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Adventures in Manitou Springs

January 9, 2012

My second day in Colorado Springs was even better, since I got to see my friend, Maddie!

Maddie lives in Denver, which is about an hour and a half north of Colorado Springs, so she drove down to explore and get some dinner! We decided to check out Manitou Springs, which is one of the oldest parts of the city.

There were tons of cute (and interesting…) shops to explore. One shop was entirely dedicated to rubber ducks. Rubber. Ducks. How are they still in business??!? We wondered this about several stores…

One bar had a very interesting requirement for service:

We were laughing and looking like crazy people taking pictures, while the men inside stared… Yes, we tend to make fools of ourselves when we get together. What are friends for?

We also came across several candy shops, and went into one to get some treats!

I tried a bunch of random ones, and ended up spitting out half of them… That’s what I get for experimenting. I also ate waaaay too much sugar. This bag of candy reminded me of why I shouldn’t eat white sugar!

After walking around Manitou Springs, we also drove around the area to a few sites. Unfortunately, many of them required us to pay to get in… Rude.

We ended up choosing a great tapas place for wine and dinner. I found it on Yelp and guess what, it was ALL gluten free! How lucky am I?!?!?

It was called Tapateria, and we managed to get there with an hour left of happy hour! We definitely brought down the median age by quite a bit since we were there so early… but nothing keeps us from deals on wine!

We both had some wine, and then ordered two different salads, chorizo and figs, some kettle chips, and a cheese plate.

After a fun dinner, we decided to get some frozen yogurt before Maddie headed back to Denver. I saw that there was a Pinkberry and I’d never been, so we decided to go!

I got a chocolate and peanut butter swirl with “gems” (aka pink m&ms) and heath bar. Oh, and 2 gummy bears. Since I didn’t have enough sugar earlier.

I thought it was good, but I much prefer self-serve places where I can do it myself. It was also pretty expensive for a small! Still delicious though, I’ll never turn down frozen yogurt!


Have you ever been to a Pinkberry? Do you like self serve better?

Are you a fan of tapas, or do you prefer ordering your own meal?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2012 9:03 am

    I personally love tapas. There is a great place in my town that does tapas style and it’s a favorite spot of my girlfriends. It seems more fun to order a bunch of stuff that we can all share.

    • January 9, 2012 10:01 am

      That’s the best, when you have a group of friends and order a bunch of stuff! I love it because I like to try everything!

  2. January 9, 2012 9:20 am

    I need to go to that rubber duck store! My friend is obsessed with ducks and she collects them!

    Tapas are fun because you get to try so many different things!

  3. January 9, 2012 10:24 am

    I have never had tapas NOR have I been to pink berry! We don’t have them in Canada. There is TCBY though and I think it’s similar and I prefer places where you do it yourself (Kiwi Kraze or Yoyos in my town!). Something about being able to put just the right amount of hot fudge on my cup so I still feel virtuous and healthy makes it better!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE kettle chips. How were those?!

    • January 9, 2012 8:30 pm

      oh gosh, I LOVE TCBY! I grew up going there with my friends, so it holds a special place in my heart! The kettle chips were very good! Clearly made in-house!

  4. January 9, 2012 1:17 pm

    before the self serve froyo places became popular, i’d go to pinkberry quite a bit in college with friends. i agree with you though, it’s pretty pricey and i don’t like that’s not self serve. i DO pretty much love any froyo though, so i’d never mind going there! 😉

  5. January 9, 2012 9:14 pm

    OMG look at us. This day in the Springs says: “Hi, my name is Katie and I’m 65 years old. Can I get my senior discount?”
    Loved it, glad you’ve documented it for future reference.

  6. January 9, 2012 9:46 pm

    i will never turn down fro yo either, but i have to say i’m not a huge pinkberry fan. its super expensive for what you get, and i’m not in love with the toppings… enough organic cut up fruit, just give me some twix!

  7. January 13, 2012 11:26 pm

    Manitou is kinda wierd to say the least. Some “interesting” shops and people for sure! There is an AMAZING restaurant there called the Maté Factor – A-Common Ground Cafe. Its all organic a locally grown food. Delicious! The tables are made out of tree stumps too! Pinkberry is WAY too expensive, not enough toppings, they don’t let you decide your amount, there are only about 5 flavors, and you don’t get to taste test every flavor!!! I always get slightly embarrassed asking them to give me a taste of every flavor! 😛 Peachwave is the best in CO! They have Chai Tea flavor! YUM! If you are still in Denver, you should go to this top rated organic/gf/vegan/sustainable restaurant called Root Down!

    • January 14, 2012 2:50 pm

      We have a peachwave in KC I think. And next time I’m in Denver I’ll check that out, my best friend lives there now.

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