Sunday, June 6, 2021

Sunday Stealing--Let's Go to Dinner

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1. When is the last time you went out to a meal with someone special? Tell us about it.

Friday night.  Hubs and I did a mini-cay (Lisa code for go stay at a fancy hotel in Albuquerque or Santa Fe) at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.  We love, love, love Heritage Hotels and Resorts—it’s a New Mexican company that has really outstanding properties in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and Las Cruces.  They are super dog-friendly, and always welcome Maddie with open arms.

Lobby--Hotel Albuquerque

Anyhow, dinner.  We ate at Dr. Field Goods in Sawmill Market.  Sawmill Market is an old sawmill….that’s been converted into a very cool food hall.  We split a cheddar burger.  White cheddar from Tucumcari, NM, grass-fed beef, picked onions, and stone-ground mustard.  It was dang tasty but for $14 was tiny—like Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger tiny.  You’re definitely paying for the “experience” of the Market, that’s for sure.  It was neat, but there are better, cheaper burgers out there, for sure.  It was a fun time, though. 
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2. Show us a picture of your favorite cuisine.


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I love our cuisine in New Mexico.  Here's a fantastic article from Matador that sums up the best of it.  The photo above is carne adovada--pork braised in red chile.    

3. What is the funniest thing a man/woman has said to you lately?

I got nothing on this one. 

4. What makes a gentleman a gentleman in today’s dating world? Are there any left?

I like to think so.  I haven’t dated in years, but I’ll go with having manners.  The stuff your parents teach you.  Saying please and thank you.  Chewing with your mouth closed.  Not interrupting the person that’s speaking.  Being nice to the waitstaff. 

5. Is there anything you won’t tolerate when out to dinner with your significant other?

Well, he can’t go naked.  Hahahahaha. 

6. What type of ambiance do you enjoy in an eating establishment?

I like being in a place with some energy, but not so loud I can’t have a conversation.  If I can sit outside when the weather is good, all the better.  If the patio has a garden vibe, even better.

7. Tell us about the worst public dining experience you ever had, whether it be a date or with your family.

We went to a local brewpub (since closed, I can see why) and sat down.  We were literally the only people in the place.  The server stood at the bar talking to the bartender, and never came to take our order.  Two more couple walked in, they were waited on.  We left.  It was so bizarre.  Never went back.

8. What is the lamest or rudest thing a man/woman has said to you lately?

Can’t recall anybody being “lame” or rude to me lately. 

9. Are you a good tipper?

I routinely tip 20%, even to counter staff.  Their wages suck, I try to do  my part to help. 

10. Do you ask for doggie bags when you leave food on your plate at a restaurant?

It depends on how much is left, and how good it was.  Hubs and I have taken to splitting things, because the portions are just ridiculous and we don’t want to take home leftovers.

11. What is your pet peeve about restaurants and dining out in general?

The aforementioned giant portion sizes.  Other than that, I really enjoy eating out.

12. Do you prefer to order yourself or do you ever let your significant other order for you?

I can order my own food, thanks.

13. Describe your most intimate romantic dinner ever. (fantasy or real)

Well, neither of us are “romantics”.  But we love eating out.  One of the best was in a little tapas place in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico called Rosa de Triana.  It was our first tapas experience.  The restaurant is underground—in a several hundred year old converted jail.  Low, barrel-vault whitewashed ceilings, candlelight, classical Spanish guitar music and good food.  We went back two more times on that trip because it was just that good. 

14. Do you enjoy piano bars?

Never been to one.

15. If you could go anywhere in the world for dinner, where would it be and who would you be with?

It’s a big world.  I’ll go with something realistic.  I look forward to the day when hubs and I can have an amazing dinner at Antoine’s or Galatoire’s in New Orleans.  I love the old line creole restaurants.  He’s never been and I can’t wait to show him one of my favorite places in the world.