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.

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Photographer Christian Murdock’s “My Colorado” exhibit

One night at work I was daydreaming about barbecue. This is typical. When I’m not being obsessively committed to doing the absolutely best job I can in every aspect of my job and inspiring the same in my coworkers, I’m thinking about food or beer or napping.

Anyway, I’m in the office thinking about barbecue, and Christian Murdock strolls in with pans of food from Front Range Barbeque. He thought enough of his coworkers to bring us back some food from a photo shoot earlier in the night.

Christian is like that. Pleasant, decent and nice. Suspiciously nice, actually, now that I think about it.

Anyway, he’s having a photo exhibit, “My Colorado,” at Dogtooth Coffee Company in downtown Colorado Springs. His images will be on display from March 4 through April 15. (Why this isn’t on Dogtooth’s event calendar on their website is a mystery. Hint, hint, Dogtooth.)

In addition to having once brought in great barbecue to starving coworkers, Christian also happens to be a great photographer. So check out his exhibit — looks like a good one.

Photographer Christian Murdock, "My Colorado" exhibit, Dogtooth Coffee, downtown Colorado Springs

This image is part of Christian Murdock's "My Colorado" photo exhibit at Dogtooth Coffee Company

Photographer Christian Murdock, "My Colorado" exhibit, Dogtooth Coffee, downtown Colorado Springs

Christian used to wear a baseball cap, but since he's become an Artiste, this is what he's wearing these days.

El Taco Rey, Ted’s Montana Grill,Three Margaritas, Dogtooth Coffee, Bubba’s in Dallas and Lots of Home Cookin’

This stuff is not in any order- I can’t keep the days straight when I wait so long between posts!

El Taco Rey Colorado Springs. DangerMike did a review of this place the other day.

The weather has been the usual for Colorado- warm, then snowing, then warm, then snowing and so on and so forth. This was a snowy day!

Lunch at Three Margaritas. I’d never been there before! I guess it’s pretty famous. DM had some kind of combo plate and I had spinach enchiladas that were really good. Their chips and salsa are yummy, too. Did not have any margaritas, tho.

Monday I went to Dallas for the day to do a photo shoot. Here’s the world’s best chicken that I toted back on the plane. It’s from Bubba’s Cooks Country in Dallas and it is SO GOOD! I didn’t bring back any sides, just chicken and dinner rolls. Gotta actually go there for the sides cuz they’re too messy to go. This family also has a bunch of other chicken restaurants in Dallas called Babe’s.

Another snowy day. Cart got stuck in the snow in the parking lot at Whole Foods. LOL.

Some home cookin’- this is the beginning of spaghetti red sauce.

Graeter’s ice cream is an Ohio made ice cream. I had it when I went to Ohio and an old friend  brings it to me whenever he visits L.A. and I’m there, too. BUT NOW they sell it at Kroger/King Sooper’s here in COS- isn’t that amazing? It’s so awesome. This flavor is Blackberry Chocolate Chip- their chips are actually huge hunks of chocolate. DM was stunned by the size of this one, so he had to take a picture. LOL.

More home cookin’- this is baked polenta with apple compote.

The other day we went to Ted’s Montana Grill for lunch. They specialize in bison. This guy was looking down at us saying “Dudes, WTF? I’m awesome, why you gotta eat me?”

One of my recent clients brought me a bottle of this German mulled wine type stuff. I warmed it up and had some and it was really good. There was no way I could drink the entire bottle tho so I decided to make a pot roast with it. I marinated it with the wine, some onions, etc. and some herbs. Then cooked it in the liquid.

It was really good. I highly recommend using mulled wine (next time I might try that premade sangria) for pot roast or stew or anything else that calls for red wine.

Two huge meals in a row! We didn’t actually have them in a row, tho! They were a couple weeks apart. Mini Thanksgiving dinner- roast chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy.

This whole thing started because I had a half a can of pumpkin left from trying to give to the cats for digestive issues- they didn’t like it so I wanted to do something with the leftover. So I made a pie. And you can’t just have a pumpkin pie. You need the dinner, too.

Last night we went out for like half an hour to a ridiculously crowded bar (Southside Johnny’s). I wore the usual witch costume (no pics, sorry) and DM didn’t dress up. We didn’t even get to drink at the bar cuz it was so crowded. So this morning we woke up early- it was especially early for us because of the time change. It was also super nice out. So we decided to take a bike ride up to Dogtooth Coffee. Had a couple of Americanos and shared a bagel. Then we rode back and on the way a guy from the TV news interviewed me about the weather. LOL. I didn’t watch it because I don’t want to see how hideous I looked with no makeup and after a bike ride and in the AM. EEEEK. At least the guy let me keep my sunglasses on!

 

We also went to a cafe called Aiga Sofia in Old Colorado City last week. It was really neat but since I don’t have any pictures of it I’ll talk about it next time and get pics then, too. They put vanilla syrup in their hot chocolate, which was delish. Just thought I’d mention that so I don’t forget next time.
We’re leaving for the L.A. road trip on Thursday so next time I post I should have lots of pics from that.