Alibi V.16 No.10 • March 8-14, 2007 
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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Courtesy of Big Jim Farms

EVENT HORIZON ()

I-Pick, U-Pick, We All-Pick Chiles

U-Pick Green Chiles and Farmers' Market

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm and pick green chiles, ranging from mild to extra hot with onsite roasting. Other fruits and vegetable are also for sale.
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Chowtown Restaurant Guide

Whether you’re more familiar with the French Riviera or the French Quarter, there are plenty of places in Albuquerque to get a taste of authentic French cuisine. Read Hosho McCreesh’s review of Le Quiche Parisienne in this issue, and check out these other restaurants in the city that will cater to your wanderlust and make you feel, if only for the evening, that you’re dining in the City of Lights. Bon appetit, mes amis.