Usually, the Found on Santa Fe Craigslist blog is reserved for tongue-in-cheek repostings of ridiculous Southwest furniture, unicorn mirrors, semi-used magical equipment and the like. But this one isn’t. I’d just like to share this woman’s request for help with diapers, a double stroller and a baby swing. Her husband’s work hours were cut, and they’re expecting a medically unforeseen visit from the stork. If you have a little to spare, two struggling parents in Santa Fe county could use it.
As restaurant critic Ari LeVaux explains in this week’s Food section, IVB Canteen isn’t situated in some cutesy walkable community. “The only reason you’d be in the neighborhood is if you were lost or perhaps having some custom plastics manufactured nearby.” But a glass of Slow Down Brown and a brie-filled Frenchy sandwich are enticing reasons to slip out of work a few minutes early and onto Il Vicino Brewery Canteen’s lively patio.
Even the unrepentantly lazy can do some good for New Mexico on Saturday. Just leave a bag of nonperishable food in (or near ... lazy people) your mailbox, and the U.S. Postal Service will make sure your donation is delivered to Roadrunner Food Bank. If you're a Good Samaritan who doesn't mind putting on a pair of pants and leaving the house, there are plenty of opportunities to help letter carriers unload and sort food at a post office substation near you: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 349-8825 to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Green chile. Turkey. Cheese. Bread. That’s it. The classic “Albuquerque turkey” sandwich is about as simple as it gets, which means the quality of the ingredients that go into it—and the perhaps atmosphere around it—are paramount. In this week’s food section, professional gobbler Ari LeVaux makes a case that JohnDhi’s nails both ends of the ABQT equation.
If you've watched one of the dozens of food industry documentaries that have come out over the past few years (Food, Inc., Fresh, American Meat, Farmageddon) you're already familiar with Joel Salatin. The much-interviewed farmer, author and polyculture advocate is renowned for his wry observations about America's food system. On Saturday, Salatin passes through New Mexico to offer some of his earthy insights to the kids at Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm. For $60 ($25 children under 11), you can listen in over a brunch assembled from ingredients raised right at the school. Students will also play marimba music and offer tours of the self-sustaining Santa Cruz, N.M., property, about 20 miles outside of Santa Fe. For tickets, which benefit the middle school Montessori, visit caminodepaz.net or call (505) 747-9717.
Even if the weather’s not up for it tonight, you can plan on a dandy weekend for grilling burgers by fridge-defrosting a few of the neglected hunks of meat from the back of your freezer. In this week’s Food section, Ari LeVaux shares his tips on turning top round, sirloin steaks or whatever meaticles you’ve got on hand into awesome homemade patties.
Have a heart for this poor black metal shelf. A young newly-wed couple got it as a wedding present, wife told the husband to put it togehter, husband "kinda" put it together, using only half the required number of screws, and then a year later it was out on the curb, where I rescued it. Nothing fundamentally wrong with it, except it dances its hips more than the King himself, because it's missing half its screws. Please, take it home, do something useful with it.
Fresh off his third straight Best Poet win in the Alibi’s Best of Burque poll, Hakim Bellamy is now the very first Poet Laureate in the history of Albuquerque. Not too shabby!
In today’s announcement, committee organizer and poetry advocate Don McIver describes the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program as honoring a word artist who “makes meaningful connections, honors and serves our diverse community, elevates the importance of the art form, and shares poetry with Albuquerque residents.” Yup. Bellamy hits all the right check marks.
Find out more about Bellamy’s many projects and the new laureate program at abqpoetlaureate.org.
In honor of ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano’s visit to Albuquerque next Wednesday, our restaurant critic paid a visit to an upscale taco and tequila bar named after the Arellano family's home state: Zacatecas. Fish tacos, ahoy!
Few restaurants live to see their 30th birthday, but Albuquerque's first Indian restaurant will reach the three-decade mark this weekend. India Kitchen's longevity might have something to do with Chef/Co-owner Rajul Gupta's deftness with vegetarian and gluten-free specialties, in addition to her many fabulous meat and seafood dishes.
The restaurant will offer free dessert to its customers all month long. And if you wish India Kitchen a happy anniversary during dinner tonight or tomorrow, the Guptas will hand you a surprise gift bag. That's in addition to live music—but you'd better RSVP to make sure they save you a seat. Call 884-2333. And, what the heck, wish them well over the phone while you're at it.