The Daily Word in shark attacks, festival mishaps and space porn
In the capital of Georgia, flooding killed a dozen people and freed zoo animals to run wild in the streets.
Two teens lost limbs in separate shark attacks on a North Carolina beach over the weekend.
Here are some pointers for eating seafood.
You can finally have a conversation with your sex doll.
You can be fired for being a stoner in Colorado even though it's legal.
In local news, a Heights Summerfest attendee was struck by an drone.
The singer of Smash Mouth flipped out on a bread-throwing audience member in Fort Collins and threatened to "beat the fuck" out of him.
Fresh Fish by a Ghostly Sea
Down N Dirty Seafood Boil
El Zarandeado pays off
Farm & Table
This market basket overflows with surprises
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.
Worth the encore
Chez Bob is a little bit elegant or a little bit awkward, depending on your perspective. Mine changed dramatically between my first visit, two years ago, and my recent return. After writing the place off, I was drawn back by rumors of major improvements in both service and food.
The Daily Word in lions, commoners and mixtapes
UNM students protest Chick-fil-A for donating money to groups that oppose gay rights.
Sarah the lion at the zoo has died.
KOB grills Occupy Albuquerque protesters for solutions.
“We have a permit. It’s called the Constitution.” —Occupy Boston.
Gov. Susana Martinez’ PAC took in thousands during the legislative session, though state law prohibits politicos from doing so directly.
Target promises to sell only sustainable seafood by 2015.
Gawker dubs FOX News article on funny, sexy women possibly the most horrifying thing ever written.
Top headline of the day: Why are these galaxies bending like crazy snakes?
Slutoween is coming!
King of Bhutan marries a commoner. Trendy.
Why some women are not getting married.
Food for Thought
When tiny fish are hugely sustainable
A seafood meal is the one opportunity most Americans will ever have to eat a wild animal. Given the illegality of selling wild game, only hunters and their lucky friends get to munch the many tasty beasts that roam the boondocks. Eating a wild thing is like walking around in bare feet. It's exposure to an ecosystem, and a direct connection with the planet. Eating wild fish is like a swim in the ocean—except in this case, the ocean swims inside of you.
Flavorful forks in the road
Though the plating and presentation of the food at Café Trang is classy, the place has a no-nonsense pragmatism that’s just as pronounced. The walls of the clean, open dining room are nearly barren, sending the message that all artistry is reserved for the food. And the drink options are at the top of the menu, rather than the bottom where they’re usually found—a refreshing bit of sensibility given that your drink order is the first thing the server asks of you.
So very special
It’s a funny thing about specialties of the house: Sometimes they’re the only thing on the menu worth eating. Other times, as is the case at Thai Cuisine, the specialty isn’t my favorite. In this instance, it’s kind of like a wide-noodled pho with pink broth.
Shucks! We Got Oysters
If you’re an East, West or Gulf Coastian homesick for good, fresh bivalve mollusks, weep no more. Suddenly Albuquerque is full of them. On the other hand, if you’re put off by the idea of eating this viscous morsel, I urge you to give it a try. It’s an acquired taste, but not so different from indulging in good sashimi at your favorite sushi bar or a well-made ceviche.
AmerAsia & Sumo Sushi
You say Confucius, I say Zen
A tale of two Saigons
The process by which restaurants get selected for this column involves equal parts strategy and serendipity. New restaurants, if they’re any good, are no-brainers for coverage. But sometimes a case can be made for older places, especially if the Alibi has never covered them.
So fresh, you’ll feel the sand between your toes
“Je ne sais quoi” is an overused phrase, and I’m as guilty as anyone—usually with a terrible, dramatic French accent. At Desert Fish, for once, I said it appropriately.
Pho for the fun family
In recent years, Albuquerque has been home to at least four Vietnamese restaurants with “Saigon” in its name. Those familiar with Vietnamese cuisine won’t be surprised, as its pool of restaurant names, by some unwritten decree, remains curiously small. So many contain the word “Pho” you’d think it was a synonym for Vietnamese food, rather than a bowl of soup.
Year in Review: Food
The Year in Food
Farm laws and spilled secrets
Some will argue that 2010 was the year homemade sausage finally came of age, or the year the school garden movement exploded. Others will remember 2010 as the year KFC's Double Down sandwich made its glorious debut. With so many food preferences and priorities, you can hardly make an end-of-year food list to please everyone, so let’s start with what the people think. Some of them, anyway.