Albuquerque Classics

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Albuquerque Craft Breweries

Brewbuquerque

With 67 breweries (and counting), New Mexico ranks 12th in the country for the number of beer makers per capita. With more than 50 breweries and taprooms, Albuquerque has an outsized portion. For two years running, the city has made Travelocity’s top 10 list of beer destinations. Visitors can taste the craft culture at staples of the decade-old microbrewery boom …

Santa Fe Culture

Local Culture – Santa Fe

Photo courtsey Restaurant Martin Photo courtesy SITE Santa Fe / Jeff Goldberg Santa Fe is an overachiever when it comes to the performing arts. The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus marked its 35th anniversary during the 2018–19 season with professional local musicians and award-winning visiting soloists. Since 1937, Performance Santa Fe has brought world-class music, dance, and theater to …

Craft Distillers

Enchantment in a Bottle

By Michael Dax While craft beer has held a special place in New Mexicans’ hearts for more than 30 years, local spirits are a newer phenomenon. In 2004, Don Quixote Distilling of Los Alamos secured the state’s first distilling permit, and since then nearly a dozen distilleries have popped up across the state. Although New Mexico still has far fewer …

Wine: First Crush

First Crush

By Ashley M. Biggers California may be the marquee wine region of the United States, but it wasn’t the first. Long before Napa, New Mexico laid claim as the first New World wine country — and today’s wine growers are aiming to make it not only the original but also the best. Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate’s expedition settled …

Chile

Chile: A Love Affair

By Ashley M. Biggers New Mexican food is swimming in chile — the piquant peppers, either red or green, smother and top just about everything. And not just the burritos and enchiladas. Chile is mixed with ice cream, rolled into sushi, and dashed into jam for only-in-New-Mexico PB&Js. The state’s chile devotion earned the pepper the title as the state’s …

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

Luminaria Restaurant & Patio is recognized by locals and visitors alike for its tranquil, inviting setting and inventive menu inspired by global cuisine. The imaginative take on seasonal and New Mexican cuisine is not to be missed. Everything at Luminaria is made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The menus at Luminaria combine the culinary traditions of New Mexico with …

The Bull Ring

The Bull Ring

The Bull Ring has been a part of Santa Fe’s culinary landscape for so long it’s hard to think of a time when it wasn’t there. Opened in 1971 and acquired by its present owner, Harry Georgeades, in 1980, it was originally located near the state capitol, the Round House. At that location, the relationship among New Mexico lawmakers, their …

Plaza Café Southside

Plaza Cafe Southside

You haven’t really tasted Santa Fe until you’ve been to the Plaza Café. The Razatos family has been serving up hot, fresh from-scratch dishes since 1947 — and when you’ve been doing something for 70-plus years, you better believe it’s being done right. Plaza Café Southside is a true Santa Fe institution, known for serving fantastic New Mexican with a …