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Nitecap- Tiramisu

The undiscolsed location I’m in in Denver has an expresso maker in the room and the coffee is the best I’ve ever had in a hotel. I think I’ll have another cup.

Anyway, about Denver, for those of you who are going to be coming here in August, let me give you a little preview in the next week. The city seems to be still evolving. Maybe it’s just because I live in what is essentially a suburb of New York City that I see Denver as somewhat unfinished. The city core has a lot of space between the buildings. Hmmm, maybe they *wanted* a lot of space here. There is a lot of activity going on construction wise. There is a mix of late nineteenth century Woolworth building, modern skyscrapers and neoclassical buildings representative of a state capital and regional federal district. The residential is only a few short blocks from the city center. The beautiful hotel where I am is a short distance away from a part of town where muggings are not uncommon and it’s a bit seedy. My local culinary tour guide, I’ll call her “Rill”, told us not to walk in that direction.

rill

Rill
Rill is also a northeasterner who has spent the last several years in the pacific rim area and just recently moved to Denver. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park. She is working in Denver in her field and expects to be very busy in August. Rill has one of those easy, breezy personalities. She’s only been in Denver since November but it seems like no matter where we go, everybody knows her and wants to bring us tasting plates. We are going to weigh ten pounds more by the time we leave while Rill can eat all day and wears a size 2. Life is unfair.

Yesterday, Rill took us to Steubens, which you can see in the background. Steubens is the place to go for comfort food. The restaurant is modeled after another one in Boston(?), that is in the owner’s family. The new Steubens is in a converted garage and it has a industrial retro feel with early sixties tables and chairs. All aluminum vinyl and laminate in browns and toned down aqua.

The food is just like mom used to make, especially if she was using real butter and bacon. As I mentioned before, Rill inspires the kitchen to bring out tastings. I don’t ask. I just eat. One of the first things they brought was a dish of baked meatballs covered with a marinara sauce and mozarella complete with slices of italian bread for savoring every bite. It was quicky followed by a plate of grits and shrimp to die for. The grits were light and creamy, made especially so by incorporation of cream cheese in the grits. They were topped with a generous slab of butter melting into a pool. The shrimp were perfectly cooked in a spicy sauce with generous cubes of bacon.

I had an iceberg wedge with blue cheese and bacon. It took me back to my childhood when my mom took me out to dinner, just the two of us. Brook had macaroni and cheese in a smooth and creamy white cheddar cheese sauce topped with buttered breadcrumbs. Rill offered me a slice of her pork cubana with cheese. The pork was infused with cumin and citrus. The BFF ordered shrimp etouffee. Unlike a New Orleans Etoufee, this one was more tomatoey than roux-ey. But he loved the rich tomato flavor over, again, perfectly cooked shrimp, with a layer of rice on the bottom.

Brook, who is the pickiest kid on the planet, tried everything and enjoyed the plate of deviled eggs that look like they jumped off of the the neighborhood picnic table. She had a chocolate milkshake and they brought her the mixing cup with the excess. Bliss. I had a Moscow Mule made from ginger beer, vodka and lime. Refreshing but you will feel like you were kicked by a mule when you stand up.

The prices were very good for a City girl used to stratospheric prices. The most expensive thing on the menu was a lobster roll at $20. Most everything else we had was below $10. If you are planning to come to Denver to make your presence known, you could find comfort at Steubens after a long day of protesting.

Ok, I’ll have a Maker’s Mark OTR. Must call roomservice…

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  1. Obama campaign declares victory

    Many senate districts have not reported yet, but the Obama campaign is declaring victory. From the press release:

    AUSTIN – With more than 56% of the results tallied from today’s 284 Democratic district conventions across Texas, Senator Barack Obama currently is projected to earn a 38-29 pledged delegate win in the Texas caucuses, exactly as projected on the day after the March 4th precinct caucuses. The nine delegate margin in the caucuses means Obama will gain a net margin of five pledged delegates from Texas because Senator Clinton narrowly won the Texas primary by only four delegates, 65-61.
    http://startelegram.typepad.com/politex/

  2. From the AP:

    “Here is the apportionment so far of presidential caucus delegates to the Texas Democratic state convention based on reports from Saturday’s county and senate district conventions. A total of about 7,300 delegates were expected to be selected in this stage of the caucus process, according to the Texas Democratic Party.

    “These results are from 117 of about 280 conventions.
    “Clinton: 933, or 50 percent
    “Obama: 937, or 50 percent.”

    same source, scroll down

  3. some good news

    Today’s Democratic senate district conventions are the personification of an age-old saying: history is made by those who show up.

    Take precinct 1388 in Euless. On March 4, the precinct caucus elected ten Obama delegates and four Hillary delegates, according to Carl York, one of the Clinton delegates.

    Fast forward to today. Seven of the elected Obama delegates didn’t show up. Neither did any of the ten Obama alternates. All four Clinton delegates are here today, as well as all four alternates (who were upgraded to delegates earlier today to make up for the Obama no-shows).

    Precint 1388 just finished their second caucus. They were allowed to elect one delegate and one alternate to the state convention. Both are Clinton supporters. Obama was shut out.

    “We’re all shocked,” said Andrea Lambert, a Clinton supporter from the precinct.

  4. riverdaughter! It’s great to see you and to hear that you’re having such a good time. I’ve been through Denver a couple of times on the way to California but never stayed more than an hour or so at a bus stop or airport.

    It sounds nice.

    I don’t suppose you’re driving home? We could meet up in Kansas City….

  5. Kbird: Alas, after a week in a first class hotel, I am flying home in coach. 😦
    But there is always the Austin option, provided we don’t want to hurt Markos.

  6. Ah, Austin….

    Hmmm. 2 weeks after my retirement date (which is official as of Wednesday!!!!)

    I’m running to be a Hillary Delegate, but if that doesn’t work out maybe Netroots Nation might be fun. How much does it have to do with dKos with the name change and all?

  7. Kbird: Congratulations on your retirement! We should celebrate.

  8. !! I’m counting on it. Maybe I can talk mister into a trip to NY. I’ve got a sister there…. 🙂

  9. Edwards dropped out—tempus fugit!—and still no endorsement. Why? According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it. Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make poverty a central part of his agenda was shallow, perfunctory, pat.

    Clinton, by contrast, engaged Edwards in a lengthy policy discussion. Her affect was solicitous and respectful. When Clinton met Edwards face-to-face in North Carolina ten days later, her approach continued to impress; she even made headway with Elizabeth. Whereas in his Edwards sit-down, Obama dug himself in deeper, getting into a fight with Elizabeth about health care, insisting that his plan is universal (a position she considers a crock), high-handedly criticizing Clinton’s plan (and by extension Edwards’s) for its insurance mandate.
    http://nymag.com/news/politics/powergrid/45604/

  10. Wow, look at this article via Talk Left. Like a commenter said on Talk Left, Obama is definitely NOT a closer. From the article, Obama sounded arrogant during his first talk with John Edwards and that rubbed Edwards the wrong way.

    http://nymag.com/news/politics/powergrid/45604/

    “According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it. Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make poverty a central part of his agenda was shallow, perfunctory, pat.

    Clinton, by contrast, engaged Edwards in a lengthy policy discussion. Her affect was solicitous and respectful. When Clinton met Edwards face-to-face in North Carolina ten days later, her approach continued to impress; she even made headway with Elizabeth. Whereas in his Edwards sit-down, Obama dug himself in deeper, getting into a fight with Elizabeth about health care, insisting that his plan is universal (a position she considers a crock), high-handedly criticizing Clinton’s plan (and by extension Edwards’s) for its insurance mandate.”

  11. Darn, prohillary, you beat me to the article!

  12. Kbird: Mi casa es su casa. If you come, send me an email and I’ll meet you in the City.

  13. My fellow Conflucians,

    I give you the proud carrier of a Democratic agenda:

    Obama aligns foreign policy with GOP

    Only the illiterate, the uneducated, the rubes, yokels, and dunderheads among Democrats, those people know as the Clinton supporters will have some problems with this:

    Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he would return the country to the more “traditional” foreign policy efforts of past presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

    These low earning 2nd class citizen will be unable to grasp this transcendental, transformation change from His Awesomeness:

    “The truth is that my foreign policy is actually a return to the traditional bipartisan realistic policy of George Bush’s father, of John F. Kennedy, of, in some ways, Ronald Reagan, and it is George Bush that’s been naive and it’s people like John McCain and, unfortunately, some Democrats that have facilitated him acting in these naive ways that have caused us so much damage in our reputation around the world,” he said.”

  14. Is that a picture of Rill or Brook? She is looking very lovely.

  15. ghost2: That’s Rill. Brook is very sensitive about having her picture taken.

  16. riverdaughter, wow, that would be fun, wouldn’t it? We could do a joint blog-thing or something.

  17. (nodding) She’s beautiful.

  18. Just heard Obama said that Hillary should stay in the race and that fears that the prolonged primary battle is dividing the party are “somewhat overstated.”

  19. I guess the push last week, well, didn’t succeed and may have generated a backlash? It certainly made me angry..

    Also, unrelated but.. I wonder if more from Wright is on the way.. I know this is faaaaaaaaar from a trustworthy source of information but it’s also a prominent one that people notice.. the National Enquirer has a big headline at the top of the front page about Wright with some new quote about white people. I didn’t read the article but will have to check it out just for curiosity’s sake.

  20. Marc1A: That BO, just call him Captain Magnanimity. 🙄

  21. I was laughing last night at that “comfort food” menu!

    Mighty necessary in lieu of all the rest of it….

    Riverdaughter–don’t you just love the headlines “Obama says Hillary can stay as long as she wants…”

    O brother. Have fun on the vacation…I’ve never seen Denver, but you are in my editor’s neck of the woods…

  22. Prohillary and WS: Heh, as an Edwards supporter who is very firmly behind Clinton for the nomination, let me say that I would have paid much money to have witnessed Elizabeth Edwards socking it to Obama over health care. The very thought makes me chuckle!

    Riverdaughter, I’m glad to hear your trip to Denver is going well — your food adventures sound delicious! If you get time, the impressionism exhibit at the DAM is very nice. 🙂

  23. Does anyone think there will be a protest march in Denver?? If so I will attend no doubt about it…all the way from Montana …….:-)

  24. Riverdaughter, I’ve lived in Denver, less than mile from downtown, for over 16 years. There is not anywhere downtown I would be afraid to be alone after dark, and it’s not because I’m tough. I’m a 54 year old woman.

    I’m guessing you’re at either the Oxford or the Brown Palace. Or maybe one of a couple of others.

    You’re not going to get mugged downtown. Relax. Tell Rill, too. If she’s only recently moved here I guess I understand why she’d think parts of downtown are not safe.

    Just avoid LoDo when the bars let out at 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays – some of those club kids get kinda nasty with each other. But they probably won’t bother you.

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