Alibi V.18 No.29 • July 16-22, 2009 

Ask Ari

Q: What, exactly, is oyster sauce? Is it really derived from oysters? Is fish sauce truly distilled fish?

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Like a Mexican matzo ball,   albóndigas   meatball soup will cure what ails you.
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Restaurant Review

Dahlia’s Central Mexican Cuisine

Rio Rancho’s queen of carne

It’s rare that Mexican food reminds me of my Jewish mother’s cooking, but that’s what happened with a bowl of albóndigas at Dahlia’s. A mildly aromatic broth crowded with chunks of carrot, celery, zucchini and a single large meatball comprised this bowl of Central Mexican comfort food. The meatball’s almost ethereal texture and mellow, satisfying flavor reminded me of mom’s matzo balls.

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Chocolate to Me Baby

Wine and Chocolate Experience

Slate Street Cafe serves up killer food and even better drinks, with a wine selection that makes most people's heads spin. With all that culinary creativity flowing in the back of house, Slate Street proudly presents the Wine and Chocolate Experience. Not content to offer just wine and chocolate, they curate an experience with a five-course hand-crafted menu featuring the food of the gods paired with vino

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Delirium Delights in Decadence

Delirium Pairing Dinner

Beer dinners are never truly created equal, with some concepts simply bursting with immaculate execution. The O’Niell’s Pub team is teaming up with the Huyghe crew to bust out the big guns for the Delirium Beer Dinner. Pairing the Delirium line with specialty meals to enhance the Belgium beer’s badass flavor, the highlight of the meal is tiramisu enhanced with two types of alcohol, painstakingly created by dessert artist Brooke Poole and paired with Delirium Black, a strong, dark Belgian ale made by aging Delirium Noctornum in bourbon barrels for 10 months. When consumed together, anyone is sure to find little pink elephants dancing through their mind. Tickets for this 21-plus event happening on Thursday, Oct. 24 at O’Niell’s Pub are $55 per person. Doors are at 6pm. For reservation inquiries and other questions, email skyler@oniells.com.

 

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Compassionate Flavor

Saffron Strand's Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Help raise funds to empower the homeless and those at risk to gain new skills and employment while enjoying tapas, hors d'oeuvres, wines and live music by Le Chat Lunatique.
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Chowtown Restaurant Guide

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.

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