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Eat Of The Week

There are a lot of family-friendly activities to do in Fort Collins; it’s part of what makes this city such a great one to call home. But, if we ask our kids what we should do for some family fun time, there’s a short list:

  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Fort Fun

We groan and wince at the thought of Chuck E. Cheese, and Fort Fun can get spendy. They aren’t exactly places that grown-ups like to spend time at, either. The most enjoyable activities are the ones that everyone wants to do – kids and adults alike. So, Bill and I brought up the suggestion of combining good food and some of the video game fun the kids were looking for.

We ended up having dinner at Big Al’s for burgers and hot dogs and then we headed on over to Pinball Jones for the games. Best combination ever!

I will always and forever get the 60/40 burger at Big Al’s. I just can’t stray from it, and it’s one of my favorite FoCo foods. Although, I did notice that they have a larger specialty fry menu that I’ll need to explore. When did they do this? Last month? So glad to see restaurants going beyond the played out truffle fries. Salt and Vinegar fries? Dill Pickle fries? Looks like I’ll have go back for more burgers!

And because the 60/40 burger pairs well with the AC/DC Pinball machine, the new 4-person Pac Man table, and the 1959 Queen Big Ball Bowler that we had a blast playing on as a family at Pinball Jones (whose expansion and draft beer are AWESOME!), Big Al’s makes today’s Eat Of The Week!


Reader VIP Party At Lodge Sasquatch



I’ve been talking about them for a few weeks, and now we’re getting closer. Are you ready for the first round of our blogger events? Join us at The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen on Tuesday, August 5th from 8:30-10:30 pm to hang out, chat about Fort Collins food (or whatever), and have a good time offline.

The Lodge has reserved space for us upstairs and is providing appetizers and the first round of drinks for your ticket price. You are more than welcome to purchase more drinks and entrees if you’d like! This is a ticketed event, and there will NOT be ticket sales at the door. We’re only selling a limited amount too, so get them while you can. You can purchase them through this link!

The money from ticket sales is going toward our updated website fundraiser that we’re doing. Missed those details? Then here’s that post. Don’t forget that you can get your Shirts With Perks, too! And if you can’t make any of our events this month, or purchase a shirt, then we have donation options available as well. Every little bit will help and we appreciate your support!



Scoop Blog Network Fundraiser – Shirts with Perks!

Since the beginning of the year we’ve been planning on a new website for the blogs in the Scoop Blog Network. I realized that we didn’t need each blog to upgrade, we needed to bring the whole network together into one site to share information with our readers better.

Think of something like a Fort Collins Huffington Post kind of magazine site, but a hell of a lot better looking.

Behold my super ghetto photoshopping skills to illustrate the idea in my head. I promise a professional graphic designer will come up with something more attractive.

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Each blog will be listed on the top navigation bar so you can easily see what else is going on in the city. Perhaps you are an avid Feasting Fort Collins reader but you have a family too, so you’d like to know what to do with the kids just as much as you’d like to know where to eat. Bam – having us all on one site will make it a one-stop-shop of Fort Collins info for you.

You’ll be able to see a list of most recent posts on our home page. We’ll have a Most Popular Posts section (not illustrated above) so you can see what everyone in Fort Collins is talking about and you don’t miss out on the details.

We’re going to create a comprehensive community calendar on our sidebar. You’ll be able to sort events by a specific blog – so you can see all of the dining events from Feasting Fort Collins, the historical events from Forgotten Fort Collins, Happy Hours from Late Night Fort Collins, beer tapings from Cheers Fort Collins – AND MORE. We plan on having THE CALENDAR that you want to look at to plan your Fort Collins fun.

So, this is just the basic idea that we want to do. When it comes to each blog section on the site, we want to make them easier to search so you can find the info you’re looking for. We’re going to get a reader survey out so you can tell us what you need – both in our new website function and what kind of blog posts you want to read (or don’t).

This is going to be a big project. After coding and design costs, we’re looking at needing $10,000 to make this happen. I’ve already sat down with bankers to talk about business loans. Yeah – that’s not happening. So, we’re going to need help from our readers. Rather than doing a typical crowdfunding campaign, we actually want to give you some with more value. We’re going to sell shirts, but with perks!

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Each blogger will have a selection of shirts that you can purchase. A portion of each sale goes to our website development. We could completely fund our entire site if we sell a little over 2,000 shirts. That’s a tall order and I don’t expect to hit that goal – but it would be AMAZING if we did!

Not only do you get a nifty shirt to support your favorite bloggers, but we’re also planning a boatload of events with our readers. By selling tickets to events, we continue to increase our website funding.

So, what about those perks? Well, since we’re hosting a ton of events coming up, if you show up in your blogger shirt, you’ll get VIP treatment. Maybe that means free event access, or your first drink free at one of our pub crawls, or a free ice cream at our upcoming ice cream social. Whatever we’re doing, you get discounts, free stuff, and exclusive benefits that other people won’t get.

This t-shirt campaign only runs for 21 days. As soon as we sell 25 of them, they start shipping out, so you can have yours by our first group of events in August (details coming soon!). Thank you so much for reading and helping us reach our goal of a better website for you!!