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Blog User’s Guide

Welcome to “Using This Blog 101,” a guide to help visitors to Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog maximize their experience and ease of use. This guide was created because of feedback from my dear readers indicating there are some features and functions on the blog that aren’t very intuitive.

Marquee for Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

As with all internet sites, Gil’s blog has a banner. Call it the site’s marquee if you will. Clicking on the site’s name from any page you may be viewing will return you to the home page. Directly below the site’s name, you can keep track of how many reviews are available within the site. Oh, and if you’re wondering just what a “sesquipedalian sybarite” is, it’s basically someone with a large vocabulary who enjoys the finer things (especially food).

The banner also includes a menu which allows you to navigate to information-filled pages on the site. The most important pages are the “Indexes,” alphabetical listings of restaurant reviews by category or city. The site includes restaurant indexes for Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe and the United States. Within the Albuquerque and Santa Fe indexes, all restaurants are categorized by the type of cuisine served (Basque, Russian and Swiss, for example). Within the “New Mexico” and “United States” indexes, restaurants are listed alphabetically by state and city.

Each index will tell you how many restaurants have been reviewed in a particular city or town or restaurant category. For example, the New Mexico Index pictured above lists six restaurants in Bernalillo. By clicking on any of the restaurants listed, a review will launch for that restaurant.

The next part of the site’s banner is a slideshow of mostly topographical images from throughout New Mexico. Each image displays for five seconds before moving on to the next image. These images were taken by my friend Paul Lilly of Lilly Digital.

Use the Search engine to locate the most recent instances of key words.

On the right-hand side of each page on the site, you’ll see a Search Web part. Please note that this is a keyword search and not specifically a restaurant review search function. The search engine will display a portion of the review in which the most recent instance of a term can be found. For example, if you perform a search for “Laos,” a page will launch displaying a short “blurb” of all reviews in which the word “Laos” can be found.

To optimize the effectiveness of your search, you might want to try using Boolean operators. These will allow you to better target the results you want to see.

By design, the home page includes the three most recent reviews. This is in consideration of visitors who may not have high speed internet access. By clicking on the restaurant’s name, only the review of that restaurant will display on the page.

Provided there are at least three reviews within a specific restaurant category or city, there are also three reviews per page within every category in the “Restaurants by Category” menu. The most recent reviews display first.

At the very bottom of each page, you’ll see a link called “Older Posts.” Click on that link and you will see three additional posts.

Click on “Older Posts” to read more posts in a particular category or location.

On the right-hand side of each page, you’ll find a menu listing my fifteen most recent visits. Click on any of the restaurant names and my review for that restaurant will display.

You can also use the Calendar to navigate to restaurant reviews for the month displayed on the calendar. By hovering your cursor over each date highlighted in red, the name of the restaurant visited on that date will display. Click on the date and the review for that restaurant will launch. You can also navigate to the previous month on the Calendar at the bottom of the calendar.

Below each review, you’ll find the date and time in which the review was posted. You’ll also see a link to the number of comments which have been submitted by readers for that particular review. Click on the link and you’ll read some very insightful comments about my review or the restaurant being reviewed. Below the last comment for the review, you’ll see a small “Leave a Comment” form which you can complete if you wish to share your own dining experience about the restaurant reviewed.

If a review doesn’t have any comments, you’ll see a “No Comments” link. If you’d like to be the first intrepid visitor to comment on a review, please click on that link and a form will display which you can complete to submit feedback.

Frequent visitors to my blog might want to subscribe via email. Entering your email address on the simple “Subscribe” form will ensure you receive an email version of each blog post as soon as it is published. The email version includes all the images that accompany my reviews.

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos says:

    As an aside, one of my fav pics in Lilly Digital Art-o-Graphy is which shows proof, IMHO, there be Ghosts right here in River City’s Olde Town ! In this instance he obviously has caught two impish younguns of theirs yanking the flags in opposite directions. If not that, then it must be El Viento del Diablo!

    July 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM
    • Judith Ebbinghaus says:

      Hi Gil, found you on Field Trip!
      Have you tried Santacafe? We’ve been open since 1983 and a Santa Fe landmark.

      here is a link to our Facebook Page:


      June 20, 2014 at 8:27 AM
      • Gil Garduno says:

        Hi Judith

        It’s been far too long since my last visit to SantaCafe. I’ll work on that.


        June 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM
  • brian terrell says:

    Hi Gil, I love your blog! If you have a chance try our food truck: El Chicken 100% Carbón. Thanks!!!

    6200 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM. corner of San Pedro
    1 (505) 980-8340

    July 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM
  • Bruce Albertine says:

    I’m heartbroken because I can’t find your lovely review of Roma Bakery and Deli on here anymore. Tell me you we haven’t disappointed you in some way! – Bruce

    June 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM
  • Sharon says:

    Please consider reviewing Socorro’s Restaurant in Hernandez NM – my favorite New Mexican restaurant and also one of my favorite restaurateurs. Best red chile and close to best green. I don’ have any connection with her restaurant but I think it’s a great place.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM
  • Deb Toner says:

    Mykonos Cafe and Taverna – I hadn’t been for a while. Took a friend their for dinner a few weeks back. Only half the place had tables and chairs. The menu was a fraction of what the old one was – really basic items. And they charged for pita and oil ! i asked the waiter if it was new ownership; he said they were remodeling and had a limited menu during reno. The food wasn’t nearly as good. In looking at their website, I also see they aren’t doing lunch. And info??

    February 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hi Deb

      Nick Kapnison and business partner Jimmy Daskalos (who own Nick & Jimmy’s and El Patron) purchased Mykonos in January, 2014 and hope to resurrect the failing restaurant back to its former glory days. While both the restaurant name and Greek food concept will be retained, the new owners plan to add more steak and fish dishes to the menu. There will also be some remodeling, including a kitchen expansion. The new owners have a good track record owning and operating successful restaurants.


      February 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM
      • Jim Millington says:

        I am going to have to always defer to the world’s greatest restaurant historian & not listen to employees. We were at Mykonos in August after several years of absence and noticed it’t emptiness and a lack of familiar faces so I asked our server where the couple who always greeted us were. She said the old owner had returned to Greece to open a restaurant. I I quickly discovered that that Juan Tabo was apparently in Greece (or the sale had been some time before and she had returned to paradise). Then I read an article in the Journal about the place being too large and reducing service. I missed the January article about the most recent sale.

        February 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM
  • Jim Millington says:

    Dear Ms Toner, I can tell you that it has changed ownership several months back and they are cutting way back. The old owner,Maria Constantine , now operates The Saucy Italian Bistro, at2912 Juan Tabo NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87112. I have never been there but haven’t hear much really good about it.

    February 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM
  • Bruce Schor says:

    In a nutshell, would you and I and readers of this blog in general give up good New Mexican or Mexican food for Greek cuisine.
    Or Italian, or Asian, or even something more exciting like Afro-centric food for Greek?
    What about locally sourced foods from Farm and Table or Jennifer James 101?
    Or any number of fine dining experiences that can be researched here on Gil’s super informative blog with hundreds of first hand experiences?
    In my opinion that will be the hurdle for the new Mykonos.

    February 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM
    • Jim Millington says:

      I don’t know Bruce. Greek cuisine is welcome occasionally but it is well down my list, Some of the others listed are pretty durn good though if done right. I rely on Gil to tell me if they are (but reserve the right to argue if my lowly opinion is in error).

      February 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM
  • Nan Silvernail says:

    Dear Gil,
    I don’t know if this is the place for recommendations, but allow me to urge you to try out Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles (513 San Mateo Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87108).
    It is pretty awesome! The shrimp and grits really shines. John Shipman, who I dined with and am happy to call a pal, had that and the greens with smoked turkey and he picked up the bowl and drained the juice to get every drop of it. I chose the chicken (which is only wings, no other chicken parts – but what wings! Fabulous!) and waffles and the cheesey grits. Sooo good! I think you will be happy with both the food and the great tunes and decorations. Try to get to the back room on the right and check out the wall of records.

    April 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hi Nan

      Based on your enthusiasm for Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles, we’ll be visiting soon. Please give my regards to John. He was one of my early inspirations for starting up a blog.


      April 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM
  • Randy says:

    Will you do a review on Antiquity?

    July 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Thanks for reminding me, Randy. Antiquity is a restaurant we’ve taken for granted for a long time. We’ll try to visit soon.

      July 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM
  • Did you ever review Frank's? says:

    I seem to remember reading a review, but it may have been in the ABQ journal or something. Was unable to find it on your site (but the search engine on here frustrates me, so I give up fairly quickly).

    I enjoyed the cinnamon infused butter and waffles. Chicken was OK, nothing great. I really regret not trying the shrimp and grits. Have been wanting to go back, just have not found the opportunity yet.

    Anyway, was curious if you had visited and reviewed Frank’s yet.

    July 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Alas, Noe, I have not reviewed Frank’s. Yours is the second glowing recommendation. I’ll try to visit soon.

      The Search engine frustrates me, too. To obtain better results, try using Boolean operands such as +”Frank’s”.

      July 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM
  • Arthur says:

    Hey Gil,

    I was looking for a contact email to reach you. Our Chef, Colin Shane has been selected to represent New Mexico at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs “Best Young Chef” competition. A first for New Mexico.

    Best regards and keep up the great work.

    Arthur Martel

    March 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

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