Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Have you seen the news lately? In the last week, a payload-carrying Russian rocket exploded in space, one of the worst coal mine disasters in Turkey unfolded, and in Nigeria, the search continues for a group of abducted schoolgirls.

Meanwhile, in the Land of Enchantment, the tourism department is busy trying to find the best breakfast burrito in New Mexico.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll agree that the stakes are high in the search. Seriously, our burritos are that good. But don’t take our word for it—get out and taste your way to contentment, but don’t forget to vote for your favorite by May 18. If you’re able to shake the burrito-induced lethargy, feel free to check out a few must-do ABQ activities this weekend.

The Scot Spot

When was the last time you donned a kilt?

Rarely is there a better time to do so in ABQ than at the Rio Grande Celtic Festival, where the average Joe or Jane can get a crash course in Celtic culture.

The event starts at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday at 9 a.m. and includes festive rounds of Celtic dancing, ABQ microbrews, bagpiping, Irish hurling, and Gaelic football. If you fancy your skills on the strings, there will also be a harp playing competition. Meanwhile, bakers will face-off to see who makes the best Scot-inspired shortbread.

For those of us neither here nor there, the event will feature a car show for British classic vehicles, as well as performances by Clan Tynker—a family of vaudeville-esque performers—will put on a show with poi, fire, juggling, and everything in between. So what are you waiting for, laddie?

Get Some Fly Fishing Facetime

Albuquerque has plenty to offer in terms of topography—water, however, isn’t a big part of it.

So when the opportunity to learn how to fly fish arises on Saturday, consider getting hooked on Charlie’s Fly Fishing Workshop—it’s a primer into the niche world of fly fishing through activities that teach knot work, rigging, casting, equipment selection, and proper water reading techniques.

You may not be “the fish whisperer” by the end of the class, but at least you’ll have oodles of techniques to hone out in the field… er, stream. Each section will be taught by experienced fly fishers who don’t mind hanging around afterwards to answer questions.

Children 8-12 can partake in a “casting obstacle course” to put their skills to the test, and can make their own Japanese fish prints as well. The event takes place on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sandia High School. Admission is $30.

The Feast From the East

Well, delicious food vendors will only be part of the 15th Annual Festival of Asian Cultures.

The Sunday celebration is primarily devoted to celebrating the sacrifices and devotion of Asian-American veterans—and veterans in general—who chose to put down roots in New Mexico. That includes Hawaiian, Thai, Pacific Islander, and Chinese cultures, to name a few.

Dancing, face painting, music, and educational tents and booths await visitors who’d like to pay homage to Asian heritage in New Mexico (and have fun in the process). The bash is hosted by the Asian American Association of New Mexico, and starts at 10:30 a.m. at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial Park.