Archive for October, 2008

Trader Joe’s To Open November 7th

October 24th, 2008

Contrary to reports on some sites listing October 31st as the announced date for the grand opening of the local Trader Joe’s, news from those AT the location today makes that date November 7th.  Will I be there when doors open?  Probably.

Also, asking around at other Trader Joe’s I have visited recently all answer the possible separate entrance for booze question as , “No”.   Sorry, Charles Shaw fans.



October 9th, 2008


On our most recent trip to Colorado we ate at the (horrible) VG Burgers and (outstanding) Watercourse Foods.  Both of these places had something in common, they served Oogave sodas.  Sweetened with agave nectar, the drinks are some of the best I have found since quitting the acid infested drinks such as Coke and Pepsi a few years ago.  They come in six flavors: Cola, Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Grapefruit, Watermelon Cream and Mandarin-Key Lime.    I tried all except for Grapefruit and found the best, in my opinion were all of them!  At first the Ginger Ale had no flavor I thought but after taking a drink I tasted fresh ginger, not the artificial ginger-like flavor of typical Ginger Ale.   After realizing these could not be found in local stores I called Stephen,  the owner, and asked if I could get some to take home and he agreed to meet me at the offices where I could pick up a case.  With a case of Esteban’s Cola loaded into my trunk I left happy.  He told me plans were being made to have them in Whole Foods stores soon in western US but no plans for the east, yet.  Hopefully, soon we’ll see them around here.


No More…

October 8th, 2008

No more missed opportunities.


Cololrado – Day 3

October 2nd, 2008


Our third day in the place we are supposed to be living.   The public transportation system in Denver is great, hybrid buses, cable cars and bike lanes on nearly every major road.  Traffic during the morning and afternoon rush isn’t very bad and I am sure it is because of that transportation system.   This day, after spending the first part of the day an event that energized and motivated me in ways I never thought possible, we went back to Watercourse Foods.   After that delicious goods we had the day before it was an easy pick.   This time I opted for the Reuben with sweet potato homefries and onion rings, Elizabeth had the Eggplant Parmesan mashed potatoes and onion rings and our daughter had the Vegan Buckwheat Pancake (she loves breakfast foods).   The Reuben was prepared with chopped portobello mushrooms, red cabbage slaw and vegan Russian dressing.  Being a connoisseur of Reubens, this one was excellent and the portobello is a very good alternative to the many Reubens I have had made with tofu.  Elizabeth didn’t like her Eggplant Parmesan as much as The  Grinder which she had the day before, she said the breading was not crisp enough.   The huge buckwheat pancake our daughter had didn’t last long, nor did the berries and banana it was served with.   Watercourse Foods is the best vegan restaurant we have visited to this point.


 Vegan Reuben

Following munchies we drove  to Colorado Springs and walked around Garden Of The Gods, a place we go to every time we visit the area.  Our daughter loved climbing on the rocks and it is a very nice quiet place to walk.   After we made a stop at Pikes Perk coffee.  The coffee beans they use have always been the best I have ever had.   It’s has been about 6 months since I have had any substantial caffeine so I had a decaf double mocha.  Before leaving I picked up a bag of the espresso roast, I will probably get back on the coffee binge as the cooler weather starts and I might as well start back with the best I can find.

Oh, I guess you want to to know what that big event was earlier in the day.