Case in point: fried Spam hot dogs and tripe served at Saturday’s American Express trade luncheon at Herron Park. The buffet was prepared by chef Ravi Kapur, from San Francisco’s Liholiho Yacht Club.
“Yacht Dog,” he says, “is made of ham scraps and my special seasoning. To make it even better tasting, it’s battered and deep-fat fried.”
Indeed, it was good. The texture of the slices we were served was far from the gelatinous meat product that comes to mind with Spam. The crispy frank was topped with kimchi and sesame seeds and served on a buttery, grilled Hawaiian bun. The salty, just-chewy-enough dog quickly became the star of the show.
For the fried tripe, it was a generous garnish on an octopus salad. It was not very flavorful and more like eating fried, salty breading. But the grilled octopus and heirloom tomato salad was a tasty treat. Tripe, by the way, is the lining from the first three of a cow’s four stomachs.
Let’s do brunch
Here are a couple of new spots for Sunday morning dining:
Motif Jazz Cafe, 182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., has a new executive chef, Evan Neece, who has dreamed up new menus, including one for your early-day pleasure. Think Baja Benedict ($12) with shrimp ceviche, ancho chili hollandaise, green onions, poached eggs and house potato, or The Jazz Wrap ($11) with baked egg whites, roasted tomato, Kewpie (Japanese mayo), tortilla, spinach, avocado, Swiss cheese and mixed greens. Speaking of jazz, there’s music to help pass away time while sipping an adult beverage. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 645-8000, email@example.com.
Local Relic, 320 S. Weber St., has what else? A beer brunch 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sundays. Brent Beavers, owner of Immerse Cuisine, by chef Brent Beavers, prepared dazzling brunch dishes in what he bills as gourmet Colorado cuisine without the white tablecloths or pretentiousness. Find too, São Paulo Springs, by chef Jady Agard, who prepares authentic Brazilian street food, with empanadas, a selection of entrees and a few desserts. Details: 270-0077, localrelic.com.
Walter’s Bistro news
Walter’s Bistro, 146 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., is no longer serving lunch. The bar and dinner menu have been combined. The following daily specials are on offer:
Mondays — prime rib.
Tuesdays — select appetizers ($7) and house martinis ($7).
Wednesdays — fried chicken.
Thursdays — half-price bottles of wine.
Fridays — lobster special.
Mead in the forest
Patio Night Weekends is offered at Black Forest Meadery, 6420 Burrows Road, 4-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Wine and cheese specials will be available as well as wine cocktails, brie cheese and lamb sausage. The retail store is open until 8 p.m. Details: 495-7340, blackforestmeadery.com.
Hop on this
Spoiler alert: IHOP is not changing its brand to IHOB. The International House of Pancakes will stand the test of time, while the International House of Burgers is a limited period to feature the chain’s collection of burgers. Never fear, the tray of pancake syrups is at the center of every table, at the ready for a short stack.
The burgers range from $6.99 to $10.99. The Mega Monster burger ($10.99) is a meat lover’s dream come true with two premium steakburger patties, American and white cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and signature IHOP sauce. Visit ihop.com.
‘KRDO Table Talk’
Guests on the “KRDO Table Talk” radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:
• Heather Biggs, owner of Gold Star Pies, talks about cooking classes, Pie of the Month Club, catering and where you can spot her mobile food truck. Details: 447-5219, goldstarpies.com.
• Kelly Parthen, co-founder of Bean Sprouts, talks about the new cafe at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., recent awards for the café and a cookbook. Details: 634-6666, gardenofgods.com.
• Beau Green, executive chef at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with Services Systems Associates, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, talks about the new Pizza with a View — a European-style pizzeria serving hand-made pizzas, salads, local craft beer, wine and dessert. Gluten-free and vegan options available. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Details: 575-0536, cmzoo.org.
• Joan Maxwell, manager for the Farmers Market on the Promenade at Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, talks about locally sourced food offered by the vendors 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Details: 445-2290, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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