A few of my favorite (burque) things



For reasons that will remain my own I wanted to spend at least part of this lovely day, early in September on my own. Leaving the house at the uncharacteristic hour of nine, I began my morning with breakfast at the Chocolate Bakery and Café’. I did not take a photograph at the café’ as the usually cheerful and friendly mood of the restaurant was spoiled by a young man (employee) with a sad little “I am hip beard-let” skulking about the place like a bored teenager, just what I supposed he was. But a change of seat removed this child from my sight and I enjoyed my usual; a handheld breakfast burrito, no cheese, all green, egg whites only with a single chocolate pancake no chocolate chips or sauce. I love how they don’t even blink at me when I get all “When Harry met Sally” at the wait staff . . . I just get what I want the way I want it.

After fortifying myself thus, I drove down central to the botanic garden, a spot that is beyond lovely at this time of year, plus it is cool and quite with the school-age children notably absent.

The gardens are in bloom with many birds visiting and the butterflies in the butterfly pavilion very active in the cool morning air. (The butterfly pavilion is open till September 30th so you have not missed it yet.


I love the botanic garden (can’t bring myself to call it the “bio-park” what an idiotic name) when I moved to burque in ’90 the best one could do for a public garden was (as then) Mrs. Peck’s daylilies around the

president’s house at UNM (worth a look if you have never been).


I believe it is the equal in its way of botanic gardens that have been around for decades. The old farm is charming right now with heavenly blue morning glories covering the gate to the kitchen garden and the roses are in rebloom. Today a trio of roadrunners were visiting the rose garden and eating the rosehips.


It is hard to believe the Japanese Garden is only a year old, it is coming along splendidly and the plating choices that have been made to give the feel of a Japanese garden while using plants better adapted to the dessert are inspired.


I spied three tiny yellow birds bathing in a trio of fountains, the urn-type I had always wondered what possible use there is for a jar with water slowly overflowing from it, now I know . . .





After walking the length of the garden I drove back up Lomas for Lunch at the Model pharmacy, I am ashamed to admit that I did not even try this wonderful slice of the past till recent years but now I am a regular, they serve food from another time with a modern sensibility and to use my favorite word again, charming. The trio of waitresses is always friendly and seeming to have a great time, this is the place to take your Grandma or remember her. The best old fashion soda fountain in town and if you have been sadly disappointed by the lack of quality found at the Rt 66, you will find what you seek here.


I love our town, love how it has grown (in some aspects) and kept it’s small town appeal, get yourself a Garden/zoo membership and you will never lack a quiet and pretty stroll, forgo those nasty chain restaurants around the googolplex and eat something made by humans and not processed in Detroit, have some time just for yourself with your city.

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Comment by Celine on September 5, 2008 at 2:42pm
P.S a word on using the "float text around image" choice when loading images - don't.
Comment by mombat on September 5, 2008 at 2:57pm
The botanic garden opened the year we moved back. Ithas grown up with our kids. I have enjoyed watching the trees mature and the addition of new exhibits.
Those photos are great. I have no issues with the floating text.
Comment by JMG on September 5, 2008 at 8:23pm
Those pictures are beautiful! Who from anywhere else would guess that was Albuquerque?
Comment by jeff on September 5, 2008 at 9:58pm
my thought exactly jmg.
Comment by dolores on September 6, 2008 at 9:58am
Thanks for the beautiful post. It reminded me that I dont go to the Botanical Gardens nearly enough.I have not even seen the farm. Where is it?
I too love the Model Pharmacy for the exact same reasons.It's a classy little place
Sounds like you have a great day
Comment by Celine on September 6, 2008 at 12:42pm
The farm is way in the back, pass between the Mediterranean and South American conservatories and continue down the path, you will see a small sign for the Japanese garden and Farm . . . these areas were added in th last few years so they are reached by a little path along the seasons gardens. They are in the North end of the park.
Comment by Celine on September 6, 2008 at 12:44pm
Oh, and before the Arizona developers came and made mcmansions with no landscaping save rocks, Albuquerque was quite a green city (look at the older neighborhoods), I live in Ridgecrest and we have lots of lovely green.
Comment by dolores on September 6, 2008 at 1:49pm
Does anyone know if they allow you to bring a blanket and lounge about on the grass cat napping and reading in the sun
Comment by Brendan on September 6, 2008 at 2:23pm
Dolores- We've had many a picnic at the Botanic Garden. They even recommend it for the music nights.
Comment by dolores on September 6, 2008 at 3:40pm
Excellent. I have always wondered about that, because they sell food, and I was thinking they might try to coerce you into buying it, by not letting you bring food in.
Can you spread out on any old grassy knoll, or are there designated areas.
I appreciate you posting this info Brendan Thanks

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