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.”
“The food has to be good, but the service has to be better.” Luis Lozoya, The Pantry
My favorite breakfast in town is served on a simple diner-style plate, with paper napkins and no-fuss silverware. It comes with coffee served in a chunky white mug and ice water in a plastic cup. The green chile that smothers my eggs and the crispy potatoes served on the side are delicious, but that’s only part of why I keep returning. When I walk into the Pantry Restaurant, the servers and bussers and host smile and say hello—they know me by name. They know my eccentric order by heart (breakfast burrito with egg whites, vegetarian sausage, fresh vegetables, potatoes and an extra side of green) and what I want to drink. They ask about my family. I feel welcomed and appreciated and I’ll go back every week instead of choosing someplace new, just for this experience.
Photo by Kitty Leaken
Odd Fellows Hall, in Santa Fe, is a modest building, easy to overlook, but twice a month it comes vibrantly alive, pulsing with the piquant tunes of an old time band and the rhythmic stomping of 70 pairs of feet. An occasional hoot punctuates the pattern of the dance while everyone holds hands and moves together to the music. “Gents! Allemande left,” shouts the caller. “Neighbors, gypsy and swing!” A flurry of colorful, spinny skirts bursts into motion as a roomful of smiling couples swing and twirl themselves silly. This is a typical contra dancing community. Happy, healthy, and—especially in summertime—hot! Not long into a dance, the doors are thrown open to cool off the radiant, flush-faced dancers, and life spills out into the night.
The degree to which we’re willing to care for something is based in the value we see in it. So it seems that solutions to the environmental troubles we face lie partly in reevaluating our relationship with nature. There is perhaps no better way of experiencing our place in this remarkable web of life called Earth than tending a small piece of it, in planting a garden. Get your hands in the dirt, have some successes, some failures, some surprises. Figure out what works. Experience directly what nature is up to, both that which is around us and in us. Continue reading
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
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
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!
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
Photo compliments of Black Mesa Winery
We make a strong effort to follow the new wineries that sprout up in New Mexico from time to time. In 1984, retired Denver dentist Gary Anderson and his wife, Connie, founded Black Mesa Winery in Velarde. I tried their first few wines, was rather underwhelmed, and pretty much wrote them off. In 2000, Jerry and Lynda Burd bought Black Mesa from the Andersons as a career to follow retirement. Over the last decade, I’ve occasionally tried their wines and thought them better than I recalled, especially the Viognier. But still, I sort of ignored Black Mesa. As a high-level wine connoisseur (sniff, sniff), I have trouble taking a winery seriously that makes a chocolate-infused wine. Or so I thought … Continue reading
Photo by Gabriella Marks
I’ve been having the best time recently, scrolling through Erin O’Neill’s blog, Seeds & Stones, A Life Home Grown, which chronicles her family’s homesteading experiences in Nambé. Erin and her husband, Joel Glanzberg, make living sustainably look not only feasible for some of us not-so-green-thumbed DIY illiterates, but even doable—and fun! Because the real bottom line to homesteading, it turns out, is not memorizing permaculture techniques or teaching yourself construction and engineering basics. It’s gleaning! Which is just a more polite way of saying scavenging. And not only for materials—wood, appliances, tools, mulching—but ideas. Other people’s ideas. Things they’ve already tried out themselves, so they know they work and they can warn you of how to avoid their own mistakes.
Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation owns and manages eleven very unique properties (totaling about 1,000 acres) under its Open Space initiative. What began as grassroots efforts by numerous local groups was confirmed by larger community support when a referendum passed in 1998 providing mill levy funding (similar to bond funding but with different spending parameters) for these undeveloped lands to remain so for the benefit and enjoyment of Bernalillo County residents and visitors. The properties have been proudly preserved as Bernalillo County’s environmental, historical and cultural treasures. One such jewel is the Gutierrez Hubbell House History and Cultural Center in the heart of the South Valley of Albuquerque.
Photo by Joy Godfrey
ABQ Trolley Co. has another way to see and experience the quirkiness that is Albuquerque. Its new 14 passenger “party bike,” called the Duke City Pedaler, began service last month for the bar and pub-hopping crowd. “It’s like a party on wheels,” says Mike Silva, co-owner of ABQ Trolley Co. with Jesse Herron. “It’s an opportunity for people to get together and have fun in a unique environment.” The leg-powered vehicle offers seating for up to 10 pedaling passengers and four non-pedalers. The two-hour rental is time enough to hit three or four establishments along a predetermined route, running Friday and Saturday nights, with expanded service in the summer. Visit abqtrolley.com for more. Pedal on, dudes!
Three women sculptors strut their stuff at the newly expanded Page Coleman Gallery in an exhibition titled The Grand Expand. Ali Gallo creates powder coated steel abstractions that resemble ribbons blowing in the wind. Gwyn Metz recomposes disparate debris into dysfunctional objects such as fossil-free vehicles and doll-like characters. Maria Ross works wonders with wire and paint to create airy, ghostlike forms that have both organic and architectural references. The show runs April 11 through June 27, with a reception Friday April 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Page Coleman Gallery is at 6320-B Linn Avenue NE, and is open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Visit pagecoleman.com.