Holmes Pizza and Arcade

Make a DIY Pizza Flakes maker out of your To-go Pizza Box!

Mark Stens Land

10/4/20224 min read

"Holmes Pizza & Arcade: A Slice of Nostalgia & New Discoveries"

Let's step into a slice of Downtown Albuquerque where nostalgia isn't just a feeling, it's a flavor, and the games are as timeless as the pies. Holmes Pizza & Arcade serves up an experience that bridges generations. It's a sanctuary for parents steeped in the glow of old-school arcade games and a playground for kids striking up friendships with pixelated characters for the first time.

At Holmes, the past meets the present over a joystick and a slice. The arcade is an homage to the golden era of gaming, with icons like Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man, and Galaga standing shoulder to shoulder with rows of vintage pinball machines. But the allure doesn't stop at the arcade cabinets; it extends to the menu, where non-GMO pledges and homemade dough—from the classic to vegan and gluten-free options—tell a tale of modern-day culinary craftsmanship.

The toppings are a blend of the familiar and the gourmet, with fresh cheeses including the option of goat cheese, a nod to the discerning palettes. 'Holmes-made' isn't just a catchy phrase here—it's a stamp of in-house quality, from the dough to the sauces and beyond.

The setting is a casual congregation of tables and metal chairs—a no-fuss, all-fun zone where the clink of a pinball machine accompanies every bite. And for the diners who venture beyond pizza, Holmes offers a treasure trove of comfort delights like chicken tenders and sweet bread knots.

So, make your way down to Holmes Pizza & Arcade, where every visit is a chance to indulge in the joy of gaming's yesteryear and the pleasure of a pizza crafted with care. Whether it’s for the love of avocado and goat cheese on your pie or the simple joy of sharing a round of Ms. Pac Man with friends, Holmes is your destination for a taste of the good old days—and the delicious present.

Transform Your Pizza Box into a Food Dehydrator (AKA: Pizza Flakes Maker)

Stop throwing away produce!

Every year, Americans waste about 30-40% of their food supply, which then contributes to the 8% of global greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Let's save the planet one slice at a time and turn that old pizza box into a DIY food dehydrator! This hilariously easy project will transform your leftovers into delicious dried snacks.


- 1 large pizza box (clean, without grease – yes, that means ordering another pizza)

- Aluminum foil (to make it shiny like your future)

- Plastic wrap (because who doesn't love plastic?)

- Black construction paper (very goth, very functional)

- A utility knife or scissors (sharp objects: handle with care!)

- Tape (the universal fixer of all things)

- A small fan (optional, if you want to go high-tech)

- Wooden dowels or skewers (also optional, but let’s get fancy)

- Mesh or cheesecloth (to keep it all in place)


1. Prepare the Pizza Box:

Open that pizza box and line the inside with aluminum foil, shiny side up. This will reflect heat and make your box look like a science experiment. Cover the bottom of the box with black construction paper. This will absorb heat and add to the mystery.

2. Create a Window:

On the top of the pizza box lid, cut out a rectangular window, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edges. Make it artsy. Cover the window with plastic wrap and secure it with tape. This will allow sunlight in and create a greenhouse effect. Now your pizza box is officially smarter than your last smartphone.

3. Create Air Vents:

Cut small air vents on the sides of the pizza box to allow for airflow. You can make these by cutting small flaps and folding them back slightly. These vents are like your dehydrator’s nostrils.

4. Optional: Add a Fan:

If you have a small fan, place it near the air vents to enhance airflow. This will help to speed up the drying process and make you feel like an engineering genius.

5. Create Racks:

If you have wooden dowels or skewers, create racks to hold your food. Simply poke holes in the sides of the box and insert the dowels through the holes, creating a grid. Now it’s looking like a mini barbecue. Alternatively, use a piece of mesh or cheesecloth to lay your food on inside the box. It’s like a hammock for your snacks.

6. Place Your Food:

Arrange your food items on the racks or mesh, ensuring they are spread out evenly and not touching each other. Give them space to breathe – it’s yoga for your veggies.

7. Position Your Dehydrator:

Place the pizza box dehydrator in a sunny spot outside. The plastic wrap window should be facing the sun to maximize heat absorption. Your neighbors will be jealous of your eco-friendly contraption.

8. Monitor and Rotate:

Check on your food periodically and rotate the box if necessary to ensure even drying. You’re basically a helicopter parent for dehydrated snacks. Depending on the weather and the type of food, drying times can vary from several hours to a couple of days. Patience, grasshopper.

Dehydrating Specific Foods:

Red and Green Chiles:

Preparation: Wash and dry the chiles. Slice them into rings or halves, removing seeds if desired. Fun fact: Spicy foods can increase your metabolism by up to 8%! Drying Time: Chiles typically take 1-2 days to dry completely. They should be brittle and break easily when fully dehydrated.


Preparation: Wash and dry the tomatoes. Slice them into ¼ inch thick slices or cut cherry tomatoes in half. Did you know tomatoes are technically a fruit? Mind blown. Drying Time: Tomatoes can take 1-3 days to dry. They should be leathery and pliable when done.

Popular Herbs (e.g., Basil, Oregano, Thyme):

Preparation: Rinse herbs and pat dry. Remove leaves from stems if they are large. Herbs can improve memory by up to 75%. Okay, I made that up, but it sounds good! Drying Time: Herbs generally dry within 1 day. They should crumble easily when touched.

9. Enjoy Your Dehydrated Food:

Once your food is sufficiently dried, remove it from the dehydrator and store it in an airtight container. Congrats! You’ve just saved the planet one dehydrated snack at a time.

This DIY food dehydrator is an easy and cost-effective way to preserve your favorite foods using just a few household items. Happy drying, and remember, every little bit helps in the fight against climate change!