Prior to Cameron's birth, a kind and thoughtful friend organized a "meal train" for us. I'd never before asked friends to cook for me, so I felt a bit uncomfortable making the request, but given the chaos that I knew would ensue after the collision of a new baby and a rambunctious toddler, I decided I'd take the help if people want to give it. And boy, have they delievered! I cannot believe the generosity of food (and by extension thoughtfulness, time, and effort) that has been showered on us by so many. I haven't cooked a thing in the past two weeks, and we have even more meals on the way. I am so appreciative of what everyone has done for us during this exciting and totally overwhelming time. I hope I can return the kindness to everyone in my own way.
So since we've been totally set on dinners and lunches (thanks to leftovers), when some stir-craziness set in, we hit the streets for breakfast. We finally got around to trying a couple of places that have been on my list for ages, and both were divine.
The Universal 2911 West 38th Avenue Denver, Colorado 80211
^^the location is a bit odd. it's right off a main arterial road. in a strip mall next to a domino's and a H&R Block. but inside, a hipster feels right at home amidst the reclaimed wood, efficient but not overly friendly servers, and on-trend menu.^^
^^we'd looked at the menu ahead of time, so we knew we wanted the custard toast and ordered it right away since it said it was a "20 minute dish." we had the sausage scramble as our more healthful option, and then ate the custard toast for dessert. both dishes were phenomenal. the scramble was super flavorful and the side of potatoes was particularly good. sometimes potatoes are an afterthought, but these were perfectly crispy and well-seasoned. and the custard. oh my goodness. it was basically bread pudding for breakfast, which was exactly what this postpartum lady needed!^^
^^breakfast was our first significant outing with cam; one week after his birth. it took a good deal of effort for me to get dressed and out the door at a reasonable time that morning, but it was totally worth it. good food is always healing, and the short-lived time that babies just sleep in their car seats is delightful!^^
The Noshery 4994 Lowell Blvd Denver, Colorado 80221
^^the noshery opened earlier this year in the regis neighborhood. it's exactly the kind of place i wish was in walking distance from my house, but luckily it's only a short drive (or bike or run when i'm feeling better) away. the have great pastries, sweets, as well as breakfast and lunch menus featuring sandwiches etc.^^
^^baby + raspberry scone + latte. they have two sizes for coffee: small and large. small is a regular mug, and large is this mug-bowl. i had no problem drinking it all, but i'm picky about the temperature. once i'd had about 3/4 of it, the rest was cold. they were happy to put it in a to-go cup for me though!^^
^^this was just a couple days before the weather turned cold and denver got it's first snowfall. i miss those pretty leaves already!^^