Eating (and drinking) in Santa Fe-Our Favorites

I can not even begin to describe the variety and number of restaurants that are in Santa Fe.    We tend to migrate back to the same ones, but we did try a few new ones this time.

Ryan is all about the bargain when it comes to food-volume and a reasonable price are very important to him.

Our first stop before the condo is always the carry out to pick up beer and enchiladas.   A few years ago we saw a scene from the movie Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges being filmed here.   This place is a dive, but you can buy enchiladas that are in a crock pot on the counter and they are the best enchiladas we have ever had.  They also have a good beer selection.

Crock Pot, Carry out Enchiladas

My massage therapist at Ojo Caliente filled me in on a new happy hour to try at the Hotel Eldorado close to the Plaza.  They have different food and drink specials during the week.   My favorite Lobster Sliders…

Hotel Eldorado – Lobster Sliders

Another one of our favorite places for drinks and appetizers is Cowgirl.   Usually we don’t have dessert, but since we had friends in from our hometown, how could we not let them try the ice cream baked potato.   Although it looks like a baked potato there is not one bit of potato in it…it is made entirely out ice cream.  It is delicious…

Cowgirl-Ice Cream Baked Potato…well worth the calories

We have two favorite breakfast places, one is The Tune Up Cafe (   We have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner here and we are never disappointed.   Our other favorite is the Tea House (  It is at the top of Canyon Road and they have the best Oatmeal.   If you want to make it healthier try it vegan style without the butter or cream.   I opted for the cream and a skinny latte.

The Teahouse Oatmeal

The recipe from their web-site is following:

Dionne’s Grandmother’s Now Famous Oatmeal

The Grains

3 cups of Chinese Black Sticky Rice (or Forbidden Rice)

2 cups Steel Cut Oats

1 cup winter wheat berries

Rinse all grains (separately) under cold water, and drain. Soak the rice and wheat berries overnight (they can soak together). Be sure the water level is a few inches above the grains so they remain covered. The oats need to soak two hours before cooking.

Be sure to soak all of the grains regardless of what elevation you live at.

Place the soaked rice and wheat berries in a pot and add enough water to cover the grains by about 2 inches. Cook at a low simmer for 45-60 minutes. At the same time in a separate pot cook the oats again adding water to cover the grains by about 2 inches. Cook on a low simmer for 30 minutes.

After everything is cooked and it’s still warm, add the oats to the rice and wheat berries. If you want you can let it cool at this point and even freeze it.

If eating now, then you add The Whatnot

Mix into the warm grains 1 cup brown sugar (or adjust the amount to desired sweetness and you can use another sweetener if you prefer) and 1/4 cup butter (or non dairy version if desired).

More of The Whatnot

Add 1/4 cup maple syrup to 1 cup heavy cream (you can also use a non-dairy substitute for the cream), mix well.

When the oatmeal is served pour some over the warm cereal.

Beat some of the heavy cream until firm and top each bowl with a dollop.

You can also top with fresh fruits or as Dionne grew up eating you can top it with lardons for a sweet and savory combination.

Makes 6 small servings

And now on to the Main Event…The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta…3 hours of sampling some of the best wines from around the world, and eating Santa Fe’s best food.  The food ranges from pizza to grilled Lamb Chops.  There is something for everyone and even a vegetarian would get their moneys worth.

  It takes place at the Santa Fe Opera House and the views are amazing.

Until next year…