We arrived into Boulder in the early evening with just enough time to check into our hotel the St. Julien Hotel and Spa just before dinner. We were here for three nights to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. As a surprise I ordered a growler, a large jug of beer, from a local brewery called West Flanders Brewing Company that was sitting in the room when we arrived. One of our good friends also dropped off a bottle of Veuve Clicot to enjoy during our stay.
Our reservations that evening were at Flagstaff House Restaurant which is a restaurant upon the city of Boulder with outstanding views. The food was old school style with a modern twist. For starters, we began with Crispy Prawns which were lightly fried with the heads still attached. The prawns were fresh with a stream of beur blanc and salmon roe.
Next, we shared the Colorado Lamb over mashed potatoes with au jus sauce. The eggplant cavier on the side was a nice compliment to the lamb.
The next day we toured West Flanders Brewing Company and sampled delicious beers prepared by Brew Master Brian Lutz — a nice treat on my husband’s actual birthday. That evening our friends met in the bar at the St. Julien Hotel for drinks before dinner.
For dinner we headed to Frasca in Boulder. Frasca is a restaurant inspired by the Northeast Friuli Region. Frasca has two seatings a night and they recommend you dine from the tasting menu to appreciate the entire experience. The sommelier was exceptional and assisted us in picking wines for the table.
We started with platters of fresh charcuterie — Prosciutto de San Daniele Riserva, Cacciatorini, Speck and served with Grissini. The meats were very tender and fresh. It was one of the highlights of the meal.
Another nice dish was the Friulano Sausage with Brussels Sprout, Hazelnut and Pear Mostarda.
All the pastas are housemade and several people loved the flavors behind the Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Spaghetti with Calabrian Chili and Lime.
For dessert, the pastry chef made a Devil’s Food Birthday Cake layered with Peanut Butter Ganache and a Chocolate Glaze. The house ice cream of cocoa nib was a delight as well.
The evening was terrific and the best part was celebrating with our friends.
The next day the guys headed to the local ski resort to board for the day and I headed to town for a little shopping at Peppercorn, a fantastic cooking store and a light lunch at Brasserie Ten Ten. The Mussels served in a Pistou Broth, very warm and comforting.
That evening we headed out for our last meal on the 50th birthday tour to Q’s Restaurant at the Boulderado Hotel. The conservation and company were so fantastic that I forgot to shoot any pics. The food was delicious and I enjoyed the Prosciutto wrapped Mahi Mahi and the Spinach Salad.
We had such a nice time in Boulder, we can’t wait to return to see our friends again and dine on some great cuisine.