Last weekend I had a quick trip to Albuquerque, and I’ve been having trouble getting started on my chowing reports. So I’m gonna begin in the middle with my shortest stop but perhaps the one I’ll recall with the greatest affection.
After I finished up my judging responsibilities at the Pork and Brew contest and got back to my motel to clean-up on Saturday it was about 5pm. I’d planned to have dinner somewhere nearby, but couldn’t bear the idea of burning daylight and wasting potential sightseeing time on this short trip. I headed down to the Veterans Memorial instead of putting it off for a day. I’m glad I did, as the light at dusk was so beautiful at the site. Here’s the slide show.
Afterwards on my way back north, I took the slow route, cruising the target-rich Fourth Street, home to many eateries. I spotted a small taco wagon in the parking lot north of the Walgreens on Fourth and Griegos.
Antojitos La Tía wagon @ Fourth St NW and Griegos Rd NW:
I was excited to see champurrado on the drinks list on this unseasonably cold and windy evening and asked for one. The lady was quite apologetic that it was already sold out. Since I was there, I decided to get a cup of horchata, $3, instead. She took a bit longer than expected poking around in the refrigerator to come up with my drink. Then she said that there was a little left of the champurrado if I wanted it, but I’d have to wait for her to reheat it. No problem, and I waited while she added some more water and stirred it on her stove. As she poured it into a Styrofoam cup, I could see that the champurrado was quite thick and lumpy. She suggested that I add some coffee to it when I got home. She started to take away the horchata already served, but I insisted on paying for both. She decided to only charge me $3 for one drink and one was gratis. I thanked her saying that she was as sweet and kind to take care of me as my own tía (auntie) would.
I tucked these in the car to try after my dinner stop, reheating the champurrado in my room’s microwave. Quite chocolatey, stiff and lumpy, it would have been good with some coffee added, if I’d had some. But the flavor was good, and this is something I’d get again. A sample not scraped off the bottom of the pot would probably be smoother. The horchata was rather plain, but maybe that’s better than over-cinnamoned, and made in a richer style with milk.
The lady here is very sweet and I hope the locals can tell us more about the Mexican antojitos (snacks) she makes. She said that she’s here from Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
Antojitos La Tia
4th St NW Griegos Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107