peak chow

I love when my dad visits. There is never a dull moment and the chaos is at an all-time high, but we do dine out, enjoy great food, and take day trips. He also fulfills his do-it-yourself need to fix up our living arrangement, repairing what we had thought was unrepairable, and finding great garage sale goods around Boulder. I now own a bike and a clothing iron.

We took a trip to Pikes Peak last week and I'm telling you about it now because this is the first chance I've had to sit down, think, and blog. I can't wait to get back into the swing of things. Well, the drive up to the top was windy and steep, the views were breathtaking, and you could barely breath at the peak. The gift shop was stocked with merchandise that read, "got oxygen?" Two minutes later I ran out of there feeling faint as ever, however managing to buy one of their world famous donuts (a special recipe that can only be made at 14,110 ft). Delicious! After our beautiful drive down which almost set my brakes on fire, we stopped in the precious little town of Manitou. We strolled the single street packed with historical shops and as always, Dad walks away with 20-something dollars worth of candy. 
Next stop: Denver for dinner. Dining out in downtown Denver has been at the top of my to-do list, in fact, there is another list that consists of all the places I need to eat at. We walked 16th street mall, had a beer at a small tavern, and discussed our restaurant options. Getting absolutely nowhere we decided to just walk around and see what we could find. Dad wanted Capital Grille, Lauren could care less anymore, and I was not satisfied. Kept walking. Then we walked past Cholon, a large modern space filled with happy eaters and gorgeous plates. After examining the menu I made it clear this was our spot for tonight. They quickly sat us at the perfect table outside but we realized our car, parked 10 blocks away, was about to run out of meter time. My dad mentioned this to the waiter and soon enough everything was completely taken care of. We were thrilled to hand my keys over and continue our wonderful dinner. When it couldn't get any better, the food came to the table. Every single thing we ordered was innovative, delicious, and beautifully plated. It was not just the meal, the service was flawless, the three of us would insistently agree the entire experience was phenomenal.





Royal Garden- Square One Organic Vodka, Ginger, Local Beets, Lime Fizz
Pork belly pot stickers w. ginger mustard

Rib eye satay w. Hong Kong steak sauce
Lobster Shu mai topped with taragon
Chinese sausage fried rice w. a poached egg

Snap peas-mushrooms-soy tapioca pearls
Kung Pao Chicken-spiced peanuts-Szechuan sauce

To sum it all up: The drink was earthy, light, and wonderful. The pork pot stickers were pan seared to perfection, they were juicy and dunked in that ginger mustard took it to a whole new level. The rib eye literally fell off the stick the second it hit your mouth, they were incredible. The lobster shu mai was creamy and delightful. We all loved the fried rice, it was far from heavy or greasy, I mean this dish had flavor! I ordered the veggie dish without everyone's consent but they definitely changed their minds. The soy sauce infused tapioca pearls, the crunchy snap peas, and squishy mushrooms had me closing my eyes and savoring every bite. That was until the chicken came... MELT IN YOUR MOUTH GOODNESS! The szechuan sauce was out of this world. Cooked to absolute perfection, I have never tasted chicken this juicy. 
Do yourself a favor and just look at that menu: