Thursday, November 16, 2006

Fusion of Slow Service and High Prices

me and a friend tried a new lunch place down in highlands ranch aka suburbia central. in the ranch it is hard to come by a family owned, mom and pop, hole in the restaurant. so we were very excited to try a new restaurant that Duy Pham just bought and redid. apparently Pham has been at various restaurants around colorado, including Opal, sushi den and flow, but this is his first part time ownership.

unfortunately kyoto asian fusion needs to make some adjustments right out of the blocks. we arrived for lunch at 11:40am and found the restaurant completely empty of diners which should have been our first sign. the dining room is tastefully decorated with asian art and a metal sushi bar in the middle. very inviting atmosphere, but the lunch prices are anything but inviting. we each got a chicken bento box for $12.00 which came with egg drop soup, a side salad, rice and chicken as well as cheese wontons. the food was tasty but it took way too long to get to our table especially since we were one of 3 tables. and i don't care how good the food is, i am not willing to pay more than $8 for a lunch dish at any restaurant. if they want my advice they should get a lunch menu that they are able to serve in less than 15 minutes. for the first 3 months they should make it cheap like $5 to get people in the door and then raise the price to $7. i understand that they just had their re-grand opening october 20, but high prices will not bring people in the door. i cannot recommend this restaurant as it is not a good value and an hour and half lunch is unacceptable. teriyaki bowl on mineral and broadway is locally owned and operated for half the price and is only a mile from kyoto.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day!

Today millions of people will have their voices heard when they go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. i'm a big fan of the push button machines to cast my vote. i went to the United Way office in Denver and i thought it was interesting that maybe 1 of 20 people had any sort of cheat sheet or print out. many other people were picking up the print out ballot as they came in the door. seems weird that if so many people want change why they would not study the issues and the candidates. i guess people are willing to vote their party lines, but how is that thinking for themselves?

it is encouraging to see so many people in Denver turning out to vote that the democrats are asking for an extension tonight.

Monday, November 06, 2006

lunch at jay's

just had lunch at jay's patio cafe on upper 15th street across from forest room for a warm panini on the patio. the barbados chicken with red chili mayo was done well, the only negative is the price. i agree that this is a gourmet sandwich along with soups and salads, but i wonder how the price point for sandwiches became over $5. the inside seating is a little too cramped, but the patio is perfect for a sunny lunch. jay's is only open during the week and closes at 3pm in the afternoon. i really did like this place, but i won't be a regular at jay's.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

2 wins + 5 losses = good football team?

today i had the pleasure of watching the denver broncos beat up on the pittsburgh steelers final score 31-20. nothing much to complain about as champ bailey picked off big ben twice and javon walker's spectacular show on offense, BUT jim nantz and phil simms... come on. when does and 2-5 team still get to be labeled a "good team?" last week big ben and team turned the ball over FOUR times to the awful oakland raiders and had people praising the raiders for their great defense instead of saying how bad ben was. today the steelers turned over the ball SIX times, let me repeat, SIX, seis, sechs, the number greater than 4. nantz and simms continue to say that the defending super bowl champions were a good team they just keep shooting themselves in the foot by turning over the ball. pardon me guys, but a team that turns over the ball more times than they get in the end zone does not come close to a mediocre team. i understand giving them credit as the reigning super bowl champs, but there is giving credit and speaking lies. i mean you can claim the raiders are good, but they just can't get the touchdowns. jim and phil a little lesson in logic, not able to get points = bad team. turning over the ball and in essence giving your opponent points = bad team. throwing interceptions in the red zone and not able to get points = bad team. 2-5 and now 2-6 = bad team.

is it supper time?

imagine a dumb waiter that efficiently transports drinks from the bar on the first floor to the second level loft with black and white tile floors and located in the heart of downtown. think intimate loft seating upstairs with a low ceiling and the antique church pews turned benches downstairs. Wazee Supper Club is often overlooked for other new and trendy restaurants, but should not be forgotten for its delicious food and old time feel.

pizza is what's for supper and a favorite for many because of the thin crust, new york style. the pizza is crunchy and ingredients perfectly balanced. make sure you order a large enough size so you aren't left wanting more. the sandwiches and strombolis aren't no slouches either. the stombolis are the size of serving platters and wazee doesn't error by making them overly bready. the salad as a meal should be passed up for the yummy less healthy fares as my boyfriend grazed on his salad and devoured my leftover stomboli. i enjoyed the philly cheese steak on a previous visit and friends liked the hamburgers.

service is good considering we got a table for 6 and somehow sqeezed 10 as friends joined us at the last minute on friday night at 7:30pm. luckily wazee is a little downtown secret that continues to serve the pizza you crave until 1am except sunday nights. so only a block off of 16th street mall, become a regular at wazee supper club.