Slices of the American Wagyu strip loin at Corrida in Boulder. Corrida will roll out a special Valentine’s Day menu.
Slices of the American Wagyu strip loin at Corrida in Boulder. Corrida will roll out a special Valentine’s Day menu.
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With 2021 and the holidays behind us, it may not be too early to consider Valentine’s Day planning.

Fortunately, Corrida, 1023 Walnut St., #400, Boulder, is already thinking ahead with its announcement of a special four-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. The Spanish restaurant, known for its tapas, craft cocktails and steak and seafood selections, will also have extended hours until 10 p.m. that evening. Reservations can be made at corridaboulder.com.

Brunch in Longmont

Longmont Public House, 1111 Francis St., has brought back its weekend brunch, which features a number of intriguing savory and sweet choices.

The brunch purist might enjoy the classic, an offering that lives up to its name with two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast. Those more inclined to extravagance might opt for the prime sirloin and eggs, which also comes with hash browns and toast.

Care for a meal more on the sweet side? That’s where the Grand Mariner French toast comes into play, featuring thick slices of challah adorned with whipped cream, strawberry compote, maple syrup and a side of bacon.

Savory Spice Shop employee Charlie Lawton holds out some fresh saffron in 2010.

Spice it up

Savory Spice Shop, 2041 Broadway #1, Boulder, is encouraging home cooks to ring in the New Year by shaking things up by trying some new seasonings.

Former Food Network’s “Spice & Easy” host and Savory Spice founder Janet Johnston recommends the following spices to try out in 2022:

  • Ras el Hanout: This Moroccan-style curry blend translates to “top of the shop” or “best of the best” and combines nutmeg and cinnamon with golden turmeric and floral saffron to elevate rice, tagines and curries.
  • Fenugreek seeds: These are a member of the pea family and have a bittersweet maple syrup aroma and flavor, ideal for ghee-roasted potatoes, carrot soup and chutneys.
  • Urfa chiles: The sun-dried Turkish chile that’s suitable for sprinkling on flatbreads and in salsas or drinks.
  • Baharat: Also known as Lebanese Allspice, is a peppery blend of Spanish paprika and sweet, citrus-forward spices. This versatile blend is traditionally used in lentil stews and with ground meats.

Plant-based classics

The herbivore, as well as those just interested in healthier eating, will appreciate the opening of the new outpost of Meta Burger, 1905 29th St., #1174, Boulder.

Voted the top plant-based burger restaurant by vegetarian restaurant guide Happy Cow, Meta Burger uses Hungry Planet‘s chef-crafted vegan meats for its offerings. Hungry Planet crafts a full range of inventive products, including plant-based burger patties, chicken, Italian sausage, crab cakes and pork Thai meatballs.

One of Meta Burger’s most popular offerings is the Flatiron Burger that features Hungry Planet’s classic beef patty topped with steak sauce, shaved Brussels sprouts, shallots, grilled mushrooms and gouda cheese.

Another top choice is the Deluxe Chicken, spotlighting Hungry Planet’s crispy fried vegan chicken, accompanied by Meta sauce, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes.

New Israeli dishes

Ash’ Kara, 1043 Pearl St., Boulder, recently updated its menu of Israeli-inspired favorites to include a few new specialties. New small plates include pastrami sliders with a charmoula mustard (think of mustard laced with a herbaceous green chimichurri-like sauce), Kobe beef latkes and a truffle duck mousse.

A new entrée is the braised short rib with confit fingerling potatoes and shawarma cauliflower. If diners are feeling especially luxurious, a top-of-the-line addition is the $92 caviar service for two, featuring a 30-gram tin of sustainably raised sturgeon roe with capers, labneh (strained yogurt standing in for the traditional crème fraîche), egg and potato crisps. A half bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne is also available as an accompaniment.