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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Meat grilled in the Argentine way
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Locovore

From the Pampas to the Cashays

Gauchito Catering delivers authentic Argentine food

By Ari LeVaux
The grilling style of the gauchos

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V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Ben Michael’s

The house that Ben built

By Ari LeVaux

If you’re on any kind of schedule, you should probably avoid Ben Michael’s restaurant on even a half-busy evening. The slow-moving spectacle that often passes for service will be frustrating if there’s some other place you need to be. But if you aren’t in a hurry, that same chaos could pass as entertainment. And if you show up during a quiet lunch hour and you’re the only one there, expect to be treated like royalty.

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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

Food for Thought

The Globavore War

Making the case for mass-produced food

By Ari LeVaux
A major question that locavores have yet to answer satisfactorily, according to the book The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet: "If our modern food system is so bad for us, why do we now enjoy dramatically longer and healthier lives than our ancestors?"

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V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Park it here.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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The Harvest Truck

CSA powerhouse unveils organic meals on wheels

By Ari LeVaux

A food truck, like a restaurant, is a logical vehicle for a farmer to add value to his or her product. It seems like an obvious idea, but until the Skarsgard Farms’ Harvest Truck got on the road, no area farms had stepped up to that plate. Now a month into this endeavor, farm/truck owner Monte Skarsgard has a contract with UNM to sell food at the Duck Pond five days a week starting in August. He says he already has plans for a fleet of trucks.

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V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
Curiouser and curiouser ...
Mina Yamashita

Have Fork, Will Travel

The Curious Kumquat

A surprising little nugget in Silver City

By Mina Yamashita

The Curious Kumquat

I’ve wanted to visit Silver City since a serious foodie told me about Rob Connoley and the Curious Kumquat two years ago. The nearly six-hour drive—if you turn west from I-25 onto Highway 152 through Hillsboro—is a swath of New Mexico wilderness brimming with hawk sightings, spectacular rises and valleys, and an overlook of the Santa Rita copper mine east of town.

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V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
The deliciously chilI-dog-esque savory waffle boat
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Tía Betty Blue’s

What’s red and green and blue all over?

By Ari LeVaux

The appeal of Tía Betty Blue’s might seem skin-deep at first. The paint is fresh. The food comes fast enough to service a drive-thru window. A collection of bottled soda pops is so vast, it could be a gimmick. And the image of a raven-haired hottie—Tía Betty Blue, presumably—stares you down from the sign, the walls, the menu. But despite its candy-coated veneer, Tía B’s means business. The food is simple but thoughtful, and it’s different. And as long as food is the priority, who cares how cute the servers are?

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V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
The giant green chile cheeseburger
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Holy Cow

The omnivore’s deliverance

By Ari LeVaux

More and more, hamburgers are treated as high art. And Holy Cow is among Albuquerque’s vanguard of upscale burger parlors. The outdoor patio—on Central where Bob’s Fish and Chips used to be—is protected by a corrugated roof. Inside, you can dine on hamburgers at a table or the bar. The feeling is rowdy and friendly. A portrait of a single word, “burgers,” hangs from an otherwise bare wall.

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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
The logical answer to “Would you like something to drink?”
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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IVB Canteen

Drink up, chow down

By Ari LeVaux
Il Vicino Brewery Canteen off I-25 is worth going out of your way for tasty artisan sandwiches and fresh-brewed beer.
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V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Farm & Table

This market basket overflows with surprises

By Ari LeVaux

The “farm to table” movement—or “field to fork,” or “farm to plate,” and so on—has been gaining traction in every corner of the country, and Albuquerque’s newest member of this growing club didn’t mince words when deciding on its name. After a long winter of teasing us via its Facebook page, Farm & Table finally opened on Fourth Street between Paseo and Alameda. The setting is gorgeous, inside and out. The food walks the walk and is reasonably priced for what you get. And the chef, Ka’ainoa Ravey, is a freaking genius.

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