While on vacation, cooking sometimes takes the back burner to enjoying time with family. Sometimes I’ll find that the food at a certain family location like the zoo or the museum is exactly what I expect, bland simple, greasy burgers and fries with a side of coke. However I am pleased to tell you that we found an amazing treat while visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. http://www.cmzoo.org/
This Zoo is incredible from the very beginning to the very end your family will have a day to remember for years to come. It was absolutely fabulous. I thought a zoo was a zoo, but I was wrong beyond belief. We fed giraffes, we came up close and personal to a wallaby, and heard a mountain lion cry out (it sounded like a bird! Crazy!) But the food at the Grizzly Grill knocked my socks off and has inspired me to figure out how to make this amazing sandwich.
I know what you’re thinking, it couldn’t have been that good, but YES it was THAT GOOD. Here’s what I witnessed this wonderful chef do.
He took a large circular focaccia bread (I’m guessing about 12″ in diameter) and sliced it in horizontally in half. Smothered one side with horseradish mustard, then layered perfectly grilled medium rare beef tips, provolone cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and a light dusting of salt and pepper and then topped it with the bread.
He then proceeded to cut the very large sandwich into 4 massive sandwiches, served on homemade potato chips in a very simple food basket.
This sandwich was amazing…so amazing in fact I forgot to snap a picture of it, but it was incredible. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
So I am officially inspired. I am now on the hunt for beef tips, horseradish mustard and focaccia bread. I’ll make sure to post when I attempt this delicious sandwich, or I may just go back to the expert and this time, get a picture.
Meanwhile…if you want to try it yourself. Go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – you will have the time of your life, and maybe find a sandwich inspiration of your own.