Angela in the outfield
A few weeks ago, I talked up a taco truck, Angela's Kitchen, that had begun parking across from our office building in early August. As is oft the case with love, the moment I shared my feelings for owner Angela Avena's tacos al pastor, she split, leaving me to field questions from disgruntled co-workers who'd skipped breakfast (not my fault) for breakfast burritos that, in fact, did not await them outside.
Determined as I am (to have said co-workers shut their yam traps), I finally reached Avena by telephone to learn that she'd moved her operation to a parking lot at 640 N. Murray Blvd., near the Ruth Holley Branch Library. For now, she says, you can find her there from roughly 5 to 11 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Nana Nana boo yah
While shopping at, say, Sammy's Organics or Whole Foods Market recently, you may have noticed a new pancake/crepe mix on the shelves: NanaCakes. Check out nanacakes.com and you'll learn the mother-daughter team behind it specializes in creating healthy, all-natural, whole-grain, high-protein baking mixes. But run into the daughter herself, Natasha Wright, at one of her regular in-store demos around town, and you might also learn the company aims to soon be headquartered in Colorado Springs.
Sourcing flour from both New Mexico and Colorado, NanaCakes products are currently assembled at a Denver co-pack. Wright says the business — now growing to meet Whole Foods' sales — came to Colorado this past year from a day-rental kitchen facility in Taos, N.M. But Colorado Springs is home; Wright's husband, who's in the military, brought her here three years ago.
Bags of multi-purpose oatmeal, multi-grain and chocolate multi-grain mixes retail between $5.99 to $6.99 and feed three to four people breakfast for five days, says Wright.
• Visit peaktoplains.com to begin planning for Local Food Week, which runs Sept. 14 through 20 with daily events aimed at promoting sustainable eating. If you can't attend those, enjoy discounts on local food specials throughout the week at the Craftwood Inn, Jake and Telly's, Pizzeria Rustica, the Margarita at PineCreek, Adam's Mountain Café, Nosh and Trinity Brewing Co. Proceeds benefit both Peak to Plains and Slow Food Colorado Springs.
• Attend a Miner's Dinner, Whiskey Tasting and Auction to save the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 4 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Victor Elks Lodge (Third Street and Diamond Avenue, victorcolorado.com). Entry is $5, and auction items include a chance to push the button detonating a Cripple Creek & Victor Mine blast.