SANTA FE

 

(Tracy) I just got back from a girls-trip to Santa Fe.  And here are the highlights: My favorite was a hike through Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, which is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We drove through the beautiful Cochiti Reservoir and had to laugh at the slow speed limits.  At one point it was 15 miles per hour!  Tent Rocks is an area that features large, tent-shaped rocks that reside on the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon. These rocks were created by tremendous forces of volcanos and some are as high as 90 feet.  Best hike I have ever been on!

Shopping in downtown Santa Fe is, shall I say, expensive!  You can find, jewelry, art, clothing, and unusual hand-crafted objects.  However, if you go to one of the many markets, you may find many one-of-a-kind objects made by artists at fair prices.  

We loved the resale shop, Double Take at 21 S. Guadalupe St.  Especially, their selection of cowboys boots.  This Texas girl picked up the purse below for 25 dollars.  

We visited a beautiful historic church right in downtown Santa Fe with a mysterious staircase .  

Loretto Chapel

So let's talk about food.  The food was INCREDIBLE in Santa Fe.  Our first stop was at La Plazuela de Fonda, a restaurant right in downtown that is in the Hotel Fonda.  The main dining room is in the hotel’s original 1920's patio, and it retains that sunlit Old World charm. 

100 E San Francisco St     Phone: (505 982-5511 

In the same hotel you find the most spectacular roof-top bar, Bell Tower Bar.  Enjoy the sunset and the city's mountain views.  The drinks are not cheap, but go ahead and try their signature margarita, the Bell Ringer!

We had a great lunch at The Shed at 113 E Palace Ave (505) 982-9030.   Make reservations.

This eclectic eatery includes the walls of a hacienda dating back to 1692!  It is family owned and operated since 1953.  

 Its atmosphere is fun and creative with original local artwork flanking the walls. 

 The menu mixes Pueblo, Spanish, and Mexican cuisine. They even grow their own chiles.

 The food was great, and you just might want their signature Gold Coin Margarita! 

La Casa Cena is a wonderful upscale place for lunch or dinner.  There is a charming courtyard. Don't be surprised when you hear the waiters break out into a Broadway song!!!

On our way to shop at the Market, we stopped for breakfast at:

Tesuque Village Market

A super casual, funky, and perfect place to grab breakfast.  

The former Bobcat Bites, now Santa Fe Bite, is Voted #1 by Bon Appetite magazine. We ate that famous green chili cheese burger, and it was quite tasty!

Foodie Alert:  La Boca Tapas & Wine on 72 W Marcy Street was tremendous. 

One of the top two eating experiences on our trip.  

This intimate Spanish restaurant was opened in 2006 by Chef/Owner James Campbell Caruso, in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.  Influenced by his travels in Spain, Chef James infuses dishes that are paradoxically both traditional and modern.  Santa Fe Reporter's “Restaurant of the Year,” and the International Wine and Food Society’s “Award of Excellence,” La Boca Tapas & Wine is truly a must.

Must have a reservation for this intimate jewel. (505-982-3433)

Pasqual's     121 Don Gaspar Ave.   (505) 983-9340  (get dinner reservations)

Cafe Pasqual's is the winner of our eating through Santa Fe extravaganza.  You want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. This historic, pueblo-style adobe is located one block southwest of the plaza, in the middle of downtown Santa Fe.  This eatery is aesthetically Spanish with hand-painted Mexican tiles and murals by the renowned Mexican painter Leovigildo Martinez, "depicting the moon reveling at her fiesta."  Try and make it upstairs to see their art gallery.

Café Pasqual’s was founded by Chef Katharine Kagel.  She studied culinary arts in Japan and Hawaii.  

The menu is inspired by traditional recipes from New Mexico, Old Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Asia.  You find only organic, fresh, seasonal, and naturally grown and raised ingredients.

I couldn't resist buying Bruce their cook book for the Mole sauce.   

And I cant help but give you a small sample into their impressive menu.  

 

HOUSEMADE TAMALE(S) Red Chile Chicken or Green Chile Jack Cheese 9 / 16 (V/gf )

□□ DOS TACOS BARBACOA Marinated and Slow-Cooked Shredded Angus Beef

Chile d' Arbol Salsa and Lime in Corn Tortillas 16 (gf)

SAUTÉED CAPE COD SCALLOPS with Vanilla Bean Butter on Creamy Leeks and Jasmine Rice with a Scatter of Lychee, Sugar Snap Peas and Crisped Prosciutto 34

SEARED AND SLICED MUSCOVY DUCK BREAST on a Wild Rice Salad with Toasted Pecans 

Scallions, Sugar Snap Peas tossed with Orange Vinaigrette 36 (gf)

GREEN CHILE BISON CHEESEBURGER - Grilled 8 oz. Bison Burger on an English Muffin with

Green Chile Strips, Jack Cheese, Caramelized Onions and a Roasted Tomato Chutney with a Choice of Home Fries, Organic Field Greens or Kale Salad 17 (gf) - add Bacon 7 - add Sautéed Mushrooms 7

CHINESE BLACK PEPPER TOFU STIR FRY- with Shallots, Sweet Red Peppers, Garlic and Ginger 

served with Asparagus, Greens and Flowered Carrots over Quinona 22 (V/gf)

MOLE ENCHILADAS with Your Choice of Organic Chicken, Tofu or Garden served with Cilantro Rice, Orange~Jicama Salad, and a Slice of Corn Torte 29 (V/vn )     (This is what I ordered!!)

Dessert

Chocolate Sea Salt Tart with Cinnamon Chantilly Cream

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Ten Year Chocolate Sauce

Three Berry Shortcake on a Cornmeal Biscuit with Fresh Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries and Chantilly Cream

Assortment of Today's Cookies with Pistachio ~ Chocolate Bark

 

For breakfast or dessert, consider the the Chocolate Maven.  821 W. San Mateo Rd.   505-984-1980.

Would I choose Santa Fe for a romantic get away with Bruce?  Probably not my top choice.  But the company, the Tent hike ,and the food made for a wonderful trip!  Please send us your favorite Santa Fe suggestions!!

 

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