Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Brooklyn's on Boulder announces fall menu

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:56 AM

Brooklyn's on Boulder has changed up the menu once more, offering a selection of drinks made for Autumn. Recently, they invited the Indy to sample a few of their new offerings, which turned into quite a few samples indeed. Check out the slideshow below for details, and remember: drink responsibly!
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Happy Belly Tacos opens for business

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion.. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion..
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The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round.
 Belly Tacos has opened for business in the shopping center on the corner of Bijou and Spruce streets. The business is owned by Elevated Carnivore Group, which is the Mark Henry-helmed umbrella company that also owns Rooster's House of Ramen. The kitchen's run by chef Troy Burke, former noodle chef at Rooster's.

We stopped by the spot Tuesday afternoon to sample a few of Burke's signature tacos, and we were impressed overall. Almost everything's available as a taco, tostada or burrito, and the menu also includes sides like borracho beans, rice and elote.

Sticking to a budget, we tried a taco al pastor, a carne asada taco and a calamari taco. The pastor bears great seasonings. Asada chews magically tender. And that calamari's fried in a super-light batter and finished with a flavorful sweet chile sauce. And while we only sample a house red salsa from the salsa bar, it's fresh with tomato and pepper flavors, mildly roasty and delicious.

For info on the spot's hours, check out their Facebook page here.
From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Happy Hour: It doesn't get much better than Bar-K's blood orange martini

The Blood Orange Martini - BAR-K
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  • The Blood Orange Martini
After a long day there's nothing better than finding a comfortable spot in one of the best neighborhood bars and relaxing with familiar flavors. That' exactly what you get with Bark-K and its Blood Orange Martini.

The stupid simple recipe is reason enough to give it a go at home, mixing Breckenridge Vodka, fresh oj, Solerno blood orange liqueur and Bordeaux cherry juice. Pour to taste and you're good to go.

Bar-K has this cocktail down to a science and makes a happy hour visit more than worth it (Speaking of Bar-k's happy hour, enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday, and free ping pong 24/7).

Here's this week's Happy Hour roundup:


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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Manitou Fall Wine Walk is not a moment too soon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Manitou Fall Wine Walk, Sept. 20, 5-9 p.m., tinyurl.com/ManitouFallWine.
  • Manitou Fall Wine Walk, Sept. 20, 5-9 p.m., tinyurl.com/ManitouFallWine.
Everyone loves a pub crawl, but there’s a certain appeal in classing up the practice with a little less crawling and a lot more wine. Due to popular demand, Manitou Springs will be hosting its second annual wine walk this Thursday. With three Manitou-based businesses participating, attendees can stroll the streets of Manitou Springs on their way to Swirl Wine Bar, D’Vine Wine and Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant for sophisticated tastes from local sommeliers and wine purveyors. Each location features light bites, three small pours of red or white wine, and a bit of wine education on the side. Swirl Wine Bar’s co-owner and sommelier Sharon Palmer said: “I go into detail of the wine to help the customers decide and make the drinking experience more interesting and educational ... or at least I hope. That’s my end game.” The event has been known to fill up, so be sure to register right away.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Rocketoberfest set to launch in new space

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Rocketoberfest, Sept. 15, noon to 5 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, spacefoundation.org. - SPACE FOUNDATION
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  • Rocketoberfest, Sept. 15, noon to 5 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, spacefoundation.org.
For many years, Bill Layton, the owner of Bite Me Gourmet Sausage, held a fundraising festival in his backyard to raise money for the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation. Over time, it outgrew Layton’s backyard, and has now moved to a place with more “space,” if you’ll pardon the pun. The result of a new partnership between Bite Me Gourmet Sausage and the Space Foundation, the inaugural Rocketoberfest will raise money for the SADS Foundation, the Space Foundation’s educational programs and the Pikes Peak Club, which contributes to community improvements and nonprofits through fundraising and volunteerism. At the family-friendly fest, expect food trucks (including Bite Me, of course), kids’ activities throughout the center and plentiful beer from breweries like Red Leg, Goat Patch and Smiling Toad. If that’s not enough, there will also be live entertainment by the Charlie Milo Trio, Twelve Valve Diesel and more, going all day.