What to Do in Albuquerque: Suggestions from UNM English Majors (Part 3)

Students of
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Greetings, Sigma Tau Delta members! As Professional Writing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, we’re looking forward to your visit to our city for the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

“Albuquerque is home to many talented artists whose works can be found in shops and galleries throughout the city. Nob Hill is an eclectic mile-long stretch of Central Avenue (close to the university) where local artisans sell their creations. Ooh Ahh carries high quality, reasonably priced jewelry, while Mariposa Gallery offers jewelry as well as artwork in various media. For higher-end, beautiful designs, Lily Barrack is hard to beat. Local pottery can be found in abundance. A personal favorite of mine is Kelly Jo Designs on 4th Street. She turns and hand paints her pottery using bright, vibrant colors that capture the landscapes and rugged beauty of New Mexico. Krysteen Waszak paints beautiful New Mexico landscapes on canvas as well as on furniture, while Travis Bruce Black has made a name for himself with his mosaic-like watercolors of birds and animals. Both have galleries in Old Town.” (Suggested by Terry Auvenshine)

St. James Tearoom“Step back in time, with friends, to enjoy afternoon tea at the St. James Tearoom. Sit in a nook that accommodates four people, a library that accommodates six people, or out on the patio. You’ll enjoy a leisurely afternoon full of tea and treats. ‘Savories’ like ‘Dr. Black’s Prosciutto-wrapped Fig’ and ‘The Reverend’s Greens’ make up the first course, followed by assorted ‘Breads’ such as ‘The Butler’s Citrus Scone.’ To top it off, ‘Sweets’ include ‘The Murderous Mousse,’ ‘Miss Scarlett’s Red Velvet,’ and many more tasty treats. Choose from three menus that change monthly and include vegetarian and gluten-free options. For reservations, call 505-242-3752. (Suggested by Meralyn Werner)

Taqueria Mexico

Taqueria Mexico

“Here’s what you need to know about New Mexican food. This culinary genre, which is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex (and don’t make the mistake of suggesting that it’s similar to either), is the fuel of the city. Ranging from carne adovada burritos to green chile-topped pizza, New Mexican food is the perfect representation of Albuquerque. But where can you sample this delectable fare? Local ‘Burqueños’ will happily tell you about their best-loved restaurants. Favorites include Sadie’s of New Mexico, El Pinto, Los Cuates, and Garcia’s Kitchen, among many other joints that serve up equally tasty fare. Walking around the Duke City, you’ll find a number of restaurants renowned for their New Mexican cuisine. Want a top-notch green chile cheeseburger covered in roasted green chile? Head over to one of the many locations of Blake’s Lotaburger. Searching for authentic and delicious chile rellenos (a stuffed green chile) and tacos? Stop by Taqueria Mexico, a local favorite nestled in downtown Albuquerque. Or are you craving a breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, cheese, and (of course) chile? Look no further than the Frontier Restaurant, just south of the University of New Mexico.” (Suggested by Mike Mulcahy)

These are just some of the many great things to do in Albuquerque. During the Sigma Tau Delta convention, we’ll be on hand to chat with you and share some more ideas about things to do and places to go. Be sure to look us up and say “hi”!

See you in March!

Be sure to also check out our recommendations in What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 1) and What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 2).

What to Do in Albuquerque: Suggestions from UNM English Majors (Part 2)

Students of
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway

Greetings, Sigma Tau Delta members! As Professional Writing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, we’re looking forward to your visit to our city for the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

“One of the most prominent features in the Duke City, the Sandia Mountains, dominate the eastern edge of Albuquerque with a towering majesty. Boasting an elevation of 10,678 feet at its crest, you’d expect that much. But the best attraction of the Sandias—beyond, perhaps, the natural beauty of the landscape or the rugged features of the terrain—is the Tram. Opened in 1966, the Sandia Peak Tramway is a dramatic way to ascend the soaring slopes of the Sandias. As you climb 4,000 feet in the Tram, a breathtaking 11,000-square-mile view of Albuquerque and the surrounding area unfolds. The 15-minute trip up leads to Sandia Peak, where day or night you’ll encounter dramatic, picturesque views of the entire city and beyond. There’s also a lot to do in the Sandias. Hiking trails attract adventure-seekers during the warmer months, while skiing at the Sandia Peak Ski Area is the main attraction during the winter. And if you’re hungry after the trip up and all of the subsequent excursions, High Finance Restaurant is the premier dining spot at the peak, offering a variety of food to accompany the spectacular views.” (Suggested by Mike Mulcahy)

Garduno's at Old Town“For a breakfast treat, I recommend Garduño’s at Old Town Restaurant & Cantina in Hotel Albuquerque (near Old Town). Everything on the menu is very typical of New Mexican cuisine; however, everyone who comes to Albuquerque should try the famous New Mexico Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes. They’re delicious and nutritious! And you can’t find them anywhere else but here.” (Suggested by Dulce Cervantes)

El Pinto“A cultural experience awaits you at El Pinto Restaurant, complete with Western performers, Native American art and jewelry, Southwestern food, and famous salsa. Come see the picturesque patio of this mansion-like restaurant and enjoy a margarita. The restaurant started in a small single-room building, and 19 years later, it now seats 1,200. You can sit in one of five patios, three indoor dining rooms, or the cantina to enjoy your meal. Who knows, you could even see a celebrity who may be in town! George Strait, Katy Perry, Mel Gibson, and various other celebrities have visited El Pinto. If you request in advance, you can even take a tour of their 5,000 square foot chile roasting manufacturing facility. Green chile is the heart of the New Mexican culture. El Pinto uses 120 tons of chiles a year and typically have roasting demonstrations in the front of the building next to the gorgeous walkway. Listen to live music while sitting on the patio and smell the teasing scents arising from the kitchen. During the cooler months, enjoy the cozy warmth of the fireplace in the enclosed patio. Be sure to taste the authentic New Mexican flavors of the internationally famous El Pinto Salsa. Your taste buds will dance and sing with the exquisite experience that is El Pinto.” (Suggested by Enoch Platero)

Be sure to also check out our recommendations in What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 1).

What to Do in Albuquerque: Suggestions from UNM English Majors (Part 1)

Students of
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Albuquerque!

Greetings, Sigma Tau Delta members! As Professional Writing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, we’re looking forward to your visit to our city for the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

There are many great things to do in Albuquerque, and we’d like to offer some suggestions about food, shopping, and entertainment while you’re in town.

Ready? Let’s go!

“Albuquerque is rich with history, and what better place to discover it than historic Old Town? Old Town is a plaza that contains everything from old souvenir shops to high-end galleries. You’ll get your pick of beautiful turquoise jewelry and Native American pottery. Don’t forget to take pictures in the historic gazebo in the heart of Old Town or to visit the beautiful San Felipe Church, Albuquerque’s oldest building. You absolutely cannot leave Old Town without visiting a very important and unique shop: The Candy Lady. This woman has been making candy for decades here in Old Town and you’ve never seen candy like it.” (Suggested by Cassandra Baldonado)

From left to right: San Felipe de Neri Church (credit: MarbleStreetStudio.com), Old Town Plaza Gazebo (credit: MarbleStreetStudio.com), and The Candy Lady

From left to right: San Felipe de Neri Church (credit: MarbleStreetStudio.com), Old Town Plaza Gazebo (credit: MarbleStreetStudio.com), and The Candy Lady

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

“If you’re looking for some late night excitement, try Old Town’s ghost tour, held nightly at 8 p.m. You’ll learn about the many curious unexplained phenomena associated with the site. Call for reservation (505-246-8687). For an interesting daytime activity, head over to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It’s a nice museum with a collection of artifacts related to the culture and history of the Pueblo people. Some artifacts and pottery date back more than a thousand years. The Center also has an art gallery, a restaurant, and a large gift shop, and you can watch demonstrations of Native dances. If you’re lucky to be in Albuquerque on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening, you can enjoy live music on the patio while you sample fresh and authentic Native American food. In addition, the courtyard offers live Native American dances every weekend.” (Suggested by Ana Cobos)

Lindy's Diner

Lindy’s Diner

“While you’re in Albuquerque, how about a trip to the library? No, not that library. I’m talking about the Library Bar and Grill, a great place for nightlife within walking distance of the convention center. When the dancing ends and you want a little something to snack on, look no farther than one street over where Lindy’s Diner is open till 3 a.m. Within easy walking distance from every club in the downtown area, Lindy’s is convenient and affordable, and the food is amazing. Serving a variety of foods including Spanish and Mediterranean, Lindy’s Diner has a lot of history. It opened in 1929, and was first known as the Coney Island Café! With a friendly staff that will be more than happy to accommodate you after a night out, Lindy’s can’t be beat!” (Suggested by Victoria Chacon)

“Looking for some outdoors action? Head over to Routes Bicycle Rental & Tours to rent a bike and take a peaceful uninterrupted bike ride through the Bosque (a forested area) along the Rio Grande. Although located inside urban territory, this trail provides a great ride with excellent scenery. For another great way to exercise in town, head over to Stone Age at 4130 Cutler St. and have a go at indoor rock climbing.” (Suggested by Isaiah Jordan)

El Patio“There are plenty of good restaurants in Albuquerque, but for the best New Mexican cuisine head to El Patio, an old house-turned-restaurant in the university area. The secret to El Patio is, of course, its lovely little patio, complete with Spanish guitarist for dinner entertainment. Everything on the menu is amazing but check out their combination plates for the full range of New Mexican food. Anything with green chile will be a life changing experience, but their chile is on the spicy side, so beware! You can’t go wrong with the green chile chicken enchiladas, an Albuquerque favorite. For dessert, go to Old Town and visit The Candy Lady, where you can choose from eighteen kinds of fudge. But since you’re in Albuquerque, you’ll really have to try the green chile chocolate fudge. Eat it slowly and marvel over the brilliant idea of bringing spicy green chile and sweet milk chocolate together.” (Suggested by Marie Dosanjh)

Be sure to also check out our recommendations in What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 2).