从西北到东南

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Mon Jan 16 2012

马丁路易节我放假,要一早到Golden看牙医。大头请假陪我,本来约好了陈蕾一同前往,办完事后游荡一下市中心,再去吃有名的中东菜阿里巴巴烤肉,谁知她最后一刻放我们飞机!只能立马改变计划,幸好大头很能迁就我,由着我的脾气想去哪去哪。

 

早上7点的牙医预约害我们空着肚子,搞定后我有一个大胆的想法:Golden在Lakewood的西北方,不如我们怀着兜风的心情,享受清晨阳光,驶到位于Lakewood东南位置的Greenwood Village里的The Original Pancake House去吃早餐!一直想再回到这个我觉得又远,又很一般的早餐点就是想尝尝传说中的Dutch Baby(荷兰宝贝甜煎饼;这里有对这家店和这道早餐的描写)。

 

 

好多人啊,真是兴旺的早餐店(我们离开的时候是10点左右,外面更是排满了赖床到现在才想起要吃早餐的人!)不过大部分都是白发苍苍的退休老人,还吃这么丰盛的早餐,罪过了吧!

 

心心念念想吃的Dutch Baby果然没叫我失望,看起来就像枕头一样软。跟平常的松饼不一样的地方是煮法。面糊的材料应该大同小异,普通的Pancake用煎的就可以,Dutch Baby是放在平底锅里现热两下然后再放进烤箱里烘烤,以至于两边会蓬松上涨,看起来让人更有胃口。这家店只提供原味的,可以搭配白绵糖和柠檬一起吃:

 

Dutch Baby

 

试过了就知道怎么一回事,其实电脑里存了很多不同Dutch Baby的配方,像是有香橙味的;回头买个可以放入烤箱的平底锅,自己动手弄!我点了个甜的,怎么也得给大头点个咸点。米国人的早餐最兴吃蛋啊,马铃薯之类的。Special菜单上有个Green Chile Eggs Benedict (墨西哥口味的火腿蛋鬆餅)。两个英式松饼,两个荷包蛋,外加牛油果泥,番茄碎,熔掉的芝士和带辣的酱,配烤马铃薯块儿: Green Chile Egg Benedict

 

不觉得有啥好吃。这么一盘下去不撑死才怪!所以我就小小尝了一点而已。上面的照片是大头的手机拍的。我手机拍的小了点,不过颜色更好看些:

 

其实这类早餐店到处都是,很多还开24小时的呢。OPH这么火有可能是因为全科州只有两间,而且它很大牌,每天只开到两点。我的话应该不会再想跑这么远的路回来了。

My Yelp Review on the Original Pancake House:

I’ve been here twice but I don’t think it’s speical enough for me to travel all the way from Denver to here. The first visit was a few years back so I don’t remember too much (if it was THAT special then I would). The recent second visit was because I really wanted to try a Dutch Baby and OPH is one of the few breakfast joints that serve that. I enjoyed it a lot but I was hoping there were more choices to pick from, like different toppings and even savory kinds. (There, that’d be a reason to come back if ever). My boyfriend got the Green Chile Egg Benedict from the Specials menu, average is all I can say about it. Our server that day, I want to say his name was Jerry, was such a nice kid, always had a smile on his face and very patient with us, even though they were super busy (by the time we left, there were lines inside and outside of the doors!) Their turn around time is quick, they have to, ’cause they only open till 2 every day. Could that be why the place is popular? I can’t think of something from Village Inn that wasn’t as good as OPH. And there are plenty of VIs that open 24 hours~

 

早上吃这么多,总得去运动消化一下。到健身房杀了一个半小时后,大头去看他的医生,我在那高楼里发现一个拍照相当理想的位置,赶紧用上照全景的功能把尽收眼前的地平线给拍下来:

 

这个是医院停车位之间的车道,我觉得形状非常特别:

 

天气预报说今天会下雪,果然,下午时分开始转凉,天上本来离我们很远的乌云也正在飘过来。但我们还是决定不管三七二十一,去The Melting Pot大唰一顿久违了的瑞士火锅,反正天越冷越适合打火锅!

 

Melting Pot这个店名是个双关语。大家都知道美国被称为a melting pot(大熔炉,意指什么样的外来人都有,是个十分多元化的国家)。瑞士火锅的特点呢就是采用易溶的材料,比如芝士啊,巧克力什么的。

 

从外面哪看得出来这是一家高级的餐厅?

 

入口的特点除了地毯,就是很想老式的国立图书馆:

里面好黑啊,老外喜欢的所谓“情调”;很多人喜欢情人节这天来,小两口躲在角落的一张双人台那卿卿我我,你煮给我来我喂你吃,轻声细语地说着情话。所以餐厅虽大(有2,3层)却格外安静。
  

又不能用散光灯,手机拍得真艰难:

 

在这吃饭预算好花个两小时吧。首先上来的是芝士锅,有4,5种不同选择。这次我们挑的是大头的最爱,类似于Spinach Artichoke Dip(菠菜朝鲜蓟车打芝士),配面包,青苹果,生红萝卜,西兰花和椰菜花(下方四格图左上)。其实呀,两个人吃完这么一锅Cheese,什么都饱了吧。这时候会上沙拉,让你“调节消化”一下:

 

 

如果沙拉酱是酸甜的那种还真有助于消化呢,或者就是不知怎的把胃再撑大了点,反正到时候你就准备好要吃汤锅了。真正算起来,瑞士的汤锅不够中国的火锅好吃。他们的那个汤本来就下了很多调味料来煮,食材也不外乎一些蘑菇,两个“鬼佬云吞”(下图绿色那些,里面裹的还是芝士,不同种的而已,晕!),几片三文鱼,两块牛/猪/鸡肉,还有一些虾。龙虾的话要另外加钱:

 

中国火锅就不同了,材料多,即使是用白开水来煮,到最后也能熬出一锅鲜美的汤底!

作为广东人,平常在家“打边炉”,我只要蘸姜葱就可以。看到Melting Pot里的各式蘸酱我也挺兴奋的,是不是很像调色板啊?服务生有告诉我们哪个酱配哪样东西,可我懒得遵从,每样一点放到盘子上最后搞混了一起吃更爽!(下方四格图右上)

 

一轮照啊吃啊我们可没闲着。最后按照习惯我问服务生拿了个碗和勺子想喝汤(他非常惊讶,难道老外打火锅都不喝汤么?)才抿了一口就知道怎么回事了,那汤咸得!完全无鲜味可言。还是比不上中国人呐!这也刚好让我更期待甜品 — 巧克力锅!也有4,5种选择,以前我尝过一个“黑白巧克力鸳鸯锅”,好看到差点没舍得吃:

这次点了个白巧克力香蕉肉桂锅(下方四格图右下)。服务生还给我们表演了一下怎么热锅的:

 

罪恶呀,已经是甜的不行的东西,猜猜放些啥下去“煮”?嗯,芝士蛋糕,棉花糖,草莓(这个还可以)和其他甜食(下方四格图左下)。统统下锅之后就是这个样子:

是甜得舌头都没知觉了呀,可那蔫呼呼热乎乎的东西就是没法抗拒。好几次烫到舌头,后来干脆勺到铁盘子里,凉了后直接端起盘子舔!
 

 

我们赶上了两点半以前的“午餐特价”,这顿包含消费和税大约50美元一个人。否则平时还要更贵些。但我会把它列为“享受”,不单单是吃顿饭而已咯。

 

My Yelp review on The Melting Pot:

I love the melting pot! The ambience of the restaurant, from its old library facade to old wooden floors and walls and stairs fusioned with modern art pieces make it great for special occasions! It’s one of the very few times where I actually enjoy the low light, despite the fact that it ruins my pictures… Needless to say it’s probably better suited for Valentine’s Day and Anniversaries than group get togethers and birthdays, because, well, the place is dim and quiet!

I’ve never had Swiss Fondue anywhere else so I don’t know how Melting Pot’s fondues stack up with other places’, but I just love the idea of the slow, 4-course meal dining style. You will spend about 2 hours here but you’ll keep having more to look forward to. It’s fun cooking your own food and if you’re lucky and get a good waiter, he might even play some tricks with ya! Any of the cheese and choclate fondues I’ve had have been wonderful, salads are good too. As for the main course, I highly recommend paying the extra bucks and getting the lobster tail, it’s totally worth it! If I have to pick one thing to be my most favorite, it’s the sauces. They bring them out like a painter’s palette, each and every one of them is delicious. My tip? Mixed them all together as one big dip and be pleasantly surprised! I wish they let you pack left overs in to go boxes because sometimes you can wear the most loose pants but still be super full in the middle of the 3rd course….

 

抱着鼓胀的肚子,大头和我一边商量着晚上不吃了,一边踱步到附近商场里的一家宠物店玩了半小时:

出来的时候果然大雪飘飘。要是还是晴空万里的话今天就更完美了!

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