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September 1-8 , 2006
We managed to beat the lunch rush at the Slow Club today which made them live down their name with the prompt delivery of my seared Ahi ($13.90):
... It came perfectly cooked with charred
racing stripes from the grill. Fresh tasting and delicious, this ruby colored
hunk of fish came atop a pile of couscous strewn with red onions,
tomatoes and cukes. I would order this dish again.
Wolfe’s Lunch doesn’t look like much from the outside:
... and the name is even more confusing (sounds like they serve the dog’s dinner.) They describe their chow as “American and Japanese” but I would describe it as a blue-kimono-collar joint.
The dress code is hard hats and neon yellow don’t-run-over-me vests:
... in this cheap and cheerful fueling station.
Queue and pay at the counter and your order is announced karaoke style into the small kitchen. Take a seat at a Formica table and your food arrives pretty quickly.
Chubby got a cheese steak sandwich ($4.99):
... which was good, but nothing extraordinary. The ratio of meat to bread favored the staff of life, but what do you really expect for less than a fiver? Peppers, onions and melty cheese perked up this hot beef pocket.
I got the Bi Bim Bap ($5.99):
... which hit the spot. This Korean-inspired bowl was filled with rice, sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, carrots, zukes, onions, chicken and a perfectly fried egg. I poured the ramekin of chili sauce on and gave it a stir. This is the dish to wolfe down for lunch. A rice bowl with crunchy vegetables, flavorful chicken and an egg yolk to pull it all together, what’s not to like?
They also serve breakfast, burgers, salads
and sandwiches as well as teriyaki, donburi, udon and tempura. It’s
for working folks so they are open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Telluride was great, but it’s great to be back to the comforts of home and to an area with a wealth of lunch options.
The last place you might think to grab a burger is a Mexican restaurant, but my Hamburguesa con queso ($9.00):
... at Tres Agaves was muy bien. The thick ground beef patty was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was topped with a tangle of flavorsome grilled onions, queso de manchego, jalapeño, avocado and tomato. The bun was too yielding to stand up to the juices and partially disintegrated and the chips were soggy but it was still one tasty burger despite these carbo-tragedies.
I’m glad I came back to Tres Agaves after my last visit (which didn’t go so well.) After that lunch, I phoned the manager and explained the wackiness that transpired. He was gracious and assured me that he would remedy the situation and even invited me to have a lunch on the house for my next visit (which I declined.)
This time, the service was friendly and efficient and I had some decent chow. It’s good to be home.
What makes Baked in Telluride a great neighborhood bakery is that I don’t like many of their offerings. To me, the definition of a good neighborhood bakery is that it satisfies the community by offering something for junior, grandma and everyone in between. Sure, I love specialty shops that have the perfect, high percentage, extra virgin, line caught, fairly traded, single malt, sustainable, cruelty free items for sale, but what I’m talking about here is a place that has honest food made for the people in the nabe.
When I see overly frosted cupcakes and M&M cookies next to fruit scones, dinner rolls and rustic loaves of bread, I quickly edit out what doesn’t work for me and scoff at the rest until I see a kid do a zombie walk to the items that have no adult shelf appeal as though they were Faberge eggs and she were a Faberge chicken. Sure it can seem like a crazy mish mash to sell matzo ball soup, pizza and apple fritters, but somehow it works because the patrons make it work.
Chubby got Lox and Philly ($6.59):
... which he gobbled down contentedly. The toasted house-baked bagel was spread with Philly cream cheese and accessorized with the usual bits. Good, simple and tasty.
I got a cobb salad ($9.79):
... which is a highly inconsistent item here due to the lack of portion control. One day it may be meat intensive, the next it can be seem like a vegetarian dish. But when they average out, they are reliable in their simple cobby way. Turkey, mozzarella (not blue) cheese, avocado, bacon, and tomato provide a lettucey recharge before hitting the road.
It was time to say goodbye to our cozy digs with more than twice the luggage than we arrived with (due to seriously good swag.)
When you check in at the Telluride airport, you must provide them with your accurate weight (while reflecting on the extra plate of eggrolls eaten in a moment of weakness last night.)
The 33rd Telluride Film Festival was the best ever.
From the bunrab email bag, our pal Amy writes:
Gutenberg, Your film? At a prestigious film festival? Enthusiastic audience? Feted at swank parties? Bunrab-tastic! You may soon have to change your name from bunrabs to fabrabs.
We were very lucky bunrabs to have been part of the TFF, but we really love being a part of the food blogging community.
Thanks for your fab support.
We decided to forgo the Labor Day Film-Fest BBQ this afternoon (so we could squeeze in another movie.)
We caught a screening of Fur starring Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus in this bio-fiction film that has polorized the festival audience. Most of the people we spoke to hated this picture and about 30% loved it. We fell into the latter category. Not only do Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. deliver stellar performances, this Lynch-esque picture gets top marks for art direction and sound. Allen Splet comes to mind when listening to the hyper-realistic audio on this film directed by Steven Shainberg (who directed Secretary.)
Venus was another standout. Peter O'Toole pervs it up big time in this Roger Mitchell film.
A Rolf de Heer tribute was followed by 10 Canoes (which was about two canoes too long for me, but I still enjoyed it.) This Australian picture had ab-originality in it's story stucture (which is based on the storytelling style of the indiginous subjects.) It transports you into an alien world with a simple and engaging narrative.
The 33rd Telluride Film Festival ended with a bang. After the last projector dimmed, staff and filmmakers headed up the mountain for one last party.
Chicken wings, egg rolls, quesadillas, crudite and some tangy spinach dip with pita:
... offset all the popcorn in our bellies while chatting with our new friends.
We are boosted by all of the people who stopped us at the parties and on the street to tell us that they enjoyed our film. We are lucky Bunrabs indeed.
Rabs blab at fab hab Variety picks up tab
Tasty Alaskan halibut, freerange chicken and rare rack of lamb were dished up at a dinner party co-sponsored by Variety tonight.
And speaking of that periodical, our documentary, Murch was listed in that very publication.
Lips were flapping (chewing and talking) about the comical slasher Severance, the powerful documentary, US vs. John Lennon, which explores his art, activism, family and death as well as the defty directedThe Italian, which follows the stuggle of a Russian orphan.
The party brimmed with animated discussions, cocktails and copious amounts of yummy chow.
It was a red letter day for us Bunrabs.
Our movie is an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival and it opened to an enthusiastic and all around wonderful audience. Murch is a feature length documentary:
...about the Academy Award winning editor and sound designer, Walter Murch.
After our screening, we popped by our favorite Telluride food stand:
... which is located right on Main Street for a gyro ($6.00) and a chicken gyro ($7.00):
They not only provide quick and tasty sustanance, but they double as meat filled hand warmers. They both come with onions, lettuce tomato and yogurt sauce and are a quick, hot meal to chomp on while in line for your next film.
Today's viewing included an Alexander Korda documentary which tells the story of how Hungarians influenced the British film industry. Michael Korda (the nephew of Alexander) was on hand to tell stories about his larger than life uncle.
Other engaging films included Jindabyne with Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne as a conflicted couple who struggle to find redemption and The Last King of Scotland with a ferocious performance by Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin. It takes you down the garden path of a young doctors journey into Amin's inner circle.
Another great day of viewin' and chewin'.
Films weren't the only items on the menu during the kickoff of the 33rd Telluride Film Festival. A brunch at Skyline Ranch was impressive with a buffet that included quinoa salad, grilled asparagus, lox and roast beef.
After fueling up, it was off to see LIttle Children directed by Todd Field and starring Kate Winslet. It was engaging, but I found the tone to be uneven with sporatic comedic narration.
The Walter Murch tribute was standing ovation room only. Those familiar with his work as well as those discovering it were equally entranced.
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu introduced his latest film, Babel with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. The international cast was spectacularly directed, but I felt a trimming down would have helped to avoid some of the telegraphing that took place in this 142 minute film.
Later in the day, BBQ:
... was sponsored by Cisco Systems which facilitated the routing of perfectly grilled chicken and shrimp into my cereal port.
But the largest gathering was the opening night feed:
... which was a beehive of activity for both loading up a plate and catching up with old pals. The guy refilling the chocolate tartletts:
...was having them snatched away as fast as he could replenish.
-G (with film commentary by 3D)
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