Smiley’s Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

The first time we went to Smiley’s at 323 N Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs I was unimpressed. I don’t remember what I had but whatever it was I thought I could make it better at home myself.

But the place is really cute inside and they have outdoor seating. It reminds me of what a roadside or country cafe in the south would be like. I haven’t spent much time in the south so I don’t really know this from experience but it’s what I imagine one of those kinds of places would be like.

Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

 None of the chairs match, they have retro signs and ephemera all over the walls, the menu is on a chalkboard inside and handwritten outside.

Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

 Plus everyone else on earth loves it and it’s only a couple blocks from our house so we gave it a second chance. I’m really glad we did. It’s one of my favorite places now.

Walking to Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

Walking to Smiley's Bakery and Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO

I had the cornmeal pancakes with blueberries and some scrambled eggs. It also came with bacon or ham. Lately I’ve been trying to avoid eating pork so I usually give my pork products to Mike. Since he was having bacon with his, I got the ham.

Cornmeal pancakes with blueberries, scrambled eggs, and ham from Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Cornmeal pancakes with blueberries, scrambled eggs, and ham from Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs from Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs from Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Doesn’t that bacon look good!? I thought so too.

So I had a bite.

And OMG, this bacon was impossible to resist. It’s funny because even hard core vegetarians have a hard time resisting bacon. But I was always just so-so on it and never really missed eating it. But this bacon will kill you. In a good way. You have to try it.

So the next time we went I got the whole grain pancakes with blackberries, scrambled eggs and BACON. Mike had the chicken fried steak with potatoes and bacon.

Whole grain pancakes with blackberries, scrambled eggs, and bacon, Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Whole grain pancakes with blackberries, scrambled eggs, and bacon, Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Chicken fried steak, potatoes, and scrambled eggs, Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

Chicken fried steak, potatoes, and scrambled eggs, Smiley's, Colorado Springs, CO

They also have a large lunch menu with sandwiches, salads and things like that. Oh, and pie. Pie! But they close at 4:00 so you gotta get there early!

Buttermilk Truck, Los Angeles

Food trucks are all the rage in the big cities these days. There are all kinds of different foods and the trucks go everywhere. They usually let people know where they’re going to be via Facebook or Twitter. The Buttermilk Truck was at The Americana At Brand last time I was in L.A.

Chris And David waiting in line at The Buttermilk Truck

Chris And David waiting in line at The Buttermilk Truck

They have some breakfast sandwiches on buttermilk biscuits and some different fried buttermilk items. Yummy.

Fried eggs and chicken sausage on buttermilk biscuit from The Buttermilk Truck

Fried eggs and chicken sausage on buttermilk biscuit from The Buttermilk Truck

French Toast Sticks with maple syrup from The Buttermilk Truck

French Toast Sticks with maple syrup from The Buttermilk Truck

Delish! Highly recommended.

Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend

This is a new thing we’re trying- we’ll give you five fun things to do this weekend. You let us know what you did and how it went in the comments section.

It’s supposed to be a really nice weekend and is even going to get to 70 degrees on Sunday, so go outside!

Bistro French Toast From Maggie Mae's

Breakfast at Maggie Mae’s at 2405 E Pikes Peak Ave. We always have tasty meals at this old-person restaurant. Seriously, we’re the youngest people in there by like 30 years whenever we go.  But old people know what’s good! I almost always have a basic breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns and DM almost always has lunch! I’ve also had their French toast and it was really good, too.

Go for a walk at Garden Of The Gods. I know this is a no-brainer but when was the last time you went? I thought so. Bring a picnic lunch or go later on before dinner.

Garden Of The Gods, Colorado Springs

Garden Of The Gods, Colorado Springs

Go take some better pictures!

Have dinner at  Marigold.  And don’t forget dessert!

Espresso and Cheesecake at Marigold In Colorado Springs

Tiramisu In A Martini Glass At Marigold In Colorado Springs

Take a bike ride or a walk downtown and have some coffee at Starbucks. Sure it’s a chain but they sell the Sunday New York Times. You can pretend you live in a big city!

Walk around downtown and check out all the cute shops. My favorites are Sparrowhawk Cookware,  Terra Verde Boutique, and Poor Richards Bookstore, Then stop at one of the many bars for a beer and whatever sport is on the TV. We like Tony’s for sports, pitchers of beer,  cheeseburgers, and a relaxed yet lively atmosphere.

Tony's Bar, Downtown Colorado Springs

Have a great weekend!


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Metropolitain (CLOSED), Mountain Shadows, Colorado Springs

Last week we went to Metropolitain (Those girls from the website weren’t there, heh). But the bartender seemed to like DM and gave him a whole mess of whiskey tastings!

Pretty sunflower along a bike ride.

Mountain Shadows Restaurant which was only OK.



The cats helped DM fix my car window.

I made some white bean dip, homemade pita chips and veggies. And caipirinhas of course.

Also heirloom tomato and fresh corn salad which was SO GOOD.

And roasted spiced nuts and olives.

DM’s mom came over and had some with us.

Making pizza. DM tossed the dough! it didn’t really work tho because there wasn’t enough of it. I had made that no knead bread and baked half of it and thought I’d use the rest for pizza dough. It didn’t toss well but it was really good.

Fresh tomato, garlic, basil, mozerella, and parmesean with olive oil.


And carmelized onion, chevre, basil and olive oil. They were both delish.


One morning I decided to make an omlette. I was too chicken to flip it so DM did. That’s chevre inside and basil and tomatoes on top. Really tasty.

DM’s mom went to Puerto Rico and brought back a few bottles of rum. LOL. Seriously.

I don’t know why I took this picture of PJ, but here it is. He drinks water out of two glasses. That’s the only way he’ll drink it. He has chronic renal failure so we pretty much let him drink however he wants to.

I made a bean and tomato soup. But apparently beans don’t cook well here at this altitude (usually I use canned) and it took like two days to cook!

It’s been sort of fall like here so yesterday morning we opened the window when we woke up and sat here and drank tea.

Of course PJ wanted to get out.

Last night I made mai tais and we watched Mad Men. I wanted to make something with some of that rum and that was also retro. I didn’t realize we would have amnesia from them.

But we did. Neither of us remembers the nachos. I made them out of some left over prime rib from The Ritz and the usual tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, green onions, cheese, and peppers. Glad I took pictures!


A horrible squirrel bit the head off one of my sunflowers and scarfed it down! WTF squirrel!

Homemade waffles.

Ok so our deck is kinda cute but there is not nearly enough sun on it to grow tomatoes. I finally faced that fact and moved them out to the junk yard (junk yard chic?!). I don’t think there’s enough time left for them to amount to much but we’ll see.







Some of the stuff on the deck is doing ok.


I love it when plants are friends. Here the morning glory has weaved it’s way over to the sweet pea trellis and then the nastursiums went over and hung on, too.

Herbs. Part of why nothing is very big is because I started it all with seeds (a few things were started with plants) and the season is just not long enough for that here. I think I can bring the herbs inside when it gets cold and maybe they’ll do ok.