3.23.2011

CAFE VINGT CINQ - FRENCH & FABULOUS IN SANTA FE

                   Photos by C. Whitney-Ward

I admit it. I'm a shopping snob. I don't do malls and I certainly don't do "outlet" malls. That is until the other day when a friend called and invited me to lunch at Café Vingt Cinq - a French café and patisserie at the Santa Fe Fashion Outlets... way...I mean way out on Cerrillos Road. "I've heard that it's swell," he said.
And it was!


Opened five months ago by Joel and Liza Mazire - he's from Normandy & she's from Santa Fe - this bright and welcoming café is full of delicious surprises, especially the perfect French pastries that taste as lovely as they look. Joel trained as a pastry chef and worked at La Fonda's French Pastry Shop for years turning out memorable and authentic pastries. The Mazire's three children also work in the café - in the front and the back of the house.
To whet your appetite...



These  hefty croissants are filled with ham, green chile and ooze cheese. Wonderful.


Fresh & crusty breads are baked daily.


And the lunch menu has tantalizing offerings of soups, salads, sandwiches, crepes and quiches. We opted to order from the chalkboard specials menu.


Torte Normande (above) & Chicken and Green Chile Crepe.
They were absolutely delicious.


And the fresh & crisp salad that accompanied was dressed with a simple but memorable vinaigrette with a delightful hint of mustard. And, we couldn't resist ordering the French fries.


The decor is simple with touches of Paris here and there.  And,  I promise, one  bite of Joel's Napoleon and your there



Café Vingt Cinq
Santa Fe Fashion Outlets
8380 Cerrillos Road
505.474.7300

3.19.2011

SENSE CLOTHING - CHASING THE CATALOG SHOOT

                                  Photos by C. Whitney-Ward

Santa Fe's SENSE Inc. launched its first collection of  soft and sensual active & pleasure clothing in 2005, and today these elegantly simple designs are  in over 200 stores throughout the United States.  And be warned, if you slip into  something  SENSE you'll be hooked.  According to founder & CEO  Robin Beachner,   the pieces  mix and match beautifully and can go  from pilates in the morning  to cocktails in the evening. And they pack like a dream.  "You can take six pieces of SENSE to China and be ready for just about anything," says Robin, who graciously allowed me to photograph while Peter Ogilvie was shooting their latest catalog.


SENSE has a  retail /warehouse space off of W. San Mateo.  The "front" room has display racks of yummy clothing  in gently-hued colors.




The "back" room is where the catalog shoot happened.



Everything was carefully choreographed &
 the make-up artist did  her subtle magic.





The models took center stage and Peter started snapping away...
and so did I.






The SENSE crew coached from behind.

It's a wrap!


Thanks Kathy & Robin for letting me crash the shoot!

sense
851 W. San Mateo
505.988.5534




3.18.2011

SLEEPING DOG TAVERN - FRIES TO DIE FOR


If you've ever eaten French fries infused with truffle oil, there's no turning back.
 I had my first taste  in L.A. and they were memorable.  So you can imagine my delight when I stopped in at the Sleeping Dog Tavern and saw that
they not only had Truffled Fries  on their "Bites" menu, but they served them
 with crumbled bleu cheese.


Each fry glistened and exuded truffleness and I ate every last one. Don't want to
even contemplate the calorie count!

114 W. San Francisco Street
505.982.4335

Sleeping Dog Tavern on Urbanspoon