Albuquerque Recap: Green Chili, BBQ & 10,000 feet

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Holy smokes, I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since my trip to New Mexico. How is that even possible? Either way, it was such an incredible weekend! When we landed in New Mexico, it felt like I was entering an entirely different world.

Toto? We aren’t in Kansas anymore.

The landscape, the architecture, the vibe, the people and the food are completely different than anything I’ve seen/felt/experienced. It was my first time in this part of the country. Being the foodie that I am, I was VERY excited for the authentic, REAL Mexican food. I love me some tex mex, but I wanted the real stuff. Luckily, you can find authentic cuisine just about anywhere, including the back of a pharmacy. We stopped in this native favorite and had some breakfast. Unfortunately, the flight + anxiety + exhaustion + real heavy food did NOT work for me. I was pretty sick for a few hours after. I was happy to see that we had a room with mountain views though!

 Luckily I rallied in time for the rehearsal and dinner!

The  lovely bride and groom!

 The hotel was SO beautiful and unique. 

After the rehearsal, we went up to Mary’s room to help her finish some last minute wedding prep! We stuffed favor boxes with bizcochitos, the state cookie of New Mexico, stamped place cards and put together menus! It was really fun to get to know her bridesmaids and spend some time with her!

After we prepped everything, it was time to head over to the BBQ rehearsal dinner. When I think New Mexico, I don’t think BBQ, but this place was really good. It’s called the County Line and it’s right at the bottom of the mountain. In addition to good food, the views were ahhhh-mazing.

After the dinner, my roomie and I (a former colleague of mine!) went out for a few drinks. Because of how long the day was, we didn’t stay out long and were fast asleep as soon as we got back to the room! The wedding the next day didn’t start until 6 and we wanted to see some of the sights so we walked around Old Town, ate, and did a bit of shopping.

I ordered an omelet with green chili. It was SO GOOD. The chili was spicy, but not too spicy, and the omelet was so flavorful. Since they gave me enough to feed 5 families, I barely made a dent. Speaking of chili, there were dried chili bundles EVERYWHERE. I’m assuming it’s just a decoration thing, but they were on almost every building.

After the sight seeing, we decided to check out the world famous tram. I, of course, didn’t know what a tram was before we got there because if I had, I probably wouldn’t have gone with such excitement. It’s a big ol’ metal box that hangs from cable cords as it goes up a mountain. A girl who is ABSOLUTELY terrified of heights should probably stay away, right? That wasn’t an option so I chose to chug a drink instead with Patrick, a boyfriend of one of the bridesmaids. He wanted to check it out too so he tagged along with us.

I almost threw up like 6 times, but the views truly made up for it. It was surreal being so high up on a mountain! Trees that are a couple hundred feet tall looked like specs and the town looked so quaint and quiet.

It was a little hazy so it was hard to see, but the views were still magnificent.

I was much more inclined to take pictures when I was safe on the ground.

After the tram it was time to rush back to the hotel to get all pretty for the wedding. Mary was an INCREDIBLY beautiful bride, the ceremony was touching and the reception was so much fun.

Okay so this post took me 4 hours. I’m done now. If you want to know more, just ask me 🙂

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  1. Posted by Kelly on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Glad to see you had such a great time!  Just wanted to let you know I passed on the Butterfly Award to you :)  Have fun with it! xoxo
  2. Posted by Jennifer B on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Holy shits. That tram ride looks terrifying. I pretty sure I cried just looking at the pictures. Heights are not my gig either. With that being said, the BBQ looks so good. Like, if that were waiting for me at the bottom of my tram ride, I'd probably suck it up.
  3. Posted by Natasha on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    The pictures came out so great!!
  4. Posted by Lindsay on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
  5. Posted by Tish on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Great post!  Wanted to let you know that the ristras (those not laquered) are indeed used for cooking.  My mom would pull off several chile pods to crush up and simmer in water, then crush and strain, to make our red enchilada sauce.

    Come back sometime!

    (A friend of Mary's)
  6. Posted by Charissa on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Love the photos! So cool to look at the country from the plane!
  7. Posted by Christine on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Great post. Love the photos. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Posted by Lauren on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Wow! Great pics! Looks and sounded like a fantastic time :)
  9. Posted by Tiffany on
    Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
    These photos are awesome!
  10. Posted by Ann on
    Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
    Oh, this was GREAT!  I lived in Albuquerque when I was a kid and I remember Sandia Peak!  It's a great town and the South West really has a flavor and flair all it's own!  Thanks for sharing!
  11. Posted by Katie C on
    Thursday, September 15th, 2011
    Wow - looks like you had an awesome time!!! I am loving that wedding cake...the ruffles are so pretty! :)
  12. Posted by eliotseats on
    Friday, September 16th, 2011
    I absolutely LOVE NM.  Have visited Taos and Santa Fe many times, but have never made it to Albuquerque.  Sounds like and awesome trip and a perfect place for a wedding.
  13. Posted by Mjskit on
    Monday, September 19th, 2011
    This post is so exciting!!!  You were here (Albuquerque) during the best time of the year - Fall (or nearly fall) and Chile Season!  Love your recap of my town!  Looks like you had a fun time in the city and at the wedding with your beautiful friend!  I'm running a series on New Mexico Chile right now on my blog, so please check it out.  Those chile ristras hanging everywhere are actually NOT decorative (in most cases).  We decorate with them for a while, then turn them into red chile sauce. Great blog!!!