The Local Flavor Pantry

Learn more about Northern New Mexico’s local food growers, artisans, and vendors. Milk and honey, herbs and spices: New Mexico’s got it all! These businesses offer packaged local products, and they keep our farmers’ markets robust in every season. BEES Buckin’ Bee Honey 505.989.1197 buckinbee.com Buckin’ Bee is celebrating 14 years of keeping bees in...

2015 Fishing Forecast

Fishing Forecast for the 2015 season Things are looking great here in Northern NM. We had a decent snowpack this year, and rain and high mountain snow continue to fall. Though this will mean tough fishing for the next several weeks, a good run-off is vital for the health of...

Underappreciated Wines: Curious 2

Summer is sequels. It worked once, why not take it out for another spin around the blockbuster. “Furious” how many? While this isn’t about Vin Diesel, it is a sequel on “vin.” In our February issue, we published “Curious Pleasures,” a valentine to wine varieties that don’t get a lot...

Waterfalls in the Desert

Imagine yourself walking in the woods. The sun blazes high in the sky and patches of dappled light slip through to the forest floor. Trees whisper a hushed lullaby as the wind ruffles their leaves. Here and there, a butterfly drifts on the breeze and squirrels flit across the trail....

Paper Dosa

It’s 6:30 on a Wednesday evening and Paper Dosa is packed. Groups of people stand in the hallway or at the host stand, waiting for a table. The smell of frying onion, cumin, cilantro and mint fills the air while I sip a glass of Vinho Verde. A friend and...

The Buzz May 2015

What's in, what's out, what's hot, what's not... that's the buzz!

The Art Buzz

The Art Buzz: May 2015

Still Hungry?

Still Hungry? Fire Up Your Grill!
This month in Local Flavor: Catch the excitement of shooting the rapids on New Mexico's rivers with Santa Fe Rafting, explore the one and only Mine Shaft Tavern in operation since 1890's as the sassy soul of Madrid, and reel in your fly fishing forecast with legendary Taylor Streit of Taos Fly Shop.

 

Local Flavor is northern New Mexico’s complimentary food, wine and lifestyle magazine for Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos and Los Alamos. Local Flavor is read avidly by people living in northern New Mexico, as well as by thousands of visitors who travel to our area each year. Since 1994, Local Flavor has published stories about New Mexico chefs, restaurants, farmers, vintners, recipes and wine. In 2001, we added more flavors to the mix, and now include home decor, travel, design, arts and artisans, personal style, gardening, music and events. We offer visitors an insider’s look at local culture, area museums, galleries, restaurants and recreation—the best activities to experience and places to eat during a visit to New Mexico. We celebrate the deep historical roots of our community, the ethnic diversity of our people and the unique character of life in the high desert. We do this through in-depth stories on individuals who we feel embody these ideals. At its best, Local Flavor captures the essence of who we are.

Underappreciated Wines: Curious 2

Summer is sequels. It worked once, why not take it out for another spin around the blockbuster. “Furious” how many? While this isn’t about Vin Diesel, it is a sequel on “vin.” In our February issue, we published “Curious Pleasures,” a valentine to wine varieties that don’t get a lot of love, the redheaded stepchildren like Merlot, Chablis, Beaujolais, Riesling—wines we pass by in lieu of standard favorites. The wines below aren’t meant to replace or change our cup of tea, rather to invigorate discovery. In vino veritas, they say, and, if truth be told, we didn’t finish the job, so here it is: “Curious 2.”

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Waterfalls in the Desert

JEHolik-waterfalls-3869Imagine yourself walking in the woods. The sun blazes high in the sky and patches of dappled light slip through to the forest floor. Trees whisper a hushed lullaby as the wind ruffles their leaves. Here and there, a butterfly drifts on the breeze and squirrels flit across the trail. Nearby, a brook gurgles a melody as robins and jays chorus overhead.

As you stroll along, the brook grows more insistent. It swells from a soft trickle to a rolling stream and you begin to hear a gentle roar in the distance. Your pace quickens as you move toward the sound of falling water. As you draw nearer the roar gets louder, until it’s all you can hear.

Finally, you see it—a cascade of water tumbling over a rocky precipice with untamed exuberance. It crashes over the ledge with rushing fury, then calmly swirls in shimmering pools below.

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Paper Dosa

It’s 6:30 on a Wednesday evening and Paper Dosa is packed. Groups of people stand in the hallway or at the host stand, waiting for a table. The smell of frying onion, cumin, cilantro and mint fills the air while I sip a glass of Vinho Verde. A friend and I are lucky enough to get two seats at the bar, overlooking the kitchen. Our placemats are lost beneath an array of appetizers. We begin with handfuls of crispy pakora: thinly sliced red onion and jalapeño battered in rice flour, which we dip into a creamy eggplant chutney with a heady, earthy flavor. Next comes the cashew calamari, surprisingly not fried. Instead, discs of sliced squid are buried in a thick, spicy cashew curry. The flavor pairs beautifully with the strong, pungent ginger of a cold glass of Thistly Cross Ginger Cider. We lose ourselves in the spicy mango and goat cheese salad, crunching on colorful watermelon radishes and walnuts. Every so often we bite into lusciously ripe cubes of mango coated in spicy red chili.

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Reading the River

Photo by Kitty Leaken

Photo by Kitty Leaken

Images of Lewis and Clark circa 1805 come to mind, shooting the Dalles Class V rapids of the Columbia River in dugout canoes. Interestingly, they’re always looking ahead with wide-eyed intensity. That they survived is testament to the boat handling skills of their “principle waterman” Peter Crusat, and to sheer luck. For them, a river was a means of transportation and rapids were something to be endured. Nonetheless, when they reached calm water at the end of the run, after wiping the sweat and spray off his brow, Meriwether likely turned to William and exclaimed, “Man, that was a hoot!”

Fast forward 210 years and we have Russell Dobson, owner of Santa Fe Rafting, offering trips on our beloved Rios Grande and Chama, in rapids ranging from (mild) Class I to (wild) Class IV. He takes full advantage of inflated rafts that, unlike dugout canoes, bail themselves and usually bounce off things like rocks. Yeah, bouncing off things like rocks is good.

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Fly Fishing Forecast

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Taylor Streit has been guiding fly fishers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a “Legendary Guide” in the Freshwater Fishing Hall Fame. He has written three acclaimed fly fishing books. His son Nick runs Taos Fly Shop and was on the U.S. Junior Fly fishing team that placed second in the world competition of 1998. They employ several experienced guides who have been hand-picked and trained by Taylor on fishing New Mexico waters.

This is an overall north central New Mexico fly fishing forecast for the upcoming season. Particulars on how to get you hooked up will follow monthly on both the Local Flavor and Taos Fly Shop websites.

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The One and Only Mine Shaft Tavern

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For pilgrims traveling the Turquoise Trail in search of Madrid’s famous celebrity, you can’t miss her—she’s mid-town on Main Street’s curve, upfront and sassy, a bevy of motorcycles jockeying for her attention. Pushing 70 in this current incarnation, she’s forever the belle of the ball, Madrid’s own Mine Shaft Tavern.

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Plant a Row

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Photo by Gabriella Marks

When we think of a food drive, we may think of going through our kitchen cupboard and searching for items that we can collect to give to our local drive. As the growing season is swiftly upon us, we can go deeper, we can expand our reach to local hungry community members by planting a row of vegetables or fruits.

Together we can bring fresh food to families, seniors and community in need across northern New Mexico. Join this amazing initiative led by The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s Food Bank.

“Everyone can make a difference.”

 

 

 

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2015 James Beard Finalists Announced!

The finalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards—largely considered the Oscars of the food world—have been announced, and we could not be more proud that two of our local stars in the culinary community have made the list.

Photo compliments of Del Maguey

Photo compliments of Del Maguey

Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mescal in Ranchos de Taos has been nominated for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. He is up against four other individuals from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (DE), Littorai Wines (CA), Mina Group (CA) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (KY). Congratulations! We wish you the best of luck.

 

 

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Martín Rios of Restaurant Martín in Santa Fe has been nominated for Best Chef Southwest alongside five other of the region’s most talented chefs: Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s (AZ), Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (TX), Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine (TX), Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s (TX) and Justin Yu of Oxheart (TX). We are thrilled to have you in our local community—best of luck!

 

 

Thank you both for putting New Mexico on the map!

Notes from the Field

Photo by Sally King, compliments of Bandelier National Monument

Photo by Sally King, compliments of Bandelier National Monument

Hiking backcountry trails, of which there are many in Northern New Mexico, is one of my favorite things to do. Long distances require that the hiker to maintain a state of calm, both in body and mind, constantly adjust exertion to conditions and conserve energy. In maintaining this balance, your mind becomes quiet and distinctions between person and place fade away … the best nourishment for the soul I know. One such hike is to the Stone Lions Shrine in Bandelier National Monument. It covers 13 miles round trip, beginning from the visitor’s center, over widely varied terrain and nearly 3,000 feet total elevation gain. This hike tests my mettle and teaches me valuable lessons every time. Continue reading

The Local Flavor Pantry

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Learn more about Northern New Mexico’s local food growers, artisans, and vendors. Milk and honey, herbs and spices: New Mexico’s got it all! These businesses offer packaged local products, and they keep our farmers’ markets robust in every season.

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Buckin’ Bee Honey
505.989.1197
buckinbee.com
Buckin’ Bee is celebrating 14 years of keeping bees in Santa Fe! They sell honey, bee pollen, beeswax, candles, and lip balm. x Get healthy with their immune-boosting propolis tincture, a product of bee-collected resin from tree buds.

La Entrada Farms
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La Entrada keeps a small number of hives in Corrales and North Valley. This is their third year selling honey and beeswax; they also supply bee cake. They look forward to beginning their harvest in mid-June.

Papa Bear’s Honey
papabearshoney.com
Providing delicious, high-quality raw honey. Papa Bear’s Honey retains some of the pollen, which is rumored to reduce allergies locally. In Edgewood.

Zia Queen Bee Co.
ziaqueenbees.com/honey
Offering many varieties of honey based on the season and the diverse flora of the Rio Grande Valley. Zia Queen Bee Co. honey is pure, raw, and unfiltered. This farm in Truchas has creamed honey, beeswax, and lotions, salves, and lip balms augmented with native medicinal herbs.

CIDERS AND VINEGARS

Montoya’s Orchard
montoyaorchard.com
Montoya’s Orchard has been in the family for four generations. They sell delicious apples and apple ciders as well as dried apples and homemade jams and jellies. From the Espanola Valley.

CONDIMENTS

Old Pecos Foods
oldpecosfoods.com
Old Pecos Foods specializes in all-natural, Southwest-style mustards in several different varieties. If you are looking for a little New Mexico heat, try the green or red chile mustards.

Tio Frank’s
tiofranks.com
Tio Frank’s is an Albuquerque family-owned business that makes red and green chile sauce in small batches from chile harvested near Hatch. For this taste of New Mexico, order online or look for Tio Frank’s in a store near you!

GOAT MILK

Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm
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Students who help out at Camino de Paz in Santa Cruz have a chance to learn science, math, and other subjects in a practical setting. These youths have a part in everything the farm produces. Camino de Paz sells a variety of goat milk products including yogurt, kefir, and soft cheeses.

The Old Windmill Dairy
theoldwindmilldairy.com
From the milk of their dairy goats and cows, The Old Windmill Dairy makes a wide variety of award-winning artisan cheeses including cheddar, gouda, feta, brie, and bleu. They are very proud to say that a number of their cheeses have placed in the top eight at the United States Championship Cheese Contest, the Olympics of cheese! From McIntosh, NM.

Second Bloom Farm
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Second Bloom Farm in Los Alamos turns the milk of its Nigerian Dwarf Goats into soothing body butters, soaps, and more. Try the Cocoa and Lavender Soap—a blend of Ghirardelli chocolate, lavender, and full cream goat milk—for sheer decadence.

HERBS AND BOTANICALS

Artemisia Herbs
artemisiaherbsorganics.com
Providing all-natural health care with a wide selection of herbal creams, tonics, tinctures, and more. Rejuvenate your skin with Lavender Face Cream, or ease that nasty cough with Osha Cough Syrup. Call Artemisia Herbs for a brochure or ordering information. In Dixon.

Boxcar Botanicals from Boxcar Farm
Boxcar Botanicals has promoted health through herbs for fifteen years. Their handcrafted products are made from seasonal, wild-harvested herbs growing in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Llano de San Juan.

Crack Pot Herbs
Growing herbs in Albuquerque since 2003. You can reach Crack Pot Herbs by email at crackpotherbs@comcast.net.

Desert Blends of Taos
desertblends.com
Desert Blends’ personal care products are made with Ayurvedic blends of sage and other traditional herbal extracts sustainably harvested from the mountains near Taos. Now featuring High Desert Polish, a rejuvenating blend for winter-weary feet that includes local blue corn meal, Abiqui lavender, and sage, pinon, and juniper from Taos Mountain.

Jae Bird Botanicals
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Jae Bird Botanicals in Santa FE is solar powered and utilizes only organic or wild-harvested herbs. Jae Bird has herbal extracts, aromatherapy misters, massage oils, bath salts, and herbal eye pillows. Also featuring herbal salves and balms made with cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, local beeswax, and healing herbs.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
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Los Poblanos is a magnificent historic inn in Ranchos de Albuquerque with its own working organic farm. In the farm shop, you can find soaps, lotions, salves, and eye masks made from lavender harvested onsite as well as smudge sticks from sage harvested in Taos. For your kitchen, you can find red and green chile, lavender honey, culinary lavender, bitters, and more!

Milagro Herbs
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Organic, wild-harvested herbs are the primary ingredients in Milagro Herbs’ wide array of healthcare products. Feeling weathered and worn? Try the maximum strength Bloodroot Cream. Looking for a health boost? Try the nopal cactus powder. In Santa Fe.

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm
purpleadobelavenderfarm.com
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu offers a wide variety of all-natural lavender bath and beauty products from soaps and balms to bath salts and eye pillows. You can decorate and scent your house with a beautiful lavender wreath, warm up with a cup of Ceylon tea with lavender and rose, or garnish a dish with lavender and merlot finishing salt.

River’s Source Botanicals
riverssourcebotanicals.com
From Taos, River’s Source purveys rare seeds, sacred plants, and medicinal herbs that are grown organically or wild harvested. Featuring the San Pedro cactus, long used by the Incas and other indigenous peoples for religious and medicinal purposes.

Sunstar Herbs
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Sunstar Herbs, located in Los Cerillos, has been selling at the Santa Fe Farmers Market since ’96! The family raises goats and grows and processes herbs off the grid outside of Madrid. Feature products include smudge sticks and the tasty, healthful Chinese jujube.

PRESERVES

Heidi’s Raspberry Farm
heidisraspberryfarm.com
From the remarkable village of Corrales, Heidi’s organic raspberries are hand selected, slowly cooked, and delicately boiled in small batches for a jam with natural vitamins, low sugar, and beautiful color. Now featuring Heidi’s Raspberry Lavender Jam, a delicious addition to breakfast or a dessert all in itself!

Ladybug Farms
Ladybug Farms is a woman-run operation. Featuring pesto, jams, jellies, and frozen soups sold at the Taos Farmers’ Market. In Arroyo Hondo.

Trujillo Family Farms and Orchards
Located in Santa Fe, this family run farm turns organic produce into a dazzling array of pantry items: salsas, pickles, vinegars, jams, chile powder, blue corn meal, and more. Pay a visit to their Facebook page!

SPICES

Corrales Chile Co.
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The Corrales Chile Co. is a multi-generational family business that follows sustainable chemical-free farming practices to grow its own produce. Featuring blue corn mixes and New Mexico green chile sold at farmers’ markets throughout the Albuquerque area.

EFT Farms
Selling herbals teas, Anasazi beans, red chile powder, and dried green chile. EFT Farms hopes to see you at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. It’s one of the best in the country! Out of the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

The information in The Local Flavor Pantry directory comes in part from vendor lists for farmers’ markets around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. Please contact us if you are on this list and would like to update or remove your information. If you like what you see and want your business listed in this directory, give us a call. You can reach Local Flavor Magazine at 505.988.7560.

 

 

 

2015 Fishing Forecast

Fishing Forecast for the 2015 season

Things are looking great here in Northern NM. We had a decent snowpack this year, and rain and high mountain snow continue to fall. Though this will mean tough fishing for the next several weeks, a good run-off is vital for the health of our trout streams. High flows carry unwanted sediment downstream, and help to keep water temps cool in June.

For the next month or so, the best fishing will be on lakes and tailwaters. In fact, the Cimarron has been very good lately and Stoneflies should begin to hatch there in 2 or 3 weeks. The Costilla below the Valle Vidal is another good choice this time of year.

As we look ahead to June, The Chama should fish well from June 5th to about the 20th, give or take a week on either end. Every year we see some incredible fishing there- but you have to hit it just right- make plans now!

We expect our 3 different stretches of private water on the Conejos to fish very good with Stoneflies around June 15-20th and Green Drakes right behind them. This has become an extremely popular time to fish and space on the private water is quite limited, so make sure you get your spot soon.

We are also excited for another year on the Trinchera Ranch in Southern Colorado. 180,000 acers of pristine mountains, stream and lakes with abundant wildlife and trout. With Cutthroats and 5 star accommodations- what more do we need to say! We have 4 days available in June (17-20th) and a few days in early to Mid-July. Otherwise the Trinchera is booked up until August. The Brazos River Lodge is also available this year again to our clients. There is a new lodge, and we expect fishing to be outstanding.

The Rio Grande will likely be too high for good fishing through May and much of June. We had some decent Caddis Hatch fishing this April, and we expect the fishing there to be great once the flows come down.

Taylor still has spaces available for his Fly fishing schools. For a list of classes and dates, go to taosflyshop.com. You will also find articles, essays and fishing reports written by Taylor at Muchas Truchas .

As usual, the fly shop is packed to the gills with new gear from Simms, Sage, Patagonia, Winston, and many more. We just got a shipment of Yeti coolers in, and our 2015 Columbia logo shirts are in and going quickly. We have some new shirt and hat designs as well. Check them out at taosflyshop.com where we will be continuing to update product throughout the year.

Our famous guide staff has only gotten better this year with the addition of Tom Harper and Emily Roley. Tom is a FFF certified Master Casting Instructor and Emily brings a long background of fly fishing and other talents to the table. Come by the shop and introduce yourself to Tom and Emily if you have not done so already.

In other news the Habitat Improvement Project on the Red River is just about complete. As the president of Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited, Nick worked tirelessly to see this near $1,000,000 project come together. Now that it’s just about complete, we can hardly contain our excitement! When run-off tapers off in June, look for a new and improved trout stream at the Fish Hatchery and Eagle Rock Lake stretches of the Red near Questa. The Enchanted Circle TU chapter is having their annual banquet tonight! Get your tickets at Trout Unlimited .

Tight lines,

The Streits