Chef Mechin added an unexpected tableside course of Scampi, every step including a flambé prepared in full view. As with all the food it was perfection.
Flambéed Bananas Foster capped the evening’s Tasting Menu.
Contrary to my first visit, I found the restaurant to be warm and cozy in the back area where we were seated next to a floor to ceiling window able to watch the street happenings including the University of Colorado’s Marching band’s enthusiastic, impromptu performance ushering in (American) Football season. The warm woods and appointments made the surroundings upscale but approachable. I also was thrilled to learn there is a hotel garden secreted away that feeds many of the restaurant’s dishes as well as cocktails in the hotel’s bar, T-Zero Lounge.
The next morning we joined together with Spa Director Candis Ayers and walked two quick blocks to the Boulder Farmer’s Market to join Executive Chef Mechin. We were each given a lovely linen tote bag and water bottle and license to travel as a group or solo picking up anything we thought would be fun for lunch. I realized there were several ways to approach this; pick things I love, pick things I know nothing about, pick things to test the mettle of the chef! We truly had free reign and he was game for anything. In the end I was occupied taking photos and left the produce selection to our small group. As with many cutting edge chefs in Boulder, Chef Mechin clearly has established relationships with many of the farmers and food producers. As we lollygagged over freshly roasting Anaheim chilies and sampling of various goat cheeses he was off arranging regular egg deliveries from Wisdom Farms for after the Farmer’s Market season and bulk peach deliveries exceeding the room on the bicycle he’d ridden to the market.
An afternoon thunder storm thwarted our hike but facilitated touring for me that as a Boulder resident I never do. It’s so easy to become entrenched in one’s daily patterns or routine and frankly I rarely venture to one of Boulder’s most coveted attributes: the Pearl Street Mall. A beautifully landscaped walking mall mere blocks from the St. Julien, this is Boulder’s Mecca of cool shops, hot eateries and street entertainment. Playing tourist allowed me to reacquaint myself with the density of interesting finds in a short walk. One could really embed in the St Julien for the weekend and with no transportation other than walking become quickly acquainted with what makes Boulder so unique and special.
After a second night in my luxuriously comfortable room with lofty duvet recalling alpine trips to Switzerland, full slate shower and gigantic soaking tub I ventured forth on Sunday morning for yoga. I love yoga however have not done it for some time due to an injury. Eva Spector-Avjean, the head of the St. Julien Spa’s aestitician program (skincare) is also the yoga instructor. Her easy, gentle presence and careful watch over all the participants made for a great wake up allowing me to protect my injury while getting a great workout with a self reminder I really need to stretch more. The hotel offers a complimentary yoga class to guests every Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
An iPhone photo sampler of the Pearl Street Mall