23 July 2009
Henry McCarty aka William Bonney aka.... Billy the Kid.
I've written about him before here:
A simple young man from New York who's family found their way to Silver City, NM.
His adventures became legendary thanks to the pulp westerns of the time. His name has become a pop culture phenomenon.
His adentures, true or not also mean big bu$ine$$ to the state of New Mexico, so much so that the sate has launched a Billy the Kid website here:
It is a very cool site loaded with info on Billy's adventures in the state and the cast of characters that surrounded him.
Also, here is a cool interview with Drew Gomber, foremost Billy the Kid expert who talks about the actual events of Billy's escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse:
August 7, 8 and 9th is the Billy the Kid parade in Lincoln, NM and the performance of The Escape of Billy the Kid pageant.
Hope you can make it.
22 July 2009
I'm sure as you have scanned your 500 channels on cable or Dish you have come across the Food Network.
Chef Bobby Flay has a program called THROWDOWN, where he challenges local chefs.
Tonights show had him challenging Bobby Olguin from the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, New Mexico, 85 miles north of Albuquerque .
The challenge: who can make the best chile cheeseburger.
Yes, I said 'chile'. Chili is what you get in Texas and Oklahoma....LOL...where they eat it with a spoon....LOLOLOL and not tor-tee-uhs..... I'm killin' me!!!!
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby.... being the fancy schmancy chef he is, he used two special chile's, red wine vinegar, olive oil, gourmet cheese and pickled onions...LOL...where did he think he was...Santa Fe???? LOLOLOL
Needless to say... the judges awarded Bobby Olguin's as best green chile cheeseburger.
His secret? Hatch, NM green chili of course. Basic, simple and DELICIOUS. I often say 'green chile will make ANYTHING taste better'.
McDonalds in New Mexico serve green chile as a condiment -- making their burgers actually edible!!
Also of note is the Bobcat Bite up near Santa Fe, NM. Both restaurants have been nationally recognized by the likes of GQ Magazine and Marlboro.com.
If you missed the episode it will be re-broadcast on 2 August on the Food Network at 9pm MST.
Good job Bobby Olguin!!
Want your own green chile, order it from
21 July 2009
In case you missed it Friday, CNN did a travel piece on NM 14 aka The Turquoise Trail.
NM 14 is a scenic by-way that runs from Santa Fe to just north of Albuquerque. You can start at either end really.
I REALLY like this drive. If starting out from the south [Albuquerque] make sure you start with a stop a Tinkertown, a folk art museum that has been around 40 years. I have a link at right to Tinkertown's website or check out my blog post here:
After Tinkertown, continue your drive up the back way to Sandia Peak. What a view! Don't forget to have a green chili cheeseburger on the patio at the snack bar 10,678 feet above sea level -- what a view!
On your way back down, take the turn off to Placitas and visit the Sandia Man Cave, evidence of which proved Sandia Man to be older then Folsom Man by 5,000 years:
..or was it.
Archeologists would later come to the conclusion Sandia Man was faked by archeologist Frank C Hibben. He proclaimed his innocence until 2002 when he passed away:
Continue north to MADdrid, NM, a town featured in the film WILD HOGS.
MADrid, NM was originally a railroad and gold mining town that eventually fell into ruin and became a ghost town until artists moved in, in the 1970s. Since then they have turned the town around and created a cool and funky artsy place with shops and galleries, not at all as pretentious as Santa Fe.
Make sure you stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern for some blue corn green chili chicken enchildas....mmmmm!!!
As you continue north to Santa Fe there is a place I have yet to find [except on GOOGLE EARTH] called the Eaves Movie Ranch.
The ranch is bascially a western town created for movie and tv production back in the 1970s. I have not been there yet as the road to the ranch is not well marked. I'm not sure if that is intentional or not. Their website does not mention if the western town is open to the public or not.
I do know that the Thirsty Ear Music Festival, a folk festival is held there every summer but I have not yet been to it.
As you continue to Santa Fe you will pass the NM State Pen, site of one of the grisliest and most violent prison riots in US history:
The prison is now abandoned and used as a movie set [The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler] and a new maximum prison built near by.
At the end of the Turquoise Trail lies the Santa Fe Brewing Company, my favorite place to see a live band. You can have a meal and even try a micro brew. I like the pale ale.
All in all a cool day trip.
13 July 2009
The pair would re-team for another comedy called HOT FUZZ, equally hilarious.
Word is that the two have re-teamed again and are working on a film here in New Mexico called PAUL, a sci-fi comedy. I'm stoked.
Based on the clip below they are filming partly here in Albuquerque as I can see the Sandia Mountains in the back ground. It would be awesome to run into them.
I would love to tell them, "I would have kept Stone Roses 'Second Coming' as well."
Granted, if you have not seen their films then you have no idea what I'm talking about.
T-Rob, I'm sure you do, LOL.
Check out the official production blog at www.whatispaul.com
06 July 2009
03 July 2009
It's July 4th weekend and that can mean only one thing....no no not the Nathan's Hotdog Eating contest...
I'm talking about the Roswell UFO Festival!!!
Thirty thousand people from all over the world are expected to attend the festivities that include a who's who in UFO-logy.
There will be a Parade of Aliens, a dealers room, speakers, food, parties and even the crowning of a Miss Roswell UFO contest, oh yeah, and a fireworks show. Don't forget the concert by Jefferson Starship [you knew that was a given].
Alas I was making plans to attend but timing just did not work out again this year so for now, feel free to read a previous post on the Roswell Incident here:
Since we are discussing the 'news of the weird', check out these headlines from yesterdays Albuquerque Journal, our local newspaper:
A U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles had to make an emergency stop in Albuquerque when one Keith A Wright of Bronx, NY began to strip off his clothes. Gee, nothing exciting like this ever happens in coach.
full details here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/07/man-who-stripped-naked-on-labound-jet-held-by-fbi.html
And then there is this gruesome story from western NM
Anyhow, have a safe and happy Fourth of July everyone!!!
01 July 2009
This morning I got up before sunrise again and headed north towards Santa Fe. Twenty five miles east of Santa Fe to be exact.
I had seen the signs pointing to Pecos National Historic Park when I went to visit Fort Union.
Pecos Pueblo [14th century] rivaled Taos Pueblo as one of the largest in New Mexico. Some of the buildings were four and five stories high and at its peak was home to about 2000 inhabitants.
And then came the Spanish.
Like Acoma Pueblo, the native population was forced to build a mission, part of which still stands.
The drive is only about 90 minutes from Albuquerque and easy to get to. If you are staying in Albuquerque or Santa Fe its a nice way to spend a morning.