New in Nob Hill! Nu Asia Vegan is the latest in restaurants showcasing the amazing things chefs do with vegetables. Try all-you-can-eat vegan sushi, seven days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as other vegan specialties: tempura, tofu, soy crab, bulgogi and more. Owner Philip Esparza is from the Philippines, his two partners, Hkung S. Maran and Brang Jangma, from Myanmar. The trio has developed an extensive pan-Asian menu. Call 505.508.1908.
More Nob Hill news—Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill is serving up produce grown in its very own urban garden. This women-owned business now has a women-run urban farm. Farmers Paloma Sanchez and Gretchen Garcia constructed a 60-foot raised bed, filled it with organic soil and compost and planted chiles, tomatoes, cucumbers, every herb imaginable, watermelons, eggplants, squash, fig trees, etc. “We are taking a farm-to-table approach here at Yanni’s to educate our customers on the importance of organic, natural and non-GMO foods,” says Yanni’s co-owner Nicole Martinez. “We hope to partner with UNM’s sustainability program next spring and hope to have a summer camp for young children by next summer.” Watch the Yanni’s Facebook page for photos and the latest farm-to-table treats. Continue reading
Raise a glass to Kate Gerwin, winner of the prestigious title of Bols Bartending World Champion 2014, following a sensational Bols Around the World grand final in Amsterdam last month. Gerwin prevailed with her Brown Chicken, Brown Cacao cocktail, made with Bols Crème de Cacao Brown, Bols Natural Yoghurt liqueur, spiced almond milk and walnut bitters. The inspiration for the drink was a classic American cocktail, the Smith and Curran, which was invented during the 1950s oil boom in Bismarck, North Dakota. Visit bols.com for the recipe and more. (And visit Local Flavor each month to see Kate’s coverage of the Duke City restaurant scene.) Nice job, Kate! Continue reading
Albuquerque craft brews collected medals at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Denver last month: Rio Rancho’s Cazuela’s Mexican Grill and Brewery (a bronze for its Oatmeal Stout), Il Vicino Brewing Co. (silver for its Coffee Stout), and Marble Brewery (gold for its Pilsner). Add the accolades to the new breweries popping up, it’s no wonder that Livability.com ranked Albuquerque as the best mid-sized city for beer in the country. According to the editors, Albuquerque is “known for its cultural diversity, authentic landscapes and genuine characters––and that extends to its brews.” I’ll raise a pint to that! Continue reading
Trolley season begins April 1in Albuquerque. Yep, this month marks five years of Albuquerque Trolley tours of the Duke City. A big change to tours this year, too: Buy your tickets online at abqtrolley.com or visit the box office inside the new boarding location, the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Congrats to Jesse Herron and Mike Silva for this tourist- and local-pleasing activity that’s drawing notice, especially for the “Breaking Bad” thematic trips to notable locations from the award-winning AMC series. See you on board! Continue reading
Thank you to everyone who participated in our reader survey—we loved your colorful comments and insightful suggestions. Congratulations to Fionna Buck, who won a cool $250 in the survey drawing (and even promised to spend every penny of it in her favorite restaurants)!
Chris Medina, Michael Wewerka and David Boyd, the partners behind burger joint Holy Cow in East Downtown are very close to opening their newest restaurant, Gravy, in the old Milton’s space, across from Holy Cow. The menu at the upscale diner menu will reflect the space—comfort food with a sophisticated twist, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer and wine will be served, and it will be open seven days a week. We look forward to seeing the custom work and enjoy the next project from this talented group. Continue reading
What’s hot, what’s not, who’s in, who’s out…that’s the buzz!
February abounds with thoughts of love in the Duke City. Some of those thoughts come from Tamarind Institute’s online exhibition and sale Dear Valentine. Buy your sweetie a limited edition work of art from notable artists like Garo Antreasian, Tom Berg, Valerie Hammond and May Stevens. The exhibition and sale both run until Valentine’s Day. Visit tamarind.unm.edu to take a peek or make a purchase.