Wow- I leave town for 2 days and Di has been working overtime! I can understand the basil overload, as our basil plant has also exploded lately.
I had several good meals during my trip to Santa Fe, and I blogged about the trip on my other blog. I will talk more about the food here.
We arrived in Santa Fe around 10am Saturday morning, just in time to meet our friends Tonya, Shane and Sarah for brunch at Harry’s Roadhouse. I don’t know that I can describe how good it was. The only place I can think of that even comes close is a place called the Thumbs Up cafe in Decatur, GA. Harry’s has a beautiful garden in the back, and if you are willing to wait a little while, you can eat at one of the garden tables. The menu is pretty huge, and it’s very difficult to choose just one thing. I ordered the green chili chilaquiles with fried eggs. Dev ordered the shrimp and grits. Sarah had the cornmeal waffle with strawberries, Shane had the lemon ricotta pancakes, and I honestly can’t remember what Tonya had. If you remember, T., please leave a comment!
We had dinner at a little place in the Plaza district called the Burrito Company. Again, great food with even better prices. Dev ordered the pork adovada (so pathetically mis-spelled) burrito plate, Tonya had a Santa Fe wrap, Shane had the chicken fajita wrap, Sarah had a chef salad and I had the frito pie. I thought frito pie was uniquely southern. The only times I’ve ever had it, I’ve been at girl scout camp or some other similar event, and it was made in the same bag the fritos came in. I have NEVER seen it on a menu, and certainly never expected to run into it in the land of authentic southwestern cuisine. And in my usual fashion, I managed to order the biggest thing on the menu. When it came to the table, it was an entire dinner plate covered with fritos, ground beef, pinto beans, red chili, raw onion and chopped fresh tomato. I didn’t even put a good dent in it. If you ever eat at the Burrito Company in Santa Fe, I highly recommend the frito pie.
Sunday morning breakfast was at the hotel. And quite a good breakfast it was. The hotel in general was extremely nice. We stayed at the Residence Inn at Galisteo. The room cost included a hot breakfast. They offered scrambled eggs, french toast, sausage, potatoes, waffles, yogurt, muffins, bagels, fruit and beverages. Why go looking for breakfast when you have such a great selection right on your doorstep?
We ate Sunday lunch at the Santa Fe Grille. This was also a really good restaurant. Dev had the quiche (ham, cheddar, mushroom, green chile) and a caesar salad. I had the roasted sweet corn chowder and a caesar salad, Tonya had a breakfast burrito, Shane had the tortilla soup and Sarah had a kids breakfast burrito. We had to wait a while for our food, but there was live acoustic guitar music to take our minds off the situation, and the food was great once it got there.
On the way out of town we stopped at the Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe. I had never been to a Trader Joe’s, but I had heard really good things about it from my friends. I showed remarkable constraint on this particular day, helped in no small part by the fact that we had just had a huge lunch, so I wasn’t hungry whilst shopping. My purchases were as follows: Molasses cookies, a bag of whole toasted almonds, chocolate soy milk, smoked gouda cheese, Cotswald cheddar cheese, 2 bottles of wine, and a box of crackers. I got out of there for about $31- hard to believe. But I’ll be better prepared next time. Also- on the next trip I’ll also tackle the Whole Foods and the Wild Oats stores.
I really enjoyed the trip, and I would love to go back when we have more time to shop and crawl around. I told Tonya I could make a whole weekend out of just grocery shopping. But I think I’ll need a pretty big cooler…..Oh and I might even remember to TAKE PICS OF THE FOOD, since that’s what this blog is all about!
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