Alibi V.15 No.17 • April 27-May 3, 2006 
Chef Ellie Seelow

Chewing the Fat

Catching Up with Tom White of Two Fools Tavern

The founding owner of Scalo and Il Vicino tries his hand at an Irish pub concept in Nob Hill

Your career in the New Mexico restaurant community has been going on for close to 25 years now. How did you get started?

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Chef Ellie Seelow
Wes Naman

From the Kitchen of ...

Ellie Seelow

Executive Chef, Two Fools Tavern

Deep-frying may well be an official Scottish national pastime, pursued with the same extremist zeal as soccer hooliganisms and pub patronage. (And chances are, if you're enjoying one, the other two aren't far off.) Sink your teeth into a breaded and fried hardboiled egg and you'll understand why.

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Bite

Do you know of any Salvadoran restaurants in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area?--A reader posed the question to me last week, and I was stumped. "I'm jonesing for a pupusa [fried pork-and-cheese-stuffed corn tortillas] and heard there is a restaurant here," he said, "[but] I just can't seem to find it anywhere." Former Alibi Food Editor Gwyn Doland says she's heard similar rumors, but can't put a trace on one either. So I'm turning to you, our voracious readers. Have you heard of a place that serves Salvadoran cuisine? The best advice will be rewarded with coupons good for a night on the town in Albuquerque, and I'll publish your findings right here in the paper. In the meantime, here's a tasty morsel to motivate your search.

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The food is the exciting part
Wes Naman

Restaurant Review

Chopstix

The fish soup is sssmmokin’

There are a million Chinese food restaurants in Albuquerque. OK, maybe not quite a million, but definitely a multitude. What sets one apart from the herd? Ho Ho has a rep for being über cheap (you could buy the entire place for $10), Chow’s is in business with the white tablecloth treatment and China Star has the biggest pile of cold shrimp I’ve ever peeled into. This leaves a few categories open for the taking, such as best background cricket noises and best place to get stewed chicken feet.

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Courtesy of Big Jim Farms

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I-Pick, U-Pick, We All-Pick Chiles

U-Pick Green Chiles and Farmers' Market

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm and pick green chiles, ranging from mild to extra hot with on-site roasting. Other fruits and vegetable are also for sale.
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An Apple a Day

The Magnificent Cider Fest

Showcasing N.M.’s emerging artisanal cider industry in a unique environment. This festival amplifies the senses, from tasting local cider to pie eating, chuckwagon cooking, film screening, photography and likely some two-stepping or line dancing.
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Chowtown Restaurant Guide

Whether you’re more familiar with the French Riviera or the French Quarter, there are plenty of places in Albuquerque to get a taste of authentic French cuisine. Read Hosho McCreesh’s review of Le Quiche Parisienne in this issue, and check out these other restaurants in the city that will cater to your wanderlust and make you feel, if only for the evening, that you’re dining in the City of Lights. Bon appetit, mes amis.