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Blake's and the Green Chile Cheeseburger

 On our recent trip to New Mexico, seven year old No. 1 and I got to stop at Blake’s, a favorite of almost all New Mexicans!  The place was clean, well lit, and the help was friendly.  At Blakes, they actually cook your burger after you order it.  Since I didn’t feel like waiting, I called our order in from our hotel before we headed out. 

1 tore through 7/8s of her adult-sized Lotaburger with cheese, and declared it the best burger she’d ever had.  (If you’re looking for the kid’s size, that’s called an Itsaburger.)  We ordered fries with one burger, and onion rings with the other so we could try both.  Much to her surprise, 1 discovered that she was quite enamored of onion rings, even if they are kind of hard to eat when you’ve recently sold both of your front incisors to the tooth fairy.  I had the green chile cheeseburger!  I add the exclamation point because one simply cannot get green chile on one’s cheeseburger in San Francisco.  If you’ve never had green chile, the experience is both incredible and addicting.  There’s an initial burn depending on how much rain the chile crop in NM got that year, but after awhile the burn is subsumed by a massive endorphin rush, leaving you to consume the rest of your meal in a blissful state of well-being.  Green chile isn’t for everyone, and especially, kids may not like it.  1 has yet to develop a taste for it.  I didn’t really start to love it till I was in my late teens. 

Having had such a wonderful dinner experience, we headed back in the morning for breakfast.  1 and I both had breakfast burritos.  Her’s had bacon, mine had sausage and chile.  Breakfast burritos are a wonderful New Mexico delicacy that usually consists of scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, and if it’s your thing some kind of breakfast meat like bacon, sausage, or chorizo.  Breakfast burritos tend to have chile sauce rather than diced chile, (although some have green chile cooked right into the eggs).  Chile sauce comes in two varieties, red and green.  If you want to come off as a native, and have the most delicious burrito ever, order the sauce as ‘Christmas’.  You’ll get both red and green.  It’s so good!  I broke my own Blake’s rule, and ordered at the drive through.  Since the breakfast burritos are also cooked when ordered, 1 and I spent about 5 minutes waiting at the drive through window, but it was worth it!  Then, loaded up with food that would last us through lunch, (breakfast burritos are huge!), we headed out to visit with friends, and make our way to Villa Nueva State Park.

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