With jetlag and issues settling back in, I thought it better to save the words than blog. In truth, I had no idea how difficult it would be to adjust and I wasn’t even gone that long.
“You stick your finger in the water and you pull it out, and that is how much of a hole you leave when you’re gone.” – Louis L’Amour
So back to positive things about being home: FOOD!
Since I went on a cooking bonanza – chicken pot pie, beef short ribs with cheese polenta (fyi-polenta that falls on a flatop stove is instantaneously combustible), roasted stuffed vegetables, pumpkin shrimp curry from Bon Apetit, Jamie Oliver’s squash soup – there was less eating out than normal. After cooking in my Japanese kitchen and eating out too much, I really did want to cook.
Soup & sandwich fetish.
My first meal out was tomato bisque and chicken salad croissant at a restaurant that struggled to serve a Sunday brunch in a timely manner. Nevertheless, I delighted over such a simple dish. Perhaps the soup & sandwich is the US version of ramen?
My second meal out was a much dreamt about French dip from J. Alexanders. While the restaurant may be a chain, they use rare prime rib that is seasoned to perfection and piled high. I consider myself a French dip junkie and theirs is the best in town. [2nd place is the off-menu order at Ted’s Montana Grill.]
Colorado’s finest: Mexican.
There is only one meal that could get me off the couch while watching a movie in front of the fireplace during a blizzard – Mexican from Hacienda Colorado. They have home made tortillas, salsa and amazing guacamole. Fish and chicken tacos were my selection while my husband got the carne asada. Carne asada was a perfectly medium rare steak with seasoning. It must have been a skirt steak. The guacamole (“guac” in local speak) is chunky, spicy and creamy. The humugus margaritas (“margs” in local speak) are the perfect mix of sour and sweet.
I will return this upcoming week for their outrageous green chili but apparently, my spice-handling has diminished from being in Japan.