Costco: A restaurant review

For those of you wondering where to take your next date, consider Colorado Springs’ brand new Costco.

For under $5, you and your date can get a fine meal. And also, while you’re there, maybe even pick up 40 rolls of toilet paper and a 600-pound bag of dog food.

It’s a perfect place for those who want to avoid the eerily friendly chains like Applebee’s (HI! My name’s Jill, and I’ll be your server today. I’m also going to be your best friend for the next 45 minutes!) or the frou-frou wallet-killers like the Broadmoor.

My date and I each had a hot dog and a coke. And I was able to treat her to a dessert. Nothing but the finest for my lady. And the hot dogs were tasty. Better than most hot dogs. Not sure I cared much for the weird machine to grind out the onions and relish. But overall, Costco was a fine place to eat. Good food, cheap prices, and excellent bulk household items.

Nickels and Dimes

Ok so, we’re not poor. We’re really not. We have decent jobs, money in savings, some credit card debt but not 10’s of thousands, no car payments, no student loans. But sometimes things get tight (with me working freelance and trying to support a home in Los Angeles that I don’t even live in). We also like to travel and want to save up for some fun trips.

Rather than burn thru our savings we want to cut our expenses. Our main expenses are food and going out. We like going out drinkin’. And eatin’.  As you can probably tell from this blog. At the moment we spend about $125 a week on groceries and probably between $75 and $125 going out to eat and drink. We want to change this to about $75 per week in groceries and $ 50- $75 per week in going out. This CAN happen and we’ll keep you posted as to how we do it without ruining our lives.

I shop at Whole Foods because healthy food that doesn’t wreck the earth is important to me. I’ve been to Safeway and I am not convinced that it’s cheaper than Whole Foods. Maybe Walmart is but there’s so much wrong with Walmart that I can’t bring myself to shop there unless it’s an emergency. So I’ll probably continue to shop at Whole Foods and let you in on some of their good deals.

Another way to save money that we recently discovered by accident is that there are a hell of a lot of Happy Hours here in Colorado Springs. And they’re not just at normal Happy Hour time, either, some of them are in the middle of the night! Awesome! We’ll let you know about these, too.


Phantom Canyon

OK, we’ve been here a few times, and it’s never really been terrible. Something, though, prevents it from being a favorite place. Not sure why. The beer is good. The food is good. Outstanding, even. There’s pool. It’s hardly ever crowded or obnoxious. Not too loud. On paper, this is the best place on earth. But it’s just OK to me. Wonder why.

Today, we had the chicken fingers. Very tasty. She had a hefeweizen, and I had some sort of other beer that resembled a lager. We played pool and had a decent time overall. A couple looked like they were on a first date, and so we talked about them quite a bit. What’re first dates all about, really? Are you trying to sell yourself to the other? Or is it more of a feeling-out process? At any rate, this chick didn’t look like she was all that into the guy, and to be honest, she was a little out of his league. Tough luck, pardner. Have another beer.

Edit by Adrienne: I LOVE Phantom Canyon! Not sure why it isn’t a fave for DM. The chicken strips were super delish. They had some sort of sticky spicy sauce on them and were served with a creamy dipping sauce. They were too messy to pick up, for sure had to use a fork. It was Happy Hour when we went (from 3-7  I think- they also have a late night Happy Hour) so the beers were only $2.50 each. Also since we had “lunch” the pool was free. The whole thing was only about $15.00 which was not bad for an hour and a half of entertainment, 3 beers, and a snack. Oh and also, I won at pool….:)