Toto, we are not at Frasca anymore

I got in my car, put some info in my GPS to get me to “downtown” and I was off. My hotel was right near the highway. I found a radio station to listen to (I liked it a lot – much better than the one I listen to at home, 102.7). It takes about 5-10 min to get downtown. There are statues of the presidents on the street corners. I had expected to get out and walk around and take pictures. But I hadn’t had anything to eat since my morning smoothie, and I am used to eating every 2-4 hours (like a baby, ya know?), so I was STARVING. Finding food was the first thing on my agenda. It was pretty much all I could think about.

I looked at the restaurants I had on my list and drove until I found Tally’s Silver Spoon, located at the intersection of 6th Street and St. Joseph. It was only 4:40 and most restaurants don’t start serving until 5 or 5:30. Tally’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so I was hoping I’d be able to get a meal there. I found a parking space right in front and went in.  There is a bar to the left and tables and booths. There was no one there except a gentleman at the bar.

My plan had been to sit at the bar at restaurants to eat, because the thought of sitting at a table by myself somehow seemed intimidating. I asked the bartender if they were serving food and she said they had a Happy Hour menu and seated me at a booth. I decided that was okay since there was really no one else at the restaurant, so I wouldn’t feel so conspicuous by myself.

A waiter brings me a Happy Hour menu that has a wine list (short) and appetizers. I look at the wine list and ask him about the Dreaming Tree Crush red blend.

“It’s good. It’s one of my favorites.”

Well, since I don’t know you from Adam, that’s not a ringing endorsement.

Uhhhhh. That’s nice. What does it taste like?

That’s not what I said. I looked at him for a long minute and then I asked, “Between a Cabernet and Pinot Noir, where is it?”

“Between them,” he replies.

I look at him again, waiting for more. More is not forthcoming. I continue to look at him, hoping he’ll throw me a bone in terms of a descriptive term or two. You know, something like “fruit forward” or “plush”, “jammy”, or “light tannins.”

Where the hell did I think I was? Fracsa? Nope, DEFINITELY wasn’t at Frasca (Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder – THE best restaurant in Colorado with exemplary wine service).

We continued to look at each other until he said, “Let me bring you a sample.”

“That would be good,” I replied.

He did and it was quite decent.

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I knew I shouldn’t drink much on such an empty stomach. So, I looked at the menu. I asked him about the mussels and how fresh they were. He said they came in Tuesday.

OH.

Okay. Not the mussels. I ordered the lamb meatballs with tomato jam. They were nicely presented and rubbery in texture. They were decent. But still rubbery.

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At 5 o’clock he brought me the regular menu. I ordered the Caprese salad. They had a unique and quite delicious take on it. It was a bread pudding made with mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. This dish was exceptional.

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The red tomatoes were to die for. The mozzarella bread pudding was an innovative take on this classic. It was filling and delicious. I forgave Tally’s for the waiter’s ineptitude with the wine.

I order dessert to go. It’s only about 5:30, so I’m planning ahead. It was a chocolate flourless cake-kind-of confection. (I never ate it. I put it in the refrigerator in the room, you know the one that wasn’t turned on, and when I got hungry for it, it was a melted mess).

I went back to the hotel. It was even too early to watch good TV!

I poured some wine that I brought. Red. Jellybean wine. It was yummy.

I even brought myself a proper wine glass. What you drink wine out of makes all the difference in how it tastes. (Never drink wine out of a styrofoam cup).

I read until it was TV watching time (different from the book I was listening to – I am a multitasker!).

It was Thursday night and Zung and I had started watching a TV show, Last Resort. I turned it on and fell asleep midway through! When I woke up, I read some more. Sadly, I had forgotten my Ambien. I tend to sleep poorly the first night in a hotel and tonight was no different. I slept very poorly.

I still had an itinerary to attend to the next day. And attend to it I did.

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