Farewell to FoodHigh

I will be saying a bittersweet goodbye to FoodHigh.  I recently took a professional position in which the FoodHigh blog poses a conflict of interest. Good news is it remains in the talented hands of Michele.
It has been really fun doing this with you, Michele, and I will now look forward to being a reader!

Our Spring Break Buns

By Michele Brown

Our family spent spring break in the Pacific Northwest.  We stayed in Seattle for three of those days, three blocks from Pikes Place Market.

We would wake every morning and stroll into the market for coffee and something to eat.  One morning while inside the market we made our way down stairs to the underground level.  Our oldest Max, noticed a small window that had sesame balls, barbecue pork buns, crab wontons, and fried spring rolls on display.  He asked if we could go back and take a look and of course we did.

Upon first site it didn’t look like anyone was even working the small place.   We cautiously walked up, an elderly lady opened the sliding glass window, we pointed to a sesame bun and bbq pork bun.  She wrapped them in white paper and we were on our way.

OMG…these buns were absolutely amazing! The dough was soft, fluffy and warm.  The sesame bun had a deliciously sweet bean paste in the center and the bbq pork was tender with a perfect sweet and savory combo. Continue reading “Our Spring Break Buns”

Try This! Weird Food Combinations

Some things just go together: peanut butter and chocolate, spaghetti and meatballs, gin and tonic.  Other combinations, however, are not so obvious.  When you’re feeling daring, FoodHigh rounded up some strange sounding (and perhaps delicious) food pairings to try.  In the comments, tell us what you think and list any offbeat creations you’ve discovered!

Nutella + French Fries









Sliced Green Apples + Salt












Frito Scoops + Cottage Cheese



Peanut Butter + Mayo + Ketchup Sandwiches









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Hidden Gem… Cherry Creek Grill’s French Dip

Cherry Creek Grill Famous French Dip Sandwich

By Michele Brown

I realize the Cherry Creek Grill is not very hidden.  It has been in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood for at least 20 years, for as long as we have lived in Denver.  However, the French Dip served at the Cherry Creek Grill is the true hidden gem.

It is appropriately named the “Famous French Dip Au Jus”.  It is piled high with perfectly cooked house roasted medium rare prime rib, and served on toasted French bread.  The Au Jus is perfectly seasoned.  I have been known to drink it like an after dinner cocktail.

The best part about the “Famous French Dip” is that it is not complicated.  It is a simple sandwich that melts in your mouth.  They don’t over think it and they don’t have too.

Bon Apetit did a wonderful right up on the Hillstone Restaurant Group (parent company of Cherry Creek Grill).  They featured the French dip sandwich.  David Chang of Momofuku stated this in the article: “French Dip.  That’s all anyone needs to know.  It haunts me”.  David Chang I whole heartedly agree.  It is truly that good.

I suggest walking into Cherry Creek Grill, take a seat at the bar, order a cocktail and the Famous French Dip, I assure you it won’t disappoint.

Rebel Restaurant and Anvil Wine Present Basic B@#%h Brunch

Rebel Restaurant and Anvil Wine Present Basic B@#%h Brunch

Bring your selfie stick and big hat to Rebel on June 25th as we celebrate our first annual Basic B@#%h Brunch. Pairing with Anvil Wine Company (famously known for being the purveyors of the 40 oz Rose) we will be pouring Rose all day, every way….Rose cocktails, Rose wine-coolers, Rose slushees, Rose popsicles and even Rose all by itself, while roasting a whole pig w/ French inspired brunch sides. For one day only Rebel Restaurant will transform itself into a haven for anyone who’s litmus test turns blue, as we bring Paris to Denver, with macaroon towers, chocolate fountains, fashion model photo booths and mimes, accompanied by a whole slow roasted Berkshire pig and world class Rose wine. So skip that real housewives marathon, put down your pumpkin spiced whatever and join us for a utterly unique summer event featuring the two things every basic b@#%h knows best…..Rose and Brunch. 

We encourage dressing up, and embracing your inner diva…whether you are male of female. Bottles of wine awarded to best dressed

Location: Rebel Restaurant (3763 Wynkoop Street Denver, Co 80216)

Buy Tickets: $40 (early bird tickets); $50 (regular price) includes open bar & all you can eat brunch

Sponsor: Anvil Wine & Spirits

Date: June 25th, 2017

Time: 1-7pm

Rebel Restaurant – Chefs Dan Lasiy & Bo Porytko

It is a well-known fact that we love Rebel.  It is absolutely one of our favorite places to eat in Denver.  As you can imagine when Dan and Bo, the creators and owners, agreed to sit down with us one Saturday morning we were thrilled.

Rebel is located just north of downtown Denver in the River North Art District (RiNo), on the corner of 37th and Wynkoop, in what used to be a biker bar.  They turn out sophisticated eclectic small plates that change on a regular basis. They never cease to amaze us with their creativity and fresh ingredients.

Let’s start with where you’re from and what brought you to Denver?
Dan: We’re from Whippany, NJ, a half hour West New York City.  I was living in New York and needed a change of lifestyle.  I left while I was working in the TV and movie industry, it was turning me into someone I did not want to be.  The crowning moment was when I almost got into a fist fight with someone on the streets of Manhattan over garbage.  It was ridiculous.  I realized it was not a lifestyle I wanted to continue leading.  Denver had always been on my radar.  I love to snowboard and be outdoors; it is somewhere I’ve always wanted to live.

How did you and Bo create this partnership?
I’ve known Bo since Pre-K.  We’re both second-generation Ukrainian. Our parents are friends and I guess you can say the rest is history.  

You created a Kickstarter campaign with a lot of success.  Tell us about that.
This was not the initial concept.  The initial concept was a little kitchen inside of Black Shirt Brewing.  In the short time we accomplished our Kickstarter goal, Black Shirt grew so much they didn’t have the space for us. We had the money that people had given us, so what do we do? We decided to keep going.  It took a year and a half to find a space, and to figure out how to make it all fit together.

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Fooducopia Announces New Small Plate Summer Dinner Menu!

Organic restaurant, Fooducopia, celebrates the return of summer with its new small plates menu!  Ranging from $4-$15, small plates are a great way to sample the variety of dishes expertly crafted  by Fooducopia’s Executive Chef, Richard Glover.

Click here to see a full menu.  Cheers!

The Best of — Philly Cheesesteak

Famous Philly Cheese Steak & Beer Garden

By Michele Brown

We live in the Park Hill neighborhood and try to frequent our local restaurants as much as possible.  Frequenting Famous Philly Cheese Steak & Beer Garden is so easy.  I can confidently state that it is the best Philly CheeseSteak in Denver.  The owner Jim Jackman has been in the neighborhood for 11 years and we are so happy he is.  

I realize that there is a decades long battle for the best Philly CheeseSteak in the “city of brotherly love”.  Some say Geno’s others say Pat’s, I’ve tried them both and they are good.  However, if you can’t hop a plane to Philadelphia get yourself over to 2200 Oneida St., your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

This is not a fancy place with lots of swanky decor, they put everything they have in making a great cheesesteak.   Continue reading “The Best of — Philly Cheesesteak”

Dining Out With Kids in Denver

Eating out with kids is a breeze.  I love the ease at which they quietly sit, neatly eat the meal ordered for them, use proper table manners and utensils, and patiently wait until everyone has finished eating.  Oh wait, those are the French kids in that one parenting book I read, not mine.  Here are FoodHigh’s go-to kid friendly spots for young children.  Criteria being: we won’t get too many side eyes for misbehavior and most importantly, we enjoy eating there too.  Please let me know what others to try!

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Hidden Gem…Carbon Knife Co.

Good friends of ours hosted a dinner party several months ago and we’ve been coveting the beautiful Japanese knife spotted on their cutting board ever since.  A week before my husband’s birthday, through the magic that is social media, I saw an Instagram post from Carbon Knife Co.  Yes!  What better gift than something I’d really enjoy as well?

Carbon Knife Co. is located in the cutting edge (cue eye roll) RiNo neighborhood.  This modern specialty kitchen supply store is owned by two experienced local chefs, Tina Chon and Craig Field.  Tina and Craig saw the need to provide the exploding Denver food community with quality products they believe in and would use themselves.

Walking in, I knew this shop would have exactly what I was looking for. Craig was quick to help me sort through the collection knives to meet the functional needs of a home cook and of course, to look really pretty.  The only down side of discovering Carbon Knife Co.?  My wish list has grown considerably.

Carbon Knife Co.
3264 Larimer St.
Denver, 80205

Mon-Thurs  10a-7p
Fri-Sat  10a-8p