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My Santa Fe: Blue Corn Cafe

This way to Blue Corn Cafe

 

Good morning fans of My Santa FeBlue Corn Cafe, downtown at 133 Water Street, is another favorite for us. We are big fans of the Wednesday night, all night, $2.00 pints and the bartender, Dom.

Dom at Blue Corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bar has recently been remodeled, and though I loved the coziness of the old bar, the new is a great place to watch a game and hang out with friends. The staff is friendly and the food is great. We always enjoy a visit here. I have been on a quest to find the best Huevos Rancheros here in Santa Fe and believe I have found them at Blue Corn.

 

 

 

 

This is a rare treat dish for me, but as a true New Mexican, one cannot go without eating it on occasion. Two corn tortillas layered with red chile, a bit of cheese and then covered in more red chile with two eggs, for me over medium, on top and you have the perfect combination of deliciousness. Blue Corn red chile sauce has just the right punch and flavor.

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As a health coach, believe me, chips are not a healthy choice, but Blue Corn Cafe has the thinnest, crispiest chips and every now and then I must indulge. The secret to enjoying chips is to load your chip with the salsa and guacamole, both very healthy, savor the flavor and then only eat a few of the chips.

The interior of the new bar is light filled during the day, and has great lighting in the evening.

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Including some unique features.

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The menu is varied and they do have some healthier choices than huevos. The salads can all be adjusted for the health conscious and the tortilla filled salad is really good, but DO NOT eat the shell and leave off the sour cream.

There are two locations for Blue Corn, the cafe downtown, and the brewery located at 4056 Cerrillos Road. We stop in there every now and then if we find ourselves on that side of town.

Both locations offer the brewery’s beers. My favorite is End of the Trail Brown Ale. Steve likes an IPA, but branches out to their seasonals now and then. They had a Scotch Ale earlier this year, which is my ultimate fav. Must be my Scottish roots.

Give Blue Corn Cafe a try. Tell Dom I sent you and enjoy!

See you around Santa Fe!

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Peace and Joy!

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My Santa Fe: The Aztec Cafe

The Aztec Cafe, a cool little cafe, tucked around the corner from Cowgirl, is one of my favorite hangouts in Santa Fe. My accountability partner and I meet here once a week, going here for the healthy food, as well as the laid back atmosphere and comfy environment. Open less than a year, it has become a locals favorite for sure.

Aztec front counter

Wheat grass shots to super power drinks, you will find a menu with lots of healthy choices, including salads and soups, vegetarian, vegan and raw, as well as their claim to “the best burritos in town,”  and I agree.  I promise, all are delicious. Yesterday I enjoyed the Portobello Sandwich, with portobello mushrooms, sautéed spinach, red peppers, baby greens, shaved parmesan cheese and wheatberry toast.

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Delicious and presented so beautifully! I love that they always add a slice of grapefruit to every plate. A tasty palette cleanse at the end of a meal.

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My partner enjoyed the House Made Raw Muesli,  (almonds, sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit) served with fresh fruit, maple syrup and almond or soy milk.

We both enjoy the atmosphere and setting.

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In the morning, New Mexico sunshine streams through the windows.

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Great art always lines the walls. fireplace at aztec

Other items I have tried and enjoyed at the cafe are the vegan burrito, vegetarian burrito, Florentine Benedict (to die for), honey oat pancakes, (one of the best pancakes in town), green chile veggie soup,  veggie burger and my ultimate fav…the raw brownie!

The Aztec Cafe is a great place to eat and meet.  I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

See you around Santa Fe!

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My Santa Fe: Jinja

Front of Jinja

Strip mall restaurants rarely get a second look from me, but after seeing a movie with friends in the De Vargas mall, we went to Jinja to have a bite and discuss the movie. Loved it, but couldn’t convince Steve to give it a go because of the strip mall until a few weeks ago. I was vindicated! He loved it too. So what’s to love about Jinja? How about some Trivia: Gene Hackman (homeless slapping actor; once saw a friend walk up to him in a gallery and totally invade his space so maybe you can understand his frustration) was once part owner of this establishment. Trivia aside, the decor is warm, rich and inviting.

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We were seated almost immediately, without a reservation, though they do take them.

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Our server was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. I ordered the Peartini and then we perused the menu and what a great menu they do have! My Peartini, by the way, was fantastic. I have had a similar drink at The Pelican in New Orleans, and make it at home as well, so it is one of my favorites!

Peartini

We started with the Crispy Vietnamese Spring Rolls and they were delicious. I am picky about my spring rolls and these held up to my standards of veggie filled and lightly crisp.

Crispy Vietnamese Spring Rolls

For dinner I enjoyed the Malay Coconut Soup, a version of Tom Yum, which is my go-to in Asian restaurants. This one did not let me down. The udon noodles were a great addition. The ingredient that makes Tom Yum soup so yummy is the lemon grass and this soup definitely has that going on.

Malay Coconut Soup

Steve had the Orange Peel Tofu (usually made with chicken or beef, which are choices at Jinja). The sauce was incredible, but the pieces of tofu should be cut much smaller so that they absorb the flavor better. They did offer to take it back and redo it, but he chose to eat it as is and just knows to ask for small bites next time.

Orange Peel Tofu

One of the managers visited with us a bit at our table. We enjoyed talking to her and hearing a little about the restaurant and a bit about the other locations, as they have two others in Albuquerque. She also filled us in on some of the paintings done by Gene Hackman. They are lovely. This one is my favorite:

Gene Hackman painting in Jinja

And here’s another:

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Chile is of course what most of us love to eat here in Santa Fe, and visitors to Santa Fe love the New Mexican food as well, however, life isn’t chile everyday (okay, well it is, but sometimes we do step outside our chile zone) and Jinja is a great place to shake things up, try something new, and enjoy a change of pace.

We visited on a weeknight, around 7:00ish. For weekends, definitely make a reservation.

See you in Santa Fe!

The Cowgirl

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On the patio, listening to Champagne with Friends.

One of my favorite bars/restaurants in Santa Fe is definitely the Cowgirl. Though plenty of out-of-towners find their way here, it does have more of a locals vibe. From the stuffed poblano chile relleno, to the margaritas and music, the Cowgirl rocks. Though I don’t eat meat any longer, I did enjoy their barbeque nachos back in the day, but I think they are even better vegetarian style, sans the meat. Most any night of the week there is some kind of live music going on. Our first experience with Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks was at Cowgirl, and we’ve been following this band around the area ever since. Check out the calendar on Cowgirl to see who is playing next. You will find Cowgirl on Guadalupe street, just a little ways down from the train depot. Pull up a chair outside on the patio during the summer and fall months or enjoy a cozy fire inside during the winter. Either way, Cowgirl is worth a visit! See you there!

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New Year’s Eve at the Cowgirl featuring the band, Chango!

 

See you around Santa Fe!