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Budai, ABQ: authentic Chinese/Taiwanese, and it's AWESOME

Thanks for the number.

I did use snailmail, as there was no email address on the website. I find it's easier to explain my needs in writing than by phone.

I've had great results with about half the restaurants I've contacted, either by snail or email.
For the record, Jinja, Bumblebee, Andiamo, Louie's, Paisano's and California Pastrami get my vote as the most cooperative/informative.

Dec 14, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Budai, ABQ: authentic Chinese/Taiwanese, and it's AWESOME

After reading all of these wonderful recommendations back in the Fall, I wrote to Budai to ask if they could accomodate food allergies (I need to eat gluten-free -- yes, I know it's not an allergy per se, but the requirements would be the same).
Never got a response.
So, my dear foodies, what do you think my chances are of finding something wonderful to eat there? (Oh, and no pork or shellfish, either) (sorry, I'm difficult) (but not too whine-y)
Shari

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Budai
6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Dec 14, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Resturants for a week in Santa Fe

I finally tried Body about a month ago. Appalling service.

Sep 29, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Albuquerque SE

You mean I have to go all the way to Albuquerque?
:>)
I'll let you know the next time I make the Great Trek.
Shari

Jun 29, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Albuquerque SE

BINGO! Looks great - and GF options.
We really need to meet for a cup of tea sometime.

Jun 29, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Albuquerque SE

I keep forgetting about the Grove Cafe - I think we'll try it when Peter goes to Presbyterian for an appointment in a couple of weeks.
For the "heading for Tijeras" day, I'd like something out toward the southeast corner of the city.

Jun 29, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Albuquerque SE

Deb- Are you tuned in?
(Of course, I'll listen to anyone if you're willing to help)
I'm picking up a friend at the airport and heading East, to drive up Hwy 14 to Santa Fe.
We're going to need lunch (gluten-free for me).
Any suggestions for something healthy and tasty between the the airport and Carnuel?
Shari

Jun 29, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

New Mexico Retreat: Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and Ojo Caliente

I was at Ghost Ranch for a workshop a couple of weeks ago. They do sell meal passes at the Front Desk for a single meal. In nice weather you can take your tray outside.
The kitchen staff was very helpful with my need for gluten free meals - they know their ingredients and made substitute main courses for me (usually a chicken cutlet grilled with olive oil). And their salad bar is pretty complete.
It isn't gourmet, but if you've been out hiking or sightseeing for hours, it's very acceptable.

May 26, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Gluten Free in Santa Fe

If you're looking for groceries, I've discovered that Sunflower Market (two locations) has a special GF shelf tag which they use throughout the store - saves plowing through multitudinous ingredients lists on boxes and cans.

Montanita Co-op has decent grab-and-go options and usually has GF bakery goods in the deli section.

I'm not sure I'd trust Whole Foods deli section.

May 04, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Gluten Free in Santa Fe

I've just started this GF adventure, so I don't have a lot to offer.
But I'll look forward to following this thread.

Real Food Nation offers gluten-free bread and hamburger buns - their staff seems very aware of GF issues. Great food and atmosphere, too.

At Harry's Road House, I told the waitress what my needs were and asked her to suggest something. She knew the menu well and her selection was a good one. They also had specifically GF options for dessert.

Not so much luck at a couple of my former favorites, where the servers don't speak English well -- I just didn't have confidence that I'd be understood. If you speak Spanish, then it wouldn't be a problem. I emailed the management to ask about GF options for next time but haven't heard back (Plaza Cafe, Tribes). We've had problems in the past with food allergy issues at Gabriel's - the offending food simply being scraped off the plate.

Josh's Barbeque is supposed to be excellent, and their manager answered my email immediately; he assured me that the counter staff is trained to make appropriate menu suggestions. The only issue might be the ketchup in their sauce, - it has a distilled grain vinegar.

Ditto for Andiamo - a great restaurant, very responsive to my email. I haven't been back since my GF eating began , but I'd be comfortable there.

Anapurna was a good choice, but they burned down last week. They may have relocated by the time you're here.

I've seen GF recommendations for : Pranzo, 2nd St Brewery, Blue Corn, Vinaigrette (noisy), Dinner for 2, Jambo (yum!), Body, Bumble Bee (yum!).

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Andiamo
2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595

Real Food Nation
624 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

May 04, 2010
momadamsa in Southwest

Santa Fe Help!

We went to the Plaza Cafe yesterday evening. Tasty food, but nothing special. A little too frantic for my taste.

Nov 05, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Looking for name of restaurant in Santa Fe

Probably Capitol Grill. I haven't been there, but have good heard good things about it.
Tried Plaza Cafe last week and it was very good - had the Mediterranean Salad which includes a few really really good falafel. It's a bit boisterous.
We've been fans of Tribes, which has been in that location for a while - their warm turkey pastrami sandwich is wonderful.

Oct 31, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Dinner Near Louisiana and Montgomery - Albuquerque

Sure. Fire away.
We're pretty boring about Abq restaurants - used to always be Range, now it's always Flying Star.
So new ideas would be welcome.
Nice atmosphere, good food, variety of choices to suit 4 different people, true vegetarian options would be nice (I was once served a plate of squash).

Oct 22, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Dinner Near Louisiana and Montgomery - Albuquerque

Deb-
Have you been to the Range lately? We were fans. We went there after they moved and it wasn't such a great experience - maybe it's just that I don't eat cheese anymore and NM without cheese is, well, tortillas and chile.

Oct 21, 2009
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Cheese, Chocolate & Wine Stores in ABQ, SF & Taos?

I definitely second Chocolate Smith!

Oct 20, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Dinner Near Louisiana and Montgomery - Albuquerque

Four of us are going out to dinner before a concert and need a place that's quiet and pleasant, with a reasonably broad menu to accomodate a variety of eating patterns - vegan, vegetarian, carnivore.

Oct 14, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Cafe Cafe in Santa Fe

We had lunch at Cafe Cafe yesterday. I was very pleased with my salad with tuna and Peter's pizza was good. And such enthusiastic service!

Oct 13, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Any rec's for Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico??

Deb-
I'll look forward to your Espanola selections. We gave Embudo Station a try last evening - very disappointing (but great ambiance).

Oct 04, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Just moved to Santa Fe, had some questions about the chow basics (coffee, pizza...)

The Montanita Coop has some nice pastry options, including vegan. I've enjoyed everything I've tried there.
Lots of raves about Clafoutis, but I haven't been there yet.

Aug 04, 2009
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Perfect Hot Fudge Sundae in Abq

I Scream Ice Cream it is!

We've kind of gone off on the Range Cafe lately.
Route 66 Malt Shop has closed (boo).

Jul 08, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Perfect Hot Fudge Sundae in Abq

I have a hot fudge sundae about every 5 years or so.
So my standards are high.
Great ice cream, in a thick glass sundae dish which retains the heat of the fudge sauce.
Any suggestions?

Jul 08, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Pre opera dinner in Santa Fe

The SFO website has the caterer's contact info.

Jul 03, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Lunch en route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?

Ah, their website says it's Bernalillo, but it's the Placitas exit...

Jul 01, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Lunch en route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?

We always enjoy the Placitas Flying Star. Great staff and even with my limited diet there's always something tasty for me to eat. I've learned to ask them not to add salt - they can be a wee bit heavy handed for my taste.

Jul 01, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Birthday Lunch in Santa Fe

We've had wonderful meals at Zia, but Sundays are just never good. Last time it was perfectly awful - the waiter even refused to make eye contact. Just zipped by the table saying "How's everything" but not waiting for an answer.

I keep forgetting about Los Potrillos. Maybe since I don't do cheese anymore most Northern NM restaurants have lost their appeal.

We ended up with lunch at Treehouse (pleasant, a little noisy with the ventillation and cooking sounds, non-vegetarian husband was not thrilled) and a late dinner at Tribes (consistantly good).

Shari

Jun 22, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Santa Fe

If it were me, I'd tailgate at the Opera beforehand - takes the worry out of a)finishing dinner on time b)unpredictable traffic c) finding parking.

http://www.santafeopera.org/yourvisit...

Enjoy your meal with a beautiful view, chat with other tailgaters.

Angelfood Catering is onsite (pre-order) ; these are the Zia Diner folks, so the food should be good.

Or bring a picnic from Whole Foods or Montanita Coop.

And chile? I don't think I've ever had bad chile. (I' m a fan of red). Pleasant memories from The Pantry, Counter Culture, Santa Fe Baking Company.

Shari

Jun 22, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Santa Fe Provisions (where to buy chiles and such)

You might try Montanita Coop on Alameda.
Mostly I look for local produce and poultry/lamb/beef when I 'm there, but they have some more portable local products.
Shari

Jun 22, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Birthday Lunch in Santa Fe

That's your role in life, Deb - reminding me of restaurants I like.
Thanks for the memory jog.

We find ourselves in Santa Fe at mealtime and say - gosh, where should we go. And we end up at Tribes (always good) , Zia Diner (Sunday seems to be the cook's day off, or the cook's off day), or Counter Culture. Please keep reminding me of the other places I'd like to remember.

Shari

Jun 20, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Birthday Lunch in Santa Fe

Oh, I forgot about Father's Day.

I think we'll try it. I stopped in the other day, but they'd done with lunch and were only serving desserts, so I went to Counter Culture.
It's a pleasant location.

Any other thoughts?

Shari

Jun 19, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest

Birthday Lunch in Santa Fe

On Sunday, we're planning to have birthday lunch in Santa Fe.
Just something light about noon.
Quiet atmosphere preferred.
Vegetarian choices would be good, in addition to "regular" food. We'd like to avoid onions and garlic, since we're going to an afternoon gathering.
I have my "regular" places, but I'd like your ideas for something different.

Shari

Jun 19, 2009
momadamsa in Southwest