Only a few of the merchants accepted credit or debit cards, though, which means we couldn’t give our money to a lot of earnest farmers who had such excellent produce for sale. Lucky for us, there were some earnest farmers with equally excellent produce who also lived in the 21st century and were able to take our money for their goods. Commerce!
Yes, the merchants who didn’t accept plastic avoided a small transaction fee, but they also avoided an entire sale (and judging by the number of people using credit or debit cards at this market, they avoided a lot of sales).
For people who are more visual, here’s a chart illustrating the percentage of money we spent at merchants who accepted our cards compared with merchants who didn’t.
One hundred percent of the money we spent at the Daley Plaza farmers market went to merchants who accepted credit/debit cards. Merchants who accepted cash only (or checks!) earned zero of our dollars.
Paravicini’s always wins all the prizes for the best Italian food in Colorado Springs. It’s delicious! I recently took the photos for their website and one of my best friends, Janel, works there. But I’m not biased, I’ve been going there forever as you can see by these camera phone pics!
Delicious house salad with fancy bread. And of course a glass of wine!
Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.
Penne pasta lunch special
Spaghetti lunch special
The best cannoli in town!
Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu.
The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs
Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.
Caprese salad, my fave!
Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.
Every time I go to one of the La Baguette locations I say it’s my favorite. The downtown one was the first I went to, then I went to the one in Old Colorado City, and finally, we went to the one on Chestnut St.
The Chestnut St. location is open for dinner. It’s a really authentic French Bistro. But unlike a lot of French restaurants, it’s super affordable.
Cute French decor at La Baguette
I had a Pastis, a very French licorice flavored drink, at La Baguette
We’ve actually been there a couple times. Once for lunch and one for dinner. It was delightful both times.
Crocque Madame sandwich with fries for lunch. Ham, cheese, and a fried egg on delicious bread.
Another view of the Crocque Madame.
The special steak lunch entree.
When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.
Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous.
Mike's mom had the special veggie orzo entree.
For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.
And the cream puff, which was a delicious as it looks.
La Baguette French Bistro is a great place for an authentic but affordable French meal with great service and fabulous food right in Colorado Springs. Check it out! Let us know what you think.
If you’re ever in need of paint or paint supplies, this is the place. The Paint Gallery is a licensed dealer of the Benjamin Moore brand of paints, and if you care about quality, we highly recommend this paint. Also, the workers there are very, very helpful, willing to talk to you at length about the project you’re working on. They helped us pick colors, gave us suggestions for techniques and tools, and gave us sympathy because we were overworked and sad.
We used to get our paint at Home Depot, but the Paint Gallery has such better customer service, the atmosphere is better, and the paint is superior. Of course it does cost just a little more, but over the course of an entire house, it probably wasn’t more than $100 more expensive. Totally worth it for the customized attention and better paint.
The Paint Gallery in Colorado Springs is the best spot in the city for your painting projects.
The Paint Gallery has virtually any color on earth available to sample.