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S’mores ice cream?

Nothing says summertime like camping and you can’t have a campfire without s’mores. Sundae Homemade Ice Cream decided to take that summer staple and create a flavor around it.

“We set out to combine all of the iconic ingredients of a traditional s’more into a unique ice cream flavor, right down to the toasted marshmallow,” said Ashlyn Streetz, general manager at Sundae.  “We started by making a graham cracker ice cream, then folded in mini marshmallows we roasted ourselves and finished it with the dark chocolate chips our customers know and love.”

Sundae’s unique and creative flavors of the month inspire many of its customers to share what flavors they’d like to see next. “Sometimes it’s a customer suggestion we find intriguing or sometimes its something we’ve been dreaming up ourselves,” said Streetz, who is a pastry chef by trade. “We featured a chocolate raspberry sriracha ice cream this winter, and recently featured a cucumber melon sorbet.”

Sundae prides itself on offering quality ice cream that starts with quality ingredients. “We’re not looking to cut corners or do what’s easy, real homemade ice cream takes time and tons of effort,” Streetz said.  “We’re always looking to create the best ice cream possible for our customers and for ourselves.”

Sundae’s mission is to simply spread joy, one scoop at a time. Sundae is expanding its reach this summer and besides the Edwards Corner and Bridge Street ice cream parlors, expect to find scoops of deliciousness at other places as well.

“We’ve added an ice cream cart to our team this summer.  We’ll be spreading our wings in Garfield and Summit Counties this summer scooping up joy at farmers markets,” Streetz said.

Sundae has also honored requests to have its homemade ice cream at special events and now offers catering services for weddings, backyard parties and other gatherings.June is flying by, so stop by Sundae to try the s’mores ice cream flavor before it’s gone. To learn more about Sundae Homemade Ice Cream, visit www.sundaeicecream.com.

National Rosè Day this Saturday

After a long and chilly spring, the temperatures are on the rise, prompting our palettes to switch from the heavy red wines and buttery chardonnays to lighter and brighter wine varietals. This switch is just in time for National Rosè Day, which is held on the second Saturday of June. 

National Rosè Day was submitted to and approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar in October of 2014 and first celebrated in June of 2015 by Bodvar House of Rosès, a winery specializing in rosè wines that hopes to raise awareness and give rosè lovers a day to unite together and celebrate.

Rosè may be one of the oldest types of wine known but it’s been gaining popularity recently, even becoming a mixer for use in other cocktails, rather than just being consumed as a straight wine.

To celebrate National Rosè Day on June 8, area bars are trying various ways to serve it up. White Bison serves a rosè frozè, which is reminiscent of those frozen flavored slushy drinks you enjoyed as a kid.

They start with rosè wine then add Domaine de Canton, which is a cognac-based ginger liqueur. Then they add some sugar, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice to add the pink color back into it. Oddly enough, when you put the rosè wine into a frozen slushy machine, the color fades. It’s garnished with plenty of mint to add another element of flavor and a little color to the pale pink drink.

These drinks are great summer sippers on the White Bison deck, which was voted “Best Deck” in the Vail Daily Reader’s Poll last year. If you have a large group, ask if you can get the “golden swan” which is basically a copper punch bowl shaped like a large swan, allowing you to keep everyone’s glasses full right at your table.

Foods of Vail offers grab-and-go, stay and eat options

Editor’s note: This story first ran as a paid feature in EAT magazine.

It was a summer spent in France that inspired Tracey Van Curan to learn as much as she possibly could about the world of fine foods. The owner of Foods Of Vail has put in the hard work and dedication to establish herself and her business within the world she loves, and the Vail Valley thanks her for it.

Foods Of Vail, located in Avon, has been in business since 1981.

The chef-driven establishment never cuts corners, ensuring every ingredient is fresh and from the best possible source. Three words describe what Van Curan has maintained over the years: homemade, convenient and creative.

“Even our stocks are made from scratch,” shares Van Curan.

Drop by and eat on site, choosing from a rotating menu of daily specials. Or pick up a quick lunch, dinner for two or order for a family of 20. Try staple items like the Thai Curry Soup or Van Curan’s Lasagna — made from the original family recipe derived from her New Jersey roots.

In addition to the soups, casseroles and salads readily available every day in this gourmet delicatessen, Foods Of Vail delivers and also has a catering division to service weddings, rehearsal dinners, at-home entertaining and more.

Best of Vail 2018 winners (full list)


Drumroll, please! After tallying the results from approximately 7,000 ballots and 58,309 total votes cast, the Vail Daily announced winners from the Best of Vail contest on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Donovan Pavilion.

Without further ado, see the full list of winners below:



Art gallery:Alpine Arts Center
Local artist:Jesse Horton
Day trip:Piney Lake
Late-night scene:Shakedown Bar
Local winter festival:Burton US Open
Local musician/band:Andy Cyphert
Local summer festival:Bonfire Block Party
Music venue:Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Pilates:The Athletic Club at The Westin
Romantic date:Sweet Basil
Workout spot:Minturn Fitness Center
Yoga studio:Revolution Power Yoga


Adventure outfitter:Vail Valley Anglers
Backcountry run:Minturn Mile
Bike trail:Boneyard
Chairlift:High Noon Express Lift 
Cycling route:Eagle Valley Trail
Fly-fishing outfitter:Minturn Anglers
Fly-fishing spot:Avon under Sunridge bridge
Golf course:Sonnenalp Club
Hike:Missouri Lakes Trail
Nordic track:Vail Nordic Center
Ski run (BC):Rose Bowl
Ski run (Vail):Northwoods
Snowshoe trail:Strawberry Park
SUP:Nottingham Lake
View:Piney Lake

Restaurants and Bars

Asian food:Henry’s Chinese Café
Atmosphere:Almresi Vail
Baked goods:Hovey & Harrison
Barbecue:Moe’s Original Bar B Que
Breakfast:Westside Café
Burrito:Rocky Mountain Taco
Caterer:Red Maple Catering
Cocktail:The Rose
Coffee:Yeti’s Grind
Craft beer selection:Vail Brewing Co.
Deli:Avon Bakery & Deli
Event/festival food:Rocky Mountain Taco
Family restaurant:Almresi Vail
Fast food:Rocky Mountain Taco
Fine dining (Edwards):Juniper Restaurant
Fine dining (BC):Splendido at the Chateau
Fine dining (Vail):Sweet Basil
Happy hour (Avon):Vin48
Happy hour (BC):Coyote Cafe
Happy hour (Eagle):Bonfire Brewing
Happy hour (Edwards):e | town
Happy hour (Vail):Almresi Vail
Healthy food:Hovey & Harrison
Ice cream:Sundae
Italian:Ristorante Ti Amo
Local brewery:Vail Brewing Co.
Mexican:Rocky Mountain Taco
Patio:White Bison
Pizza:Pazzo’s Pizzeria
Salad:The Rose
Seafood:Montauk Seafood Grill
Side dishes:Moe’s Original Bar B Que
Signature dessert:Sweet Basil
Sports bar:Bob’s Place
Takeout:Rocky Mountain Taco
Wine selection:Vin48
Worker’s lunch:Rocky Mountain Taco


Bike shop:The Kind Bikes and Skis
Craft beer selection:Avon Liquor
Dispensary selection:High Country Healing
Home store:Hygge Life
Jewelry store:The Golden Bear
Kids’ clothing store:Wishes Toy Store
Men’s clothing store:Ptarmigan Sports
Outdoor gear store:Ptarmigan Sports
Pet shop:Fresh Tracks Pet Shop
Shoe store:Ptarmigan Sports
Ski shop:Vista Bahn Ski Rentals
Snowboard shop:Buzz’s Boards
Tire store:Costco
Toy store:Wishes Toy Store
Wine selection:Avon Liquor
Women’s clothing store:Wild Heart


Bartending staffVail Brewing Co.
BudtendersHigh Country Healing
Hotel staffVail Marriott 
Insurance agencyWill Comerford, State Farm
Mechanic shopLeadfoot Linda’s
Offseason dealNozawa Sushi
Pet-friendly businessBonfire Brewing
PharmacyVail Valley Pharmacy
SalonFusion Hair Studio
Taxi/shuttle serviceRide Taxi
Veterinary practiceVail Valley Animal Hospital
Wait staffJuniper Restaurant


Local Brewery: Vail Brewing Co.

Best Local Brewery: Vail Brewing Co.

  1. Vail Brewing Co.
  2. Bonfire Brewing
  3. 7 Hermits Brewing Co.

Enjoying a local craft brew after a day in the sun in perhaps one of the finest things in life. What makes it even better is the fact that Vail Brewing Co., one of the locals’ favorites, has two locations in which one can sidle up, select a tasty beverage and enjoy it, either at the Solaris Tasting Room in Vail or at the brewery’s home in Eagle-Vail.

General Manager Sarah Boberschmidt said a combination of things makes VBC such a popular spot for locals.

“It starts with the beer — people wouldn’t come that far and drink terrible beer,” she said. “But it also has to do with the people who are there on a day-to-day basis.”

These day-to-day folks include the friendly staff, as well as the locals who are happy to shoot the breeze on any given day. Add to that the cozy atmosphere, the live music and other entertainment and the tasty taco truck parked outside the Eagle-Vail location, and you have the recipe for a beloved local brewery.


— Katie Coakley

Margarita: Maya Modern Mexican & Tequileria

Best Margarita: Maya Modern Mexican & Tequileria

  1. Maya Modern Mexican & Tequileria
  2. Agave
  3. El Sabor

When diners rave about a meal they had at Maya, they’ll typically mention an amazing margarita, whether it’s a fruit-pureed rendition enjoyed after a summer hike or a traditional, perfectly balanced marg sipped after a day on the slopes.

There’s stiff competition around town when it comes to making a great margarita, but Maya stands out from the crowd with fresh-squeezed juices, handmade sours and quality tequilas from their collection of nearly 100 agave-based spirits.

“We have a list of margaritas on the menu, but you can customize your drink with different spirits and really make it your own. I think that’s part of what people like so much about the margaritas here,” said Kevin Delonay, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa director of food and beverage.

Bar favorites include the mango or blood orange margaritas, both made from fresh fruit puree, and the signature Maya Margarita, a drink with a kick, thanks to Serrano-infused tequila, tamarind simple syrup and a chili powder rim.

— Melanie Wong

Mexican Food: Rocky Mountain Taco

Best Mexican Food: Rocky Mountain Taco

  1. Rocky Mountain Taco
  2. Taqueria No Se Hagan Bolas
  3. Fiesta’s Cantina

Just as there are different types of cuisine in different areas of the United States, different regions in Mexico have their own unique flavors. At Rocky Mountain Taco, the flavors are a bit Chihuahua and a bit southern California.

“It’s traditional Mexican food with a southern California twist,” said Dan Purtell, one of the owners of Rocky Mountain Taco, along with Jose Reza and Chris McGinnis.

Jose’s wife, Noemi, was a big influence and brought flavors from Chihuahua, Mexico, to the group. Purtell and McGinnis are from Orange County and brought some of those flavors to items such as the Hippie Crack; Jose grew up cooking Italian food, McGinnis said: The White Chick, with its creamy, alfredo-like sauce, was Jose’s idea.

With tortillas from Avon Bakery & Deli delivered fresh each day and ingredients prepared by hand (“the long, hard way,” Purtell said with a laugh), the guys at Rocky Mountain Taco are dishing up some of the Vail Valley’s favorite Mexican food.

— Katie Coakley

Patio: White Bison

Best Patio: White Bison

  1. White Bison
  2. Vail Brewing Co.
  3. Garfinkel’s

While White Bison is a great spot to grab a delectable bite in Vail, it also features a patio to write home about.

One of the more scenic spots in Vail Village, the White Bison patio overlooks Gore Creek and offers a beautiful backdrop to any meal: winter, spring, summer or fall.

Whether you’re there to chow down on lunch or dinner, or just to grab a drink, the patio is a popular rendezvous location for locals — not to mention, their food and drinks do not disappoint.

With special events and live music occasionally held outside, there’s something new all the time, so don’t expect to be bored. Even if there isn’t an event taking place, the babbling of the creek and the bright, colorful surroundings are enough on their own.

— Nate Day

Pizza: Pazzo’s Pizzeria

Best Pizza: Pazzo’s Pizzeria

  1. Pazzo’s Pizzeria
  2. Vendetta’s
  3. Pickup’s Pizza Co.

The freshest and best ingredients lead to the best-tasting pizza around, and that’s why Pazzo’s Pizzeria is such a fan favorite.

“It’s the homemade ingredients, including the sauce, we grate our own cheese … everything is good,” manager Erin Cobb said.

The first Pazzo’s Pizzeria opened its doors in 1990 in Vail; next came the Avon shop in 1996, and pizza arrived in Eagle in 2005. All three restaurants are perennially slammed with take-out orders, slices and pies made to order to eat in the colorful, somewhat rambunctious restaurants.

With slightly funky ingredients, the menu is interestingly yummy (although standbys like pepperoni, sausage and mushroom are always popular). Don’t be afraid to try what’s special to Pazzo’s: The Azteca has garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, pepperoni and jalapeno peppers, or try the Greek-inspired Corfu, with black olives, feta, onions, tomato and basil.

— Heather Hower

Pharmacy: Vail Valley Pharmacy

Best Pharmacy: Vail Valley Pharmacy

  1. Vail Valley Pharmacy
  2. City Market
  3. Edwards Pharmacy

Walking into Vail Valley Pharmacy is like walking into “Cheers” — everyone knows your name. And that is exactly how Kent and Courtney Lambrecht like their family-owned business to run.

“The big thing about being a family-owned pharmacy and having local employees is that we wouldn’t be here without the people who work with us or the community,” Kent Lambrecht said. “Each transaction is important to us, and our customers deserve that personalized attention.”

Vail Valley Pharmacy has taken its customer support one step further with the hiring of Dr. Eliza Klearman, a local expert in natural and holistic medicine. She is available to consult with customers who have nutrition, acupuncture and supplement questions.

“We are excited to have Dr. Klearman at the pharmacy full time and offer our customers a brand-new scope to understanding all aspects of their care,” Lambrecht said. “Hitting all cylinders with a holistic source is something that sets us apart from our competitors.”

— Jennifer Geisman