Last year, we tied for third with then-Business Journal writer John Hazlehurst and decided that he must be destroyed. He has since moved to the Indy, which means that while he still pens a regular column, we have not seen any Hazlehurst-specific “blog.” Consider yourself destroyed, Mr. Hazlehurst.
The first-place winner was a coupon thing, so whatever with that. Who can compete with bargains? The second-place winner is a member of Big Media, and who can trust Big Media?
It’s time for Oinkety to be the Springs’ No. 2 blog.
You have to vote for at least 15 things for your ballot to count. Here’s a sampling of what we voted for:
Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
Best Restaurant for Dining Alone: Adrienne would rather go to Shuga’s alone, and I prefer Poor Richard’s.
In fact, for just about every category, Adrienne picked Shuga’s. Best Happy Hour; Best Patio; Best Place for a Wedding Reception; Best Appetizers; Best Soup; Best Bartender (Kevin); Best Place for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail. Someone has a Shuga’s addiction.
We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.
Starting tomorrow (Tuesday March 8 ) thru Sunday March 13 is Colorado Springs’ first Restaurant Week (I thought we had one last year but maybe that was something else). You can get meals for two for either $35, $45, or $55, some even include adult beverages! Just mention Restaurant Week when you go. You might want to make a reservation because it’s going to be pretty popular. It’s going to be a great way to try out some of the more expensive restaurants in town!
The whole list of which restaurants are participating, what they’re serving, and how much it costs is here. The ones we’re particularly interested in are:
THE BLUE STAR
1645 South Tejon Street
3 course meal for $55 for dinner for two (not including tax and gratuity)
Cup of Beehive Cheddar Soup or Endive Caesar w/ julienne snow pea, garlic croutons & parmesan
Petite crab cakes, jasmine rice, crunchy snap peas, wasabi mayo or Petite bacon “steak,” roasted tomato polenta, roasted Brussels, natural jus or Millefeuille of tomato concasse, spinach feta w/ creamy tapenade
The Corleone (Blue Star signature dessert) or 1 oz. portion of any of our daily cheeses
My parents, my brother, his kids, and my brother’s girlfriend came out to Colorado last week and we did some stuff.
My parents arrived first and for dinner we went to Nosh which I’ve been wanting to try. It was really good overall.
I had their special sangria, my dad had some scotch and my mom had some white wine.
We “noshed” on a blue cheese wdge type salad which was only ok. Kinda odd actually.
We also had a beet salad which I forgeot to take a picture of but which was really tasty. And we shared this shrimp and steak salad thing, also delish.
Of course we had dessert. Three TINY little things, a chocolate pudding, a cake parfait thing and a lemon cake. All were great.
The next day we went to Rico’s/Poor Richard’s for lunch. Here’s DM and my mom.
The rest of the group arrived in the afternoon and parked their motorhome right outside my house on the street. LOL. It was funny. We were going to go on the Cog Railway that day but it was rainy and late so we went to the arcade in Manitou instead. It’s a really neat old place with tons of old and new games. We all played Skee Ball.
Here is dad, mom, my nephew, then over on the other side, my brother, his girlfriend, and my other nephew. That is NOT a baby in the girlfriend’s arms, it’s an photographic optical illusion!
Here’s the girlfriend again.
After the arcade we all went up to Ted’s Montana Grill for dinner. We had to wait in the bar because it was really crowded. I forget what this drink was called- a bottle of coke and a glass of Woodford reserve whiskey. DM and my brother’s GF had this. I had a whiskey and lemonade which they gave a cute name to, as well.
Here we all are waiting at the bar. In Colorado kids are allowed in bars if they’re with an adult so we hung out in quite a few of them during the week!
Waiting for dinner.
Ooops didn’t get any shots of dinner, but here’s dessert!