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.







Just a Quickie with only one picture!

This week I showed my mom’s friend Richard around Colorado Springs.  We did a bunch of stuff but I only have one picture! I fully intend to go back out and do these things again sometime so I’ll get pictures then. The weather was nice, it was about 50 degrees. It was a little overcast for part  of the time but later on the sun came out and it was pretty.

First we went to the Van Briggle pottery studio.  They’re a famous oldey timey pottery place but I’d never been before. They make vases and all that as well as tiles and stuff. Many of the big old homes here  have Van Briggle fireplaces and it’s a big deal. We got a tour of the studio which was neat and of course interesting to me seeing as how I’m a ceramics maker and all that (hee hee). Richard bought a piece because he collects it, as well as some stuff for his friends in Canon City.

Then we went to Rico’s for lunch.  Richard had an avocado cheese sandwich and I had some veggie quiche and a
side salad. It was delish.

Then we drove over to Old Colorado City.  You know, it’s that  historical area with all kinds of neat old buildings. We didn’t get out of the car, but it was fun to look at the old buildings from the car.

Then we went up to Manitou It was odd. Manitou is kind of odd.  He liked the old downtown. We didn’t get out of the car again, tho.

Then we drove thru Garden Of The Gods.  It was late afternoon and the light was really pretty. We stopped a few times to take some pictures.

After that we went to Sodo (South Of Downtown) to Shugas which is a cafe/bar in an old general store building. It’s really neat. We had yummy coffees and cakes. I had double chocolate cake and he had almond butter cake. Here’s the one and only picture I took that day.

After that we drove thru the Old North End Historic Preservation Overlay Zone to look at all the old mansions.

We wanted to do a couple other things but ran out of time.  Maybe next time!

Breakfast at Maggie Mae’s, Home made mexican food, cats, and a picnic on the porch

Bistro French Toast from our fave Maggie Mae’s.

Homemade tostadas and Spanish rice.

Mini picnic on the side porch. Good afternoon sunshine.

Cheesecake for breakfast! This morning we went to “Homegrown on Tejon” which is a tiny farmers market right down the street. The vendors have to sell things that are grown here- like within 10 miles or something. It was extra small today because it was the first day and also because we’ve had horrible weather. I hope that things pick up and it gets bigger cuz it’s a neat concept. After we went there we went to Poor Richard’s for “breakfast”.

The porch on the other side of the house, connected to the kitchen with french doors. Some stuff is growing but the weather…


Wildflowers in Garden Of The Gods.