I had to answer those questions on a whim yesterday when I had an unexpected friend come through Albuquerque.
Ana is a friend I met in Oklahoma but she's originally from Moldova. I received a message from her Sunday morning to announce her unexpected arrival in Albuquerque later that day. Personally, I love unexpected visitors. And since I had nothing else on my schedule for the day, I was happy to play host for the few hours she would be in town.
Ana made picking a starting point easy for me when she indicated she wanted to try Street Food Asia based on pictures I had shared from previous visits. Since the restaurant is smack in the middle of Nob Hill and among my favorite places in town, it worked beautifully.
We started off with a gorgeous meal at Street Food Asia before working our way up and down the length of Nob Hill along Central. We came across about a dozen or so VW vans lined up to promote a movie showing at the Guild. We popped in and out of some of my favorite shops, including Masks y Mas and Birdland. I was super bummed when we stopped by Peacecraft to discover they will soon be closing. But we had a great time nonetheless as we worked our way back up Central to finish off with dessert at Flying Star Cafe.
I was really glad I had a chance to show off my city to a friend, albeit unexpected, it was still a lot of fun to share one of my favorite areas of town.
So that's how I entertained a visiting friend. What about you? What places do you love sharing with visiting friends and family?