Our next stop is Albuquerque, NM, situated off Interstate-40 and sandwiched next to the Sandia Mountains. If you’re traveling through New Mexico, definitely save your appetite for all that Albuquerque has to offer. And lucky for us, this weekend, Albuquerque is hosting the Chocolate and Coffee Fest, with the Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut and candy makers, and wineries. Head to the Expo New Mexico where there will be cooking demos, live music, baking contests, chocolate eating contests and a barista latte art contest. Some of our stand out local food favorites are New Mexico Pie Company's Caramel Apple Green Chile Pie, Chocolate Cartel's decadent truffles, and Caveman Coffee's Single Origin/Single Estate Columbian coffee.
And if you still have it in you to pack in more, here are three other gems we’ve found using Food Tripping. Albuquerque residents take pride in their local food and Torinos @ Home hold a high place on their list. You'll be greeted with fresh Italian coffee, imaginative food made completely from scratch, and delicious homemade Italian desserts.
Next, the Downtown Grower’s Market in Robinson Park is the perfect place to check out. It boasts fresh, local produce, art, crafts, and live music in the heart of the city. It’s one of the largest and oldest markets in Albuquerque, with enough vendors to sustainably feed an army. Grab some cash, a reusable bag and stock up on produce, tamales, flowers and, of course - green chile.
For lunch, head over to Satellite Coffee. An Albuquerque staple, Satellite is known for its small batches of freshly roasted coffee and fresh pastries and bagels made daily at Albuquerque's own Flying Star bakery. Grab a Mexican Latte and a homemade hot-pressed sandwich and see for yourself what everybody's buzzing about.