New Perennial Favorites, Part Two—This multipart edition of "The Dish" is devoted to established Albuquerque chefs who are stepping up to the range at new projects. Click here to read last week's installation on Sam Etheridge's forthcoming Nob Hill Bar and Grill.
Thinner is better
My first theater experience was in 1986, when I was marched to an off-Broadway production of Animal Farm with several of my classmates. Since I was much too young to grasp the underlying theme of the plot (this being the gloomy, Orwellian allegorical vision of the Communist revolution), I just enjoyed the idea that animals could walk, talk and do human stuff.
It's Just Grape Juice
New Grapes on the Block
Sampling the wine at Brasserie La Provence
French wine is by far my favorite—a bad French Bordeaux is better than a good California Meritage, and a stinky Burgundy is better than a perfumed Oregon Pinot Noir any day. So when I heard a new French wine-oriented restaurant was opening in Nob Hill, I about wet my pants. To the benefit of my pants and my pride, I was able to pull myself back together when I discovered that Michael Cooperman (creator of the somewhat bloated but nonetheless chock-full-of-great-finds wine menu at Scalo) crafted the wine list at La Provence. Given that brasserie or brewery usually implies a more comfortable and laid-back environment, I thought I would reserve my judgment.
Beef Jerky and Beer Pairing
A new school year is beginning at UNM, and that means an influx of freshman from all over. Hopefully those freshman are wise enough to pick up a copy of Weekly Alibi, because y’all could learn a few things in these pages. As you settle into your class schedules and your dorm rooms, make sure you scope out the University Heights neighborhood and all it has to offer as well—especially the many restaurants, bars and cafés that were put there mainly for your enjoyment, dear student. Whether you’re looking for a place to mainline coffee and study all day or just want a break from cafeteria food, there’s plenty on offer: O Ramen has a cheap student special curry plate and Winning Coffee, always a classic, is there for you when you need to organize a student union meeting. It’s really easy to get trapped on campus and to lose track of the outside world when you’re in college, so consider Weekly Alibi your guide on where to go, what to do and what to eat in the area. Welcome to Albuquerque, kid. Hope you like your chile hot.