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Bites 2013: Grinder Sandwich
"Hoagies and grinders, hoagies and grinders, navy beans, navy beans ..." Sorry. But get that reference and you've earned a grinder at Mollica's. (You're still paying for it.) Anyhoo, fennel-forward house-made Italian sausage lays down on a La Baguette French Bakery roll before its smothered with sautéed bell peppers, gooey provolone and chunky house tomato sauce. ($7.89)
Best Of 2012: Dessert Destination
Marigold turns 20 this year, but no need to bake a cake: They've got it covered. Elaine Chavanon, co-owner of Marigold's along with her husband Dominique, says that sweet-toothed patrons often belly up to the wine bar to enjoy a nibble and a glass of vino, but that all the desserts are available in the main restaurant as well. Chavanon also says that they pride themselves on keeping things traditional. The place is often filled with regulars who enjoy Marigold's philosophy of simple fare, done well. — Bret Wright
Bites 2013: Beef Bourguignon
When it comes to hitting the venerable Marigold Café for a rich, dark-brown pool of slow-cooked, mashable beef cuts and deeply rich gravy, here's the best advice: Leave your grandma at home. One bite of this, and she'll only get depressed and stop cooking. ($20)
Best Of 2012: Yoga Studio
CorePower Yoga already has an admirable reach, having won this category six times in seven years, but in 2012 the studios branched out further. They brought live music to the popular summer yoga in Monument Valley Park, drawing crowds on Saturday mornings and leading to picnics afterward. Regional manager Lora Lantz says it's just expanding the sense of community that exists within the studios, where "the classes are so different, they attract different people." — Sonja Bjelland
Best Of 2012: Natural Foods Store
Insider Guide 2010
You don't have to go all the way to Coors Field for great baseball. Take you and yours out to the ballgame for as little as $5. The Rockies' Triple-A affiliate opens its 2010 season at home April 16, and there's sure to be some serious future talent playing in our back yard this year.
Camp Guide 2011
El Paso County Parks Nature Camps
El Paso County Parks offer summer day camps June through early August, for kids entering grades 1 to 6, including naturalist-led hikes, discovery time in the woods, hands-on activities, crafts, a T-shirt, camp photo, songs, games and more. There are special "Rites of Passage" activities for sixth-graders. Discounts and scholarships are available.