Favorite Things Friday: The ATM Reader Version

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

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!


  1. Ashley Drake Gephart
    January 29, 2010

    Elena Gallegos Park. I love the Cottonwood Springs Trail with the artwork by Margie O’Brien which leads to a wildlife blind. Also, the “Five Stones of Elena Gallegos” by Billie Walters.

  2. Liz Blankenhorn
    January 29, 2010

    Summer nights at Isotopes park drinking a beer. The smell of roasting green chile in the fall. Golden Pride burrito #1. The Sandias at sunset. And being able to watch every Denver Bronco game on regular TV- no special cable package required.

  3. Bob Lange
    January 29, 2010

    Green Chili Cheeseburgers, Tamales, Green Chicken Enchilladas, Carne Adovada, uh, did you mean besides food? Balloon Fiesta, The Tram, kickin’ it at the zoo..Frontier, Flying Star, Sadies, Oh dang I’m back on food.Mmmm.

  4. Jessica Magnant
    January 29, 2010

    Summer walks/jogs down by the river. Balloon Fiesta. Sandia’s at sunset. Albuquerque city lights at night with stars you can actually see. The smell of green chile in the fall…heck green chile period. And the rivalry between the cowboys and broncos fans every sunday! –Liz that one goes out to you 😉

  5. Michael Cusortelli
    January 31, 2010

    The Souper Bowl was — in a word — super! It’s amazing how much a person can eat by just taking small samples of different types of soups!
    My favorite — the seafood chowder from Cyprus Grille at the Embassy Suites. The mini sundaes served up by The Chocolate Cartel were pretty good too!