Il Vicino and Phantom Canyon, root beer floats

For lunch the other day we went to Il Vicino. It’s a yummy woodfired pizza place. It’s a chain, there are lots of them, but it’s good. Even better we had a coupon from The Indy so we got one of the entrees for free.

I love their pizzas but I always have them so this time I tried a sandwich (panino spuntino). It was good but I should have had a pizza!

Penne alfredo at Il Vicino

DM had the penne alfredo which was also baked in the oven. MMMMM. Now THAT was tasty! There’s nutritional info on the website but I’m scared to look at it!

If we ever go for dinner, I’ll have a glass of wine. It looks good and well priced. I think my days of drinking during the day are over, though, which is why I didn’t have any this time. Boo hoo, poor me.

We were also too full for dessert but wanted to bring some of their root beer home to make root beer floats later. But they were out of the to-go jugs. Doh.

Luckily Phantom Canyon is right around the corner. They also make their own root beer. We got a growler of it for like $9 including the jug.


Got any other places you like for their house-made root beer? I hear you can also make it yourself at home. Have you ever done this!?
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Cy’s Drive In, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

Cy’s Drive In. One of three drive ins we like to go to. They apparently have carhop service but we just ordered at the counter and sat outside.

The chocolate shake was made with a soft serve mix, not real ice cream, so there’s points off for that.

The fries were about average. Nothing special but not bad or anything.

The burger seems small in this picture for some reason but it really wasn’t. It had my nemesis, raw onions, but I was able to easily take them off. It was tasty!

This week’s picture of my plants!

We’re going to Dallas next week. We’re driving and because of some recent new health problems with the cats, and the fact that it would cost $300 for the pet sitter to come all the days we’ll be gone, we’re taking the cats with us. I know, insane. But we took them for a trial run for about an hour the other night and they were totally good. Super chill. It’s 8-12 hours in each direction. We’ll be stopping half way in Amarillo both on the way and on the way back so hopefully it will work out. We’re staying at a La Quinta because they allow pets. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ve been taking a ceramics class this summer. I took ceramics in college like 20 years ago and liked it even tho I wasn’t very good at it. Still not great at it, but it’s lots of fun. Also it’s only three blocks away which is nice for lazy me. I made this little bowl then we raku fired it. I always wanted to do raku in college but was never advanced enough. They’d go out to the beach in SF and build a big pit and a kiln for firing then when the stuff was done, plunged it into sea water. ANYHOW this class had a funky homemade kiln, not in the dirt but we still submerged them in water. Well, I didn’t cuz I wanted mine to be white and crackly, so I stuck it in a dirt hole after firing. LOL. You can’t use raku stuff for food and it was just a small bowl so I decided to use it as a candle holder which I think is pretty neat afterall. The last class is this week and we’ll be firing some more stuff so I can show it to you in a couple weeks when I get back from Dallas. I know you all just CAN’T WAIT.

The other day I read about a happy hour type thing that they have at the zoo on the Sky Ride and thought it would be fun. You take the Sky Ride to the top of the zoo and then there’s wine tastings and stuff like that. We didn’t make it to that event but went the next evening for the regular Sky Ride. OMG what was I thinking? It was horrible. I HATE heights! I was freaking out pretty much the whole way up (7 minutes) and had to also go down again because there was no other way down.
DM thought it was fun.

Here we are at the top. I was really happy to be off that thing.

DM bought us a $3.50 ice cream bar and a $3.50 root beer.
I saw a cute chipmonk.

The view was pretty nice, I guess. I think you can drive to nice views, tho.

┬áSeeeeeeeeeeeeee, it’s dangerous!

Then we came home and made dinner. This was SUPPOSED to be baked brie. I guess next time I should use an actual recipe. However, even tho it looks weird, it tasted pretty good! Not creamy like it should be tho.

Then roasted asparagus with lemon, balsamic and parmesean from My French Kitchen which has turned out to be a really good book and I highly recommend it. DM said it was the best appetizer he’s ever had. Hee hee.
Pizza (what else!) with fresh tomatoes, basil, and ricotta. This is before it cooked.
This is after it was cooked. It was yummy. I guess you don’t really need a marble pastry board, marble rolling pin, pizza peel, and pizza stone to make good pizza. You just need a $5 secondhand rolling pin and a $3 Walmart pizza pan. Hrm. Interesting.

OMG there are insane squirrels here. remember the other day I told you that one ate the head right off one of my sunflowers? Well I guess they also go into the upstairs neighbor’s house thru his bathroom window!
They go in his kitchen and steal his food!He caught one of them in the act the other day, scared it, it ran out onto the deck and dropped a granola bar that whizzed just past my head. Sheesh.

I made this Warm Goat Cheese Salad today for lunch. Also from My French Kitchen

It was really good, too!

Family Vacation Part Four

Breakfast in Ridgway Colorado at Kate’s Place.

Telluride, CO. Really neat. I want to go back soon.

Apple fritter from a bakery in Telluride.

Cool old sign in Cortez, CO

Old hotel in Durango. Durango was very crowded with tourists and not as exciting as I hoped it would be.

We did have a nice dinner at one of their local brew pubs, I think it was called Steamworks.

I had the Steam Engine Lager.

And a steak salad.

While my brother mocked me with his Coors Light.

The nephews and their usual homemade root beer.

Silverton, CO. Very cute. We had coffee and wireless internet in a great little cafe there, that for some reason I took no pictures of. It was a shack/house that was turned into a cafe. I also don’t remember the name. Leave a comment if you know the name of the place. Doh. I am a bad blogger.

Silverton Jail!

Dad and me waiting for mom to get off the phone. The usual.

We made a loop back to Ouray. I liked Ouray but not as much as Telluride.

Lunch! I had tomato soup.

And grilled cheese with pesto sandwich and truffle fries.

Mom had chicken salad.

Continental Divide

Salida. It was raining and late by the time we go there and this little place was the only thing open. They had the best margaritas!

I had a really good shrimp salad. We went there the next day for lunch, too. I had a steak salad but it wasn’t as good as the shrimp one!

Coffee the next day at a cute little coffee house. Name I can’t remember, of course.

The place we went back to to have lunch. It was right on the river and there were kyakers and rafters floating on by while we had lunch.

Family Vacation Part Two

Friday I took my nephews on four mile bike ride to the ice cream stand and back. It was really hot so we had strawberry milkshakes when we got there.

We had to hurry to get back because we were headed to the Cog Railway that goes to the top of Pikes Peak.

My parents live in a town where if you take a picture of yourself in an unusual location holding the local newspaper, they’ll publish that picture in the newspaper. So that’s why there’s always a newspaper in these pictures!

My brother wanted to drive his Bronco up to the top. So he took his son and DM with. They had car trouble on the way up and they arrived JUST as we were about to get back on the train to go back down. Since I wasn’t there, here’s DMs recap of the car trouble, in typical DM style:

“So T7’s brother, his kid Red, and I drove this thing up Pikes Peak. At some point, the transmission goes out, or so we think, so we turn around and coast back down a little ways until people start shouting at us and parts are falling off under the car and onto the road. Transmission? No, no, it’s the axle. The motherfucking AXLE is coming out of the car and the wheel is like a foot-and-a-half away from the car at this point. Well, I just figured the car was broken beyond repair and we were going to have to call a salvage yard to come get it. But holy shit, T7’s brother just jacked up the car and shoved it all back together. And in the true can-do spirit of the American West, we turned that Bronco around and conquered that hill. Where would we be today if the pioneers had gone home when things got rough? The U.S. would end at Kansas. We are pioneers. And survivors.”

DM: Like other pioneers did when they reached their destinations, we parked the car and ate donuts.

Then we ate donuts- the donuts from the top of Pikes Peak are oddly famous.

Then we took more pics. There’s that pesky newspaper again!

DM took these pics on the way back down the mountain.

DM: Death at every turn.

DM: Red holding up the rear, checking periodically overboard to make sure the tire’s staying on. “How’s that tire looking, Red?” “Still on!” “Good.”

DM: You’re seeing this right: This is not an invisible door. No, there’s no door at all. All you sissies can have all the doors you want on your cars. Me, I’m going doorless from now on. (Unless it’s a DeLorean or Lamborghini, with doors that open in a cool way.)

After all the excitement of the day we had drinks and dinner at Phantom Canyon. Kid was drinking their homemade root beer. Yum

The Pioneers

I had a heffeweizen- sorry, I can’t spell it and I’m not going to look it up.
More later!