Nathan Alter lives in Albuquerque with his wife and kids. He currently develops in C#/.NET, but is learning all the time and has enjoyed computers since programming in Basic on an Atari 400 as a teenager. He started blogging in 1999.
I went to Nationwide Candy here in Albuquerque a little while back hoping to find a big ole box o’ chocolate covered coffee beans. It’s a warehouse-style candy store. Didn’t find any but they had choco rocks, candy legos, huge bags of Toxic Waste (whatever that is). In general, you need to call ahead to see if they have something.
We went to Urban Hotdog Company for lunch. I got a Chicago style hotdog, which can be pretty hard to find in Albuquerque these days. You can get chile cheese fries New Mexico style or traditional, Vietnamese hotdogs, etc. It was pretty good. I’d go back.
Mishkaki skewers, veggie samosas, curry corn, and short ribs at Safari Grill. African-style food…quite tasty. Some of it reminded me of Indian food too. I’d recommend the place. It’s near Panera on the west side.
After that, we went to the Golden Crown Panaderia for “the world’s best coffee milkshake“. It was very good…I guess it better be good at over $6. Vanessa said she saw them make the espresso for it on the spot. It reminded me of the Cold Stone coffee milkshake, which is also pretty good.
The Bad and the Ugly
Steak Sriracha Quesarito…only Taco Bell could come up with such evil. Imagine a Czechoslovakian lumberjack whose only experience with Mexican food was that he once ate a potato chip. Then this guy was put in charge of Taco Bell food development. This food item would be the result. Tasted like fish with sour cream.
We just went for a walk in the dark around our neighborhood in western Albuquerque. There were black widow spider webs every 10 feet or so around the yard walls. They really come out at night. We shined lights on them and I was stomping on them. Must have killed at least 10.
Ate at Sara’s Pastries and Deli near work on Jefferson at lunch. They have some regular deli sammiches, but also a few Peruvian items. I had an empanada and a red tamale. I don’t usually like the taste of tamales for some reason, but I liked this one. Tasty stuff. Too bad I didn’t have time to try one of their tasty-looking desserts.
We had a “staycation” last week. We went camping high in the mountains near Santa Fe. Camping up there was cooold, and we could have prepared better…but you don’t actually expect to sleep when camping. We also toured a bit around Santa Fe. There was a small labyrinth outside a cathedral there. Of course, we had to stop by our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, Tomasitas. We noticed there was a new African style place called Jambo Cafe, but we neglected to try it…maybe next time. We dropped by the Chuck Jones gallery. Was he in New Mexico at some point? Vanessa got to visit the Georgia O’Keefe museum that she’d wanted to see for a while. On the way home from Santa Fe, we stopped by Tent Rock and Cochiti Lake.
We went to Cliff’s one day and had fun. It’s a small amusement park here in Albuquerque. It was fun aside from Sean having an “nausea incident” on the way home as a result of riding a looping ride 3 times before he left. Loading up on greek food at the new Ahmo’s Deli probably didn’t help.
Later in the week, we went to my cousin’s wedding in Clovis and had a good time seeing cousins I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We also played Love Letters. It’s a cool little rule-based card game with only 16 cards. Very simple to learn.
Sean and I decided to bike to a new rock trail and tunnel near Unser and Rainbow. I wisely chose a day with 30 mph winds to do it. I had Kai in the bike trailer behind me. At one point, I saw a sandstorm coming in from the west and though, “We’re going to be in trouble if we get caught in that.” One minute later, we were in it. I blocked the wind for Sean and the stinging sand blew all around us. (Kai was fortunately fast asleep through it.) We couldn’t see but a few feet and sandstorms are apparently full of static electricity, so we were getting little electric shocks all round.
We ate at Pita Taza…a Middle Eastern fast food place on Paseo and Wyoming. We got the meat and veggie combo plates…quite tasty! Only thing missing to me was whatever that spicy shawarma sauce is that they have at Yasmine’s.