January Tidbits: good-bye 2016, hello 2017

Here are our January Tidbits. Enjoy!

Good-bye 2016

Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park photo/Billie Frank

Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park photo/Billie Frank

This is the time of year when people look back at the past 12 months and reflect. It’s been a challenging year for many and people are saying they’ll be glad to it go. We had a challenging year as well. Steve had to deal with a number of health issues. The long healing journey started Valentine’s Day weekend and went on into September. The good news: he’s doing really well. We celebrated his clean bill of health with an incredible road trip through southern Colorado into Utah and on to San Diego, waving at Las Vegas as we drove by on I-15. You can read about our adventures on the blog. What will happen in 2017? We haven’t gotten that far yet. We’re doing one day at a time.

January Tifbits - Taste La Fonda's Don Rael Margarita as you travel the Santa Fe Margarita Trail photo Billie Frank

Taste La Fonda’s Don Rael Margarita as you travel the Santa Fe Margarita Trail photo/Billie Frank

For Santa Fe it was a great year with lots of accolades in national media. One of the highlights is the Santa Fe Margarita Trail which caught on with locals and tourists. People seem to like their margaritas. We love Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales. He’s good for the city. Meter parking increased in price but he’s supporting a resolution that will let people park free for the first two hours in city owned garages, great for locals and visitors alike. Visit Santa Fe in 2017!  You can discover what keeps us so excited about living here.

Hello 2017, our January Tidbits

January is a slow month in The City Different allowing us to recover from the holiday rush. There’s always something to do here; the off-season, before spring breaks start, is a great time to visit. Here are our January Tidbits.

Food news

Wood fired cooking at El Nido, photo/Steve Collins

Chef Enrique Guerrero invited us to dinner at the newly reopened El Nido, a Santa Fe legend. The Tesuque eatery not only got an entire facelift, it’s bright and contemporary, the menu is Italian and much of the food is cooked over a wood fire in an open kitchen. Even on a December Monday the place was hopping. It got four thumbs from us.

Executive Chef Fernando Ruiz of Santacafe, photo/Steve Collins

Another chef friend, Fernando Ruiz, a recent winner on the Food Network’s Chopped, invited us to dine at Santacafé where he’s Executive Chef. I know Chef Fernando from our days working at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. He’s a great chef and an interesting guy.

We’ll share our meals at both restaurants and a bit about the chefs in upcoming Food Thoughts posts.

Early last summer we wrote about a great dinner we had at 401 Neighborhood Restaurant. While the restaurant remains open, Chef Laura Licona is gone. We don’t know how the food is. If you eat there, let us know.

From Souper Bowl 2012, photo/courtesy Food Depot

The world may have the Super Bowl, but Santa Fe has its Souper Bowl. The 23rd annual competition takes place on Saturday, January 21st from noon to 2:30pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Thirty local chefs will compete in categories including Best Soup, Best Savory Soup, Best Cream Soup, Best Seafood Soup and Best Vegetarian Soup. The event is a fundraiser for The Food Depot, a Northern New Mexico food bank. Tickets, $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12 can be purchased at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Music

Serenata of Santa Fe

Serenata of Santa Fe presents Harmonic Divergents, a chamber music concert on Sunday, January 15th at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Composers include Nielsen, Glière, Strauss, and Kenji Bunch. The performance features two compositions by musician/composer Mark O’Connor (we’re big fans); Poem for Carlita and Appalachia Waltz, both written for violin, cello and double bass. Musicians are David Felberg, violin; Dana Winograd, cello; Frank Murry, double bass; Keith Lemmons, clarinet; Toni Lipton, bassoon and Scott Temple, horn. Tickets ($35, $25, $15) are, available online on Serenata’s website or at the door (cash/check only).

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

Santa Fe Symphony’s new Principal Conductor, Guillermo Figueroa, makes his debut performance with the orchestra on Sunday, January 22nd at 4pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Sibelius, Mozart & Brahms, features the Finish composer’s Finlandia, his tribute to his homeland, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, featuring the Symphony’s Primcipal Bassoonist, Stefanie Przybylska and Brahm’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Figueroa will give a pre-performance talk at 3pm. Tickets ($22 to $80) are available at the Symphony and Lensic box offices or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

Performance Santa Fe

The Mikado, photo/ courtesy Performance Santa Fe

Performance Santa Fe is busy in January! They open the year with the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite, The Mikado.  It’s free and geared towards the entire family. Performances are Friday, January 13th at 7pm, Saturday, January 14th at 2pm and Sunday, January 15th at 2pm. The dress rehearsal on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm is open to the public. Reservations are required and may be made by calling their office, (505) 984-8759, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Call ASAP, these free performances fill up.

Roomful of Teeth, photo/courtesy Performance Santa Fe

On Saturday, January 21st at 7:30pm they present Roomful of Teeth, “a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice,” at St. Francis Cathedral. Tickets, $20 to $50, are available on the group’s website, at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

That’s it for our January Tidbits; told you it was a short month! Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in January. ¡Hasta Luego!

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2 Responses to “January Tidbits: good-bye 2016, hello 2017”

  1. Gil Garduno
    December 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    You certainly did pack a lot of adventure into 2015. Thank you for sharing it all with us. I pray 2016 brings you great health and happiness during your travels.
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    • Billie Frank
      December 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      We did. It was a bit of a traveling year for us. In 2016 we hope to do more NM and Southwest exploration.

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