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 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 4th, 2012
According to KRQE, the vendor prices for food during the Balloon Fiesta 2012 will be up quite a bit, thanks to a change in the vendors’ contracts. Instead of a fixed rate to allow them to serve food, each vendor must now pay 30% of profits as their fee. Ouch.
That means that an average food item cost could be up about $1.50 – that already kind of crazy hot dog for $7.50? That’s now $9.
But with 18 new vendors, at least you won’t go hungry. If you don’t get skinny in the waist, you might get skinnier in the wallet.My recommendation? Don’t eat at anything you recognize to be a chain. Eat Sadie’s. Eat Road Runner Foods. But don’t eat
Don’t forget to read the VENUE in the Friday Albuquerque Journal to find other options for your dining experience once you leave the Balloon Fiesta Park.
April 21st, 2012
Local food news first, then some piggy pouting.
FIRST, Farm and Table is now open if you hadn’t heard. They’re doing relatively straightforward gourmet food in a nice building and a farm out back that should be supplying good produce by summer. So far they’re good but once they have all those veg it will be a whole ‘nother ballgame. http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/print-edition/2012/03/30/farm-to-table-restaurants-open-and.html
NEXT, downtown lost a pretty fun nightclub that made a heckuva radicchio salad: Jazzbah missed some lease payments and they closed for good around the last week of March. http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/04/02/landlord-closes-jazzbah-over-missing.html
A cash mob group is ramping up on Facebook and will be targeting local businesses, including restaurants, with an influx of customers and cash. Neat idea. Get a few dozen people together and all descend upon the chosen establishment, giving a direct stimulus to that place’s bottom line. http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/business/cash-mob-hits-albuquerque-business
AND, Pizza 9 is expanding to Santa Fe. I’m not the biggest fan of their “not quite Chicago-style” pies, but it is always good news when local outlets do well enough to grow. http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/04/10/pizza-9-expands-to-santa-fe.html
Ok, now for the piggie news. Well, it’s enough to make a foodie wish they had to stay kosher: pork is generally not a nice thing to be eating. Now, I’ve known this for some time and of course there is a spectrum of ethics from killing innocent crustaceans all the way to veal calves and the like . . . but isn’t this a place that it would do good to at least REDUCE your consumption?
I am not in favor of completely renouncing animal products, far from it. But that does not mean that it is futile to have an impact by consuming less things that are the product of an unpleasant life. Like chicken? Go kill, pluck and dress one and roast it. If you’re still OK with eating poultry after that, find your local farmers and try to buy from them when and if possible.
And eat more beans, plants, and fruits. They’re quite immune from the bleeding and screaming when harvested.