January 31st, 2013
Howdy, everyone. I often find myself in a place wondering, “what in the heck is going on with new restaurants around town?”
At that point I need to use my Google-Fu and start digging for information. You know that often gossip is inaccurate, so how can we find good information? I have a few tips on how to find what you want. Here we go:
1. Urbanspoon’s “new restaurants” list. This is a hidden search on Urbanspoon’s page, but handy if you only want to see what has been added to their database lately. Here’s how to find it: in urbanspoon.com, you’ll be on the main page where it shows you the hip/hot/featured restaurants for your city. This is the address of that page: http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/60/Albuquerque-restaurants.html
Scroll down until you see the stuff in the left-most column come to an end. You’ll see a tiny link that looks like this:
…and it’s URL is this: http://www.urbanspoon.com/lb/60/best-restaurants-Albuquerque?sort=date
To make sure you can always get back to this page, just bookmark it! Done.
2. foodloversnm.com – this is a tumblr site with lots of drool-worthy photos of New Mexico food. However, there are also links to a list of recent restaurant closures, as well as a way to buy the book called “Food Lovers’ Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos” – a brand-new compendium of over 300 food spots all over from restaurants to stores to breweries. Yes, I’m biased. But YES it is an amazing resource and you should have one in your glove box.
3. Email me! Need a tip? Just get in contact using my easy-peasy email address. It’s my name AT andrea <dash> lin <dot> com. Translate that into an email and you’re all set. Or send an email to that chick over at item #2. We have strikingly similar knowledge sets.
November 27th, 2012
It’s been a flurry filled month of restaurant changes and I am here to get them on the record for you!
First, the best little salad restaurant that could has opened a second location, right here in Albuquerque. It’s convenient to downtowners and those with easy access to the freeway, right in Old Town: Vinaigrette. I only hope that Erin Wade can keep the same amazing high standards for her food as she has been doing in Santa Fe. And, is the Duke City ready for a $17 salad? I hope so, but don’t forget she also makes some of the best pies I’ve tasted.
Hounds of the alcohol variety, know that we are also getting a new chain liquor store: Total Wine. Two of them are set to open by the end of the year, one near each major mall in town (Coronado and Cottonwood). Myself? I like Jubilation and that won’t change anytime soon.
If you love deep spice and curries, you might have dined at Raaga in Santa Fe. The chef and owner, Paddy Rawal, has also come to Albuquerque with his new spot called OM Fine Indian Dining. It is located in a former Annapurna spot, so if you were already visiting Annapurna regularly you won’t be too thrown off to find OM in its place. His specialties are basically just making kick-ass Indian food. That’s all. And that’s enough.
November 13th, 2012
Blatant promotion ahead, but don’t worry, it is nothing but good stuff.
(cover image by Sergio Salvador)
The book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos is now out from Globe Pequot Press and it is a soft cover handheld treasure trove of where to eat, where to buy groceries, where to get schnozzled and which road trips to take for culinary bliss, all over New Mexico.
Sold yet? The book’s website has an updated “closure list” so you’ll know where not to go, and a tantalizing selection of foods from the restaurants featured in the book.
The author would recommend that you buy from a local bookseller, like Bookworks or Collected Works or Page One, but if you must, it is also available at Amazon, right here: Food Lovers’ Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos.
October 12th, 2012
Wow, that sure snuck up on us. It’s already the last weekend of the Balloon Fiesta, in case you missed the fair and still need your annual funnel cake fix. Oh, I hear there’s balloons and stuff, too. Of course.
This weekend in downtown Albuquerque, you can enjoy the Taste of New Mexico in the downtown plaza, both Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. This event is a showcase of local restaurants, whose culinary skills you can taste for just a few bucks worth of tickets. I’m excited that Zs&Ts new shop is represented, as well as favorites like Cecilia’s and Cool Water Fusion. Apparently one of the bands lined up is called “the Noms” – wonder if their theme is edibles?
Get the scoop and even more details here: http://thetasteofnm.com/
I suggest hitting the Taste of New Mexico on Saturday so you can use Sunday for the very anticipated Local Food Festival and Field Day down in the South Valley. This one will be a blowout event with sponsorship from great folks like Edible Magazine and Bookworks and La Montanita Coop.
October 5th, 2012
It’s fall again, time to fire up the Baklava and the Lamb gyros at the Grecian Festival. It starts Friday, October 5th and goes through Sunday with tons of treats and cultural events all weekend. More info here and maps and all that good stuff: