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Between 2 Meals: This Isolated Restaurant Can Only Be Reached By Horse-Drawn Sleigh Or Skis

When I heard that the Foodbeast team was going to Aspen for the new episode of Between 2 Meals, I was worried. There was no doubt in my mind they could do what they set out to— create a utility guide of good eats and a possible excursion for any curious travelers in Aspens, that is. But a bunch of Southern Californians in the mountain cold? I was sure someone was going to end up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

Luckily, it appears they kept the Java Monster flowing and their bodies moving. Indeed, only once did they come close to a frozen Foodbeast when the episode’s host Geoff Kutnick mistook how to cross-country ski (walking in the snow on skis, for the uninformed) and tried to, literally, ski two miles uphill.

Needless to say, this did not go well, but it did provide for one of the episode’s best moments. And that’s saying something, as Geoff explored two of Aspen’s prime eateries and one of its signature activities.

At the first stop of the episode, Geoff explores the accidental history behind Aspen hotspot Bamboo Bear’s signature fried chicken, which is double fried for a remarkably crispy skin. The dish has become a staple for Aspen eaters, along with the restaurant’s traditional banh mi that uses fresh baguettes from a local Vietnamese bakery. Judging by the look of pure bliss on Geoff’s face after dunking a wing in the restaurant’s Bear’s Breath sauce, there’s no doubt that this is a must visit in the Colorado town.

Before the next meal, our host was joined by twelve-time X Games medalist Jackson Strong. The two tour Aspen’s main attractions, the slopes, via snowmobile. While most people opt for skis or snowboards as their mode of exploration, when an X Games contender approaches you with snowmobiles, you take the snowmobile. Once Geoff had a snowmobile ride that was a little more than he bargained for, it was off to the next restaurant.

After the aforementioned uphill trek, the two reach the Pine Creek Cookhouse, a local stronghold that’s only accessible by sleigh or cross-country ski, to check out it’s surprising specialties. The first is the massive Kurt Russell burger, sourced straight from the actor’s cattle farm. The second, a type of Nepalese dumpling called momos, is a tribute to Pine Creek owner John Wilcox’s extensive experience in the Himalayas. The restaurant’s forte is handmade by actual sherpas, who staff much of the kitchen.

Check out the full episode at the top of this article to see these delicious eats, Geoff’s misadventures, and the beautiful snowy mountains of Aspen.


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8 Foodbeast-worthy Restaurants And What To Order In Aspen, CO

Aspen, the stunning mountain town in Colorado, can be quiet at times. This doesn’t mean the restaurant scene cannot boast a formidable roar when it comes to mouthwatering eats.

Java Monster fueled us up as we took a culinary tour through some of the best eats Aspen Colorado had to offer. Whether you’re visiting to get a lung-full of the fresh mountain air or eager to see the world famous Winter X-Games, you have to keep yourself charged. You just have to know where to look.

Check out this list below of MUST-TRY spots in the stunning mountain destination. This list is powered by our earnest recommendations of places that are delicious, in a beautiful backdrop, that won’t break the bank.


Butcher’s Block

There’s nothing that will warm you up like a hearty sandwich, and Butcher’s Block’s famous meatloaf sandwich doesn’t get any heartier in Aspen. It features your choice of bread (I strongly recommend the French Roll) and is loaded with mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. The meatloaf itself combines juicy pork and beef along with a medley of spices coming together to form a unity of flavor in your mouth.

CP Burger

Anyone looking for a bit of casual recreation in the city can stop into CP Burger. The fast-casual burger shop serves up not only mouthwatering gourmet burgers, but also hot dogs, fries, and Spiked Shakes that will warm you up in the middle of winter.
The restaurant also features Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink. When the season heats up, the rink transforms into a mini-golf park. Activities galore!

Home Team BBQ

Home Team is a local spot on Buttermilk Range with a cozy interior and some legit barbecue. The habanero jelly and creamy white Alabama sauce with their wings are a winner. They also fuse together barbecue and brunch or breakfast, with items like a brunch burger, BBQ breakfast burritos and enchiladas, and more on the menu.

Hops Culture

You don’t have to go camping to enjoy s’mores. In fact, Hops Culture bar serves up a tableside s’mores platter that takes the camping experience straight to the bar, letting you enjoy some craft brews all while getting your childhood fix of graham crackers, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows in a casual setting.

Meat & Cheese Restaurant

Rich artisanal cheeses, savory meats, and bread so fresh you can smell it from a block away. Meat & Cheese specializes in a variety of boards, and one of their most popular ones draws its name from the restaurant itself: The Meat and Cheese Platter. Great for small groups to share, once you crush the entire platter, you can walk it off inside the farm shop and peruse through their selection of speciality charcuterie, cheeses, seafood, soups, and sauces.

Paradise Bakery & Cafe

 

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Paradise bakery makes a ton of baked goods, from stuffed croissants to freshly made cookies. If you’re looking for some frozen treats on the mountain, the affogatos are a must! They can be made with any of Paradise’s ice cream flavors, such as birthday cake, acting as a creamy companion for your coffee.

Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

For anyone trying to find shelter from the icy weather, Su Casa Mexican Restaurant specializes in a pretty fiery dish. Called the “Crazy Pig,” this seafood dish is served inside a whimsical pig-shaped molcajete and filled with a red tomatillo sauce, scallops, mussels, cheese, and garnished with fried shrimp. A little latin heat to this chilly hamlet.

The Red Onion

One of the oldest bars and restaurants in Aspen, The Red Onion has been around since 1892. A stunning establishment, the building boasts a gorgeous Victorian aesthetic that’s been gradually updated through the ages.

On the menu you’ll find American classics like the Colorado Burger, as well as The Red Onion’s popular customizable Mac and Cheese. Seriously guys, you can load this plate of mac up with all your favorite meats: bacon, shrimp, or even pulled pork and top them with roasted jalapenos.

According to owner Brad Smith, The Red Onion serves more Coors Banquet than any other single outlet in the country.

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These Vegan Breakfast Tacos Are As Good As The Real Thing

Mexican food, though one of the most delicious cuisines on the planet, often heavily incorporates animal products, leaving vegans who crave it hanging out to dry. Though the term “Mexican food” is indeed broad and covers thousands of dishes, it’d be remiss to ignore the prevalence of ingredients like lard and cheese in most dishes. It’s in this respect that Sugar Taco has been moving to shift the culture, by working to prove that delicious, plant-based Mexican food is entirely possible.

Earlier this month at the Vegan Brunchdown presented by Java Monster, the stars of Los Angeles’ vegan scenes were out to play, including Sugar Taco, who showcased a drool-worthy breakfast taco.

As quite a few of their menu items are, these tacos use a homemade, hand-pressed tortilla as their base. They use a vegan scramble as a hearty egg substitute and compliment that with a scoop of their savory black beans. Topped with a drizzle of pico de gallo and a handful of cilantro, the color on these tacos pop off the plate, especially when paired with a healthy scoop of Sugar Taco’s Just F*ck Me Up Guacamole.

The tacos are light, fresh, and won’t leave you feeling bogged down in the morning. In this sense, they pair perfectly with the new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats drink. Made with real coffee and oatmilk, this drink aims to do the same as the tacos: provide a plant-based start to your day without leaving you drained later on.

These breakfast tacos can be purchased from Sugar Taco during the weekends, where they’ll be selling breakfast until it sells out for the day, so make sure to get there early!


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This Donut Is Made With Java Monster and It’s Completely VEGAN

Donut Friend has been putting out creative vegan doughnuts since its inception. By naming their pastries after famous hardcore punk musicians, the shop has always infused it’s own energy into their doughnuts. Their latest one, though, is quite literally infused with energy.

In collaboration with the new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats drink, the LA-based doughnut shop’s newest creation is the Java Monster Donut.

Their light, airy cake doughnuts are topped with an espresso glaze, which is just strong enough to balance out the maple that the glaze is infused with as well. These flavors also pair well with the Java Monster Farmer’s Oat’s oatmeal flavor that’s worked into the whipped cream filling inside the doughnut. On top of that, the doughnut is topped with a crunchy chocolate oat crumble to give it a little bite.

And, best of all, the entire thing is completely plant-based to go along with the new drink’s vegan profile.

Check out the video above to see how this mashup comes together and make sure to try Java Monster Farmer’s Oats, available nationwide, right now.


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Move Over Fast Food, This Breakfast Sandwich Is Completely VEGAN

It can be hard to find good comfort food when trying to live a plant-based lifestyle, especially when it comes to breakfast. This is largely because living this way encourages one to pay attention to the ramifications of any excess consumption. Part of it is because, well, most comfort food relies on some sort of meat. To this, Munchies Vegan Diner in Santa Ana, CA scoffs.

They’ve been making vegan comfort food for the last couple years. One of their best items is the Vegan Classic Breakfast Sandwich, which will be featured at the Vegan Brunchdown presented by Java Monster in LA this Saturday, November 2nd.

Made with vegan sausage, cheese, egg, hash browns, ketchup, and wrapped up in an English muffin, the dish is perfect for anyone needing a boost in the morning. Even better, pair it with the new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats beverage to get a plant-based morning kickstart fit for anyone’s lifestyle.

Check out the video above to see the breakdown of the sandwich and peep our previous coverage of Java Monster’s new drink to get the lowdown on that. Both of these items, along with a ton of other delicious vegan foods, can be found at this weekend’s Vegan Brunchdown, which you can RSVP for at www.foodbeast.com/brunchdown.

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Java Monster and Afters Ice Cream Collab For Energy-Packed Ice Cream Flavor

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Afters Ice Cream made its name with a uniquely blue “Cookie Monster” flavor that spread through California faster than a Kardashian rumor. But now they’re making waves with a different type of monster. I’m talking about the Monster that’s been providing energy to the masses for more than 15 years.

Afters Ice Cream will be debuting a “Breakfast Monster” flavor at Foodbeast’s upcoming Nood Beach food and music festival, September 1, at Huntington Beach, CA.

This would be a perfect excuse to eat ice cream in the morning, as the new flavor will give you a boost using Java Monster’s Loca Moca flavor poured into Afters’ classic vanilla ice cream. Also mixed in will be some chocolate-covered biscotti pieces, with a healthy topping of bacon bits, honey, and French toast cereal.

If you really want to ball out, you can ask for the Breakfast Monster in the form of Afters’ famous Milky Bun, which fans know as a warm doughnut that houses the cold treat for a perfect blend of temperature-based sensations.

If you or your friends are fans of either Afters Ice Cream or Java Monster, you’ll probably want to snag some tickets to check this out, along with the other 20+ noodle vendors slanging goodies at Foodbeast’s Nood Beach Festival, September 1.

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