Toasting Season’s End

On my last ski day of the season, I raised a glass (shocking, I know) with dear friends and Ski Dad (we’d spent the morning showing off our dueling mad-skill-sets for the first time since we had completed our respective three-day clincs), feeling quite satisfied. Not only because I’d tackled endless crazy terrain all morning with my favorite people, but because, whee!, I’d discovered a new favorite libation at Royal Street Café. I’d like to think that every patron who sits down at RSC at 11:30 gets the same question from the servers: “Would you like to put in a cocktail order now, so that it’s ready for you at noon when we can serve it,” but I suspect that Rebecca, our fabulous server that day, has been reading my blog entries.

I, of course, insisted that my friends have the Blueberry Mojito, but determined that I was under professional obligation (to you, dear reader) to test a new beverage—The RSC St. Germain Elderflower Cocktail. It is the winner of  the 2010 Park Cit Cocktail Contest and it’s a winner in my book, too.

The very prospect of a new drink prompted me to look at the menu in a new light, and indeed order something new—the RSC Fish and Chips. Made with Steelhead Trout, the team at RSC takes this pub standard to a new level.

Our server, Rebecca, (did I mention that she’s awesome?) insisted that we have dessert—and so, the mini ice cream sandwiches were ordered, and devoured.
As I licked the last of the decadent fudge dipping sauce off my spoon, I worried that I might have après lunch legs awaiting me for the afternoon. Turns out, that St. Germain cocktail offered a certain salvo for that particular ailment. I was, it turned out, refreshed and recharged.

We found some lovely powder (yep, there was still fresh stuff) and more than one “Woo hoo,” was heard from our crew.

Vacation Cooking for Locals (and others)

Sometimes, I feel like my life couldn’t feel any more like I’m on the most excellent working vacation ever. And then I find a way to enhance that feeling. To wit: On a recent day, I had to go to the mountain to fetch my broken-beyond-repair skis from Jans—and spend a few minutes researching the skis I should demo for my next purchase. I had Little Guy with me, which is code for: The conversation sounded absurd. “So, if I want an all-mountain ski—HEY LITTLE GUY, LEAVE THAT DISPLAY ALONE PLEASE—but something that will float nicely in powder, what do you think—GET OUT FROM INSIDE THAT HANGER ROUND.” Yeah, ever-so-productive and not at all frustrating, right?

Naturally, I aborted the mission and we headed back toward town and the rest of our errands. Only, I had one more stop to make—Deer Valley Plaza. Because I realized that it was closing in on dinner time, and I had many other errands to run. Sigh. So, I did what any self-respecting vacationing Mom would do. I stopped at the new Deer Valley Grocery and Deli (for old-timers, its in the space formerly occupied by the Stew Pot) to see what I could score in the way of take-out. And score I did: My family would feast that evening on not one but two different types of ready-to-bake pot pies. Chicken and Potato Leek. And while the Chicken Pot Pie was the bigger hit, in true Deer Valley form, neither disappointed.

What a treat to be able to pick up something that was, frankly, better than homemade. (I’m only a mediocre cook, I can make great soups, but my family are not the biggest soup fans. It’s quite the conundrum.) The crust was perfect—buttery-flaky. And the fillings were seasoned flawlessly. And, I was a big culinary hero just for putting some frozen food in the oven. (And the crowd goes wild….)

I’m a great fan of loading the slow cooker in the morning for a worry-free après ski dinner, but this could be my new go-to plan. It certainly requires less forethought. And much less chopping.

Also, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe will remain open when the resort closes! You can now enjoy a Deer Valley to-go dinner all year!