Spotlight on ANNIE’S CAFE & BAR in Denver, Colorado

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3100 E. Colfax at St. Paul
Denver, Colorado 80206 (303) 355-8187

Denver has a handful of Big City Breakfast *Joints – Annie’s Cafe & Bar is one of them. On East Colfax Avenue, down-the-road-a-piece from Colfax’s “**Melrose Avenue Stretch” (at least as close as Denver’s gonna get to Melrose Avenue,) Annie’s provides a place to breakfast, recoup and people watch.

All American breakfasts are available, including:
“Weekday Special”
Monday thru Friday
7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.
2 eggs any style, grilled
potatoes and toast or muffin

Annie’s Eggs………………………………… 6.95
2 scrambled eggs and sauteed
mushrooms smothered with cheese
sauce served with grilled potatoes and toast

Eggs Benedict……………………………… 8.25
Buttermilk Pancakes…………………. 4.95
with bananas & walnuts……………………add 1.75

Omelettes, (Huge) Burritos, Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, and much more, including Mimosas ($5.50) and other adult, breakfast-beverages from the bar are available – BREAKFAST IS SERVED ALL DAY. There’s always a jar of Peanut Butter on every table!

Nightly Specials! Happy Hours!

Access Annie’s full menu, photos and other information on Annie’s Cafe & Bar’s Official Website…
PETE’S KITCHEN is another BIG CITY BREAKFAST JOINT on East Colfax Avenue…

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*Actually Annie’s isn’t really a joint, it’s a very respectable family restaurant.

Colfax Avenue
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**Colfax Avenue’s “Melrose Avenue Stretch” is an area of Colfax stretching East from downtown Denver to Denver’s Greektown near Denver East High School, which boasts of some famous alumni including actors: Douglas Fairbanks, (Silent Film Actor) Harold Lloyd, Hattie McDaniel, TJ Miller, Don Cheadle and Pam Grier; Musicians: Paul Whiteman, Donnette Thayer, Reese Roper, Dianne Reeves, Jamie Laurie, Bill Frisell, and Philip Bailey, Andrew Woolfolk and Larry Dunn [of Earth, Wind and Fire,] Chuck E Weiss and Folk Queen: Judy Collins; Beat Icon: Neal Cassaday, Jack Swigert [NASA astronaut] and writer, Sidney Sheldon.

This section of East Colfax Avenue, with its marginal seediness in the mix with Hip shops, restaurants & street people, reminds one of sections of the Melrose Avenue district in Los Angeles.

“Kato Kaelin: From house guest to wedding guest”

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Brian Kato Kaelin
Brian "Kato" Kaelin

The following story was originally published March 26, 2009:
“Kato Kaelin: From house guest to wedding guest” – story By Melissa Arseniuk · March 26, 2009.

“America’s most notorious houseguest, Kato Kaelin, is about to make his Vegas debut as Sin City’s most notorious wedding guest.”

“Kaelin will assume the role of a “celebrity wedding crasher” in Planet Hollywood’s off-Broadway show, “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” for two weeks. His first performance will be tomorrow [March 27] night and the actor will reprise the role through April 9.”

“Kaelin will arrive in Las Vegas this afternoon [March 26] and will be attending the celebrity-studded classic rock showcase at the Hilton, Monster Circus, this evening.”

“The 50-year-old actor sprung into the spotlight in 1994 during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Once a struggling actor, Kaelin had been staying in Simpson’s guesthouse on the night the NFL All-Star’s ex-wife and lover were allegedly murdered. Kaelin served as a witness during both of Simpson’s trials and his inconsistent testimony and foggy memory led prosecutor Marcia Clark to call him a hostile witness.”
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“Las Vegas Goes Dark for Earth Hour”

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LVBC Light Switch
LVBC Light Switch

“Las Vegas Goes Dark for Earth Hour,” By Sherry Swensk • March 26th, 2009 • 8:19 am –

Earth Hour Las Vegas
Earth Hour Las Vegas

“The lights of the Las Vegas strip will go dark this Saturday night, promoting a new show called, “Concern for Climate Change.” “It’s not really a show, but a showing of support for a growing cause. Nearly all of the strip and off-strip hotel casinos will be turning out the lights on marquees and non-essential exterior lighting between 8:30 and 9:30 P.M. Saturday night, March 28th for Earth Hour.”
“From Landmarks like the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign… to Fremont Street, where the big canopy will go dark and glow necklaces will be handed out to 5,000 guests! (Can you imagine 5,000 people groping around in the dark with those super tall specialty drink glasses? That could put someone’s eye out! Just kidding.) Las Vegas will be among 2500 cities worldwide helping to shed light on climate change.” read more from…

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“Spring Has Sprung! The Grass Has Riz! I Wonder Where The Flowers Is?”

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Pink Daisies
Pink Daisies

“Spring Has Sprung! The Grass Has Riz! I Wonder Where The Flowers Is?” That great comedian/gourmand: Jughead, of Archie Comic Book fame, “said” that a long time ago on paper.

Appropriate for the First Day of Spring, that old dormant “poem” springs up again with a new life.
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“Definition of Spring”
“Spring is one of the four temperate seasons. Spring marks the transition from winter into summer.”
“According to the astronomical definition, spring begins on the Vernal Equinox (usually March 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, and September 22 in the Southern Hemisphere), and lasts until the summer solstice (usually June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and December 21 in the Southern Hemisphere). In 2009, Spring fell on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. According to this definition, therefore, the day called Midsummer’s Day in some traditions is the first day of Summer. Meteorologists generally define the beginning of spring as March 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and September 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.” read more from Wikipedia…

“Vernal Equinox 2009: Facts on the First Day of Spring” John Roach for National Geographic News Updated March 19, 2009.
“In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially begins at 7:44 a.m. ET on Friday, March 20, 2009—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox [ (see vernal equinox pictures). ]
“But don’t be fooled by the old rumor that on the vernal equinox the length of day is exactly equal to the length of night.” read more from NationalGeographic.Com

Happy first day of Spring to YOU!
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Beef and Guinness Pie
Beef and Guinness Pie

This recipe originates from County Tipperary, Ireland (according to SAVEUR’S, Food for the Holidays issue – Winter, 2004.) A hearty Snow/Rainy-day-comfort-food-treat, this savory beef-pie will beckon you back to the fridge at 1:00 AM, and again at breakfast time. Purchase, at least, two 6-packs of Guinness Stout for 6-8 guests. [Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day]
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Is Frank Marino Doing Dress Rehearsals For A New Female Impersonator Show At The Riviera Hotel In LV?

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Frank Marino as himself.
Frank Marino as himself.

Our spy says that Frank Marino may have already acquired financing for a new Drag Show at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The award-winning La Cage [Female Impersonator Show] at the Riviera closed last month after a nearly 24 year run.

So what’s in the cards for Marino and the Riviera Hotel? Stay tuned for the updates. Perhaps it’l be four Queens…

View the LVBC BLOG post [The closing of La Cage] from February 11, 2009…

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Things Are Looking Up: Another Full Moon On March 10, 2009

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Just The Full Moon
Just The Full Moon

LVBC Moon Page

Our Moon will be 100% full March 10, 2009
Rise 5:33 P.M. Set 6:02 A.M. – Las Vegas Time

“Historically the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons. Each full Moon name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.”

“The Full Worm Moon”
“At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins” more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac…

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[FYI – The Full Moon image is not from this month. This photo was shot from the Main Street Station’s RV Park a decade ago.]

A Bill to Amend the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971

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Living Free On The Wild Open Range!

Wild Horses - Discovery Magazine
Wild Horses - Discovery Magazine

This is a headline from OpEdNews.Com – November 16, 2008: “BLM Planning to Execute 30,000 wild horses”. Things might be changing…
The following is a copy of an E-mail I received from the Cloud Foundation regarding the treatment of American wild horses and burros:

March 6, 2009 – 11:53 PM
“Dear Wild Horse friends;”
“I apologize for not being in touch with you sooner, but we wanted to have a clearer idea of what is really happening with the new Administration, BLM, and the wild horse program before reporting to you.”

“A Bill to Amend the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971:
Perhaps the single most important development so far this year is the recent introduction of HR 1018 by Congressmen Rahall (D-WV) and Grijalva (D-AZ). This legislation would amend the Wild Horse and Burro Act in numerous ways. You can read the bill by clicking here. The intent of the Bill is to strengthen protections for both wild horses on the range and in captivity. You can read my comments to the Congressmen here.”

“HR 1018 would allow for the expansion of wild horse habitat. We hope that this would support our arguments regarding the legal expansion of Cloud’s herd on the Pryor Mountains. Range expansion would eliminate BLM’s stated reason (lack of forage in the designated range) for reducing the herd to genetically non-viable levels, thereby destroying this genetically unique herd of Spanish mustangs.”

“The BLM Herd Management Plan, which has not yet been adopted, calls for a herd of only 90-120 animals in the Pryors. Legally expanding the range to areas which wild horses historically used and are using at the present time would also prevent the scheduled round up of 60 wild horses in August. This round up would represent the largest round up in the history of the Pryor Wild Horse Range. Please click here to contact the Billings BLM office so you can automatically receive information from them on their management plans for Cloud’s herd.”

“I would encourage you to get involved by thanking the Congressmen for their efforts with HR 1018 and encouraging them to specifically support the Pryor Wild Horses by preventing the planned destruction of the herd in August. Click here to contact them.”

“Range Expansion: Please communicate directly with the new Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack [] and the new Supervisor of the Gallatin and Custer National Forests, Mary Erickson requesting that that the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range be expanded to reflect the historic and current use areas of the rare Pryor wild horses.”

“BLM Advisory Board Meeting: We CANNOT allow the herd to be destroyed and we CANNOT allow Cloud and his family and the other wonderful families of wild horses on this spectacular mountain to be ripped apart. I delivered this message to the BLM Advisory Board at their meeting this Monday in Reno. Thanks to Sally Summers and Horse Power in Reno, you can view that meeting by clicking here . The bias of this Advisory Board boggles the imagination. It is stacked with vested special interest members, but there is hope. Three new positions will be opening up. I was nominated but have less than no chance of being appointed as I am too outspoken on behalf of the horses. But, we hope at least one new member speak on behalf of the public and our wishes to always have wild horses on our wide western landscapes. You can read my comment letter to the Board here.”

“Planned Trip: On a lighter note, we plan on visiting the Pryors in two weeks to see how everyone is doing. We know that Cloud is doing well but will report back to you, hopefully with photos if we can reach the bands. Winter is always a difficult time but we will do our best to access them. I will send them your regards. On some level, I know they feel your love for them.”

“Thanks so much for your continued support. You are so great. If you can donate for the cause, please do so by going online at or sending us something via mail. Please help if you can.”

Happy Trails!

“P.S. Both the air date (now November 2009) and name (now Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions ) of the new Cloud program have changed. My new book, Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions, will be out in June and we’ll let you know when it is available. If you do not have the first two Cloud programs and books, you can order them on our website and be up to speed when the new story is published and aired. There is more story in the books than the DVDs, of course, and lots of photographs. I can autograph them however you like.”

Cloud Foundation
The Cloud Foundation

Wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has plans to save wild horses – View a previous LVBC post…

Madeleine Pickens
Madeleine Pickens

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Sheryl Crow’s “I Don’t Wanna Know” featured in “Saving the American Wild Horse” Documentary.

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“Did Tacotlan Shrug?”

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Several years ago the LVBC BLOG received a “BLOG Comment” from the Denver Mayor’s Office.

I did a post on a Mexican restaurant in Denver and the Mayor “loved what I had to say about the restaurant.” It was more about the design/look of the restaurant, although the food definately “worked.” Anyway the mayor was going to mention my post/review at the Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony, as well as invite me to attend an Awards’ reception.

Well I drove by the restaurant the other day and found that the entire look of the place had been changed.
The vibrant colors that the Mayor and I agreed upon were gone, the style was gone. I think they even changed the name (I drove by quickly and just caught a glimpse.)
That’s the way it goes goes!

Here’s a copy of the e-mail that the Mayor’s Office sent:

9:44 PM 12/17/2006
“We loved what you had to say about Tacotlan on South Federal, and agree that it should win a design award. Please join us on November 14th for the Mayor’s Design Awards. Tacotlan will be receiving an award from the Mayor for their small scale contribution to good design as a building that beckons. The Mayor will mention your review, and we’d love for you to join in the celebration. The event will be held on East Colfax at the Master’s Bible Church at East Colfax and Columbine (across from East High) followed by a reception with the Mayor at the Rockbar at 3015 East Colfax. Let me know if you need more information or see” Comment by [KC] – November 2, 2006 @ 10:55 am
That’s a nice thing!

The restarant’s former name was TACOTLAN.
1130 S. Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
phone: (303) 934-9303

I’ll post an update here when I have more information about the restaurant. Guess I’ll have to stop by for a taco.

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Waiting To Raise The Stakes In Colorado: New Changes Take Effect July 2, 2009

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The LVBC Ace of Spades
LVBC's Ace of Spades

Amendment 50

Amendment 50 was approved by Colorado voters on Nov. 4, 2008, giving the electorate in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek the option to approve raising the maximum wager limit up to $100, add the games of craps and/or roulette, and allow 24-hour gaming effective July 2, 2009. Voters in those towns can approve all or a portion of those options for their communities. The amendment earmarks additional State revenues generated by the changes to community colleges and to the gaming towns and counties. It also requires voter approval for any increase in gaming tax rates.

As of January 20, 2009, voters in all three towns have approved the changes for casinos in their communities read more from Colorado.Gov…

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Bipartisan opposition targets Amend. 50 – Old Denver Post Article from 10/19/2008
“Politicians from both parties are voicing opposition to Amendment 50, which would give casinos in Colorado’s three gambling towns the chance to raise maximum bets, extend hours and add new games.”

“Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Friday that he opposes the measure because of law enforcement concerns. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens also are opposed” read more from The Denver Post…


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