Ever wish you could hibernate like a bear? Fill up on rich foods and take a restful snooze until spring sends green shoots to welcome you back? It’s an appealing thought on chilly mornings when it’s a challenge to leave the warm coziness of the covers. But just think of all the things you’d miss – the glitter of the stars on a crisp winter night, the rush of freshness as you take a breath of cool air, and of course, the wonderful hearty foods for which you might have no
appetite in warmer weather.
At the Teahouse, we get the stovetop heated early every morning, and at the same time we’re welcoming you to breakfast, we’re also cooking up ideas for winter-ready stick-to-your-ribs
meals. Since a brisk bike-ride on Canyon Road or a hike in the mountains burns up additional calories keeping you warm, consider delving deeper into the Teahouse menu and trying one of our larger plates or weekly specials.
We love the foods of Italy, and it shows on our menu. Our Lasagna Bolognese is a noodle-deep dish, layered with pasta, béchamel sauce and a slow-cooked ragu. At heart, a ragu is a slowbraised Italian meat sauce that is flavored by tomato rather than a tomato sauce flavored with meat, and it’s nothing like that supermarket Ragu. Naturally, the addition of good Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese brings it to a fully piquant pleasure. For the vegetarians among you, we head a little further west to meld the flavors of Spain with those of Italy for our Polenta Catalan, a medley of roasted vegetables draped across a soft square of polenta resting on a bed of romesco, a red-pepper sauce made with almonds, garlic and tomato. And for comfort food, why not a chicken pot pie, to which we’ve added an Italian twist with a crisp polenta crust?
While all the Teahouse large plates are on the menu every day, our kitchen is not content to rest on our toques, so we’ve mixed in a slow-cooked dish of the day, a daily braise or stew served with bread enough to swipe the last vestiges of flavor from the bowl. On a day when we’re feeling more eastern European, it might be a chunky Hungarian beef goulash, redolent with red paprika. Or you might find us whipping up a rich lamb stew to top that creamy polenta. Specials change several times weekly, so returning for dinner at the Teahouse yields unexpected dining discoveries.
As always, our soup of the day is simmering, and on the weekends, posole, the New Mexican winter staple, is on the menu to warm you from the inside out. Our large plates and sandwiches are all served with a green salad, and salad can be the main course too, since we understand that sometimes a full-on plate of veggie goodness like grilled salmon on a bed of greens or an ample Greek salad is all you need.
You’re invited to join us at the Teahouse for a dinner, served seven days a week until 9pm, when you can pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer by the glass or sample the hot drinks we’ve added for extra-special winter delights. Remember that we’ll be open on Christmas Eve until 11pm, so you can enjoy the farolitos before or after, and leave the cooking to us. Hope to see you soon!