggets of actionable information.

May 06, 2013
Heatherb in Not About Food

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

LOL. When I greet friends off the plane at DIA, I have a bottle of water in my hand and just shove it at them. "Don't argue. Drink it. Trust me."

May 04, 2013
Heatherb in Mountain States

Do people ask you random questions…

I don't get a lot of weird questions, but whenever I go to a new town with my best friends, they basically tell me: "You pick the restaurant."

I may know nothing about the area, but I'm supposed to look at the menus and pick something we'll all enjoy. They completely absent themselves from the process. It's kind of funny.

May 03, 2013
Heatherb in Not About Food
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Do ethnic markets discriminate?

Maybe you need to be a little more comfortable in your own skin. It's only discrimination if they refuse to serve you.

May 03, 2013
Heatherb in Not About Food

Need ideas! How to use up some exotic grains?

LOL - too true for me as well! I don't have recipes. I just throw things together willy nilly, depending on eyeballing and guesswork. I have to say though, everyone likes the "meat cupcakes" I make.

Main problem is that my roommate actually eats them like a cupcake, so there's now a mini meatloaf in the fridge that has a big ol' bite taken out of it.

May 03, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Need ideas! How to use up some exotic grains?

I cooked the quinoa first when I added it to my turkey meatloaf "cupcakes" last week. I think the added moisture and texture were nice contributions. Tossed some whole wheat breadcrumbs in too, but that was because I'd added too much egg whites. It was kind of an experiment.

May 03, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Need ideas! How to use up some exotic grains?

I'd use them as a binder in a very healthy meatloaf.

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

My best friend refuses to try any dish I order when we are out that has beets. She says they taste like "sweetened dirt."

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

I used to hate them, but I've started including them in chilis and veggie roasts, and I like them much better these days.

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

I have this weird thing where I don't like cooked chickpeas that much. I like them in hummus. I like them in salads. I am "meh" however on eating them in a cooked dish. I include them in chilis from time to time, but they are never a main component.

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

I'm not really a carrot fan, but I will roast the bejesus out of them, and that makes it all better :)

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

I'm convinced there must be a genetic component to liking or disliking celery. Kind of like cilantro.

May 02, 2013
Heatherb in General Topics

Favorite "Go-To" Healthy and Easy Home-Cooked Meal?

MIne is broiled chicken breast (marinated lightly in olive oil, lemon, vinegar, garlic, dijon and herbs), sauteed green beans (usually with a touch of honey and other flavoring) and quinoa.

May 01, 2013
Heatherb in Home Cooking