On Friday I had a brilliant idea that my husband and I should go bike riding the next morning with some family. It had been raining on Friday so I wasn't sure if it was going to pan out but it sounded like so much fun. Saturday morning came and it was still sprinkling so we decided to wait until about 10:30 to head out. By that time it was perfect, still overcast but the rain had stopped and the clouds were covering the sun keeping it nice and cool. We decided to hit the Paseo Del Bosque Recreation Trail at the Alameda entrance. It was so nice to be doing something outside finally that I couldn't help but smile the whole ride. The view was very nice too and it will just get better as summer arrives and everything turns green again.

There were so many different types of people on the trail from the pros to the amateurs like us. Everyone was very nice and most said hello as you passed which made the ride even more pleasant. I couldn't help but smile even as I huffed and puffed my way through parts of the trail. We rode for about 3 miles and then the little ones that were in tow needed to get back to the car so we headed back. We rode a total of about 6 miles and it felt great! I can't wait to get back out there and I would love to see more smiling faces out there too! Even if you don't have a bike, go out for a stroll and enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. This trail is really nice because there are no motorized vehicles so we felt much safer than on some of the other trails in town. The link about is to the bike trail map for Albuquerque, check it out and pick one that you want to try!

On Monday morning my husband and I went in search of a small cafe that a friend had told us about. After driving around the area for about 15 minutes we finally found the Panza Llena Cafe which is located at 3225 Girard Boulevard NE. It is set pretty far back from the road so it is easily missed unless you know where you are going. I have included a map as well just in case that helps more than the address.

This cafe is pretty small with only 7 tables and a breakfast bar that seats about 8. You could tell as soon as you walk in that this is a place that people go to regularly. The menu is pretty small but it is easy to find something that looks good. I chose the breakfast burrito with green chili and my husband got the huevos rancheros. What I loved about the food is you could tell that everything was cooked right there. The tortillas were fresh and they even cook everything right behind the breakfast bar so you can see everything they are doing to make your food. I also really liked that they used chopped green chili which had really good flavor to it for my breakfast burrito. The potatoes that they used were really good too. They were seasoned well with pepper and were also cooked just right, not too crispy and not too soft. My husband also really enjoyed his huevos rancheros, the eggs were cooked to just his liking and the chili that they used on his plate had just enough kick. We were thoroughly satisfied with our meals and even more so when we got the check. For both of us it was only $13. Most of the items on the menu are very reasonably priced and the portion sizes were very good too. The portions weren't too large and they weren't too small either. I want to try their lunch menu which sounds really good as well. They have a pot roast lunch with green or red chili which sounds yummy. They are only open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 1:30pm but if you can make it out there during these times I would definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading! You guys are awesome!

ABQ City Girl

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Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on April 23, 2010 at 1:11pm
LOVE Panza Llena! It's such a top secret type place... Greasy Spoon where the food is cooked with love.
Comment by Benny the Icepick on April 23, 2010 at 1:51pm
Thanks for the run-down, ACG!

Just a note to my fellow cyclists, since it's something that always comes up as the weather warms up and people take to the trails en masse again: Remember to respect your fellow trail users! When passing, always give plenty of notice, pass slowly and with care, and don't forget to say hello to the people you pass. We're all people just out to take in the great scenery, so let's be civil and civic-minded.

The Bosque is such a great attraction - a facility deserving of its many awards as one of the best Multi-Use Paths in the country. This time of year, though, it gets so crowded I often like to stay away and hit some of the other paths. The North Diversion Channel offers a completely different feel - the back side of industry - plus it's high enough that it affords some really spectacular views of the city and the mountains. Plus it runs right through the middle of your map there - you could take it right to Panza Llena!
Comment by Benny the Icepick on April 23, 2010 at 1:53pm
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't link to the city's interactive bike map! Really great resource for planning your next outing.
Comment by ABQ City Girl on April 23, 2010 at 2:25pm
Thanks for your input Benny! On a side note, lets all remember to be safe while out cycling and wear our helmets and other protective gear!
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on April 23, 2010 at 9:22pm
Grumpy, that's so funny! I've been going there for about 6 or 7 years, and only told my wife about it last year.
Comment by Sarahjmd on April 24, 2010 at 4:59pm
I love Panza Llena. I ran into a friend from high school there. No big deal? Well, we both went to HS in Iselin, NJ. I didn't even know she lived in NM. I have since lost touch with her. Does anyone know a Laura Deming, from NJ?
Comment by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 25, 2010 at 10:18am
I enjoyed reading this, thanks for posting it. The Bosque is a treasure, it's true. Thanks also to Benny about the civility thing; I'm pleased that most people on the trails here, pedestrians and bike folk alike, take the time to say hello and smile.


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