Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fishing at Gazebo Lake, Green Mountain Falls, CO

Just west of Colorado Springs, tucked on the north side of Pike's Peak, there is this Gem of the Rockies. The small pond is stocked with trout. 
The gazebo is used for various events including weddings.  It sits on a little island connected to the land by a short bridge. 

HUH??!! I guess there are fish in there!

Too cute.  A military family spending some time together.  The other kids were playing on the playground.

Oops!  Time to go home, it was getting cloudy.  LOL.  Only 20 miles from our house so we will be back often.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

CEMITAS PUEBLA Restaurant , 3619 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL

We were visiting Chicago and needed someplace to go for lunch on May 5, 2010.  I searched the Food Network's Diners, Drive In's and Dives site and found this tiny, little store front near to where we were staying. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we thought it would be fun to have Mexican food for lunch. 

As we walked in we saw this poster in the window.
The father greeted us with a copy of the poster and a plate with a Cemita on it - asking us if we had ever been there before. He described the food and went on to say that a local TV station had just been there and would be broadcasting a spot about them on the 5:00 o'clock news to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!

Tony and his Dad.  On our way out Tony told us all about the visit from Guy Fieri and the Food Network. They were in the store for 2 days and after the show aired, Tony said he had to close at 2PM because they were totally sold out of food. And we can understand why - it was delicious.

A Cemita is a sandwich with a choice of different meats, avocado, Oaxcacan (Mexican) cheese, a sauce they make of adobo, chipotle peppers  and papalo  (in season) a spicy, Mexican herb. The Dad said they get most of the ingredients directly from Mexico and they have a local bakery bake the crispy, tasty rolls with sesame seeds on top, that the Cemita is made with.

Some of the old inhabitants in the Mexican state of Puebla were Lebanese and brought with them the spit roasted meat.  This is pork shoulder that has been dipped in their special sauce and layered with onions.

We really enjoyed our lunch there and visited them 2 more times before we left Chicago.  They are also on Facebook, so be sure to follow them there too. 

The website -

Facebook with link to Channel 9 broadcast on 5/510 -!/pages/Chicago-IL/Cemitas-Puebla/368116943941?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=174

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some of my Collector Plates Collection

Many years ago my Dad and I started collecting these themed plates - they were the "beanie baby" craze f the day, only alot more costly.

FLOWER BOY Plate - one of the most popular images associated with DeGrazia.
After we moved to New Mexico Ted DeGrazia became my favorite artist.
FLOWER Girl Plate
On a visit to Tucson, AZ we visited his studio and chapel - Gallery in the Sun. It was so peaceful and spiritual.
This one is very interesting.  THE UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL Plate by Norman Rockwell, depicts George Washington as the man, not the public figure.  

Want to see many, many more with full descriptions?  Just copy and paste the link.  Enjoy!!