The Green Chile Cheeseburger is a delicacy, found in “The Land of Enchantment” – New Mexico. Before you think you have caught this Blogger in a spelling error, the word Chile is correctly spelled. That’s the New Mexico way “E not “I”. The Green Chile Cheeseburger, GCCB, is such a popular food item that the New Mexico Department of Tourism has published “The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail” map which shows locations through the Land of Enchantment where one can savor a GCCB.
The GCCB includes the key ingredient, Hatch Chiles. Hatch, NM known as the Chile Capitol of the World, is located in the Hatch Valley just north of Las Cruces. Typically, the harvest season is August to early September. During this time the air is filled with the aroma, New Mexico perfume, of chiles being roasted. From this point forward, the Hatch Chile finds its way into a multitude of recipes, the GCCB being one.
Many NM eating establishments lay claim to serving the best GCCB. Two of these are located in the unincorporated village of San Antonio, NM on US Highway 380 just east of IH25: the Owl Bar and the Buckhorn which are about two blocks apart in this small village. My gold standard is the Buckhorn. In 2009 Bob Olguin of the Buckhorn bested Bobby Flay in a Food Network GCCB Throw Down.
Each year the NM State Fair in Albuquerque conducts the Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. The Rockin’ BZ in Alamogordo, NM was the 2012 Champion. Santa Fe Bite in Santa Fe, formerly “Bobcat Bite”, is another noted GCCB haunt.
On many visits to “The Land of Enchantment”, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to gorge on many Green Chile Cheeseburgers. The photographs in this Blog show my favorites, the Buckhorn being my all-time favorite.
Summertime in Texas brings hot weather which chases many of the residents to the mountains or other cool locations like Alaska. As I prepare this “Cool” Blog, it is 103 degrees in Dallas, TX. Obviously, I didn’t get chased out to one of those cooler locations; so I thought I would just bring some of those places to me via my photographs and hope others will “Think Cool” along with me. Just use your imagination a little and pretend you are there.
No, I haven’t been scuba diving or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef or any other underwater marvel; nor have I been traipsing around the jungles of Africa or any location where wild creatures will eat or bite you. I have, however, spent several enjoyable and educational hours at the fabulous Dallas World Aquarium. This venue is located in an old warehouse in the shadows of downtown Dallas skyscrapers very near the Texas Book Depository and the Historic West End District. The aquarium is a for profit facility that opened in 1992. The Dallas World Aquarium is an aquarium and zoo dedicated to aiding conservation and housing many animals that are threatened or endangered. The upper level is a reproduction of a rainforest and the lower level consists of several aquariums containing specimens from around the world.
The photographs in this blog represent only a sampling of the Dallas World Aquarium’s residents.
1934 was the year the original Pegasus was installed on the roof of the 29 story Magnolia Building. This building was the city of Dallas’s first skyscraper as well as the tallest building in Texas and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Magnolia Building was the headquarters for the Magnolia Oil Company later to become Mobil Oil.
The original Pegasus, the logo of Magnolia Oil, was completed in six weeks. It was produced to welcome oilmen attending the American Petroleum Institute’s first annual meeting in November 1934. Pegasus was never intended to become a permanent structure, but it still flies above the Magnolia Building, now the W Hotel.
Dallas and North Texas residents referred to Pegasus as the “Flying Red Horse”. It became a landmark of the Dallas skyline. As a youngster traveling to Dallas with my family from Mt. Pleasant on the narrow 2 lane US 67 highway, I would always try to be the first one to spot the “Flying Red Horse” as we got to Rockwall some 20 or 30 miles away.
The original Pegasus was constructed of two porcelain enamel identical horses spaced 14 feet apart, each measuring 40 feet in length and 32 feet in height. A quarter of a mile of neon tubing outlines the details on both sides of the silhouette. Pegasus was installed atop a 50 foot tower made to resemble an oil derrick. Over the years wear and tear rendered “The Flying Red Horse” impossible to be restored and it was removed in 1999. A new Pegasus was built at a cost of $600,000.00 which was donated by individual and corporate sponsors. The second Pegasus was installed in time for New Year’s Eve 2000. This is the “Flying Red Horse” I have photographed atop the now W Hotel.
The original “Flying Red Horse” was discovered stored in a city owned warehouse. Efforts began to emerge to restore the original at a cost of $200,000.00. The newly restored original Pegasus – “Flying Red Horse” is now mounted on a small platform in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. The Mayor of Dallas officially turned the neon lights on in May 2015.
Recently my wife and I visited the Dallas Zoo and while there the opportunity presented itself to photograph two of the zoo’s newest additions, Kipenzi and Mshindi.
Kipenzi, a female giraffe, was born April 10, 2015 and Mshindi, a male chimpanzee, on January 26, 2015. Both names are Swahili. Kipenzi means Loved One, Precious One, or Beloved One. Mshindi is a name for boys meaning Champion or Winner.
Since our zoo visit on July 10, 2015, Kipenzi was tragically killed while frolicking with another giraffe. Kipenzi accidently ran into a section of the habitat breaking three neck vertebrae. Kipenzi died immediately after the accident at 5:30 p.m. on July 28, 2015.