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Cool Down This Summer With These Top Albuquerque Ice Cream Shops

by Sandi Pressley

Do you scream for ice cream? Summer is unofficially here, and it’s time to start thinking about the best part of summer – ice cream! In a city like Albuquerque, you can bet you’ll find amazing ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato delights to sooth the summer heat. Here’s the latest list of the best places to get ice cream in Albuquerque.

I Scream Ice Cream

Of course one of the best places to get ice cream in Albuquerque has that name. And to go with delicious ice cream are walls filled with memorabilia to gaze at as you revisit your childhood.

Green Jeans Farmery

There’s plenty of ways to cool down at Green Jeans. It’s a collection of several restaurants, including Chumlys Southwestern, Rustic on the Green, Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria,  Nitro Fog Creamery and Rockin’ Taco. You can get your ice cream, have a refreshing brew, and enjoy delicious food all in one place.

Pop Fizz

Only in Albuquerque will you find an ice cream shop like this. Pop Fizz mixes Mexican Paleteria with an American Soda shop twist. They make their own Paletas with real fruit and cane sugar, with constantly changing flavors. And if you need something stronger, they offer beer, wine, boozy milkshakes and alcohol infused Paletas.

Frost Gelato

So smooth and delicious, gelato is the perfect ice cream alternative. Frost Gelato offers the best gelato in Albuquerque, where you can mix and match flavors to create something new every time you visit.

Steve's Ice Cream & Java

While you’re touring old town Albuquerque,  stop by Steve’s for amazing ice cream, muffins, and a refreshingly strong cup of coffee. It’s the perfect diversion while shopping downtown.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

7508 Calle Montana NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113  $419,000

5 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 half) / 3000 Square Feet

Beautiful 5 bedroom Stillbrooke in highly desirable planned community! The main level offers a grand open floorplan that seemlessly connects the living spaces. Cathedral ceilings & Clerestory windows lend to the light, bright family room w/cozy fireplace; A chef inspiring kitchen will delight featuring gorgeous granite counter tops, ample cabinet space, large pantry, eat at kitchen island & sunny breakfast nook. Master suite is situated on the main level at the back of home for optimal tranquility with backyard access, spa like en suite & huge walkin closet. Upstairs features a loft/den, three more large bedrooms, & another full bathroom. Enjoy the tranquil water feature in the professionally landscaped and fully walled backyard.

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Stay Warm in Albuquerque at these Top Coffee & Tea Houses

by Sandi Pressley

With that cool nip in the air, we all need something warm and revitalizing to start the day - or keep it going for that matter. And what better place to find the perfect cup of java or tea than in Albuquerque’s fine coffee houses? Here’s a list of some of the best coffee and tea houses in Albuquerque to warm up your day.

Pinon Coffee House

Pinon features coffee roasted locally by New Mexico Piñon Coffee. You can also enjoy pastries and breakfast burritos made in house, with new pastries flavors created every week.

Prismatic Coffee

If a great cup of espresso is all you need, then Prismatic is the place. They don’t feature food items, except for an outstanding stroopwafel made in house. Otherwise, you’ll just find superb coffee and a relaxing atmosphere to work or relax.

Satellite Coffee

As co-founder Jean Bernstein says “Coffeehouses are where we fuel up, exchange ideas, people watch, and hopefully get a little warmth. With coffee, all things are possible.” At Satellite Coffee you’ll find regular patrons hanging out, enjoying the outstanding coffee choices and relaxing vibe.

Humble Coffee Company

Humble Coffee is a craft coffee shop that specializes in single-origin espresso and brews. Located in the Nob Hill/University and Downtown neighborhoods of Albuquerque, you’ll also find a tasty supply of locally made breakfast burritos and pastries.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

9300 Thornton Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109  $375,000

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 2717 Square Feet

 Light, bright and open floor plan on this custom-built NE Heights beauty with 4 bedrooms and over-sized 3 car garage. Full pitched tile roof. Separate laundry room with W/D that stay! Close to schools, shopping and lovely park!

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Take Your Mom to A Delicious Brunch This Mother's Day

by Sandi Pressley

It’s time once again to show our dear moms how much we appreciate them, and what better city to do so than in Albuquerque? Sunday May 13 is the perfect day to celebrate mom, with all the great brunch specials available throughout the city. You’ll find a wide variety of options for any taste and budget. So make sure you make arrangements now to reserve a table at one of these tasty destinations for a special brunch with mom.

Artichoke Cafe

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy exquisite dishes such as quiche Florentine, Sicilian baked eggs, salmon crepes, steamed artichokes, roasted garlic, crab cakes, charcuterie plate, soups, salads, and various entrees.  Top it all off with strawberry shortcake. Entrée selections feature poached salmon, pan roasted duck breast, baked ham, mushroom ravioli, prosciutto wrapped scallops, veal scaloppini and steak Diane.

El Pinto

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If local flavors are what you’re looking for, then El Pinto is the ideal place for Sunday brunch. Brunch items feature local dishes such as green chile cheese biscuits smothered in green chile white gravy with a side of choriz.  Or try the eggs Benedict, which includes eggs and pork loin on a green chile biscuit with a red hollandaise sauce.

Forque at Hyatt Albuquerque

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For the buffet lovers, you’ll find a variety of great buffets at the The Forque Kitchen and Bar at the Hyatt downtown. You’ll find breakfast items at the omelet and waffle stations, along with fresh fruits, breafast meats, eggs, potatoes and more. Or enjoy other buffet favorites like cured meats, salads, smoked salmon, grilled and chilled shrimp, tuna tataki, and orzo salad.

Tamaya Resort

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This delightful Sunday brunch buffet offers a crepe station, salads, chilled shrimp and crab claws, cheese and fruit platter, house cured salmon and assorted petite pastries. There’s also a carving station with prime rib, honey dijon pork loin and baby squash and asparagus. The chef's specialties offered are smoked pork, orange poppy seed pancakes, poached eggs, grilled chicken, green chile saffron poached salmon, and an assortment of vegetables. To top it all of there will be an extravagant dessert display.

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Have a happy Mother's Day!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

6437 Dorado Beach NE, Albuquerque, NM  $295,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1652 Square Feet

Hard to find one story townhome in the gated community of Tanoan's Torrey Pines!! Private courtyard and landscaped backyard! Master bedroom split floor plan. Excellent location in the FAR NE Heights, close to schools, parks, shopping, Whole Foods & Trader Joes!

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The Perfect Pizza Is Waiting in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

If there’s one thing among many that people love about Albuquerque is all the great flavors to be found here.  Usually you think of Southwest or Mexican dishes when you think of New Mexico. But what about pizza? The fact is that Albuquerque has over 100 places to get a delicious pie, along with other Italian dishes and brews.  So get ready for an unforgettable pizza night in Albuquerque! Here’s the top 4 places to get pizza to start you off on your journey to flavorville.

Golden Crown Bakery

If you want more than just great pizza, Golden Crown combines a bakery to offer sandwiches and other baked goods. Being primarily a bakery means that your pizza crust is sure to be amazing, and the reviews prove it. Over the years, Goldne Crown has been featured in magazines such as Gourmet, Condé Naste Traveller, Budget Travel, Alibi, USA Western, IQ, Guia Azul, and Su Casa. They also feature espresso drinks and a variety of brews.

Saggio's

Family owned and operated, Saggio’s prides themselves on their upbeat nostalgic atmosphere that appeals to young and old, along with gourmet pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads, pastas and desserts. They also offer a great selection of beer and wine. Your dollar also goes farther at Saggio’s with their huge portions. It’s the perfect place for a large family pizza night.

Farina

Named the #17 Best Pizza Joint in the Nation by TimeOut Magazine, Farina offers a more trendy and hip environment for your next pizza outing. You’ll keep coming back for their artisan pizzas, house-made pastas, and fresh salads. Local art from some of Albuquerque’s best artists adds to the atmosphere. They also stay committed to using only fresh locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

Old Town Pizza Parlor

Located in old town Albuquerque, the name certainly applies, as they’ve been an Albuquerque fixture since the late 1930’s. Today’s Old Town Pizza is a melding of traditions and a modern vibe, offering the perfect setting for your next pizza night.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10465 Chandler Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $260,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 2200 Square Feet

Pride of Ownership shows thru-out in this meticulously cared for beautifully kept home. 3 bedroom home features 2 master bedrooms each with a full bath. Beautiful backyard with backyard access and rv pad.

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Celebrate Easter in Albuquerque With Sunday Brunch

by Sandi Pressley

Easter Brunch Specials in Albuquerque

Easter is coming up soon, so that means it time to think about how to spend the day on Sunday, April 1.  Why not start out the special day with a delicious brunch? The flavors of the Southwest are a great way to start a Sunday, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday. And many restaurants in Albuquerque are offering brunch specials for the holiday.  Here’s a few of the many great deals you’ll find for Easter Sunday brunch in Albuquerque. Make sure to make reservations as soon as possible as tables can fill up fast.

Council Room

Come to the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque for brunch favorites like French toast BLAST, pan-seared chicken breast, green chile meatloaf sandwich, grilled ham steak, salmon fillet, and prime rib au jus. You’ll start out the special brunch with garlic shrimp skewers, short ribs street tacos, and duck confit.

El Pinto

If local flavors are your idea of a great Sunday brunch, then El Pinto has a great brunch lined up for you. The brunch menu features Eggs Benedict with eggs and pork loin on a green chile biscuit with a red hollandaise sauce.  Or enjoy green chile cheese biscuits smothered in green chile white gravy with a side of chorizo.

Hotel Andaluz

In addition to a delicious brunch featuring pastries and muffins, fresh fruit, a paella station, steak and eggs, huevos Benedictos, crab, a crepe station, and goat cheesecake, you can have fun with an egg hunt and music from a New Mexico Marimba Band.

Pueblo Harvest Cafe

For you late risers, Pueblo Harvest Café is serving an all-day breakfast that includes scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage, along with entrees such as Pepper boneless short ribs, cod filets, slow-roasted pork loin, or carne adovada, along with a carving station with glazed ham, roast beef and assorted mustards and chutneys.

These are just a few of the many great ways you can spend Easter Sunday in Albuquerque.  Here’s a list of other restaurants offering Sunday brunch specials. Be sure to check back on our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque. And follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

5005 General Bradley Street NE, Albuquerque, NM  $309,000

4 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 partial) / 2400 Square Feet

Fantastic NE Heights Location! Exceptionally well cared for home with great curb appeal, back yard pool, and views of the Sandias. Formal living room and a cozy Den that includes a wood burning stove insert, large eat-in kitchen includes NEW Stainless Steel appliances, plus a separate formal dining for those special occasions. Lots of built in storage throughout. 

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Find the Best Cup of Coffee in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Are you looking for a new way to start the day in Albuquerque?  If your way of waking up is with a delicious cup of java, tea, or tasty pastry, then you’ll have plenty of ways to do that in Albuquerque.  This city is filled with unique places to have the perfect espresso or refreshing cup of tea.  Here’s a few of the best places to get coffee and tea in Albuquerque.

Trifecta Coffee Company

Known as the first combined coffee roaster, coffee bar, and bakery in Albuquerque, Trifecta also features roasts from around the world, including coffees from Latin America, Mexico, South America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. The coffee is not the only great thing about Trifecta.  Their pastries area all the rage, with blueberry scones, apple cake, and quiché of feta and artichoke.  The atmosphere is relaxed, as are the people who work here. All this adds up to Trifecta being a favorite morning spot in Albuquerque.

Espresso Fino

This family owned espresso bar features locally roasted coffees that are certified organic fair trade. Located in downtown Albuquerque, you can enjoy your brew in the charming atmosphere inside the shop, or get some fresh air in their sidewalk seating. All three owners, Greg, Nina, and Pablo are talented baristas, assuring a perfect brew with every visit. A downtown Albuquerque gem for sure.

Prismatic Coffee

If you find yourself in the sawmill district of Albuquerque, make sure you stop by Prismatic.  Not only can you get an outstanding cup of coffee, but they feature stroopwafels, a waffle cookie from the Netherlands. The owners and baristas take pride in what they do and it shows. This is not the coffee you find at the big chains.  They highlight the quality and care of fine coffee roasting. And of course you’ll find their passion translates to great customer service.  And if you need a little help deciding what you want, their unique flavor wheel can help you chose the perfect brew.

Humble Coffee Company

In addition to having some of the best coffee in Albuquerque, Humble Coffee also features breakfast burritos which are a big hit with customers. If you’re a tea drinker, then you’ll also find this to be a great place to sit and sip your favorite selection.  The vibe is hip and modern, yet charming. You can relax inside and take advantage of free wi-fi, or enjoy the outside patio.

Looking for more great places to start your day in Albuquerque? Check out the top coffee shops in Albuquerque.  And make sure to visit our blog every week for more great things to see and do in Albuquerque.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

5243 Foothills Trail NE, Albuquerque, NM  $825,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 3156 Square Feet

Amazing views of the Sandia Mtns & Rio Grande Valley in this beautiful gated community. Scott Patrick Gold Package custom home features oversized great room w/stacked stone fireplace, wall of windows, and much more! 

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Where to Get a Great Breakfast in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Albuquerque boasts a great variety of restaurants.  But if you’re looking for a great breakfast in Albuquerque, then you want to find a restaurant that specializes in the morning feast.  To that end, here’s a few of the top places to get a great breakfast in Albuquerque.

The Grove Cafe & Market

The Grove sets no limits on what time of day breakfast is served. With fresh, all day breakfast selections, you can satisfy your breakfast cravings whenever you want. Top is off with gourmet coffee, mimosas, cupcakes or cookies. They also do Sunday brunch.

Standard Diner

What’s more classic American than eating breakfast in a former service station?  The unique atmosphere blends seamlessly with the great menu, featuring all your reliable breakfast favorites and a few new surprises.

Golden Crown Bakery

What’s better than fresh baked breakfast delights? And if you want to come back for lunch, they feature feature amazing pizzas and empinadas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10 Cinco Circle, Placitas, NM   $550,000

5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms (1 full, 4 partial) / 4015 Square Feet

Enjoy the extraordinary views from this spacious home, featuring 5 bedrooms, 2 living areas, and more.  Treat your guests to the upstairs bed with en suite bath.  Entertain in style with the spacious kitchen that opens into the great room.  

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Fine Dining Abounds in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Albuquerque certainly has many qualities that make people want to buy a home here.  And the one thing that stands out is the food! Albuquerque is a hot spot in New Mexico for fantastic cuisine. So we’ve put together a short list of some of the best places to eat in Albuquerque.  Here are some dining experiences you won’t want to miss out on.

Antiquity Restaurant

Antiquity stands out as an overall extraordinary dining experience.  Specializing in beef and seafood, they also offer chicken and pork dinners, fine desserts, along with local, domestic, and import beer along with 60 different wines.

Mas - Tapas y Vino

Those in search of the perfect tapas will find their search has ended when they dine at Mas - Tapas y Vino.  Mas serves more than tapas however.  They are a full-service restaurant that offers a new take on traditional Spanish cuisine. They focus on using fresh local ingredients in all of their dishes.

Vernon's Speakeasy

Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy?  The name alone says you’re going to have a good time. Succulent entrees like Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs, Hatch Red Chile Pork Tenderloin, and Stuffed Quail will leave your taste buds leaping for joy.  And of course there’s the Black Diamond Lounge, which is a great place to have a fine cocktail and listen to live music.

There are so many great places to eat in Albuquerque. Check back on our blog every week for more great places to eat and things to do here in Albuquerque.

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