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 ...
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!
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?
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."
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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or snail mail to
413 Central NW, Albuquerque, 87102
Deadline for proposals is July 1, so get crackin’!
This week's offering is about quantity over strangeness. It's not too weird that I found some old Alibi stickers. It's just that there are so many. Like a whole desk drawer full. If you've been wanting an Alibi sticker to adorn your car, notebook or favorite calculator, now you know why you couldn't get one anywhere.
Someone has been hoarding them. "I'll just keep these safely hidden, in reserve for a time when there are no more Alibi stickers on the planet. This desk drawer is the perfect place. Bwaahahaha."
I think I'll include some of these in future prize packs for contests. On that note, have you submitted your Flash Fiction entry yet? The deadline is June 1.
There is still time to enter Alibi's Eighth Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest. A few entries have trickled in and there's some really good stuff.
As I said before, anything creepy is good. Also, sending stuff laden with precious metals, jewels, cash is always a plus. Journalism is my passion, but it ain't paying the bills. Any cards with valuables I can resell will help ease my transition into organized crime.
Remember: One entry per person. They shouldn't be bigger than an eight and a half by 11 inch piece of paper and should weigh no more than a five kilogram gold brick. Hint.
Mail them to 2118 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 151. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. No animal parts, bodily fluids or anything else that will bother my OCD.
Thank you. Have fun.
The winners will be displayed in the Feb. 10 issue of the Alibi.
Calling all poets!
Hear ye, hear ye. It is time, again, to put pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard, sharpie to ... no, don't do that. Just write us a haiku.
The deadline is August 27 at noon. Seriously, that does not mean 3 p.m.
Competing against newspapers across the state, the Weekly Alibi swept the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 9 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.
Seven of the entries are first-place winners and will go on to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, where they'll square off against every other Press Women chapter in the country. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) We expect to do well there, as we've done every year that we've entered.
Here's a list of the Alibi's winners:
First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco
First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco
First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges
First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges
First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux
First place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich
First place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich
Second Place: Columns, Alex Limkin
Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges
My guardian angel dropped a flyer on my desk advertising Pizza 9's first ever pizza eating contest.
Participants will have 10 minutes to eat as much pie as they possibly can. The first place winner gets to take home a trophy and a 42" flat screen TV. The early entry fee is $15 and comes with a T-shirt and a license to go pizza-wild. I'll see you there at noon on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Pizza 9 (5305 Gibson SE). Call 366-6463 for more info.