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V.24 No.41 | 10/8/2015

BOBR: The Sweet Stuff

Take the Cake

Last but certainly not least. Explore the final course in all its sweet decadence in these restaurants.
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.
V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013

Food 101

Pudding on the Ritz

Your Burque bread pudding primer

A guide to the city’s best bread puddings.
V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

BOBR: The Sweet Stuff

You Deserve Dessert

You deserve key lime pie, caramel apple donuts, blueberry struesel, strawberry cheesecake and frozen yogurt. Shh ... don’t let them tell you otherwise. You deserve it.
V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012

Idiot Box

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.

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V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012
Chef Jonathan Perno
Sergio Salvador

Eating In

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.

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V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011
The Talin Market food truck pod meets on Wednesdays for lunch.
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Enough ingredients for two batches of baklava
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
Courtesy of Cupcakeoogy

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.19 No.39 | 9/30/2010
The color wall and yogurt bar
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
A dozen from Enchantment Chocolate
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010


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.

V.18 No.47 | 11/19/2009

Food Lover's Gift Guide

Just Desserts

Sweet gifts from a trio of local food artisans

Un Petit Morceau

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