When I lived in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebrations were always a treat. Flower 'paintings' filled the plaza and at night we'd meander the cobblestone streets stopping at open windows to admire each family's personal altar. It was truly a celebration of life. But, Santa Fe also does itself proud with a myriad of Day of the Dead celebrations - el Museo Cultural to the International Folk Art Musuem - I tried to capture some of that vibrancy with my camera...Here goes...
S O P H I S T I C A T E D B I S T R O - D O W N T O W N S A N T A F E
Photos by C. Whitney-Ward
I dropped by for lunch with a friend and all it took was one bite...
Yes, real women swoon.
Where to begin. I ordered the Slow-Braised Short Rib Gougeres. The perfectly-piped choux pastry puffs were a treat all by themselves. But, with the shredded beef topped with a smidgen of apricot gremolata...it was remarkable. I'm not kidding.
My friend had the Baby Greens Salad studded with crisp apple, candied hazlenuts, farm-fresh chevre, and tossed with a simple, but memorable sherry vinaigrette.
And the Southern Fried Chicken is pure sophisticated comfort food.
No wonder Executive Chef Mark Connell is smiling. He knows he's got a winner! And rumor has it that he's going to be putting a Coq au Vin Pot Pie on the dinner menu. I'm there...
(Named after a type of French cheese and pronounced TUM)
Brian Rood - Chef de Cuisine
229 Galisteo Street - corner of W. Alameda
Open Lunch & dinner - Tuesday through Saturday