Variety Comes to Old Town
Taking in the breeze at Backstreet Grill
The Daily Word in Walter White, Saul Goodman and Puppy Squeezing
The man cries blood.
The man is on fire.
The man is a lady.
Sleep is like your brain taking a poop.
Some rock stars started out in other rock star’s bands.
Tacos are more delicious than hotdogs.
Find out why your stomach is growling.
Learn all about Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman).
Beware the ball biter.
I’m not sure how impressed I am with this snack bag serving bowl.
The people who brought you Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” would like you to now please enjoy Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food,” shooting up the charts with a bullet.
The Sheriff’s Department will hold a funeral procession for Walter White.
Craig Blanchard used to have $135,000 in his garage.
Caution: This puppy squeezing story might wreck your day.
Did the Chinese discover America before Columbus?
Happy birthday Pam Dawber.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #288: A woman takes my tacos away.
G and I are in Taos at dusk. We watch a jeep Wagoneer perform a jump from a dirt road off a hill and over some water. We then go to a fancy Mexican buffet. There are circular bas-relief carvings in the patio floor and walls. I get a plate of tacos. G gets green chili enchiladas that I had not noticed. Our waitress, a gray-haired woman, takes my full plate from me, ostensibly to bring me some enchiladas instead. She does not return. I try to hunt her down. I find some of the other wait staff and describe her to them. They point and I find her hiding behind a door. She gives an unintelligible excuse. I go up to the pretty cashier, who informs me that they are now closed. I go upstairs onto the roof. The food is now gone - only empty tables and steam trays remain.
Eeeee! Who you callin’ turkey, chicharrón?
This week in Food, Ari LeVaux visits decades-old Chicharroneria Orozco’s new digs on Bridge and samples a golden-fried plate of turkey tails (aka colitas de pavo), one of the few non-pork meats in the place.
In other chicharrón news, that’s the name of the porcine sidekick carried around by Lynette ("Shit Burqueños Say") in a new series of New Mexico State Fair commercials. Felicidades to Blackout Theatre and Expo New Mexico for a local marketing campaign that’s actually, and awesomely, local.
Los Turkey Tails
The 23 year-old Chicharroneria Orozco has for years inhabited a drafty adobe on Isleta. But this summer it set up shop in new digs on the north side of Bridge, just west of the river, in the same building that the underwhelming Siete Mares used to occupy.
A mouthful of carne asada fries
On a steep Nob Hill side street behind Imbibe is a tiny hole-in-the-wall kitchen, clad mostly in stainless steel. It’s called The Last Call, or TLC, and its proximity to Albuquerque’s nightlife weighs heavily on the short, funky menu. Read all about TLC’s signature dish in this week’s Food section.
Carne + Asada + Fries
The Last Call
On a steep Nob Hill side street behind Imbibe is a tiny hole-in-the-wall kitchen, clad mostly in stainless steel. It’s called The Last Call, or TLC, and its proximity to Albuquerque’s nightlife weighs heavily on the short, funky menu. There are pickup lines attached to the taco dishes, each of which contain three tacos, or “threesomes.” The slider plate promises a “couple.”
Barbacoa in Bernalillo
Three choice taco recipes
We ran a web contest soliciting top taco recipes from readers. The winners get tickets to our Taco USA party tonight at El Pinto, which stars Al hurricane and ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano. It also stars free tacos.
Here are three winners’ recipes!
1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 ripe tomatoes, cored
2 red jalapeños, stemmed
1 clove garlic, smashed, plus 2 cloves, minced
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup canola oil
18 corn tortillas
thinly sliced green cabbage and tomatoes, and crumbled cotija cheese, for serving
Puree cilantro, oregano, sugar, tomatoes, jalapeños, smashed garlic, and 2/3 cup water in a blender until smooth; set salsa aside.
Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil, add potatoes, and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Add minced garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and cumin, and mash until smooth. Set potato mixture aside.
Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Spread 1 heaping tbsp. potato mixture over half of each tortilla, and fold over to form a taco. Working in batches, add tacos to oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes.
Stuff cabbage, tomatoes, and cotija into tacos; drizzle with salsa before serving.
1 can (~16 oz) pinto beans, drained
1 can (~16 oz) black beans, drained
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, minced (remove the seeds if you don’t want your tacos to be spicy)
1 fresh clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 tablespoons of chunky salsa
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (increase or decrease amount to adjust spice level)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
8 corn hard taco shells
1 fresh tomato, chopped (topping)
shredded iceberg lettuce (topping)
1 can (~6 oz) black olives, chopped (topping)
shredded monterey jack cheese (topping)
salsa or hot sauce (topping)
fresh cilantro, chopped (topping)
sour cream (topping)
spanish rice (side)
refried beans (side)
Pre-heat the over to 325 degrees F (for the taco shells later on).
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the chopped onion, celery, green pepper, jalapeño, and garlic to the frying pan. Cook this until all the veggies are done to the level you prefer.
Next, take the drained pinto and black beans and add them to the frying pan along with the spices and a few spoonfuls of salsa.
Mix together all of the ingredients that are now in the frying pan and cook over medium heat until everything is all heated up (be careful not to overcook since the veggies should already be just about done).
Place your corn taco shells on a baking pan and bake them in the oven (which should already be heated to 325 degrees F) for about 5 minutes.
Remove the shells from the oven, let them cool off a little bit, then add the cooked vegetarian taco filling.
Top your tacos with any of the optional vegetarian taco toppings above such as fresh tomato, black olives, monterey jack cheese, hot sauce, fresh cilantro and/or sour cream.
Serve with a side of refried beans and rice.
Enjoy your vegetarian tacos!
6 tomatillos, husked, washed and grilled until blackened
1 serrano, grilled until blackened
1/2 small red onion coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
8 blue corn tortillas
1 cup crumbled queso fresco
Preheat the grill to medium. Add the blackened tomatillos and serrano to a small sauté pan and briefly sauté in a little olive oil on the grates of the grill.
Place the tomatillos, serrano, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and honey in a blender and blend until smooth. Place the tomatillo mixture in a large sauté pan and place on the grates of the grill. Bring the mixture to a simmer, add the chicken, and heat through.
Place the tortillas on the grill, and grill for 20 seconds on each side. Spoon the chicken mixture into the tortillas and top with a few tablespoons of queso fresco.
Fold the tortillas in half serve immediately.
Fancy fish tacos y todo
In honor of ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano’s visit to Albuquerque next Wednesday, our restaurant critic paid a visit to an upscale taco and tequila bar named after the Arellano family's home state: Zacatecas. Fish tacos, ahoy!
¡Que Vivan los Tacos!
I mean, what better way to pay tribute to Señor ¡Ask a Mexican! himself than getting buzzed on organic mescal in a place named after the Arellano family's home state, Zacatecas?
Braise the Ante
Turning chewy, cheap cuts into lusciously flavorful food
Coffee and red wine are two of my favorite beverages to drink with meat. Given how much braising I do, it was only a matter of time until I tried braising meat in a mixture of coffee and wine. The results are exceptional: a browned, flavorful exterior and spoon-tender, succulent interior.
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.
Taco and a Haircut, Two Bits
Fades are out, Rough Edges are in
Birriería y Taquería El Alex
Stew on this
There’s one reason to go to El Alex, on Fourth Street just south of I-40. It’s a bowl of soup. And it’s good enough to merit the trip on its own.