Subject: Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Hi Ziners,

We are going to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in October. I am looking for casual restaurants with THE BEST southwest food (especially salsa) and "must see" shops and stops. I collect charms wherever we go and will be looking for a New Mexico-Balloon related charm.

We are staying in the Hotel Blue. I am fascinated because of its location on the original Route 66 (and the price) but don't otherwise know much about it.

Please pass along any advice on food, sites or shops! I figure we will spend the morning watching the mass balloon ascent but I am unsure about the evening balloon glow. Has anyone seen the balloon glow and is it on the do not miss list?

Thanks! Beverly in Knoxville, TN