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Our weekly photo game

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Mar 19 2013 12:43 PM ]

Congratulations to Okeefine for correctly identifying O'Niell's Irish Pub in Nob Hill (and even spelling the name right) from some table-side metalwork. Now, send me a message Okeefine (ty@alibi.com)

A quick reminder of what this contest is all about. See the picture I've posted there? It's of an Albuquerque restaurant. If you are the first one to name it correctly in a comment below, you will be declared Grand Moff PhotoGuesser of the week, and what's more, you'll be eligible for our prize drawing (free Alibi bucks to a local restaurant!) at the end of the month. Not too, shabby eh?

So, get to it! Figure out which restaurant I've been to recently!

One more thing: If you win, I'll be sending a short message to your Alibi.com mail account. Look in the upper right hand corner of the screen; if you're logged in and you've got a message, you'll be notified in that little block of text up there. It's important that you write me back after you've won so that I can notify you if you win the big prize at the end of the month.

The Alibi's weekly contest

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Mar 12 2013 11:53 AM ]

Congratulations to Lundy J for correctly identifying the Model Pharmacy from a herd of ceiling-strung elephants. Now on to the next!

A quick rules run down: See the picture? It's from a restaurant that I've been to recently. Figure out which joint it is and post your answer in a comment below (not on Facebook, don't email them to my Alibi account, don't flash them via signal lamp from your luxury yacht; put them in the comments section or you won't win).

The first person to post the correct answer will be declared Baron PhotoGuesser of the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Baron PhotoGuessers.

Got it?

Now, one more thing. If you win, I'll be notifying you via Alibi.com's message feature, which some of you may not know about. Look at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. See that block of red text that tells you if you're logged in, etc.? If I send you a message, that block will also display a notification along the lines of "2 messages." Click on it, and it will take you to your inbox where a cheery "YOU ARE A WINNER" message may very well be waiting. Read it and then write back to me to acknowledge that you've received it. You can also get to your inbox through the "my alibi" drop down menu.

Okay, GUESS.

Cue the Jeopardy song.
Cue the Jeopardy song.

Photo guessing contest

By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Mar 6 2013 12:35 PM ]

A new month, a new chance to win free Alibi Bucks to a local restaurant. Just yesterday, commenter Schmeltzy won $20 worth of Bucks to Cafe Lush, and last month Msanchez won the same for Tia Betty Blue's.

A quick rules run down: See the picture? It's from a restaurant that I've been to recently. Figure out where it is and post your answer in a comment below (not on Facebook, don't email them to my Alibi account, don't tap it out in code on the wall of your prison cell; put them in the comments section or you won't win). The first person to do so with the correct answer will be declared Pope PhotoGuesser of the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Pope PhotoGuessers.

Got it?

Now, one more thing. If you win, I'll be notifying you via Alibi.com's message feature, which some of you may not know about. Look at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. See that block of red text that tells you if you're logged in, etc.? If I send you a message, that block will also display a notification along the lines of "2 messages." Click on it, and it will take you to your inbox where a cheery "YOU ARE A WINNER" message may very well be waiting. Read it and then write back to me to acknowledge that you've received it. You can also get to your inbox through the "my alibi" drop down menu.

Okay, GUESS.

The Randomizer 4000, ready for action.
The Randomizer 4000, ready for action.

Prize day edition

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Mar 5 2013 1:13 PM ]

Another month has passed, and the day of the TTM drawing is here!

But first, I must address a point of controversy. A scandal, even. There were three successful photo-guessers last month, but only two will be competing for the prize. Why? It turns out that last week's winner, GardenGnome, was actually ineligible to play and his name has been cast out of the Randomizer 4000.

With that ugliness out of the way, let us turn to the big event. Our two contestants are commenter Schmetlzy, who deduced Loyola's Family Restaurant from a roadrunner themed lamp, and commenter Evarockstar who correctly identified Limonata Italian Street Food Caffe from a group of crowded shelves.

As usual, the contestant's names were placed within the secure confines of the Randomizer 4000. Our guest drawer, music editor Samantha Anne Carrillo then activated the randomizing sequence (mixed up the names with her fingers) and then selected the lucky winner. Two impartial observers (myself and staff writer Mark Lopez) were unhand to make sure that everything was on the up and up.

The winner? Commenter Schmeltzy!

Congratulations, you've won two $10 Alibi Bucks for breakfast at Cafe Lush.

Check back tomorrow for another mysterious photograph and another chance to win.

Ari LeVaux
Matt Romero fries eggs

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Matt Romero's good egg trick

feed red chile to the chickens!

By Ari LeVaux [ Sun Mar 3 2013 9:56 AM ]

At the Santa Fe farmers market this last weekend, market mainstay Matt Romero had a fried fingerling potato demonstration going. But when his buddy, the restaurateur Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto stopped by to say hi, Romero added some eggs to the pan. They had the most amazing yolks I’d ever seen, sunset orange and round as super balls atop the cackling eggs. Romero credits a diet of red chile scraps for the yolks’ awesomeness.

I’m a backyard chicken farmer, so I know a thing about fresh eggs. As I watched these fry, I was humbled. Watch the video to see for yourself.

My bad for not filming Yohalem's plate after the eggs had broken. It was deep orange.

http://mattromerofarms.com/

http://ilpiattosantafe.com/

Sidways mystery photo
Sidways mystery photo

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The Alibi's weekly contest

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Feb 26 2013 10:56 AM ]

UPDATED: See the comments below for a hint!

First of all, congratulations to NOBODY for guessing last week's photo. That's right, none of you could figure it out. So I'm giving you guys some homework: Get over to Budai Gourmet Chinese as quickly as you can and scarf up some of their excellent food. Don't forget to ask for the secret menu!

Now, a quick rules run down on how this works: See the picture? It's from a restaurant that I've been to recently and it is SIDEWAYS. Figure out where it is and post your answer in a comment below (not on Facebook, don't email them to my Alibi account, don't write them down in your diary; put them in the comments section or you won't win). The first person to do so with the correct answer will be declared Emperor PhotoGuesser of the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Emperor PhotoGuessers.

Got it?

One more thing. If you win, I'll be notifying you via Alibi.com's message feature, which some of you may not know about. Look at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. See that block of red text that tells you if you're logged in, etc.? If I send you a message, that block will also display a notification along the lines of "2 messages." Click on it, and it will take you to your inbox where a cheery "YOU ARE A WINNER" message may very well be waiting. Read it and then write back to me to acknowledge that you've received it. You can also get to your inbox through the "my alibi" drop down menu.

Good. Now guess.

The Alibi's weekly contest

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Feb 19 2013 10:22 AM ]

Congratulations to commenter schmeltzy, for correctly identifying Loyola's Family Restaurant from a light fixture.

A quick rules run down: See the picture? It's from a restaurant that I've been to recently. Figure out where it is and post your answer in a comment below (not on Facebook; don't email them to my Alibi account; don't write them down in your diary; put them in the comments section or you won't win). Please note that the damn thing is once again sideways because I am bad at the Internet. The first person to do so with the correct answer will be declared Esteemed PhotoGuesser of the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Esteemed PhotoGuessers.

Got it?

Now, one more thing. If you win, I'll be notifying you via Alibi.com's message feature, which some of you may not know about. Look at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. See that block of red text that tells you if you're logged in, etc.? If I send you a message, that block will also display a notification along the lines of "2 messages." Click on it, and it will take you to your inbox where a cheery "YOU ARE A WINNER" message may very well be waiting. Read it and then write back to me to acknowledge that you've received it. You can also get to your inbox through the "my alibi" drop down menu.

So. GUESS.

(Commenter emptyv, send me a message or email at ty@alibi.com. I have something for you.)

Mystery spot.

The Alibi's weekly contest

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Feb 12 2013 9:50 AM ]

First of all, congratulations to commenter evarockstar, for correctly identifying Limonata Italian Street Food Caffe from its back wall.

A quick rules run down: See the picture? It's from a restaurant that I've been to recently. Figure out where it is and post your answer in a comment below (not on Facebook, don't email them to my Alibi account, don't write them down in your diary; put them in the comments section or you won't win). The first person to do so with the correct answer will be declared Lord PhotoGuesser of the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Lord PhotoGuessers.

Got it?

Now, one more thing. If you win, I'll be notifying you via Alibi.com's message feature, which some of you may not know about. Look at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. See that block of red text that tells you if you're logged in, etc.? If I send you a message, that block will also display a notification along the lines of "2 messages." Click on it, and it will take you to your inbox where a cheery "YOU ARE A WINNER" message may very well be waiting. Read it and then write back to me to acknowledge that you've received it. You can also get to your inbox through the "my alibi" drop down menu.

This is important because our very first winner from last month still hasn't gotten back to me. Msanchez? Are you out there? CHECK YOUR MESSAGES. If you don't get back to me by the end of today, I'll be passing the prize on to the runner-up.

Guessy guess guess.
Guessy guess guess.

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The Alibi's blog-only contest enters Round 2

By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Feb 6 2013 11:53 AM ]

First of all, congratulations to commenter msanchez for winning last month's prize of two $10 Alibi Bucks to Tia Betty Blue's!

Second of all, msanchez, I still haven't heard back from you. Get in contact with me by next Tuesday or we might have to award the prize to the runner up. (ty@alibi.com or send me a message through the site.)

Third of all, with February a new round begins! Rules are the same as last time: each week I'll post up a terrible photograph of a restaurant I've recently visited. Your job is to correctly identify which place it is in the comments below (not on facebook!). First one to do so correctly is the winner. At the end of the month, I'll put the names of each winner into a hat and draw one out. That commenter will receive an Alibi bucks prize to a restaurant of my choice!

Okay? This week's restaurant shot is up above. Get guessing! Except for you, msanchez. If you won the big prize in the last drawing, you can't try again for a full month.

Our sophisticated randomizing technology.
Our sophisticated randomizing technology.

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BIG WINNER EDITION

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Feb 5 2013 12:11 PM ]

The air is thick with excitement. Two weeks of intense bad-photo guessing has resulted in two very skilled semi-finalists, commenters emptyv (who correctly sussed out B2B Bistronomy from a portion of its decorative blackboard) and msanchez (who deduced Duran's Station from a glimpse of its beer cooler).

The prize? Two $10 Alibi Buck certificates to Tia Betty Blue's New Mexican restaurant. Home of the best damned red chile you're ever going to find atop a blue corn waffle boat.

The competition? Randomized hat wrestling.

Alibi staff writer Mark Lopez approaches the sophisticated Randomizer 4000 (aka a hat we found lying around the office). He reaches in, hesitantly pulls out a folded slip of paper.

There is a tension laden silence over the room.

He unfolds it, holds it up, and reveals ...

COMMENTER MSANCHEZ!

Congratulations Msanchez. I'll be contacting you through a direct message to your Alibi profile in the very near future.

As for the rest of you, the new month kicks off another round of bad-photo guessing. Each week, you'll get a chance to correctly identify the restaurant my hasty, blurry, sometimes sideways photo depicts. The first one to do so will be entered into the very next randomized hat wrestling throwdown, which will take place at the end of the month.

Happy guessing and good luck!

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