No pictures this time, but I stumbled across the Savory Spice Shop down the street from REI. This charming neighborhood was one of the earlier parts of Denver to be rejuvinated and the shop has been there for quite some time. The manager was very helpful and explained the store very well. I bought a package of white peppercorns, something that I've been thinking about for awhile. I have really enjoyed the distinctive flavor. I've used it both on my omelets and some beef stew, in both cases a lively and distinctive addition.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.