|Inn on the Alameda Casita|
|Christmas on the Plaza Square|
We had dinners planned at friends for two nights and the first night we had reservations at Radish and Rye an American comfort food restaurant with some Santa Fe tastes. The restaurant has options of great small plates or dinner entrees combined with some great Bourbon drinks featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Santa Fe is at 7000 feet so in the winter it is dry, cold and typically sunny. This evening was the type of night that you bundle up with your warmest coat, your woolliest scarf and hat. Radish and Rye is on Agua Fria a little southeast of the square but not more than a mile. Like many restaurants in OpenTable for 5:45. when we arrived there were already people waiting for tables and the restaurant was full of folks enjoying themselves. We were taken to a very nice corner table with a great view of the room . Many of the restaurants in Santa Fe are lighted with candles so you can see the motion of the flame flicker off the uneven plaster walls.
Santa Fe it is located in an old Adobe residence with lots of small rooms and fireplaces. This restaurant is very popular so we grabbed the best reservation available with
Our server David had been working with Radish and Rye for a couple of years and was very knowledgeable about the menu and their signature Bourbon drinks. You have a couple of choices for dinner at R & R, one is to go with a starter and an entree or do what we did and go with five small plates.
|Corn Fritters with some heat|
because it had notes of spicy Ginger and Mint and JoAnn had the Seasonal Shrub Mash which provided tastes of holiday evergreens and fruits.
Our first dish was Sweet Corn Fritters with Jalapeno and Green Goddess Dip. You cannot go to New Mexico and not enjoy what the original settlers ate, Corn and what better way to enjoy it but to have it in a fritter with a hot Jalapeno pepper with a great dipping sauce. These fritter were light with a nice initial crunch and a Jalapeno chile bite.
|Corn Chowder with Bone Marrow|
We wrapped up the evening with two dishes born in the Carolina's but adapted to New Mexico. Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese and Smoked Ribs with a Carolina Chipotle Sauce and Pickles. We do not get the option to eat Fried Green Tomatoes often and especially when it is combined with Pimento Cheese, just like we were in Charleston. The Ribs were indeed moist with a Carolina vinegar based sauce with a little heat from the Chipotle pepper. Both dishes were great bites and a perfect way to wrap up the meeting.
|Charleston Taste Duo|
|SITE Santa Fe|
Our last day we packed in a lot of things including meeting some friends on Museum Hill and going to the International Folk Art Museum and The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The folk art museum has the largest collection folk art some of which we own and the Indian arts and culture museum had the history of Indian footwear going back 10,000 years. Many folks do not know that Santa Fe has more than six great museums that house many one of a kind object of art.
|Dinner with Kat|
|La Casa Sena Soup|
Our last evening we had dinner at our friend Kats. Kat loves to cook great food and serve even better wine. Kat's house is cozy and she sets a fantastic table. This night she served her Famous short Ribs, which deserve to be called famous because of their hearty flavor and how rich, moist and tender they are. We had a great evening of conversation among friends.
We consider Santa Fe a second home, we always enjoy going there and enjoying our friends and taking in the culture of the old west.