The Inn of the Governors, well placed on the corner of West Alameda and Don Gaspar in Santa Fe, is an exception to the transient nature of life, and is exceptional in that this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary. It’s encouraging to know that every once in a while our endeavors come together, that we can get it so right––it passes the test of time.
Walking into the lobby is like walking into the living room of your dreams, furnished with big cushy chairs and beautiful rugs, and in the colder months there will be a snapping fire in the fireplace. Right around 4 p.m., you’ll find complimentary tea and sherry served. Can it get better than this? Maybe, if you have one of the rooms with its own fireplace. Continue reading
February is back and, with it, the season of love. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I asked two of Santa Fe’s finest (and newest!) culinary couples to share the recipes that they won their sweetheart with. Michelle Roetzer and Leslie Chavez, who were married this past fall and work together in the Santa Fe Community College’s culinary arts program, presented me with the very first recipe they developed together as a couple—a recipe that’s perfect for the sweethearts among us to give a try. Chef Andy Barnes and his wife Crystal, also married this past year and the owners of one of Santa Fe’s favorite restaurants, Dinner for Two, chimed in with a recipe that’s perfect for singles to use in seducing our crushes. Continue reading
On a summer afternoon in the not-too-distant future, a tourist—or local—might be strolling through the northern chunk of Albuquerque’s Old Town and catch a glimpse of a building that appears new and tall and sharply distinctive amongst the darker adobe all around. The five-story building’s clean exterior masonry lines exude centuries of staying power, the pale stone still feeling natural, despite the urban setting. This is Hotel Chaco, the first new hotel built in Old Town in over 40 years and a from-the-ground up project by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, a New Mexico company founded in 2005. The hotel’s marriage of new building techniques with old cultural sensibilities is like nothing the state has ever seen. Continue reading
We had a blast choosing Santa Fe and Albuquerque’s Top Ten Dishes of 2014, but with so many great dining destinations in each city, we wanted to hear what our readers had to say. Here are a few dishes that missed our list – but not yours!
Santa Fe Frito Pie
Current and future chefs with Santa Fe Community College’s Culinary Arts Program will present an elaborate Valentine’s feast in the Jemez Rooms on campus Friday, Feb. 13. The event is a benefit for the program’s study abroad fund.
“Last year, this event was so popular we sold out completely,” said Deborah Boldt, Executive Director of the SFCC Foundation which sponsors the benefit event. “Thanks to terrific support of our primary sponsor – the Simon Charitable Foundation, our student-chefs enriched their culinary expertise on an extraordinary trip to Italy, visiting cooking schools and chefs and learning new skills first hand.”
The sumptuous four-course dinner will feature special wine pairings with each course. Mouth-watering and creative, the menu includes extravagant mussels sautéed with jalapenos, a two-color buffalo short rib ravioli and grilled beef tenderloin with a chocolate red wine demi sauce. Dessert is baked Alaska, caramel ice cream and chocolate cake with torched meringue and blood orange pomegranate sauce.
Tickets are $80 single; $150 per couple, including wine. Only 100 tickets are available. Reservations must be made by telephone. Please call the SFCC Foundation at 505-428-1855.
The Santa Fe Community College Foundation supports the mission of SFCC to empower students and strengthen community through advocacy and fundraising.
The tastiest week of the year is almost here! New Mexico Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year, kicks off in Santa Fe on February 22 and continues in mid-March in Albuquerque and Taos. Participating restaurants from each city will put their best dishes forward during this annual culinary celebration, offering prix fixe menus at delicious prices—so start loosening your belts, planning your dining destinations and looking forward to the foodie adventure that awaits you!
That adventure is better than ever this year in the Land of Enchantment. Restaurant Week, which originated in Continue reading
“You-ou-ou, you-ou,” a sultry, sassy voice rises over the din of the crowd. “Juu-uuu-uuuice, ooooh,” the haunting melody beckons the audience to the dance floor, a siren song encouraging listeners to cut loose, dance and just live in the moment. Lead vocalist Amanda Machon begins to jump and twirl and the audience gladly follows her lead. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the performance powerhouse known as the Red Light Cameras.
This is a band that loves to perform live, and their enthusiasm is infectious. One head begins to bob. Then another, and another. People begin to make their way onto the dance floor and soon the crowd is dancing full-on to the indie/garage/pop sound of Albuquerque’s Red Light Cameras. Continue reading
This is a love letter to hip hop. Not the cringe-worthy version: an assault of obscenities, misogyny and violence. These are new kids in town. Native American artists in their 20s and 30s, from local New Mexico pueblos as well as reservations all over the country, are reclaiming what started out as an inspiring format and returning to that original spark. Hip hop under their watch is having an extreme makeover. It’s a movement, one whose time has come and whose numbers are growing. And at the heart of it is not cynicism but love. Continue reading
There’s an old poem about a wallflower growing in a crevice of stone. Unheeded by men of wealth, by vagabonds, shopkeepers and swiftly passing lovers, “its perfumes reach into the heart of each.” Is it not one of the more compelling notions to glance at the shy figure alone at the punch bowl, see a unique beauty that no one has beheld and become awakened to an enduring passion? Herein lies a lesson of opening minds and proclivities to the allure of overlooked wines. We want to pull focus from entitled, faddish varieties found on every by-the-glass list and hijacking store shelves. Not denying your Malbec, your tired, your poor, your masses of Cabernet Sauvignon—our intention is to liberate your huddled palates yearning to breathe free.
The movie “Sideways” is a freshly charming comedy featuring a sexy, desirable and memorable character. While the same could be said of Virginia Madsen as Maya, the scene stealer in this instance was Pinot Noir, one of the world’s noble grapes, typecast as the mysterious femme fatale. Pinot Noir producers saw their bottles fly off shelves and get 86’d on wine lists, while consumers saw prices increase. The spotlight is deserved (the prices, ehh, in some cases). Pinot Noir is hardly an overnight success. But did the filmmakers have to cast Merlot as the villain? “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving,” says Miles, the film’s quixotic wine aficionado. Merlot was sidelined and sales went in the tank. Plenty of folks still drank Merlot, some for the reasons Miles didn’t want to: it can be a crowdpleaser, soft, fruity, lacking in structure and complexity. However, we threw the baby out with the bathtub plonk. Delve into quality Merlots like Star Lane Vineyard Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($28), complexly structured with dark fruit and long finish; Swanson from Napa Valley, rich, ripe and concentrated, touched with mocha ($36); or Northstar, Columbia Valley, Washington ($30), elegantly finessed with red currant and black fruits. Continue reading