Remember that episode of "I Love Lucy" where Lucy stomps grapes ("Her feet—like two enormous pizzas!" observes the vintner) with a bunch of swarthy, unibrowed Italian women? It looked like fun, didn't it? If, like me, you've found yourself wondering what it'd be like to recreate some of that same purple-stained magic, your time has come. The St. Clair Winery and Bistro (near Old Town at 901 Rio Grande NW) is throwing a grand grape-stomping competition—and in the true bacchanalian spirit of a Roman orgy, it's raging for three days.
Lupe’s Antojitos and Mexican Food
Hot carne love
I pride myself on learning new things when I eat. Whether it’s a tricky pronunciation (I had a thing with gewürztraminer) or understanding the subtle nuances of a different culture (I’ve made a faux pas or two involving Buddha shrines), I try to walk away from the table armed with knowledge for posterity.
Books for Cooks
The Basics: The Foundations of Modern Cooking
A bible of prissy non-functionality and crystal-clear photography
Let me tell you about my ideal cookbook. It's big, maybe 12”x12”—so while you're stirring (or frying) you can quickly glance at its 14-point font to make sure you added the right number of eggs. It's spiral bound and lays flat on its back when you set it on the counter. Its pages are laminated, so when you inevitably spill something nasty on it, you can sponge it off. You could drop my dream cookbook from the roof of a 60-story building and still find yourself making almond soup with it at the bottom. Also, it would do your dishes and speak to you in calming tones when all those nasty measurement details began to run away from you, like so many cats from inside a bass drum.
Taste the History of Chocolate IV
Farm & Table hosts their Taste the History of Chocolate IV on Monday, Jan. 20 from 6 to 9pm. Tickets for this event are $93, though you can splurge and pay $118 to take it with wine pairings, and leads you through the rich, decadent history of everyone’s favorite snack. This time around, be treated to some fascinating information about the heavy travel cacao went through to get to Chaco Canyon over 1,000 years ago. The guest chocolate maker Steve Prickett, from Eldora Chocolate, and Dr. Patricia Crown, who led the team that learned so much about the history of cacao at Chaco Canyon, are the guests of honor. For more info on how to get your hands on these sweet treats, email email@example.com and guarantee a spot before it's gone.
Get Out There
It’s summer in Burque and myriad patios await your presence. Snap the kids out of their bought air-and-video game trance for an outing that culminates in the joyful consumption of healthful and delicious paletas—no, really!—or invite some colleagues and comrades out to smash the swanky local rooftop bar scene with you. If you’re looking for a more pastoral vibe, get your farm-to-table on in Albuquerque’s resplendent North Valley. Here are a handful of our favorite patios in The Duke City. Don’t neglect to slather on some sunscreen and install a rideshare app (such as Uber, Lyft or zTrip) on your smartphone ... in case you over-hydrate.