San Miguel Restaurant charms peckish patrons with authentic Mexican fare and a convivial atmosphere. Customers get two nonalcoholic beverages (a $3.50 value) and two lunch buffets (a $19.98 value), which spicy up sluggish taste buds with the best-selling favorite, tortas ahogadas. This so-called “drowned sandwich” submerges tortas in chipotle and a sea of cream sauce, enabling them to gather intelligence about hostile hoagies. Traditional chili rellenos stuffs plump peppers and souses them in a selection of savory sauces. Like a 128-pack of crayons, the buffet offers an array of other colorful options irresistible to starving artists, such as mexican rice, beans with cheese and chili, breaded potatoes, tortilla soup, and peppery red- and green-chili stews.
Greenery Restaurant and Market's chefs imbue fresh seasonal ingredients with intercontinental flavors to round out an innovative menu of more than 150 culinary masterpieces. Seafood-loving tongues walk the cedar plank and plunge into the court of the barbecued wild Washington state king salmon and its fawning attendants of herbed potatoes, spinach, and fresh hoisin barbecue sauce ($20). A Mediterranean trio tours diners through balmy olive-tree-studded lands with a smattering of hummus, baba ghanoush, and Greek-black-olive tapenade, bolstered by house-made pita chips ($10). Sautéed rapini pizza accepts passengers of buttermilk ricotta, garlic, and pickled fresno chilies before setting sail for the dining room ($13), and carnivores can track a wily strip steak through a salsa-laced jungle of greens, avocado, peppers, and onions on the grilled fajita salad ($16).
Using flowers as their medium, 150 Sunset’s landscape architects transformed the company’s grounds into a stunning work of art. Flower beds and alfresco lounges double as a show room, exemplifying the company’s landscaping and outdoor-kitchen-construction services. The grounds also flaunt 150 Sunset’s range of flowers, shrubs, and garden art.
Throughout the year, events, weddings, or upscale comic-book conventions convene against this elegant, peaceful backdrop. Inside the adjoining event center, party planners create tableaus to suit any taste. Gilded blue napkins peek out of fine-crystal goblets, elaborate place settings provide forks aplenty, and satin tablecloths depict ornate, three-dimensional roses. Minimalists may opt for black-and-white décor, modern furniture, and neon-lit paper light fixtures.
The friendly staff at Sew What’s New has helped supply, service and evolve thread-baring enthusiasts for more than 14 years. Stock up on a wide variety of supplies ranging from threads and fabrics to machines and sergers, or bone up on the embroidered arts in one of the many expert-instructed classes. Offerings include the introductory Sewing 101 ($15) for needling novices or crash courses in coffee cup cozies ($15) for more advanced embellishers. As the only authorized Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff program dealer in the Southern New Mexico and El Paso area, Sew What's New carries a bevy of suitable sewing hardware and software. Free lessons are available for each machine sold, comforting customers who have not yet mastered errant bobbins and tricky thimbles.
Pizazz prettifies parties with a sweeping selection of party accessories for a cornucopia of different celebrations. Sift through scores of stationary from top-notch designers—including Crane and Bazzill Papers—for the perfect wedding or birthday invite and stop training seagulls to deliver announcements on ketchup-inscribed french fries. Peruse boutique shelves for gift ideas galore to help honor paisley-loving moms-to-be with Vera Bradley bags, accessories, and stationery ($12–$125) or congratulate stylish newlyweds with custom Trollbeads jewelry ($25–$488).