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The Scoop: March 10, 2018

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Here’s the Scoop from Saturday’s show on 630 KHOW, Listen to the entire show from March 10, 2018. . http://www.spreaker.com/show/gabby-gourmet  click for the podcast.

My guests were Juan Padro of Senor Bear, Highland Tap and Burger, and Bar Dough-an his Sebastian Ramires from Puerto Rico.

The Señor Bear Escape Series is a monthly focus on a different country by way of special a la carte dishes and drinks that honor the food, culture, wine & spirits of Latin America. For the month of March, Señor Bear will highlight the traditions, dishes, and flavors of Puerto Rico. 

Additionally, on Wednesday, March 7, the Señor Bear team will welcome special guest chef Sebastian Ramirez, all the way from Puerto Rico to bring his island’s traditional dishes and flavors to Denver’s Lohi neighborhood and cook them up alongside Mackissock and Edmunds. A portion of proceeds from this unique four-course dinner will benefit Water Is Life an organization that provides clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to schools and villages in desperate need. Señor Bear partner Juan Padro has worked with Water Is Life over the last several months, bringing clean drinking water to the people of Puerto Rico.

“This month’s Escape Series dinner hits close to home for myself and the entire ‘Bear’ team,” says Padro, “I was a first responder after hurricane Maria and after seven humanitarian aid trips to Puerto Rico, I am thrilled to bring chef Sebastian Ramirez to Colorado to represent the island, its spirit, and showcase some modern interpretations of its incredible cuisine.  Sebastian had to close his restaurant in the wake of the hurricane and it’s exciting to get him back into the kitchen!”

The Señor Bear Escape Series Puerto Rico menu is scheduled to include: 

Ceviche De Camaron y pulpo

plantinos, avocado, lime

Papa Rellana

slow roasted goat, crispy potato, fried alliums

Mofungo de Apio

celery root, smoked pork cheek, pique

 Flan De Queso

brown butter, almond crumble


Monday, March 19, 2018

El Five

2930 Umatilla  5th story




At long last we all get to indulge in the fabulous El Five! so anticipated, we will be wowed and have a fabulous dinner that includes tax, tp, and wine for $45. Seating is limited so reserve early.





501 E. 17TH AVE



ACE has a fantastic new chef and menu and is hosting a Gabby dinner so all can indulge in the divine new food. Chef will be serving family style tastes of so many goodies you will not be able to choose a favorite. Owners Josh and Jen Wolkon and chef will make the most special night for all. The price of dinner inclusive of tax, tip and wine is $35. Reserve early.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018


38th & Tejon—3760 Tejon



Gaetano’s wants to host us again-with a fabulous dinner with exciting new dishes for spring! As always it will be delicious-and fun here too. The price is $50 inclusive of tax, tip and wine.

Be sure and read the new articles on the webpage too.

We talked about Puerto Rico, the dinner, the sophistication and fabulous restaurant scene in San Juan and surrounds-they want us to visit too.

We also talked about Highland Tap, Bar Dough, and Sloan’s Tap as well as Senor bar. Listen to the podcast for all.

The question of the day—how many frozen drinks do they serve from their machine in one night-18-that is a lot!!

We talked about Carrie Baird from Top Chef-she is a partner an chef at Bar Dough. And we talked about Ginger Pig with Natasha Hess-Carrie did help her with this fabulous food truck with foods of pan-Asia. Steve will host her on April 14.

We had several calls about Restaurant Week too.

Where Gabby’s Been:

250 Steele

Mehaks India was doing restaurant week. We did not know but they did one terrific job. For $25 4 courses and a glass of wine. Very good too

The new place in Cherry Creek North is lovely to see with a welcoming soft ambience. we tasted many dishes as there were choices-all excellent-on the set menu. Start with Cauliflower florets in garlic-soy tomato glaze. These are a must when you visit. The chicken Korma and lamb rogan Josh were both terrific as were the naan breads. Dessert of rice pudding and gulab jamun are Indian favorites. We enjoyed the entire meal. And a lovely glass of wine to complement the food.


Palizo DenverPALIZO
1472 S. Pearl

Palizo is just wonderful. They do everything right from food to wine and service. Salad and a mushroom appetizer are perfect. And green vongole, mussels and Bolognese. Chef Tyler is fantastic.

Palizo has been bringing in fans since it’s opening about a year ago. The house is charming and comfortable with lovely seating, a great bar area, and outstanding patio. The food and service are what makes a restaurant and it shows here. Italian in concept-appetizers, pastas and entrees are very special. Mushrooms make an amazing start as so mussels, and a simple salad and house made bread reach the peak here. Pastas shine with homemade noodles-try Bolognese and the awesome. Entrees are exciting as are desserts-wine and drinks and stall make it even better.

Little Ollie's DenverLITTLE OLLIE’S
2360 E 3rd Ave

So excited about the Oscars I forgot pics of the entrees.

Little Ollie’s is a favorite and we hang at O Bar, the other side of the space which is more casual. A focal bar and high top seating, super staff of wow young ladies who are friend and very efficient and bus boys that really help. Enjoy Chinese, Asian, and American here. Egg rolls, pad Thai, mussels, ribs, and a great tuna or real burger!!! It’s got it all

Gaetanos DenverGAETANO’S
38th & Tejon—3760 Tejon

Girls night out at Gaetano’s. Great food, Wine, service and a wow night for the ladies. So good.

Gaetano’s is 70 years young but Ron Robinson and staff have brought it to new heights with modern, delicious Italian food since he took over 4 years ago. Kevin Savoy serves the traditional dishes with lighter sauces and great variety. Mussels, burrata, calamari, Caesar salad, and bruschetta might be your first choice. And the minestrone is a signature. Entrees of pasta-eggplant parm, Bolognese, and more-entrees of chicken, veal, steak, and delicious fish entice. And don’t miss dessert!! Service, wines, drinks make it all more fun. Get a tour of the basement with remnants of the Stallone’s era. Gaetano’s is just fun with exceptional Italian fare.

Annettes DenverANNETTE’S

Annette’s amazes every time I visit. And working my way through the menu. Got to keep going. Not done yet. And then again.

Again, Annette’s is a delightful, charming place in Stanley Marketplace. It is sophisticated and wonderful in a mall that is really more casual. Annette’s is casual in its own way-no linens and fancy décor but warm, charming, and a place you will just have to keep returning to. Guess the egg salad (eggs my favorite food) will keep me coming back but everything else is fabulous too

3301 Tejon

SEÑOR Bear brings a great chef from Puerto Rico and we loved his dishes. You can do this all month. And they will be on the radio with me this Sat from 1 to 2 on 630 KHOWSATCHEL’S

Ceviche De Camaron y pulpo

plantinos, avocado, lime

Papa Rellana

slow roasted goat, crispy potato, fried alliums

Mofungo de Apio

celery root, smoked pork cheek, pique

Flan De Queso

brown butter, almond crumble

And we added “pigs Tail”—I said no way, but it was delicious-crispy outside, tender inside, marinated in tamarind and so good.

Senior Bear does great Latin food. The space is rockin busy with the front area a huge focal bar with seating and more seating toward the back. Weather permitting there is a super patio. Service is excellent, and staff happily describes all the dishes. They freeze a special drink in a machine that resembles soft serve—ours was a pina colada and I could have ended there! With so many intriguing dishes, out of the ordinary, and exciting, Senor Bear is totally unique, and a place to find interesting dishes not available any place else and a great crowd!  It’s a huge hit in Denver.

Zapplin Station DenverZEPPLIN STATION

Then it is off 35 and Brighton-head to 31st-it is there

Zeppelin Station. Poke a hit! Bahnhofstrasse mi sandwich too need to try Indian next. And more poke

The building is sleek and very modern. Enter the space to a large bar-very stunning and enjoy your drink here! The style of the restaurants is lady out like a cafeteria setting. First was Comal which changes what

Zeppelin Station opens officially on Monday but get on over.  The space is very modern, slick, white and clean looking lines. The building is sleek and very modern. Enter the space to a large bar-very stunning and enjoy your drink here! The style of the restaurants is laid out in a food court layout. First was Comal which changes what it serves-Mexican, etc different days. In no special order there was poke, Bahn mi, Vietnamese, Indian, smoked meats, a coffee shop, and gelato store.  Get your choice-they will page you when done-great a seat at many different spots for dining and enjoy. The poke was a big hit-marinated tuna-rice or salad, and pick toppings at no extra charge. The banh mi was on large rolls with the protein, cilantro, pate, and more. Cannot speak to the Indian-my next stop but with more poke, and my friend wants to smoked meats. Sure this will be a big hit-and lots of fun. Ignore the traffic mess getting there and enjoy the scene.

Viale DenverVIALE
1390 S. Colorado blvd.

Viale is so good-great food and staff-calamari, bruschetta, garlic knots, bolognese, mussels, and salmon too-loved it!

Viale is a perfect neighborhood bistro with great Italian food, fabulous service, convenient and has parking too. The place is great looking-a bar as you enter for drinks and dining, an open kitchen, and banquette seating and tables around the room. The food is excellent, affordable, lovely presentation and large portions too-it has it all. From mussels, calamari, great bruschetta, salads that are very special and delicious pastas-go for the Bolognese!!! There are entrees too-salmon, beef and more-I am hooked on their pastas—and yummy desserts end the feast. A great cocktail and wine list make it all perfect. Head on to the hood-next to Xfinity-you’ll find it and go back often.

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