Rakken Ramen is delivered by a robot, a meal full of vitality

Isaac Asimov’s second role on robots in the novel I’m a robot It states that “a robot must obey any instructions given to it by a human”. In the Boulder Rakkan Ramen, the instruction given to a red-and-white robot with piercing eyes is very simple: “Bring the food to Table Number 6.”

The machine, ‘Alexa’, rolls onto the table, but it’s no more than ten feet or so, and the server has to load my bowl on the table. Nothing amazing compared to what middle school and math students are creating these days, but it’s a glimpse into our food future.

Fabulous ramen. Rakken offers five or more varieties of broth-based ramen with vegetarian options. Creamy quartz-style ramen is loaded with rice noodles, roast pork, boiled eggs, green onions, and bamboo shoots. I added corn for sweetness and interest in texture, but it was hard to eat with chopsticks. Very worthy of a run and crowded with umami, it was good down to the last drink.

It’s true that hot soup cools you down on a hot day by making you sweat. If you add chili oil on the counter, it will get even cooler.

On the second visit, I enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with baked tofu, tomatoes and sesame seeds with a brine of sea salt from a sea vegetable salad.

If you visit the Boulder site for the Rakken Ramen series, be sure to ask Alexa to tell a joke. These are really bad dad jokes.

Another Food Attraction: Sourdough Bread Tour

In the past few years, Colorado has become nationally recognized as a hub for authentic sourdough bread, with artisan bakeries throughout the state.

The bakeries that make up this bread culture are dedicated to sourdough, despite the challenges, and use heirloom grains ground into flour on site.

Boulder County has its own sourdough favorites, including Moxie Bread Co.

Berthoud: Rice Artisan Bread (riseartisanbread.com)

Golden: Grateful Bread Company (gratefulbread.com)

Grand Junction: Kulinalani’s Organic Bread (kulinalani.com)

Steamboat Springs: Smell That Bread Bakery (smellthatbreadbakery.com)

Colorado Springs: Sourdough Boulangerie (thesourdoughboulangerie.com) and Nightingale Bread Co. (nightingalebread.com)

Denver: Denver Bread Company (thedenverbreadcompany.com), Raleigh Street Bakery (raleighstreetbakery.com), Reunion Bread Company (reunionbread.square.site) and Rebel Bakery (rebelbread.com).

Boulder flashback recipe: Tea Cakes

Great Harvest Bakery, which has been open since 1983 in Boulder, was one of the first local bread bakeries to mill their own wheat on site. In the late ’90s, the bakery shared this recipe with classic scones.

Currant Cakes from Great Harvest Bakery

4 12 cups unbleached white flour

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 pound butter

1 cup currants (or golden raisins)

3/4 cup of low-fat milk

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. The butter should be very cold and cut into small pieces. Using a fork, cut the butter into the flour and work until the mixture forms into rice-sized pieces. In another bowl, mix the milk and cream. Add to the mixture but do Not Too much of the mix. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead three or four times and divide in half. Lay each half into a circle about one inch thick and cut into six equal wedges. Sprinkle each wedge with sugar and place on a baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden in colour.

Culinary calendar: savor every culture

Sima Amsalem teaches chocolate workshops at The Studio Boulder including marzipan (July 20) and pralines and truffles (July 27). Timeline: simaschocol.com … Longmont’s Farm 49 is hosting Stone of Kindness Soup on July 30th. Participants contribute a vegetable ingredient to a soup cooked in a large cauldron. Details: bit. Details: rebelbreadco.com/classes-events/bakery-factory-tour-ticket

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