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About New Mexican food

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Whenever something is labeled a "New Mexican specialty", its likely to be covered in green chilies, specially oriented to provide maximum surface area for chilies, deep fried, or, even more commonly, all three. Enchiladas have a completely different meaning here. Also, apparently, does this soup. Its covered in green chilies, in a shallow bowl with more chilies on the side, and there is a layer of oil covering all of it. Its called New Mexican Clam Chowder.

During the summer, most street corners and all grocers have chili roasters waiting for on demand chili action. You buy them by the crate, and they freeze for over a year without any noticeable degradation of quality. At least, none that you can notice, given that these are on par with my grandmother's chilies.

As a result, everyone has them. Green chili bagels get their own rack in the grocery store. Restaurants advertise today's chili combinations, in both popular colors. Papa John's will put green chili on your pizza without batting an eye. You can get chili tea infusions, chocolate covered chilies, even scented candles. And, apparently, you can get some interesting chowder.
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From:willworker
Date:March 6th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like your sort of place. I still remember that Death!Bread you got at Bombay Bistro. You know, the one that's not on the menu, not naan, and is roughly 50/50 flour and chilis of death by volume. The one that I tried a part of and my eyeballs exploded, while you ate it quite merrily.

::wants to know what that was, so he can kill his friends::
"Here, try some of this..."
Steve
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From:avani
Date:March 6th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Chili Kulcha

Damn. Now I'm hungry.
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From:willworker
Date:March 6th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Kulcha, kulcha. Sounds familiar...

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Clearly I need to get out more. :P

And come visit me if you're hungry-- I've found a pretty good Indian restaurant here; I want your opinion as an authentic Indian. :)
Steve
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From:tortoise
Date:March 6th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Would that be Raj Mahal, or are there multiple pretty good Indian restaurants in Rochester?
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From:willworker
Date:March 6th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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That would be Raj Mahal, indeed.

Steve
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From:ejwu
Date:March 7th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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You've already said the place sucks. Why bother explaining?
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From:thumbie
Date:March 7th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I like how even McDonald's has Green Chile Cheeseburgers on their $1 menu. Not as tasty as some chile stuff, but definitely tasty for a buck. Mmm. I need me some green chiles. Clover looks sort of like a green chile... *eyes her hungrily*
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