02/05/2013Fratelli Ristorante Italiano
Fratelli Ristorante Italiano downtown Colorado Springs. This Colorado Springs independently owned restaurant is a real gem and has quickly become our very favorite Italian. The owner, Kym, is there to welcome you almost every night and she takes pride in making sure that all of her guests are welcomed and delighted. Chef Armando has been there for 18 years and was classicly trained in Naples. All of the dishes are fresh and made from scratch with Armando’s fabulous sauces. Live musicians and local artists are at Fratelli’s nearly every week. The atmosphere is clean and classy. If you are looking for a romantic evening or a classy place for a business meeting, this is it. They even offer an early bird special-you can download a coupon at www.FoodieClicks.comWe started our meal with the “La Caprese”-Real Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic and basil. A perfect compliment to Chef Armando’s homemade white and wheat bread. The Mozzarella was soft and tender. Chef Armando surprised us with a crostini of smoked white fish. Each bite was tender and addictive, leaving us wanting more!We had to try the “Gnocchi Fatti in Casa” with the Pesto Pine Nut Creme. It is so silky delicious, the cream is light and compliments the potato dumplings perfectly. It paired well with a glass of crisp Riesling. It is truly the best gnocchi we have ever found, and we’ve had gnocchi throughout the world, including in Italy. If you love gnocchi, you’ve got to try it. We also had a special of pork pounded thinly and breaded on a bed of pasta with a spicy red sauce. The meat was tender and cut with a fork, the sauce had just enough spice to impart flavor yet not overwhelm. The dish was perfectly balanced and perfectly delicious with a glass of red wine.The meal was complete with a homemade cannoli topped with chocolate, cream and berries. Yes, it was decadent, but oh so good. We truly enjoyed every bit of our time at Fratelli and highly recommend it.
I have to admit. Without the Groupon deal that promoted this spa, I probably would never have discovered it. Now, keep in mind that it's named Spa Petite for a reason. It's small. It doesn't have any of the fancy amenities that you might associate with a spa. Really, there's a massage room, a facial room, a small main reception, and a small bathroom. But what it DOES have that I've found many of the larger, more expensive places don't is amazing, talented people, who really love what they do. I was lucky enough to get both a deep tissue hot stone massage from Diane as well as a custom blended facial from Sherri. Now, I've had a LOT of massages and quite a few facials in my lifetime. I tend to use Groupon, Living Social, Ever Save, etc. deals to try out various therapists and estheticians because I'm pretty particular and have a hard time finding a good fit. I was completelly blown away at the quality of service I received at Spa Petite. Diane hit all the right places to work out the knots, wasn't afraid to go as deep as I'd liked, yet never once "missed" and went over bone, even when doing elbow work. That is highly unusual in my experience. Sherri not only managed to give me a wonderful, healthy glow, she also stemmed the development of a very large zit. You know, the one where you think "oh boy, that one is going to be a doozy and it just HAS to be right smack in the middle of my chin." In addition, I didn't suffer any further breakouts or redness like I sometimes do when I get a facial. She was also incredibly gentle during extractions. I cannot say enough good things about the quality of service at Spa Petite. I have discovered my little slice of heaven in Colorado Springs (and given that it's the home of Garden of the Gods, that says a lot!).
07/31/2012Fountain of Youth Skin Care
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH SKIN CARE, by TinaI... I have just returned from a wonderful Colorado vacation. We decided to skip some of the mountain-town casinos and focus on Mother Nature and the awesome outdoors. Since I had a little extra money to blow I decided to treat myself to a facial. I googled skin care in Colorado Springs and Fountain of Youth Skin Care by Tina popped up. It was my understanding from my friends living in "The Springs" that this is one of the more reputable salons so I was especially grateful when Tina was able to accommodate my request for service. Upon arrival I learned of a new service she was offering called MicroPhototherapy. Ideally, you should purchase a package but the idea itntriqued me so much that I decided to skip the facial so I could try one treatment. OMG, I am now back in Phoenix but I can see the results from only treatment. I just turned 59 but look 40... I wish I could have stayed for 4 weeks to be able to have all 8 treatments. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Unfortunately, I will need to find a place in Phoenix that offers this amazing service. Then, next year when I return for my annual trip to "The Springs", I will get the facial. So happy I found you, Tina. Thank you!!!
So I forgot to write a review when it happened because I kept forgetting but here it is. I was VERY unhappy with my order. I order a lot from this dominos and more and more I've noticed they are getting worse when I thought, they were the best. My family ordered pizza on 12/30/14 and we ordered our usual for family night. We order 1 med light sauce Philly steak and onion, 1 med light sauce Extra cheese and black olives, 1 med light sauce double cheese and 1 med light sauce Pepperoni and bacon. We got them at a great time opened them up and BAM.... Burnt crust little to no cheese (even on the double cheese), floating in sauce and the steak was rubbery. My two three year olds wouldn't even eat. We called to complain which we never do, the shift manager was sweet she replaced everything. We open up the boxes and EVERYTHING was wrong. We had 1 pepperoni and no bacon, 1 steak and black olives, 1 regular cheese and 1 onion pizza. Furious and hungry my family just ate and needless to say, we WILL NOT BE ordering there again.
When I showed up for my Brazilian I was told by the receptionist that the woman I was seeing was the fastest on staff. At first I was excited, I mean who wants to sit there for half an hour to an hour exposed and in pain right? Well speed isn't everything. As someone who has gotten this treatment done every few months since I was a teenager I can say I have NEVER had one that was that painful. But I figured hey, a little pain for a fifteen minute wax, fine. Until I got home and realized that I wasn't even clean, she didn't take any time to make sure she got all the hair, AND I have extremely painful red marks on the inside which is where you have to take the most care (hello thousands of nerve endings in there). Like I said I do this all the time so it's not an allergic reaction or a low pain tolerance. It was shoddy work. I will not be returning here.