Nosh and La’au’s, Colorado Springs

We went to Nosh again for happy hour last week. Of course it was fab. I had a glass of malbec and Mike had some Jim Beam and a beer. We both had cheeseburgers and shared some sweet potato fries. Delish!

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Check out this hair. Sheesh, I spent like an hour washing it, blow drying it, and curling it. Then we went outside and it poured down rain. Bah. This is why it is very rare for me to actually do much of anything to  my hair.

bad hair day

bad hair day

Then another day we went to La’au’s. It’s a taco stand. But they have a Hawaiian name. I don’t know what Hawaiian food is all about  but I don’t think it’s like this.  It was good tho!

La'au's, Colorado Springs

La'au's, Colorado Springs

I had the huli salad with roasted corn. Their menu is kind of confusing so I just asked the server what I should have. It was good! It had napa cabbage, green papaya (which sounds strange but is actually really refreshing and crunchy), and  tons of other grilled veggies in it.  I had so much left over that it took me three days to finish it!

Huli chicken salad from La'au's, Colorado Springs

Huli chicken salad from La'au's, Colorado Springs

Mike had a burrito, which I don’t see on the online menu.

Burrito from La'au's, Colorado Springs

Burrito from La'au's, Colorado Springs

They also have chips and salsa, guacamole, little tacos, beer, and margaritas. Plus happy hour! Well have to go there for that some day.

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.

Happy birthday, Linda Webber

Mom’s birthday was the other day, so we took her to Nosh for happy hour. We’ve written about Nosh before.

We had three items from the food menu and some drinks.  Mom seemed to have a good time, and I’m glad she went with us.

Happy birthday, Linda Webber

This is my mom.

Mom and me in downtown Colorado Springs at Nosh

Mom's birthday at Nosh

We had some drinks at Nosh for happy hour

The pomegranate lemonade and a beer at Nosh

Adrienne had the Nosh Cosmo, but after tasting it decided it wasn’t her favorite, and one of the workers offered to switch it out for us. Very nice. Excellent service.

I had a beer — I can’t remember, some kind of ale — and a shot of Jim Beam bourbon. No complaints.

Mom had what’s called a Cuban Passion. I didn’t hear any complaints from her, either. Overall, a very nice time. Thanks again for going out with us, Mom, and happy birthday!

Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Well, it’s supposed to be pretty crappy this weekend with chilly weather and thunderstorms.  So you might want to stay inside.

The public library downtown is a neat place. You can go to the back, to the original library, where they have all kinds of historical documents and photographs. Look up your address in one of the old city directories and see who lived there way back when. Or even if you don’t live in an old neighborhood, it’s still fun to look at the old books and pictures of oldey timey downtown.

Then go have a meal and a drink at Old Chicago on Tejon. Yea, it’s a chain but it’s in one of the older and more famous downtown buildings.  Plus they have really good deep dish pizza. Be sure to check out the old photograph of the building in the lobby.

If you’re still in the mood for Colorado Springs history, visit the Pioneers Museum for more photographs and artwork. They even have a couple of carriages from the old days, a large gun collection, and a whole section on the tuberculosis cure “chasers” who pretty much started the city. You’ll have to go on Saturday because they’re closed on Sundays.

Right next door to the Pioneers Museum is Nosh. You can go there to have drinks or a meal. Yum.

Later you can check out a movie at Kimball’s Peak Theatre. They’ve recently turned it into a threeplex. There’s bound to be something you want to see there.  Also, it’s cool because they have a cafe/bar in the lobby where you can get your drink on before the show and even bring it into the theatre. Awesome. But bring cash (or use their ATM) because they don’t accept credit or debit cards for tickets, concessions, or stuff from the bar.

Stay dry and have a great weekend!

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Gardening, Tony’s, Sandy’s, Nosh, Jack Quinn’s Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Home Cookin’

I started some seeds last month. They didn’t work as well as I would have liked last year and I was trying to get them to grow bigger faster so I got a light setup. Not sure it’s really making much difference, tho.




Here’s us at Tony’s-“Colorado Springs’ Worst Bar”



Their burgers and fries are awesome!

I had to go to L.A. for a shoot a few weeks ago. They bumped me off my flight and gave me a free ticket. So instead of hanging around the airport for hours, I made DM come back and get me and take me to breakfast at Sandy’s which is over by the airport. Continue reading