Dushanbe Teahouse

It’s been a pretty delicious food week. We’re in Denver, Colorado right now, and for us one of the most exciting parts of traveling is food. The highlight so far has without a doubt been the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, which, for starters, is beautiful.


The building was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and was disassembled and sent to Boulder. All that is hand-painted.


It was all carved wood columns and perfect lighting and a ceiling we couldn’t stop staring at. There were tables and chairs, but we sat on a platform on pillows. Which was awesome, but our legs started to fall asleep after awhile.

Dushanbe Teahouse

The tea was so good. I had ginger mango black tea, and it was so good that I’m going to order some from their online store (they were out). The ginger wasn’t really detectible, but it could be that the ginger was just to subtle under the mango to come out through the milk and honey I add.

Dushanbe Teahouse

We started with samosas, which had the most delicious mango chutney I’ve ever tasted paired with them. It started out sweet and then the mild spice hit moments afterwards. Jake and I were fighting over it. The samosas were good too, with spiced onion, peas, and potatoes inside, but man, the chutney! And the cucumber yogurt sauce was pretty much untouched, not because it wasn’t good, but because it didn’t hold a candle to that chutney. (Dear Dushanbe, I’d pay $20 a jar.)

Dushanbe Teahouse

Jake ordered orange foccacia French toast with eggs and bacon, which doesn’t look exciting, but orange! Orange should always be in french toast. All of the French toast we make in the future will be delightfully lightened with orange peel.

Dushanbe Teahouse

I had Royal Korma, which had the most warming, comforting cardamom coconut curry with white winter veggies like flavorful, silky potatoes and cauliflower, and topped with thinly slivered almonds. There was an option of chicken or tofu; I went with chicken. It would have been better with just the veggies, as the chicken wasn’t really flavorful. Which makes me think that they just stuck it in at the end. But that doesn’t matter. I want to eat this every time I have a runny nose. I’m going to figure out how to make it, mark my words!

Paired with the soup was buttered black lentils, which I’d never had plain before. It was like black beans had a sharp little baby. Also on the plate: delightfully textured housemade naan bread and garlic seared greens.

It was too good: we all overate and felt like we needed a post-Thanksgiving nap afterwards. We’re not going to be able to top this meal for some time.

Chicken Enchiladas

Also while in Denver, Jessica’s homemade chicken enchiladas, which are amazing. She makes her green enchilada sauce from tomatillos (mine comes from a can), so they’re wonderfully spicy and authentic.

Tokyo joe's

We also ate at Tokyo Joe’s, which is Jake’s and my favorite place in Denver. In Denver, they’re as common as Chipotles are in the rest of the US, and I think they should hop themselves a few state lines and head to our neighborhood. We should start a letter campaign. Tokyo Joe’s has super affordable sushi and rice bowls. We’re mad for their teriyaki sauce (we bought a jar to take home with us). You pick your starch (noodles, white rice, brown rice), your meat, your sauce, and your veggies. It’s fast and healthy. We make sure to eat it at least once every time we come to town.

While still in Kansas City, we had: My signature dish, Chicken Tikka Masala, with Roasted Curry Cauliflower. Toss cauliflower florets with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a few pinched each of salt, pepper, and curry powder. Roast at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes. We’re big fans of Near East brand rice pilaf. // We tried New Peking Chinese for the first time because we asked Siri what the best Chinese restaurant near us was. The food was pretty typical, nothing to write home about, but then again, we got the stuff we get from every crummy Chinese place. I’m hoping to go back with a more adventurous eater than Jake to try some of the things off of their authentic menu. // Still so in love with our Caribbean Jerk Rub. Wraps are easy: chicken with the rub, romaine lettuce, colby jack cheese, black beans, bacon, and corn cut from the cob. I love that it feels light and fresh, but is VERY filling.

Other stuff: We actually ate Sonic this week. Gasp! The scandal! Eliza asked, “Is this healthy?” Jake said, “Not at all.” Eliza answered, “Oh, well I was going to say that we should eat this more if it’s healthy. But since it’s not, never mind.” #parentingscore

And we forgot to pack our lunch for the road trip, so we ended up with McDonald’s, because that’s the only thing we could find close to an exit in the middle of Kansas (where are the diners?). We totally regretted that; we should have stuck it out with Wheat Thins and Beef Jerky.

That’s what we’ve been eating! What have you been eating lately? Share a recipe link if you have something awesome!

Check out the rest of the Savory Sunday posts.

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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Chicken tikka masala for dinner. Siri told us to eat here.

Caribbean jerk wraps