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Paleos in Albuquerque New Mexico?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

My wife and I are thinking of making a move to ABQ because of her schooling. It's a big deal to move and so does anyone have any thoughts on being Paleo in ABQ? Pros, Cons...selling features...problems to over-come? We bike and walk as our transportation, we mass transit as needed. We don't drive. Avid hikers who eat fruit/tuber/veggie heavy Paleo and meat as desired, I guess you can say "High-carb Paleo".

I appreciate any help people can give me.

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts! It's great to get some insight from people who I have at least a little in common with. (Diet if nothing else...)

Keep it comin' if you are so inclined, it's really appreciated!

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I did not know Keller's has grassfed beef. Is that behind the counter?

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:27 AM

I live in Santa Fe. I was the Weston Price chapter leader here for four years. I can help get you connected to grass-fed meat and other source of good Paleo foods. You can contact me through my website's about page listed on my profile.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 22, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Cool. I get around. From Cali, lived in Madison, WI, lived in Tempe, AZ, Vancouver, BC and even Charlottetown PEI. So I've seen just about every size town there is. Just tryin' to get a feel for things.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Can you name some of the Mexican restaurants that cook with lard? I'm moving there in may..

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:22 AM

Wish we could. It's a one year commitment, sight unseen. Hence the begging for info! :D

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Oh no, Albuquerque is NOT walmart-esque. And it's not really like Phoenix either. It's way more down to earth.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:02 AM

What a lovely answer. I grew up in NM and I miss it every single day. THere is just something about that landscape and the people that sets it apart from every other place I have lived. It's not mainstream US. And yes, the smell of roasting chile in the fall is almost orgasmic. Sigh....

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Yes, pretty safe, but again, it attracts the petty crime. I lived in two different places near the university and we didn't have any issues (other than aforementioned). I walked to work and school with no fear. Honestly, you should just go check it out for yourself! Stay for a few days and see what you think.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 21, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I LOVE Gold Street's bacon...

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I never worry about violence, not that much happens here in that regard. I feel very safe.

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Oh lord, noooooooooo! It's not like that at all. Small town New Mexico can be that way (with regard to surnames, not violence), but not the big city. I'm not Hispanic, I am half Native American, and I have had no issues. Of course, I speak Spanish and that goes a long way. This is an egalitarian city. I own a newspaper in a rural community and have covered all kinds of issues. And sometimes the whole Anglo vs Spanish thing rears its head, but I think you will find similar scenarios no matter where you live. ABQ is a lovely and strange and fun city. It's not small enough to be cliquish.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Keep it comin' brother. Anything and everything you got?! From here, and the web it sounds like it's got some nice areas, some rough areas etc... but who doesn't? I just want a place where we can have a patio garden, take some classes, eat some good food and chill. Then again I don't want my wife raped and murdered and their are some real haters out there talking about some serious ugly in ABQ. Either that or I have to believe it's the most violent place on earth. Doesn't sound like you'd agree with the ABQ=psycho hypothesis.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:33 AM

A lot of talk on the web about how rough the town is. Amazingly poor and extremely dangerous. It's a little surprising since it isn't that big. Also, a lot of "If they don't know your surname you won't get a job"...again, seems weird since it doesn't look small enough to be that cliquish.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Got it. Nice enough but a little....Walmart-esque?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Found one site that seemed to talk a lot about massive drug problems. Of course the same place talked of how expensive the houses were which doesn't seem quite right. How is the Uni area? Pretty safe?

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:56 PM

The winters are mild. Evenings are cold but the sun warms the day. Even if the air is cold it will feel warmer with the sun out. I walk and bike year round. We might get a few snow days a year, but it melts within 24 hours. If you live near Tramway, you will get a lot more snow! Down here in the bosque, absolutely no snow! Right now the grass is greening up and the daffodils are out, the trees are beginning to leaf and bud. Winter isn't long.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Awesome! We are self-sufficient poor. Habitual students who bike and cook at home more than anything else. How are the winters for biking/walking? Thanks for the info, really paints a picture. Makes me think of Tuscon (which I visited a lot when I lived in Phoeinx/Tempe AZ)

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Actually, Phoenix isn't far off. Less glitz and fancy cars in ABQ, more lowriders. :)

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Um...how to put this nicely...I mean it in a literal sense, in that there is trash and lots of dust/dirt. I also mean it in an interpretive sense with gangs and lots of petty crime. In many parts of the city, it's necessary to have bars on your windows and cars get broken into all the time. DUIs are no joke here. That being said, none of those things affected my 5 years there. The worse that happened to me was a welcome mat and a bike were stolen. It's still a bit wild West there, but great access to beautiful outdoors. It was a great place, have many lifelong friends from my time there.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:42 PM

If you take the RailRunner train from ABQ (80 min) you can do a bunch of shopping within walking distance of the train station: Farmer's Market, REI, Whole Foods. Also, Cowgirl BBQ and Zia diner are nearby. If you come for a visit, call me & we can show you around. (contact info on my website--look at my profile page)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Very cool. My wife is studying Archaeology and has a chance to do a 1 year exchange with option to transfer. Could you clarify the trashy/weird? Yes, we want to live near the Uni. :D

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Go for it! It's a lot closer than Vancouver, BC and my experience in Phoenix, AZ.

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82677807a1399c58ac74d657384de848

on August 03, 2012
at 09:36 PM

I'm in ABQ! Born and raised! I grew up hating it but have learned really appreciate it for what it really is here. Like the first commenter said it really is REAL and that's what won me over. I don't know any purely Paleo restaurants but I know which ones we frequent so I'll give you our list. Monroe's- great mexican food!! I get carne adovada platter (pork in red chile) with sweet potato fries and calabacitas (squash, onions and green chile). Five Star Burger- Gluten free bun available, local beef (though not grass-fed), also offers sweet potato fries. Holy Cow- grass fed burgers, but no gluten-free option for bun. Whole Hog- BBQ Rudy's- more BBQ Farm and Table- expensive restaurant full of deliciously cooked local foods, grass-fed beef and local pastured eggs. I haven't been here but really want to go! It's just too expensive for anything other than special occassions. The Cube- more BBQ!! Though this restaurant offers more, very yummy! Orchid Thai- fantastic thai food! I order a meat dish and ask for double instead of rice. So good! Le Peep- our favorite breakfast frequent! Great service and the food is so yummy, I love the green chile breakfast sausage! Tucanos- a brazilian restaurant downtown. Very yummy and TONS O MEAT!

Stores that are good are Trader Joes, Whole Foods, any of the local co-ops (though I find them to be too pricey), and Kellers for meat (lots of organ meats, grass fed beef, buffalo, elk, fish etc).

Hope this helps :)

-Staci

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I did not know Keller's has grassfed beef. Is that behind the counter?

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0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

(2890)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:46 PM

I live in ABQ! I live near the river, in an old neighborhood filled with old adobe homes. Life is slow in New Mexico, is magic. The sky looks different every day.

It's a meat eaters paradise! I visit a few different Mexican butchers (I speak fluent Spanish which helps) and get the most wonderful cuts of locally raised meat. They give me bones for free! Sometimes my favorite butcher will give me a big bag of sweetbreads, kidneys, hearts.

If you live near the university or near Old Town, you can manage without a car. I don't drive that often. I ride my bike everywhere, and sometimes take the city bus. Since I live near the bosque, I can walk a couple of blocks to the state park and walk the winding path that follows the Rio Grande. Right now the geese are migrating, and the ducks are beginning to nest. We will soon see ducklings wandering the neighborhood behind their mothers. You can ride the bosque's bike trail to the Zoo in one direction or all the way to Bernalillo in the other.

There are plenty of good places to eat out in the city. Gold Street Cafe will cook your eggs in butter and they have excellent bacon! Some of the small Mexican restaurants - and you have to know which ones - cook everything in real homemade lard, and you can make a wonderful meal out of carnitas or carne adovada or liver and onions. The food in New Mexico is incredible. You can get chopped green chile literally everywhere (hell, even McDonald's).

The smell of Albuquerque in August and September will make you cry - the roasters sit in parking lots, turning wire cages over open flames, pounds of chile rotating, turning black. It's absolutely orgasmic.

This can be the land of ma??ana - people take time to get things done. I think the city is beautiful, but out of towners may think it's unkept in places, but that's just New Mexico. We're not a city of facades and fake praise. Everything here is achingly real.

If you like hiking, we have awesome trails in the Sandia Wilderness. You can hike the volcanos on the west side. Skiing is just 45 minutes away! And the ancient cultures seep into your consciousness here, will infect your dreams.

New Mexico is both the Land of Enchantment and the Land of Entrapment. It's tough to make a living, but you are in good company if you are poor (like me).

But as for Paleo living? heck yes. Can't imagine a better place.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Awesome! We are self-sufficient poor. Habitual students who bike and cook at home more than anything else. How are the winters for biking/walking? Thanks for the info, really paints a picture. Makes me think of Tuscon (which I visited a lot when I lived in Phoeinx/Tempe AZ)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 21, 2012
at 12:33 AM

A lot of talk on the web about how rough the town is. Amazingly poor and extremely dangerous. It's a little surprising since it isn't that big. Also, a lot of "If they don't know your surname you won't get a job"...again, seems weird since it doesn't look small enough to be that cliquish.

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

(2890)

on March 21, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I never worry about violence, not that much happens here in that regard. I feel very safe.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on March 21, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Can you name some of the Mexican restaurants that cook with lard? I'm moving there in may..

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

(2890)

on March 21, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Oh lord, noooooooooo! It's not like that at all. Small town New Mexico can be that way (with regard to surnames, not violence), but not the big city. I'm not Hispanic, I am half Native American, and I have had no issues. Of course, I speak Spanish and that goes a long way. This is an egalitarian city. I own a newspaper in a rural community and have covered all kinds of issues. And sometimes the whole Anglo vs Spanish thing rears its head, but I think you will find similar scenarios no matter where you live. ABQ is a lovely and strange and fun city. It's not small enough to be cliquish.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 21, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I LOVE Gold Street's bacon...

0905a0f8cd1e48f6d39fe625a65b6ef1

(2890)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:56 PM

The winters are mild. Evenings are cold but the sun warms the day. Even if the air is cold it will feel warmer with the sun out. I walk and bike year round. We might get a few snow days a year, but it melts within 24 hours. If you live near Tramway, you will get a lot more snow! Down here in the bosque, absolutely no snow! Right now the grass is greening up and the daffodils are out, the trees are beginning to leaf and bud. Winter isn't long.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 21, 2012
at 07:02 AM

What a lovely answer. I grew up in NM and I miss it every single day. THere is just something about that landscape and the people that sets it apart from every other place I have lived. It's not mainstream US. And yes, the smell of roasting chile in the fall is almost orgasmic. Sigh....

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:08 PM

I haven't lived in ABQ for a while, but I can tell you that if you don't have a car, you'll want to live near the university (I assume your wife is attending UNM, I'm an alum). The town is so spread out that public transit is really annoying. I didn't have a car the whole time I lived there and did fine in the university area. Restaurants, bars, a great grocery co-op, hair salons, shops, drug stores...everything you need within a few miles radius.

When I left, ABQ was really starting to come into its own with restaurants. O'Niell's has the BEST green chile bacon burger. Flying Star Caf?? will become an anytime favorite (I worked there for 5 years), and they're pretty special-request friendly. They had a Brazilian restaurant by the big movie theater downtown, so that's a good option if it's still there. There is a smattering of places trying for a more upscale experience, and you won't have trouble eating Paleo at them.

Mexican food might be harder to navigate. Lots of pinto beans, tortillas, and cheese on everything. Trust me, they will be confused if you ask for modifications.

It can seem unfriendly, trashy, and weird at first. I don't know where you're from, but some people have been afraid of it until they got used to it. I grew up in NM, so I never noticed. :) But give it some time and it'll grow on you. Lots of great folks there too.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Found one site that seemed to talk a lot about massive drug problems. Of course the same place talked of how expensive the houses were which doesn't seem quite right. How is the Uni area? Pretty safe?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 21, 2012
at 07:22 AM

Wish we could. It's a one year commitment, sight unseen. Hence the begging for info! :D

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Very cool. My wife is studying Archaeology and has a chance to do a 1 year exchange with option to transfer. Could you clarify the trashy/weird? Yes, we want to live near the Uni. :D

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Um...how to put this nicely...I mean it in a literal sense, in that there is trash and lots of dust/dirt. I also mean it in an interpretive sense with gangs and lots of petty crime. In many parts of the city, it's necessary to have bars on your windows and cars get broken into all the time. DUIs are no joke here. That being said, none of those things affected my 5 years there. The worse that happened to me was a welcome mat and a bike were stolen. It's still a bit wild West there, but great access to beautiful outdoors. It was a great place, have many lifelong friends from my time there.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 21, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Yes, pretty safe, but again, it attracts the petty crime. I lived in two different places near the university and we didn't have any issues (other than aforementioned). I walked to work and school with no fear. Honestly, you should just go check it out for yourself! Stay for a few days and see what you think.

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A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

on October 01, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Just one additional note - someone just recently started a local website/blog for Paleo folks here in the Duke City: http://www.paleoquerque.com There's a FB page, too.

It is just getting started so hopefully will be a good meetup point and socialization, etc.

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C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

on August 03, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I use this site to find farmer's markets around town on different days of the week: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/Farmers_Markets/Market_Locations/index.html

For cheap and easy dine-in or drive through I like to go to Taco Cabana. I order the beef fajitas and skip the tortillas. The salsa bar has fresh cilantro, limes, pico de gallo. I dump it all on one plate like a meat salad.

La Montanita Co-op will be close near UNM.

I'd also check out the Santa Fe farmer's market, which is larger, if you're in the mood.

Did you decide yet?

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I'm in Santa Fe. Look me up via link in my profile.

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A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

on June 22, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Waving my hand wildly in the air..... Duke City'ers, unite!

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:25 PM

I guess the question I have now is where are you living now? Of course there are parts of town that you want to avoid spending too much time in, but if you are from any where close to a big city (like I was from North Jersey) you should not worry too much. By the university is plenty safe. My daughter is a soph down there and she walks around campus and has never said anything to indicate it is not safe. We go down there often because it is fun and there are lots of nice places to eat and enjoy the nightlife. Overall, ABQ is a great place ot live if you bike, very bike friendly. It can get a bit cold in the winter at times but nothing that should stop you if you are a hardcore biker and you dress properly. Auga nd Sept are awesome out here. I am serious about the wind, it is horrible in the spring. But may not be so bad down in town, but out here in RR it sucks. Good food, lots of micro brewerys, a cool culture, no traffic to speak of if you come from cali or the east coast. The is nothing about ABQ that makes me worry.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 22, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Cool. I get around. From Cali, lived in Madison, WI, lived in Tempe, AZ, Vancouver, BC and even Charlottetown PEI. So I've seen just about every size town there is. Just tryin' to get a feel for things.

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744342f7ec832d8be55df79dbc067ebd

(76)

on March 20, 2012
at 11:55 PM

If you love some seriuos wind and your neighbors trampolines landing in your yard, this is the place to be.

Seriously, we moved out here (Rio Rancho) from Jersey about 5 years ago and are well adjusted. Kids, dogs, everyone is thriving.

I would imagine you can be pretty paleo where ever life brings you. We are and there is no issue for us. Like a few folks have said. I fyou live downtown or by UNM, you can walk or bike to where you need to be.

As far as outdoor stuff goes, this place has it all. We just spent the week snowboarding in Taos and it was amazing.

Hit me up if you want more info!

Ken

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Keep it comin' brother. Anything and everything you got?! From here, and the web it sounds like it's got some nice areas, some rough areas etc... but who doesn't? I just want a place where we can have a patio garden, take some classes, eat some good food and chill. Then again I don't want my wife raped and murdered and their are some real haters out there talking about some serious ugly in ABQ. Either that or I have to believe it's the most violent place on earth. Doesn't sound like you'd agree with the ABQ=psycho hypothesis.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Hey there! Is Santa Fe close enough?

I can tell you about Paleo-friendly stuff here, but not ABQ, unfortunately...

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 21, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Oh no, Albuquerque is NOT walmart-esque. And it's not really like Phoenix either. It's way more down to earth.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:42 PM

If you take the RailRunner train from ABQ (80 min) you can do a bunch of shopping within walking distance of the train station: Farmer's Market, REI, Whole Foods. Also, Cowgirl BBQ and Zia diner are nearby. If you come for a visit, call me & we can show you around. (contact info on my website--look at my profile page)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 21, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Got it. Nice enough but a little....Walmart-esque?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Go for it! It's a lot closer than Vancouver, BC and my experience in Phoenix, AZ.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Actually, Phoenix isn't far off. Less glitz and fancy cars in ABQ, more lowriders. :)

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:27 AM

I live in Santa Fe. I was the Weston Price chapter leader here for four years. I can help get you connected to grass-fed meat and other source of good Paleo foods. You can contact me through my website's about page listed on my profile.

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