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V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Nam neung Platter
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Following the River

The Asian variety at Mekong Ramen House

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux finds that the food at this Laotian-owned restaurant is just as diverse and pan-Asian as the river for which it is named.
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V.22 No.51 |

food

Dark Beer and Dark Films for a Dark Weekend

By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Dec 20 2013 9:39 AM ]

Hey hop heads: This Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the darkest, longest night of the year. In preparation, Bird of Paradise (5409 Gibson SE) will be holding its first annual Dark Beer Festival tonight at 6pm, featuring a line up of black-barleyed libations for you to huddle up with while evil spirits stalk the pre-Solstice night outside. Flights of four different beers are $8 and include several special edition ales from brewers like Sierra Nevada and O'Dell.

Once you've slept off your courage stoking beer fix, you'll be ready for the Dark Matter Film Festival's Horror Bites! marathon at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Saturday at 2pm. Horror Bites! will feature a collection of short horror and sci-fi films handpicked by such local luminaries as the Alibi's own Devin O'Leary.

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V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013
Gedunk Food Truck
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Food

A Food Truck Gallery

Photographer Eric Williams took some awesome snaps we couldn’t fit into our food truck extravaganza, so feast (get it?) yer eyes!

Soo Bak Food Truck
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Rustic: A Divine Food Truck
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Joanie and Art's Famous Smoke BBQ
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
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V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013
Dave_B_ via Flickr

Food

I’ll Take My Hot Sauce Unleaded, Thanks

By Lisa Barrow [ Mon Jul 29 2013 2:04 PM ]
¡Ay, no! A new study finds evidence that four chile-based hot sauces imported from Mexico may contain unsafe levels of lead.
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V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Luis Peña

Food

Hundreds of Santa Feans just say no to Monsanto

By Luis Peña [ Tue May 28 2013 1:29 PM ]

Luis Peña
My family and I loaded into the family van on Saturday for a trip. Instead of heading out on a picnic or camping in the woods, we headed to Santa Fe to participate in the March On Monsanto. The event was coordinated globally through social media in over 400 cities. As farmers and seed savers, we are well aware of the dangers posed by genetic modification.

To my surprise, there were over 400 people at the demonstration on the Santa Fe Railyard. This coincided with the Saturday Farmer's Market, which created a perfect audience among the Market's mostly green and liberal crowd. After a few speeches by local activists, the group marched to the state capital—waving signs, banners and carrying puppets that warned of the dangers of genetic modification. The protest culminated in live music and rants of various types. It wasn’t your typical family outing, but it was a great day for being alive nonetheless. Siempre en la lucha.

Editor’s note: Scroll on for more photos and a poem by Beata Tsosie-Peña.

Luis Peña

Message to Monsanto

I am my own nation, with self-determination, a voice, and my own boundaries

You cannot encroach your mad science here

There will be no splicing, dicing, forceful injections to sterilize THIS free will

Your campaign of violence will never silence,

The power and song of sovereign landscapes

Your campaign to dominate

Remaining pockets of land-based beauty will fail

Your twisted esteem has yet to see

The power of ecology, boomeranged back at you with all the breath and balance

Of pure, reciprocal pollinators

Its funny the audacity, that monoculture mentality

For it’s in our inherent biodiversity

That the hungry will be fed

It’s the garden of truth in our hearts

That will keep our encoded memories

From being bled, carried out in sterile labs

Where viruses are shot with intentional precision

Enacting double helix holocausts on seeds we are supposed to protect

Your poisoning of generations is a toxic war crime

Carried over from your shameful days

Of bombarding veterans and civilians with an an agent called orange

Whose children with disabilities have yet to see

Justice or healthcare in their daily sunrise

Your poisoning of future generations will go no further

For while capitalism feeds you

And sneaky Protection Acts shield your diabolical crew,

Well protect this Monsanto, I am boycotting you

Watch as consumers change this tide

And the world community will no longer abide

No one will care when your abominations are set ablaze

And this place will rejoice

As Indigenous seed weathers its last era of tyranny

Our desert beauty genetics are as strong as our memory

And only we know how to tend and mend,

This land where our spirit is rooted, deeper than you know

We must keep growing our own food, saving heirloom seeds

Keep demanding these basic rights

And at the very least,

change for mandatory gmo labeling is now in sight

Nature has our back, is creating round up resistant seed

Being classified by your people as a super weed

Immune to your poison, is a plant called amaranth

That has fed us through centuries of colonization

What a relief and realization

That we are indeed a living civilization

Adapting and growing amidst such violent supremacy

You can rage into oblivion, drowning in your own greed

Unless you accept your deep need

To be retaught lessons of balance with technology, that does not have to bleed

It is time for this first crop of a movement to flourish

For collective action to harvest truth on hallowed ground

Sweet fruit we inherited

Through natural law that cannot be patented

Spirit beings of all that is alive

Help us get through these times

And we’ll return to our sacred promise

Our rightful place, as stewards of creativity and land-based grace

We remember now, when it is time to become warriors

When our seed is threatened and you have hurt our mother

We’ll stand our ground,

Carry solid intention as we walk in mass

For this is our nation

With self-determination, a voice, and boundaries,

Where only those with souls

In the end shall pass.

—Beata Tsosie-Peña, 2013

Luis Peña

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V.22 No.20 | 5/16/2013
Y-U-M
Blair Nodelman
Y-U-M

Food

A chocolate box

Theobroma is sublime reality

By Blair Nodelman [ Tue May 14 2013 12:32 PM ]

Imagine a barrel-sized vat filled to the brim with melted chocolate, swirling in an unending and hypnotic cycle. Luscious chocolate spins before your eyes, and your mouth begins to water. Continue picturing that, and add copious trays of chocolate-covered strawberries, truffles, candy molds in every shape imaginable and an abundance of delight. The phrase “like a kid in a candy store” resonated with me at Theobrama, as I stood in awe of all the delicious treats surrounding me.

Theobroma Chocolatier is Albuquerque’s own Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Located at Tramway and Montgomery, this quaint shop proffers all the goodness you could ever want. Their ingredients include bulk chocolate from the company founded by the guy who invented milk chocolate in Switzerland. It’s hard to beat that standard. For the past few weeks, I’ve reaped the benefits of having a friend working in the chocolate business. Every time I see him, I’m presented with some confectionary concoction he created that day at Theobroma. Needless to say, I’ve been beyond grateful.

It wasn’t until I visited the store that I really understood the mastery of the process. The chocolate here is virtually all handmade, from hand-dipped Oreos to caramel-filled chocolates, you can guarantee it was constructed by skilled hands. A personal favorite of mine is their signature Cortez Crunch bar, a concoction of layers of dark and milk chocolate, separated by the perfect amount of smooth caramel. It might actually be the best chocolate bar out there, and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest.

I’ve sampled boxes of truffles, chocolate and caramel-covered popcorn, chocolate-mint pecans, and so much more in the past month; I cannot even begin to tell you. Theobroma creates some serious sugar cravings and exceeds at fulfilling them. Chocolate, they say, is addictive and I may need rehab, but I simply refuse. Theobroma Chocolatier has me hooked and I never plan on giving them—or their chocolates—up.

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V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Food truck heaven
Food truck heaven

Food

Now I understand why dogs chase cars

By Blair Nodelman, fearless Alibi intern [ Tue Apr 30 2013 12:08 PM ]

Crêpes from heaven
Crêpes from heaven
“Who thought of this idea? Like, ‘Hey man, I’m gonna buy a bus, make it awesome and then sell crepes from it.’ I mean, thank God they did cause this is delicious. ...”

That was a quote from a neighboring customer, and my taste buds surely agree.

Food trucks are not a new phenomenon. They’ve been driven around cities for decades. I even grew up frequenting a taco truck on the way home from soccer practice. It was quick, easy, cheap and, above all, delicious. However, the difference between the taco truck parked in the dirt lot by I-25 and what I experienced this past week are worlds apart.

It began in Los Angeles, as Kogi Korean BBQ trucks weaved their way into the hearts of Californians through tantalizing cuisine. With instantaneous tweets updating the location of their fleet of tasty grub, I’m pretty sure this contributed to the population compulsively checking their smart phones. The whole city was glued to their mobile devices, in pursuit of that damn Kogi truck. I like to imagine a bug-eyed crowd, clutching their growling stomachs while making a rapid zombie crawl into parking lots to find the infamous truck. Needless to say, food trucks were making a gourmet comeback.

The trend soon made its way across the nation and cultures: Belgian waffles in New York City, lobster rolls in Harvard Square, crème brûlée in San Francisco and cupcakes in Philly. You can pretty much get any type of food you could ever want from a mobile kitchen. Yet, unbeknownst to many Burqueños, we too have our own collection of motorized restaurants.

Every Wednesday in the Talin Market parking lot, an array of eclectic vehicles serve up delicious nosh. In the mood for some comfort food? Head on over the The Supper Truck for some good ol’ shrimp and grits or maybe some catfish tacos. What about pierogies? The Gedunk Food Truck can sate that craving in a savory second. Needless to say, Albuquerque is not lacking in diversity. This makes choosing what to eat so much more difficult, but that’s not a problem I’m too upset about having.

The variety and temptation of the trucks did have me wandering around the parking lot for a good 15 minutes, unsure of what delectable dish I was going to have during my lunch break. I finally settled on The Boiler Monkey. This refurbished bus caught my eye with one simple word: crêpe. Whether you want sweet—think Nutella with banana, cinnamon with baked apples—or savory—maybe the Burque Turkey interests you—there will be a crêpe specifically created to suit your tastes. As much of a sweet freak as I am, I opted for savory and went with The Farm. Complete with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and feta, and topped with a balsamic reduction sauce, I was in taste bud heaven.

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V.22 No.13 |

food

Ty Takes a Meal

Randomized edition

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Apr 2 2013 11:35 AM ]

Congrats to commenter 27eh for identifying Christy Mae's Restaurant from the Tricarico family portrait (it turns out that Christy Mae hasn't been involved in the place for a couple of decades now).

After a month of some seriously top-notch guessing, the moment you've all been waiting for has arrived. I've retrieved the Randomizer 3000 from its secured underground vault, deactivated the incredibly dangerous biological booby traps that prevent it from being misused by unscrupulous randomizers, and entered the PhotoGuesser names into its sophisticated data bank.

Emptyv. LundyJ. Okeefine. 27eh. Who will walk away with the big prize? Close your eyes and picture a swirling array of blinking LED lights, hear the click and hum of a thousand powerful ASIC circuits tabulating the probabilities and reticulating the splines.

*Bing!* It's done. The lovely Geoffrey Plant, Circulation Manager and contributing writer, receives the results:

LUNDYJ! You have won two $10 Alibi Bucks certificates to Mirai Light and Healthy Japanese Cuisine, Sake and Beer!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must deactivate the Randomizer 3000, which involves a team of four technicians, 25 pounds of dry ice and a six pack of beer.

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V.22 No.12 |

Our weekly photo game

By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Mar 26 2013 2:03 PM ]

Congratulations to emptyv for identifying the wood stove in Cecilia's downtown dining room!

I get the feeling that this week's restaurant might be a little more challenging for you guys (the clientele seemed a bit more ... midwestern than I peg our readership [that's a hint]), but feel free to prove me wrong.

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 Dark Lord of the PhotoGuessers for the Week AND, at the end of the month, will be entered into a drawing for an Alibi Bucks prize along with the other Dark Lords of the 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.

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V.22 No.11 |

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.

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V.22 No.10 |

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.

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V.22 No.9 |
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.

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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.

Music editor Samantha Anne Carrillo concludes the randomizing sequence.
Music editor Samantha Anne Carrillo concludes the randomizing sequence.

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.

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Ari LeVaux
Matt Romero fries eggs

food

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/

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V.22 No.8 |
Sidways mystery photo
Sidways mystery photo

food

Ty Takes a Meal

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.

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