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Iconik Coffee Roasters, Santa Fe: finally, the all-around coffeehouse I've been wishing for

As a side note, I had spent months (a few years ago) trying to figure out where Treehouse was because I'd heard great things.... and I kept getting it confused with the Tea House on Canyon, et ceteral. Thanks for clearing up that mystery. :)

Aug 31, 2014
tenacity in Southwest

Coffee Roaster in ABQ

No matter what's already recommended I second or third or nominate Michael Thomas. :-)

I used to be a huge fan of Moon's but then I lost my taste for super dark oily roasts. If YOU like that sort of thing (in the old 1990's O'Hori's style), then Moon's on Juan Tabo is good and their prices are stunningly reasonable.

Aug 31, 2014
tenacity in Southwest

I scream, You scream... What are you pet peeves about ice cream?

Haagen Dazs used to make a darn good chocolate sorbet, and a local place in NM does, as well. I agree, I want either the real dairy or not. No coconut milk, bleah....

May 31, 2014
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I scream, You scream... What are you pet peeves about ice cream?

I'm cool with Haagen Dazs only being 14oz now cuz one of those 'pints' is always one serving, so .... :-)

And those single serve cups are dumb. How about a 1 cup size? That would be awesome.

May 31, 2014
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San Pedro Mart -- Some of the best Middle Eastern in Abq

That's great to know - thanks!

May 31, 2014
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Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

I have only had the packaged ones at ultras and they seem fine but I know they are lower fat than homemade....

Apr 07, 2014
tenacity in Home Cooking

Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

Thanks for the thread - as much as I LOVE rice krispie treats with copious butter (sometimes brown butter!), I also love them as portable race snacks for ultramarathons. The fat slows down digestion, so having very little or even no fat is sometimes a good thing.

So I might try the maple syrup & peanut butter version, and cut down the PB until it still works but barely. Or just coconut oil or MCT oil which can be burned quickly unlike other fats. Hmm.... brain is churning.

That said, if I really want rice treats without fat while running I should just make musabi. :-)

Apr 07, 2014
tenacity in Home Cooking

Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

Love this idea!

Apr 07, 2014
tenacity in Home Cooking

Anything Chowish between Albuquerque and Roswell (maybe via Socorro)?

In Socorro is the Manzanares Coffee shop, with excellent coffee but lunchy type foods, too. Sandwiches, pastries. Nice place to relax for a bit.

Mar 26, 2014
tenacity in Southwest

Izanami, Santa Fe: izakaya returns to NM

Totally agree with you on Stapleman and despite the seemingly hate/hate reputation he had, I wasn't shy about telling people he was missed.

Am going to Izanami this Sunday and will get to try most of the menu. Woo hoo. :)

Mar 25, 2014
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In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

Update: Tara Thai is the best so far, but even it wasn't amazing. I could actually smell fish sauce and taste the tamarind, so that's a plus. The noodles had no visible sauce at all - very dry (maybe they soaked up too much?).

Thai Cuisine II is up next.

Feb 13, 2014
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In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

Thanks for the Siam nod - I thought their Pad Thai was nicely balanced, BUT. I am beginning to see that Thai in this town (or possibly in this country?) is going to be weak on the "sour" aspect and therefore not really balanced at all.

Americans seem to hate sour things (unless you're 10 and eating sour apple candy), so I'm guessing that a native Thai kitchen is going to feature the sour/bitter components in much better harmony with the sweet/spicy.

Thoughts on that?

Feb 11, 2014
tenacity in Southwest

Joseph's of Santa Fe

Awesome summary, finlero. Thank you!

Jan 25, 2014
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In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

I'll throw in a few places that have had amazing Thai for me, even if I have not yet tried their Pad Thai:
- Tara Thai
- Thai Cuisine II
- Thai Tip

Jan 25, 2014
tenacity in Southwest

In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

I'm putting together an article idea about where to get great Pad Thai in the ABQ metro area (not Santa Fe).

So, here's my inquiry to you and all of your expertise: where can one find delicious and authentic* Pad Thai in Albuquerque?

*by "authentic" I mean to invoke a little thought - peanut sauced dishes are OUT (yes I've had "pad thai" sauced with peanut sauce - ick), as are creative takes on the noodles used, et cetera.

I'm looking for places using the basic flavor parameters/ingredients outlined by ChezPim: tamarind/fish-sauce/palm-sugar, rice noodles, shrimp, tofu, ground peanuts, bean sprouts. Here's her take: http://chezpim.com/cook/pad_thai_for_...

Thank you so much and have a wonderful rest of your Thursday!

Jan 23, 2014
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Best Cobb Salad? Where?

I've been doing some recent research on this and have not been "on the ground" yet, but here are my candidates: The Farm, Valerie (in Grand Central Market), and the Hotel Bel Aire.

References:
http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/arch...

http://la-confidential-magazine.com/d...

Jan 08, 2014
tenacity in Los Angeles Area

What is the real cream used in coffee?

Trick for using heavy cream in coffee, if you don't like the "butter problem" (the cream separating): STIR. Stir VIGOROUSLY as you pour it in.

I've found this works even if the cream is near the end of its life and just barely starting to get a little, um, chunky (before the flavor changes at all). Stir, stir, stir!

When even that doesn't work - which I've never seen - use a stick blender. :-)

Dec 05, 2013
tenacity in General Topics

What is the real cream used in coffee?

Note that it is REALLY difficult to find a gum-less heavy cream. I buy Organic Valley and even it has carageenan.

Dec 05, 2013
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Gas Station food offerings

Not a very 'houndy reply, but any time I can find those twin sets of precooked hard boiled eggs, I'm a happy road tripper.

Now, if I could just kill my addiction to cappuccino-machine beverages....

Dec 05, 2013
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What do you think of eGullet these days?

I love it. I do miss the glory days of eG. Freakin' Achatz vetting his kitchen build-out and initial recipes?? Tony Bourdain dropping by on occasion? The FOOD BLOGS! I got to visit Amsterdam, Kansas City, and a hundred places right when my foodiedom was on the rise. eG probably got me started as a food writer, which I still am.

I have at least 3 or 4 in-person lifelong friends (gfron, verjuice, etc) from eG but I know folks with MANY more than that.

Thanks, malarkey. :)

Nov 14, 2013
tenacity in Food Media & News

Asking About Albuquerque Anomalies...

Chocolate bars and truffles with chile in them. From Van Rixel Bros (aka Chocolate Cartel) - available at several grocery stores as well as their awesome little shop on Juan Tabo south of I-40.

Stay away from those colorfully printed chunky looking bars with chile and stuff in them - they are full of fake chocolate ingredients. Some are made by (local company) Amour, yet this is the ingredients list:
Chocolate coating (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa powder, buttermilk, dairy oil, partially hydrogenated palm oil, lecithin), red & green chili powder.

I'll take Van Rixel any day.
http://www.chocolatecartel.com

Sep 27, 2013
tenacity in Southwest
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Near Santa Fe

finlero has some wonderful suggestions already.

I would add only a few:
Atrisco Cafe - for lamb with red chile
Casa Chimayo - awesome red chile posole
Alicia's tortilleria - corn tortillas to eat like snack food. Ok, they also have tamales and to-go food items.... :-)

Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Sep 25, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Santa Fe Spirits Downtown Tasting Room

Awesome. I think my next SF visit will feature mostly beverages - cocktails and Iconik coffee! :-)

Sep 25, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Grass-fed dairy in Albuquerque Metro Area?

I have definitely had the issue of their stuff going bad really quickly, as can happen when things are not ultra-pasteurized. I had heard hearsay (which I still want to find out if it is more than hearsay) that they had issues with nearby beekeepers because of pesticide use that drifted far away from their land into other areas... Hmm.

Apr 13, 2013
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Grass-fed dairy in Albuquerque Metro Area?

Argh. I've also heard that the standards for saying "grass-fed" are changing legally. Perhaps that means places have been getting away with too much up until this point....

Mar 26, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Grass-fed dairy in Albuquerque Metro Area?

Food Hole on Carlisle ALSO has Kahlona's heavy cream (but a full quart!) and recently I believe I've spotted full-fat milk and cottage cheese.

Mar 24, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Grass-fed dairy in Albuquerque Metro Area?

I do not know what the credentials of Rasband Dairy are, but I've heard scuttlebutt about them using pesticides on their land so that doesn't bode well for their general practices.

Anyway, the brand Kahlona Supernatural is not local, but IS most definitely grass-fed and carried at the co-op, Sprouts, and Vitamin Cottage. I think the latter is the only place to get heavy cream in a small bottle.

In big brands, Organic Valley is grass-fed most of the year and the best bet if you have no other choice.

Mar 22, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Classic Cocktail Bar/Lounge

Gin Palace - gotta love that name if they back it up in bottles. :-)

Mar 22, 2013
tenacity in Manhattan

Brit looking for real Mexican in ABQ

I disagree that there is not much "really great Mexican" in Albuquerque. OK, it's true that this is not Southern CA and not actual Mexico, but there are some fantastic dives with the foods regular Americans will say "icky!" to, like offal meats and such.

Antojitos Lupe (and) Lupe's Antojitos - two locations, same folks. Delicious across the board and not a cheese-smothered platter to be found.
Birrieria y Taqueria el Alex - CLOSED, best I can tell.
El Paisa - tacos, late night
La Isla - divey, tacos, etc
Chicharroneria Orozco - come on, doesn't the name make you want to check it out???

More seafoody:
El Zarandeado
Mariscos La Playa

And, I second the recommendation for Pro's Ranch Market for the cafeteria and for the foodstuffs you can purchase to take home! (not produce but rather dried goods)

Hope this helps...

Mar 22, 2013
tenacity in Southwest

Classic Cocktail Bar/Lounge

Kathryn! Oh my stars, what a GREAT list. I think I should buy you a cocktail when I'm in town as thanks!

I am definitely into the idea of a 'bitters bar'. I'll start a new topic on that.

Is there anything from this list you'd strike as of March 2013 (due to closure or recent suckitude)?

Mar 21, 2013
tenacity in Manhattan