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Sunday, March 4, 2018

My Brother's Bar: A Welcoming Oasis

The absolute highlight of my visit to Denver was several lunches at My Brother's Bar at the corner of 15th and Platte in the LoDo district. The staff were exceedingly friendly and made me feel much welcome there. A parting shot of Knappogue Castle on my final visit was an appreciated gesture.

I hope for many returns. My Brother's Bar is the kind of oasis I seek, both home and aboard.

The Johnny Burger features jalapeño cream cheese, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses, plus grilled onions. Its everything I want in a bar burger: a good beef patty with just a hint of pink, an indulgence of cheese, and sweet grilled onions.

Left: The condiment tray is first rate with raw onion, relish, pickles, and peperoncini provided, along with squirt bottles of ketchup and mustard. Right: Battered onion rings are fried to a golden brown.

Left: A proper bowl of red chili, i.e. chili con carne with beans. With shredded cheese and raw onion, it really hits the spot. Right: A reversed bun grilled cheese jacks up comfort level attained.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Dining and Libations at Denver's Union Station

Denver's Union Station from the street side.

Left: Breakfast Pot Pie at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. Rosemary sausage gravy, studded with carrots, atop a flaky puff pastry, topped with an egg any style, plus a hash brown patty. Inventive, tasty! The remains of this 5.3% ABV pilsner from River North Brewing, right, was fine for slow sipping. I quaffed several pints!

Left: When you've got time to kill before the train, Denver's Union Station is a comfortable place to rest, relax, and enjoy a brew from Terminal Bar. Pretty much the most relaxed I and my travel mate were for the whole trip. Right: The Terminal Wedge Salad is a masterful take on a classic! Baby iceberg lettuce, candied bacon, cherry tomato, red onion, smoked peppercorn blue cheese dressing, and barrel-aged hot sauce. Every ingredient pops! A bargain during happy hour for six bucks.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Out and About in the LoDo, mostly

Confluence Park on the South Platte in Denver.

Left: Enjoying a toke and a grope. Right: Confluence Park on the South Platte in Denver.

Left: The safe word for parking at REI is ‘banana’. Center: Delicious chocolate raspberry hamantaschen and a medium roast at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver. Being in the confines of a comfortable bookstore is a bonus. My travel mate came away with a tidy bag of books. Right: The war against yoga pants goes on.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

To Denver and the Icebox Palace

Left: Travel mates conversing into the night. Right: Beer, Captain Morgan and Pepsi, and what turned out to be rancid trail mix (Thanks, Walgreens!) does not make sleep an option aboard a moving train. Waiting the endless hours for breakfast.

Left: Looks pleasant, but its 38 degrees inside with no hot water. Waited for a heating guy to swing by for repairs. In the meantime… its colder than Iowa here! Center: Conditions at the Icebox Palace upon nightfall: 44° indoors, 28° outside. Bundled up with several blankets in a recliner for the night. Right: Special coffee: The only setting that produced a remotely passable brew.

Confluence Park on the South Platte in Denver.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Random Sips in the DSM

An exemplary cup of single-origin coffee at St. Kilda, left. Sad not to find scones available on that visit. Right: A zesty beverage! The Dr. Doom at Capes Kafé: Dr. Pepper on ice with two shots of espresso. Other flavors offered: Old Man Logan with root beer, and Steve Rogers with Coca-Cola.

Left: Moment of zen at Gong Fu Tea. Right: "Drink my buttermilk from an old mole jar..."

Seven Sons Bing Cha, a puerh found at Gong Fu Tea that’s delightfully earthy with some musty notes. A superb aged tea. Comes as a 12 oz. cake in a handsome box.