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.







Our continuing mission: Cheeseburgers

Here’s the thing about cheeseburgers: There’s no perfect one. Trying to find The Best is futile, and the right thing to do is to simply try them all. Then try them again.

I like thick, drippy sit-down-restaurant burgers, flimsy drive-in burgers, burgers with a beer. Or a shake. I like chipotle burgers, barbecue burgers, jalapeno burgers. Bison? Sure. I even like the iconic McDonald’s cheeseburger.

We had, at some point, thought we should put together a comprehensive collection of the Springs-area’s cheeseburgers, along with our thoughts on each. But it was too much for us. The cheeseburger landscape here is simply too vast, too overwhelming for this humble blog, though we do address the cheeseburger frequently.

But Bryce Crawford over at the Indy took on the task in this week’s issue. (It’s important to note that Mr. Crawford has the backing of the mainstream media, with a budget of probably thousands and thousands of dollars, so we really can’t compete on that level.)

A few things: One, he didn’t mention Drifter’s, which was a huge mistake. I’m surprised his car wasn’t vandalized. Thankfully, readers pointed out his error. Two, the Indy put this up online as a PDF, virtually guaranteeing that fewer people will read it. Weird. Three: In the entire review, I didn’t see the word unctuous. How can a professional writer talk about cheeseburgers without using unctuous?

All of the puzzling quirks aside, the package shows that the Springs-area cheeseburger is a voyage, an exploration. A shifting and evolving conversation over drinks.

We might not find any answers on this trip; we might not find The Best. But it’s a journey we need to take.

Drifter's cheeseburger

I am never not in the mood for a Drifter's cheeseburger.


While we were gone on our road trip, the Independent named its best local bloggers.

We tied for third, which gives us mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s nice to be mentioned, and we appreciate all the votes. On the other hand, we tied for third with John Hazlehurst.

First place went to Carrie Isaac at Springs Bargains. Of course we can’t compete with Ms. Isaac. Who doesn’t love a bargain? So we congratulate her.

In second place, Kate Singh, who pens the In and Around the Springs blog. Singh and the blog work for the LAMESTREAM media, so it’s no surprise they beat us.

As for third place, Oinkety tied with John Hazlehurst of the Colorado Springs Business Journal — not quite lamestream, but pretty lame! LOL, no, we kid the business journal. Seriously, though: Hazlehurst doesn’t write about cats. How can that be any kind of winner?

We are honored to be mentioned, and we congratulate the winners. Except for John Hazlehurst. It’s clear we must destroy him.

Colorado Springs Business Journal vs. Oinkety

Oinkety vs. John Hazlehurst of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. There can be only one third-place blog.

Thanks, Indy!

The Independent mentioned us in its annual Best of Colorado Springs edition.

Here’s what they said, in case you don’t feel like scrolling.

Local Blog that’s Mostly About Stuff I Like • IndyPick

Two Little Piggies (

TLP is an actually interesting offshoot of the lives of Adrienne Cragnotti and Mike Eiler. It covers the things they do: for instance, camping in Deckers, as captured in pictures. The things they think: “The bottom line is that the people who live [in Old Colorado City] really probably don’t mind that large sections have become trashy and disgusting.” The things they eat: “If you don’t go [to Paris Crepe Euro Café] and somehow they go out of business I will probably die.” It’s mostly about food, says ex-Los Angeles resident Cragnotti, and teems with pictures. “It’s just, like, what we do living here,” the 44-year-old says. “It’s a small town, but there’s a lot to do. And we love downtown, and we would really like more cool people to move to Colorado Springs.” The site is currently getting some 1,000 hits per day, and is a natural offshoot of Cragnotti’s other venture, erotic photography company Pink Kitty Studios. — BC

What nice things to say. Thanks, Indy. We appreciate it.

The Independent’s Best of Colorado Springs 2010-vote for us!

It’s that time of year again to vote for all your favorite things in the Springs. The Independent’s annual compendium goes far beyond where to go and what to see. Vote for your favorite mechanic, the best brewery, the Springs’ best radio personality, Town Clown. If it’s here in the Springs, it’s in the ballot.  The deadline to vote is August 31 so go on and vote now!

Adrienne is the owner of Pink Kitty Studios, a local glamour photography studio, and she wants to get in on it this year.

We think Pink Kitty Studios would be great in the following categories:

  • Best Photographer
  • Best Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Over-the-Top Gift
  • Best Naughty Business

You’ll need to vote in 15 categories for your ballot to count and to be entered to win an iPad.

If you need suggestions on the other categories, here’s how we voted (and we consider ourselves to be experts on Colorado Springs!):

  • Best New Restaurant: Paris Crepe
  • Best Patio Dining: Arabica Cafe
  • Best Burger: Drifters
  • Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Taste Of Jerusalem
  • Best Local Pizza Joint: Poor Richard’s
  • Best Crepes: Paris Crepe
  • Best Ice Cream/Gelato: Colorado Creamery
  • Best Cafe: Shuga’s
  • Best Local Coffee House: The Coffee Exchange
  • Best Gourmet /Spice Market: Extraordinary Ingredients
  • Best Bike Shop: Bicycle Village
  • Best Veterinarian: Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic
  • Best Bartender: Kevin at Shuga’s
  • Best Happy Hour: Nosh
  • Best Weekly Bar Event: Lola Spitfire’s Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Show
  • Best Neighborhood Bar – Central: Tony’s (The bar we love to hate!)
  • Best Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer: Bristol Brewing’s Yellow Kite

And of course, don’t forget Best Local Blogger: Oinkety!

Best of Colorado Springs 2010

Best of Colorado Springs 2010