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V.26 No.37 | 09/14/2017
Best of Burque Restaurants

Blog Entry

Best of Burque Restaurants Voting is Closing Soon!

Let us know your favorite eats in the 505 before Sept. 20

By Robin Babb

Albuquerque’s restaurant scene is thriving, but that scene doesn’t grow and change without input from you, the diners. Which is why we have the Best of Burque Restaurants reader poll each year, so you can cast your votes for the best cocktail bar, the best pizza place, and the best green chile to be found in the city. This is the kind of thing that restaurants will print out and proudly display in their windows for years to come, so, y’know, don’t take it lightly.

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V.26 No.34 | 08/24/2017
A girl and her burrito: A love story
Robin Babb

Food for Thought

Greetings from the New Alibi Food & Drink Editor

We want your stories and your tasty food

By Robin Babb

If you pick up the Weekly Alibi with any regularity, you may have seen my name at the top of a few columns of text. I’ve been writing for the Alibi as a freelancer since the fall of 2015, jumping from section to section based on the editorial staff’s needs and my own whims. In that time, I’ve gotten to learn a lot about Albuquerque and its people, and I’ve written some things that have — hopefully — informed or entertained you.

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V.26 No.11 | 03/16/2017

lifestyle

The Fitness Gods Must be Crazy

By Kristi D. Lawrence [ Wed Mar 22 2017 2:45 PM ]

I don’t know about you, but when I start working out I want to see results quickly. I mean, if I’m putting in the effort, my energy’s up, and I’m committed, why shouldn’t I automatically start dropping weight? Is five pounds per week too much to ask for? Apparently so.

In fact, the gods of fitness decided to play a joke on me during week three of my Orangetheory Fitness Weight Loss Challenge. I was sooooo proud of myself. I’d stuck with this workout thing for three whole weeks! That’s longer than some relationships last! And for this chronic exercise avoider, it was a flat-out miracle. I’d been going to the late-afternoon/evening classes and workin’ it, if I do say so myself. Was I going to win any triathlons? Hell no! I wasn’t even going to compete! But I was exercising and that had to count for something!

I imagine the conversation between the fitness gods happened as they were working out on their cloud, and went something like this:

“Oh Lars, god of sculpted abs and bulging biceps, look at that human huffing and puffing on her little treadmill! How amusing!”

“Why yes, Gelda, mighty goddess of physical power, endurance, and badassery, her little legs are just a-flying, aren’t they? Ha ha ha! What say we perform a bit of mischief?”

“Oh, do tell, Lars! What do you have in mind?”

“Rather than her losing pounds, let’s add some to her body!”

“Lars, you are SOOOOOO BAD! I love it!”

And so it was. During class, I would start on the treadmill, and spend most of my time at a four or six percent incline, at a pace of 3.7, and work up a good sweat. I’d get on the rower and I could feel that I was stronger. Same with the weights—I was able to do more reps before I felt like my muscles were melting. So at the end of week three I thought, “I’m gonna weigh myself and see where I’m at.” All the while of course, assuming that I had actually LOST a few pounds. But oh no.

I stood on the scale, and it said I was up two pounds. I got back off the scale. It had to have made a mistake. I got back on the scale. It said the same thing. I had gained two pounds. Dammit!

I admit it. I freaked. How could this be? I was actually sticking with my workouts! I hadn’t bailed once! And I could tell that I was shrinking. My stomach was a little flatter, my face seemed a little thinner. So what gives? Dejected, I had a little heart-to-heart with Doug. Doug was the trainer for my last class in week three. And as luck (and the fitness gods) would have it, he was also a nutrition expert.

First off, Doug calmed me down by telling me that gaining weight when you start working out is actually normal. I had never heard this. He said when you start working out regularly, your body doesn’t know what to think, so it struggles to find a new balance and adapt.

OK, I guess that makes sense.

Doug said I should be more concerned about body composition change than weight loss. I had definitely noticed that my clothes were looser and I had more energy. That’s a good sign. Then we started talking nutrition.

Oh yeah. Nutrition. I had kind of forgotten about that.

“So what do you typically eat? And how often?” he asked me. I told him that I was trying to make better choices. I’d start most mornings with a protein meal shake. Then I’d try to eat a sensible lunch, maybe a veggie burger and quinoa, or a sandwich and some snap pea crisps (much better for you than potato chips, right?). For dinner it could be anything. Hubs is the chef in our house so I’m down to eat whatever he’s cooking.

Of course, I may have neglected to mention that a lot of times, as Hubs is creating his culinary masterpieces, we “might” do some snacking. Some dinner pre-gaming, you could call it. And during the day, when I want a snack, I’ll often have some nuts. Not just a few, though. Way more than the portion size (who actually COUNTS out nuts to eat?!) listed on the container. I told myself that nuts are a healthy choice because they’re not chips (can you tell that I love chips?) but those little buggers have a lot of fat. You can say it’s good fat. But the bottom line is, it’s still fat.

And of course, we do enjoy a drinkipoo or two throughout the week. Whether it’s wine with dinner or one of Hubs’ amazing bourbon cocktails, we like to get our drink on.

Doug recommended that I think of my food intake like a pyramid, where breakfast is the largest meal of the day and the others get subsequently smaller. That’s the complete opposite of how I have always eaten. For me, dinner is always the big meal, the one you really share with family and friends. It is a social event. That would be a big change.

He also suggested that I go by the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the time I am eating healthy and staying pretty strict, but 20% of the time I let myself have a little leeway. Of course he did specify that “leeway” did not mean I could eat an entire canister of cinnamon rolls.

OK. It was time for the reckoning. I had to drastically improve my eating habits.

I went home and dramatically announced to Hubs that we (yes, “we”—I can’t change my eating habits without the help of the chef) had to overhaul our pantry, fridge, and how we shop for groceries. He looked at me like I had lost it. And I kind of had. Because ultimately, I was trying to lose weight/inches.

So we did. We went through our pantry and got rid of things that weren’t so great for us. Then we made a grocery list and really tried to think of items that would be healthy for meals and snacks that we would actually want to eat. We also made a commitment to lessen our portion sizes.

Overall, it’s been working. I can tell that I get full more quickly so my stomach is shrinking (yay!) I’m eating smaller snacks throughout the day rather than focusing on big meals at certain times. And Hubs and I decided to abstain from cocktails for a while (just to see what difference that makes.) I feel lighter and better.

Here’s hoping it sticks.

V.26 No.6 | 02/09/2017

Event Horizon

A Chirp Off the Old Block

Saturday, Feb 18: Birding and Breakfast

By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Feb 17 2017 10:00 AM ]
Enjoy a light breakfast followed by a tour of the refuge lead by experienced birders.
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V.26 No.4 | 01/26/2017

Event Horizon

Souper Heroes

Saturday, Jan 28: Souper Bowl

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Jan 27 2017 10:00 AM ]
Local restaurants and chefs provide guests with savory soups and delectable desserts. Attendees cast votes in many different categories.
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V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016

Event Horizon

Christmas Rocks

Friday, Dec 2: Mother Nature's Luminarias

By Renée Chavez [ Thu Dec 1 2016 11:00 AM ]
An interactive black light adventure in the brightly colored world of fluorescent minerals.
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The Daily Word in Netflix, Food Rhythm and Doppelganger Competitions

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Nov 30 2016 11:09 AM ]
The Daily Word

Netflix knows what we want this holiday season.

Non-binary photographer Jennifer Jackson felt alone so they began a project to represent people like themself.

These kids won't give up on being educated—even under the threat of terrorism.

Has the phrase “rhythm of food” ever entered your consciousness?

Have you heard of the most interesting doppelganger competition in the world?

Copper Square Downtown is in new hands.

V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016

Event Horizon

Lavender Lies

Friday, Nov 25: Lavender Tea Tasting

By Joshua Lee [ Thu Nov 24 2016 11:00 AM ]
Taste the newest line of locally crafted teas by tea.o.graphy. Sample the full line of lavender teas as well as other unexpected blends.
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Gift Guide

Foodie’s Delight

Visons of sugarplums and wine and chocolate

By Renée Chavez
Visions of sugarplums and wine and chocolate complement holiday gift giving.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016

Event Horizon

Take Time to Smell the Coffee

Saturday, Nov 12: Latte Art Competition

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Nov 11 2016 11:00 AM ]
Watch local baristas compete to find out who creates the best and most beautiful latte.
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V.25 No.44 | 11/03/2016

Event Horizon

Din-Din with Scheherazade

Friday, Nov 4: Arabian Nights Benefit Dinner

By Renee Chavez [ Thu Nov 3 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean buffet, live music and a silent auction to benefit the Salam Acadamy.
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V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

The Daily Word in Free Local Food, T-Mobile and Pop Up Weed Gardens

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Oct 19 2016 11:28 AM ]
The Daily Word

Most people have stolen something, but have you ever considered stealing Venetian blinds? One man did and almost succeeded.

Is your doctor just pretending they know what they're talking about? Like really, are they even a doctor?

During a demonstration against the US, police got brutal with protesters by beating them with batons and running them over in a van.

What if Donald Trump controlled the NSA?

There's a group in Albuquerque handing out fresh food for free.

T-Mobile was punished by the FCC for being huge liars.

The Philadelphia Museum will host a pop-up weed (as in marijuana) garden on Thursday.

Food News

The Power of Peanut Butter

By Joshua Lee
The Cheesecake Factory donates peanut butter, grocery prices drop, kids vote on their school lunch menu, four local breweries take home medals from the Great American Beer Festival and learn how to make your own cheese.
V.25 No.40 | 10/6/2016

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Hometown Heroes

By Megan Reneau & Desiree Garcia
Not all heroes wear capes, but some wear aprons.

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

By Renée Chavez
Just like Tupac, the Best of Burque Restaurants readers’ poll lives on, bigger and better than ever. Doin’ it since ‘97, bro!
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