Restaurant selection continues to improve in Fraser Valley
July 7, 2008
Food Finds. The Fraser Valley just keeps getting more dining options, and, fortunately, none of them seem to be offering burger- and nacho-heavy menus catering to tourists or teens.Reactions to the new Tabernash Tavern are exciting. The attractive building in the middle of little Tabernash is wowing locals with the extensive menu items being created by what friends say is some of the best culinary talent in the area. Its been packed for lunch and dinner since it opened not just because its new, but because its good.The Taverns menu is all over the map, literally, with entrees from Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Germany, England, Cuba and around the United States. Soups, salads, pizzas and a long list of appetizers round out the menu. I look forward to future visits to try the asparagus strudel with chevre, truffles and a tomato cream, the smoked trout ravioli made with dill pasta, the antelope burger with a cranberry salsa, and all four versions of my favorite bi-valve mollusk, mussels Thai, Portugese, martini and Diablo. Bruschetta, empandas and crme brulee offerings change daily.Back in the town of Winter Park, Mama Falzittos Restaurant is serving some light, luscious crepes for lunch, along with the regular menu.Garage Sale Garbage. Memo to the people holding yard/garage sales this summer: Pick up after yourselves. Two big sale signs across from Rocky Mountain Moonshine stayed in place for nearly two weeks, often blowing onto the bike path. The signs were picked up only when the Rendezvous Run for Independence was tidying up the area on Saturday.If youre going to have a sale, be responsible enough when its over to take down the signs, banners and limp balloons youve tacked up. The information is no longer useful and what you leave behind is just litter.The signs across from the liquor store posed a particular problem in that they could have blown into the road or onto the bike path. Two people I know have crashed while riding alone on that path in the past two weeks, with one ending up in the hospital with serious injuries. The last thing the heavily used path needs is anything that can create a cycling danger. Imagine the legal liability if there is an accident attributable to a wind-blown sign that can be traced back to you.Picture Perfect. With the wildflowers as stunning as they are right now, shouldnt you be out with your camera? Middle Park Land Trust is holding its 12th annual Purely Grand Photo Contest. The event gives amateur photographers a chance to compete for prizes and showcase scenic Grand County. Categories include scenery, agriculture, wildlife, floral, black & white and a contest just for kids (16 & under). Get entry forms at http://www.middleparklandtrust.org. Photos need to be submitted by Aug. 1. Winners will be contacted shortly after that and all photos will be displayed at a reception at Streamside Art in Granby on Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Mark Your Calendars. The dates been set for one of my favorite all-locals events, Advocates Annual Girls Night Out Shopping Extravaganza. On Thursday, Oct. 2, local and regional artists will be selling their products amid a room full of friends enjoying food and cocktails, all to benefit Advocates Victim Assistance Teams work toward ending domestic and sexual violence in Grand County. The location for this years GNO will be announced later, as will details of ticket sales. More Bear Behavior. It never hurts to repeat reminders that bears are out in populated areas right now. And they seem to be getting smarter, now able to open just about any kind of vehicle door passenger car, mini-van, big truck. The moral of one friends story is this: If youre going to leave beef jerky in your truck, lock the doors.Celeb Sighting. Former Denver Broncos Ring of Fame inductee Karl Mecklenburg and his family, enjoying the July 4 holiday weekend at Winter Park Resort.Keep in Touch: Whats got your attention around the area? Let me know. Ill try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.