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V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
1st place cupcakes by Amanda Rivas
Mark Lopez

The Mouthful

Chocolate Judgement

Playing Paula Abdul at the The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Festival

Mark Lopez gets to play Paula Abdul at the 4th annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest.

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Contests

We Want Your Bloody Valentine: Deadline Extended!

Alibi's 11th Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest is on

“Alibi: Let’s Break Each Other’s Hearts” by Damien DeMenno, 2011’s first place winner
“Alibi: Let’s Break Each Other’s Hearts” by Damien DeMenno, 2011’s first place winner
Love may be multidimensional, but art is about distilling vast and unwieldy concepts down to their essence. At least, that's a definition for art I just now made up because it fits the point I'm trying to make: that Alibi's 11th Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest has gone all digital.

This year, we entreat you to squeeze your affectionate sentiments, your romantic compulsions and your fancy flirts down to two dimensions. We're looking for Valentine's Day cards on the theme of Famous Loversthink King Kong to Fay Wray or Mia Farrow to Woody Allen. Make something all-digital or take a great photo of a physical object. Past winners have delighted us with a whole range of styles, from the sweetly cynical to the smartly sappy, so we're game for anything that shoots a Cupid's arrow straight to our sardonic little hearts.

HOW YOU DO:

• Send your digital entries as image files (JPEG, PNG, PDF, etc.) to vcard@alibi.com by 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

• Alternately, you may upload your entry to the Flickr Group Pool.

• One entry per person.

• Each submission MUST be accompanied by your full name, contact info (email and phone), and the title for your Valentine's masterpiece.

“Regulate My Second Amendment!” by Virginia Chavez, 2013’s first place winner
“Regulate My Second Amendment!” by Virginia Chavez, 2013’s first place winner

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Randomized edition

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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Our weekly photo game

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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Our weekly photo game

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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The Alibi's weekly contest

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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Prize day edition

The Randomizer 4000, ready for action.
The Randomizer 4000, ready for action.

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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The Alibi's weekly contest

Sidways mystery photo
Sidways mystery photo

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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The Alibi's weekly contest

Congratulations to commenter schmeltzy, for correctly identifying Loyola's Family Restaurant from a light fixture.

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 write them down in your diary; put them in the comments section or you won't win). Please note that the damn thing is once again sideways because I am bad at the Internet. The first person to do so with the correct answer will be declared Esteemed 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 Esteemed 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.

So. GUESS.

(Commenter emptyv, send me a message or email at ty@alibi.com. I have something for you.)

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The Alibi's weekly contest

Mystery spot.

First of all, congratulations to commenter evarockstar, for correctly identifying Limonata Italian Street Food Caffe from its back wall.

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 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 Lord 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 Lord 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.

This is important because our very first winner from last month still hasn't gotten back to me. Msanchez? Are you out there? CHECK YOUR MESSAGES. If you don't get back to me by the end of today, I'll be passing the prize on to the runner-up.

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The Alibi's blog-only contest enters Round 2

Guessy guess guess.
Guessy guess guess.

First of all, congratulations to commenter msanchez for winning last month's prize of two $10 Alibi Bucks to Tia Betty Blue's!

Second of all, msanchez, I still haven't heard back from you. Get in contact with me by next Tuesday or we might have to award the prize to the runner up. (ty@alibi.com or send me a message through the site.)

Third of all, with February a new round begins! Rules are the same as last time: each week I'll post up a terrible photograph of a restaurant I've recently visited. Your job is to correctly identify which place it is in the comments below (not on facebook!). First one to do so correctly is the winner. At the end of the month, I'll put the names of each winner into a hat and draw one out. That commenter will receive an Alibi bucks prize to a restaurant of my choice!

Okay? This week's restaurant shot is up above. Get guessing! Except for you, msanchez. If you won the big prize in the last drawing, you can't try again for a full month.

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BIG WINNER EDITION

Our sophisticated randomizing technology.
Our sophisticated randomizing technology.

The air is thick with excitement. Two weeks of intense bad-photo guessing has resulted in two very skilled semi-finalists, commenters emptyv (who correctly sussed out B2B Bistronomy from a portion of its decorative blackboard) and msanchez (who deduced Duran's Station from a glimpse of its beer cooler).

The prize? Two $10 Alibi Buck certificates to Tia Betty Blue's New Mexican restaurant. Home of the best damned red chile you're ever going to find atop a blue corn waffle boat.

The competition? Randomized hat wrestling.

Alibi staff writer Mark Lopez approaches the sophisticated Randomizer 4000 (aka a hat we found lying around the office). He reaches in, hesitantly pulls out a folded slip of paper.

There is a tension laden silence over the room.

He unfolds it, holds it up, and reveals ...

COMMENTER MSANCHEZ!

Congratulations Msanchez. I'll be contacting you through a direct message to your Alibi profile in the very near future.

As for the rest of you, the new month kicks off another round of bad-photo guessing. Each week, you'll get a chance to correctly identify the restaurant my hasty, blurry, sometimes sideways photo depicts. The first one to do so will be entered into the very next randomized hat wrestling throwdown, which will take place at the end of the month.

Happy guessing and good luck!

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Weekly Alibi photo guessing restaurant contest thing

Where is it?
Where is it?

First of all, congratulations to last week's winner, commenter emptyv! He managed to guess the mystery restaurant (the excellent Bistronomy B2B) just about 30 seconds after I posted it. Let's see if this week's shot proves to be a little more challenging.

What is this all about? Each week, I'm posting a haphazard and generally terrible photo from one of the restaurants I've been to recently. Your job is to figure out which one it is and post the correct answer in the comments below (it doesn't count if you comment on facebook or shout it at your roommate or whatever). Whoever does so first will be eligible for the monthly Mysterious Alibi Bucks Drawing of Mystery (so named because I don't know which Alibi buck your vying for until the day of the drawing) wherein one lucky winner will receive a FREE Alibi Buck.

Now, because the contest only started in mid-January, today's winner will have a much better chance of winning the big prize (with only one other correct commenter to vie with). So stop reading this and start guessing! (Commenters who have correctly guessed in January have to wait till next month to try again.)

Which restaurant is pictured above?

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Announcing an Alibi blog only contest

MYSTERY RESTAURANT
Ty Bannerman
Where could it be?

Hey there, reader. Do you like winning things? Do you like staring at terrible photos and wondering what they're of? And, most importantly, do you like eating out in Albuquerque restaurants enough that you've memorized their decor and can spot it instantly in the above mentioned terrible photos?

Well, then I've got a contest for you.

Once a week, probably on a Monday, or maybe on a Tuesday, or maybe on some other day, I'll post a photo from one of my culinary expeditions around town. Your job will be to identify which restaurant it comes from in a comment. First one to post the correct answer will be eligible for the BIG MONTHLY ALIBI BUCKS DRAWING, meaning that you'll have a 1/4 or 1/5 (I am bad at both months and math) chance of winning a free gift certificate to a local eatery.

Now, January is just about over, but as a special incentive we're going to go ahead and start playing now anyway. Meaning that, since there are only two Tuesdays left in the month (including this one), the winning commenter will have double odds of landing the Alibi Bucks prize.

So, there it is, up in the corner: a joint I stopped in at last week. Where is it? Winner will be announced next Tuesday (or maybe Monday) along with the next restaurant pic. And then the winner of that week's contest will go HEAD TO HEAD with the winner of this week's contest in a battle royale I like to call "Draw the winner from a hat."

Arts

Bedazzle the Alibi’s Box

Distribution box, silly

Before
Before

In this week’s “Culture Shock”, we called for your designs for Alibi distribution boxes. Send ‘em in and we’ll choose the 12 best/weirdest/coolest/funniest ideas.

If we pick yours, we’ll give you $25 for supplies, drop a box off at your place and give you 3 weeks to manifest your creation. Finished boxes will be placed in prominent locations along the Central corridor for all to admire. The Alibi will create a “walking tour” podcast with info about you and your artwork, so everyone can check you out. The city will be that much more beautiful.

After
After

Fine Print:

You can use any style and medium, as long as you incorporate the word “Alibi” into your design. Boxes still have to work, e.g. the door has to open and shut. If possible, send a sketch of your plan or a photo of previous work. Email your idea to summer@alibi.com

or snail mail to

Weekly Alibi

413 Central NW, Albuquerque, 87102

Deadline for proposals is July 1, so get crackin’!

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