It was our last day in Colorado and we spent it in Denver. We took lunch to go from Corner Bakery Cafe in fear of missing our flight. This cafe reminded me a lot of Panera. They had a wide range of sandwiches, salads, pasta, and more. The deal I appreciated was the 'choose 2'. You can choose 2 of their dishes for 1 amazing price. I ordered the harvest salad and Southwest flatbread. The harvest salad is a yummy combination of of chicken, apples, dried cranberries, and crunchy croutons. The Southwest flatbread was pretty good too with corn, tomatoes, cheese, and chicken all wrapped in an amazing naan. As for my sister, she ordered the chopped salad with the chicken pomodori panini. The warm, cheesy combo of chicken, pesto, and tomatoes was a win for sure. The chopped salad was also enjoyable, it had all the components of a BLT. All in all, our last meal in Colorado did not disappoint.
After walking around the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the ranger informed us that there was a little town called Manitou Springs nearby that had awesome, authentic food. And well, we go where the food is :P PJ's Bistro caught my attention because I had never tried Polish food. I've heard good things about it, so we decided to eat here for lunch. This was a very smart choice btw. Experiencing Polish food the first time, we ordered Pj's platter with pierogis, cabbage rolls, and a choice of meat (we chose beef stroganoff). PJ's pierogis are the bomb! They have a creamy potato filling inside and a nice sear on the outside. It's very much like a Polish dumpling. The cabbage rolls were equally amazing as well. However, let's just take a moment to appreciate the beef stroganoff. It's sooooo delicous omg. All the seasonings in the sauce are perfect.
All their meats were served over a potato pancake. The Hungarian goulash was no different, wonderful pork over a layer of potato at the bottom. It's very smart how the potato pancake is at the bottom because it soaks up all the wonderful juices. To top off an extravagant meal, the kind waitress gave us a crepe stuffed with berry cream. This too was yummy and devoured within seconds. Mmmmm. As I'm writing this, I'm considering spontaneously flying back to Colorado just to eat PJ's food again. That's how mouthwatering this whole meal was.
There was one type of food that we had not eaten in Colorado and that was Asian food. We found that Asian Bistro had an assortment of Asian food. They had sushi, Chinese food, bento boxes, and more. I checked in with Yelp and they gave us a free Vegas roll. It's a deep fried roll with salmon, cream cheese, and avocado. It was really good (probs cuz it was fried lol). It was a beef kind of night apparently becuase we ordered the Mongolian beef bento box and the beef with veggies. The beef with veggies had no flavor, but the Mongolian beef was enjoyable. On the vegetarian side, we ordered the veggie mushu. There was wayyyy too much soy sauce in it. It was good when I ate it, but after, my stomach hurt from all the sodium. Also, the mushu came with tortillas. Hmmm. The tortillas worked as a vessel to eat the mushu, but I was expecting the mushu pancakes. Asian Bistro has a lot of choices to satisfy your Asian food cravings, but in this case, it's quantity over quality.
After taking a tour of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (super awesome and inspirational btw), we stopped for dinner at Rasta Pasta. All their dishes are a blend of Jamacian and Italian flavors. It seemed like a combo too good to be true, so we just had to try it. All the dinner portions came with salad and garlic bread. Our waiter was super friendly and gave us all the salad dressings for us to try because we couldn't decide. My favorite one was probably the citrus vinaigrette. It added a lot of brightness to the salad. As for the main course, I ordered Chicken Montego Bay. This dish was composed of lucious alfredo sauce, tender jerk chicken, tons of veggies, annnndddd pineapples! I was surprised by how much the pineapple added to the dish. It was the secret ingredient for sure. I really 10/10 recommend the Chicken Montego Bay. You'll want to eat pineapple with every pasta dish from now on.
My sister ordered the Natural Mystic, which had pineapple curry. It was a pretty good and unique dish. As for my parents, they split the Rasta Pasta. If you pay an extra $3, you can split a dinner portion to two lunch portions, which is a great deal! What wasn't that great tho was the actual dish. The sauce was wayyyy too spicy. Only order this if you can handle a lot of spice. If you can't, just order the Montego Bay, it will truly change your life. I can definitely see why this delicious food was featured on Triple D on Food Network.
We stopped here to fuel up before exploring downtown Estes Park. This place reminded me a lot of Chipotle. You can customize your burrito/bowl/tacos. I love burrito bowls, so naturally I ordered one. I ordered a vegetarian bowl that came with sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, and the regular burrito components like rice and lettuce. I thought the addition of sweet potatoes made the flavor really dynamic. It added a sweet flavor to the bowl that made it all the more yummy. Chipotle really should consider adding sweet potatoes to their burritos :) The other things we ordered were the chicken burrito and chipotle chicken salad. Their salads are similar to the bowls, just with no rice. As for their burritos, it was enjoyable and big. I have to say though, the person who made my bowl skimped on the food. My bowl was much smaller than my sisters. My bowl filled me up though and my sister had leftovers, so I'd say that Pepper's gives pretty big portions.
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