It’s been a long time. How’ve you all been?

Miss us?

Of course you did. After begging for attention in the Indy’s dumb Best of the Springs contest, we needed to relax a little and regroup. Recover a little from our shame. Maybe have a cheeseburger or two.

Anyway, so we’ve been busy being out in the world. Here’s a quick roundup.

We saw Band of Horses in Denver earlier this month at the Ogden Theater. Great show, even though we had to get our tickets through Ticketmaster. Come on, Ogden, do something about that.

Band of Horses at the Ogden Theater, Denver

If you have a chance to see Band of Horses anywhere, it's probably a good idea. They put on a great show and seem like a genuinely decent group of people. No actual horses in the show, though. So there's that.

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

People at the Band of Horses show love Pabst.

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

After drinking the Pabst, instead of throwing the can in the trash, go ahead and crush it underfoot and leave it on the floor. The person who has to pick it up doesn't mind. It's cool.

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

Billboard outside the Ogden. Pabst, anyone?

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

Thick-rimmed glasses, check. Ridiculous beard, check. Plaid snap-up shirt, check. Pabst, check. I am a caricature of the hipster. Except I am old. At least I put my damn empty beer can in the trash.

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

Of course this chick isn't a caricature of anything. Just having a rum and coke and enjoying the show.

 

Band of Horses, Ogden Theater, Denver, Sept. 4, 2011

After the show, we walked to Tom's Diner. Great food for a late night. I had the fish sandwich, and Adrienne had a BLT, I think.

After picking up  Adrienne from the Denver airport after one of her many trips to L.A., we stopped off at the Interstate Kitchen & Bar. Interesting. I really enjoyed the vast bourbon offerings and had for the first time in my life a flight of bourbon. Enjoyed the Interstate very much and will likely be back the next time we’re in Denver.

The Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Denver

The bar at the Interstate.

 

The Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Denver

The Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Denver

 

The Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Denver

Adrienne had the fried chicken at the Interstate. She said it was very good, particularly the gravy.

 

The Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Denver

My flight of bourbon. And an Olympia beer. Because why not.

More recently, we took a day trip to Littleton and to Rollinsville to look at a summer shack we’re interested in buying, even though we have no money to buy a summer shack. But we figured we ought to look at it anyway, just in case.

In Littleton, we stopped at Merle’s for a cheeseburger. Lots of mixed feelings here. First of all, we have no complaints about the food. But the service was lacking. We’ll list our dissatisfactions and leave it at that because we don’t want to dwell on the negative.

  1. Virtually every place we’ve ever been will seat you, hand you the menus, and a single drink menu. Why only one drink menu? Are they in short supply? Seriously, people, give a drink menu to everyone at the table.
  2. The Tex-Mex burger with jalapenos and barbecue sauce is amazing. But it’s a little messy. How about you give me a couple extra napkins?
  3. Once at Flatirons, the hostess sat us at a table right next to a family of screaming toddlers even though the place was empty. I know there’s a flow and a system. You don’t want people seated at opposite ends of the restaurant, making the server walk unnecessarily. But at the same time, if there’s plenty of room, please don’t sit tables right next to each other. It’s uncomfortable.
Merle's Restaurant, Littleton, Colorado

Adrienne wanted to sit out on the deck at Merle's in Littleton. The hostess said it was cold, but we found it to be just fine.

 

Merle's Restaurant, Littleton, Colorado

The cheeseburger at Merle's in Littleton. The fries, though, get rave reviews from Adrienne, who's very picky about her fries. She would not stop talking about how excellent the fries were. The perfect combination of crispy and greasy. Fries: A-plus.

 

Merle's Restaurant, Littleton, Colorado

All this space out on the deck.

 

Merle's Restaurant, Littleton, Colorado

Go ahead and seat these guys here right next to us. You know what, how about you seat them at our table? We have two extra seats.

And on a final note, my mom dropped by unexpectedly tonight and delivered a fall/pumpkin seasonal sampler pack of beer. My mom is awesome.

Seasonal beer dropped off unexpectedly by my mom for no reason at all.

Seasonal beer dropped off unexpectedly by my mom for no reason at all. We're liking the Tommyknocker very much.

 

 

 

 

South Pearl, Denver

The South Pearl area of Denver is a really cute part of town. It’s made up of several streets, all with an old fashioned feel. it’s mixed with business, retail, and residences all together. If we ever move to Denver, that’s where I want to live.

Last fall we went to Kaos and had some really good pizza. I’ve been wanting to go back and we finally did.

We had some lunch at Pajama Baking Company. It’s really cute inside and they have really good food. They also have all kinds of coffee drinks and ice cream.

I had the Greek Veggie, which is red peppers, olives, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic and herbed cream cheese on ciabatta. It usually comes with spinach but I had them leave it off.

I had the Greek Veggie, which is red peppers, olives, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic and herbed cream cheese on ciabatta. It usually comes with spinach but I had them leave it off.

Mike had the pulled pork sandwich.

Mike had the pulled pork sandwich.

After lunch we left the neighborhood and went to an architectural salvage place up north and some other antique stores on Broadway. Then we went back to the South Pearl area and went to Bistro One for happy hour. It was a pretty limited happy hour, which was disappointing, but we managed anyway. It’s really more of a restaurant than a bar, I guess.

Happy hour at Bistro One, Denver, CO

Happy hour at Bistro One, Denver, CO

Have you been to South Pearl? What should we try next time we’re up there?

Drifter’s Hamburgers, Nosh, Squeak, Alice’s, Red Martini Colorado Springs and Deluxe Burger, Denver

Drifter’s Hamburgers in Colorado Springs. Really good. Sorta like In N Out but better fries.  For some unknown reason they don’t have their hours or their address on their website. DUH. Anyway, I think they’re open till about 9pm and they’re located at  4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs
Drifter’s Hamburgers, Colorado Springs
Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

DM gave a bad review to Alice’s Mexican restaurant the other day. I guess my item must have been better than his because I give it an A-. Yes, it’s too bright inside and has no atmosphere whatsoever, but the tacos were deeeeeeeeeeeeeeelish!

Alice's Mexican, Colorado Springs

Alice's Mexican, Colorado Springs

You know we love Nosh!

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs. They’re trying to be all old fashioned but their ambience is not old fashioned at all. They have a million different sodas that they mix up special for you (with sugar or splenda, no high fructose corn syrup here), about ten ice cream flavors and a bunch of different grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was all very tasty, but the atmosphere is for sure kid-like. Which is too bad because sometimes adults want to have this kind of food. Also I guess their “plastic” cups are made of corn.

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs

Last week we went to Acoustic Happy Hour at Cowboys. David Nail was playing a free show.

David Nail Acoustic Happy Hour, Cowboys, Colorado Springs

David Nail Acoustic Happy Hour, Cowboys, Colorado Springs

He has a couple of good songs so we thought we’d check it out. It was fun and he was good, but after drinking some expensive (hey, I thought it was happy Hour!) drinks we got bored and left and headed across the street to Happy Hour at the new Red Martini Piano Bar. As far as I can tell, it’s the same as the old Red Martini Lounge. There was a piano but no one was playing it. It wants to be all upscale but it’s still in that cluster fuck Rum Bay/Blondies/csnightclubs.com area, so…I dunno. Good luck. But Happy Hour was nice. The kids and soldiers weren’t out in force yet, it was mostly people from downtown businesses getting off work. The drinks were really good, not too fruity, didn’t get me drunk, and were cheap- only $4 each. We’ll probably go again, especially since the bartender was really nice.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

I had a couple of Coconut Frosts.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

DM had a couple whiskeys and a beer.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado SpringsAnd we shared some crazy coconut crusted chicken strips which I'm pretty sure took several months off my life.Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

The next day we went up to Denver to go to an estate sale. They had some neat things but in the end I didn’t buy anything. We went to lunch at Deluxe Burger because we were hungry, we were passing right by it, and we yelped it with the Droid phone and it got good reviews. It was only ok. It had a lot of atmosphere but the food was only OK. Also, the service was rude.
Neat light fixture and cool orange walls.
Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, DenverRetro and probably original terazzo floor. Deluxe Burger, Denver

Another cup made of corn! I guess this is the new thing.
Deluxe Burger, Denver
Deluxe Burger, Denver

I had a stilton and carmelized onion burger. I had high hopes!

Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, Denver

For some reason even tho it had carmelized onions on it, they still put raw onions on it, which as you know, I cannot abide! Also, the menu says to ask  for pickles. Why you have to ASK for pickles I don’t know. They should ask YOU if you want pickles. Plus when I asked for pickles when I placed the order sthe server chick said something along the lines of that they come seperately or something. So she couldn’t place them with with order? I was supposed to ask for them AGAIn when I picked up the order? WTF kind of crap is this? I didn’t ask for them. I felt I had annoyed the server enough by then.

Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, Denver

See? I didn’t even finish it.

Deluxe Burger, Denver
Deluxe Burger, Denver

So, Drifter’s YES!  Alice’s Yes. Nosh Yes.  Squeak Maybe. Red Martini YES! Deluxe Burger No.

Olive Branch, Southside Johnny’s, Asian Pacific Market Colorado Springs, Walnut Room Denver, How to Make A Perfect Egg Sandwich

Remember when I made the focaccia? Here’s how it came out. It was yummy!


I thought these lemons were pretty.


I forget what this was- some Mexican breakfast item I made.


Homemade pizza. I made the crust extra super thin which was good. But I want to try some different flours to really get a good flavor going.


The Olive Branch in Colorado Springs. DM had a turkey burger.


I had a veggie melt. They were both really good, as usual.


One night we went up to Denver to see DMs fav singer Hayes Carll. It was at The Walnut Room which is a neat old pizza place and bar.



The pizza was really good. Really thin crust! My fave!


Hee hee, silly self portraits.


I haven’t posted anything for a long time because not much has been going on. So I wanted to have SOMETHING to post so I took these pictures of how to make an egg sandwich. VERY EXCITING!
First I fry the eggs. I like them over hard, with a broken yolk, and kinda crispy.



And I like smushed avocado on it.


And also lettuce.


Toasted bread with mayo on one side and avocado on the other.


Then lettuce on the mayo side.


Then the egg on the avocado side.


Lovely!


DM liked it.


Cookie Puss laying in the sun.


This was flank steak with roasted tomatoes and polenta with balsamic reduction sauce, a la Martha Stewart. It was really tasty even tho it doesn’t look that great in this shot. In the summer, we can grill the steak and it will look prettier.


Time for a walk in the cold. It hasn’t snowed all that much, but it has been COOOOOOOOOOLD.


We walked down to Starbucks and then sat in the park to drink our coffees. I was hot at this point from being so bundled up, walking, and then drinking coffee that it was nice to sit outside.


Yummy salad.



This was a really good pasta I threw together with Italian chicken sausage, spinach, carmelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and fresh mozerella.


Super Bowl Sunday DM had to work so I went out for a drink and some dinner at a local bar (Southside Johnny’s) with my friend Janel.


We celebrated Valentine’s Day on February 11 and 12 because that’s Dangermike’s weekend, he had to work on Valentine’s day. I am still sick from like a month ago and was draggggging all day. We napped on and off all day Thursday but I did manage to go to the store so I could get provisions for Valentine’s breakfast and dinner.  For breakfast I made banana stuffed french toast with carmelized syrup. It was totally awesome!


Most of Friday we napped, too. We have both been sooooo out of it. I have no idea why. But we did manage to get up and have dinner and exchange gifts.I got DM a tee shirt and a sweater from H and M when I was in LA at Christmas. Thinking ahead! He loves the H and M stuff so I have to always think ahead.


 I had a chance to go get some extra long spaghetti in L.A. last week (they don’t have it here of course) and some See’s candy (another thing they don’t have here, sheesh). So anyhow, I made the extra long spaghetti for Valentine’s dinner. 


Pretty, huh? 


Crazy foam! I did it the jar way. I dunno what happened this time, it usually doesn’t make this good of foam.


DM got me an All Clad open fry pan (kind of like a wok) that I’ve been wanting for like a hundred years so I was pretty excited! I had bought some baby bok choy at the Asian Pacific Market here before I went to L.A. It was suuuuuuuuuuper cheap (and it’s my favorite), like $89 cents for two bunches. It’s like $5 for that much at Whole Foods and they don’t always have it. Anyhow I cooked it up with some olive oil and garlic and it was awesome.



That’s all for now! maybe when the weather warms up I’ll be able to post a FEW more things besides just the food I’ve made!

Misc. Colorado Springs Things

I meant to write about the two weeks The Dange had off but we didn’t wind up doing all that much. It rained a lot of the time. We spent some time doing things around the house, working on planting the deck, eating, drinking, cooking, hanging out with the cats, and going for bike rides. Now that we live downtown we ride all over the place. On Sundays we ride to Starbucks and read the New York Times and drink coffee like people who live in a normal city…:) There are also TONS of trails, bike paths, alleys, and even just plain bike lanes here so it’s really fun to just hop on the bikes and go. The weather, as usual, is insane. Snow, wind, hail, rain, sunshine- practically all in the same day. Anyhow I think I’ve posted some of these pictures before, I can’t remember (they’re not all from the “stay-cation”).

Bike rides!

Cool retro dry cleaners by the house.

One day we rode our bikes to an oldey timey hanburger stand which was delish. There’s a bike path that goes all the way thru the city, passing by both our place and the stand…:)

DMs bday lunch at Steuben’s in Denver. it’s trying to be sorta retro 50s and I guess it’s doing a decent job.

Peach cobbler!

I had green beans, mashed potatoes and an iceberg wedge with blue cheese, yummy. DM had fried chicken. I’m not sure why I don’t have a picture of it!

One of my masterpiece pizzas. Tomato sauce and ricotta.

Carmelized onions, asparagus and cheese. It looks weird but it was super good. Even The Dange liked it.

DM at Smashburger. It’s a new burger place here in COS that everyone seems to love. DM eating some chili with an ice cream spoon because they were out of regular spoons, WTF?

He ordered some kind of fancy burger with BBQ sauce that they mistakenly left off, and fride onions. MMMM.

They have two almost identical burgers on their menu, both pretty basic. They gave me the wrong one but I didn’t notice till I was at least halfway thru. Still, it was pretty tasty but a little too salty. I enjoyed it more than DM did. The fries were some kind of fancy garlic rosemary fries and were just ok.

Ordered a chocolate malt and got a chocolate shake. The service wasn’t very good and it was extra lame because there were only like 2 other tables in there. Still, the shake was good!

They also have pretty cool decor.

Another pizza, carmelized onions, cheese. Then after it’s cooked, salad mix with hummus drizzled on top.

Plain cheese pizza.

Cookie Puss lounging.

The Colorado Springs Eddie (but fatter than the real Eddie) at Tony’s bar downtown Colorado Springs!

DM in Tony’s. We have a love/hate relationship with this bar. We love it cuz it’s really nearby, just a couple blocks so we can walk. They have really good bar food, they’re always open. But the service sucks and it’s always full of annoying college students. There’s Colorado Springs Eddie in the background again.

Doing the aformentioned walking to Tony’s! It’s so close we can even walk there in a blizzard.

Homemade biscuits and gravy. I don’t eat pork anymore so no sausage gravy. I made this out of chicken drippings. It was really good.

Cookie Puss and PJ. I can’t believe how huge Cookie Puss is now. You may remember the pics I posted when he was a kitten and how he was so tiny compared to PJ. He is almost 18 pounds now and PJ is only about 8. PJ has chronic renal failure (he’s 15 years old) and doesn’t have a very good prognosis. But he’s hanging on and enjoying life as a cat. We have to give him subcutaneous fluids twice a day and a bunch of other medications but all in all it only takes about 5 minutes per day to do and he’s pretty good about it.

I don’t know what this was all about. We were probably drunk.

The red floor. It took 5 coats of paint and I still have more to do. Gotta sand it down one more time, put on another coat or two of the red, then some kind of polyeurathane or something.

Us in Boulder. I had to wear the hippy clothes so I could fit in.

I made this last night. Mexican chili soup with fried tortilla strips, Mexican cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and avocado.

Also made chicken tacos with all the fixin’s. That’s a caipirinha in the background. My current fave.

Fatburger. We’re trying to find the best burgers in town so we’ve been going to a lot of different places in a lot of different categories. We’re going to post it on our food blog at www.oinkety.com when we’re done. I am ashamed to say we haven’t updated it in AGES.

Fatburger is Fatburger, we have them all over LA. I remember them being better than the one I had the other day. Still, it was good. I think I liked Smashburger’s better, tho. DM likes the Fatburger better.

Their shake wasn’t nearly as good as Smashburger’s.

Wade’s cafe in Colorado Springs. They’re known for their pancakes and they win Best Pancakes all over the place all the time. It was packed and we actually had to wait which never happens here. I was not impressed with my huevos rancheros.

DM liked his breakfast and the pancakes WERE really good. Still, not as good as the REAL best pancakes in town which are to be had at Maggie Mae’s.

DM is now into fly fishing. He took a class and got all the gear. He even caught some fish!

I guess after that lame huevos rancheros I decided to make my own. I honestly don’t remember this at all.

Here’s DM practicing casting. And getting the line stuck in the tree. Not the best place to practice, Dange! Note the junkyard chic we have going on in our back yard.

Cookie Puss!

PJ!

They are always stalking the squirrels, who are really quite bold. Yesterday I let them out and suddenly Cookie Puss lunged toward the chair where I didn’t realize, was a little squirrel! They never come down onto the deck itself. He tried to catch it, it scooted away, right toward PJ! Who tried to get it, and it went back toward Cookie. OMG It was horrible. I thought for sure one of them was going to catch it and hurt the little guy. Not to mention getting rabies or some such shit. I managed to pick both the cats up and put them in the house and the little squirrel jumped the fence and into the tree.

All wound up and being fierce.

PJ is constantly going over the fence and into the backyard. It’s not really a backyard, it’s more like a parking lot. Anyhow he’s not supposed to be over there but he does it anyway. For someone on his last legs, he’s extremely fiesty. He does have a bad day here and there but most of the time, this is his M.O.

Here are some pics of the various weather on the deck


That plastic is there because it hails a lot here. Including yesterday. I had been meaning to make a more permanent structure for hail protection but hadn’t gotten around to it. Yesterday out of nowhere it started pouring down hail. I bought this plastic awhile ago and had DM drag it out for me then we went out in the hard rain and hail and covered everything. We were only out there like two minutes but were completely soaked all the way thru our clothes. It was insane. Today I went out and covered them at the first sign of thunder. Sheesh.

The following are various seedlings and plantings. You’re not really supposed to plant tomatoes till this weekend but I did it the first week in May. Luckily we didn’t have any snow and they’re doing pretty well now. I’ll keep taking pics as the summer goes on. I’m trying to do everything by seeds this year, so we’ll see. It’s a pretty short growing season here, so…




Ok so that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed the pictures of my Oh So Exciting Life!