Taking Root in Albuquerque
Beneficial Farms Community Supported Agriculture
I'm glad that eating organic is easier than it used to be. Conventional supermarkets offer some organic produce. Natural food markets abound. It might be time to join a community farm program such as Beneficial Farms CSA, which has been active in Santa Fe since 1994 and is now enrolling members in Albuquerque.
Where salsa is music, Habaneros are people and pork is king
It came as a surprise to me that Cuban food isn’t spicy, especially since residents of the Cuban capital La Habana bear the name of the famously hot habanero chile pepper. I carried my ignorance all the way to Cuba, where I once lead a group of students to study Cuban agriculture. My expectation for spicy food, coupled with a poor grasp of Spanish, raised eyebrows at a farm when I asked about their pepinos picantes. One of my students explained to me that pepino means cucumber (but c'mon, doesn't pepino kind of sound like "little pepper?").
Live After Five
Live After Five! comes to the Electric Playhouse on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6pm to 9pm for an all-ages dining, gaming and recreation event. For those who have never been to Electric Playhouse, imagine visiting the world of Tron, with 100 percent less Jeff Daniels. With a laser light show that blows minds in an interactive environment, move through rooms of light and experience in a way you’ve never been able to do before. In a partnership with Young Professionals of Albuquerque, tickets for non-group members are $30, and allow you to meet and mingle with others in a wondrous locale. With a featured cash bar and a full dinner as well as a presentation from John-Mark and Brandon, expect a full evening of things to do and learn. For more info, visit electricplayhouse.com.
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.