Alibi V.20 No.3 • Jan 20-26, 2011 
The French Laundry

Mina's Dish

The French Laundry

Extreme dining in California's Napa Valley

One of the finest events I’ll ever experience began with the following words:

“Thank you for making your reservation at The French Laundry. Your reservation is confirmed.”

The e-mail arrived within minutes of my call to place the reservation. Thomas Keller’s French Laundry claims three Michelin stars and a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux among countless other accolades. You must reserve exactly two months to the day ahead of your lunch or dinner date. Fellow Burqueño Mike Wing and California friends Edouardo “Edo” Maragliano and his wife, Patty Ting, would join me for lunch.

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A Thai-style hot pot is cooked right on your table.
Sergio Salvador

Restaurant Review

Pho Saigon

Pho for the fun family

In recent years, Albuquerque has been home to at least four Vietnamese restaurants with “Saigon” in its name. Those familiar with Vietnamese cuisine won’t be surprised, as its pool of restaurant names, by some unwritten decree, remains curiously small. So many contain the word “Pho” you’d think it was a synonym for Vietnamese food, rather than a bowl of soup.

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Chowtown Restaurant Guide

Nursing It Back

Little Sir Dan, sat with his hands, aloft over keyboard with a frown. Along came his boss, and with a crumpled note he did toss, asking “Hey, we doing a Chowtown?!”

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