about a young man named Tim Harris.
“As a 2004 graduate of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tim was elected homecoming king by the highest margin of votes in school history.
“In the fall of 2004, Tim moved to Roswell, New Mexico to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Tim earned certificates in Food Service and in Office Skills and worked at a variety of local restaurants including CiCi’s Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP, and Peppers Bar and Grill…
“After college, Tim…worked as a host at Applebee’s restaurant in Albuquerque...
“Tim spent much of 2009 and 2010 living aboard a sailboat with his parents and traveling throughout the Bahamas. Tim is now widely known throughout the Bahamas and is an excellent sailor and offshore fisherman” (timsplaceabq.com).
Tim and his restaurant, Tim’s Place, have been featured on CNN, NBC News, CBS News, The Today Show, and The View and in articles in the New York Daily News, People Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
“The famous quote from Walt Disney, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ has been the driving force behind the life of Tim Harris…Tim’s life has been defined by exceeding expectations” (timsplaceabq.com).
“Upon Tim’s graduation in 2008, his father says, ‘We were looking as a family at trying to help Tim create an all-encompassing plan for his life in which he could support himself with employment as well as having a lifestyle in which all was in close proximity with each other….”
And one more thing, Tim has participated in Special Olympics competitions throughout New Mexico and enjoys basketball, volleyball, poly hockey, track and field, and golf. He has won dozens of gold medals as a Special Olympian and these are displayed on the walls of his restaurant.
Both of us eschewed the regular menu items and ordered one of the daily specials. Ignoring the admonition to “never order fish in the desert,” Chuck ordered the fish and chips special that came with cole slaw and fries.
The El Tomas did sound interesting and would have been my choice had it not been for the fact that one of the specials was the chile relleno plate. I really enjoy and good chile relleno and hadn’t had one in a while.
I could have done without the beans on the plate, but then again, that is often the case. But the plate also came with a side of calabacitas—an item that was entirely new to me. “Technically, calabacita is Spanish for squash, but here in New Mexico we use the word generally to mean this dish made from squash. Calabacitas recipes are like green chili stew recipes out here in New Mexico—everybody has one and it is the best” (adobenido.com).
This was a light and fresh mix of zucchini, yellow squash, corn, onions, tomatoes, and spinach that had been just warmed so that all of the veggies maintained their crisp texture. What a delightful alternative to rice! How I wish more restaurants would offer this option.
With our meals, we shared an order of onion rings that, while being cut thicker than we usually like, were quite good.
Tim could not have achieved his dreams without a strong and supportive family, support that he readily credits in an interview with interviewsthatmatter.net: ‘My mom and dad loaned me the money to open the doors. My dad helped get the word out throughout Albuquerque and the world. My brothers have all worked at my place and they supported me by bringing their friends to the restaurant and giving me business.”
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.