This morning we had our monthly book club meeting at a wonderful restaurant called "Root Down" in the Highlands (just North West of Denver). We usually do a potluck, where everyone brings a dish to share - but this time we did something a little different & went out! No dishes to clean, eh?
Root Down is a sustainable restaurant - they are 100% wind powered, they have a rooftop garden where they grow their own herbs & vegetables, um.... and a bunch of other stuff that you can read about on their website: http://www.rootdowndenver.com/
Oh, and you know what? The food was DELICIOUS!
The book we read was "The Unit" by Ninni Holmqvist - a Swedish author. It was a very interesting critique on what is important in life, and I liked it a lot. The story follows Dorritt - a 40-something year-old woman who hasn't had any children, and therefore gets placed into The Unit - a place where people are used as human test subjects, experimented on, and where they donate their organs to people on the outside. They get free gourmet meals, workout facilities, an indoor garden, everything they could ever want - but as her friend appropriately puts it, it's still a "luxury slaughterhouse". We had some really interesting discussions about it!
The next book we'll be reading is "UnSweetined" - by the girl who was in Full House (Jody Sweetin), and her overcoming her drug addictions. It should be interesting - it's certainly a topic we haven't tackled before!
As far as brunch goes, I had the Root Down Benedict (as did my mom), and it was amazingly delicious. I can't remember the last time I had a properly poached egg - and these were done perfectly. We had butter biscuits too, with real butter and fig spread. They were melt-in-your mouth good... and the coffee was perfectly brewed, rich, and yummy.
It was a wonderful way to start the weekend!