Supper Club at Stowaway

Last night, Joey and I checked out Stowaway‘s newly-launched supper club.  If you’re a frequent visitor to this space, you know how much I love their breakfast, so I was BEYOND excited to try their dinner service.  We were able to walk in and get a table right away, then enjoy dinner in a space that didn’t feel crowded or like you had to yell to each other.

Their menu is small, but so carefully curated, like someone already weeded out the items you didn’t want and left you with only the best options.  So yes, there’s only one beer on draft but it’s a good one and you won’t be disappointed.  Joey certainly wasn’t.  I went for one of their cocktails, which arrived in a quaint little glass, garnished with mint and boldly fragrant.  I could smell the anise with the glass halfway to my mouth.  Guys, I know licorice is a polarizing flavor, but I LOVED this drink.

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All night happy hour on Thursdays means drinks and small plates are $2 off, so we ordered two — the smoked fried potatoes and the Moroccan carrot salad — then proceeded to demolish both.  Joey truly loves potatoes but I need some coaxing, like if they’re subtly smoky and dipped in chivy yogurt or a hearty romesco.  Both “dips” were so good, but combining them was our favorite.  The Moroccan salad was such a delight because, well haloumi (aka “squeaky cheese”) is just the best but also because all the other components tasted so good together.  Obviously the cheese was my favorite part but let’s hear it for those marinated chickpeas, golden raisins and fava beans too.

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For our entree, we split the lamb kofta and I was blown away by the presentation even before Joey turned the plate and I saw that gloriously pink beet hummus.  I’d never had lamb kofta before and I’m kind of meh about ground meats sometimes, but one bite in I was saying something like “this is the best lamb dish I’ve ever eaten!”  Lamb just takes spice so well and Stowaway seasoned this perfectly.  Also, I would be happy to just eat a plate of that house made flat bread.

Um I was already beyond full when Joey ordered the baklava ice cream and I claimed I’d “just have a bite” but then 10 minutes later I had fully eaten half of it.  Apparently pieces of phyllo dough behave perfectly in ice cream.  It tasted straight doughy, in the best possible way.  In conclusion, this restaurant can do no wrong and it is now, even more so, my favorite place in Denver ♥

Weekend Things

Joey was out of town this weekend and that was sad, but here’s some things that weren’t: Friday pizza night with my Mom and sister, Saturday morning yoga followed by two hours of reading in the backyard, a pink-red mani, wings and gelato at my parents’, a 5-mile run and playing fetch with my doggy, pretty tulips and perfect weekend weather ♥

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Thursday night, I gazed at tulips, walked Andi, poured myself a lavender soda and started watching Captain America: Civil War.  Guys, I just want to see Avengers: Infinity War so I can be part of the pop culture conversation, but I have some work to do because I saw Iron Man in 2008 and Black Panther in February and nothing in between (actually, I’ve seen like 80% of Guardians of the Galaxy but we left early to avoid Film on the Rocks traffic, ha!).  I only made it half way through the movie though because it’s many many hours long and it was a school night.

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I was going to be lame and have Hermit Night on Friday but then my mom and sister wanted pizza so out we went!  I made a list of like six pizza places we could go to, but we decided on Cart-Driver and I was so happy to introduce them to that little shipping container that busts out the best wood-fired pizza.  My sister suggested we do weekly Sister Dinners in Denver and I am so down with that idea!  Oh and my mom just got back from New Orleans (she got there they day after I left!) and brought back presents.  She is truly the best ♥

Back at home, I finished my movie and hey, I thought it was really good!  It’s ten years later but Iron Man is somehow still cool?  And I really appreciated that scene where Captain America is holding onto a helicopter with one hand and a building with the other and it was just a long shot of Chris Evans’ flexed biceps.  So subtle.

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Saturday!  The best day!  I woke up and ate pancakes before taking myself to a hot yoga class.  The fitness class next door was BLASTING their music and at the end of yoga my teacher said “Bow your head and say ‘Namaste.’  May you be free.  Free from pain, free from suffering and free from bass in your face.”  I thought it was so funny!  The library was only a few block from the yoga studio so I walked there to return a few books and pick up our May book club pick, then I got iced coffee and it all felt too good to be true.

Back at home, I parked it in the backyard to start a very important re-read and hold a cute pup on my lap.  His face looking up into the sun pretty much sums up how we both felt about basking in the summer-like weather.  By the way, I know it seems like I’m always watching/reading Harry Potter but this is seriously only the second time I’ve read books 4-7.  I’ve read the first one like eight times though 😛

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Sorry not sorry for showing you so many tulip photos but can you even believe that feathery one??  I realized I had booked a 5 PM manicure and the Kentucky Derby was set to go off at 4:50, so I anxiously stood in the living room, ready to RUN out the door afterwards.  I told Joey — who was in Vegas — to bet on Justified but he didn’t listen and lost it all.  I made it to my appointment right on time (phew!) and took my sister’s suggestion to go red (plus the color was called Emily and I felt like my cousin would approve) then I dashed over to my parents’ for dinner.  My mom was sick and still managed to make two different types of wings, roasted Brussels sprouts and mac and cheese.  We had Talenti for dessert and it was better than most ice cream I’ve eaten in my life.

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I went for a run Sunday morning and though I didn’t beat my time from the week before, I’m still loving these longer weekend runs 🙂  Came back to Banana Bread Overnight Oats, iced coffee, a new Cooking Light and… TULIPS.  Also gave Andi a bath then let him dry off outside in the sun.  Later on, we went back inside to watch the Rockies game (SWEEP!), cook beans, make California Caprese Bowls for lunch this week and start laundry.  Joey made it back home and we got to catch up outside — “tell me all the things you ate while I was gone” is a real thing he said to me — before heating up leftover wings and grilling some zucchini for dinner.  We started watching Thor Ragnarok and oh my god, I heard it was funny but it’s really funny.

It was nice all weekend, it’s going to be nice all week and I am fully in the summer spirit so I am pretending it’s not going to be chilly and rainy this weekend.