I think its United Airlines that entices readers to enjoy three perfect days at one of its selected destination markets by offering a feature of the same name that tells readers how to get the biggest sightseeing bang for the buck.
It got me thinking not so much of where I might send Durangos tourists, but how often I catch myself saying, That was pretty much a perfect day. Often, its when I stumble on a local find or a story that I want to share.
A recent lunch at James Ranchs Harvest Grill & Greens got my attention. The Signature Harvest Burger with Belford cheese was worth the wait. The nice part of that brief wait was being able to gaze across the green valley and see the free-range chickens at work and to pet the family of sweet Nubian goats, penned not far from the gardens.
I thought about how my boys, who are now adults, would have treasured that experience as children. What a great day trip for families, before returning to the routine of the school year.
Later that day, I stopped by the little farm stand near the Durango High School parking lot and bought Palisade peaches. I remembered the year the Durango Farmers Markets annual Iron Horse Chef competition featured a knock-out peach dessert. That got me thinking about this years event.
Its happening this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Three local chefs have 90 minutes to shop and create innovative dishes using local ingredients. Ive tried Cyprus Café chef Vera Hansens Harissa Grilled Lamb Shish Kebabs, another taste winner that uses local lamb. Her recipe is in the cookbook Delightfully Durango. You can read about it on my blog: www.durangoherald.com/section/Blog03. Or better yet, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Eno, you can meet the chefs, buy a signed copy, try some of Enos great food and wine and support the Womens Resource Center with every cookbook you purchase.
My best day of all, however, was when I dropped by Rainbow Springs Trout and talked to Pat Goddard about the fish that won my heart too long ago for me to remember. That story will be the centerpiece of next weeks food page. But Ill tell you right now, Goddard is the personification of Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity. Hes super-smart, resourceful and most of all, knows trout. You will, too, once you taste the difference that local, farm-raised can make.
Karen Brucoli Anesi