2.05.2016

BITES - CAPTURING MY FAVORITE MEALS



All of my friends know that if I join them for a breakfast, lunch or dinner out, that before they can take that first bite of what they've ordered, my camera is at the ready to capture the visual deliciousness of the moment. They are very, very tolerant!

HERE GOES...



T H E   H O L L A R 


I had recently been to Knoxville, Tennessee where I indulged in biscuits & gravy, grits and fried green tomatoes and banana pudding, so it was with delicious anticipation that I perused the Southern/New Mexico fusion menu at this much-lauded restaurant in Madrid (Mad'-rid), New Mexico. How could I resist - Fried Green Tomatoes napped with a beautiful house-made Lavender Bechamel Sauce. And, I never expected said tomatoes to be so artfully plated. They were amazing.




My friend had tender pulled pork  nestled between oh-so-flaky  sliced biscuits with a tangy BBQ sauce and splendid fruit salad. And so much more on the inviting menu.This gem is a must visit if you're up for a 20-minute drive from Santa Fe an a walk-about in this funky-wonderful former mining town turned artist colony.

2849 Highway 14 - Madrid, NM  
505.471.4821

Read & drool...




I N D U L G E   C A F E   &   M A   C H E R I E 
Lunch   Coffee   Pastry


Charming and delicious. A beautiful, diminutive dining room is the perfect spot to indulge a lunch or afternoon craving. The pastries are beyond wonderful and you can find options such as dairy, refined sugar,  gluten , grain , egg FREE and vegan.  But, let me assure you if you're a sugarholic like me, these delectable bites are memorable.


You can find several options to suit any sort of food preference- dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegan,
 unicorn free. 


Photo courtesy of Cafe

The scrumptious brain child of talented friends Chaine Pena (lft) and Misha Hesse.



Sugarless Banana Bread


Vanilla Bean Cake filled with Whipped Coconut Cream


Lemon & Raspberry Garden Cake

 (last 3 photos courtesy of Ma Cherie)


317 Aztec St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

  Tel: 505.930.5983


Tues. through Saturday - 11- 4




C H E Z   M A M O U


I SWOON and probably put on a pound or two when I indulge in this chocolate ganache filled meringue perfection.  



Salad Nicoise - Beautiful



Through the pastry case window...

C H E Z   M A M O U

217 E. Palace Avenue - Santa Fe, NM

505.215.1845





S A N T A C A F E



Flowers and a radiant smile greeted us as we stepped into this iconic Santa Fe eatery for Sunday Brunch.



I love the  crayons on each table and the paper table cloth waiting for doodles...


A lovely tuna amuse-bouche to begin...



And the Luscious Mascarpone Stuffed House made Brioche French Toast was a must...with real Vermont Maple Syrup.  Next time - Lobster Mac & Cheese!

SANTACAFE

231 Washington Ave.  - Santa Fe, NM

505.984.1788





L U M I N A R I A   R E S T A U R A N T

INN AND SPA AT LORETTO


It's called a 'Dirty BLT' and it's a pip. Layered with the usual, 
but with a twist - garlic aoli and sourdough bread. 


Crispy Pork Belly "Mac'n Cheese" - this was simply mouth watering. I was humming, which I tend to do when I'm eating something
 SO good...




Red Chile Braised Short  Rib Egg Rolls - simply WOW!


L U M I N A R I A

211 Old Santa Fe Trail - Santa Fe, NM

505.984.7915

https://www.destinationhotels.com/inn-at-loretto/dining/luminaria-restaurant-patio#





               P R I V A T E   C H E F   A N Y O N E ?


Mark Oppenheimer is the real deal. He's creative, charming and can sweep into your kitchen and delight your guests with a beautiful repast - hors d'ouevres to dessert - all made with fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. He specializes in Ethnic/Asian cuisine, but loves a culinary challenge...


GORGEOUS PORCHETTA...







HIS PANS AWAIT...



MARK OPPENHEIMER - 310.740.0134




S W E E T   S E N T I M E N T S

Delights on-line by Evelyn Roybal


Green Chile Brittle


Red Chile Brownies


Apricot Dreams


1.29.2016

THE ART OF SCARF



1.29.2016


CANCER FOUNDATION FOR NEW MEXICO - THE ART OF SCARF


This is a portrait of  the vivacious and beautiful Valerie Hamilton taken by Textile Artist, Eric Olson. Valerie is a cancer survivor and a boundless champion of the CANCER FOUNDATION FOR NEW MEXICO. 

And this is the portrait of Valerie after Eric did a bit of swirling and twirling digital magic. A beautiful border was added and this scrumptious image was sent off to  China to be printed on silk, and finally to wend its way  back to Santa Fe - fifty of them - to be donated to the foundation's annual  SWEETHEART AUCTION. 



Scarf detail...



T H E   S T O R Y 


Q. Eric, how did this project come about?

A. After I met Valerie for the first time and learned of how vital the Foundation was to both she and her husband Bud, I got the idea of contributing a work of art that would embody the spirit of survival and hope and exemplify the work of the Foundation - making cancer treatment possible for New Mexicans who need help.

Q. Why the portrait?

A. I have been doing scarves for some time, but have used photographs of food as a starting point. I felt that Valerie had so much life energy and so much style that the  'origin' photograph of her would create a vibrant direction for the scarf design.

I asked her to stand in front of her favorite art piece and she dressed accordingly. I got her to relax and captured that wonderful smile that carried her through her cancer and personifies a "Celebration of Survival".

Q. What is your design process?

A. I take the 'origin' photograph and manipulate it in photoshop, duplicating/repeating the re-designed image until it looks like this. 


The digital design is then sent off to Hangzhou China - The historic center of China's silk production - where it's skillfully  printed on silk and the edges hand-rolled and stitched.  

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE WHOLE PROCESS




M A G I C


Thank you to the Ernesto Mayans  Gallery for letting us do the photoshoot.

Eric asked his friend, Fiber Artist Kay Khan to model the gorgeous scarf, showing  myriad ways of  swirling and tying it. 



B E A U T I F U L

THE LIMITED EDITION 'CELEBRATING SURVIVAL" SCARF WILL BE AVAILABLE THE NIGHT OF THE SWEETHEART AUCTION.  




SANTA FE COMMUNITY CONVENTION CENTER

5 PM

505.955.7931

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE FABULOUS AUCTION ITEMS.