May 19th, 2012

Babaluu’s

I remember reading one of those “Best Places to Live” pieces stating that Santa Fe has one of the highest restaurant to capita ratios in the county. The “city different” loves its eats. But despite the volume of restaurants, there’s always an infectious buzz around news of a new place opening. The possibility of new […]

May 1st, 2012

Bitter End Bitters

Sure, I’ve heard of Angostura and Peychaud’s. I love the old timey labels. But until I tasted Bitter End Bitters, I didn’t really understand what bitters are, what they do, the incredible flavor they impart. Before then, I’d thought of bitters as one of those mysterious ingredients on a cocktail recipe that performs an esoteric […]

Apr 26th, 2012

Box Car Farm

New Mexico isn’t easy farming land. It’s hot, it’s extraordinarily dry, and at the higher altitudes, the growing season follows its own timeframe, varying significantly from lower lands. Nestled above 8000 feet in the Sangre de Christo mountains, the experience of walking the perimeter of Box Car farm is visually more reminiscent of postcards of […]

Apr 24th, 2012

Chocolate Maven

I want to say that Chocolate Maven is the first restaurant I visited in Santa Fe, but the truth of the matter is that I came through Santa Fe repeatedly on cross continental road trips in various travels before waking up here with sufficient frequency to claim that I actually live here… However, Chocolate Maven […]

Mar 1st, 2012

Osteria D’Assisi

How do you breathe new life into a local institution? If you’re Lino Pertusini, you find a compatriot from the same Lake Como region of Italy, and put him at the helm of Osteria D’Assisi. Introducing executive chef Cristian Pontiggia, recently immigrated (by way of Taos) to Santa Fe. He throws a mean pizza dough […]

Feb 14th, 2012

Chocolate Tour of Albuquerque

I grew up on See’s Candy, and the occasional Almond Joy. Waxy bunnies in April. Gold foil coins in December. That was pretty much the extent of my experience with chocolate. But now local chocolate is following in the trend of small volume local coffee roasters and micro brewers in defining the taste of a […]

Jan 12th, 2012

The Ranch House

Santa Fe is known for “Christmas style” and garlic sautéed padrone peppers in the summertime. But given how many Texans migrate here annually, it’s hardly any wonder that there’s some seriously drool worthy BBQ here. Once upon a time, Josh’s BBQ was the source southside for all things truly brisket. And then it closed down… […]

Oct 11th, 2011

Pars Cuisine

One of the last things I’d expect on the I25 corridor between Santa Fe and Albuquerque is an oasis. And a Persian oasis, at that, complete with a rippling fountain in the sunken dining room, surrounded by opulent drapes. Pars Cuisine features a Mediterranean – Persian, Greek and Turkish cuisine – menu and ambience that’s more […]

Sep 19th, 2011

Artful Tea

A few years ago, I finally faced the facts: coffee and I don’t really get along in the morning. Now we only tryst on special occasions: right before a shoot, and big meetings. Maybe to end an extravagant meal. Serendipitously, on a pilgrimage to the parents a few years back, I discovered a toasted green […]

Sep 16th, 2011

Holy Cow

Few burgers have this kind of pedigree – both cultural and culinary. First off, the location: I’ve driven past the dead “Bob’s Fish and Chips” on Central in Albuquerque dozens of times over the past 5 years. I always noticed it because it was one of those iconic ’50s storefronts that are slowly fading in […]