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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!
world tour

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

World Tour

By Renée Chavez & August March
Eatin’ ‘round the globe in 505 days.

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

American Idols

By Joshua Lee & Monica Schmitt
The fans want the chef’s autograph.

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Plant People

By Monica Schmitt & Megan Reneau
Mom says you have to eat your greens.
morning munchies

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Morning Munchies

By Devin D. O’Leary & Joshua Lee
The best reason to wake up hungry.
healthy appetites

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Healthy Appetite

By Desiree Garcia & Peter Karlsen
Don’t tell us hangry isn’t a feeling.
sugar babies

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Sugar Babies

By August March
Glucose is a food group, right?

Best of Burque Restaurants 2016

Best of the Rest

By August March, Hosho McCreesh, Renée Chavez & Robin Babb
One-of-a-kind winners.
V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016
Megan Reneau

Dinner and a Wedding

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Oct 5 2016 3:29 PM ]

I had never heard of Dîner en Blanc until I was invited to attend one in good ol' Burque. My coworker Courtney had planned on going but realized she wouldn't be able to make it due to a prior commitment, she asked me if I would like to attend in her place and I told her I would think about it. I looked it up and it seemed interesting enough—a party where people are required to wear all white at a mystery location—so I agreed. I was put into contact with a lovely woman named Kristi D. Lawrence, the event's PR manager She sent long, detailed messages about what was going to happen at the dinner, which confused me at first because I haven't experienced people actually planning their events in Albuquerque.

She said that guests were expected to wear all white, bring their own meals, table, chairs, utensils and décor that had to be all white, as well. She told me I could partake as media (walk around and observe) or as a guest. I typically wear all black, so just finding an appropriate outfit was a struggle; I opted for the media option. She emailed me the time and location the morning of the event.

I wondered why people would commit to bringing so much to an event like this—I've never been expected to provide my own food, tables, chairs, utensils and decorations at any event, so naturally, I googled it.

The technically illegal event began around 1986. A man named François Pasquier began hosting pop-up parties at historic and culturally important landmarks in Paris, France, telling his friends (who told their friends, and those people told their friends) to dress in all white so they could find each other easily. Eventually the event became legal with better organization and looked pretty fucking classy compared to local hooligans (or tourists!) running around said landmarks smoking, loitering or taking pictures.

Nowadays we don't have to depend on word-of-mouth but people do need to know someone to be a part of the event. To join you need a sponsor or be put on a waiting list which will make you wait a pretty long time because Dîner en Blanc events often sell out.

Those lucky enough to make the cut are told a meeting place and time, from there they are taken to the end location—which is a public space—and take over it. They set up a table for two (did I mention you have to have a date?) with all the bells and whistles: chairs, decorations, plates, glasses, utensils and most people bring their own meals and wine. The end location for this year's dinner was the BioPark's beautiful Botanical Gardens.

It took a bit over an hour to get all 1400 guests in and set up (a record for anything being done in such a timely fashion in this state). Then people stood up and waved their napkins above their heads like lassos meaning the space had been taken over and it was time to begin the meal. Everyone looked gorgeous. Outfits ranged from two-piece suits, either with a blouse or a fitted button up. Dresses were popular—everything from short and fitted to long and flowing. Lace was very popular amongst the lady-folk, and fedora and trilby hats were popular with the men-folk. There were also a surprising number of white wigs.

I began wandering the space trying out my new camera (and super-zoomy lens) on people eating, which I noticed made folks uncomfortable so I just did the socially acceptable thing and watched people eat instead. I saw most people brought their own meals, I saw everything from steaks to salads to fried chicken. In regards to beverages, most people opted for the wine on location.

A lot of folks were excited to get to the party part of the evening and drifted toward the stage where there was live music. I was pulled to the back of the venue by some unknowing force and heard people cheering in the ceremonial garden so I decided to pop back there for a minute to see what all the hubbub was about. As I passed the wall a voice became clearer, talking about marriage. I found a surprise wedding was in progress! The crowd seemed to be primarily family and friends of the happy couple-to-be, with the groom and officiate standing on the side closer to the Jardin Redondo. The bride joined them quickly and the ceremony was brief and lovely.

Soon after, sparklers were passed out to the guests on the green and the entire crowd lit huge sparklers at the same time. The enchantment that sparklers bring at any time lasted longer than expected, but that describes the entire night, to me. It was such a positive experience; families and friends gathering together civilly, sharing a meal with hundreds of strangers without anyone being rude or mean. Sure, it was a little hectic at times, but isn't that what makes things exciting? Unpredictability prompts bonding.

Many guests (including myself) left early because of rain, a magical end to the night. As I left I asked some people how their night went and everyone said they had a great time and the hosts—Cat Hanna, David Stroud, Taylor Trodden and all the group leaders—were marvelous and created a wonderful environment. Their guidance and efforts created a wonderfully relaxing and fun night.

The Daily Word in the VP Debate, Marionberries and Grumpy Old Man Syndrome

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Oct 5 2016 12:10 PM ]
The Daily Word

Since you didn't watch the VP debate last night here's the rundown, you gad damn millennial.

Old people, amiright?!

Just in case you're being monitored, encrypt your messages on Facebook just in case.

Are there limits to aging?

If you need to calm down for a minute, I highly recommend checking out these works of art.

What the fuck is a Marionberry and why are Oregonians obsessed with it?

Evacuations are beginning as Hurricane Matthew hits the US.

Jessica Kelley has a long history of assaulting people before she allegedly tortured and murdered 10-year-old Victoria Martens.

V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016

Alibi Picks

Latte Birthday Wishes

Saturday, Oct 1: Birthday Bash

By Renee Chavez [ Fri Sep 30 2016 10:00 AM ]
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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Friday, Sep 30: Grecian Festival

By Desiree Garcia [ Thu Sep 29 2016 12:00 PM ]
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries, and tour the St. George Church.
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