Sunday, November 20, 2005

Southwestern Enchantments

Inn at Loretto

Inn of the Anasazi

Restaurant at the Inn of the Anasazi

Santa Fe, New Mexico is by far the most authentic city in US. As a matter of fact, it is the oldest city in the US, first settled by the Anasazi Indian tribe 400 years ago of what is now New Mexico. The city was later occupied by the Spanish, Mexicans and later Americans. However the city maintained its architectural character. The use of adove and adobe like structures are part of the city building codes, therefore every street and every corner is adobe.

After visiting Santa Fe back in 1997, I have been visitng it on a regular basis ever since. The streets filled with antique and art shops. Cozy cafes and uber trendy restaurant filled every corner, courtyard and plaza. A walk in the central plaza near the Loretto church. A walk on a beautiful Sunday morning after having a fabulous breakfast of waffles an pancakes in the French Bakery near the church, and heading towards Indian art market where various Indian artisans display everything from jewlery to pottery in the open air. I would then enjoy the rest of the day exploring every shop in the town, which in and of itself is an amazing experience.

Niveau Southwestern Cuisine

Huevos Rancheros - Two Eggs Over-Easy, on Black Beans and a Whole-Wheat or Corn Tortilla, Choice of Red or Green Chile, or Tomatillo d'Arbol Salsa and Melted Jack Cheese

Warm Brie and Whole Roasted Garlic with Salsas of Roasted
Tomato~Jalapeño and Tomatillo

Smoked duck in a coffee barbeque sauce with aged Mexican cheeses in a flour tortilla. Served with a mango-chipotle salsa.

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich - with Manchego Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Jalapeños on Toasted Chile-Cornbread

Chile en Nogada – Poblano Chiles stuffed with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Raisins, Drizzled with Queso Blanco Walnut Sauce and Served with Sautéed Bananas

Ancho Chile Mocha Mousse -Flavors of ancho chile and espresso belded in a rich chocolate mousse.

18 Comments:

Blogger Stinni said...

I love Santa Fe but not as much as Taos. The smell of burning pinon wood and roasting chiles always takes me back to New Mexico.

11/20/2005 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger teagirl said...

I love your pictures, good job. Also I have a friend named Anasazi, lol.

11/21/2005 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous oM SHaHeeN said...

Wow.... Your work is full of love and passion ... that's what makes it so touching to the heart:)
Truly .. you are a talent..

11/21/2005 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Jan6a said...

yummy!

11/21/2005 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Ms.Baker said...

I lived in New Mexico for a while as a child with my parents, and still visit from time to time although not as often as I would like. Santa Fe and Taos are two of the most beautiful places in the world. The people are great, the open air markets, the art exhibits...I could go on and on...I am also a Southwestern cuisine addict (you may have previously surmised that, LOL) Just like Stinni, I can't get enough of the gorgeous, complex chilis you can only get in New Mexico! I bring back and order tons from a couple of mom and pop places there.

MsB, feeling all nostalgic and longing to go back ASAP..

11/21/2005 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger whiteliquid said...

Santa Fe Chicken at Hardees


Kidding

11/23/2005 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Stinni: I never been to Taos, but I heard its quieter and not as grand as Santa Fe, however good skiing nearby.

photoflow: Thanks. He or She? lol

om shaheen: thats what its all about :)

jan6a: yeah :)

msbaker: Lucky you!! That must have been wonderful. No wonder, you got all this passion. Santa Fe really brings out the artistic side in you, whether is be writing or cooking.

whiteliquid: I do like it btw.

11/23/2005 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger LaiaLy_q8 said...

you have inspired me to visit New Mexico :)

11/23/2005 05:04:00 AM  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

Apparently equalizer, you inspire a lot ;) Bring out that side of everyone out eh? (not me though, I just enjoy how people respond to your posts - if you know what I mean)

heh. heh.

11/23/2005 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger McArabian said...

Lovely pics as always - great review too. Now I'm curious enough to consider visiting while I'm still in the US :)

11/30/2005 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger Sheba said...

hello stranger :)

12/02/2005 01:48:00 AM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

hey I missed you man;)
and I missed your blog too
oh yeah and of course (YUMMY)

12/02/2005 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Hey everyone. I have been so busy lately and lacking inspiration to write. However I will post something soon.

McArabian: You will not regret visiting there beleive me.

Sheba: Hey you ;)

Rimyoleta: I missed you too! its been a while, hopefully I will be more active this time.

12/03/2005 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger Papillona ® said...

Hey you :)

12/04/2005 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Blossom said...

Hello !

12/06/2005 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Zaydoun said...

ليش ما كانت بيوت شرق وجبلة بهالجمال؟؟

12/11/2005 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to taos and eat at Doc Martin's Restaurant at The Historic Taos Inn. Excellent usage of fresh local chillis and free live entertainment every evening. www.taosinn.com

Taos is the best kept secret of the Southwest and a real treat to anyone who goes. Have Fun!

5/12/2006 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to taos and eat at Doc Martin's Restaurant at The Historic Taos Inn. Excellent usage of fresh local chillis and free live entertainment every evening. www.taosinn.com

Taos is the best kept secret of the Southwest and a real treat to anyone who goes. Have Fun!

5/12/2006 12:52:00 AM  

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