New Orleans, N.M.
My first husband and I drove through New Orleans in 1974, moving from Florida to the Land of Enchantment. We searched the French Quarter for lunch and stopped at a well-lit, noisy place. What I remember most was the shrimp étoufée—a spicy, tomatoey stew dished over a generous pile of rice. It was terrific, though I had no basis for comparison, being a novice in the world of Louisiana cooking. That was long before Katrina, Rita and BP heaped their misfortunes on the Gulf. Despite the challenges of rebuilding, the city maintains a robust attitude when it comes to living well—especially when it comes to food.
Food for Thought
The Soul of a Menu
Tips on ordering right from the Alibi’s restaurant critic
When dining out, sharing food at the table is fun. Passing dishes around or eating “family-style” are a beautiful ways to eat together. Except, it turns out, when you order better than your companions.
Bosque Chile Festival
Spend the day eating fresh chile and generally whooping it up with the whole family at the Bosque Chile Festival on Aug. 17 from 10am to 6pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center. There are cooking demonstrations, food trucks, craft vendors and craft beers, a chicharron competition, a fun run and a poetry slam. It’s $5 if you are over 12 and free if you are not. For more information on this all-ages event, see nhccnm.org.
3rd Annual NM Distiller's Guild Festival and Bartending Competition
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.