“Pudding specials”

Since Boulder Street Coffee Roasters went out of business, we’ve been wondering what’s going to happen to that prime spot at Boulder and Tejon. On the one hand, with Poor Richard’s right next door, is a coffee shop really a viable option? But Poor Richard’s is often so crowded, it seems like there might be room for a coffee shop on that corner.

I guess we’ll see. Apparently, the new owners plan on having “pudding specials,” and we’re pleased about that. Who doesn’t love pudding?

Still unknown: Who the new owners are; when the new place will be opening; what it will be called. If anyone knows, fill us in.

A new shop is coming downtown

The new owners of Boulder Street Coffee Roasters promise "pudding specials." Can't wait!

Why aren’t you voting?

I’m starting to get a little discouraged about this whole election thing. Can it really be possible that only 25 percent of ballots have been returned so far? Can it really be possible that so few people can be bothered to fill in a stupid ballot and put it in the mail? If that’s true, then not even pictures of cute baby animals will be able to lift this dolor.

Maybe the ballot is too confusing. Adrienne said that she can see why people would put it off because it looks like a huge hassle. And the secrecy sleeve. Besides being completely unnecessary, it really doesn’t fit right in the return envelope. It’s certainly not brain surgery to make it fit, but it’s just one extra thing.

Someone online somewhere said the ballot looked like junk mail, so some might have been thrown out with the credit-card offers. I don’t know that I buy that, though. It says: OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT right on the front. That’s a pretty good clue that it’s a real thing.

Adrienne and I are also disagreeing about mail-in voting vs. in-person voting. My thoughts on this are that we should make voting as easy and convenient as possible. And for me, that means online voting. Why we haven’t figured this out yet is beyond me. What decade are we in? Let’s go, Science and Technology! Make this happen already. (Oh, but it’s not secure — right, like an envelope I just handed to a complete stranger with my name and address on it is secure.) And if we’re going to force people to vote in person, the day should be a holiday so it doesn’t interfere with work. I like the mail ballot just fine. Adrienne prefers voting in person.

Whatever. This is an important one. So fill in your ballot and put it in the mail. Damn. If fools and bigots keep running this city because not enough people could bother to vote, we deserve every miserable thing that happens to us. The deadline is April 5.

Baby pygmy goat can't lift the depression over low voter turnout.

Not only is it a pygmy goat, but it's a baby pygmy goat. Doesn't get much cuter than that, folks, and yet I am still troubled by the low voter turnout.

 

How to eat healthy for cheap- salads

So, remember when I was talking about our new eating plan? It includes a big salad every day. I just do not get tired of salads! I read a thing about salads that said a good salad should have a lettuce, a fruit, a cheese, a nut, and a “wild card”. I don’t do that everyday, but I come close and am able to make a variety of salads using a lot of the same ingredients over and over.

I usually buy arugula because it’s my favorite, but I also love butter lettuce. Usually I get green leaf or red leaf because it’s almost always on sale, and now and then I will get a bagged mix. I keep lots of fruit on hand like apples, oranges, pears, and dried cranberries. As for the cheese, I usually use parmesan, but sometimes feta, chevre, or blue cheese. Finally I almost always add walnuts. And I have lots of different vinegars: balsamic, white balsamic, white balsamic with fig, and red wine. I make the dressing just by swirling some vinegar and some olive oil over the salad and then tossing. Sometimes it needs a sprinkle or two of sea salt, pepper, or herbed sea salt on top.

Here are 19 different salads:

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.

European Cafe, Manitou Springs

We were looking for someplace different to go for breakfast recently. Of course we love Smiley’s and Maggie Mae’s but just wanted a change of pace. Also, Smiley’s is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

So we wandered up to Manitou to see what we could find.

I had been to the European Cafe last summer and had a latte that was really good. Plus there was a parking spot right in front, so we went in.

First Mike had some coffee and I ordered a latte again.

Cafe latte at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

Cafe latte at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

They have a decent sized menu with the usual egg dishes on it. The only thing I found to be a problem was that just about every egg dish came with FOUR eggs. That’s excessive. I suppose you could ask for fewer eggs. Anyhow, I ordered the potato pancake with one egg. It was really really good! Not greasy, or soggy, or overly oniony like they can sometimes be. The veggies were really good and even the melon and banana garnish were fresh and tasty.

Potato pancake with veggies and eggs at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

Potato pancake with veggies and eggs at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

Mike had a scramble with the four eggs and a bunch of veggies. It was also good but not nearly as delicious as my potato pancake. They also serve real butter, which of course you’d expect at a place called The European Cafe. But I’ve expected real butter at lots of places that should have it and don’t so it’s worth mentioning.

Some kind of scramble at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

Some kind of scramble at The European Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO

So, we will for sure go there again when we’re wanting breakfast in Manitou. You should check it out when you’re in the area, too. Tell us what you think!

AutoZone is awesome- zone.

Mike broke my car today, sheesh.  So after a few calls to my brother the Jeep expert we decided to head over to AutoZone at 2455 E. Platte to get the battery looked at. They tested it (for free) and it was indeed dead.

I didn’t remember, but the battery was from there, from one of their L.A. stores. So the helpful employee there looked me up in the computer and despite the fact that my name was wrong in their system managed to find that I had a warranty on it- it’s 5 years old and they have some kind of crazy 7 year pro-rated warranty- and so I got a brand new one (list price $115) for only $49.

So we brought it home and hooked it up. The guy said to come back so he could test the charging system since this was such a weird thing that happened. They do that for free, too. He said it was fine but that maybe the alternator was acting up intermittantly and told us what to look for in the future.

While he was testing the system we were discussing how the things that hold the hood up were broken. I know, and Mike has been bugging me to replace them for like ever.  Anyhow, I bought some new ones ($35) so Mike could finally replace them but the guy who sold them to us said he’d replace them for free right then. Of course it only took like 2 minutes, but still, they totally don’t have to do that kind of thing and they do. I got a quote from a mechanic, along with a bunch of other quotes for other things, that was over $100 for that repair.

Anyhow, they do all these free tests for you, they help you figure out what’s wrong, they pretty much show you how to fix it, and in some cases will replace little things for you for free.

That’s awesome!