Sherpa House: Restaurant Review

By Shelby R. Cardamone

We all know it can be difficult to find something for everyone, whether you’re going out with your family, friends or adjourning for a business meeting. Adorned with many five-star reviews on Yelp, Sherpa House cannot go unnoticed. If you live in Golden, you’ve definitely heard about it from multiple people, and for good reason. Golden isn’t home to very many exceptional restaurants, but Sherpa House is worth your time, namely if you and your family are looking for a place to eat tonight, or if you’re an Indian cuisine virgin and need a good jumping-off block.

Indian food enthusiasts always have their go-to spot for some great paneer at great prices, and the décor is typically and nostalgically outdated. Such is the case with Sherpa House in the former, but thankfully not the latter. Grand ornamental detail is displayed throughout the restaurant from the ‘Prayer Wheel’ near the entrance to the hand-woven baskets and fountains adorning the patio area. If it’s true that people eat with their eyes first, the setting alone is enough to whet anyone’s appetite while carefully traversing the restaurant to your final destination at your table. Beware that, when you sit on the patio,

though, you don’t wear a dress like I did – the cold metal of the outdoor patio tables and chairs half froze me to death, which I suppose is a graceful way of reminding people to quickly order some warm food.

I don’t suggest going to Sherpa House for great service, as you will be disappointed. I found that the staff does not immediately remove guests’ first course dirty dishes from the edge of the table, especially after their third course is halfway done, and the dishes have been stacked there precariously for over 15 minutes. Not exactly a fresh start for each course.

I do suggest that you go to Sherpa House for the food. The vegetarian platter ($17.75) is a cornucopia of flavor, perfect for aforementioned virgins in the field of Indian cuisine. The platter comes with white or brown rice, naan and three variations of typical Indian food: saag paneer, aalu ghobi and chana masala. Unfortunately, all of the above are served in small metal containers, which aren’t the best insulation on a breezy porch, so you’d better eat fast, lest your $17 platter get cold. If you can manage that, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. All three of the variations served were absolutely incredible, and the naan and rice were cooked perfectly – the naan being thin but still fluffy, and the rice maintaining it’s beautiful grain shape.

The saag paneer, a dish of spinach and Indian cheese curds cooked in ghee, was savory and perfectly salted. The aloo gobi, a curried dish of potato and cauliflower, was the most beautiful color of orange, and the ginger was prevalent but not at all overpowering. The chana masala, chickpeas in a spiced ginger curry sauce, was the typical Indian comfort dish I’ve come to dearly love – as the dish is so simple, it’s often that you find your chana masala very bland, but not at Sherpa House. This simple dish was not lacking in the subtle curry and spice flavors that make the savory-sweet dish so enjoyable.

The prices at Sherpa House are definitely reasonable. For $6, you can get a small plate of salmon fried in spiced chickpea platter (called pakora), which comes with cool yoghurt-dill dipping sauce. Entrées are also reasonably priced, around $12 to $16, considering that the portions are more than large enough. The salmon mahkani ($15) I ordered was enough to share between two people, and $15 for a Salmon entrée isn’t easy to come by, unless the restaurant is skimping on quality, which Sherpa House clearly isn’t. So come hungry, and don’t expect to empty your bank account when visiting.

My final grade for Sherpa House is a solid B. The food was lovely and the décor was exciting, the building alone being a conversation piece in itself, let alone the many hand-woven baskets and pictures of the Dalai Llama adorning the walls. However, the service was incredibly unfortunate, and despite making reservations for indoors, our host insisted we sat outside where a cool breeze almost instantaneously made the fresh dishes cold and the metal tables and chairs are not forgiving for bare legs. The food is great Indian starter food – not the best I’ve ever had but nowhere near the worst. If you can get a table inside, or if it’s a very warm day on their outdoor patio, I highly recommend giving Sherpa House a visit.

 

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Front Range Community College staff and faculty volunteer their time to beautify the campus by planting flowers at the campus in Westminster, Colo on June 26, 2018. Photos by Ezra Ekman.

Wasted Food Event

On April 29, the Rocky Mountain Room once again hosted students from all walks of life as they learned about the hard truths in the food industry. Some of the students who attended this event also participated in the Hunger Banquet and Photovoice exhibition.

This article is the third in our Spring Food series. Be sure to read articles one and two.

By Madison Otten

On April 29, the Rocky Mountain Room once again hosted students from all walks of life as they learned about the hard truths in the food industry. Some of the students who attended this event also participated in the Hunger Banquet and Photovoice exhibition.

The Hunger Banquet and Photovoice were events hosted by April Lewandowski and Kelli Cole to help bring awareness to the growing issue of hunger in the community. The students learned all about how many of their fellow students are struggling day to day to find a meal, but now they were finding out that the food is out there, but it’s being wasted left and right.

Kristina Khal’s Wasted Food event delved into the problem of how wasting food plays into modern day food insecurity. Students in her sociology class had the ability to show off their hard work and research while simultaneously educating their peers on the issue.

One of students showcasing their projects was Ryan Scudder, who found that researching the issue helped him get a new perspective.

“I feel like all the research I did opened my eyes not only nationally but in our community,” said Scudder. “It definitely showed me that it’s an issue that needs attention in terms of food insecurity.”

In the Rocky Mountain Room, Khal’s students set up display boards decorated with pictures, statistics and a little flair on each project. The students investigated grocery stores, hospitals, schools, farms, landfills, restaurants and homes to get a better understanding of the scale of the waste. At each station, the students provided food for the visiting patrons. Refreshments were also available. The students who studied landfills even had a mini ball toss game set up.

Sheridan Adams, a participant in the event, found that the event helped change her perspective on food waste.

“I never thought about how much grocery stores wasted,” said Adams “I asked if they sold cheaper items to help reduce food waste, and now when I go shopping I look for them.”

There are several essential questions the students were tasked with answering: how much food is wasted, what are they trying to do to lessen it, what are the complications, how does it connect to food insecurity? Along with investigating the issues around food waste, they were also tasked with coming up with solutions. All the students had inspiring, hopeful and intelligent solutions for the issues at hand. Just listening to the students present their findings and solutions showcased just how dedicated they were to the topic. Many of the projects for the event had insightful and diligent research. The students were left to their own volition to get answers; they  went to the places they researched and asked the important questions all on their own.

A representative from the farming food waste station, Justin Lyon, found that his work on the project affected him personally.

“After researching, I’ve been more conscious about my food waste,” said Lyon “I started throwing away as little food as I can.”

In light of seeing mass quantities of food go to waste (about 40% of food in the US goes in the trash reports USA Today), the students have tried to take it upon themselves to change their perspective and their actions for the better. Many were happy to learn that the institutions around them are doing their best to help change the way they approached food insecurity for the better like the ‘ugly produce’ initiative at grocery stores where they sell bruised or misshapen fruits and vegetables at a cheaper price to help cut down on food waste.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 was a historic day for the Westminster Campus as we celebrated our first Juneteenth.

By Madison Otten

June 19 was a historic day for the Westminster Campus as we celebrated our first Juneteenth. You may be asking yourself, what exactly is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day to some, and it has deep ties in our country’s history, even though it’s not exactly a well-known holiday. It’s somewhat new to the state of Colorado, only picking up attention in the 1980s and has grown since then.

The true beginnings of Juneteenth stem back to the ending of the Civil War in which news travelled slowly to the South that the Confederates had lost. It would take a full two years after the ending of the war for the army to take over and emancipate the slaves in the Southern region. During this time, some battles were still being fought for the Civil War, even though said war was long over. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and officially enforced the new freedom of slaves.

Sadly, the celebration would soon be smothered by years of bigotry, racism, segregation, Jim Crow Laws and a general lack of human decency would descend upon the United States and drag us into an era of darkness that shouldn’t ever be forgotten. But the black communities prevailed on and celebrated it in spite of the hatred and aura of miasma around them. They were barred from celebrating in most public areas, so they bought a several acre park that is now known as Emancipation Park in Texas.

FRCC student Phoebe Zavala helped set up the Rotunda for the celebration.

“It is extremely important to include celebrations from all different backgrounds makes us stronger as whole and as a student community,” said Zavala.

The event included an informative slideshow on the history and importance of Juneteenth, and in proper party manner, food attributed to Juneteenth including BBQ chicken, fried chicken, dirty rice, salad, cookies and punch. Anyone and everyone was welcome to join and learn about this little-known holiday.

Todd Johnson, a guest at the event, shared his opinion on the school-produced events celebrating our differences.

“Yes, I believe our college supports huge communities and provides us with events that bring us all together,” said Johnson.

As the year goes on we shall be seeing more and more events geared towards bringing the community together and providing a fun and relaxing environment for the students as they pursue their own hopes and dreams.

I AM FRCC

FRCC is all about community and fun. The institution holds events showcasing such ideals for the students. Most events give out free food and have a fun activity. This particular event featured something that most people would attribute to the world famous Instagram app: a Polaroid camera.

By Madison Otten

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Photos by Massiel Orduna

FRCC is all about community and fun. The institution holds events showcasing such ideals for the students. Most events give out free food and have a fun activity. This particular event featured something that most people would attribute to the world famous Instagram app: a Polaroid camera. For the uninitiated, a Polaroid is a special camera that prints out a small picture after the image had been captured. The cameras have been making a comeback for such novelty.

The event was simple. You would write down what you thought was special about yourself, and then have your picture printed. The picture would be taped to the paper and hung up outside of the bookstore. Afterward, you were able to get a free snack and drink of your choice.

Since the Fall Semester is close, and the campus has been bustling with activity from new and returning students, it only makes sense to have an event such as this.

Elias Lopez, a student who participated in the event, appreciated the opportunity to share his identity, something people cannot always do.

“I think events like these helps students’ morale,” said Lopez. “It lets people know that they’re here and helps benefit yourself and the outside world by extension.”

Even though summer events can be few and far between, the ones that we do get are always seeming to brim with positivity, especially when free food is involved. Having people write down something that they think is special about themselves is another positive side to this event, most students are stressed and can be bogged down by the woes and strife of everyday life. Having them state at least one special thing about themselves can have an impact on their day, no manner small.

Another passerby, Clay Kungel, gave us his thoughts on why he enjoys events like theses.

“I like participating in events like these, they’re fun and give out free snacks,” said Kungel.

Events with variety such as this can help students during such stressful times of the school year when the financial aid process, and class registration hangs over everyone’s heads like some omnipresent cloud. It’s like finding an oasis in the desert. Having students take a few minutes out of their day to consider what makes them special is unique.