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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe April 24th 2022

Day 1 Saturday April 23, 2022 We had an early flight from Knoxville, leaving the house at 5am. The plane from Knox was really tight, but Rob and I had seats together, and we don't mind being close. Delta treated us well overall, even getting us a whole row to ourselves on the main part of our flight from Atlanta to Albuquerque. We had a very nice flight. It was really nice to not have to wear a mask the whole trip. In fact, we have not had to wear masks at all so far. We got into Albuquerque by just after 10am. We decided to upgrade our rental car in case we went on some dirt roads in the Caldera. We paid an extra 20 dollars a day and got a Jeep Wrangler. It's a ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 29th 2021

We decided to take it easy this morning and leisurely got ready for the day. We skipped breakfast at the hotel and instead decided to have an earlier lunch. This turned out to be a good thing, because Café Pasquals is quite popular and our wait time was an hour. We used this time to do some shopping. Went to a great chile store next door and bought three different types of red chile. Then we walked around looking for pottery, no luck yet. When our table was ready, we got a text and we headed to the restaurant. The wait now was an hour and a half, when we left it was up to 2 hours. It was well worth the wait. The place is very small and there was no personal space, almost sitting ... read more
Pasquals
BLT
Bison

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 28th 2021

Today was a busy day, quick breakfast in the hotel then off to our Cooking Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. There is also a great shop which has everything you need for New Mexican cooking. Normally, we prefer to take a hands-on class, but there were just not much in the way of hands-on offerings that also included eating what you cooked. So, we took a Demo class entitled “Traditional New Mexican I.” The chef had a great deal of experience including formal French training. Chef Mary Don Wright, did a great job of explaining everything form the types of peppers to the actual process of making your red or green chile. It was the best demo class we have taken, since taking one from our Friend Tina Brusha at the Portland Whole ... read more
The Finished Meal
Capirotada
Vivac Winery

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 27th 2021

Every trip we hit that point were sleep becomes more important than breakfast. Today was that day. Just needed the extra 45 minutes of lying-in bed with Tarragon. It also turned out to be a good thing once we got closer to lunch. We started our date at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. We had allotted 2 hours for this, but really only needed one. It was smaller than we anticipated. We were however very fortunate to be planers because it was timed entry and you needed to book in advance, which we of course did. The line of walk ins was quite long and only about 20 of them managed to gain entrance, the museum was sold out for the rest of the day. The museum was very interesting basically spanned here entire career from New ... read more
Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory
Posole on the Left, Green Chile Stew on the Right
Selling Their Crafts

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 26th 2021

Each day we seem to be sleeping in a bit longer. Tarragon will not allow us to sleep in much beyond 7 because he has a very strict feeding schedule. He typically jumps up on the bed the first sign of movement, which can be as early as 5:30, he doesn’t start be insistent until about 7. We both did the continental breakfast this morning, yogurt, pastry, coffee fruit. Then it was off to our first museum. The New Mexico Museum of History is done in three parts. The first part is the history up to the time it became a state. The second part is from 1912 to the present and the final part is the palace of the governors. The palace is the where the both the Spanish and US Territorial governors lived. It ... read more
Stage Coach
Covered Wagon
Shrimp Stuffed Poblano

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 24th 2021

Slept in today, Tarragon was very happy to be in the bed between us for a bit longer this morning. While we are in Santa Fe, we will be having breakfast at the hotel every day, mainly to take advantage of our food credit with comes with the gold level of Hilton Honors. As we walked to the restaurant the fireplace in the lobby was a blaze, with real pinon wood. The smell was delightful. Jerry has been talking about the smell of a pinon wood fire for weeks before this trip and now I understand why. There are three choices for breakfast, the standard buffet, eggs, bacon, etc., only difference is that the condiments are salsa and jalapeños, a breakfast burrito or a continental buffet. I had the burrito, which was really good, green chilis ... read more
Oldest House In US
Tamale Plate
Cross of the Martyrs

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe December 23rd 2021

We all enjoyed a little extra sleep this morning, even Tarragon waited until 6:30 to jump on the bed for attention. Snoozed until 7 then got up did some pre-packing and showering. Had breakfast in Mas Tapas y Vino because it was just convenient since we needed to check out by 11. Breakfast put the restaurant back on track for me. Much better than last night and equally as good as the first night. Jerry had breakfast tacos, scrambled eggs, bacon, Manchego and cheddar cheese on a crips corn tortilla, there were three in all, served with green chili sauce and patatas bravas. I had the New Mexico Breakfast bowl; it was quite large. Patatas Bravas with house made sausage, which was very tasty, Cheddar-Jack Cheese two eggs over easy and green chili sauce. Both were ... read more
Sincronizada Pollo
Burro Alley
Grilled Caesar

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 28th 2021

Because we missed out on our meal at Maria’s, hot chocolate at Kakawa’s, a stop at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and a walk around the plaza, we decided to go to Santa Fe for the day. As the Taos Diner was open today, we stopped for breakfast before heading out. For the drive down to Santa Fe we decided to take the high road, this road goes thru the mountains and we thought there might be some nice photo opts. Sure enough, we did find a couple of beautiful spots with views of the snow-covered mountains in the background. And for fun, my son Justin had loaned me his telephoto lens so I played with that as well. We finally got to Santa Fe about 1pm so went straight for our chocolate drink fix. ... read more
An old shed
Good chocolate stuff
The Santa Fe Plaza

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 26th 2021

We have not used our RV in about 1-1/2 years. We had work and then our truck was stolen and getting the RV fitted to the new truck and all of the things that go with that have been time consuming. Not to mention taking time to travel to Europe and then Amsterdam. Finally, we were able to get the RV into the shop to get it raised to fit into the new hitch. We gave the shop the date of Thurs, October 21st as we really wanted to leave on Sunday and go to New Mexico. We had decided that we needed chili pods, ristras, chili powder, more fabric for new cushions in the RV, and new sage. Plus, we needed to eat New Mexican food! What I make is good but we wanted the ... read more
The Santa Fe Cathedral
A street near the Santa Fe Plaza
Dinner

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 1st 2021

Having visited all 50 of our United States, I thought I would list some places, totally from memory I might add. Some are "holes in the wall", some are local recommendations, and most are totally by chance. Very few are Beard or Michelins. Best just means I have actually dined there. Alaska I cannot remember the name of the place, but it was a pho joint near Walmart in downtown Anchorage. I have been to Alaska three times, twice on business, and most recently to see the Aurora Borealis. Reindeer sausage is another delicacy worth trying. Arizona Los Sombreros (Scottsdale) has the best chile relleno I have ever tasted. It is so huge that it covers the entire plate! Up in Sedona, please try one of the best places I have ever visited, called Cafe Elote. ... read more
Beignets from Cafe DuMonde in Nawlins
Hawker stalls in Portland




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