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Best of Burque Ballot

Extinction Event Imminent!

Less than 24 hours to vote in Best of Burque Restaurants 2017

Yes, that ominous rumbling you hear IS the sound of the Great Age of Best of Burque Restaurants voting coming to its vainglorious conclusion. When? Tomorrow, Sept. 20 at high noon!

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 Alibi V.16 No.10 • March 8-14, 2007 
A world of fish sauce awaits.
A world of fish sauce awaits.

Ask Chef Boy Ari

Something’s Fishy

Q: Dear CBA,

I’ve been wondering for a while what the deal is with fish sauce. How can something that smells so gross be so popular? I mean, it smells like extra-putrid rotten fish. I’ve tried cooking with it, and the food ends up tasting like fish sauce smells.

I love Thai food, and I know they use a lot of fish sauce, so I’m wondering how they get away with it?

—Not Quite Hooked

A: Dear Unhooked,

I’ve experienced the same phenomenon, so I sympathize. The trick to using fish sauce is that you add a few drops to dishes that have strong flavors in other ways, and the power of the competing flavors balances out.

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Crepe De Saumon Fume aux Pommes
Tina Larkin

Restaurant Review

La Crêpe Michel

Where fine dining is a snap

I cannot make a decent crêpe. And it’s not for lack of trying, let me assure you. I remember being 19 years old, standing in the industrial kitchen of my culinary school in a starchy white jacket and houndstooth pants, staring at the cracks in the mahogany-tiled floor. My least favorite instructor was publicly humiliating me for forgetting to “snap” my wrist when I flipped the pan. My lack of snap had resulted in yet another charcoal doily instead of the mouth-watering, lacy brown creation we all coveted.

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Kristie Romano—owner and operator of Downtown's Vitality Juice, Java and Smoothie Bar
Tina Larkin

Chewing the Fat

Juiced

New Mexico’s first Vitality Juice, Java and Smoothie Bar opens in Downtown Albuquerque

Imagine a place where healthy food actually tastes good. Where chocolate shakes are as nutrient-packed as a shot of wheatgrass, and burgers are as guiltless as broiled chicken breast. In your dreams, right? Think again.

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