Recently I've found myself trading Duke City for Crescent City. The details of that are unimportant; the big thing is that this has put me outside of Albuquerque for generally longer stays than I would like. The Fix, of course, is a great way to stay aware (at least peripherally) of what's going on here, but I felt the need for something more fitting for people who have left the city, with or without intentions to return.

Away from ABQ is, at least partly, intended for Albuquerque's diaspora. It's for those of us those who love the city, who sometimes reside in the city, and who find themselves self-censoring conversation about the Frontier .... It's for people who find themselves baffled in daily life that tortillas are not everywhere, and that chili is some kind of stew. Away from ABQ, as intended, has a bit of commiseration to it's being.

Commiseration all the time is no fun, and there are plenty of people who have yet to move to Albuquerque. Those who have left (not all, mind you, but plenty) can sit back with idealized versions of why the Duke City is awesome, and regale the newcomers with information about exactly how awesome (and, yeah, it's fine if your opinion of the degree of awesome is "not very"). Or, more generally, those who don't live in Albuquerque can work with those who do, helping to continue the tradition of those in the know kindly passing along that knowledge in those, well, not in the know.

This is all intention. If you are away from ABQ, and have some other aspect of that "away-ness" to weigh in on, feel free.

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Comment by Kevin on November 28, 2007 at 8:58pm
I have tried to leave Burque 3 times over the past 20 years. Yet here I am. One of those times, by the way, was in N.O. At least there are Zapp's potato chips to be had there, and the Camilia Grill. No substitute for the Frontier, but the pecan pie is delicious.
Comment by the boy on November 28, 2007 at 9:26pm
Zapp's is, to be fair, thoroughly delicious, and I will miss those
Comment by the boy on November 29, 2007 at 6:47pm
I hadn't even heard of attempts at New Mexican food out of state. That's thoroughly weird.

I do wonder if the Bay Area attempts green chile sushi. I haven't met a non-burqueno who's heard of it
Comment by Lauren on November 29, 2007 at 9:14pm
I know I would miss ABQ if I left, but never, ever would I miss The Frontier or Los Cuates. Other places in town, yes, but not those establishments.
Comment by the boy on November 29, 2007 at 9:50pm
But where else will you gawk at the latest trends among angsty teenagers and the homeless? (I have no idea what one does at Los Cuates, having never been. Eats food, maybe?)
Comment by James Tapia on November 30, 2007 at 11:27am
...speaking of New Mexico food outside of New Mexico, there's a pretty good little restaurant in the Lincoln Park Neigborhood of Chicago. It's not bad---sorta reminds me of ABQ, but it's still not like Los Cuates, El Pinto, or Sadies in ABQ. Check out this review from MetroMix a popular Chicago Events Website:

BTW - When I was in the Bay Area, I went to La Ultima and I have to say that I agree with Doug R about the Califirnia style New Mexico food there.
Comment by the boy on November 30, 2007 at 2:29pm
I am a big fan of Hatch green chile enchilada sauce, and finding that at whole foods within walking distance of the campus here made me all kinds of happy
Comment by Kevin on December 2, 2007 at 2:31pm
The next time any of you are in burque, go to I Love Sushi, (San Mateo and Osuna, across from the Giant gas station) and have their New Mexico Roll. It is a sushi roll with essentially a chile relleno in the middle. Don't sully it with any wasabi or soy - just enjoy it as it is. So good.


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