Career Connections That Keep People Smiling

Story by Angela Harrington

Staff Reporter

Photo provided by Dental Wellness. Pictured: Leyra Leyva (CNM graduate), Viridiana Murga, Dr. Fielfer Murga, Zoila Murga, Gladis Sanchez (CNM graduate), Jorge Gastelum

The CNM Dental Assisting Program has a positive impact for students and dentists alike.

When Dr. Fielfer Murga bought his practice, Dental Wellness, he knew that the staff he would be hiring would need to be a good fit for the team, so he reached out to CNM to help him.

“When I purchased the practice, the previous doctor told me that he had some connections with CNM. Then a graduate of the program came in to apply and we liked her and her work, so we contacted CNM that we wanted to work with their students,” Dr. Murga said.

One such student is 2018 CNM graduate Leyra Leyva. She said that it wasn’t until after she started attending CNM that she decided to enter the Dental Assisting Program.

“Once I started the program, I really realized how important it is to take care of your teeth,” Leyva said.

Leyva was sent to Dental Wellness for her second clinical assignment, and she has been employed there since that time, she said.

Dr. Murga said, “That’s why I like the program, because sometimes you can tell if a potential employee is a good match for you. Every dentist is different, so sometimes there is a match for me and sometimes not. If it is definitely a match, we will hire them on the spot!”

2019 CNM graduate Gladis Sanchez, said she knew before she started taking classes that she wanted to complete the Dental Assisting Program.

Her first clinical assignment brought her to Dental Wellness, and she was hired.

“I have learned a lot here. I love it!” Sanchez said.

Dr. Murga said that the people he likes to hire are those that love to ask questions and who are curious. 

CNM graduate Jennifer Medina received her certificate just a couple of weeks ago and is happy to be a part of the team at Dental Wellness, she said.

“Once I took the dental science class at the beginning of the program, I thought it was really interesting and I knew that this was the program for me,” Medina said.

When it comes to staffing his practice, Dr. Murga said that CNM has been, and will continue to be, a great resource for him.

A Bite of The Big Apple at CNM

Story and Photos by Wade Faast

Staff Reporter

Michael Fichera, owner of Hotdog Heaven serves New York inspired hotdogs on the CNM Main Campus Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fichera offers fresh made hot dogs and nachos every day and regularly offers specials like Italian sausage with peppers, onions heros and meatball heros, he said.

Surgery Technologist student Kristi Brooks has been getting a hot dog a week for the past three weeks from Hotdog Heaven, she said.

Brooks said her hot dog of choice is the New York Dog, a hotdog served with spicy mustard, sauerkraut, and red onions.

“The food is great, and it’s a fun place to spend sometime between classes,” Brooks said.

Fichera has been bringing his food cart to CNM since April 2016 and regularly serves 50-75 hotdogs a day, he said.

According to Fichera, he stumbled into the hot dog vending market.

He was meeting with a client for his other business when he noticed a hot dog cart that was not being used, and bought it, he said.

Growing up in New Jersey and making frequent trips to New York City, Fichera said he regularly ate at hotdog carts and knew he could bring the same flavors to New Mexico.

Starting with genuine New York Sabrett hot dogs he builds a hotdog that would be home on any New York street corner, he said.

The red onions found in Fichera’s cart are not store bought or mass produced, they are cooked following a family recipe, he said.

Fichera also sells his hotdogs on Saturdays at the New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex, he said.

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Book Review: Cash Your Investmen

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Managing Editor

No matter what stage of education a student is at, they will undoubtedly need to start looking for a job after graduation.

So, it is never too early to go about learning how to do that, and with S.A. Eberwein’s novel, Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job, students can get a nice head start.

Cash Your Investment sets out advice on preparing for and securing a dream job in five chapters filled with many pointers and many real life experiences.

Eberwein makes sure to start off the first chapter on advising the reader to “master their mind.”

In fact, Eberwein said he hopes that readers realize how much control of their futures they actually have.

“Sure, a great résumé certainly doesn’t hurt, but belief in yourself can go a long way,” he said.

The rest of the chapter is a briefing of the content of the following chapters.

Second chapter of the book breaks down the importance of having a mentor and the qualities that a mentor is preferable with.

The largest portion of the book is the third chapter, which itself is broken down into seven subsections about searching for a job, which resources to use, and how to capitalize on opportunities that the student does get.

And the last two chapters go more into detail about interviewing and résumés, with chapter five including Eberwein’s progress on his résumés.

The writing style and many of the terms used by the author may get excessive at times, but a reader can see that as emphasis or look past it to find that the book really does contain a lot of good advice and practically outlines a plan for job hunting and finding.

Eberwein said he wanted to create a job search resource with advice that is supplemented with real life examples, and he appears to have achieved that.

Cash Your Investment could have been an easier read with an informal style or different vocabulary, but it is worth it for the reader to endure reading a more formal writing style in order to receive such advice.

Although Eberwein writes throughout the book a bit more specifically about corporate jobs, his advice can be applied to other areas.

Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job was released January 25, 2016 by Brown Books Publishing and is available on Amazon and some bookstores for an average price of $19.95.

Albuquerque Rail Yards Market quickly becoming a Sunday tradition

By Rene Thompson, Editor in Chief

The new Albuquerque Rail Yards Market offers an eclectic and different type of marketplace that deals an array of sights, sounds and smells to give market goers an accurate local experience of home-grown vendors, music and food, located at a time honored historical site near and dear to the heart of Burque.

Located at 777 First street NW in one of the oldest Albuquerque neigh­borhoods of Barelas, there are dozens of local booths at the rail yards, from arti­san bakers, to local farm­ers, artists, food trucks, retailers, and music that give an impression of what Albuquerque has to offer, as well as giving market goers a look into the historic Albuquerque rail yards.

The blacksmith shop of the rail yards was re-purposed for the market, which opened its doors on May 4, with hopes of emulating a large and open Spanish style market, which can hold up to 999 people, according to cabq.gov.

This review is about some of the vendors at the market, but also what type of stuff to expect from this new community-driven initiative that will be going on until Nov. 2, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Not only do most vendors have a square reader (mobile credit card app.) to accept most credit cards, but tokens are also usually available to be purchased from market organizers to make purchasing easier and more convenient.

There is a kid’s zone for educational arts and crafts, bands playing throughout the day on two separate stages, live art, massage therapists, belly dancers, face painting, and sample selections, just to name a few of the activi­ties provided at the market throughout the day.

Patrons can also peek into surrounding build­ings of the market to get a look into the history of the Albuquerque rail yards, but what would have been really cool, was if some­one was there explaining the buildings, or at least had some signs set up about the history of each structure that could be accessed from the market.

Here is a short list of some of the vendors and what they had to offer, which could change from week to week.

Zendo

It is suggested by this reporter that upon arrival market-goers must make their way to the Zendo booth that sells fresh, strong and delicious iced coffees served in massive 20 ounce mason jars, which customers get to keep.

The coffee also includes espresso ice cubes and an array of flavorings to choose from that will keep anyone going for the whole day, guaranteed.

These home-style treats are made by Zendo Art Gallery and Espresso Bar, with coffee mason jars costing $6 and only $4 in a regular cup.

Food Street Institute

At the rail yards there are a variety of food ven­dors, but for CNM stu­dents, there is the Street Food Institute that gives students a 10 percent dis­count with ID, and had an assortment of spicy and fla­vorful tacos as well as sand­wiches, sweets and infused teas offered on the food truck monthly menu, which changes periodically.

The Oaxacan Memelitas tacos were mouth-wateringly excep­tional, with pork shoul­der, quesillo, black bean spread, and mole sauce.

The tacos were a recipe inspired by a trip made to Oaxaca by CNM student employees of the food truck in the 2014 spring semester.

If some people do not get a chance to check out the market, the Food Street Institute food truck is at Main campus every Tuesday and Thursday in the Ted Chavez hall park­ing lot until 3 p.m.

Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc

The splendid smell of fresh tortillas made on site along with pack­aged tortillas sold at the Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc booth giving a true Albuquerque feel and aroma to the market atmosphere.

Tortillas were sold in a variety of quantities and are worth the invest­ment for making burritos or tacos with traditional Mexican style tortillas.

111 Media Collective

There was also a screen printing booth making merchandise on site with 111 Media Collective, who produce a variety of Albuquerque themed shirts, jackets, bags, or any other garment provided by patrons.

111 Media Collective will either provide cus­tomers merchandise to get printed, or patrons can bring their own merch and choose from an assortment of Albuquerque-related prints put on right on site while cus­tomers can watch and wait for their custom-made stuff.

Cost of a t-shirt pro­vided with print is just $10 and only $5 when custom­ers bring their own.

Guerrilla Graphix

Guerrilla Graphix of New Mexico has not for­gotten its Burque roots, with providing an assort­ment of Santa Fe Railway logo memorabilia from the Santa Fe Railway Company that helped New Mexico to thrive when the rail yards were open, and is much like a tribute to the old Santa Fe Railway shops that existed from the 1880s to 1920s.

Guerrilla Graphix Santa Fe Railway souve­nirs consist of ashtrays to aprons, t-shirts, and coffee mugs, and they pro­vide a range of Breaking Bad and Zia symbol mer­chandise, which are sold at surprisingly decent prices, with shirts ranging from $10 to $20.

These are only a hand­ful of vendors that the Albuquerque Rail Yards has showcased since the beginning of May, and will hopefully bring more events and revitalization of the Barelas neighborhood.

The rail yards had been closed to the public since the 1990s, and were once considered an eye­sore to some people in the community, but then had its potential seen, once again, by the movie indus­try with many movies filmed there, such as Terminator, The Avengers and Transformers.

The city of Albuquerque bought the rail yards in 2007 for $2.8 million for renovating and repurposing the historical site, according cabq.gov.

This market is such an exciting idea because of the dedicated volunteers of this new and innovative market­place, who have given the community a chance to see a bit of Albuquerque’s historical roots, while making a place that is giving a much needed boost to the local economy.

Overall the Albuquerque rail yards market is definitely worth enjoying a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.

The market adds some­what of a hip new twist on the conventional flea market or swap meet, that provides a truly great vibe of what Albuquerque needed and was seemingly lacking up until now, which was a place to see what the local community is really all about now, and to revitalize and show­case one of the best parts of Albuquerque’s history.

For more infor­mation on the market, other events, or to volunteer at the rail yards, go to rail­yardsmarket.org.

That’s Amore

By Jonathan Baca, Guest Writer

Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, located in Nob Hill at 2929 Monte Vista Boulevard NE, is a temple to thin crust, savory sauces, and globs of gooey mozza­rella, and as New Mexico’s only certified, sanctioned Neapolitan restaurant, they take pride in getting the little things right.

In order to be certified as an official Neapolitan pizzeria, pizza chefs must train with the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, the official governing body of thin-crust, Italian style pizza, at one of their training centers in Naples or New York City.

Owners Gabriel and Kimberly Amador trained with APN president Roberto Caporuscio at his num­ber-one and number-two ranked pizza joints in the Big Apple, and came home to start the state’s first officially recognized parlor.

Neapolitan pizza differs from the average pie in sev­eral key ways.

First and most importantly is the wood-burning oven, which is Amore’s red-brick, fire breathing behe­moth, and was imported straight from Italy.

Pizzas start off no more than three millimeters thick, and are thrown into the oven at a staggering 905 degrees for only 60-90 seconds, in an attempt to get that perfectly thin, crispy crust.

Several of Amore’s key ingredients must be sourced directly from Italy, and their mozzarella, sauces, dough and bread are all handmade in-house, something that was hard to believe, but makes a big difference once it is eaten.

All other ingredients are sourced from as close to home as possible, and Amore has partnerships with sev­eral local farms for veggies and produce.

Amore also has a very extensive wine list, along with a decent selection of local and imported beers. They also serve some unique Italian sodas and other Italian inspired drinks.

So first things first: the pizza.

All pizzas are thin crust of course, and are about nine inches. They are suggested as personal sized, but along with an appetizer, salad or dessert, are really big enough to feed two. There are three different sauces: tomato, white cream, or “rose,” which is a mixture of the two.

Prices for pizza range from $7.15 for the absolute bare-bones to $10.95 for the carnivore special.

There are several vegetarian selections, like the Vegetariano “Trophies of the Garden” pizza, which fea­tured house-made mozzarella, basil, roasted red pep­pers, artichokes, roasted mushrooms, olio and a choice of sauce.

The crust was surprisingly floppy and blonde on the bottom, suggesting that it may have been slightly undercooked.

But when cooking time is 60-90 seconds, it follows that the lines between undercooked, perfectly crispy and completely burned are very thin ones.

Although it was not as crispy as one would hope, the crust had a pleasant texture and was fresh.

The house-made mozzarella was superb, with a bright, tangy flavor and perfect consistency. Instead of being shredded and evenly distributed as cheese typi­cally is on a pizza, Amore uses one or two big globs of cheese per slice that are plopped down and allowed to melt naturally in the oven, which was a surprising and welcome twist.

The vegetables were obviously fresh and tasty.

The mushrooms were clearly roasted to perfection, with a not-too-soft texture and earthy flavor.

The peppers were bright and sweet, and the arti­chokes were not overcooked.

Amore also has an impressive selection of desserts, including Tiramisu and “dessert calzones,” which are actually more like dessert pizzas, as they are flat and not folded.

Along with pizzas, Amore also has a decent selec­tion of salads and pastas, along with a dish they call Pizza Sushi, which consists of Mahi Mahi rolled up in pizza dough, and topped with fresh papaya slaw.

The ambiance at Amore is warm and hip, with modern lighting, warm colors and lots of seating for such a small space. And with warmer weather on the way, it is worth waiting to visit on a warm evening to take advantage of their rooftop patio, which offers abso­lutely beautiful views of Albuquerque.

Best of all, students get 10 percent off any purchase with their IDs so do not forget to bring those along.

All in all, Amore is a fun, affordable and delicious taste of authentic Italy, great for a date night or just a fun time out with friends.

The Secert Life of Walter Mitty is a stunning and inspirational journey

By Nick Stern, Managing Editor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a surprisingly enjoyable film that serves as a reminder that the journey is always more important than the destination.

Directed and led by Ben Stiller of “Tropic Thunder” and “There’s Something About Mary,” this adaptation of James Thurber’s most famous short story is a big leap forward (and in a different direction) in Stiller’s directing career, and he seems to have switched gears almost entirely for this film compared to his previous films.

One of the most enjoyable characteristics of the film was Stuart Dryburgh’s cinematography and big set pieces which were clever and absolutely beautiful.

There were only a few moments the film seemed to falter slightly, which were when the film seemed to fall back to Stiller’s familiar goofiness attempting to get a cheap laugh.

Overall the film was quite enjoyable and very inspiring to get out of the house and live life to the fullest.

Most movies that Ben Stiller has a huge part in generally leads to the assumption that it is probably a comedy full of humor that a child could understand, and usually that assumption is quite correct.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a huge surprise because that general assumption but could not be more wrong as this film was original in its plot and execution.

Instead of playing a character which is goofy and full of silly jokes, Stiller pulls off the thoughtful and hard-working guy who daydreams of a much more thrilling life that most people who suffer from boredom can relate to in their early 40’s.

This different approach to acting and directing has probably led to one of the most enjoyable films that the star has ever been a part of in his history of comedic acting and directing.

Even if this story was written almost a century ago, by someone else entirely, it was still very impressive to see such a predictable movie star completely switch gears and still be able to pull it off.

The cinematography was also a huge part of what made the movie so entertaining.

Dryburgh did a great job of creating set piece after set piece without it ever turning in to a boring and repetitive formula.

The scenery was not just enjoyable but was stunning and impressively vast.

Almost every single scene, from panoramic shots of Iceland to shots of the interior of the Time Magazine building, succeeded in making the film a memorable visual experience.

The only time that the film fell back a few paces and seemed to lose footing a little was when it tried to fit in the traditional cheap humor that everyone is used to seeing and has been a part of Stiller’s career for its entirety.

These moments were very few and far between and were largely outweighed by everything else that was unique and enjoyable.

The lead female romantic interest played by Kristen Wiig of “Bridesmaids” and “Saturday Night Live” was in only part of the movie, but had a memorable quirkiness to her character that helped to bring the story and plot full circle.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not just unique to Stiller’s career but it seems to be unique to most of the films that are being created these days, and that is definitely a good thing.

It is a greatly inspirational film that will definitely leave viewers with a desire to get out the door and do something great with their lives.

Most movies should be trying to inspire people the way that this film does because there is just too much out there that is simply mediocre and unmemorable.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty deserves four out of five stars for its pure beauty and its grand design that leaves viewers with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside afterwards.

New theater breathes life into retail wasteland

By Daniel Montaño, Managing Editor | Photos by Daniel Montaño and INFOBARREL.COM AND MAIN.ABQJOURNAL.NETDNA

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Like Las Vegas, a vibrant neon oasis has sprung up amongst a barren concrete and asphalt waste­land in Albuquerque’s northeast heights.

Regal’s Winrock Stadium 16, Albuquerque’s newest movie theater, has been long awaited by fans of premium movie experiences, and it finally officially opened for business on Friday.

The Chronicle was there for the new the­ater’s grand opening and reviewed the cinema and festivities on Nov. 16.

Situated in the Winrock Town Center at 2100 Louisiana Blvd NE, which has been a relative retail waste­land for over a decade as plans have been meticulously laid for the revival of the shopping center, the theater itself is an impressive sight in the midst of ongoing construction.

The crowd was huge on opening night, because many people have been looking forward to this theater for months coming to Albuquerque.

That is in part because the theater touts Albuquerque’s first commer­cial IMAX auditorium, and the closest Albuquerque had before was the DynaTheater attached to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, which is a Dolby theater, so it does not count — because if you cannot watch Thor smash things with his hammer, it is not real IMAX.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, this theater is not a real IMAX theater either.

The theater is instead equipped with “digital IMAX,” a smaller version of the real thing, about half the size, which features dual digi­tal projectors instead of the dual 70mm projectors in a true IMAX auditorium.

That being said, both the IMAX and Regal Premium Experience (RPX) auditori­ums at Albuquerque’s newest theater are deeply impressive, both boasting a richer movie experience with a better, bigger, brighter picture, far better sound and more com­fortable seating.

The RPX audito­rium has the edge when it comes to sound, featuring a 100,000 watt speaker system including eight 21 inch subwoofers, according to boxoffice.com, which all work together to engulf one in the sound of the film.

While watching “Enders Game,” one could feel the auditorium shake during explosions, an auditory experience that warrants a second viewing.

The IMAX audito­rium clearly has a better picture, however, and both auditoriums offered luxurious, comfortable leather seating.

Whether or not all that is worth the price ($17.25 for IMAX at any time of day, and an additional $4 on the regu­lar ticket price for RPX) is up to the individual moviegoer.

The staff was friendly, albeit a bit bumbling, which might have just been a symp­tom of opening night jitters and the massive crowd rather than incompetence.

Overall the staff was very accommodating, friendly and helpful, even if getting a soda in the massive concession stand takes a bit longer than one would expect.

The concession stand spans the length of the brightly lit and captivating lobby, and serves more the traditional movie theater fare, including cheeseburgers, hot wings and pizza.

Although the food options are not traditional for a movie theater, the prices are traditionally high, so do not come here expect­ing a cheap date.

The lobby is relatively small, giving most of its room to concessions and leaving most of the 72,000 square foot operating space open to serve why people actually go to a movie theater — to watch movies.

Overall, enjoying a movie at Regal’s Winrock Stadium 16 is a wonder­ful experience and defi­nitely fresh for Albuquerque, although it is a bit expensive.

COD: Ghosts brings more of the same, and it’s awesome

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter

If it is not broken, then do not fix it! The same old formula that has defined and carried the Call of Duty series to its worldwide success is still present in the new Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is not entirely a bad thing.

The Chronicle decided to review this much anticipated new installment of the Call of Duty series to find just how it holds up to the rest of the series. Our review resulted in a three out of five for storyline, four out of five for gameplay, and three out of five for graphics, and we will be breaking down exactly why this game has managed to surpass previous chapters of this series.

Though much of the game does feel like the same old COD, the game has tweaks in all the right places that make it even more of a blast than before.

The universe in this game is different from the Modern Warfare series — allowing for an entirely new storyline — while the extremely popu­lar multiplayer has changes that now give each and every player the chance to have their own personalized soldier and experience.

The single-player cam­paign is still packed to the brim with the explosions, fire­fights and narrow escapes that players have come to expect in a Call of Duty story, while there is a new co-op mode that gives players something new to scrutinize.

Infinity Ward, the games maker, places players in incredible environments that are stunning to look at and fun to navigate through while trying to stay alive during all the action-packed chaos.

Sometimes the environ­ments are so marvelous, one finds it hard to continue play­ing rather than simply watch the world burn around them.

For example, while trying to narrowly escape a factory that was in the middle of getting blown to bits of fiery rubble, I found it hard not to stop running in favor of turning around and getting a better look at the impending doom that would have ended the game.

Each mission has its own unique approach and turn-of-events and this allows for an experience that is interesting to play and is not overly monotonous.

The only cut scenes exist during the loading screen between missions and all of the real plot development happens during actual gameplay, which could be missed by players that are too focused on stuff getting blown up.

With that being said, the storyline is still a lot of fun to spend hours beating and blow­ing stuff up, and it is definitely longer than previous stories in the franchise, which is a big plus when it comes to the amount of playable content.

Of course it is a well known fact that many people across the globe buy Call of Duty not for its single player campaign, but for its multi­player mode which is the back­bone of the series, and Ghosts is no exception.

The controls are just as tight and easy to control as ever and many of the same game modes have returned and are still as fun or in some cases as dull as previous games in the series.

There are minor changes however, and they make the player-versus-player experi­ence even better than ever, with the biggest addition to multiplayer being the “Create a Soldier” system, which lets players customize 10 of their soldier’s features, such as gender, physical features, clothing, and of course guns, perks and kill streaks.

Ghosts boasts of having over 20,000 variations avail­able for these soldier modi­fications, and now players can actually feel like they are bringing their own soldiers to the battlefield, which is a fantastic new addition to the series.

But as fun as it is, it can definitely be over­whelming, which can be good or bad depending on the player’s preference.

Squads mode, a new single-player version of mul­tiplayer, in which the player takes on the computer with a squad of his or her own bots, is a good way to test out the many different variations of soldiers, but is honestly not as fun as playing against a bunch of real people.

Overall the multi­player experience is phenomenal, espec i a l ly with its new d y n a m i c maps system, which causes terrain to change during matches and makes for a much more authentic feeling of being immersed.

For example, when get­ting an enemy in the cross­hair, a tremor might cause the whole map to shake and crumble during the battle, let­ting the target get away.

One of the coolest new features and game modes to be added to Ghosts is the new, alien-fighting, survival mode now known as Extinction, which is a mode in the tra­dition of Black Op’s “Nazi Zombies” mode.

It allows up to four play­ers to join forces and fight through ferociously agile mon­sters while leveling up and earning money towards equip­ment that will save the team’s life throughout the game.

The mode is intense and fun to play and is a very welcome new addition to the series.

Overall, Call of Duty: Ghosts is not an example of d e v e l ­opers taking much of a risk to change the game up and possibly draw in an even bigger crowd.

At the same time the series already has a huge fol­lowing, so why risk losing the fans who love the series as it is?

There is definitely room for improvement and inno­vation, but Ghosts is very entertaining with its new and lengthier campaign, improved multiplayer, and thrilling Extinction mode.

This might very well be the best Call of Duty since the original Modern Warfare.

No more blues for students wallets; Local restaurant offers unique discounts

By Stacie Armijo , Staff Reporter | Photo By Stacie Armijo

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Tia Betty Blues, located at 1248 San Mateo SE, offers a wide range of home­made menu items and various discounts to customers five days a week, employee of Tia Betty Blues and lib­eral arts major, Cullen Boardman said.

On Thursdays, the restaurant gives a 30 percent discount to all CNM, UNM, and APS students and employ­ees, he said.

“We are hoping to have more students come in and try us out,” Boardman said.

The restaurant also offers discounts for military personnel, medical personnel, and even people with tat­toos, he said.

Tia Betty Blues makes all their food from scratch every day and the restaurant provides options for people with food aller­gies or specific needs, he said.

“All of our food can be customized for dia­betics, vegan, vegetar­ian, and gluten free cus­tomers,” Boardman said.

There is also an array of specialty sodas with classic flavors and other unique options like Bacon, Ranch Dressing, and Apple Pie, he said.

“We do not serve alcohol but we do offer ginger ales and ginger beers. We offer a ginger ale with bits of real ginger inside that is popular with our customers,” Boardman said.

Frequent custom­ers Linda Lou Taylor and Maureen Elswood said that one of the things that drew them to this unique estab­lishment was the image of Tia Betty on the bill­board out front.

“The image caught our eye when we were driving by,” Elswood said.

They both love the friendly attitude of the employees and the deli­cious food. “We also love the discounts,” Taylor said.

Taylor and Elswood said that Tia Betty Blues is their usual weekend destination and that they are there every Saturday.

“One of the reasons we keep coming back is because we love the food,” Taylor said.

Boardman said everything is prepared fresh and made to order. Nothing is frozen and orders are made when the customer places their order, he said.

The owner, Daniel Boardman, is Cullen Boardman’s father and is from Chimayo, New Mexico. He wanted to open a restaurant that brought Northern New Mexico flavor to Albuquerque and appealed to many dif­ferent people, said Cullen Boardman.

The restaurant opened on May 1, 2012 and has been drawing in crowds ever since, he said. Breakfast is served all day long and just a few of the break­fast options include blue corn waffles, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast taco plate. For lunch, the best seller is the original New Mexico Po’ Boy, which is a Tia Betty exclusive with home­made carne adovada, cheese, onions, jala­penos and Fritos, served on a locally made baguette loaf, he said.

Tia Betty Blues is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Wi-Fi is free for all customers. Like them on Facebook at Facebook.

Summer blockbuster is delightfully despicable

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photos provided by wallpiph.com

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Bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo. This will be the noise for which Despicable Me 2 is for­ever remembered.

This time the min­ions voiced by Pierre Coffin (Brad & Gary, Despicable Me) and Chris Renaud (The Lorax, No Time for Nuts) do not steal the show, they are the show in this film.

From the minions’ antics in attempting to put out a fire in the office of their boss, Gru who is voiced by Steve Carrell (The Office, The 40 Year Old Virgin), to the outra­geous attempts to drive a getaway car, the minions alone are worth the price of ticket admission.

SPOILERS ahead!

While the Gru’s daughters Margo voiced by Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Our Deal), Agnes voiced by Elsie Kate Fisher (Despicable Me, Home Makeover) and Edith voiced by Dana Gaier (30 Rock, Home Makeover) do not play as large a role in this movie as the girls did in first movie, they do remain compelling characters on screen.

From Margo’s dif­ficulties with boys to her young siblings struggles with their own growing pains the children remain char­acters the audience can readily understand and be engaged by.

The newest char­acter introduced is Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig (How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) whose zany antics make for an interesting foil to Gru’s more dour mien.

From her kidnap­ping of Gru in a bid to recruit him for the Anti-Villain League as she tasers’ him, to her diving out of a moving airplane to return to his side as the duo endeavors to bring down the villain of the movie, Lucy is an oddly idiosyncratic heroine that never bores.

The animation is as solid as it had been in the first movie without any pixilation or tearing in the filming frames so the viewer is never pulled out of the film experience.

The story is not quite as unique as the first movie’s plot as it comes across as remi­niscent of a roman­tic comedy at times, which lacks the quirky pull of a villain becom­ing a father but is still solid overall.

The tale begins with a science labo­ratory in the Arctic being completely abducted by a giant flying magnet, who knows why the scien­tists insisted on hang­ing onto metal objects as they were pulled up that seems like poor planning. Fast-forward to Gru’s house where he is hosting a birthday party for his youngest adopted daughter Agnes with the help of his minions who engage in some amusing hijinks at each other’s expense.

The next day Gru when walking his dog he is accosted by Lucy who then kidnaps him by knocking him out and then stuffing him in the trunk of her car. Lucy is pur­sued by two minions in an absurdly amus­ing chase scene who are then knocked out and taken by her along with Gru to a submarine base.

Gru is then introduced to Silas Ramsbottom (insert bad joke about sheep rear ends here) the head honcho of the Anti- Villain League. Silas attempts to recruit Gru to the League, but Gru refuses.

Gru returns home to his base which is now making jellies and jams where Dr. Nefario voiced by Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek) announces he is taking a new job. Gru gives Nefario a 21 fart gun salute as a rather wry sendoff and then decides to sign on with the Anti-Villain League.

Gru is partnered with Lucy as the two of them attempt to track down the villain that stole the chemical compound from the lab at the start of the movie. Gru and Lucy base themselves out of a cupcake shop in a mall with some slightly half-baked moments as the League detected trace amounts of the chemi­cal in the mall itself.

All in all, the sequel is not quite as compelling as the first movie was but it is still a pleasant experience.