Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Adios, Quirkyville

I am leaving Albuquerque. I am leaving New Mexico. I am leaving the Land of Enchantment that I love. I am headed to Washington, D.C. to bolster communications for Atlas Economic Research Foundation. It's a bittersweet move - although I am more than ready to make it (my moving van is now 2 days late).

There is no organization I would rather work for than Atlas, but leaving the Land of Enchantment is almost heartbreaking. I love this place. I love the people.

In my absence, I wish everyone well and truly hope the politics and safety improve through the efforts of those who truly believe in liberty, because this is a magical place.

And I plan to take Hal Stratton's advice. He said, "Go, get the job done, then come home." And that's what I plan to do.

Until then.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Got Milk?

Anybody want a milk mustache?!

To encourage moms to focus on family time and set the table with milk to help build a strong family, the national "got milk?®" Milk Mustache Mobile Tour is traveling coast-to-coast to celebrate those special moments that families share around the dinner table.

And guess what?!?! They are coming to Albuquerque this weekend!

Saturday, March 20: Rio Grande Zoo from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 21: Cottonwood Mall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. AND 2 – 4 p.m.
Monday, March 22: Albuquerque Aquarium from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year's theme is about building strong families. A recent survey found that most Americans are not regularly sitting down for dinner – and kids are missing out on some big benefits that include better grades, leaner weights and more nutritious diets. You can find more information on whymilk.com.

I don't know about you, but I love milk. In fact, I am drinking a glass right now! Cheers!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Souper Bowl, Roadrunner Food Bank, Albuquerque

It was a cupcake of an event. Literally.

Icing was available for the asking, and cupcakes too, but that wasn't the focus of last month's fundraising event at the Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The focus was soup. Lots and lots of soup. Creamy this and meaty that, and vegetarian variations too. I had no idea I could get full so quickly. After all, the bowls were sample-size, but that didn't seem to make any difference since there were dozens of soup samplings to taste!

My favorite, hands down, is Kelly's Creamy Green Chili Chicken Soup. I swear it's like pure cream with just the right amount of green chili tossed in around huge chunks of moist chicken breast. I literally crave it now, on a daily basis. And although that would normally not be a huge temptation, since I can walk to Kelly's in about 3 minutes, it's become a real challenge.

The Mayor was there, he made his 1 minute comment. The band was delightful. The people came in droves (thankfully we were part of the first wave of about 50 people and moved through that place at lightening speed - after all, there were chocolate covered strawberries to find).

I would recommend this annual event to anyone and everyone. Dress warm, the warehouse is on the cool side at the beginning of the event, but it warms up as the day progresses.

Kudos to the organizers, the shuttles were there before you even had your car parked, ready and waiting to transport you to the venue. The layout allowed people to move through the booths easily and lines to form without blocking traffic too much. And voting was easy as pie.

My one "hmmm" was over the silent auction tickets. The pricing was such that someone who wanted to spend $40, wouldn't. They would tuck one of those $20 bills back in their pocket, because whether you spent $20 or $40, you got the same number of tickets for the silent auction. If you spent $50, you tripled the number of tickets, but how many people want to spend $50? I think they could have made a lot more money if they had put a bit more thought into their ticket pricing.

Anyway, I loved every minute, slurped every soup, licked the icing off several cupcakes, dropped 10 tickets into the silent auction chests (no call yet, guess I didn't win) and left with a $20 bill in my pocket. It was a souper event.

And Starbucks, I can't forget Starbucks! They had coffee waiting for us as we arrived to stand in line early, and then throughout the day. Thank you, thank you!

And all for a good cause, feeding those whose current situation makes it difficult to even have bread.

How lucky we are.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blog CPR Beginning

It's been over 3 months since I last posted to The Q (on the QT) and whether anyone has missed me or not, I have missed blogging here. (Yes, I have blogged elsewhere, but not much AND I have just done some serious blogosphere spring cleaning and deleted several of my other blogs - yet another indication of how much I really enjoyed this one, since it's still here!)

So the bad news is, if you don't care, I'm back anyway! And the good news is that the Blog CPR was successful, we have survived a long break and I am returning...with gusto.

My thoughts on Things in and around Albuquerque will resume post haste.

Let the blogging begin, again!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Q 's Mayor Elect R.J. Berry

It's been way too long since I have blogged here, and I have a pile of "Blog about this on QontheQT" notes to prove it. I have a lot of catching up to do. Let that be a warning, blogging is about to get crazy. Life finally settled down a bit.

But  today I want to start my return to Q-blogging with Mayor Elect R.J. Berry, the recently elected Mayor-To-Be of Albuquerque, and the first fiscally conservative, common sense, Republican and TALL Mayor the Duke City has elected in over a quarter of a century.

Talk about CHANGE!

He didn't just squeeze by, he nailed this election which is appropriate for someone in the construction business. And he also has a conservative Council to work with, it just gets better and better!

Thank you to the voters for recognizing the need for change. Thank you to Mayor Elect Berry for his common sense approach to governance and for working his tall-self off during the campaigning.

And thanks to those who are leaving office who have served the City of Albuqueruqe selflessly and honorably.

And to quote the Mayor Elect: "Common sense in nonpartisan." What a concept; Turkey Town is about to see how government should work.

The Q has a new Mayor. Let the real enchantment begin!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Why go to Santa Fe for hotel ambiance when you can wander into the Hotel Albuquerque and feel as if you are there?

The New Mexico Turn Around Conference was held at the Hotel Albuquerque this past week and it was my first time in the recently renovated hotel. I was impressed.

Located in Old Town Albuquerque, the Old Town Hotel exemplifies “Albuquerque Style,” a unique blend of New Mexico’s Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultural influences and was listed in the April 2001 issue of Travel + Leisure as one of “25 Stylish Hotels under $200.”

Q-bar was the place to be at night and the live music was great. From their website: "Voted 'Albuquerque's Best Happy Hour' venue 3 years in a row and 'Best Ladies Night Out.' This multi-venue bar is Albuquerque's most sophisticated and ultra-chic hot spot."
I would recommend Hotel Albuquerque for lunch at CafĂ© Plazuela & Cantina, or a conference/meeting or an overnight stay; no matter the reason you won't go wrong at this venue when looking for the ambiance and spirit of old New Mexico.

Hotel Albuquerque just enhances the enchantment of New Mexico....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery, Albuquerque, NM

The night couldn't have been more perfect. It was warm enough to sit in shirt sleeves but just cool enough that the crackling fire behind our table provided a soothing warmth. Located within the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Pueblo Harvest Cafe &  Bakery serves breakfast and lunch on Sunday and Monday, but expands to include dinner service for the remainder of the week. With the fresh air of patio dining, also featuring live music for entertainment, I think the Cafe is destined to become one of my favorite places.

There is over 1000 sf of dining area on the main floor, and another 1000 sf of private dining room space upstairs, Pueblo Harvest Cafe can accomodate any size party.

Last night we gathered to celebrate several birthdays as we enjoyed the casual ambiance on the outdoor patio. And we weren't the only group who chose the Cafe for their birthday celebration, there were at least two other groups of 10 -15 that also celebrated last night. The entertainment was phenomonal, with Hillary Smith's amazing vocals rocking the house for several hours.

The food was good (we had the amazing appetizer nachos) and reasonably priced. Others had various main courses and everyone raved about their selections. Some in our party tried the Green Chili Beer and found it 'interesting'. Let's just say she didn't order a second of the same variety, having satisfied her curiosity with the first.

In the words of the Cafe management: "Our Native-Fusion cuisine is inspired by the traditions and ingredients cultivated by our ancestors. We bring to the table, 25 years of experience and we are enthusiastic about crafting delicious food that will bring diners back to us again and again.”

There was a selection of bakery goods that looked irresistable, but somehow we resisted. Next time I doubt we will have as much control.

My friends and I  wandered over to the Gift Shop, which was closing before 6 PM, so we were disappointed and saved our dollars. They might consider leaving the Gift Shop open a bit later when someone like Hillary Smith is going to be there and a crowd can be expected.

All in all, it was a lovely night with good folks, great music, bubbly drinks and a comfortably classy but affordable venue. I would recommend the Pueblo Harvest Cafe to anyone, and will also add that if you have a chance to see Hillary Smith live - do it! She's amazing, as were the musicians behind her.