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Super Bowl chowdown: Seattle and Denver
If Super Bowl odds were set according to where you'd want to eat, Seattle definitely would beat Denver. But Colorado does have all that beer.
Big appetites were hoping for the 49ers to make it into the Feb. 2 game. With San Francisco for a theme, you could have a feast. And New England might have inspired a chowderfest or a lobster bowl.
But at least we're not stuck imagining Indianapolis facing Green Bay.
For the Seattle fans, the choice are easy: salmon, maybe grilled on alder or cedar; Olympia oysters; Rainier cherries (great dried, too); Walla Walla onions prepared any style. And you don't have to go far for Dungeness crab, king crab and other Pacific seafood.
The Seahawk in you also may yearn for salumi. Yes, terrific cured meats. After all, Armadino Batali's Salumi Artisan Cured Meats is in Seattle. Armandino is the father of star chef Mario Batali. He's a master of hot sopressata, finocchiona salame, cotechino sausage, culatello, pancetta, oregano salami, salami with peppercorns ... the list goes on.
Denver devotees can wash any of this down with beer. Colorado produces more than any other state.
The best-known, of course, is Coors. But you can do a lot better than that. Look for what's made at the Avery Brewing Co. The American pale ale, India Pale Ale,stout, wheat beer, Scotch ale, brown ale -- just find one. Boulder Beer comes through with Hazed & Infused Dry Hopped Ale, Singletrack Copper Ake, Flashback brown ale, Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty blond wheat beer, more.
To eat in the Denver spirit, consider some juicy beef or lean bison, maybe trout and any dish loaded with green chiles.
And you can hope for a New York team to be in the mix next year.