Now, who can blame her, right? That’s I exactly what I would order. But I’m not out promoting healthy eating. And somehow I doubt short ribs are on the new healthier school lunch menus Mrs. Obama has crafted for public school children.
The first lady and her two daughters arrived in Vail, Colorado Friday for a short ski vacation. And Saturday night Mrs. Obama headed straight for the best restaurant on the mountain, Restaurant Kelly Liken, reports the Vail Daily.
Main courses run $30-$40, according the the New York Times – it’s one of those places that doesn’t list prices on the website menu, because, you know, why be tacky and talk about money? – and owner Kelly Liken has appeared on the TV show “Top Chef.”
From the New York Times review of the place – yes, it’s so good the New York Times traveled out to Colorado to review it.
Ms. Liken cooks innovative regional fare, which includes a rich elk carpaccio with mustard aioli, roast Colorado rack of lamb with mushroom bread pudding and locally farmed bass with candied kumquats.
Candied Kumquats. Sounds like the name of a band.
I always can tell a restaurant is expensive when I can’t understand the menu. For example, the Pickled Pumpkin, which Mrs. Obama had for an appetizer – indeed, she had an appetizer – also comes with: Il Mondo Vecchio guanciale, wild arugula, parmigiano-reggiano.
Well that explains it. I wonder if she was concerned about looking stupid and avoided asking what the Hell all that is.
I like how local newspaper, the Vail Daily, played along and suggested Mrs. Obama was in it for the vegetables. “Michelle Obama enjoys fresh veggies at Restaurant Kelly Liken,” says the headline.
From the article:
“She was wonderfully gracious and very much interested in what we’re doing in this valley for our kids’ healthy lunch,” Liken said. “She was amazing and — all I can say is she was interested. It was really refreshing to see how interested she really was and how passionate about our kids’ healthy lunches, as well as the movement to eat local here in the Vail Valley.”
Yahh, well, now that the political correctness is out of the way, let’s dig into this short rib.
And this isn’t your McDonald’s McRib. This is a very upscale rib, pulled, in fact, from a bison, and served along with wilted Tuscan kale, hominy and wild mushroom sauté, braising liquor.
I do like my kale of the Tuscan variety and won’t eat it unless it is wilted, of course.
Mrs. Obama is in fact on a red meat kick. She served “Dry Aged Rib Eye” to Hu Jintao at last month’s State Dinner and offered hamburgers, hot dogs, and other types of chopped up animals at the Superbowl party.
Oh God, just look at this.
Not sure what it is. I grabbed it off Kelly Liken website. Look at the gloriously rare meat, the carmelized fat, and the grease-drenched fries. I’m thinking now of heading out to Vail to go to Restaurant Kelly Liken and maybe get in some skiing. I’ll mortgage the house if I have to.
Here’s a review on the restaurant website from “Helga:”
What a delightful surprise to find your “délicieux” restaurant. Your presentation of the food, the ambiance and the service deserve a grand “Bravo!”
Yeah right – “Helga.”
OK, I’m sure she exists. Only reporters make up quotes.
So Bravo Kelly Liken! And Bravo Mrs. Obama! And thank you for your rib, Monsieur Bison. Ouch!