Live Music: The Matthew Project 1/30/09

It was another great night here at The Toro Bar and Grill last night. The Matthew Project was here! The Matthew Project has played here many times before, but it's been a while since they rocked out for us. We were so happy to see them back again, and the crowd was thrilled as well. Above: James and George taking a break from party prep to pose for the camera. Below: The crowd dances and jokes while The Matthew Project gets ready for the next song. More videos on youtube.

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Back by Popular Demand...The Matthew Project!

The Matthew Project is back at The Toro Bar and Grill tonight! Come check them out. Music starts at 9 pm at the Toro Bar and Grill. I'll try to have pictures and video of the band later, so stay tuned for another post. Check out the band on myspace.

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Sight Seeing at The Inn

As many of you know, The Inn at Rio Rancho underwent a major remodel and makeover over the course of 2008. The results have been inspiring awe and disbelief in those who were familiar with the property before, and wonder in those guests seeing the lobby for the first time. It is really something to see, and there is a lot of it to see, but I have a favorite spot. Not all of our guests have the chance to really enjoy this spot, for the traveler is pulled in many directions and a quiet moment is often impossible. From the main entrance, facing the front desk, the "pyramid corner" is just to your right. Parents and children alike can enjoy the view of the pyramid, and posing for the camera in front of the pyramid with friends has become a regular happening here in the lobby. Viewing this spot from the other side, the guest seated in one of the rustic antique benches is treated to a great view of the Sandia Mountains through floor to ceiling windows. These mountains serve as a canvas for some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I've ever seen(I've got some video with a few really great mountain scenes that I will post later). Anyone exploring the lobby who happens upon this little nook is in for a picturesque and relaxing treat.

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Live Music at The Toro Bar and Grill 1/24/09

Solar Street Band is the name of the group that rocked the house here at The Toro Bar and Grill last night. They play classic Rock 'N Roll from the 50s and 60s and a little country too. They've played here before and they always bring in a great crowd. Last night was no exception. The music was great, the bar was packed, and everyone had a blast. In the above picture, Jennifer is acting as stand-in for the lead singer before the party started so that I could try out different spots to put the camera. Thanks Jen, you're the best. I did not account for the lack of sunlight in the evening compared to when I was doing the test shots earlier in the day, so the videos ended up being just a tad dark. Solar Street Band opened for The Coasters this past October at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, check out the videos HERE and stay tuned for more live music info. The Toro Bar and Grill features live music every Friday night.

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Toro Grill Review: Lunch

I ordered some food off of the new $4.99 lunch menu today and I must say: I am impressed. I thought long and hard about what to order, but in the end I went with the "Soup and Sandwich" option. My sandwich of choice was the classic turkey and Swiss hoagie and it came with lettuce, tomato, and a pickle spear on the side. Now of course when it came time to pick a soup I did not hesitate for a moment. Since trying it for the first time some months ago, I have been obsessed with the green chili stew here at the Toro Bar and Grill. If I had my way, this stew would be on the table for every meal. The stew is made according to Chef Josh's secret recipe and is served with cheddar cheese and a tortilla. It is truly awesome, New Mexican cuisine at it's best. All this was served with the speed and friendliness I've come to expect from the staff of the Toro Bar and Grill, and at just $5.34 after tax, it's the best lunch deal in town. Stay tuned for more Toro Bar and Grill food reviews. Next time, we'll order from the dinner menu and let Head Chef James Garrigan really flex his culinary muscle.

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Inn at Rio Rainbow

I shot this video earlier today. One of my co-workers told me there was a cool rainbow in the sky and she was right! This rainbow was so vivid, and so close that it looked like you could throw a rock and hit it. I like to think that, seen from a distance, this rainbow was pointing and leading guests right to our fine hotel and restaurant. "The Inn at Rio Rancho: Where the pot o' gold is never far away!" The video quality is pretty poor, I shot it with my digital camera.

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Great Lunch Deals At Toro Bar and Grill

The Toro Bar and Grill is happy to announce the $4.99 lunch menu! This a great deal and will soon become a local tradition. I will be sampling one of these menu items in the near future and will provide a review and pictures for you to enjoy. With so many fine options to chose from, and at such a great price, the choice will not be easy.

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Inn at Rio Rancho TV Spot

Hello and welcome to The Inn at Rio Rancho Blog. This is a place for me and a few of my colleagues to keep our guests informed on up to the minute info regarding The Inn at Rio Rancho, The Toro Bar and Grill, and Rio Rancho NM. I'll be updating this blog as often I can, and you may notice posts from other authors as well. We'll have pictures and videos of local scenery, we'll have hotel updates/anouncements, and even some food reviews. I am Brad and we'll kick things off today with a little video. This is a TV commercial that is currently running on one of the local channels here in Rio Rancho. Check it out.

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Info Post

Located in the heart of the city, this destination resort is only 12 miles from Old Town Albuquerque and is less than half a mile from Intel.

Our spacious rooms feature cable television with free HBO, free local telephone calls, and free high-speed wireless internet access.

Lush landscaping, a heated outdoor swimming pool with hot tub, a picturesque gazebo, and memories that are sure to last await you and your family in our serene 2-acre courtyard. Come discover Rio Rancho's hidden garden.

All of our tastefully appointed rooms have king or queen beds with many conveniences.

Recreational facilities include a large swimming pool and spa amidst beautiful trees, lawns and colorful shrubs. The nearby Sandia Mountains provide a wealth of fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, and picnicking. You can also ride America's longest aerial tramway up the face of the Sandia Mountains and dine in the clouds 2 miles up. Everything from impressive new shopping centers to ancient Indian ruins and petroglyphs are all just minutes away.

The full service Toro Bar & Grill are sure to satisfy the entire family. Stop in often for daily specials, guest discounts, live music, and daily happy hour.

With several conference rooms and a stunning grand ballroom, The Inn at Rio Rancho is the perfect place to hold your meetings, reunions, weddings, and formal dinners.

Do not miss Albuquerque's wonderful shopping or the charm of Corrales during your stay with us. Whatever the season, the city's mile-high altitude lets you enjoy your stay in a clean temperate climate that is perfect for year-round work or play.

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