Meet the Supers

One might be your neighbor down the street, another the guy beside you in the gym. One could be standing behind you in the grocery checkout line, or be in the car behind you at the stoplight. If you meet them, you notice nothing unusual. But these seemingly average people...

State Capital Kitchen

Restaurant people are among the raunchiest and most ribald humans you will ever encounter in a workplace. Need proof? Every restaurant worker who just read that sentence took it as a compliment. Casually transgressive with social mores, restaurant folks don’t pull their punches when it comes to opinions either. They’re...

Santa Fe Theater Stage Revival

The theater scene in Santa Fe, historically eclipsed by a focus on visual arts and touring musical acts, is working on a new image. Witness Ironweed Productions, resurrecting itself with new works by local playwrights in Scenes in a Restaurant, coming up at Second Street Brewery this fall, and Arthur...

Hillary Smith On The Street for Summerfest

It’s summer in Albuquerque—we’re in the thick of it—and it’s hot. We’re looking for cool however and wherever we can get it. Thank goodness, when evening comes, the heat subsides, the cool takes over, and it feels good to be out and on the streets. As much a part of...

The Railyard—Santa Fe’s Family Room

Community. It means different things to different people. It can be a neighborhood, a city, a club, a civic organization or a collection of like-minded individuals. There are communities built around religion, retirement, lifestyles, hobbies, residence, parenthood, ancestry… the list goes on and on. But the one thing that all...

The Cellar

Born in Juarez and raised in El Paso, Gabriel Holguin first got the “restaurant bug” washing dishes as a high school student, and cooking to pay the bills while attending University of Texas at El Paso.  “One day,” he recalls saying, “I will open my own restaurant.” This straightforward avowal...

For the Love of Lavender

Lavender is a shape shifter, transforming from a sweet herbaceous undertone in lemonade and cupcakes, to essential oils in body products that can ease tension and heal skin. This month, two festivals—one in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and one in Abiquiu—exude purple passion, showing off our love of lavender in...

The Buzz – July 2016

Albuquerque Kudos to Dennis Apodaca, chef at Eli’s Place (formerly Sophia’s Place). He’s about to be Chopped. As in, he’ll appear in an episode of the Food Network cooking competition show Chopped that will film in New York in August. You may remember that Sophia’s Place was featured on Diners,...

The Buzz: July 2016

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

The Art Buzz

The Art Buzz: July 2016

Still Hungry?

Still Hungry? July 2016: Patio Dining
This month in Local Flavor: Summer in the Railyard, Hillary Smith—the Diva of Albuquerque, Opera Supers, State Capital Kitchen, Santa Fe theatre visionaries, Albuquerque's The Cellar, and Summertime dreams of Lavender. And of course, your usual favorites: The Buzz, Art Buzz, Still Hungry & more! Read it here

 

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.

Meet the Supers

Billy Budd-Santa Fe Opera 2008

One might be your neighbor down the street, another the guy beside you in the gym. One could be standing behind you in the grocery checkout line, or be in the car behind you at the stoplight. If you meet them, you notice nothing unusual. But these seemingly average people…

State Capital Kitchen

State Capitol Kitchen; Dim Sum Cart with Seared Diver Scallops, House-made Mac n Cheese, Brandade with Caper Caramel and Stewed Tomatoes, Sausage Stuffed Boneless Chicken Wing with Roasted Pineapple

Restaurant people are among the raunchiest and most ribald humans you will ever encounter in a workplace. Need proof? Every restaurant worker who just read that sentence took it as a compliment. Casually transgressive with social mores, restaurant folks don’t pull their punches when it comes to opinions either. They’re…

Santa Fe Theater Stage Revival

Photo Lynn Roylance

The theater scene in Santa Fe, historically eclipsed by a focus on visual arts and touring musical acts, is working on a new image. Witness Ironweed Productions, resurrecting itself with new works by local playwrights in Scenes in a Restaurant, coming up at Second Street Brewery this fall, and Arthur…

The Railyard—Santa Fe’s Family Room

RAIL_10__kl

Community. It means different things to different people. It can be a neighborhood, a city, a club, a civic organization or a collection of like-minded individuals. There are communities built around religion, retirement, lifestyles, hobbies, residence, parenthood, ancestry… the list goes on and on. But the one thing that all…

The Cellar

LL_17

Born in Juarez and raised in El Paso, Gabriel Holguin first got the “restaurant bug” washing dishes as a high school student, and cooking to pay the bills while attending University of Texas at El Paso.  “One day,” he recalls saying, “I will open my own restaurant.” This straightforward avowal…

For the Love of Lavender

purple-lavender.jpg.w300h200

Lavender is a shape shifter, transforming from a sweet herbaceous undertone in lemonade and cupcakes, to essential oils in body products that can ease tension and heal skin. This month, two festivals—one in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and one in Abiquiu—exude purple passion, showing off our love of lavender in…

The Buzz – July 2016

Albuquerque Kudos to Dennis Apodaca, chef at Eli’s Place (formerly Sophia’s Place). He’s about to be Chopped. As in, he’ll appear in an episode of the Food Network cooking competition show Chopped that will film in New York in August. You may remember that Sophia’s Place was featured on Diners,…

Art Buzz – July 2016

Albuquerque Page Coleman Gallery presents a two-person art exhibition entitled Nonsense Abstractings featuring J. L. Johnson and Dave Ortiz, July 8 through Sept. 3. Nonsense Abstractings is all about light-hearted, silly and strange art. Both Johnson and Ortiz are genuine makers of stuff and mischief. They make their art because…

Sage Bakehouse

SAGE_18_kl

Flour, water, salt. And love. These are the foundations upon which Sage Bakehouse Founder and Owner Andrée Falls has built 20 years of successful business baking breads and pastries in a traditional French manner. We meet at the bakery as things in the café are winding down for the day….

Vintage Albuquerque…It’s Time to Party!

wedding

Let’s just go ahead and say it, Vintage Albuquerque ages like wine. Now, in its 25th year, the beloved Duke City event brings together local chefs and vintners from around the US, abroad and of course, right here in New Mexico. The highly anticipated celebration of food and wine, held…

The Pioneer of Native New Mexico Hops

HopFlowers2015

Here in New Mexico, we like our hops. In a land where spicy food is king, powerful flavors rule. When it comes to our beer, hop-forward IPAs are a statewide favorite. So it seems only fitting that New Mexico should grow its very own native hop variety, the Neo-mexicanus 1,…

Kyzer Farm

Kyzer Farms; Robert Kyzer

In all of my 10-plus years as a writer for Local Flavor, I’ve never been asked before if “I’d smelled the place” as I arrived for the interview. But I suppose pig farmers are particularly sensitive about that sort of thing, and Robert Kyzer of Kyzer Farm—in the agrarian-driven South…

Lone Mountain Cattle Company

Lone Mountain Ranch - Wagyu Beef

  What do the film The River Runs Through It and a heritage breed of Japanese cattle, prized for the marbling and flavor of its meat, have in common? That would be Robert “Bob” Estrin, who edited the former and now breeds the later. It’s the kind of career trajectory––from…