Albuquerque NM: The road passes the University of New Mexico; if you're hungry (and if you can find a parking place, which is tough), stop at the Frontier Restaurant, a classic student dive across from campus, and order a Fiesta Burger. About half the population of New Mexico has had one at one time or another, and it'll seem like they're all in line ahead of you, but that's the way "local color" works.
Albuquerque coffee & custard: Excellent coffee can be found just south of Nob Hill at Michael Thomas Coffee, who roasts beans on the premises from all over the world. Have a cup and take some beans to go, then venture back toward the University of New Mexico's (UNM) campus for frozen custard straight out of the Midwest. Lighter than ice-cream, eggier than gelato, frozen custard is just right for the summer heat.
Albuquerque, New Mexico giant rattlesnake made of rocks along I 125 Address: University Blvd., Albuquerque, NM Directions: Take Exit 220 from I-25 to Rio Bravo. Turn East on Rio Bravo and go to University Blvd, only about 0.2 mi. The snake is to the right on University Blvd, just beyond the intersection.
I lived in New Mexico for almost 5 years while I attended the University of New Mexico and then taught middle school. While there I fell deeply and madly in love with New Mexican cuisine…and yes, people, New Mexican food is different from Mexican food. I had calabacitas for the first time at my favorite [Read More]