Budai Gourmet Chinese
It’ll rub your belly the right way
Even before I learned of the secret menu at Budai, I was already recommending the small, Taiwanese-owned eatery for the element of surprise its regular menu brings. The non-secret menu is a long and interesting read, full of familiar and unusual Taiwanese and Chinese dishes. If you ask questions about the food, you might get a history lesson from Elsa Fang, who handles the front of the restaurant while her husband, Hsia, does the cooking. And, if you ask her to, she will translate the secret menu from Chinese. But she will do so selectively.
ABQ Beer Geek
The New O’Niell’s Pub: No Moe’s Family Feedbag
I like my neighborhood. It’s got most of the things I want in a neighborhood, such as a park I never visit and a liquor store I always visit. I don’t know or even think about my neighbors, which makes for the best kind. The only thing missing that would make it a perfect place to live is a good beer bar within walking distance. Since this is Albuquerque, I know that unless I move Downtown or to Nob Hill, I have to drive a ways to anywhere worth drinking. I wouldn’t live in Nob Hill because there's too much to do, and I’d be out spending my Alibi paycheck every night. I can’t live Downtown because, well, I’m not really allowed there anymore. (I don’t want to get into it. It involves drinking.)
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.