Gunning for second place

It’s that time of year again, where we shamelessly ask for your vote on The Independent’s annual Best of Colorado Springs survey.

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:

  1. Best Wait Staff: Detz Cafe.
  2. Best Restaurant for Tourists: Paris Crepe.
  3. Best French Restaurant: La Baguette. The one on Chestnut.
  4. Best Patio Dining: Shuga’s.
  5. Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Taste of Jerusalem.
  6. Best Food Truck: Phat Hattie’s.
  7. Best Burger: Drifter’s.
  8. Best Place for Ice Cream: Dogtooth Cafe.
  9. Best Local Beer for Winter: Bristol’s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, of course good luck getting any.
  10. Best Breakfast: Smiley’s.
  11. Best Caterer: Blue Sage Catering.
  12. Best Place for an Over-the-Top Gift: Pink Kitty Studios.
  13. Best Photographer: Pink Kitty Studios.
  14. Best Naughty Business: Pink Kitty Studios.
  15. Best Local Twitterer: @barelyescape.
  16. Best Local Blogger: Oinkety!

Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:

  1. Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
  2. Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
  3. 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.

Vote for Oinkety or this cat will cry

We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.







First Friday Art walks are back this week

Here is a complete list of art to go look at tonight.

The ones we’re going to go check out are:

“The Incomparable Steampunk Art Exposition” at Heebee Jeebees: 318 E. Colorado Ave, just east of Weber. 7 p.m.

I love Steampunk (hello, I’m 25). Lots of Steampunk art and clothing, a Steampunk burlesque show  by Lola Spitfire’s Peaks and Pasties, a wine tasting sponsored by Swirl Wine Emporium in Manitou, beer from Bristol Brewery, snacks from The Blue Star, Nosh, Taste Of Jerusalem, and Lofty’s Idea. An afterparty will be hosted by The Triple Nickel Tavern.

The Circle of Light Photo Project at Smokebrush Gallery: 218 West Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Ave. bridge, just follow the signs from the Colorado Ave bridge). 5-8 p.m.

From the press release about the show: “What if the blind could suddenly see? A unique art exhibit featuring photographs taken by people who were once blind but can now see because of a corneal transplant, opens in Colorado Springs. The exhibit is presented by the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB). Sponsored by Centura Health and Colorado Corneal Consultants, PC.” Sounds interesting.

Christian Murdock’s “My Colorado” photography exhibit at Dogtooth Coffee 505 E. Columbia 7-10 p.m.

Vintages Wine and Spirits at 9 South Tejon is having a wine tasting today from 2-6 p.m. Also tomorrow from 12-5 p.m. Hey, wine is an art!

See you there!