post About Andrea Lin

February 26th, 2008

Filed under: — Andrea Lin @ 11:11 pm

I live in Albuquerque.  I eat out a lot.  I write, for fun and sometimes for profit.  That’s about it.

For 7 years I’ve written this Albuquerque food blog, sometimes on and off, sometimes consistently. But I love to find new places and blog about them. Calling it a flog happens, too.

Oh, and I’ll eat anything.  Yep.  Anything.

to give me tips, comments, heads up on restaurants, gossip – whatever. 

This site runs on your advice, my experiences, and the whole community.


  1. I would like to comment on marcellos chophouse and my horriible experiance. It was so over -rated and i was so let down. it took two and a half hours to get through the meal, this is with reservations. Our server was not attentive and our food was cold and complete with the ever dreaded hair in one of our entres. It was my mother’s birthday, so instead of making a scene, i waited and wrote a letter of com;laint to the manager. no response,no concern. Really it is so weird, I ve talked to many people who also had bad times there, yet never do I see a complaint or a negative review of this place. grossed out

    Comment by laura characky — June 13, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  2. just kidding

    Comment by laura characky — June 14, 2008 @ 12:38 am

  3. You’re weird, Laura….

    Comment by Andrea Lin — June 16, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  4. I’m tagging you for blog tag. So, tag!


    Comment by Roland — January 6, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  5. Thought you might enjoy our blog.
    Also we are always looking for submissions. And could really appreciate a different…

    Comment by Jonny Hamcachi — March 20, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  6. I just moved to albuquerque and was wondering if you knew where the best taco trucks are located at.

    Comment by Tim — May 3, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  7. Tim – there is no definitive guide (though you’ve inspired me to do something about that!).

    However, you can find them crawling up and down the South Valley, AND closer to the rest of town I have seen at least 2 or 3 along Zuni between San Mateo and Wyoming.

    So that’s where to start…. :-)

    Comment by Andrea Lin — May 4, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  8. Hi Andrea,

    where can I send you a recommendation for a restaurant I think you should check out?

    Ever tried Venezuelan food? Theres a brand new restaurant in ABQ named Cafe Choroni and its delicious.

    take care and keep up the good work!

    Comment by Carlos — June 4, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  9. Carlos – thank you! I will check it out, and you can always email me at abqandrea (at) gmail (you’ll have to format the address, but I think you can figure it out).

    Comment by Andrea Lin — June 4, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

  10. Hello, my name is Anne and I work for Magnolia Pictures. Magnolia Pictures is one of the leading film distribution companies that focuses on small independent and foreign language films. Currently we have a new film called “Food, Inc.” The film has opened in New York and LA and has received a great response. On Friday, July 31, “Food Inc.” will be opening in Albuquerque at the Century 14 Downtown. Due to the film’s messages about the importance of purchasing local, sustainable foods and the dangers of the industrialization of food, we think that your site’s audience would strongly identify with “Food, Inc.”

    Below is a link to our HTML (to be copied and pasted into your web browser). It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward it on to your site members, or followers, or if it could be included in your online newsletter or on your website. We encourage you to check out the film’s website, as well, at

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    Comment by Anne — July 24, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  11. Thanks for catching that typo Andrea, and thanks for reading! We’ve been reading your blog too, would you mind setting up a link exchange?

    Comment by Alec & Matt — October 6, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  12. Conversation started Thursday Nov 15, 2012 on FaceBook.

    Meeting on Monday* to disallow food trucks to lawfully park in all public areas.

    Source: Facebook post in the ABQ Food Group, Albuquerque, NM.

    Recent Posts By Others in group.

    Adrian Carver
    A few months ago, I was elected to the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association Board. I’ve been going to the meetings and an issue popped up about the food trucks outside of tractor that concerns me. I thought you might be interested in hearing what’s going on.

    Some of the board members and members of the Nob Hill Main Street board have been seeking to change zoning laws regarding street food vendors. Some feel that the trucks are not conducive to commerce in Nob Hill-that they block brick and mortar businesses and are taking away from existing food vendors.

    I contest many of these assertions, and I believe that you might have a vested interest in the continued presence of the food trucks. I’ve pasted below (in blue) the city ordinance they are seeking to change, which would disallow food vendors from parking in front of businesses, requiring them to park in front of parking lots.

    I invite everyone to attend an important meeting regarding the sector plan this Monday at 6pm. It will most likely happen at Build New Mexico*
    Like · · 16 hours ago near Albuquerque

    ABQ Food Trucks

    Thank you for the heads up Adrian. We will try to have several representatives there to plead our case. Are they trying to have zoning changed city wide? Or just in Nob Hill?
    15 hours ago · Like

    Status Update
    By ABQ Food Trucks

    Some talking points for the meeting on Monday to disallow food trucks to lawfully park in all public areas………….. The best businesses maintain their ability to charge higher prices because their products/services are better, not because of laws stifling others from entering the marketplace to compete.

    We should and do pay taxes. We have the same safety inspections that restaurants have. The food trucks have the same expensive exhaust hood and fire safety system as a restaurant. They have the same 3 compartment sink. All of the equipment was purchased from the same local restaurant supply store that many local restaurants use.

    Food trucks, however, are not able to provide the same experience as a traditional restaurant. We have no seating, therefore, cannot create the same ambiance and are much more weather dependent. We are not allowed to serve alcohol. I personally have never gone to a restaurant, coffee shop or store only because it had the lowest price. Would convenience stores be so omni-present if we only valued price? Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

    To restaurant owners who say food trucks are taking their customers: If your customers leave only because a food truck offers lower prices, then they were never your customers in the first place.

    Customers are not the property of any one business; they cannot be stolen — but they can be won.

    You talk about those awful noisy generators…do you understand how much greener food trucks are compared to restaurants? How much electricity, water and gas does a restaurant use on any given day? I can assure you it is much more than any truck in this city.

    If your food, service, or prices are so mediocre that you can’t tempt customers away with your wider selection of ingredients, air conditioning, shade, bathrooms, comfortable seating, or whatever, then you probably deserve to loose to the local food trucks.

    Plenty of restaurants downtown are maintaining or increasing their customer base, because they simply provide a better product. But if your product isn’t good enough, then losing business is exactly what you’d expect with greater competition — whether it was mobile or not.

    By banning food trucks from public parking locations you are not only infringing on the rights of the law abiding food truck owner, but you are depriving the average citizen of choices and therefore creating a monopoly that will only drive food prices higher. Something that the general populace can not afford at this time.

    ABQ Food Trucks

    To show your support for all the food trucks you can email the Nob Hill Main Street board or call all the members on the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association board Marty Ennis, Treasurer, 265-3266
    Susan Michie, 399-4410
    Marshall Mourar, 717-1400
    Greg Weirs, Secretary, 265-9995
    Terms ending September 2014:

    Anne Acuff, 265-0231
    Adrian Carver, 615-0879
    Sofia Eleftheriou,
    Ron Halbgewachs, 268-1584
    Beverly Hill, 255-8867
    Jim Pinkston, 268-4424
    Lainie Quirk, 263-8292
    Tymn Waters, Vice-President, 235-4299

    Stacy Kissam Ugh. What constant meddlers.
    15 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2

    ABQ Food Trucks Yes, this will in effect put almost all food trucks out of business! Never again will you be able to walk out of your favorite brew pub and grab some great street food. If you’ve ever had a delectable treat while at work from a truck that makes a circuit, that will come to a halt. Trucks that bring affordable convenient food to downtown workers or those in the heights will be forced to stop their operation. Unless of course there is a parking lot that has a space in front of it for them to set up. And that of course is only if that parking lot does not have a business near it.
    15 hours ago · Like
    Melissa Renteria Why are people so opposed to any creative business ideas in this town?
    14 hours ago via mobile · Like
    Kristin Satterlee That’s awful. I will try to be there.
    14 hours ago via mobile · Like
    Maribell Simbana Have you researched and prepared notes on how other municipalities have addressed this? I’m frankly very surprised that MainStreet would be so unsupportive of food trucks & working collaboratively. The activity of food trucks actually attracts shoppers to businesses.
    14 hours ago · Like

    Comment by Lloyd — November 16, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

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