Saturday, June 28, 2008
Our Trip to the Big City
On Thursday we went to Albuquerque to visit John's cousins who live there. We had a great visit, and it was fun to get around Albuquerque a little bit. We went to the quilt shop where Barbie works, and it was in the Northeast Heights. From there we went across town to meet the guys at The Flying Star Restaurant on rio Grande Blvd. in the Valley. (It helped that Barbie took the wrong road, so I got to see even a little more of the North Valley.)
Albuquerque has grown since we lived there in 1970; I think it is twice as big now. Parts of the city are somewhat run-down, parts look just like any city anywhere, but there are areas of wonderful homes and southwestern touches that remind you where you are. Great city!
The Flying Star is an interesting restaurant, quite different than the New Mexican restaurants that fill the city. I think I would have preferred a good New Mexican meal, but the food we got was good. (I was informed by the cousins that I was not in a restaurant where people come to eat New Mexican.) So I got a Chicken Oriental Salad and I liked it, but I could have gotten one just like it in Kansas. Next time I ignore the advice and go with the NM Enchilada plate. We sat out on the outdoor patio with large cottonwood trees for shade and it was very relaxing.
Afterwards, Barbie and I browsed through a little paper goods/gift shop, and I bought some exquisite lavender lotion and shampoo from Los Poblanos, right nearby in the ABQ North Valley.
It was a lovely day in the big city.