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Favorite Things Friday

Posted: December 7th, 2012 | Author: lexi | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

‘Tis (almost! Don’t panic quite yet, shopping procrastinators) the season for making merry… and, in Albuquerque, there’s no shortage of things to do (and fun to be had), all in the name of the holidays. Take a look at some of the things we’re doing (and eating!) this weekend:

* The first night of Hanukkah is tomorrow–and we totally love these ice menorah cookies at ABC Bakery.

* Did you check out the Holiday Stroll in Old Town tonight? Replete with lines of glowing luminaras and plenty of chances to eat, drink, and listen to music, some of us consider this the official first event of the holiday season. (If you went–tell us about it!)

* The New Mexico Philharmonic presents Handel’s Messiah–a glorious holiday staple since, what, the 1730s?–on December 8 and 9 at Central United Methodist Church.

* The Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico is performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker this weekend–perfect for people with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

* Albuquerque Alpacas–you know, the cute llama-ish animals with super-soft fur–hosts its Open Ranch for the Holiday Season. Not only do you get to browse (and buy) a large selection of alpaca-related goods; you also get to hang out with the alpacas themselves.

* We’re suckers for good biscochitos during the holidays, but we’ll take our cookies with a twist, too (thanks, Walker’s Biscochito Popcorn!). (P.S.: they also have Eggnog flavor. Uh, drool.)

Happy weekend, everyone! What are you up to? Any fun events you want to advertise? Tell us in the comments!

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(Lots of) Favorite Things Friday

Posted: April 23rd, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

The weather may be on the “meh” side right now, but that’s not keeping us from T-ing G it’s F. Why? Well, there are about a million fun things going on this weekend, for one thing. Here are just a few that the ATM staff has been talking about this week:

1: Tonight, ABQ Trolley Co. is presenting its Fourth Friday Sunset Tour. It departs from Old Town (Plaza Don Luis) at 6:30 p.m. (and lasts until about 7:45). For $10 you can check out all the ABQ sights in the city’s only open-air trolley!

2: Runway Apparel Fashion Show: tomorrow (4/24), 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Miss New Mexico, Nicole Miner, hosts a day of fashion wtih hourly prize drawings and a fashion show to promote education and awareness benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Check it out at Runway Apparel (5901-D Wyoming Blvd. NE). I mean, really: is there anything more stylish than supporting a good cause?

3: Downtown Growers’ Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, enjoy some of the area’s freshest local produce, gourmet cheese, pasta, tamales, fry bread, baked goods, and tons of other appetite-whetting goodies at Robinson Park (Central Avenue and Eighth Street).

4: Gathering of Nations Powwow: You definitely don’t want to miss out on North America’s biggest powwow. Traditional dances, entertainment and music, Native American cuisine… the Powwow has it all. It’s today and tomorrow at The Pit.

And we would be totally remiss if we didn’t mention that our own staff photographer, Don James, will be signing copies of his new book, One Nation, One Year, at the powwow. He spent a year in the Navajo Nation, documenting the experience with his camera. It’s the coolest. (Ooh, and please vote for it in Pepsi’s Refresh Everything—if it’s in the top ten vote-getters, the project gets $5K grant to be used in helping promote understanding of the Navajo Nation!)

5: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: Take a hike—for a good cause! On Sunday, 4/25, walk with hundreds of others from Cottonwood Mall to support breast cancer research.

6: Enchantment Pet Resort and Spa: A SPECIAL offer just for you ATM readers who love pooches! This weekend, purchase a bag of any chicken-flavored dry dog food (Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Innova, California Natural, and Flint River Ranch brands, 15 pounds or larger) and get a rubber chicken squeak toy for $1 (they’re usually $8.99). Partake of the goodies at 580 Quantum Rd NE, Rio Rancho, 891-4100.

7: And for sure check out the Galileo: Messenger from the Stars event at Explora on 4/24, 1–3:30 p.m.

So what are you doing this weekend?

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Favorite Things Friday

Posted: March 26th, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: 5 Comments | Post a Comment »

Okay, I admit it. There’s some “TGIF” running rampant over here today. To make the most of it, we wanted to fill you in on some of our the things—in and around Albuquerque—that we’ve been talking about this week.

Pork and Brew: This weekend, you can pig out (pun fully intended) on an unbelievable amount of BBQ and beer at Santa Ana Star Center. The weekend also includes “live entertainment, chain saw carving, fun jumps, pig races, food galore and monster truck rallies.” We’ll be there—you can recognize us by the bibs tied ’round our necks.

Five Guys Burgers: What can we say? We love us some food. And so you may have spied some of the ATM staff  pigging out at the brand-new Five Guys on Paseo. Like burgers? You’ll love ‘em here. Oh, and “the Cajun fries are to die for,” reports ATM’s ad manager, Page.

ATM’s Wedding Showcase: Check out our shameless plug: join other brides-to-be at our Wedding Showcase at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya for an awesome gourmet brunch, tons of giveaways, and the chance to meet one-on-one with of photographers, cake connoisseurs, dress experts, musicians and more who want to do everything to make your special day truly special. It’s just $50 per bride—and you can bring three people with you (including your groom, who can hang out with other grooms-to-be in a beer-and-football lounge!).

Opera and Broadway Open Mic Night: Ever fancied yourself onstage at the Met or starring in “The Phantom of the Opera”? Tonight, from 8 to 10 pm, you can jumpstart your dream at The Roasted Bean Café in Old Town.

So what have you been talking about this week? And what are you up to this weekend?

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Favorite Things Friday: The ATM Reader Version

Posted: January 29th, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: 5 Comments | Post a Comment »

Albuquerque at NightOn Fridays, we love talking about some of the things we’ve been talking about in the ATM offices during the rest of the week—events, products, foods, local newsy stuff, experiences we’re looking forward to. Basically, it’s a weekly recap on the stuff we love about ABQ.

But today’s blog entry is a collaborative effort. We posted a callout on Facebook and Twitter, asking you to send us some of your favorite things and immediately—seriously, two minutes later—got a slew of really fun responses. Not to sound like the cheesiest person in the entire world, but being the recipient of your enthusiasm and optimism about Duke City-area things really added a lot of energy to what had started out as a very gray and sleepy day.

So here are some of your favorite things—and ours, too!

ATM staffers Page, Erin, and Phil are headed to Angel Fire this weekend for the Powderkeg Festival—”Awesome skiing! They got nine inches of snow in the last 48 hours,” says Page.

“I put Comfort Foods’ Green Chile Seasoning in and on just about everything I cook. It’s delicious.” —Jessica, ATM DateBook Editor

“One of my favorite things is Hotel Andaluz’s restaurant Lucia’s GRILLED OYSTERS!” —Ana Liu, via email

Agora Crisis Center for volunteer opportunities and compassionate support!” —Molly Brack, via email

“1. The film industry; 2. Thai temple on Zuni; 3. Tahitian dancing with Mana Tahiti; 4. The NM Marathon; 5. Wesst; 6. Festival of Asian Cultures; 7. The Folk Festival; 8. West African dancing at Maple Street; 9. Talin; 10. The Doggie Dash and Dawdle. I could go on and on… I really love this place.” —Lava Buckley, via email

“A weekly relaxing prenatal message at the Crystal Mountain School of Massage by Kirk Sugars. Awesome place and staff! They have regular massage packages as well.” —Lesley Engee, via Facebook

“One of the things we look forward to every year is the Zoo concert series. They are the best and oh, so Albuquerque. How about the gazillions of wonderful hiking trails we can hit in the summer? The aroma of green chile roasting all over town in the fall; the many wine festivals, the awesome day trips to fabulous sites close to town, including San Antonio, the Jemez Mountains, Madrid, and so many others.” —Conny Nichols, via Facebook

“That you can ski in the morning and play nine holes of golf in the afternoon.” —Joe Diaz, Action 7 News, via Facebook

“Eating at Sadie’s! :) ” —Leigh-Jo Anzures, via Facebook

“The glorious mixing-up of different cultures.” —Will Reichard, via Facebook

“One of my favorite things about ABQ is Souper Bowl, the fund-raiser for the Roadrunner Food Bank. I’ll be there tomorrow, and I hope to see all of you there too!” —Michael Custorelli, via Facebook

Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ.” —Christie Bundy, via Facebook

Just Muffin Around!” —Rafael S. Figueroa, via Facebook

Flying Star for office meetings, NMSO for a bit of culture on a Friday night, and walking in the foothills of the Sandias on a Saturday afternoon.” —Lisa Abeyta, via Facebook

“Ooh, Old Town, Balloon Fiesta,walking in the foothills off Tramway, the Flying Star’s key lime pie, El Pinto salsa, and fresh fruits and veggies from the Los Poblanos farm! And for my favorite beauty products I hit Sephora. :) ” —Jeniffer Davis, 770 KKOB, via Facebook

“The city lights: specifically, the view of the light going Eastbound on I-40, coming from Route 66 Casino!” —Kristelle Siarza, via Facebook

Have anything else to add? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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Favorite Things Friday

Posted: January 22nd, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: 1 Comment | Post a Comment

hottieBlame it on the holidays, blame it on the deadlines, blame it on the rain… t’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been thinking about our favorite things around ABQ. Here are a few of the fun local things our office has been buzzing about:

Cocopotamus: heaven in a truffle. This gourmet chocolate shop (featured in Elle and Vogue) set up its sweet shop in Albuquerque last years. Lucky us: with flavors like Hottie (Mexican cinnamon and chile!), Godfather (Italian espresso!), and Ommm… (chai and orange!), we can continually indulge our inner (and outer) chocoholic.

Albuquerque is named the best city for moviemaking: very cool news (that we’ll be covering in more depth in the magazine soon, too!) about how the city has rocketed past New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, and other big-time film cities to become the nation’s best place for productions.

Our friend Alexis Kerschner compiled a super-awesome list of some Albuquerqueans’ music recommendations that you simply must check out. Your iPod will be stocked for months with good tunes, thanks to the suggestions of these music-minded folks.

Got any of your own ABQ favorites to add? Want to tell us about any great events going on this weekend? Comment away!

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What’s Your Favorite New Gadget?

Posted: January 12th, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: 6 Comments | Post a Comment »

kindle2_front1OK, this post is sort of borne of several thoughts that jumbled together all at once this morning: 1) that our assistant editor, Jenna, said something the other day about needing some audio books to keep her entertained on her long rides back to Las Cruces; 2) that I have a Kindle, and have enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would (though still remain a fan of paper books, and always will, but I admit that there’s something cool about reading entire books on the tablet and even via my iPhone; 3) (and most randomly) there’s also a new e-reader is called “Lexi,” which just struck me as a sort of weird name. But I, of course, am biased on the subject.`

All of which made me think about gadgets of the future, and exciting technology, and what sorts of gadgets you’re more excited about. Besides, at the start of a new decade, it’s natural to envision what tomorrow’s Brave New World could have in store, right?

So what do you think: is there anything out there that’s particularly intriguing to you? Are you smitten with any gadget right now?

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And It’s 2010! What Are Your Resolutions?

Posted: January 2nd, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: 3 Comments | Post a Comment »

noisemkerHere we are, two days into a brand-new decade. How’s 2010 for you so far? My family has spent these 48 hours—rather inauspiciously—with the flu. On the plus side, 2010 can only get better.

A New Year, of course, brings with it all kinds of opportunities to start afresh. One of our advertising execs, Phil, wrote up a few thoughts on resolutions and attaining your goals:

“Why do we wait until the end of the year to commit ourselves to making a change in our lives? A new year often brings a new hope. With that in mind, what resolutions are you making? Getting in shape, losing weight, quitting smoking, being debt free, organizing yourself, or spending more time with family? Hmm… there are so many options.

Whatever your goal, here’s my tip for success. Make your resolution SMART:

Specific: be as detailed as possible about the success you hope to achieve. When you have “I will run five miles a week” as a goal, it’s a lot easier to visualize (and do!) than a vague “I will get in shape.”

Measurable: you have an ultimate goal, but being able to see your success on the way to the goal is important—the more success you have on the way, the more apt you are to meet the end goal.

Attainable: your resolution should be something that requires action on your part. For example, winning the lottery would be great, but it requires a lot of elements that are out of your control.

Realistic: you can have the goal of becoming Brad Pitt’s BFF in 2010, but that’s not exactly, um, realistic.

Timebound: Your resolution needs a starting point, a time-line and an ending point.

With this, you’ll create a lot of small successes that lead you to your ultimate goal, sticking to the resolution you made on January 1.”

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions?

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Enter Our First Annual Short Story Contest

Posted: December 14th, 2009 | Author: lexi | Comments: 3 Comments | Post a Comment »

3476792611_1b90b8a3a8Calling all fiction writers! We’re seeking submissions to our first-ever short story contest. All entries will be judged by well-regarded local authors.

NEW EXTENDED! Deadline: January 25, 2010

Guidelines: The winning author will have his or her work published in Albuquerque The Magazine in late spring 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, phone number, and email address; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2010. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced in April 2010.

Mail submissions to:

Short Story Contest
Albuquerque The Magazine
1550 Mercantile Ave. NE, Top Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87107

You may also email submissions to:

shortstories@abqthemag.com

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The Best of the Best: Please Weigh In!

Posted: December 14th, 2009 | Author: lexi | Comments: 2 Comments | Post a Comment »

_DSC0298Every year, we have a blast putting together our Best of the City issue. This year—our fifth time compiling this monster (weighing in at 340 pages)—was no exception. We bulldozed our way through more than 10,000 reader votes, tallying your favorites for Best Burrito, Best Pizza, Best Local Business Owners, and about 150 more. It’s always so much fun—after all, we spend the rest of the year giving you our suggestions for things to do, places to see, and food to eat in ABQ. Our December/January issue is all about what you like. Then we celebrate the winners with our Best of the City Party (check out some photos here!). This year, more than 80 vendors showed off their goods at Isleta Casino and Resort—food, drink, music, goods, and so much more—all to raise money for Joy Junction.

_DSC0205But now that the craziness of putting together the issue and throwing the party is through, we’d love to hear from you. We’re already thinking about next year’s issue and event, so we’re opening up blog comments so you can tell us what you think. How’d you like the party? What winners were you happy to see featured? Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list this year?

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Attention Sportsfans…

Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: lexi | Comments: 4 Comments | Post a Comment »

2217442974_dda7a8afb7Hooray! After some technical glitches, our blog is back! That’s something to cheer about (at least, that’s what I’m doing right now, in the relative privacy of my office). But speaking of sports (and lots of people are—’tis the season, after all)… surely I can’t be the only one who’s noticing coworkers donning team colors in their everyday wardrobes? And putting up Terrible Towels in their offices (I’m looking at you, Steelers-fan and creative director, Vicki)? Or claiming to be a team’s lucky charm (that’s you, senior advertising executive Alex, whose in-person appearances have apparently inspired Michigan to glory twice now)? And let’s not forget the UNM vs. NMSU rivalry, which is alive and well in our office—let’s just say our ATM Lobos and Aggies have lots of school spirit.

And hey, did you know that just watching sports can apparently improves brain function? (How’s that for a handy excuse?)

Do you have a team? Who are you rooting for? And are your coworkers as sports-minded as mine?

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