Someone told me recently that there wasn’t enough good news in the news lately. It’s fair. I understand the exhaustion of the news cycle and the fact that tragedy, pain and anger fuel the most digestable and consumable pieces of it. So this week, I wanted to try something different. Obviously, this issue is out during Thanksgiving week, where we gather and remember all the good and wonderful things in our life. I wanted to take that a step further. I hunted down and over to find things to make your day a little brighter, a little happier and to keep the news in the food section the opposite of your Thanksgiving meal, which is to say light. So join me as I give you a couple of bite-sized pieces to digest that should leave you feeling full of happiness.
Future ramen chef extraordinaire, Trace, and his hand built stand.
Growing up, we were always told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps if we wanted something and to go out and earn it ourselves. Conversely, some of the more motivated among us decided to go full-in on our dreams and make them happen. This is the case for Trace, a local 10-year-old who realized Rio Rancho didn’t have any traditional ramen stands like they have in Japan, so he went about opening his own instead. This Saturday, Nov. 23, Deluxe Design (561 Quantum Rd. NE) will be hosting his stand as he goes about creating ramen to sell. The stand will open for business at 1pm, selling a cup of ramen for $3 (cash only!) so make sure you get there early to avoid the lines. This is an early start to a business, and that kind of moxie deserves to be rewarded. I can’t wait to have lunch at your stand, Trace! For more information, call Deluxe Design at 892-8090.
HopeWorks (1120 Second Street NW) has long been the go-to hub for most people experiencing homelessness, with an incredibly wide range of services to help get people back on their feet. On Thanksgiving Day, they’ll be doing their traditional large scale meals to help feed those without a table to sit at this year. Part of their tradition is to send those who eat with them on their way with a bag of cookies to go. So in that vein, they’re currently asking for donations of cookies in any capacity, storebought, homemade or otherwise, to help meet the need of all the people they anticipate serving that day. In order to make sure they have enough time to bag everything, they ask you to bring them in by Tuesday, Nov. 26. For any other questions, call them directly at 242-4399.