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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.

portobello sandwich

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.

muesli

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.

from dining to counter

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

cozy corner in aztec

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!

walking through gate

 

wind sculptures

Listen

wind harp in the sculpture garden

I try to walk to work at least once a week. It’s about a 45 minute quick paced walk. I passed several people with earbuds plugged into their ears and thought about the sounds they were missing. Birds of all kinds, the last of the clinging brown leaves rustling in the trees, the occasional dog bark and just the sound of the breeze. When I had to get a hearing aid for my right ear a few years ago, I hadn’t realized how much I was missing. Hearing the world around us is vital to our well being. We can’t appreciate what we can’t hear. The same goes for listening, really listening to the people in our lives. We can’t appreciate them if we don’t really “hear” them. Take the time to listen today. Find out what you’ve been missing!

wind in the pines

(The picture at the top is my brother-in-law in my favorite sculpture garden in Santa Fe. He is seated next to a wind harp which makes an incredible eerie sound, but you have to be listening.)

Listen, Peace and Joy!

 

Marquis for Jinja

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.

View from our table

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

reservations accepted

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:

Gene Hackman painting in Jinja large

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

outside cowgirl champagne with friends
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!

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

 

See you around Santa Fe!