The Magic of Aspen

Trying to describe the beauty of Aspen is a task I do not wish to take. It doesn't matter when, just get there. If you are a Winter sports enthusiast or enjoy a great apres ski, let Winter be your entry way to the magical mountain town. If you prefer warm weather, crisp mountain air, long hikes followed by cold beer and more, start with a trip during Summer or early Fall. You can't go wrong as long as you make it to Aspen. It is not too difficult to get to but more difficult than towns closer to Denver. I suggest that you fly into Denver or Vail at least once and take the two to four hour drive thru the Big Rock Candy Mountains to see the scenery before arriving into the town so distinctively described in Dumb & Dumber... "A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen."

There is magic in the trees here. Trust me. Try it.

Food

  1. Aspen Kitchen
  2. Monarch
  3. Cache cache
  4. Matsuhisa
  5. Grey Lady
  6. Ajax Tavern
  7. Campo di Fiori
  8. Hops
  9. Annettes
  10. Paradise bakery
  11. Poppycocks
  12. Peaches
  13. Chefs Club
  14. Coffee place
  15. Roxys market
  16. Meat + cheese
  17. Jimmys
  18. Kenichi
  19. Cache Cache
  20. Pinons

Activities

Lodging

  1. Little Nell
  2. Little Nell Residences
  3. Limelight
  4. Sky hotel
  5. St Regis
  6. Innsbruck
  7. Molly Gibson
  8. Hyatt
  9. Viceroy Snowmass

NYC Roast Chicken to Go

Best Rotisserie Chickens TO GO (see full blog post in "blog")

1.     Dean & Deluca – enough salt, enough crisp, and just enough golden brown skin. It is easy to hate on Dean & his buddy Deluca, but don’t. They do what they do well. And they charge a premium for it. But the chicken is different. And you can buy just a half if you wish, for like $7, and can feed 4. Just avoid their seafood + meat in their Soho location. Not enough turnover.

2.     Papa Poule – smothered in herbs de provence and cooked to perfection, these chickens are yummy and ready to eat. The meat is tender and not over salted and the taste is Provencal, rubbed with Herbs de Provence. It is fragrant. Take it to go with their kale salad and signature sauces specifically their house curry.

3. Gourmet Garage - there is something about GG that is just welcoming. Maybe it is their snack selection, happy staff or forever availability of fresh artichokes...Either way, I'm a fan. Their chicken is particularly good and reliable. But only if you get it fresh out of the roaster. Avoid the ones in the glass case that look like they have been tanning for too long.

4.     Ready to Eat – a really good West Village bird. Simple + cheap. Well roasted, well rested and yup, ready to eat.

5.     Citarella – I don’t like this chicken. And only included it to say so. Because everyone says it’s the best roast chicken and you know what? It’s the worst. Its small and dried out and sad. It is a sad Citarella chicken. Even if its just 8$...spend your 8$ on a happier chicken elsewhere.