Aspen…my hot spots

My parents were visiting us in Aspen for the past few days–emphasis on FEW–but we packed in quite a bit during their short visit, and of course there were some great meals that happened to also be documented. Here are some of our favorite spots in Aspen.

IMG_5015The Meat and Cheese  is a restaurant and farm shop with farm fresh eggs, veggies and fruit, meats, cheeses, ice creams, jellies, breads, and more. Their menu consists of different boards: meat and cheese board, bread board, rotisserie chicken board. There are also delicious salads, sandwiches, and soups. They have fresh mixed juices and drinks, and finally, you can top off your meal with a light, fresh goat’s milk Panna cotta made from fresh goat’s milk from their farm.

After a day exploring the top of Aspen mountain (at 11,212 ft.), you can end your day on the terrace of Element 47 at The Little Nell hotel. The atmosphere is perfectly romantic with wild flowers blooming all around and candles on the tables, and the service is exceptional. It is always a good start when they present you with an amuse bouche AND freshly baked rolls in a skillet. The drinks, the entrees, the desserts, and the after dinner candies were all excellent in presentation and taste. Next time I want to try the burgers and fries from the bar menu with the piña colada in the copper pineapple-shaped mug.

Kenichi is a contemporary Asian sushi bar tucked away in downtown Aspen.  Don’t let the covered windows fool you–they are open and packed with people! They are known for their sushi which is both amazingly fresh and beautiful. The real star I think are their teriyaki entrees. Unlike most teriyaki dishes, their sauce is thin and not overly sweet. There is the perfect acidity and tanginess from the soy sauce that compliments the meat (steak or salmon) as well as the deliciously tender yet crisp veggies.


happy eating!

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