Category Archives: Holiday

Eat Ski Eat – Vail (One Month Late)

I’m not going to lie – vacations for me are almost always about the food.  It’s how I like to travel – going from restaurant to restaurant to little cafes, trying all the local fare.

So here we are – one month later, but I couldn’t help but still post pictures of the food and a few adventures in Vail from my little family vacation (beware – massive photo dump ahead):

sushi & japanese food at Yama:

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^best dish of the night.  Colorado bass sashimi.

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Hey, leetle seester.

Amazing dinner at the Larkspur.

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Our yearly lentil stew – I always love this recipe.

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Some cliffs we skied:

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Thanks for taking me down that one, mom.

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Another fantastic meal on the mountain at Game Creek Inn:

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(mmm chocolate)

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yup, we took a snow cat to dinner.

German lunch at Alpenrose:

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Delicious fresh dinner at Montauk Seafood Grill:

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Chillin’ at Blue Sky Basin:

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Chili and cornbread for lunch…

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I love this combo.

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Mmm spicy mocha lattes.

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And more chili and cornbread.

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Egg sandwiches for the road

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Hello, tent (aka Denver airport)

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Look what I found at the airport!

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Goodbye Colorado!  See you soon.

Do you eat your way through vacations?

Where was the last place you visited? What was the best meal you had there?

Beach Days & Holidays

It’s been almost a month since my little visit home for Labor Day and Rosh Hashana (the new year), but I never wrote about it.  Still, I had a lovely time being home for the holidays, and wanted to share regardless.   Cute doggy pictures included.

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Things you learn from working at a cafe – a standard shot of espresso is exactly 1 ounce.  Which means it will exactly fill a shot glass.  Mom was skeptical, but we did it anyway.  Yup!

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Love this ridiculous dog.  (She thinks she’s a cat)

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Morning walks on the beach with Mom & the pup.

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watching the tri-state sailboat race.

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I love the colors on this beach when there’s a storm rolling in.

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Family brunch!  I made us a big frittata to share – eggs, spinach, tomatoes, with toasty bread, local hummus, and coffee.  Eaten on the deck.

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Challah-making for the holiday

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One batch had chocolate sprinkles and sesame seeds on top, the other batch was a cardamom challah.  So delicious.

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Our table! We hosted Erev Rosh Hashana, which is the evening that the holiday starts.  Just a small gathering of friends.

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Kasha Varnishkes!

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Obligatory apples and honey (for a sweet new year!)

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Lemon/herb roasted chicken.  Delicious.

We also had apple cake for dessert that a friend brought, and few other yummy sweets.

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And more quality time with the doggy.

Note to self – take more pictures of actual people and events!  Actually, this is something I’ve always done.  I don’t really like having my picture taken without being asked / prepared for it, so I generally don’t like to impose by taking pictures of other people all the time.  Something to start doing more!

Ahh Sweet Relief

Well, it’s a Jew-mas miracle (I would say Christmas, but I don’t celebrate) – Rachel is finally done with all first semester work!  And currently sitting in a cozy ski condo in Vail, CO going into full-on vacation mode.

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[[latte & green juice for the road. I love that Colorado starbucks have green juice!]]

It’s been a rough, hard semester to say the least, and I’m not entirely sure I’ll actually end up writing more about it on the blog.  At this point I don’t want to dwell on it, and just more forward for my life.

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[[the sister and I, pre-ski this morning.  7 new inches of snow!]]

As for now, I plan to ski my tired legs hate me and my winter-girl side is happy as can be, unplug and enjoy the Colorado scenery, and spend some time with the fam.  Oh, and eat some tasty food, too 😀 (didn’t think I could leave that one out, didja!)

Foodie highlights thus far:

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Nutty Irishman almond milk latte from Loaded Joe’s in Vail Village.

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Veggie burrito from the lodge on the mountain – not the best, but made amazing by chipotle Cholula.  Can you tell I love this stuff?

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Mmm warm bread.  Every restaurant in Vail we’ve been to so far has served warm bread before the meal.  I’m such a sucker for it!

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A simple quinoa-stuffed roasted squash entrée – not as good as I would expect from a restaurant as it reminded me of something I would make on my own. But still tasty.

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The salads have been delicious! Surprisingly fresh-tasting produce for December, but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re close to the west coast.

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Grilled trout from Russell’s steak house.  Tasty fish, too-salty rice, perfectly cooked broccoli.

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and these potatoes. So good, not too rich at all! (they weren’t actually mine, I just stole some of the sister’s)

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and the best so far… homemade lentil stew!  (recycled picture from last year) This is the third year in a row we’ve made this on our ski vacation, and it’s easily one of my favorite recipes of all time.

What’s the best thing you’ve done this vacation? Skiing for me!

Favorite winter recipe?


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