This was my first trip to ModMarket over at Denver West. At first thought, I was heading into a MUZAK store, since their logos are almost identical. However, when I walked in the front door, I saw immediately that this was a different place. It was hip, chic, and smelled pretty good. They had about 10000000 menus posted on the front door, big tv screens, and had handouts. There was a decent line, so I got to take my time thinking about what I wanted.
While this seems like it was a while ago, the topic of conversation is still the same. How can you have 2 different “Sandwiches” and have them be so different? This is a little grilled vegetable flatbread standoff from 2 local restaurants.
The first was from the Rendezvous Cafe in Denver, and this is a restaurant attached to the History Colorado Center. The museum is a fantastic place to go, very interactive, and really cool exhibits. In one of them, you can even do a ski jump. That has nothing to do with sandwiches, but it is still cool! (Actually, I believe that in the buffalo there, there is a spot for a lunch sack. if you can find it, you get a bonus.) So here is a little back story. We went there as a family, for the Hands on Heritage Festival and we decided to hang out and grab some food. There is a neat little cafe, called the Rendezvous Cafe. They have salads, burgers, sandwiches, etc. It is a little overpriced, but what not any more than any museums normally are. The portions were a little on the small side for what I got, but my large disappointment fell when my food arrived. I ordered a grilled vegetable flatbread, and this is what I got.
Maybe my issue comes from a misunderstanding of what I thought I was getting. I thought I was getting a grilled flatbread, not just grilled vegetables in a pita. This thing had broccoli, onions, peppers, goat cheese, balsamic and a severe case of bad distribution. This thing was a structural nightmare. There were no actual layers, as all of the veggies were just tossed into the pita. There were a few pieces of goat cheese tossed in there, but it wasn’t nicely spread. I would have rather had the Pita left closed, and everything tossed on top with the pita folded over it, vs a broken pita filled with veggies. This felt like a bad impression of a D’Angelo’s pita pocket.
This was not a flatbread, and it was not a sandwich. The thing fell apart after just a few bites, and there was not a single grill mark on the outside of the sandwich. The veggies were cooked well, and there would have been a good balance between the balsamic, the veggies, and the goat cheese, but without the layering and proper spread of the love, it was more like eating one bite of got cheese, one bite of veggies, then taking a spoonfool of balsamic.
So even though it was tasty, I wasn’t very impressed. The views were great, the event was fun, and the museum is great, but if you are looking for a vegetarian sandwich, go with the veggie burger.
Fast forward a few days, when the entire family is still hanging out, and we are walking around our fantastic little town. We wanted to go somewhere to get a light meal, and a few adult beverages. We decided on the Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel. I saw the Caprese Flatbread Sandwich, which had grilled portobella, tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic reduction on a garlic flatbread. When it came, it was better looking than I expected, especially given my recent venture into flatbreads.
So this was definitely more along the lines of what I was expecting. The flatbread was actually a flatbread, and it was grilled. You can actually see the grill marks. You can see that they didn’t just throw stuff on the the bread. You can see that they took time to layer the cheese and the eggplant, with the basil and the tomatoes spread throughout. The balsamic is drizzled nicely, and there is that little bit of presentation that goes a long way. Personally, I would have liked to see the goat cheese spread, so you could actually stick the sandwich together, and i would not have minded a few extra veggies in there, but I knew what I was getting. The vegetable to bread ratio was pretty good, and the flavors were tasty. Even though the flatbread was grilled, it was still soft enough that I was able to fold it in half and it didn’t break apart. All in all, I would say that this sandwich won, from a structure, a flavor, and a presentation level.
Now I have one more question to pose. i am going to post a picture, and I would like you to comment on whether or not is is a sandwich. I will give you my thoughts next time.
arugula, radishes, cilantro, and balsamic
A sandwich actually worth eating. Continue reading
In an effort to make my friend’s head explode, i am trying to see if I can get two blogs done in 2 days. It has been a while, but since my wife and lovely child are gone for a few days, I am really trying to buckle down.
This is a sandwich named after my newborn son. His name is Henry Isidor Dobish, and we thought that it was only proper that I make a sandwich for him. I went down to <a href=www.ddelisubs.com>D’Deli</a> with my friend and fellow sandwich lover Phil, and while we were in line, I was thinking about things that should go on a sandwich that would be representative of what my awesome newborn was.
Well, lets see… he was only about 1 month old at the time, and he didn’t really do very much beside eat, sleep, poop, pee, and eat some more. That and be really really cute and adorable. My sister-inlaw coined the term Henry Isidorable, which I thought was perfect. As I was going into my sandwich making decisions, I decided that I should utilize both classic symbolism, as well as visual representations of how awesome my child is.
So here goes,
The base of the sandwich is strong and hearty. A nice wheat bread, thick yet squishy, sort of like my baby. He came out at 9 lbs. Next came a layer of spicy brown mustard because that is what baby poop looks like. I also threw down some olives, because i like olives, and the olive branch is a symbol of peace. So far he has brought joy and peace into my life, and I am sure he will continue to do so.
Then I did a layer of cheese, and I went with a classic cheddar. I should have gone with 2 types of cheese, or at least double the cheese, because the only thing he eats right now is boobs. Boobs=milk=cheese. Pretty easy.
Next was a layer of Baby Spinach (because he’s a baby and Emily loves spinach), some carrots (because he was jaundiced), and some sprouts (because he is growing like one!). I topped it off with a little bit of oil (because sometimes we have to put some baby oil on him to keep his skin all soft and cuddly).
Then I ate it, which I did not do to my baby. The sandwich was good. it was a little heavy on the spinach, and I would have liked to have a little bit more cheese, but the flavors were great. It was nice and light, with a balance between the mustard and the cheddar. Every bite was enjoyable, just as every minute I get to spend with my child is enjoyable. I think with very little refinement, this sandwich could be a good addition to one of my standards…. One day Henry, you will get to make your own sandwiches. Until then though, you have to eat the ones we make for you… and actually, you don’t even get to eat those.
In colorado, there are plenty of places to get a sandwich, and there are plenty of places to ski. In fact, you pass quite a few sandwich shops on the way up the snow-covered peaks. But once you get up to the mountains, especially Loveland, your options are pretty much down to three places to get a sandwich.
So if we go back to October, and head into the Southern sun up in boulder, you will find this menu.