Saturday, August 18, 2012

all you need to know about santa fe

There appears to be a lot of adobe structures in Santa Fe. In reality most structures are faux-dobe, I suppose it keeps them up to code or something important like that. There are LOTS of churches. Some are super cool.

This stair-case is in what was once a church. It is now basically a money-making enterprise, but before that it was a real church. Now it just looks like a church, it certainly doesn't feel like one. The stairs in the Loretto chapel are beautiful and the legend surrounding their creation is mystifyingly miraculous.

Speaking of money-making enterprises, there are wares for sale at every turn of every corner. It was a bit much, and that is coming from a girl who likes to shop!

There were plenty of places to dine and partake of the specialized cuisine of New Mexico. You could sum it up in three words "red or green." They cover everything with chiles. After much sampling we determined a preference for green.

They take their food quite seriously. So when we heard that the best green chile cheeseburger was only 20 miles out of our way, we thought of it as a mere detour. Was it the best green chile cheeseburger we had ever had? NO. Up to that point, the best we had ever had was cooked right in our very own backyard. Thankfully, a few days later we did have the best green chile cheeseburger as part of our last meal in NM. So glad we can check that one off the list.

Only one meal really knocked our socks off. It was at Santacafe (pretty tricky they way they named that place, huh?). We started off with cactus eggrolls. I kid you not. They were delicious. I keep eyeing the cacti out my window. Nate had some tasty sea bass with orange scented Israeli couscous. And what did I have? Only the most amazing stuffed poblano I have ever had. It wasn't your typical chile relleno you may pick up at your favorite Mexican place. This one was stuffed with some Crazy (and I mean that in the most wonderful way). It had quinoa, a smattering of mushrooms, and who knows what else. It was served with some kind of sauce that I would most likely bath in. It was magical.

The evidence of days gone by was everywhere.

It was easy to imagine you were in a completely different country. I suppose that is because not all that long ago it was a different country.

So thanks NM, we had fun.

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