4.16.2014

THE ARMORY SHOW AT THE CCA






The CCA throws swell parties - lots of people, colorful and ecclectic art, fun music, delicious food - and the THE ARMORY SHOW this past weekend -  in celebration of CCA's thirty-fifth anniversary - was no exception. Guests were greeted by a large outdoor sculpture beckoning everyone towards the tented entrance to CCA's Munoz Waxman Gallery...



Where a charming  young woman gave a more personal greeting and handed everyone a program listing the 100 plus participating artists. 


Then the fun began. 













AND THEN THERE WERE THE ARTFUL PEOPLE






CCA'S THE GALLERY SHOW
April 11 - May 30 - 2014



4.10.2014

WINE ... WINE...SANTA FE


W I N E    T A S T I N G S   W I T H   P I Z Z A Z Z





I'm a snob when it comes to WINE TASTINGS  - I want to have fun
sniffing swirling and tasting. I don't want to be lectured to or
made to feel inadequate if I can't catch a whiff of caramel, dark cherry or oak. I like to know that the wine expert has chosen wisely and that I'm in for a treat.  




So, when I discovered that my favorite Sommelier Mark C. Johnson (pictured above), was offering his splendid WINE 101 classes at IL PIATTO, I made a reservation for the "Grapes of Bordeaux".  Neither the wines - Califonia Merlot, Chilean Carmenere (my favorite) Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateay D'Arcins, and Gauchezco Malbec - or Mark disappointed.  He is a master showman and storyteller and his tastings are beautifully organized and FUN.








 95 W. Marcy Street - Downtown Santa Fe

WINE 101
EVERY TUESDAY @ 5:30 - UNTIL MAY 6TH
$15 FOR SIX WINES & a discount if you stay for dinner!

FOR RESERVATIONS:  505.984.1091

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And, every Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30, SUSAN'S FINE WINE AND SPIRITS  holds a FREE WINE TASTING. They're casual and yes fun.  Check out their FACEBOOK page for current info on each tasting.


An few weeks back I attended a ROCHA & KOPKE PORT tasting this was not a scheduled Friday tasting) presented by Todd Cromwell & Wentworth Imports. 





We sipped a ROCHA DRY WHITE KOPKE COLHEITA (a white port - who knew?) 1983 (MY FAVORITE), ROCHA 20 YR, ROCHA LBV 207, KOPKE 211 VNTAGE AND A ROCHA THREE CENTURY.



SUSAN'S FINE WINE & SPIRITS

1005 S. St. Francis - Santa Fe
505.984.1582
Call to get on their mailing list.

3.30.2014

SANTA FE GLAM - DAVIS & TIFFANY GREMILLION







Indeed, Santa Fe Designer DAVIS K. Brimberg - modeling her vintage-inspired dress collection - has mastered the art of the grand entrance. Her sleek, dress silhouettes are glamorous and very, very sexy.

"Great fashion is more than beautiful, it is empowering," says Davis. 
"our clients want sophisticated, sexy clothing that accentuates
 their figures. Classic designs that transform them into bombshells.
 There is a siren inside them, a courageous femme fatale ready
 and able to achieve her dreams."


 The perfect little 'red' dress.

And, for 'under' the dress...



Here comes the SANTA FE GLAM part.  

Davis & leather designer, TIFFANY GREMILLION - modeling 
her beautifully-detailed/fringed jacket below.




 met recently and discovered a shared passion for  luxe, hand-made women's dresses and accessories - butter-soft leather bags/clutches, jewelry, jackets and shawls.  This past weekend they held a TRUNK SHOW, and of course I brought my camera. 













Perfect with the little black dress!



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D A V I S   T H E   S T O R E

505.780.8935

info@davisthestore.com


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T I F F A N Y   G R E M I L L I O N

505.983.2188

3.21.2014

CAFE PASQUAL'S - THIRTY-FIVE AND FABULOUS!




O N C E   U P O N   A   T I M E  - on the corner of Don Gaspar & Water Streets, just down from the Santa Fe Plaza - there wasn't a CAFE PASQUAL'S. I know. I know. Hard to believe that this icon of gastronomy and delight  is a mere 35-years old. But according to Katharine Kagel, the dynamic owner/chef of this legendary eatery, there was life on this corner before Pasqual's opened in March 1979.


Way back in 1923, says Kagel, there was a Buick dealership where the cafe kitchen is now and the dining room was a Texaco gas station. From 1923-1935 the LIBERTY CAFE flourished. Next came the K.C. WAFFLE HOUSE. Then in 1954 the MAYFLOWER CAFE held sway over this burgeoning corner until 1971 (the owners now own Tomasitas on Guadalupe). Next? The GOLDEN TEMPLE OF CONSCIOUS COOKERY. When it closed in 1978, POGOS SANDWICH SHOP moved in. 

A year later, on the advice of Theo Raven, the remarkable creater/owner of DOODLET,S  for 55-years, Kagel approached the owner of 121 Don Gaspar.  A year later, CAFE PASQUAL'S opened its doors to raves and the line out the door during breakfast and lunch (they ONLY take reservations for dinner), attests to the restaurants' and Kagel's wizardry in the kitchen.  



The Menu embraces many cultures and cuisines in addition to old and new New Mexican favorites. There are Thai, Italian and African dishes, the latter inspired by a recent trip Kagel took to South Africa. And all the ingredients are carefully sourced, seasonal, fresh and organic, including the wines.


"We make our guests world bigger by bringing global food to Santa Fe and into our kitchen, explains Kagel, whose background was in Chinese catering. 




This luscious Bengal Salad with Curried Chicken was my lunch. I snapped the photo just before I devoured it...


BLT with turkey bacon anyone? And the Kale salad is amazing. But if you'd prefer to drink your kale,  the Hippie Dippie Green Drink below - is a healthy and delicious way to begin your day, says Kagel.



And yes, I ate this  generous slice of Orange Chiffon Layered Cake with Orange Curd and Raspberries







And now, we're going to visit   
  C A F E   P A S Q U A L 'S   G A L L E R Y


Perhaps one of Santa Fe's BEST KEPT SECRETS. The gallery is next door to the Cafe - on Water St. Follow the yellow bricks and take the elevator to the second floor, and your there. I discovered this charming, colorful space - filled with international and local art - a few years back. It's the perfect destination after your CAFE PASQUAL'S  repast.




 RICK PHELPS - PAPER SCULPTURES




Collograph by KATHARINE KAGEL - yes, she's an artist as well.




Gorgeous jewelry...


MELANIE DESIGNS


MARIAN MILLER  


 LEANN HERREID





Pasqual's Gallery is also the exclusive representative for the work of Yolanda Rawlings, Lorenzo Mendez and the grandfather of mica work - Felipe Ortega, who has brought back this ancient method from near extinction, single handedly restoring Jicarilla Apache style/pueblo mica 
ware.


Leovigildo Martinez from Oaxaca did the murals in the restaurant in addition to the menu cover, and his lithography, ceramics, sculpture, oils, and watercolors are in the gallery. Pasqual's is the exclusive representative of his work in the U.S.




BOOKS & GOODIES - PERFECT TO FIT IN A SUITCASE



EASTER? LOVE IT!

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C A F E  P A S Q U A L ' S  

121 Don Gaspar @ Water Street

(505) 983-9340

RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER ONLY


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C A F E   P A S Q U A L ' S   G A L L E R Y

103 E. Water Street 2nd Floor
Hours:  Every day 10 - 5pm

Tell them CHASING  sent you!

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