Phantom Canyon Road, Phantom Canyon Brewery, Home Cookin’, and Lots of Drinks

As you probably know, the weather in Colorado is crazy. It’s been in the 70’s for awhile and today it’s 27 degrees. Supposed to be in the low 70s again next week for a day or two, so we’ll see. Having a hard time getting my summer list done with this flakey weather! Anyhow, lots of pics behind the cut, including one that is not work safe.

The trees are changing color so we went up some elevation a couple weeks ago to Phantom Canyon Road. They’re changing down here now and are really pretty. I’ll get some shots if they’re still doing their thing when the weather gets nicer.

A mama cow on the side of the road (random!)

And her baby on the other side. Cuuuuuuute. I love baby cows.

Victor, Colorado is an old mining town that’s all decrepit and falling down, I think this building is for sale for like $40,000.

This one is also for sale but it’s like $200,000.

My old elementary school pal lives in Castle Rock now, which is about 30 minutes north of here so she came down and we went for drinks at Metropolitain the other night.

Homemade pasta fritatta. I made it up myself, too and it was tasty!

Wednesday night we went to see Lyle Lovett here in town. It was pretty warm so we walked. I had to take the jacket off when walking there and back cuz I was actually too warm!
We went to Phantom Canyon for dinner first, then to MacKenzies for drinks, then on to the show, which was really entertaining.

I was in LA last weekend and we went to a really good Italian place- Amici in The Americana At Brand in Glendale-  and I’ve been wanting to try and copy their spaghetti with red sauce, so I did last night. I think it was pretty darn close.

DM’s mom came over cuz she was in the neighborhood and wasn’t going to stay long. But we got her drunk so she hung out awhile and we LOLed at a bunch of stupid drunk person things. Then I paid for it with a splitting headache all night that I thought I was going to have to go to the ER for. I’ve been getting really horrible horrible headaches lately for all kinds of reasons: drinking, weather, flying, restaurant food. Sheesh. It’s super annoying.

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.

My Little Colorado Garden

My little garden is doing ok. Considering it rains every single day- and I mean RAIN, like inches of rain. With wind, hail, the works. Plus something is eating my basil.

Helen Hunt Falls. Which weren’t nearly as spectacular as Seven Falls. There were a lot of people up there, too so we didn’t stay long.

Instead we drove down Gold Camp Road and checked out the view. Later it started storming like mad at like midnight so we went back up to watch all the lightning. We sat on the hood of the car under a blanket. It wasn’t raining or even that cold. It was pretty neat. When we got back down it had poured rain- there were puddles everywhere. From up above we couldn’t really tell where the storms were- there were like three of them- apparently they were just down below.

Recently I read a thing on a blog about sleeping porches and wanted one to nap on. DM refused to bring the futon out for me since it rains so damn much here, so this is what we did instead. It was nice!

I also read a story about granitas- I made one out of white wine and some other ingredients I can’t remember now. It was tasty. Next time I’ll use a real recipe maybe.

I also can’t remember the name of the really great Thai restaurant we went to. This is curry chicken. Yum.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb was this month. It’s a famous car race up Pikes Peak. The night before there’s a party in the street downtown for all the racers. These guys did tricks on their motorcycles off a ramp they set up in the middle of Tejon Street.

After the party we went to Metropolitain and had some drinks.

The End.
More Later.