Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Clippings From My Newsroom Floor: Hispanic Tidbits, More "Kiss Of Death" And We're Off To Restaurant Row 

We roll into the weekend with some interesting New Mexico tidbits courtesy of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network:
  • New Mexico's Hispanic population is 953,403, or approximately 46% of the state's total population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
  • Almost six-in-ten (59%) of Hispanics in New Mexico are eligible to vote, ranking Mexico first nationally in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
  • Among the Hispanic population in New Mexico, 83% are native-born while 17% are foreign-born (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
  • The median age for Hispanics in New Mexico is 29, whereas the median age of Non-Hispanic Whites is 47 (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
  • In New Mexico, 24% of Hispanics do not have health insurance, whereas 12% of Non-Hispanic Whites are uninsured (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010). 

We get this in reaction to a reader labeling the ABQ Journal's endorsements in the June 5 primary election "the kiss of death":

Joe, your reader forgot to mention that the endorsement by the Journal was not the kiss of death to my judicial primary campaign.  To the contrary, I was very pleased with the endorsement and the victory in my primary.  Thanks, David Standridge, District Court Judge Candidate, Division 21.

Republican Standridge faces Democratic Judge Alisa Hadfield in the November election for a Bernalillo County district court judgeship.


It's not quite summer officially, but close enough for us to stray away from La Politica for a moment or two and offer some appraisals of some of our local eateries. Bon App├ętit.

There's not a chance the venerable Hurricane's Restaurant and Drive-In is about to go out of business, no matter the economy. Now we know why. We sampled a Denver omelet there and were shocked--by the low price and the burst of taste offered by this combination of eggs, ham, bell pepper and onion. Could it really be under 7 bucks? Yep. And they don't hold back. This was a full Denver with ample ham (usually the first thing to go when the bookkeepers rule) and was accompanied by an order of toast (we opted for the rye). We munched in the restaurant portion of Hurricane's, sitting in an old-fashioned red vinyl booth and getting waited on by a waitress who had more tattoos than ketchup stains. Fun stuff.

The menu goes on and on with all the home-cooking you would ever want for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it's all priced at the comfort level. Check them out and don't mind the crack or two in the vinyl. Concentrate on your smiling stomach and how you're saving a bundle.


You can still keep in mind the bottom line and step it up a notch. Take it over to La Provence on ABQ's Nob Hill. Don't check your appetite but do check out the appetizer menu. Ladle up some sweet-tasting French Onion Soup, share a Maison salad with apple slices as well as a very tasty and generously portioned pate with the best bread in town to spread it on. This appetizer tasting turns out to be a first class dinner for two in the $30 range. (Yes there's a lot of broiled cheese on that delicious soup). Go ahead. Split a glass of wine with your table mate. You can afford it. After all, you're a recession buster.


The owners of one of the city's newest restaurant entries don't have a deaf ear for knowing what the town wants. They've come with a menu at their North Valley enclave that promises (and delivers) that fresh garden taste that we recently experienced on our travels to Italy and France (Hey, what recession?) but so often eludes us here. Not at Farm and Table.

The explosion of fresh taste in their herbs had us looking for a garden under our table. Actually, they have a real, live farmer who has planted hundreds of seedlings in his greenhouse--just for you. This means asparagus, radishes, greens and all the delights of garden fresh produce without the killer taste of chemicals, The Garden Omelet (for nine bucks) is a must at the Sunday brunch, and the locally produced chorizo sprinkled through it places it firmly in the winner's circle.

Almost all dinners are recession resistant--coming in at under $20. That includes Plate-sized cheese ravioli, Pan-seared duck breast and Cauliflower "couscous." How about that, Albuquerque? You're all grown up when you're at the Farm and Table.

Okay, we've got to get back to the political beat. You know, a chicken in every pot and that kind of stuff....

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