High Class Dining: Colorado Restaurant Introduces Weed-and-Food Pairing Menu

"The lady will have your finest blunt."

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When you go to a gourmet restaurant, you might find yourself asking the sommelier to recommend a fine wine to complement your meal. But now, as more states begin to legalize recreational marijuana use, diners will soon be asking another question: What fine weed will enhance my dining experience?

Patrons of Colorado’s Hapa Sushi have already begun asking this important question thanks to the restaurant’s new pot-and-dinner pairing menu. Back in 2009, the restaurant launched a print campaign that encouraged smokers to come eat sushi to satisfy their munchies. And now the chain, with locations in Boulder and Denver, is back on the pro-weed scene, urging locals to toke up and eat up — at the same time.

Here are some of the suggested dinner-and-dope combinations:

  • Pakalolo Shrimp with Pakistani Kush
  • Honey Miso Salmon with Sour OG
  • Katsu Curry with Blue Dream

Oh and don’t worry — the dining room is “ergonomically designed to reduce paranoia” so you can just sit back, take a toke, and then probably start giggling about how weird it is that something that used to swim in the ocean is now inside you.

103 comments
aeroxgyrl
aeroxgyrl

This isn't even true at all. It's part of a marketing campaign. Did the author even fact check? A simple call to the restaurant would tell you that it's all an ad and that they aren't selling weed or allowing patrons to smoke in their restaurants. 

DanaZevetchin
DanaZevetchin

omg!! That sounds amazing!!!!  My 2 favorite loves all in 1 place!  I love it and can only hope that New Jersey and CT will do it too!


kyle.william.lindley
kyle.william.lindley

Nice "Picks & Shovels" approach!  The sushi there is good too but that didn't get them on TIME...

MichaelMojica
MichaelMojica

Let's see.. cheetohs.. taco bell.. little ceasar's pizza... tortilla chips with bean dip. Some of the finer food selections to pair with cannabis.

johnhorn1977
johnhorn1977

Hey you know what they say, it's 4:20 somewhere

GeorgeThomasTaylor
GeorgeThomasTaylor

I'm sure just as we see dictatorial illogical exemptions for windmills killing endangered birds we will see such for smoking pot in restaurants.

bobwhite1810
bobwhite1810

Oh gee, lets see what pairing would be good.  How about any weed and anything edible?  There, how's that tip from Chefs Cheech and Chong?.

JohnBuchanan
JohnBuchanan

Colorado is quickly becoming heaven on earth. Who would have suspected? All they need to do now is elect Joe Walsh governor and adopt "Rocky Mountain High" as the state anthem.

JamesWanchik
JamesWanchik

A PLEA TO FELLOW CONSERVATIVES TO BE OBJECTIVE AND NOT BE HYPOCRITES

Here's and excerpt from NCBI website: "In summary, the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco."

To be fair...this does not mean there is not any damage. However, in comparison to tobacco (I would also include alcohol) the current evidence shows cannabis as much safer than tobacco. 

Although I no longer consume cannabis, I am a conservative who believes that government should not have much to say about what I consume as long as I do not harm others...to include taking care of my own health consequences from consumption of any product. How many violent crimes, car accidents, etc...happen because of alcohol and other drugs in comparison to cannabis? I've never seen anybody get aggressive and start fights while smoking cannabis by itself. Those that have gotten aggressive had consumed other substances, like alcohol, while also consuming cannabis. However, this does not necessarily mean that cannabis was the cause. Don't get me wrong...I am not for banning alcohol or tobacco. I just want some perspective...and that fellow conservatives not be hypocrites.


Now, back to the point of taking care of my own health consequences from consumption of products with health risks. It's called taking responsibility for ones actions...something liberals tend to avoid. I don't want to pay for anyone's medical treatment and/or welfare because of consequences stemming from their choices... to include smoking tobacco or cannabis, eating too much, unhealthy diet, drinking too much alcohol, and so on...



NathanBeveridge
NathanBeveridge

I can do these pairings....

California orange tip -Pairs with Doritos
razor back weed- Pairs with Doritos
purple hair pop- Pairs with Doritos
Kind Bud - Pairs with Doritos
This is easy!

ToccoCinco
ToccoCinco

Chips and ice cream are both great pairings.   

You can also make pizza out of pancake dough if there's no regular flour available in the cupboard (dang, I should have registered the name Pancake Pizza years ago - but who knew).

ColinP.Müller
ColinP.Müller

I'll save these people the time......any strain of weed + any type of junk food.....universal pairing

TheDers
TheDers

smoking while eating taste gross. one or the other, not at the same time. no one wants a little Katsu Curry on the tip of their blunt or bowl, from someone chewing and inhaling. ehhh just grossed me out. 

robert.oppenheimer3
robert.oppenheimer3

Actually, Colorado's new pot laws do NOT allow for any toking in a "public place" (definition still to be determined by court ruling). The basic interpretation seems to be you can't actually smoke ANYWHERE, except on your own private property, unseen by neighbors or the street. Except the Colorado Legislature is still having fun issuing "decrees" of what particulars are acceptable. There is still a lot of sorting out to do. And, of course, the Feds could, at any time, decide to start enforcing Federal law. Have a nice day!

JoeSiano
JoeSiano

Most cities will not let you smoke in a public place and some even in parks. However it seems that pot smoke is now a protected class. Is not all smoke created equal? Will pot smoking be tolerated in the workplace while tobacco banned?

bobwhite1810
bobwhite1810

What a bunch of gourmet crappola.  How about any type of weed and Taco Bell or Cheetos.

Yepbuddy46
Yepbuddy46

Everyone knows you pair weed with a large bag of oreos.

cmdr-buzz-corey
cmdr-buzz-corey

Weak minded people have to have their pot just to be able to face life. Pretty sad.

BobGray
BobGray

Let me understand this.  It is illegal to smoke tobacco in a restaurant but legal to smoke weed?

PatSmith1
PatSmith1

@JamesWanchik So are you ok with being asked to check a box on an employment form, insurance app, etc to disclose if you use weed?

JimmyKeller
JimmyKeller

far out man, I don't really know what you said but it sure sounds good to me.  I vote we ban all hipOCrats ha ha ha  wait you said hypocrites is that right? Just doesn't sound right but then my mind is fried man.  hahaha

theefingking
theefingking

@TheDers Do you just pour your whole dinner and beer in big bowl and mix it up and slurp it down too!  No, WTH!!!  I know it helps anorexic people eat up

RafiMetz
RafiMetz

@JoeSiano Cigarette smoke is nasty and smells like burning trash ~ herb smells good - Simple

theefingking
theefingking

@JoeSiano I don't think a restaurant is a PUBLIC place. I thought public meant tax-funded, which would include parks...

theefingking
theefingking

@bobwhite1810 ..just yakked a lil in my mouth..sushi is not gourmet food. Well, at least not anyplace I want to go....

robbyrock78
robbyrock78

@cmdr-buzz-corey --- My stomach is always upset from meds I must take.  Pot knocks that nausea right out, otherwise I don't feel like doing anything.  I very much like to read history of any sorts, and it's hard to do with an upset stomach.  I also enjoy working out DC principles calculations and crossword puzzles.  To each his own I guess, huh.

VidkunLauritzJonsson
VidkunLauritzJonsson

@cmdr-buzz-coreyThat's true, but there are many pot smokers who don't smoke to escape. They simply enjoy it the same way some people enjoy a few drinks in the evening.


Dry your eyes, commander.

CharleneBurke
CharleneBurke

@BobGrayMy goodness I hope not. Considering that cannibas is a mind/mood altering substance...2nd hand or not.

grrretchmn
grrretchmn

Probably because secondhand smoke from cigarettes HARMS the body, whereas cannabis does no such thing.

JamesWanchik
JamesWanchik

@PatSmith1@JamesWanchik To be honest...I haven't put a lot of thought into that. Good question though. At first glance, I would have a problem with it on employment forms. There's that assumption of innocence that I value dearly. Just as I wouldn't want a check box asking me if I drink. Now, if I were to be caught high or drunk at work...I would expect to be dealt with accordingly.

Now, health insurance we can debate about. I am fairly certain that there are some health risks involved with smoking ANY substance...some more, some less. I could accept a check box on that app. This is consistent with my view on taking responsibility for any health issues that may pop up because of my choice of smoking (which I no longer do). 

JamesWanchik
JamesWanchik

@JimmyKellerHahaha...reading over my comment...I am pretty sure I know what you're getting at. My comment is missing the context of the original comment I was replying to. Unfortunately, it is too late to edit. Please excuse me...my head is a bit foggy (pun intended). :) In reality, I have a pretty bad cold and have not slept. I guess I was rambling a bit. Let me see if I can concentrate enough to add some context.


We conservatives say we are for liberty and freedom of choice. But, it seems to me that on some issues we get selective and hipOCratical. Especially, on issues where we conservatives as a group have little knowledge and experience...cannabis consumption for example. If you read through the comments from conservatives here, you will see some of that hipOCracy and ignorance of the issue. My suggestion is to leave the hipOCracy and the ignorance to the liberals.

 I bet you'd be surprised to find out how many people you think are "clean", successful, productive conservatives... smoke that good bud at night.

JamesWanchik
JamesWanchik

@JimmyKeller Hipocrats...I like it! Although, I think you've been watching too much Cheech and Chong. I don't know anyone who smokes who actually speaks like that. 


Just like any drug, legal or illegal, cannabis can be abused. But, just because you have a certain percentage of abuse among users, does not mean we have to forbid it's use among people who care to have an occasional joint or two. Having an alcoholic beverage or two doesn't make one a drunken bum...neither does having a joint or two make you a drug addict. I see there are a lot of stereotypes about people who smoke. As a person in the know, I know that these stereotypes aren't usually true. If any group knows, conservatives should know how it feels to be falsely stereotyped...racists, bigots, sexists, etc.... I just ask that conservatives remain consistent and not act like liberals.

TheDers
TheDers

@theefingking @TheDers what? i dont get what you're saying. i commented saying that smoking and eating is gross. i do them seperatley...i also cannot drink anything while eating. the taste of alcohol ruins the taste of food. and the taste of food ruins the taste of weed.

CharleneBurke
CharleneBurke

@theefingking Restaurants, and other businesses, are considered PUBLIC. When a State has a law that bans behavior in PUBLIC places, unless it states which businesses are exempt, all businesses are effected. My view about tax-funded is that it is public/community supported, not public/community accessed.

BobGray
BobGray

@grrretchmn  Paul McCartney's wife died from lung cancer.  She never smoked tobacco.  She was a daily Pot smoker.  


According to the NIH  " marijuana tar contains about 50% higher concentration of chemicals linked to lung cancer, compared with tobacco tar, and that smoking marijuana deposits four times more tar in the lungs than smoking an equivalent amount of tobacco.  (http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/chat/chatfaqs_topics/marijuana.php)


Second hand Tobacco smoke will not cause impairment.  Marijuana will. 

theefingking
theefingking

@TheDersmessing with you...just saying, most patrons will know no one wants some weed ass on their fillet mignon...

BobGray
BobGray

@JSchorfheide @BobGray @grrretchmn The NIH publication was revised in 2012.  They admit there are no long term studies tracking a link between Marijuana use and cancer. Given the  makeup of the smoke from MJ and the carcinogens emitted I postulate that we will see spikes in cancers in long term smokers.


Even Ask Mother reports an increase in Testicular cancers among young males who are regular MJ smokers/users. 


Cancer is but one of the dangers of MJ.  The British have done extensive research on the transmission of various spoors, and other pathogens which are transmitted by "organic" MJ.  There is by their studies a significant risk for contracting these diseases from MJ.


I note how carefully you avoid the impact of 2nd hand smoke from MJ.  Those impacts range from intoxication, to depositing on the hair of unsuspecting persons.


These deposits are sufficient to cause a false positive in drug test.


The proprietors have a significant liability if they allow MJ use in their establishment.



JSchorfheide
JSchorfheide

@BobGray @grrretchmn  That website needs to update their information. The NIH funded a study 7 years ago that contradicted information they previously stood by regarding the harmful, cancerous causing nature of marijuana.

From the Washington Post:

The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.


"We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."


Tashkin's group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA had hypothesized that marijuana would raise the risk of cancer on the basis of earlier small human studies, lab studies of animals, and the fact that marijuana users inhale more deeply and generally hold smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers -- exposing them to the dangerous chemicals for a longer time. In addition, Tashkin said, previous studies found that marijuana tar has 50 percent higher concentrations of chemicals linked to cancer than tobacco cigarette tar.


While no association between marijuana smoking and cancer was found, the study findings, presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week, did find a 20-fold increase in lung cancer among people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html

JamesWanchik
JamesWanchik

@ghormax@grrretchmn Here's and excerpt from NCBI website: "In summary, the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco."

To be fair...this does not mean there is not any damage. However, in comparison to tobacco (I would also include alcohol) the current evidence shows cannabis as much safer than tobacco. 

I am a conservative who believes that government should not have much to say about what I consume as long as I do not harm others...to include taking care of my own health consequences from consumption of any product. How many violent crimes, car accidents, etc...happen because of alcohol and other drugs in comparison to cannabis? I've never seen anybody get aggressive and start fights while smoking cannabis by itself. Those that have gotten aggressive had consumed other substances, like alcohol, while also consuming cannabis. However, this does not necessarily mean that cannabis was the cause. Don't get me wrong...I am not for banning alcohol or tobacco. I just want some perspective...and that fellow conservatives not be hypocrites.