Favorite food posts of 2015 — ours and yours

It seems to be human nature to reflect on the past year as it comes to an end. We’re really food-centric, so it’s natural we think about our favorite food experiences from 2015. Here are some of our (and your) favorite food posts of the year.

Favorite recipes

favortie food posts- Casa de Chimayo posole photo Casa de Chimayo

You can make Casa deChimayo’s posole at home photo/courtesy Casa de Chimayo

Recipes were a hit with readers this year. Our recently updated posole post from 2011 continues to be one of the hottest posts we’ve on the blog. It has resurgence every Christmas. And besides being a traditional food at Christmas dinner, it’s also served on New Year’s Day. You can make it at home to ring in 2016. The other popular recipe was Green Chile Chicken Pot Pie (which will work equally well with leftover holiday turkey.

Tacos

favorite food posts Santa Fe's Bonsai Tacos, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe’s Bonsai Tacos, photo Steve Collins

We really got into tacos this year. Santa Fe has a few places with great Mexican-style tacos including the fairly new La Fogata, owned by the people who owned Jarochos (now defunct), one of our favorite food stands. Their Veracruz-style tacos are authentic and delicious. Another favorite are the Asian-inspired tacos at Bonsai Tacos, made by Mexican chef Juan Carlos Ruvalcaba. He is a master of flavors. Just wish the bright red trailer out on Cerrillos Road was parked closer to downtown. We added the food truck to our existing post Dining on the cheap at Santa Fe food trucks, carts and stands

favorite food posts Most Wanted Tacos in Phoenix, photo Steve Collins

Tinga, al pastor and barbacoa tacos at Most Wanted Tacos in Phoenix, photo/Steve Collins

Tacos also featured in our Phoenix trip in October. We had two outstanding taco lunches. We loved them so much we shared them with readers. Read about Barrio Café and Most Wanted Taco Shop.

Favorite food posts from the road

Favorite food posts - The perfectly cooked Pan Roasted Pork Porterhouse photo Billie Frank

The perfectly cooked Pan Roasted Pork Porterhouse photo/Billie Frank

We loved the food we had traveling to Arizona and California. Highlights of our late January trip to SoCal were dinner at PrepKitchen and

Fois gras at Nine-Ten La Jolla photo Billie Frank

The delicious Fois Gras with green strawberries and more from Nine-Ten photo/Billie Frank

Nine-Ten, both in La Jolla, as well as a delicious and inexpensive Thai dinner at Saffron on San Diego’s International Row.

On the way to Grand Canyon in March, we spent the night at the iconic former Harvey House hotel, La Posada in Winslow Arizona. Dinner at the Turquoise Room was memorable.

Favorite food posts - Turquoise Room at Winslow's La Posada, phot/ Steve

The Turquoise Room at Winslow’s La Posada, phot/ Steve Collins

We ate dinner in the dining room at El Tovar, Fred Harvey’s Grand Canyon luxury hotel, still wowing visitors over 100 years after opening.

Santa Fe dining

favorite food posts Julia, Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

The dining room at Julia, photo/Steve Collins

Dining in Santa Fe continues to shine. One of our favorite new restaurants that opened this year was Julia at La Posada de Santa Fe, named for one of our favorite ghosts in town. The restaurant scene here is ever-changing. At the end of the year, we’ll sadly bid adieu to one of our favorite chefs in town, Juan Bochenski, who’s been cooking up inspired food since his arrival in 2011. He will be missed.

We had many more memorable food experiences over the year. We’re looking forward to exciting culinary adventures in 2016.

Also check out my Santa Fe food posts at 10best.com.

What were your favorite food posts of 2015?

 

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7 Responses to “Favorite food posts of 2015 — ours and yours”

  1. Gil Garduno
    December 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    As a passionate fellow foodie who has visited several of the restaurants you discovered in 2015, pinpointing even a few of your favorite food posts is a challenge. I enjoy them all…and read every word of every post you publish. Santa Fe Travelers has long been my go-to resource for all things Santa Fe. I appreciate all you do to showcase the City Different.
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    • Billie Frank
      December 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      Thanks for the really kind words. It’s great to be appreciated. Hope we get to share a meal in 2016, Gil! It would be a pleasure. Will you be coming up for the Foodie Classic?

  2. Gil Garduno
    December 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    We definitely need to break bread…or sopaipillas, tortillas, pita, naan, papadum, lavosh, et al in 2016. After years of corresponding, we’re overdue for a face-to-face.

    We’d love to attend the Foodie Classic (wonderfully described in Tidbits), but my knee is still acting up (meniscus torn in several places). I’ll attend vicariously through you and Steve.

    Happy New Years Eve!
    Gil Garduno recently posted..2015: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in FoodMy Profile

    • Billie Frank
      January 3, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      We are and I can’t wait. Hope you’re up to it soon. You just inspired me to write about the Foodie Classic this year- was going to wait and write about it before next year’s.

  3. Gil Garduno
    January 3, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    I look forward to reading more about the Foodie Classic and Steve’s experiences as a judge. I’ll be judging the Roadrunner Food Bank’s SouperBowl here in Albuquerque at the end of the month. It’s always a great experience.

    The Albuquerque Journal published a very nice profile on me in this morning’s edition: http://www.abqjournal.com/699760/entertainment/blog-appeacutetit.html.

    Best,

    Gil
    Gil Garduno recently posted..2015: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in FoodMy Profile

  4. John Frankly
    February 8, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    As a passionate lover of dishes who has visited several of the restaurants you discovered in 2015, I think you are moving to become the leader of world reputed dishes. Santa Fe Travelers has long been my go-to resource for all things provided by Santa Fe. Hoping to have the taste again and again

    • Billie Frank
      February 8, 2016 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks for the kind words about the website, John. Keep coming! And come back to Santa Fe for great food experiences.

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