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lunch with leyla

I met with my buddy, Leyla, for lunch yesterday at The Kitchen in Boulder. Yup, same place I lost my panna cotta virginity. Leyla is a tele stud who jacked up her knee jumping into crazy chutes at Jackson Hole earlier this season – on ALPINE skis. Let this be a lesson to you all… stick with tele.


the tele betty and the x-ray



Those white stripes in the x-ray are the metal plates, pins, and screws they put into her knee. I hadn’t seen Leyla in a couple of months since her accident. With my chemo and her knee, it was like our tele class was getting picked off one by one. Thankfully, no one else got whacked – just us two sickos. She greeted me with some lovely little gifts. Such a sweetheart.

chocolates and mini silicone molds!



Lunch was fantastic as always. I am never disappointed with The Kitchen and the company was even better than the food.

chopped salad

garlic fries

my pulled pork sandwich



Normally, I could have put that sandwich away. The good news about not being able to stomach much food is that Jeremy got the other half when I picked him up later. He couldn’t shut up about how awesome the sandwich was. Love The Kitchen.

toward the end of lunch i got to meet the kids



Oh, and before lunch I had some time to hit a little sale I had spied earlier and got my hot little hands on these pretty numbers:

all-clad, all mine



I’m feeling saucy now!

10 nibbles at “lunch with leyla”

  1. Judy says:

    I absolutely adore my all-clad saucier. Used it just tonight for mac & cheese. Every year I try to add one new piece to my collection (since I can’t get magnalite anymore).

  2. Amy says:

    Ooohhh… shiny! :D Eek the xray does not look fun at all.

  3. manggy says:

    Hi Jen!! It’s nice to see you seem to have recovered more quickly this time. And you’ve been really busy too! Haha, you’re just like me– can’t resist a cookware sale, eh? :)

    Someday I will learn what all these terms mean. (“Tele?”) I just visited Boreal for all of 15 minutes during my trip. OMFG! That is waaay too cold for normal human beings. Granted, I am currently hating the feverish temps here at home but my toes almost fell off in the cold snap!

  4. Bridget says:

    That All-Clad saucier is so tempting. What is that saucepan – 1 qt, 2 qt? I can’t quite tell. I have the 2-quart, and I use it all the time. It’s my only All-Clad saucepan, because they’re so freakin’ expensive.

  5. jenyu says:

    Judy – I’m a huge fan of all-clad. I have been collecting a few at a time over the years :)

    Amy – I think Leyla would have to agree with you there!

    Mark – dude, you managed to hit a lot of good sales in SF. I’m *jealous*! Tele is short for telemark, which is a form of free-heel skiing (where the heel is not locked down as it is in alpine (aka downhill) skiing). Now that you’ve been to Boreal, you’re ready for a week of skiing in Colorado, right?! :)

    Bridget – the saucepan is 1.5 qt (a tall version of the 1 qt). I’ve got about 6 pieces now – slowly accumulating as I find great deals. They are wonderful, aren’t they?

  6. peabody says:

    Yikes with the x-ray! All that hardware in there.

  7. Diana Banana says:

    Wow, you ski ladies are freaking tough!

    How do you keep your all clads clean and shiny? I have one small fry pan and no matter what I do to it, the outside still looks yucky.

  8. White On Rice Couple says:

    Beautiful sauce pans, so new and puurty! Now go cook and get them dirty!

  9. Christine says:

    Your lunch sounds fabulous – and now I’m picturing your pulled pork sandwich too and that is making me rather hungry.

  10. jenyu says:

    Peabody – I know :(

    Diana – she certainly is tough :) I had the same trouble with my first All-Clad and asked Michael Chu from CookingforEngineers about it. He suggested Barkeepers Friend which is a mild abrasive scrub. It seems to work (with elbow grease).

    WoRC – I got the saucier dirty and today I’ll get the little saucepan dirty :)

    Christine – yeah, but I had to run my butt off to make up for that half sandwich. And what did Mr. Jeremy do? He ate it and sat in front of his laptop – remaining skinny… it’s not fair.

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