DRINK: WAZEE'S LAST SIP OF SUMMER Eek out the last days of summer by ordering a fresh-squeezed watermelon margarita at Wazee Supper Club. The $9 double marg mixes juiced watermelon with triple sec, sweet-n-sour, and—count 'em—four shots of tequila. The LoDo pizza spot will serve the 22-ounce cocktails until the melons run out...which, at best guess, is in a couple of weeks. 1600 15th St., 303-623-9518, www.wazeesupperclub.com .
PALISADE PEACHES: GET 'EM WHILE YOU CAN I stopped by the Belmar farmers' market over the weekend and came away victorious: eight Palisade peaches for $7. Sure, they might be more expensive than the grocery store variety but they were tree-ripened and organic—and worth their weight in gold. The fruit came from Morton's Orchard's in Palisade (www.mortonsorchards.com ) and will only be available through Sept. 20. Pick up some Morton's peaches Wednesday and Saturday at the Boulder farmers' market and Sunday at Belmar, then make this simple recipe: Peach, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
- 3 to 4 peaches (peel or no peel)
- 1 cup fresh basil (chopped or torn)
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into about 1-inch chunks
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss gently with olive oil, salt, and pepper. UPDATE: CHEERS TO 8 RIVERS It's hard to open a restaurant without a liquor license, but 8 Rivers' full flavored Caribbean cuisine managed to pull in diners even without libations to cool the flames. But as of a month ago, the Red Stripe balloons began flying and now the Highland restaurant packs diners in noon and night. There's a full bar, but really, what douses the heat of jerk chicken like a cold one? 3609 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-1126, www.8riversrestaurant.com .