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Labor Day Weekend… of Nachos

4 Sep

In honor of Labor Day, Nacho Patrol have decided to actually exert themselves for once.  Not in the athletic sense, but exertion nonetheless.  From Friday, September 3 to Monday, September 6, we’ll be tackling a plate of nachos a day for the first annual Laboring Through Nachos Weekend.  And in the spirit of going big or going home, we’re tackling some doozys.

Friday: Cornwall’s.  Spoiler alert!  Still leaning heavily on the Velveeta.

Saturday: An especially “don’t try this at home” Nacho Patrol Original.  Will we survive to make it to…?

Sunday: The Friendly Toast.  If the nachos don’t kill us, the cheese fries will.

Monday: MYSTERY PATROL.  Only time will tell what nachos this day will bring, but we can promise, we’ll be going out with a bang, not a whimper.

Stay tuned in the coming week for the reviews!

Muy Caliente: Watch! Lounge at Albuquerque Airport

15 Aug

Go to Santa Fe! There is simplistic beauty in their art, their culture, their history, and the mass local faux-pas of referring to things having “authentic Indian” influence. Fortunately, this doesn’t apply to the local cuisine, which is all proudly Mexican.

This includes the nearest international airport, Albuquerque, a modest 65 miles south. While sadly waiting alone in a sea of airport kiosks hocking “Indian” crafts, a traveler may drop into Watch! Lounge in terminal B. Not flying out of terminal B? Don’t worry, all four Albuquerque terminals meet at the same security checkpoint and are only about 10 gates long.

  • Appearance: (8.5) Bright red roasted tomatoes, banana-bright yellow cheese, and a hearty layer of deep green roasted jalapenos. The auxiliary condiments are in an anxious row of crucibles on a separate tray. Beautiful.
  • Quality of Ingredients: (9) When a chef goes to the trouble of making fresh salsa with a dash of cilantro, roasting the tomatoes and peppers, applying a separate spice to the juicy chicken, and leaving trace chunks of avocado in the guac for the diner’s pleasure, you know you’ve found someone serious about nachos. My only minor grumbling was that the guac could have used a little more saltiness.
  • Distribution of toppings: (6) Ooof! I hate to dole this out (especially since I couldn’t technically finish the first layer), but those brazen enough to get past layer one will encounter the true desert of New Mexico: dry tortilla chips. (*Horrified scream!*) However, if you count the salsas and guacamole served separate from the chips themselves, this was a full-coverage deal.
  • Price: (9) At $7.99 for airport nachos that could easily have satisfied the whole NP crew, these nachos are a delectable bargain.
  • Total: 32.5/40. It should be noted that I also ordered a mediocre (not terrible) margarita with these culinary triangles of delight, and the nachos actually distracted me from my beverage. It turned out to be complimentary, though, as my mouth was so scorched from the jalapenos that I had to drown my tastebuds in Mexican nectar before exiting the bar. Score one for the South West!

Guacaholics R Us

29 Jul

Guacaholics Anonymous: the carnage...

We never thought it would be possible, but eatBoston’s Guacaholics Anonymous event last night just might have cured us of our guacamole addiction. On our way to the Fenway area, we ruminated whether or not it was possible to die from guacamole overdose. After sampling the guac from seven restaurants and ten or so amateurs, and enjoying a “diesel powered” margarita, we can say definitively that guacamole kills.

While Skyler dished up her “East Africa Conquering” guac, Andi had the chance to sample the fare: it’s no surprise that Anna’s Taqueria was our favorite. Located a dangerous three blocks from Nacho Patrol World Headquarters, we’ve had their gauc before and loved the perfectly seasoned, smooth-but-not-gluey consistency they presented last night. La Verdad gave us a pleasantly flavored traditional guac, while Ole beat out Rattlesnake for the title of best fruit guac in the room.

Though the pros gave us a bevy of great “house” guacs, the real innovation last night came from the amateur section. We loved the smokiness of Justin’s Elote inspired guac and our table-mate Molly demonstrated quite the flair for presentation with her “Cowboy Caviar” served on Frito chips. And how could we close without mentioning We Are Not Martha’s bacon guac! What an intriguing (and delicious) idea!

In short, we had a great evening. EatBoston truly knows how to throw a party and we can’t wait to see what green, creamy goodness they whip up for us next year.