Off the Wagon, Into the Cocoa
Saturday, Mar 19: Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
BOBR: The Sweet Stuff
Take the Cake
Playing Paula Abdul at the The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Festival
Pudding on the Ritz
Your Burque bread pudding primer
BOBR: The Sweet Stuff
You Deserve Dessert
There’s Always Room for Jell-O
“Sweet Genius” on Food Network
It must be hard filling 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a particular type of programming. Which is probably why Syfy Channel hardly has any science fiction on it anymore. And when you try your damnedest to stick to a limited topic, you’re bound to come up with some pretty odd iterations on the theme. Which is why, I suspect, “Sweet Genius” exists on the Food Network.
A Recipe for Love
Albuquerque’s best chefs share a five-star dinner at home
All right, sweethearts, here’s the deal. Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, which means restaurants are booked solid or filling up fast. If you haven’t already made a reservation, you could be gambling with your love life. But there’s no need to panic.
Taste of the Town
So many dishes, so little me
I usually take pictures when I dine out. Some wind up in this column to illustrate a piece or are posted on FB to share with friends. But I’m missing photos of some amazing meals—meals where I can’t be bothered to take a snapshot before diving in. At that moment, my appetite takes over, and the food writer has to wait.
Food Truck Takeover
It’s Wednesday at high noon. A half-dozen food trucks line the parking lot at Talin Market, and they’re ready to serve up more than the usual hot dog. I’m here to sample the goods, beginning with The Chopping Block’s soft fish taco garnished with mango salsa. I wash it down with organic limeade at Make My Lunch, then head to Oz Patisserie’s over-the-top desserts, where I’m handed one of the best crème brûlées I’ve had in town.
Food of the Gods
Baklava goes New Mexican
I fell in love with Greek food in my high school years in Detroit’s Greek Town. Among the recipes I’ve made my own is this one for baklava—rich with butter, crispy layers of phyllo and sweet New Mexico honey. It’s one of my favorites. My friend Marissa Evans and I got on a baklava jag and, over two weeks, made piles of the stuff.
Thin Mint Makeover
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails 2011 Cookie Caper
I’m polishing up my tasting spoons and getting ready for one of the sweetest gigs around. Author Anne Hillerman, along with chef/owner Christophe Descarpentries of P’tit Louis Bistro, will be joining me at the judges’ table for this year’s Cookie Caper. The gala fundraiser helps to support programs and activities for more than 5,000 girls throughout the New Mexico Trails Council.
New Mexico Flavors Bring New Yogurt Shop Home
Olo Yogurt Studio
Olo Yogurt Studio opened its doors on Sept. 4 in the heart of Nob Hill with some of the best fro-yo you’ve ever drawn from a tap. Located just east of Boba Tea Company and across from Kelly’s Brew Pub, Olo fits right in with Nob Hill’s eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. In case you’re wondering—Olo is not a franchise, but a dream made real by four creative entrepreneurs. This self-serve frozen yogurt shop sparkles with the energy of owners Paula Griego, Matthew Pope, Tom Haines and Precious Haines. Bold swaths of color swoop from the wall to the ceiling, drawing customers into the bright, contemporary space designed by local architect Mark Baker.
It’s Time to Eat the Doughnuts
Nothing beats the sugary fragrance of tender, fried dough. The doughnut is a pastry made to be eaten fresh—best with morning coffee or tea. I decided to seek out Albuquerque shops dedicated to the glazed, sprinkled, filled and frosted treats, and found only four independent shops competing with four Dunkin' Donuts and two Krispy Kreme locations.
Keva Juice Has Self-Serve Fro Yo!
As of this week, all Keva Juice locations (except Bernalillo, but “they’re working on it”) have serve-yourself frozen yogurt. Each place is equipped with two two-flavor machines and a topping bar, and the fro yo flavors are set to rotate out regularly. I had already committed to my usual smoothie when I noticed the new set up yesterday, but the guy working the counter cheerfully pushed a stack of little sampling cups toward me anyway. The peach and chocolate-mint frozen yogurts I tried were delicious—rich, bright, clean and not at all synthetic tasting.