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The ins and outs of Suncat Savings Challenge By Angela Le Quieu
Staff Reporter Students who sign up for the Suncat Savings Challenge by March 14, 2014 could earn up to four times the money they save by being a part of a controlled study. Achievement Coach Chioma Heim said that students can potentially receive up to $4000 in matched money from their own savings of up to $1000, which is considered a gift and not taxable. “It’s a wonderful match system… and it’s one that is fleeting,” Heim said. What can come out of the Suncat Savings Challenge is that a student would receive an Individual Development Account (IDA), which is a matched savings account for acquiring one of three assets; an education, a house, or a small business, Heim said. IDA’s are a nationwide and federally funded initiative to help low to moderate income families to try to obtain assets, so that they can build financial stability in their lives, Heim said. “Hopefully it will stretch on into the community, and that is the purpose of the IDA program nationwide,” Heim said. The money students get is provided as part of a study on savings habits and to encourage people to save toward a goal like home ownership; the study also requires that the account the money is stored in be open for at least six months before it can be accessed, Heim said. “The purpose of this study is to see if the IDAs are in fact doing what they are intended to do, which is to help people achieve better savings habits and acquire assets,” Heim said.
Training workshops help tutors battle adult illiteracy By Nick Stern
TO QUALIFY, STUDENTS MUST: Be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours at CNM Be at least 18 years of age Have someone in the household who is currently employed There are additional income and asset qualifications, which students can learn more about at the orientation which includes: - Adjusted gross income must fall under 200 percent of the national poverty level - Net worth of the household (excluding one home and one vehicle) must fall under $10,000
The matched money comes from federal grants through Health and Human Services Department who are conducting the study, Heim said. State grants had been a part of it until several years ago, and Heim said people are currently lobbying to get that grant money back on the books. “This research will hopefully help in saying that IDAs will help New Mexico, which is a rather low income saturated state to hopefully improve individuals’ income status and financial status,” Heim said. The study utilizes a research practice known as random assignment, which places an eligible candidate in either a control group or a program group, but only the program group receives an IDA and the matched money, Heim said. There is a base line survey which students take; after that the computer randomly assigns students into a group and students find out right away if they will be in the program group or not, Heim said. Both groups are contacted about a year after they sign up to see if their savings habits have changed, Heim said. “It’s a really low commitment; it’s really low commitment, even if you don’t get the IDA as far as what you do with this research,” Heim said.
Students in the control group can receive a $20 gift card after they are contacted a year down the line, but otherwise the control group does not have to do anything, Heim said. “I would love, in a perfect world to hand it out to everyone that is eligible, but even weren’t doing this and without the auspices of the research study we would have only five or ten accounts a year and now it’s opened up to 300 accounts per year,” Heim said The odds are far greater now than they had been before, Heim said. Achievement Coach Chris Ricci said that the odds of getting into the program group are better than they would be for most scholarships or even jobs opportunities. Some students are turned off by the 50/50 odds of getting the IDA’s, Ricci said. “Are you not going to apply for a job because you know there is more than one other person applying for it? Are you not going to apply for a scholarship because there is more than one person?” Ricci said. Scott Gagnon, recent CNM graduate, received the matched money for his IDA and will close on a house this month. “It was a huge incentive to move out of my see
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Illiteracy among adults is a big problem here in New Mexico and is holding many people back from accomplishing what they need to do in life, but luckily the Adult Literacy Movement of Albuquerque (ALMA) does what it can to fight this problem by offering tutoring to the men and women who need help, Learning Center Supervisor Melanie Viramontes said. Viramontes said that 44 percent of New Mexicans are considered functionally illiterate and that this percentage of people accounts for approximately 7,000 illiterate adults in Albuquerque alone, which makes it incredibly difficult for them to perform the numerous necessary tasks in today’s society, she said. “They are having trouble even going through their daily lives as far as reading fines, filling out forms, and many basic
things that everyone needs to do in order to be successful,” she said. For adults to be considered functionally literate they only need to have at least a sixth grade education level and the ability to navigate through their daily lives, she said. This is where the Adult Literacy Movement of Albuquerque comes into play by doing its best to help members of the community achieve functionality, she said. The movement is considered a literacy volunteer program, in which the enthusiastic community members who want to help other members of the community get trained to become basic literacy tutors and also get set up with students who need their help, Viramontes said. ALMA is willing to accept and train anyone from the community who wants to volunteer to be a tutor as long as they are at least 18 years of age, she said. One of the very first necessities needed to become a tutor is to
attend an hour-long orientation where the general overview of the ALMA program is delivered to the attendees, she said. According to the CNM website at cnm.edu/ depts/tutoring/lv/alma2014-trainings, there are a number of orientation dates for anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer tutor. Each orientation is held at the Student Resources Center at Main Campus, on the second floor in room 203, according to the CNM website. People who are interested in becoming a tutor can attend the very next orientation on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. according to the site. Viramontes said no previous training is required but the most successful tutors have generally had a strong desire to help people while many other volunteers sometimes have not realized just how hard see
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Orientation Dates and Times for people interested in becoming a tutor All Located at Main Campus, Student Resource Center, Room 203
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Come check out M.E.Ch.A. CNM’s chapter of el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan meets every other Thursday search for “M.E.Ch.A de CNM” on Facebook, or email at mechacnm@ gmail.com for meeting locations and times.
Veterans For Educational Success Student Club Bringing together Veterans in an effort to assist each other in being successful in college. Come join us at the meetings for coffee, chat and ideas to benefit Veteran students and find volunteer opportunities in the local community. Where: Rio Rancho Campus. Meetings: Bi-weekly every second Friday at 1 p.m. and forth Friday 9 a.m. If interested email advisor at hramos4@ cnm.edu for specific dates and times.
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Cliff’s is preparing to hire more than 130 summer employees. A recruiter is eager to talk with CNM students who are interested in summer jobs.
Employability Workshops Job Connection Services invites CNM students and graduates to attend free Workshops at Main (SSC-207) and Montoya (TW-105) campuses. Workshops focus on resume writing and offer tips for answering interview questions. For more information, call 224-3060 or go to cnm.edu/jobworkshops
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Community Meeting for International District Community Garden March 1st @ 11 AM. Lunch will be provided! Come to discuss our plans for the beginning of the year and tell us your ideas. 1410 Wellesley Dr SE. Questions call Stef @ 918-037
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If you are planning to participate in the Spring 2014 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Tingley Coliseum, don’t forget that you must submit a graduation application for your degree or certificate by Friday, March 28, 2014 by 5 p.m. For specific instructions on how to complete the graduation application process: log on to myCNM, and click on the “Students” tab at the top of the page. Then, in the Graduation and Change/Update Your Major channel on the right of the page, click on “Your Guide to Graduation.” Follow the instructions on this page to complete your graduation application. To contact an academic advisor call 224-4321 To contact the Student Activities Office, that organizes the Graduation Ceremony, call 224-3238. For more information about the Graduation Ceremony go to cnm.edu/depts/graduation/ dates.html.
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Suncat Savings Challenge: The Suncat Savings Challenge is an opportunity for students to invest in their future with a matched savings account called an Individual Development Account (IDA). Every dollar put into the account will be matched by public and private institutions to help students save toward their education, a home or starting a business. The Orientation will be held in SB 100.
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Black History Month should be a time of reflection on the travesties that this country has inflicted and endured, but also that racism and discrimination are still issues that need to be faced today, even in our own fair city. Multiple anti-Semitic slurs and acts of vandalism of a local Jewish Delicatessen called Nosh located at Silver Street and Amherst Drive in Nob Hill has been an issue for the last few weeks, but the business owner has taken action against this injustice in her community and held a vigil on Thursday, Feb. 13 in consideration for all the people who have
to suffer discrimination, and to show that these acts will not be tolerated by the neighborhood. People throughout the city have left dozens of cards on the Deliâ€™s windows in encouragement of the store owner and to show support, but also to show that one bad apple does not represent Albuquerque as a whole. Even within UNM, people have resorted to vandalism of ethnic slurs such as f**k white people and the N-word, which is racist and seems to be targeting a certain group on campus, according to the Daily Lobo article called Dorm graffiti: F*** whites.
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The legacy of black history By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
Every February, the entire nation celebrates Black History Month, shining the spotlight on African American culture, history, and art in an effort to learn from the mistakes of the past and create a vision for a more harmonious future; and it is just as important today as it ever was, said African American Studies instructor Charles Becknell Jr. In many ways, African American history is the history of the entire country, and the struggles, creative contributions and cultural identity of African Americans offer lessons for every ethnic and minority group in the United States, Becknell said. “The purpose of Black History Month was twofold. First, to instill a sense of pride in the African American people, and the second objective is to undo the myths and distortions surrounding black people, which would benefit everyone,” Becknell said. When it began, Jim Crow laws and segregation were still in full force in America, and African Americans did not have most of the basic rights that we take for granted today.
“It really stands as a moment where African American people have the opportunity to tap into their historical genius and cultural legacy in order to raise self esteem,” Becknell said. This determination to celebrate what Becknell called “black exceptionalism” even while most of American society treated African Americans as second class citizens, is an example of the strength that has made this community so vibrant, he said. This constant struggle and resistance, against slavery, segregation, racism and all the challenges that has been brought with these issues, helped to shape the current cultural identity of African Americans, and is one of the reasons why the black experience in America was so unique compared to other places in the world, he said. “African Americans had to shape their identity out of a reality of not being free, not being a citizen, so that creates a unique cultural experience, because you have to resist that,” Becknell said. Although our society has come a long way since slavery and segregation, Becknell said that it is important during Black History Month to
remember the injustices of the past, and to shine a light on the racism that still exists in America today. He pointed out that African Americans still make on average about 65 cents to every dollar a white person earns, and that 50 percent of prison inmates are African American, proving that we still have a long way to go before we have true cultural equality in our country. Dr. Felicia Caton Garcia, full time instructor in English and Cultural Studies, said she feels that one of the main benefits of recognizing Black History Month is that by shining a light on the injustices of the past, it
can help people recognize more clearly the injustices that still exist today. “We are not a postracial nation, and if history can help by pointing an arrow at the inequities that exist, right now, as a result of this history, then it provides a wonderful place to begin the hard work required of all of us if we are to achieve an egalitarian society in the United States,” Garcia said. Garcia teaches cultural studies classes at CNM, which is an entire area of academics that was made possible after the introduction of
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African American studies, and had paved the way for such studies in the late 60’s, Becknell said. During that time, many social movements including the free speech movement, civil rights, and the anti-war movement were taking place on college campuses around the country, and all of these factors came together to create an environment where students and teachers began to reevaluate the curriculum of the past, Becknell said. Up until that point, the traditional European inspired classes that were taught had a very narrow world view, and left out the histories and experiences of many minorities, he said. “African American Studies was the first discipline that challenged the Euro-centric, patriarchal curriculum. So it made room for different groups with different experiences,” Becknell said. African American Studies programs created the blueprint for Women’s Studies, Chicano, Native American, and all other cultural studies programs that are so important to many universities today, he said. Garcia said she feels that cultural studies and Black History Month are very
important because the role of race has been minimized and marginalized in much of the nation’s history. However, she said she hopes that someday there will be no need for these specially designated months or programs, because “American History” should encompass all aspects of our collective history, and include the viewpoints and experiences of every minority group equally. Becknell also teaches African American studies at UNM, where the program is much larger, and he said he hopes that CNM will expand its program in the future. He said he believes that everyone can benefit from taking his class, no matter what race or ethnicity they come from. He said that this month, he encourages everyone at CNM to acknowledge Black History Month in their own lives. “Keep the stories of African Americans in your heart, and attach a level of value to it where you value it more today than you did yesterday. Make room for another experience and reality in America,” Becknell said.
February Festival celebrates black culture By Nick Stern
Senior Reporter African American History Month is an important month to many people all over the country and is especially important right here in New Mexico, New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee member Katherine Miguel said. Miguel and the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee have taken up those responsibilities with a pride and passion by
creating the annual February Festival as a celebration of Black History Month, which is now in its third year, she said. The February Parade uses art to engage people in civic dialogue and the issues that may be hard for some people to discuss without the particular avenues that are provided as part of the parade, which are much more attractive and engaging than simply having a lecture, she said. The parade lasts for the entire month and is divided into three differently themed weeks which start with the Arts and Culture week, followed by the Rhythm and Cuisine week, and wrapped up with the Mind, Body and Soul week, Miguel said. The Mind, Body and Soul week is the final theme and has
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evolved since the parade’s conception, she said. The S.T.E.M festival has been added to this year’s schedule to try and get minority students engaged in careers involving science, technology, engineering and math, and at the end of the parade the gospel competition is planned to be held at the Kiva Auditorium on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. because gospel is a staple in the African American culture, Miguel said. According to the Festival guide February 19, starting at 8 a.m. at the Convention Center, the Created Equal event is a free workshop geared towards young ones and created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The Festival Guide shows that the workshop is planned to be an interactive discussion about the history of America’s civil rights issues and how to work towards a brighter future. Wrapping up the final week are WorkItOut Day and the S.T.E.M Festival at the Convention Center, February 22 at 8:30 a.m. according to the guide. Both events are held together as one and are freeof-charge, and are all about keeping the mind and body active with African Dance, healthy food demonstrations, and former scientist/current health practitioner Dr. Ruby
Lathon as the main speaker at the event, According to the guide. Miguel said that students and everyone should be aware that youth involvement is definitely needed because she believes they need young leadership for creating multiculturalism in the community and that the more people that show up for the different events,the better the events will be for this month. The importance of the event goes all the way to Carter G Woodson’s creation of Negro Achievement and Literature Week, which was inaugurated in 1926 during the same month that was already being celebrated by many African Americans, because of the birthdays of two very prominent figures in African American history and in the civil rights movement, Miguel said. “He (Woodson) chose February very specifically, because Negroes then were already celebrating the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. ‘Let me get my approach into an area that people are already focused on’ and so he created Negro A c h i e ve m e nt
and Literature Week to raise awareness about the contributions of Africans, and also to inspire everyone to greater achievements,” Miguel said. A big reason behind Woodson’s creation of the week was to promote multiculturalism, with the belief that history was not meant for only select races, she said. African Americans belong in history and African American history is obviously a large part of what makes up American history, Miguel said. The week that Woodson celebrated ended up expanding to the entire month of February in the 70’s, and was renamed Black
History Month, but the original vision is still recognized and that vision of multiculturalism is especially important in New Mexico, because there is such a small African American population, Miguel said. “There are very few African Americans and we, as a result, are a marginalized community so it is important for us to debunk the myth of this being a tri-cultural state, to promote multiculturalism, and to let people know that we are here and that we are better together,” she said.
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Student’s creativity inspires her online shop By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter
Sandra Joseph, Liberal Arts major, has an Esty shop called Honestly Handmade, and is the result of her need to be creative, she said. Honestly Handmade was started in 2011 by Joseph and she sells a myriad of her creations such as, duct tape wallets, jewelry, and crocheted items such as, hats, gloves, and small toys, she said. “Making things with my own hands really makes me happy,” Joseph said. Esty is a website where people can take handmade items and sell them online, Joseph said. It is a good website for people to create a small business and there are lots of people who make
a living from the things they create and sell at Esty. com, Joseph said. “The thing is when you do an Esty shop, you have to keep up with it, and you have to keep items cycling through your shop. If you are going to set one up it takes time,” Joseph said. Joseph’s shop can be found at etsy.com/shop/ HonestlyHandmade or through her Facebook page facebook.com/ HonestlyHandmadeBySandra. “I give coupons out on my Facebook page to people who get me likes,” Joseph said. Joseph makes not only wallets out of duct tape but she has also makes purses and earrings, she said. Some of her jewelry is made with metal, crocheted or sewn with beads, but most of it
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Sandra Joseph knitting for her next project.
is made from glass or minerals like rose quartz, Joseph said. As for crochet she makes purses, hats, fingerless gloves, and small stuffed toys, according to her Esty.com shop. “The thing is that I wear and use the things that I have crocheted,” Joseph said. She came back to CNM a year ago to work on her Liberal Arts degree which she will use to transfer to UNM so that she can get a degree in Fine Arts, Joseph said.
Her Esty shop is linked with her educational goals through her love of creativity. “The classes I have taken at CNM have definitely kept me in the right direction,” Joseph said Thanks to the Intro to Studio Arts class Joseph took at CNM, she has expanded what she sells in her store to include her paintings, she said. Joseph’s abstract painting currently up on her site shows a watercolor rendition that represents love, and she said it was not created in the studio arts class, but was inspired by her work in the class.
“For my shop the one thing I really, really love doing is custom items,” Joseph said. Most of her sales comes from custom orders, either directly through her shop, or from other students she has met through CNM, Joseph said. Joseph uses a messenger bag she made to carry some of her books to class, and she also wears her hats, and because of that people talk to her about her creations, she said. “I do commission items quite a bit and I really love doing it because it is always
something different and interesting,” Joseph said. Jessica Bourque, CNM graduate, is a current customer of Honestly Handmade, she said. Bourque said that Joseph’s quality of work is top notch and her costumer service is great. She is a very gracious proprietor, Bourque said. “I love her, she is a good person with a very warm heart,” Bourque said.
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“We were able to build assets quickly,” Gagnon said. Gagnon said that his rental property that I have been goal was to finish school, at for nine years,” Gagnon said. get a job, and buy a house Some students, like before he started a family Gagnon, have received with his wife. Now because of their IDA’s without participating in the research, Heim said. IDA’s they have what they Gagnon’s wife however need to start a family, is a part of the research, Gagnon said. “If I didn’t have the which makes them a special circumstance where both $8000 in match money of them have been able to towards a down payget the matched accounts ment, I would have been and were able to put down saving longer at my job $10,000 on a new home, and in my mind it was less ready obtainable, so this Hiem said. is going to provide some
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really have to ask yourself if you are ready to make that kind of commitment,” teaching can really be, so she said. it is really important to As for students lookconsider what it takes to ing to be tutored, ALMA be a successful tutor. is open to anybody want“I think that if people ing to learn in the commuhave an educational back- nity, she said. ground or if they have that The tutoring centers passion to help people, at every CNM campus then that always helps. You have many tutors who are
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immediacy to attainability of this asset,” Gagnon said. Ricci said students who wish to apply must provide some paperwork to prove eligibility and have a meeting to review their documents and take the initial survey. Documents that students need include proof that they are enrolled for at least six credit hours, proof of earned income that does not exceed the 200 percent poverty level, and that they do not exceed the $10,000 of assets owned, which excludes one house and one car, Heim said.
“The first thing I would do is go to the website, the website has everything listed there including a video of what you need to do and what eligibility requirements are; everything you need is right there on the website,” Heim said. To get started students can go to the website cnm. edu/savings-challenge or contact Sally Moore 224-3957, Chioma Heim 224-4080 , or Chris Ricci 224-5471 (at the Westside campus). Students who are in the program group do have
more requirements then those who are in the control group, such as meeting with an achievement coach to plan out what asset they are going for and to get their accounts set up, Ricci said. There is also a financial literacy course, that students must take that is available at CNM, and although the class is not financial aid eligible, CNM connect will work with students if the money to take the class is a financial hardship, Ricci said.
Then it depends on what a student is using the funds toward, Ricci said. “If the student is opening a small business then they are going to need to complete a business plan before they can use the money and they work with the small business development center to have a really solid business plan, and that is so that their business has a better chance of success,” Ricci said.
great at what they do, just hanging out and waiting for any student who needs help to drop in without even a moment’s notice, she said. Even if someone is not a student, they can receive tutoring services by giving Viramontes a call at 2243966, to set up a meeting and get hooked up with a
volunteer tutor because she makes it a point to be of service to both the people who need tutoring and the tutors themselves, she said. “I am the program coordinator so I recruit volunteers, get volunteers trained, recruit students, get students matched with the volunteers, and try to
be here as a resource for both students and volunteer tutors,” she said. Viramontes said that ALMA is a really great program and can be an invaluable asset to anybody who is really committed and wants to educate themselves.
Some students may be scared about getting the help they need but once they come in and stop worrying about where they are educationally, they can get started on moving forward, which tends to be the hardest step, Viramontes said.
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8 | The CNM Chronicle
February 18, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE FOOD TRUCK GUIDE NW, and La Cumbre Brewing Company at 3313 Copy Editor Girard Blvd NE. “There’s nothing Like much of the country, better than good street Albuquerque has seen the rise food and locally brewed of a vibrant food truck scene in recent years, and a commu- beer,” Baca said. The Chronicle has nity of dedicated street food put together a short list fans has sprouted up around of some of the best food it, said Fernando Baca, former trucks that can be found culinary student and self-proaround the CNM area. claimed “food nerd.” Baca said he regularly hunts out new trucks as often TFK Smokehouse: Professionally executed as he can, and that finding a barbeque, po boys and other hidden gem parked along the sandwiches are the specialty streets of Albuquerque is a at TFK Smokehouse. The thrill that never gets old. truck itself is steampunk “The food truck scene just exploded here in the inspired, but the flavors are last few years. It’s awesome, refined. Prices run around because a lot of really tal- $10 a sandwich, which places ented chefs can’t afford to TFK on the higher end of the open a restaurant. So the food truck price spectrum, food trucks are allowing for but that money goes a long all these really unique things way, and the quality of the to happen, where people try ingredients and the excellent flavors make it well worth new things,” Baca said. the money. Their menu Finding new trucks and changes regularly, but some figuring out where his favorof the tastier sandwiches in ites are going to be parked can their repertoire are the fried be challenging, so Baca said shrimp po boy, the French dip, he recommends using smartand the Muffaletta, and their phone apps like Yelp and beer battered Portabella fries UrbanSpoon to track down are unique and tasty. Classic where they will be at certain sandwiches like the reuben, days and times. Cubano, and of course their He said one of the best barbeque sandwiches are also places to find food trucks on on the menu. TFK can often a regular basis near CNM is at be found curbside at Marble Talin Market, on 88 Louisiana Brewery in Nob Hill, or at Blvd SE, where a “pod” of sevmany of Burque’s other breweral food trucks are parked regularly throughout the eries, for lunch and into the night on certain days. Their week at lunchtime. schedule is always changing, The microbreweries in so it is best to check them out the area are another excelon Facebook to find out where lent place to find them, and they will be at particular times Baca said that there is almost go to TFKSmokehouse.com. always a truck parked outside of Tractor Brewing Company at 118 Tulane Dr SE, Marble Brewery at 111 Marble Ave
By Jonathan Baca
GRAPHIC BY MELISSA SHEPARD
Soo Bak Korean Seoul Food:
Serving a selection of Korean classics and interesting southwestern fusion dishes, Soo Bak definitely stands out from the sea of taco trucks and roach coaches. With traditional dishes like Sang Choo Sam (lettuce wraps with Korean barbeque short ribs) alongside things like panko crusted shrimp tacos and the delicious tempura battered avocado tacos with Sriracha and lime, it is easy to find flavors that are out of the ordinary. Soo Bak often parks near UNM Hospital, and can be PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK found at La Cumbre, Tractor and Marble breweries as well. The tempura avocado tacos at Soo Bak Foods are scrumptious. Soo Bak can be found at Facebook.com/soobakfoods Brewing Company, and balsamic vinegar reduction, serve are huge, and at $7 or soobakfoods.com. Marble Brewery’s Westside Rustic keeps it simple and each, they are a great deal taproom. They can be found tasty. Carnivores will enjoy too. Rustic can be found at StreetFoodBlvd: at Streetfoodblvd.com this truck, but vegetarians the Talin Market food truck With an ever-changing have not been left out. The pod, and at the local brewmenu that is truly all over the Rustic…A Divine Food Mother Earth is a black bean eries. Rustic can be found at map, StreetFoodBlvd is con- Truck: chipotle veggie patty served twitter.com/rustictruck505. stantly keeping Burque food Rustic does not mess up the same way as its meattruck fans guessing. They around when it comes to ier cousins. The burgers they serve everything from north- one thing: burgern New Mexico classics to ers. They use nothHawaiian food, waffles, clas- ing but high qualsic street tacos, beer battered ity, freshly ground calamari, mushroom and chuck beef patties, green chile cheeseburgers, and put them on yellow curry pork, and even locally sourced spam sushi. With a passion Fano brioche buns, for creativity in cuisine and a along with heaps commitment to nothing but of other good the freshest ingredients, chef stuff. From their Raul Maestas is really taking standard cheesethe food truck to its full pos- burger and their sibilities. The spontaneity and green chile burger fun that they bring to their featuring Wagner food is really a pleasure. Be Farm chile, to the sure to check out their Takone more interesting Twist, a deep fried tortilla Divine Intervention cone filled with carne ado- burger served PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK vada, cheese and pico de gallo. with bleu cheese StreetFoodBlvd can also be and a rosemary Rustic’s fresh ground chuck patties make for a mean burger. found at La Cumbre, Tractor
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StreetFoodBlvd’s menu is all over the culinary map.
TFK Smokehouse serves up top-notch BBQ.
Issue 33 of Volume 19 of The CNM Chronicle