Saturday, February 8, 2020

Fiery Foods show 2020, Feb 28, 29,30th

It’s the 32nd annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ show. I like a little spice in my life, and here's the place to get it. if you go to the store and just get bored with the selection of Salsa or BBQ sauce come and try a few more. You can work your way through all the vendors taste testing until you find a few you really like.Then buy the ones you like for dinner tonight. There are other people there with items related to this industry. Because you know you want chile pepper earrings, local art, breaking bad candy, a t-shirt, and a few ghost peppers to feed to your friends. With over 150 exhibitors you will probably find something you like.
The show attracts everybody who enjoys flavor with some fire, you decide how much heat you can handle. Plenty of drinks on site to quench the burn.
The show will be at Sandia with parking available and restaurants if you are hungry before or after the show. Just in case you don’t know where it is here’s the address:
Sandia Resort and Casino,
30 Rainbow Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Head to the Hotel/Grand ballroom and you will see the signs or the people.
Show hours for the general public are:
Friday, February 28, 2020                         4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020                    11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020                               10 am – 6 pm
General Admission tickets here.
Ticket prices are $10.50 for advance purchase.
$15.50 from February 24th, 2020 through the day of show.
Children ages 11-18 $5.00, only available at the door.
Children 10 and under are free.
Ticket Questions? Please call Sandia Box office directly at 505-796-7778

The show attracts up 20,000 people through the 3-day run so it may be a little crowded during peak hours. I have been attending the shows since they were at the convention center, so I have found Friday evening is usually a nice preview time, everybody is fully stocked. Saturday everybody is off work so more people, bigger party, but difficult to manage a stroller through the crowds. Sunday some vendors have sold out of their most popular products, but they still have samples and are taking orders (no heavy bags). Stock your cabinets with some tasty BBQ sauce, salsa, seasonings, and marinades. Spice up your life.  
For more information about the show please go to the official site.

Yes, I know there is no 30th this month but I stole this meme, so I will be revising my calendar.... 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Miss Teddi's 4th Annual MCP Trunk or Treat for CBD/THC patients

Who is it for: Medical Cannabis and CBD patients. Children of all ages.
What:  A Halloween Trunk or treat party
When: Thursday October 31st 2019. Halloween evening 6pm -9pm.
Where: 9901 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM
How: Admission is simply a donation of a non perishable food item per person.
*which kicks off a fall food drive to be donated back to Charity.

Why: I attended this event for the first time last year and found out the people hosting, participating, and attending the event are fun, chill and pleasant. Plus who doesn't love a fun Halloween party which includes a sandwich, a jump house, music provided by a DJ, a game station, decorated trunks with candy provided by vendors that work in the community. Come meet the people behind the products. This event is not created to sell you products. It's to give a safe friendly environment for the kids, and to give back to the community.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall fun at the ZiaMaizing Maze in Albuquerque October 2019

Wanna have some fall fun and not spend too much money? 
Stay in Albuquerque and go the the ZiaMaizing Maze 


Who: Its great for Children, Adults, Seniors. Aliens too.  
What: 22nd Annual Maize Maze
When: Oct 11 - Nov 1 
Day Maze (10 am-6pm) Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
Night Maze (6pm-10pm)  Friday and Saturday
Where:at Los Poblanos Open Space in Albuquerque's North Valley
 1701 MontaƱo Road NW. 
Why: because you like pumpkins, hay rides, snacks, drinks, live music, giant games, fall, Halloween, oh yeah and corn mazes.
How: Drive, Bicycle, or broom  
you can purchase your Maze tickets in advance here Tickets online
or at the event, cash or card accepted
Day Maze 
Adults $10
Children (age 4 — 12)  : $7
Children age 3 & under : Free! 
Night Maze
Adults — $15
Children (must be accompanied by adult) : $12

Discounts available for Senior citizens, Military, and first responders 

*The Maize Maze is the largest fundraising event of the year at Rio Grande Community Farm and funds much of their non-profit urban farming efforts.

Special highlights

  • 3.8 mile, 8 acre corn maze cut in the shape of a zia 
  • partnering with the Zia Pueblo to educate the community about the unique heritage of the Zia symbol
  • Friday October 25th Cruise your bike or broom in to see the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” presented by Go Wicked Kettle Corn and Bosque Brewing.  After the movie, stay for a dance party with Buddhafunk. You can ride in from the UNM Duck Pond with Critical Mass.  
  • Saturday October 26th 10am-10pm is the Maze-N-Music Festival with a Costume Contest, games, live music, a Beer Garden, Food Trucks and the Maize Maze
  • Sunday October 27th is the Vintage Truck & Tractor Festival go see some vintage trucks and tractors to reminisce or see what things were like before you were born. Live local bands, Local breweries, Food, and the maze.
  • Thursday October 31st Halloween will be a fun, family friendly event with pumpkin carving, a costume contest, and cider from The Craftroom.
  • Friday November 1st is a Dia de los Muertos themed dinner at the maze with live Music
If you would like more information about the Maize Maze please check out their page:  Rio Grande Farm Maize Maze 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

2019 NM State Fair Deals, September 5th -15th

If you love DOLLAR DAY its on Wednesday. 
$1 admission, $1 rides
Who? Kids of all ages
Wanna be a kid again? Lets go to the State Fair. 
What? Midway, food, art, performances, petting zoo, rodeo and so much more.
When? Hours 
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday
Where? Central and Louisiana if your driving, Gate 1 on Central offers to park for $10.00 and $20.00. Gate 8 on Louisiana offers $5 parking but fills quickly. Handicap parking is available if you have a handicap placard. Parking in the Fair West community on the west side of the fairgrounds is prohibited. 
Park & Ride will be Saturdays & Sundays only
Buses will pick up Fair patrons from the southwest lot of Coronado Mall located at San Pedro and Uptown. Buses will begin running at 10 a.m., last bus leaves the Fair at 10:00 p.m.
Park & Ride is FREE. Fairgoers are encouraged to purchase Fair admission online to avoid lines at the ticketing gate.
How? Admission 
Adults (age 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65 and up): $7
Children (age 6-11) $7
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE
Midway Hours: Monday-Friday Open at 2 pm, Saturdays & Sundays Open at 10 am
Ride wristbands price Monday - $25, Tuesday - $15, $1 Rides ($10 Minimum), 1st Thursday- $15, 2nd Thursday - $20, Friday-Sunday - $35
Graze days is a new way to save on the fair food that you love. Each Thursday of the fair you can eat a snack size portion for just $3! come early 11am - 4pm.  Don't you want to sample them all? I would love a cotton candy, fry bread, BBQ, pizza option.
make sure you visit each area too.
Main street with different themes each day start with the BAT mobile by APD, then lots of shiny cars. heres a list of all the themes
sample the 2019 New Mexico State Fair Beer
lots of special entertainment, over 10 different options link to NM state fair Spectaculars
I personally like Street Drum Corps (I saw them on Main street), Duck races, and the Sling Shot Thrill Ride that shoots you 240 feet in the air at speeds at almost 100 miles per hour, this ride may not be for everybody. if you need more information go here:  link to NM State Fair general info
See you at the fair

Monday, March 11, 2019

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest March 16-17, 2019

This event is great fun to attend even if you don't drink coffee. Shh don't tell anybody I feel like a spy. Did I mention they also have Chocolate in so many shapes, like the fiery food show with chocolate instead. It's a great opportunity to try lots of local grown stores, all down the row. Local beer and wine too. If you don't want to indulge in too much coffee and chocolate buy some as gifts. I think I read somewhere chocolate loses all calories when its a gift. I think it was a lie, but it sounded good to me.
The show runs 2 days only 
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
10AM – 6PM, Daily
Alcohol sales start 10am on Saturday, 12pm on Sunday and end at 6pm each day.
Tickets can be bought in advance for $10 around town prior to the show. pick them up in advance and save a few dollars 
Adults, 13 & over:
$10 in advance/$12 day-of
Ages 4-12: $3
Under 4: Free
General Admission can be purchased online below, or you may purchase tickets in person at numerous locations in Albuquerque and Los Lunas.
Looking to take part in a painting or decorating class? You may buy your admission ticket at one of these businesses and then purchase your class online here: BUY CLASSES
Your admission includes the samples, and purchase opportunities, live music, an outside kids zone, demonstrations, and seminar. 
– Parking is $5 per vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles)
– Bikes are free.
– Free handicapped parking available

EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Manual Lujan Buildings A, B, C
300 San Pedro Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Enter at San Pedro & Copper

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ojo Caliente mineral springs. Relax, refresh and rejuvenate your spirit.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

When you need a mini vacation and cant afford one, this is a good way to unwind and forget your troubles. There are several mineral pools with different healing properties. The whole area is a whisper zone, to preserve the tranquility of the atmosphere. Sometimes peace and quiet can reverse the sensory overload of everyday life. If you enjoy a nice hot tub soak, add in healing mineral waters from deep inside the earth, beautiful cliffside views, and a tranquil experience. This is definitely the place to go.
For a better explanation of the mineral waters and benefits here is a link to Ojo Calliente's page Ojo Caliente mineral waters.
If you go on a weekday the entry fee isn't too bad, and includes access to the public mineral pools, mud pool, steam room, and sauna. They have a free promotion called Birthday Bliss for New Mexico residents which allows free entry on your actual birthday. Ok, thats how they got me in, they said the word free.  
I had recently gone for my birthday. If you can get me to spend a birthday there, you have something pretty awesome. I compared my first experience there to a full body massage and utter relaxation. My second experience was relaxed and tranquil, feeling like my mind was erased of all my troubles, and  body was refreshed. Besides I have enough ailments the water is believed to cure, it sure couldn't hurt to try. Every little bit helps. 

Here's the basic rates for entry. everything is per person. 
Monday - Thursday $30,              Friday, Saturday, Sundays, holidays $45
Sunset rates after 6pm Monday - Thursday $25    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, holidays $38       
heres the link to current rates and amenities   updated on 9-2-19 to reflect current pricing. 
between soda and iron pool

Ojo Caliente is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water including lithia, iron, soda and arsenic.
arsenic pool 

mud pool 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Need a ride. Take the bus. $2 all day pass

Were a growing city and the public bus system is getting better. So might as well take advantage and save some money. $2 regular fare allows multiple stops and routes all day long. From this screen you can enter your starting point and destination cabq Bus routes  The Transit planner will map out your trip for you via Google maps and include bus times, walking time and distance, and you can send the route to your phone, printer, email or even a link. The drivers my friend and I have encountered have been friendly and helpful, including greeting people boarding and leaving the bus. Customer service on a bus, its a good thing.

Some bus riding tips 
  • Do bring exact amount, bus drivers cant make change. 
  • check the latest time your bus runs to your destination. 
  • bicyclists can store their bike on the front of the bus just remind the driver when you exit. 
  • allow extra time to arrive on time. 
Base Fares  all fares and passes
  • Adult   Standard fare for customers who are not Students, Honored Citizens, or Children.  $1
  • Student   Age 10 through High School. Middle and High School students must show a valid school or ABQ RIDE ID.   35 cents
  • Honored Citizen   Age 62+ or mobility impaired. Honored Citizens, including Medicare cardholders, must show picture identification.    35 cents
  • Child    Children 9 years old and under accompanied by paying adult    Free