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:
Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
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.
We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.
Since Boulder Street Coffee Roasters went out of business, we’ve been wondering what’s going to happen to that prime spot at Boulder and Tejon. On the one hand, with Poor Richard’s right next door, is a coffee shop really a viable option? But Poor Richard’s is often so crowded, it seems like there might be room for a coffee shop on that corner.
I guess we’ll see. Apparently, the new owners plan on having “pudding specials,” and we’re pleased about that. Who doesn’t love pudding?
Still unknown: Who the new owners are; when the new place will be opening; what it will be called. If anyone knows, fill us in.
The new owners of Boulder Street Coffee Roasters promise "pudding specials." Can't wait!
This is excellent news. The field so far, aside from Skorman, is not terribly impressive. We’re doing something new in the COS with our mayoral system. Previously, we’ve gotten by with a “weak mayor” system, in which a city manager runs the show and the mayor is merely a part-time, low-paying job. Problem with this system is that the city manager isn’t an elected position. The City Council appoints him or her, and at least since I’ve lived here, it’s not gone well.
Now, though, we’re switching to a “strong mayor” system. The mayor will be an elected position. A difficult and well-compensated full-time position with broad new authority. Here’s a decent discussion of the difference between the systems.
We enjoy the music of The Mitguards a great deal, and they’re playing Saturday night at Poor Richard’s. If you’re downtown, it’s worthwhile to stop in for a listen. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m.
From their website: “The Mitguards bring a unique and non-traditional perspective to folk music, combining sharp, insightful lyrics with haunting melodies and flawless harmonies. Roots-based Americana takes on a new, Southwestern air in the talented hands and voices of Deb and Chris Mitguard.”
The Mitguards are playing Saturday at Poor Richard's.
The Mitguards performed at Rico's a few weeks ago.
Paul enjoyed an Anchor Steam beer at Rico's. Mom had a pinot grigio, and I was adventurous and tried the Bourbon Barrel Stout. I will probably have to try it again.
We haven't come close to trying all of the food and drink at Rico's. We're on our way, though. This is the Peppermint Patty (hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps) and a shot of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
You'll want to save room for dessert. We shared the chocolate sundae. Jealous?