Tidbits: Frito Pie, new restaurants and more…

It’s time for the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and lots of folks here for that head uo to Santa Fe. It’s the season’s last hurrah.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, photo Raymond Watt courtesy Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloons at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, photo/Raymond Watt courtesy Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Federal government shut down last night and it’s affecting our local National Parks, Monuments and Historical Parks. They are closed. There’s still plenty to do. If you need help, our tour business, The Santa Fe Traveler is available to do last-minute trip planning for you. We hope that the closures are short-lived.

Santa Fe Food and dining news:
If you haven’t seen the brouhaha, Anthony Bourdain hit Santa Fe like a cranky Kamikaze and thanks to the wonders of the Internet and film the moment lives on. You can see it here.

Since love to deal in fact here: here’s the skinny. The Five and Dime makes their chile in-house and doesn’t use the Hormel canned version. Also, the cheese is processed, but “day-glo orange cheese-like substance”?  REALLY Tony? It’s processed cheese just like you get in restaurants all over the USA.


Just add the fixins to make a Frito pie photo Steve Collins

Open the bag, add the fixins and you’ll have a Frito pie (hold the Hormel’s) photo/Steve Collins

And, while Daisy Dean Doolin, mother of the man who patented Fritos made a casserole with the crunchy corn product, Teresa Hernandez, first made the individual pies in the bag at the Santa Fe Woolworth’s lunch counter in the 1960s.  It’s in the American Food Lexicon by uber-foodies Jane and Michael Stern. Bourdain issued a pretty lame apology:  “Contrary to the impression left by some reports of the show, I, in fact, very much enjoyed my Frito pie in spite of its disturbing weight in the hand. It may have felt like (expletive) but was shockingly tasty.” Too little, too late!

A new restaurant is going into the former O’Keeffe Café location. The former mid-19th century US Army barracks on Johnson Street will be the home of Georgia’s Museum Café some time after the first of the year. Geronimo’s Lloyd Abrams, who has purchased the building from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, told Santa Fe Travelers that they haven’t yet decided on the eatery’s concept. If they have, he’s not ready to talk about it yet.. Stay tuned for future developments.

Bambini’s Steaks and Hoagies  photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe’s latest food truck Bambini’s Steaks and Hoagies k, photo/Steve Collin

Santa Fe has a new food truck. Bambini’s Steaks and Hoagies (now there’s a real Philly tern) are parked at 905 S St. Francis Drive in front of Ski Tech Santa Fe. It’s a way for shop owners Chip Storm and his wife Lynsey Pompei-Storm to make money in the off-season. They recruited Lynsey’s dad, Steve Pompei, a native of the City of Brotherly Love to man the grill. Steve knows his Philly cheesesteaks and Italian-style hoagies and makes them the way they do in his home town. This purist even gets his rolls flown in from Philly where they know what it takes to turn out the real deal. And, they will add green chile to your cheesesteak, after all, it’s Santa Fe. Check with them at (505) 699-2243 for days and hours of operation.

Blue Corn's Southside location courtesy Blue Corn

Blue Corn Cafe’s Southside location, photo/Cameron Gay courtesy Blue Corn

Attention craft beer fans.  Blue Corn Café and Brewery’s Southside location is celebrating the release of their fall Pumpkin Ale on Friday, October 4th from 4 to 6pm. Five bucks gets you a  pint of the Pumpkin Ale, a pumpkin albondigas slider and a chance to win a membership in Beer for a Year Club. Music will be provided by The Country Blues Review.

Santa Fe music:
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents internationally acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 10th 7:30pm. The San Francisco Chronicle said this about Wang, “She is, quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry.” There will be a benefit reception with Ms. Wang at a private Santa Fe home on Wednesday evening, October 9th. For details or reservations, contact Carol Rothman at SFCA .Tickets, $25, $45, $70, and $95, are available directly from the SFCA box office at (505) 984-8759 or at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe art:
Upcoming artists” studio tours:
Madrid and Cerillos Studio Tour takes place over two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th and Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be an opening reception and auction at the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid Friday October 4th at 7pm.

Mineshaft Tavern Madrid NM photo Steve Collins

Mineshaft Tavern, Madrid site of the Studio Tour preview party, NM, photo/Steve Collins

El Rito Studio Tour a sweet little hamlet northwest of Ojo Caliente (also accessible from just south of Abiquiu) will have their annual tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th from10am to 5pm.
Abiquiu Studio Tour always takes place over Columbus Day Weekend. This year the three-day tour will be on Saturday, Sunday and Monday October, 11th, 12th and 13th. This little village, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe, has lots for visitors to do, make a weekend of it.

Our Calendar of Northern New Mexico studio tours is a great year-round resource.

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