Santa Fe Journals

Food in Santa Fe

A November 2002 trip to Santa Fe by Carole&Jim

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Food in Santa Fe

Overview

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We went to Santa Fe to take cooking classes, sample restaurants, and do some Christmas shopping. The Santa Fe School of Cooking provided three magnificent meals. The Ore House, Paul's, The Shed, Tomasita's, and the Santacafe rounded out the week.

Quick Tips:

Best purchases were made from the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Sweet Spice (an exotic blend of Mexican cinnamon, allspice, and secret ingredients), powdered chipotle chili, and an ingenious lemon, lime, or orange squeezer from Mexico.

Best Way To Get Around:

Santa Fe is a small town. Our rental car was used mostly for going to the supermarket, one trip to the movies, and the airport. Otherwise we walked everywhere.

Otra Vez En Santa Fe

Hotel | "Otra Vez in Santa Fe"

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Best Things Nearby:The plaza, museums, restaurants, shops, etc.Best Things About the Resort:Location, location, location. Otra Vez is right across the street from the Plaza Mercado where the Santa Fe School of Cooking is located, and about two blocks from the plaza, the center of everything. Website: otravezensantafe.com.Resort Experience:The unit was small but cosy. It was very well equipped and nicely decorated with Indian artifacts and Southwestern art posters. There was a fireplace and wood was supplied. However, we went in November and everyone had fires going; Jim's "hayfever" turned into "smokefever" and he sniffle...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2003

Otra Vez En Santa Fe
202 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 988-2244

Ore House on the Plaza

Restaurant | "The Ore House"

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This was our first meal in town after a day of flying. The Ore House is located on the second floor and has a porch that opens on the plaza, but is heated and insulated in winter. The Ore House advertises that it serves a hundred different margaritas and the wait staff will advise you on the differences. We were seated inside by the fireplace (it was November) and we ordered just the main course. I had trout topped with sun-dried tomatoes minced in sour cream, crusted with pecans. It was light and delicious. I have reproduced the same recipe at home with success. The vegetable was butternut squash with a hint of spice, also mixed rice. Along with a margarita (Ore House gold, I think) it was a l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2003

Ore House on the Plaza
50 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-8687

The Shed

Restaurant | "Shed"

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Excellent Northern New Mexican cuisine at economic prices. The Shed is located just off the plaza in an old adobe hacienda which you enter through a courtyard. There was a fire burning in the small round corner fireplace in the foyer. The place was full even on a Wednesday night off season in November. The dining room was rustic and a bit noisy but the atmosphere was friendly and comforable. We had chicken enchiladas with green chilis which were served quickly and tasted delicious. The bill for two for dinner with drinks and tip (no dessert) was $41.59. This restaurant is a family institution in town and well worth all the praise it gets.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2003

The Shed
113 East Palace Ave
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 982 9030

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The Santa Fe School of Cooking offers several cooking classes a week (see their website here) in southwestern cuisine. We went to Santa Fe for a week to take all the classes given (three) and had a wonderful experience. Classes attended were Contemporary Southwestern, Southwestern Lasagna, and Native American. As a result we added two vegetable dishes to Thanksgiving dinner, tried the Southwestern lasagne but got too much chipotle in it - will use much less next time - and added a potato grautin with green chilis to Christmas dinner.The small shop outside the classroom sells spices, snacks, gadgets, and cookbooks. We have taken classes with three differ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2003

Santa Fe School of Cooking
116 West San Francisco St
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 983 4511