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2010 Roadfood Eating Tour - New Mexico
September 17-18, 2010
New Mexico Eating Tour New Mexico's cuisine is unique, and this year's Roadfood eating tour, to take place Friday and Saturday, September 17th & 18th, is going to take a big bite of it. From honey-drizzled sopaipillas to green chile cheeseburgers, tostatas compuestas, streetcorner carnitas, blue corn enchiladas and Frito pie, this tour is going to be edible evidence of the state's nickname: Land of Enchantment!

The tour will be based in Albuquerque, where we are getting special rates at the Sheraton Uptown (the highest rated ABQ hotel on TripAdvisor.com), making rooms affordable to everyone. The itinerary is not yet locked-in and therefore subject to change, but this is the way it now looks. On Friday at 9am, the bus departs the Sheraton Uptown and heads out to the Frontier for breakfast that can range from giant cinnamon rolls to spectacular huevos rancheros. After that, we drive to Powdrell's for an early barbecue lunch, then head north to Santa Fe and The Plaza at the heart of town. Here, tour participants will have the option of hitting as many great restaurants as time allows. Among those directly on The Plaza or a block or two away are:

Mid to late afternoon, we reconvene and take the bus back to Albuquerque, planning to arrive at the State Fair about 4:30pm (The bus also will stop at the hotel for those who don't want to go to the fair), after which we return to the hotel for the night.

Saturday at 9am, we hop on the bus and head south to chile-growing country. On the way, we will stop in San Antonio for green chile cheeseburgers at The Owl Bar and/or The Buckhorn Tavern. In Las Cruces, something very special awaits. There we will meet up with Dr. Paul Bosland, the world's foremost expert on chile and the man who discovered the world's hottest chile pepper. Professor Bosland, co-founder of the New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute, is going to provide a show-and-tell (and taste) of the Institute's pepper fields, including wild and cultivated species, and give us the last word on capsicum.

We then move to the neighboring town of Mesilla for a stroll around the frontier village where Billy the Kid was tried, convicted (and escaped). In 1939, Mesilla's old Butterfield Stage Stop became La Posta de Mesilla, a restaurant that has since entered the Roadfood hall of fame. That is where we are going to have a classic Native-Foods dinner, including the tostada compuesta that La Posta originated. After dinner, which marks the end of the tour, we return to Albuquerque, planning to arrive around 11pm. (The State Fair is open on Sunday for those who want to return.)

Ticket price of $229 includes a place on the bus, a ticket to the New Mexico state fair, and dinner at La Posta de Mesilla. For other meals, it is pay as you go.

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