The gift of breakfast memories 🍳🥞🌟

Breakfast brings families together

Breakfast places in Denver
Breakfast places in Denver like Fooducopia offer a great atmosphere to create family memories.

The other day my kids asked me what my favorite breakfast food was growing up. I rattled off a few favorites, but what stuck in my mind was my dad’s French Toast.  Not so much for the taste, but rather the memory.

My dad was an early riser. Before any of us, he would rise, shower,  and splash his infamous Brut aftershave all over himself. And to be honest, I think that is what woke us up. Shall we say he was known to douse himself in his aftershave.

We had a griddle that always kept my dad busy. In the early morning hours he would beat the eggs, add a dash of cinnamon and happily dip the thin slices of bread into the batter.

Sometimes there would be a side of sausage or bacon.

But there was one problem.

Breakfast was ready hours before we even saw the light of day. So by the time we gathered around the table, the sausage had a thin white layer of grease on them. Dad pressed the French Toast slices like a dress shirt—there was no dough left in them. I’m convinced he secretly took the spatula to each piece a hundred times. Trust me. He pressed the darn dough out of all them. They were thinner than crepes.

But we were always thankful. The Aunt Jemima syrup was always on hand to make pools of syrup on our flat bread, I mean French Toast.

Dad was an early riser. We all knew that. Maybe he learned it from his dad back in the Greek village by the Ionian Sea.

Being Grateful

There was no griddle, but I bet there was some sort of breakfast morning ritual that his dad did for his kids. Times were tough for my dad growing up. War was in his childhood, so fond memories were not always pleasant. But he was always grateful. He never wasted food.

Dad taught us to do the same. So we always gathered around the breakfast table and happily ate his French Toast. It wasn’t until years after his passing that my siblings and I made a crack about his French Toast. The whole memory left us laughing and smiling for quite some time. And now it especially comes up as we gather for the holidays with our families.

Perhaps dad knew all along what he was doing when he pressed down on that spatula. Creating memories of a lifetime.

Breakfast places in Denver

Fooducopia loves bringing families together—especially during the holidays. We hope you join us at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue  at Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia to enjoy good honest food with your families. Don’t worry we don’t allow Chef Richard too much time with the spatula.

 

 

 

Giving Thanks to You! 🦃

 

“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” ― Chief Seattle

Tomorrow families all across America will celebrate Thanksgiving. Not all dinner tables will be set the same. As each family is unique celebrating the cornucopia of food.

Hopefully your table will be filled with plenty. This year’s Thanksgiving table might weave together families who rarely visit with each other or better yet mend a family’s brokenness.

Thanksgiving is the only day that reminds us just how powerful it is to gather together. A time to celebrate the harvest. But it can be hard. The choice is up to us what we reap.

Human connection:

There is something magical that happens when humans gather together. There is laughter, crying and every emotion in between. And that is what sets the table for lifelong memories. Not the silverware or fancy centerpiece.

You might be thinking, “do you know so and so and how annoying he or she is?” No, I don’t. But the people who are seated around your Thanksgiving table are not perfect. No one is.

Perhaps this is our call to action for tomorrow—to show human kindness when we sit and break bread with those who differ with us. To gather together as Abraham Lincoln reminds us and “whatever you are, be a good one.”

Choose kindness:

When we choose kindness to others, hate dissipates. You might say, “but you don’t understand what they have done.” You’re right they may be standing in your way on a personal or professional level. But when you are seated for your Thanksgiving meal all you can do is stay seated and gather together.

I’ve always thought about the first Thanksgiving. What was the topic of conversation? Did everyone get along? Probably not. But did everyone find happiness. I think so.

When we gather together with gratefulness something positive always occurs.  In fact Alice Waters says it best: “This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”

Here at Fooducopia we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in order to gather together with our family and friends. We hope you enjoy your time around your table.

And, as always, we want to say thank you for your support of Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia and we look forward to seeing you soon at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Best brunch in Denver is here!

Best brunch in Denver is here!

Best brunch in Denver
Fooducopia’s Pesto Scrambler: Pasture-raised eggs cooked to order & served with Breadworks crostini with Hazel Dell wild mushrooms, house-made pesto, and organic veggies

The weekend is here and that means it’s time to enjoy  the best  brunch in Denver.  Did you know that weekend brunch is actually good for you? Firstly, it’s the meal that can be enjoyed in the morning or afternoon—and that is always a best option for weekend dining.

In fact, according to British author Guy Beringer  in his New York Times Article entitled “Brunch: A Plea,” goes so far as to say ”Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.”

He breaks down all the best parts of having a weekend brunch by adding: ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” He sums it up perfectly. Don’t you think?

So perhaps that is why brunch is something treasured here at Fooducopia. Finding the best brunch in Denver is easy. Located right here in Wash Park, Fooducopia is passionate to bring locally sourced ingredients that cover all the brunch essentials. 

Wash Park Restaurant
Fooducopia’s Shrimp & Grits with Pepper jack cheese, and house-made salsa verde

The best part about brunch is the food. But it is also about the people around the table who make for a enjoyable social outing.

Executive Chef Richard Glover always takes brunch to a whole new level. So whatever plans you have this weekend, be sure to make time for brunch in Wash Park at Fooducopia.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue.

 

Pomegranates are nature’s jewels

Pomegranates—Fall’s beauty

 

Pomegranates are in season! Regarded as one of the most beautiful fruits, it is unlike any other—especially when you crack it open.  The shiny red “jewels” called arils are packed with tons of antioxidants. They help the body fight inflammation.

But did you know pomegranates, which means apple with many seeds, is one of the ancient fruits that bores much myth to its name?

In ancient Greek mythology, Persephone ate four seeds of a pomegranate before leaving the underworld, and therefore she was doomed to return. This myth ties itself to the coming of spring and winter.

The pomegranate tree can live up to 200 years.  Not to mention the fruit contains so many seeds bursting with flavor and endless possibilities just like in life.

“Just imagine,” she said. “If every seed grew, there’d be no room in the world for anything but pomegranate trees.” ― David Almond, Skellig

In fact many parts of the world it is known to harbor good luck.

I’m not sure if that holds true but when it comes to eating good honest food, you can never go wrong.  So be sure to enjoy a pomegranate while they are still in season.

And as always, we look forward to seeing you at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue at Denver’s Wash Park restaurant. Be sure to note our new winter hours below.

 

 

 

Hot tea benefits on a ❄️ day!

Hot tea benefits
Hot tea benefits are numerous for your overall health.

Hot tea benefits are endless

Today is a perfect day to enjoy a cup of hot tea—and not much of anything else. The Polar Jet Stream that sent Denver into a deep freeze brings everything to a standstill. And if you have the chance to work from home then you are one of the lucky few.

So what are some things you can do to make sure you are keeping yourself healthy in this cold weather? Let’s “spill the tea” as my teenage daughter says.

There are many benefits to pouring yourself a cup of tea. If loose-leaf tea is your favorite way to enjoy your hot beverage than by many you are a tea aficionado.

In fact, across the pond, the British are quite the connoisseurs when it comes to drinking hot tea. So much so that did you know there is a whole British Tea etiquette that you must follow in order to adhere to their tea rituals?

For centuries, tea has been used to treat insomnia, anxiety and headaches. But for today you probably will benefit most from its warm comfort.

Stay warm and safe out there today Denverites and be sure to enjoy a cup (or two!) of hot tea!

And We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Fooducopia, Wash Park’s healthy restaurant , for breakfast or lunch and tea!