2015 Convention

What to Do in Albuquerque: Suggestions from UNM English Majors (Part 3)

St. James Tearoom

Students of
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Greetings, Sigma Tau Delta members! As Professional Writing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, we’re looking forward to your visit to our city for the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

“Albuquerque is home to many talented artists whose works can be found in shops and galleries throughout the city. Nob Hill is an eclectic mile-long stretch of Central Avenue (close to the university) where local artisans sell their creations. Ooh Ahh carries high quality, reasonably priced jewelry, while Mariposa Gallery offers jewelry as well as artwork in various media. For higher-end, beautiful designs, Lily Barrack is hard to beat. Local pottery can be found in abundance. A personal favorite of mine is Kelly Jo Designs on 4th Street. She turns and hand paints her pottery using bright, vibrant colors that capture the landscapes and rugged beauty of New Mexico. Krysteen Waszak paints beautiful New Mexico landscapes on canvas as well as on furniture, while Travis Bruce Black has made a name for himself with his mosaic-like watercolors of birds and animals. Both have galleries in Old Town.” (Suggested by Terry Auvenshine)

St. James Tearoom“Step back in time, with friends, to enjoy afternoon tea at the St. James Tearoom. Sit in a nook that accommodates four people, a library that accommodates six people, or out on the patio. You’ll enjoy a leisurely afternoon full of tea and treats. ‘Savories’ like ‘Dr. Black’s Prosciutto-wrapped Fig’ and ‘The Reverend’s Greens’ make up the first course, followed by assorted ‘Breads’ such as ‘The Butler’s Citrus Scone.’ To top it off, ‘Sweets’ include ‘The Murderous Mousse,’ ‘Miss Scarlett’s Red Velvet,’ and many more tasty treats. Choose from three menus that change monthly and include vegetarian and gluten-free options. For reservations, call 505-242-3752. (Suggested by Meralyn Werner)

Taqueria Mexico
Taqueria Mexico

“Here’s what you need to know about New Mexican food. This culinary genre, which is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex (and don’t make the mistake of suggesting that it’s similar to either), is the fuel of the city. Ranging from carne adovada burritos to green chile-topped pizza, New Mexican food is the perfect representation of Albuquerque. But where can you sample this delectable fare? Local ‘Burqueños’ will happily tell you about their best-loved restaurants. Favorites include Sadie’s of New Mexico, El Pinto, Los Cuates, and Garcia’s Kitchen, among many other joints that serve up equally tasty fare. Walking around the Duke City, you’ll find a number of restaurants renowned for their New Mexican cuisine. Want a top-notch green chile cheeseburger covered in roasted green chile? Head over to one of the many locations of Blake’s Lotaburger. Searching for authentic and delicious chile rellenos (a stuffed green chile) and tacos? Stop by Taqueria Mexico, a local favorite nestled in downtown Albuquerque. Or are you craving a breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, cheese, and (of course) chile? Look no further than the Frontier Restaurant, just south of the University of New Mexico.” (Suggested by Mike Mulcahy)

These are just some of the many great things to do in Albuquerque. During the Sigma Tau Delta convention, we’ll be on hand to chat with you and share some more ideas about things to do and places to go. Be sure to look us up and say “hi”!

See you in March!

Be sure to also check out our recommendations in What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 1) and What to Do in Albuquerque (Part 2).