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Monday, September 7, 2009

Sparky's Burgers BBQ and Espresso

Lately Nate and I have been trying to have date night every Friday. We rotate who's in charge and so far it's been great! This past Friday Nate was in charge. We doubled up with our good friends Jacob and Brianna and all headed down to Hatch, NM, chile capital of the world. The reason for our trip: Sparky's. Nate had recently found out about this new BBQ place so we decided it was worth the drive. Oh boy were we right. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was fun and clever.

This is the perfect place for a date night, family dinner, or meeting up with friends. They are also a very affordable place, which is so pleasant in today's climate. So fun. The whole place just makes you smile.

And the food, oh the food did not disappoint!

I ordered the brisket plate with pineapple slaw and fries. The meat was tender and the BBQ sauce had a smoky flavor to it. I especially loved the fries. They were seasoned wedge potato fries.

Nate, of course, ordered the Pulled Pork and Ribs plate with pineapple slaw and fries. He talked up the Pulled Pork all the way home.

I love Italian Cream Sodas so I snagged a Pomegranate flavored one. I LOVED the addition of Sprinkles, just a testament to how fun this restaurant is. Nate ordered a Strawberry shake which was equally delicious.

After dinner we caught the last game of the NMSU volleyball match. Unfortunately they lost to Florida St. but we had fun sneaking Brianna in. Great date night, Nate!

Check out Sparky's website for more details and their menu.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Easy Salsa

We know you have been on the edge of your seat this week waiting for our latest addition to our Stuff Your Face posts and you lucky duck here it is. We were playing games with my family one night and my sister-in-law brought out some delicious salsa. It was chunky but juicy, it was a little mild but addictive. When we found out she made it with a few ingredients we decided to try it out ourselves. So thanks Yvonne for this week's inspiration.

Recipe: The first thing you are going to need here is a blender. If your blender is elderly like ours you may want to chop up the ingredients a little before you throw them in. Take a quarter of an onion, half a bunch of cilantro, a spoon of minced garlic (a little more if you like to live a little), salt (to your liking), squeeze in half a lime's juices, two jalapenos (seeds will bring on the heat so deseed at least one of them if you want it more mild) and the secret ingredient: a can of whole tomatoes, that's right. I couldn't believe it either but you are going to have to trust me on this one. Throw all these ingredients in the blender and let her go. We also have quite a bit of green chile so I threw a bit of that in too for good measure. This is cheap easy salsa that tastes fresh. Try it out and let me know what you think.