The power of unity is enough to put a smile on anyone's face, or at least make them sigh with relief that confrontation was avoided. So it's no wonder that Albuquerque can bring people together to celebrate in a way that is not only befitting of the good time-loving Burqueños, but also something that brings a slice of the world right into our front yard, or in this case, Talin Market (88 Louisiana SE). The 5th Annual Albuquerque International Festival kicks off tomorrow, and the event will include such good treats and vibes, you'll wonder why people would leave the warmth of the desert and venture into the cold unknown. The event is free and will include everything from Native American rock to poetry, from ethnic food to jewelry and from karate demos to ribbon dancing. So spread the love and throw some international flavor into the local scene. Talin Market World Food Fare • Sat Sep 28 • 10am-5pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Nagomi Does It With Feeling
Japanese food for the adventuous and urbane
From Top to Bottom
Exploring the menu at Viet Taste
Back from the Heart of Japan
Kokoro Japanese Restaurant returns to Albuquerque
Pop-Up Dumpling House
Gen Kai rules the blacktop
Beyond the Hot Pot
Ramen comes of age at O Ramen and Curry House
Flash in the Pan
Jump into a bowl of Vietnamese comfort
Go for the Sushi, Stay for the Pork
Wasabi Japanese Cuisine
No Frills Vietnamese
Good and Baked
Get a mean mien bao at Mean Bao
After reading Gail Guengerich’s review of this Asian fusion bakery, I had to run out and try it immediately. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as good as she says it is. Even if they were out of whoopie pies.
Good and Baked: Mean Bao Tawainese-American Bakery
Good and Baked
Lean dessert machine
Not Your Roommate’s Ramen
Fresh noodles hit the spot at Talin’s bar
Talin Market World Food Fare
Talin’s humble beginnings in a narrow shop on Central and Wyoming bear little resemblance to the ethnic supermarket that now anchors the complex at Louisiana and Central. There you’ll also find Café Trang, Bahn Mi Coda (formerly Lee's Bakery), Bubble Tea & Coffee and a Subway franchise.
Korean flavors made with care
While many Asian cuisines create exotic flavors with strange ingredients, Korean food manages unfamiliar experiences from relatively pedestrian parts. Japanese dine on poisonous puffer fish, Mongolians enjoy their horse meat and the Thai are known to love crispy insects—but surprisingly, these weird-sounding morsels can taste pretty normal. The deep-fried grasshoppers I tried on the streets of Bangkok had the flavor and texture of chicharrónes. Cobra tastes like chicken. A plate of stir-fried donkey in central China could have been beef. Korean dishes, meanwhile, can look normal enough on paper, but they take taste buds to interesting new places.
Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day
Albuquerque's Asian community manages to put on some pretty awe-inspiring festivals and celebrations year in and year out. Today, head down to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (601 Eubank SE) for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day. Ikebana flower arrangements, Thai and kalakriti dancers, taiko drummers, cooking demonstrations, food samples, calligraphy, brush painting and more round out the day's fare. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for youth and seniors, and free for children 6-and-under. For more, call the museum at 245-2137 or visit nuclearmuseum.org.