Oinkety Fave: Paravicini’s

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!

Delicious house salad with fancy bread. And of course a glass of wine!

Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.

Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.

Penne pasta lunch special

Penne pasta lunch special

Spaghetti lunch special

Spaghetti lunch special

 

The best cannoli in town!

The best cannoli in town!

Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu

Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu.

The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs

The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs

Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.

Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.

Caprese salad, my fave!

Caprese salad, my fave!

Antipasto Plate

Antipasto Plate

Tortellini Carbonara

Tortellini Carbonara

Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.

Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.

Calamari plate

Calamari plate

Excellent tiramisu- everyone's favorite!

Excellent tiramisu- everyone's favorite!

An art shot I took for the website

An art shot I took for the website

Let's end this post with a cappucino

Let's end this post with a cappucino

Oinkety fave: La Baguette French Bistro, Colorado Springs

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

Cute French decor at La Baguette

I had a Pastis, a very French licorice flavored drink, 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.

Crocque Madame sandwich with fries for lunch. Ham, cheese, and a fried egg on delicious bread.

Another view of the Crocque Madame.

Another view of the Crocque Madame.

The special steak lunch entree.

The special steak lunch entree.

When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.

When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.

 

Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous

Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous.

Mike's mom had the special veggie rice entree.

Mike's mom had the special veggie orzo entree.

For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.

For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.

And the cream puff, which was a delicious as it looks.

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.

 

Some places to get happy hour drinks and snacks in Colorado Springs

Another wrap-up post- where to get some drinks with your food.

Judge Baldwin’s: another brewpub

Judge Baldwin's in The Antlers Hotel

Judge Baldwin's in The Antlers Hotel

MacKenzie’s Chophouse: great vintage decor, excellent food, and pretty good happy hour specials.

MacKenzie's Chophouse

MacKenzie's Chophouse

MacKenzie's has some nice drinks.

MacKenzie's has some nice drinks.

Johnny’s Navajo Hogan: Johnny, of Southside Johnny’s, did an excellent restoration of this historically landmarked building. Service is fabulous, and the drinks are good too.

The Navajo Hogan is an historic building.

The Navajo Hogan is an historic building.

Johnny's Navajo Hogan

Johnny's Navajo Hogan

Johnny restored the original neon sign

Johnny restored the original neon sign

Red Martini:

The cozy bar at Red Martini

The cozy bar at Red Martini

A blurry picture of their happy hour menu, which is pretty extensive.

A blurry picture of their happy hour menu, which is pretty extensive.

Not sure if anyone ever plays the piano at Red Martini

Not sure if anyone ever plays the piano at Red Martini

Red Martini snack menu, lots of good happy hour specials.

Red Martini snack menu, lots of good happy hour specials.

Happy hour cocktail

Happy hour cocktail

Happy hour cheese plate

Happy hour cheese plate

Happy hour coconut chicken fingers- these are really really good!

Happy hour coconut chicken fingers- these are really really good!

Sonterra Grill:

The very pretty Sonterra Grill

The very pretty Sonterra Grill

Happy hour!

Happy hour!

They have a few really good happy hour food items, including free chips and salsa.

They have a few really good happy hour food items, including free chips and salsa.

Springs Orleans: Good happy hour specials. Don’t forget to go next door to the new hotel, they have a beautiful lobby bar.

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

I love happy hour!

I love happy hour!

They kept tons of the original features when they renovated the hotel (Wyndham at the Mining Exchange) and restaurant

They kept tons of the original features when they renovated the hotel (Wyndham at the Mining Exchange) and restaurant

The original tin ceiling

The original tin ceiling

Springs Orleans has a very long wine list- almost all of them are available for happy hour.

Springs Orleans has a very long wine list- almost all of them are available for happy hour.

Swirl Wine Bar:

Nice atmosphere to go with your wine and cocktails at Swirl Wine Bar

Nice atmosphere to go with your wine and cocktails at Swirl Wine Bar

The Famous: if you want to spy on Colorado Springs movers and shakers, you have to go to Friday night happy hour at The Famous.

Hob-nobbing with Oinkety nemesis, John Hazlehurst at The Famous

Hob-nobbing with Oinkety nemesis, John Hazlehurst at The Famous

Snacks at The Famous

Snacks at The Famous

A gigantic plate of french fries at The Famous

A gigantic plate of french fries at The Famous

The Loop: great Mexican food and fab margaritas.

A huge margarita at The Loop

A huge margarita at The Loop

Rico’s Cafe and Wine Bar:

Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar

Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar

Delicious hummus and happy hour wine on the sidewalk at Rico's

Delicious hummus and happy hour wine on the sidewalk at Rico's

Rico's offers 3 and 6 ounce wines by the glass, so you can try a few at a time. And their food is interesting and tasty, too.

Rico's offers 3 and 6 ounce wines by the glass, so you can try a few at a time. And their food is interesting and tasty, too.

 

Shuga’s: Of course, Shuga’s. My Fave. Great food, great atmosphere, great happy hour.

Happy hour!

Happy hour!

Special cocktail for happy hour at Shugas

Special cocktail for happy hour at Shugas

Now go to happy hour somewhere and come back and tell us all about it!

 

Arkansas Headwaters-Rincon Campground, Colorado

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 a tent.

Much better than sleeping on the ground.

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 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.

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!

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

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

Camping at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Mike fishing in The Arkansas River 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

There's not much better than a campfire, a bottle of wine, and some snacks.

Nighty Night!

Nighty Night!

Have I mentioned that a trailer is way better than a tent?

Have I mentioned that a trailer is way better than a tent?

In the morning Mike decided to try his luck at fishing again.

In the morning Mike decided to try his luck at fishing again.

While I had some coffee by the river.

While I had some coffee by the river.

Morning on The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Morning on The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Later we went into Salida and had breakfast.

Ahhhhh, pancakes.

Ahhhhh, pancakes.

On our way home we saw this funny truck.

Many LOLs.

Many LOLs.

I will leave you with this video that reminds me of Rincon Campground.

 

 

Our favorite cafes: Rico’s, Shugas, Montagues, and Dogtooth

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

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

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

Montegue's, Colorado Springs

The cakes at Montegue's are really excellent. They even have some gluten free.

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

Tasty cinnamon donuts at Dogtooth Coffee, Colorado Springs

Housemade gelato at Dogtooth Coffee, Colorado Springs

Housemade gelato at Dogtooth Coffee, Colorado Springs

What are your favorite cafes in town?