“Laughter is brightest where food is best.”
– Irish Proverb
Hearty laughter, stimulating conversation and great food were the order of the evening on Friday, November 6th at 7PM when the Friends of Gil (FOG) got together at Papa Felipe’s for an evening of mirth, merriment and munching on some of the city’s best and most creative New Mexican food. Four new FOGs (including one delightful ruffian)–Dale, Shirley, Lea and Stephanie–fit right in with what has become a rather tight-knit cast of characters.
In addition to breaking sopaipillas and tortillas, some of Albuquerque’s most passionate and knowledgeable foodies were seen oohing and aahing” at photos being passed around the table of our four-legged children. Something else we have in common, it appears, is the love of dogs of all breeds and sizes. Overheard were conversations centering around such diverse topics as anthropological linguistics, travel, photography and of course, food.
Jen observed that the far northeast heights isn’t often an area of the city you’d associate with great New Mexican food. Papa Felipe’s changed a few minds and awoke several of us to the infinite possibilities of New Mexican standards that are “just a bit different.” Papa Felipe’s unique interpretations answered a lot of questions some of us had–such as what chilaquiles would taste like with red chile and carne adovada (absolutely delicious) and why haven’t we had a green chile carne adovada tamale pie before. My friend Larry McGoldrick, the professor with the perspicacious palate, was blown away by Papa Felipe’s bold and assertive dishes.
There were a few vacant seats at our table–seats we had reserved for you. Being a Friend of Gil doesn’t mean you need an encyclopedic knowledge of food or a sesquipedalian vocabulary. We’re a fun and friendly group who warmly embraces people of diverse opinions as long as they enjoy laughter and good food. Look for our next event to be scheduled after the holiday season. John and Kay are already planning the event and YOU are invited!
A big thanks to Jim “Studmuffin” Millington and his Child Bride for organizing a great night.