Paravicini’s always wins all the prizes for the best Italian food in Colorado Springs. It’s delicious! I recently took the photos for their website and one of my best friends, Janel, works there. But I’m not biased, I’ve been going there forever as you can see by these camera phone pics!
Delicious house salad with fancy bread. And of course a glass of wine!
Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.
Penne pasta lunch special
Spaghetti lunch special
The best cannoli in town!
Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu.
The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs
Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.
Caprese salad, my fave!
Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.
Every time I go to one of the La Baguette locations I say it’s my favorite. The downtown one was the first I went to, then I went to the one in Old Colorado City, and finally, we went to the one on Chestnut St.
The Chestnut St. location is open for dinner. It’s a really authentic French Bistro. But unlike a lot of French restaurants, it’s super affordable.
Cute French decor at La Baguette
I had a Pastis, a very French licorice flavored drink, at La Baguette
We’ve actually been there a couple times. Once for lunch and one for dinner. It was delightful both times.
Crocque Madame sandwich with fries for lunch. Ham, cheese, and a fried egg on delicious bread.
Another view of the Crocque Madame.
The special steak lunch entree.
When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.
Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous.
Mike's mom had the special veggie orzo entree.
For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.
And the cream puff, which was a delicious as it looks.
La Baguette French Bistro is a great place for an authentic but affordable French meal with great service and fabulous food right in Colorado Springs. Check it out! Let us know what you think.
I love camping now that we have the trailer. It’s really easy because just about everything is already packed up and ready to go. I also like not having to put up a tent or be cooped up in the tent, or have to take down the tent in a huff when it rains.
Much better than a tent.
Much better than sleeping on the ground.
I finally gave in to the sleeping bags instead of regular bedding- after the one time we used regular bedding and practically froze to death. These sleeping bags are super warm and cozy.
I can cook all sorts of things on our fancy camper stove.
But I still have a few other requirements.
I like to be by the water. Like right by the water. I want a campsite right on the water, ok?
So looking around online I found Rincon Campground, on the Arkansas River. Sure, it was by a road, but it’s probably a small campground type road, right?
Rincon Campground is RIGHT ON THE ROAD- a big, busy road!
Wrong, Highway 50 is a big, busy road! And this campground is like 30 feet from the actual road. Not good.
When we got there, I needed to make a phone call and there was no cell service. I was also cranky about the road sitch, so I drove up to Salida, just a few miles away to a cafe I like, Cafe Dawn and had a cafe mocha and made my phone call. No whipped cream, but whatever. Also, all the locals, who looked like the belonged in The Highwaymen, kept giving me weird looks. Still, it’s a cute little place and the service is very friendly.
Cafe Mocha from Cafe Dawn, Salida, Colorado
When I got back, Mike had gotten us all situated and was doing some fishing.
Camping at Rincon Campground, Colorado
Mike fishing in The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado
It's very pretty up there and would be awesome if not for the stupid road. Couldn't they have put the campground on the other side of the river at least?
The other side of the river would make a fine spot for a campground.
Anyhow, since I was majorly vexed by the road, I decided to start Happy Hour early.
And since Mike wasn't catching anything, he decided to join me.
There's not much better than a campfire, a bottle of wine, and some snacks.
Have I mentioned that a trailer is way better than a tent?
In the morning Mike decided to try his luck at fishing again.
While I had some coffee by the river.
Morning on The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado
Later we went into Salida and had breakfast.
On our way home we saw this funny truck.
I will leave you with this video that reminds me of Rincon Campground.
We love Rico’s. Sometimes we sit inside, sometimes out on the back patio, and sometimes on the sidewalk cafe area.
They have all sorts of fancy wines, and they sell them in 3 oz. as well as the usual 6 oz. glasses which is really great if you don’t want to drink too much or if you want to try a few different wines from their extensive list.
They also have a few beers and some cocktails. Happy Hour is 4-6 Sunday -Wednesday.
They have really good coffee drinks, teas, an iced tea bar, and hot chocolates. Recently I had one of their spiked espresso drinks with vanilla vodka and chocolate liquor. Yum!
Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar, Colorado Springs
As you probably know, Shuga’s is my favorite place in town.
They have a full bar including a bunch of really creative and unusual cocktails, a full espresso bar, and a great food menu. The menus all change seasonally.
They have Happy Hour from 3-6.
We usually sit inside because it’s so pretty but they do have a nice back patio as well as sidewalk seating in front.
Shuga's, Colorado Springs
Shuga's, Colorado Springs
We’ve only recently discovered Montague’s at 1019 South
Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO. (719) 520-0672
The decor is full on Victorian old lady, but the coffee and desserts are awesome. They have pretty good food, too.
They don’t have a website but they do stay open pretty late- you should call for their hours- they vary.
Montegue's, Colorado Springs
The cakes at Montegue's are really excellent. They even have some gluten free.
Another one of our faves is Dogtooth Coffee. You can get a yummy sandwich, or espressos, or the best gelato in town. We like to sit outside on the patio, and you can bring your dog!
Tasty cinnamon donuts at Dogtooth Coffee, Colorado Springs
Housemade gelato at Dogtooth Coffee, Colorado Springs