Friday, March 08, 2013

Expanding Horizons, Part 1

If you'll remember, last week I challenged myself to start trying new places during the month of March. I set the bar pretty low at just one new place each week. In this first week alone, I've visited no fewer than four local businesses. Not a bad start if I do say so myself.

Church Street Cafe and San Pasqual's were the targeted locations of the most recent ABQ CashMob. My siblings all tagged along as we dined at one of Old Town's best known eateries and then did a little shopping next door at San Pasqual's. You can read more about it here.

Old Town Pizza Parlor is another Old Town gem that I'm ashamed I haven't been to until now. I made my way there on the Rapid Ride which dropped me off just across the street at Central and Rio Grande. I met some friends and we split a pie together. Pizza was great but the mac and cheese really knocked my socks off with little crunchy bits of bacon spread all throughout. I'll definitely be back for more.

Golden Crown Panaderia has long been on my list of places in town to try. It took the nudging of a blog reader to finally get my butt down there. Man, I wish I had gone sooner. I always worry that when too many people say so many nice things about one place that it's not going to live up. My worries were completely pushed aside as soon as I walked in and was handed a free cookie. And not just any free cookie. This was one of the best biscochitos I have ever eaten. To top it off, the toasted salami and provolone on a baguette really hit the spot for my lunchtime hunger. I can't wait to go back to try their empanadas and pizza options. And another biscochito, of course.


So how about you guys? Have any of you taken the challenge? What new places have you tried this week? What places do you plan on trying for the first time?

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