Saturday, July 8, 2017

Leaf Restaurant, Boulder Colorado

I wanted to share a little gem of a restaurant; Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. Leaf is located behind Aji Latin American Restaurant, at the corner of Pearl and  16th street in Boulder. This is my go-to spot for a week-end  happy-hour, or when I want to enjoy fine-dining that caters to my vegan diet.

Both restaurants are a part of the Three Leaf Concept chain of restaurants which specialize in growing much of their produce on their own farm, Three Leaf Farm. 100% of the produce grown on the farm goes into both their restaurants and 
catering business.

Welcome to Leaf!

While the restaurant is small, it is beautifully designed with a natural themed, organic flow to the space. The curving entry-wall is echoed in both the  curving cement bar and a copper wall, complete with a waterfall which hides the door into the shared space of Aji.

I had the chance to join in an advertising photo shoot at the restaurant, so besides dishes I have had in the past, I had the chance to photograph other offerings from Leaf's menu.

Leaf has both a lunch and weekend brunch menu. Above right is their Egg Sandwich, which includes egg, house-made vegan sausage, avocado, tomato, pepper-jack cheese, veganaise and mixed greens served on a croissant, here pictured with a side of Sweet-potato fries. On the left is pictured a few of the loose-tea containers from the Boulder Tea Company; another division of Three Leaf.

From the Happy Hour menu, is the Grilled Flat Bread; featuring beet hummus, pickled carrots, fava beans, a sprinkling of dukka (mixture of nuts, herbs and spices) and farm-greens. This can be served with feta cheese on the top, but as I am vegan, I ask for this as "Vegan option."

Above left, also from the Happy Hour menu are a couple of Buffalo Califlower tacos served with vegan "blue-cheese."  On the right, from the dinner menu is their "Sushi" salad; a mixture of seaweed, carrots, daikon radish, avocado, red bell pepper, brown rice, white and black sesame seeds, all tossed in a sweet wasabi vinaigrette.

From the entrees on the dinner menu (above) is a gorgeous presentation of Leaf's Jamaican Jerk Tempeh served on a layer of forbidden black rice, Coconut plantain sauce with sauteed greens and a fruit salsa.

If you are craving comfort food with a colorful new twist; why not try the Purple-Perogies. The pastry gets its color from beets, which are filled with bright green spring peas, served with brussel-kraut (thinly shaved brussle-sprouts made into sour-kraut,) roasted carrots, cipollini onions, caraway cream and crispy-shallots sprinkled on the top.

If you have saved any room for desert consider a piece of peanut-butter vegan-cheese cake, pictured below. You can go here for their dessert menu. 

As Leaf is a small restaurant, I suggest making reservations, especially for "prime time" (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.) They have a patio for dining outside. During happy hour, there is usually room at the bar. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or not; the food is delicious, beautifully plated, and artfully served.

This is a great place for up-scale vegetarian/vegan food, unique drinks and cocktails.  Try the blackberry mint lemonade!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Portland Oregon Adventure

 My first photo had to be the magnificent Mount Hood; there is a fighter jet streaking across the sky from the local base.

I loved the art-glass at each stop the light rail made.  My favorites were the etched copies of children's artwork. The bottom photo is crossing the river into Portland city center.

(clockwise below--left to right) A welcome to Portland sign, the Portland Convention center glass spire, another shot of down-town from the train, a loading elevator, and an interesting business entrance with a blue-enameled ceramic pot.

Below is Marsh Hall on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove OR. This was the building the undergraduate philosophy conference was held. It has been a while since I've seen grass quite this deep shade of green. (Upper right) The view from the window where my session was held. (Lower right) And a shot of your's truly, before starting my presentation.

(Below) This is a shot of the cherry-blossoms from one of the trees on campus. 

I cannot resist taking photographs of flowers. (below clockwise) A pink dogwood in bloom on Pacific University campus,  blue flag, (lower right) flowers for sale at a street-side shop in Portland.

 (Below) It is not every day you see poetry in the side-walk. This Haiku was at the bus station on the ride to Forrest Grove.

On Sunday, I had time to explore a bit of Portland on my way to the airport.  (below) This is the Skidmore Market. There were artists with spray-paint and hub-caps, a creative violinist, and souvenir sellers galore.

(below) This lovely fountain graces the center of the Skidmore market square.

(below) Here is one of the street-lights that can be seen around Portland; this one framed by the newly budding leaves.

I enjoyed the warmth of the day, looking at the interesting architecture of down town Portland.

 I celebrated my birthday with a lunch at Jake's Grill.  The hospitality and service was first rate; and my food was wonderful.  They graciously allowed me to take a few photos, while we had a discussion on how difficult it actually was to juggle. Here the bartender shows off her skills.

And sorry: I forgot to photograph the food!

As I waited for the Red Line to take me back to the airport, there was a festival called "Singin' in the Square" where the locals joined together to sing some old (or not so old) songs.

(below) A last few photos of the down-town.

I started this post with a photo of Mount Hood, and (below) I finish this post with one last shot of the mountain as I said goodbye to the gracious and beautiful city of Portland Oregon.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Dagabi Cucina: a photo review

Welcome to my favorite restaurant:

Dagabi Cucina!

This is one of those hidden "gems" you are not really sure you want to share- but you do anyway.

Dagabi is just down some steps from Lucky's Market in the North Boulder Plaza; but it's like a having a bit of Europe in your back-yard.

On warm summer days, you can enjoy the charming patio...

With a wood-fired oven to bake their own bread, and perfectly cook a few types of pizza, this is a unique Mediterranean restaurant. (No, it's not an Italian restaurant!)

In the back of the dining room is more seating and a bar, where Sky can make you a classic martini, or any other drink you enjoy.

But what about the food?

Just look...

From the Tapas menu:
(above) Italian Polenta with goat chevre cheese.

(below) Steamed fresh mussels in a tomato-chili broth.

And just to prove this is a Spanish restaurant: authentic Paella!

(below) Paella de Mariscos: shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, red peppers, peas, artichoke hearts in Calasparra saffron rice.

After that, you will have to leave room for dessert!

(below) A tempting tray of treats including Tiramisu, a flourless chocolate tart and Creme Brulee.

Dagabi Cusina

4970 North Broadway # 101

Boulder, CO 80304


Open 5pm-9pm

*I do suggest you make reservations.*

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Great Flood of 2013

This is my photo-blog of what will be called the 100 year flood which struck us here in Boulder Colorado.

These are all shots along Broadway in North Boulder.

There is a tragic beauty in the aftermath of a flood.

Photo (c) Lisa Guinther 2013

My prayer go out to the many, many people who lost everything in this deluge. And thanks to the emergency crews who are still working out here.

Lord, have mercy.

Monday, July 15, 2013

BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats

I wanted to share a discovery.  A new brewpub here in Boulder.

This is BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats.

I stopped in on a Friday to check out the beer and have a snack. Well what I found was unique: an eclectic creative interior, inviting atmosphere...

...And when you open the door, you smell the wood-fired oven. They use red-oak to fire the ovens for perfectly cooked Sourdough pizza, which I was told are "just amazing!"

That evening after my "flight" of some really well crafted beers, I tried their "Crispy Pork Ban Mi" a mouth watering pork sandwich with pickled cucumber, kimchee, shaved daikon, lime aioli and a bit of "rooster sauce."

I asked permission to take photos of the restaurant, so I showed up on
Sunday for brunch, with camera in hand.

This interior is an original mix of reclaimed lumber, kitchen tools for taps, and creative use of old doors, nails, and fasteners...the artistic vision of Ian Clark, Executive Chef/Brew master and founder of BRU, along with Chefs Jason Brown, and Josh Monopoli.

I had the run of the place to capture in photos both the artistry of the interior design and the amazing food. In a conversation with one of the servers, we both agreed that the same skills required to create a painting, or design a restaurant, are also used in creating and presenting amazing food.

But you cannot forget that this restaurant is a working brewery as well: a hand-made sliding door opens to reveal the gleaming stainless tanks used in the whole beer making process.

I had a brunch treat of perfectly cooked steak and eggs, and was delighted with the service, food and unique atmosphere.

You can check out their web-site to take a look at the lunch and dinner offerings.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Summer Hike

There is nothing better to sooth a weary 

Than a hike up a favorite trail...

and drink in the beauty.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bacco, Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar

Here is another great little neighborhood restaurants: Bacco Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar.

Bacco is a "neat" little eating place, easy to get to riding buses or bikes, with off-street parking around the corner.

 It is a great place to stop in to enjoy a small plate and a glass of wine on the way home, (if you live in North Boulder) or a destination restaurant for a special meal with authentic Italian flavor.

They make their own fresh mozzarella, and have a deli case with Italian specialties, and amazing pizza you can eat in or order "to-go." They also feature a wide selection of wines by the glass.

Bacco can also accommodate larger parties in a private back room.

But how is the food?

Just look at this small plate. (below)

This is the "Mazza" plate: Bacco's hand crafted Fior di Latte mozzarella paired with sliced golden beets, perfectly dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and seasoning, on a bed of mixed greens. This melts in your mouth, and is worth slowing down and savoring with a glass of wine.

Bacco is another fun place to "Wander" to. Be sure to check out their menu on their web-site. 

Bacco Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar

1200 Yarmouth Ave.
(On the corner of Broadway and Yarmouth)