Vail Après

As a recent transplant to Colorado from New York City, this has been the first true ski season of my life.  Make no mistakes here, I really only enjoy skiing when it is sunny enough to catch a tan, however I have come to adore the culture around skiing – cozy lodges, fur accessories, chili stations with proper accoutrements, Après cocktails, boutique villages.

How charming is this place?  I imagine Hansel and Gretel must be the inhabitants.

indigo Oakley Frogskin sunglasses, ph8 down vest, Marc Jacobs snow boots

The restaurant scene in Vail is hopping.  Over the past weekend getaways, TW and I explored a couple gems.

Kelly Liken is a polished, chef-owned restaurant offering seasonal cuisine…though it is rather $$$.  I had Kelly’s signature trout dish crusted with razor thin potato slices resembling fish scales in a lemon buerre blanc.  Divine!  We were even treated to one of my favs, a butternut squash soup amuse bouche.

Sweet Basil offers its hip clientele a sleek ambience and fabulous food and cocktails.  We started with the lump crab mac and cheese – a light, nuanced take on a comfort classic.  I chose the striped bass as an entree and a side of bacon pomegranate brussel sprouts.

On that note, Happy Friday everyone.  Indulge in a taste of something beautiful.

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