The Land of Enchantment

18 11 2011

Hello from New Mexico (aka the Land of Enchantment)! I’m here for a few days attending a conference in the city of Albuquerque. This is my 2nd time to New Mexico. Last year at about this time, I spent two weeks in the small city of Gallup for work. It was an interesting experience, but I’ll just say that I’m glad that this trip keeps me in Albuquerque for the duration of my stay…

I spent much of my day yesterday inside attending conference sessions, but I was able to get out last night for dinner. I went with two of my colleagues to a sushi restaurant a few blocks from the conference. Sushi in New Mexico? Really Steph? Shouldn’t you be eating this:

(Picture from last year’s NM trip)

I figured that we were in a large-ish city, so the food would probably be decent, and in fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I started off with a garden salad. I love the ginger dressing!

And we shared three rolls.

Kampyo Sweet Squash Roll:

Shrimp tempura roll and the New Mexico roll (Green Chili, Cucumber, Avocado, Sauce on top).

Each of the rolls were really tasty. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the squash roll, especially becuase it looked more like caramelized onions than squash. It was good; slightly sweet but not overwhelming. The New Mexico roll was yummy too, but the sauce and the chile made it a little spicy. My favorite was the shrimp tempura. The tempura batter was sweet and perfectly crunchy. Yum!

Though not your typical New Mexican meal, I really enjoyed the sushi here!

We’re hoping to try more authentic New Mexican food today. I already know how I’ll answer the question: “Green, Red, or both?” (That’s New Mexican-ese for Which kind of chile sauce do you want on your meal?) 🙂