It's felt so good being back in Albuquerque. It was such a big blessing to be able to spend my birthday with my family and now to enjoy home and all of its comforts over the long, holiday weekend.
Coming back to visit Albuquerque always poses one particular problem: Due to time and waistline limitations, I can only eat so many things.
This may seem like a trivial situation but it's quite the predicament. Think about it. I'm going from a house with an empty refrigerator, bouncing around between limited restaurant and fast food options, to an overstocked pantry, mom's home cooking and all of the food places where I grew up. All for a limited time. It's just not fair.
So to combat the problem, I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to eat smaller portions. I've also tried adding in extra meals by staying up late and getting up early. So this morning I got up and out by 6 a.m. to visit one of my favorite cafes of all time.
Flying Star Cafe is not just one cafe. It's actually a local chain of nine restaurants around New Mexico. They've got some amazing regional food that's made from scratch and really, really good. And the atmosphere is seriously off the charts.
When I lived here this was usually my late-night hangout, often staying after closing time until they kicked us out (or the police shut us down*). But this morning I decided to try the opposite approach and got here shortly after their 6 o'clock opening. Being so early, I opted for coffee and a breakfast option. I settled on biscuits and gravy.
Why would I choose something I could get at any Enid breakfast joint when I've traveled about 500 miles to get out of Oklahoma?
Just read the description:
That's right. It says "turkey sausage-bacon-green chile gravy." How New Mexican is that?
If there's one way to improve any dish from Oklahoma, it's green chile.
If there are two ways, the other is bacon.
It was freaking delicious. And had all the made-from-scratch deliciousness I expect from Flying Star. It wouldn't be a trip to Albuquerque without some green chile or a visit to Flying Star so this knocks out both. And it wouldn't be a trip I take unless I blogged about it.
*Sorry for the Ke$ha reference but I knew it would make Lyndsay happy :)