Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Shopping at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn absolutely love visiting the famous Santa Fe Farmer's Market, known for its abundant produce and lively atmosphere, but did you know you could make it a holiday shopping destination too?  The Farmer's Market shops are open everyday through December 24th, giving  you an opportunity to shop local and find unique gifts for everyone on your list.  Choose from a tantalizing selection of wines, teas, coffees, chocolates, garden items, as well as a variety of locally and internationally crafted gifts.

The shops are open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am-4pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm.  The Market Shops entrance is in Railyard Plaza, at 1607 Paseo de Peralta.  Forget the mall and support the community of Santa Fe.

In addition, while many of us patronize the market throughout the spring, summer and fall, it is easy to forget that the market is open on Saturday mornings from 8am-1pm throughout the winter months.  Stop in for fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, cheese, grassfed meats, delicious baked goods, body care products and herbal products.

Another fun day to visit the Farmer's Market Pavilion is Sundays, when the Railyard Artists Market takes place from 10am-4pm.  Listen to live music and peruse the booths of over 40 local artists selling fiber art, paintings, hand blown glass, herbal products, sculpture, photography, jewelry and so much more.  Yet another venue for some extraordinary holiday shopping!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Santa Fe's Winter Indian Market

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn gets booked five years in advance for Santa Fe's Annual August Indian Market, but many people don't realize there is also a Winter Indian Market.  This year the Winter Indian Market will take place on November 30 and December 1, from 9am-5pm, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Now in its 8th year, the Winter Market is a much smaller and more intimate affair than the crazy Summer Market, though the calibre of the artists remains high.

On exhibit will be pottery, weavings, drums, bead work and more from over 200 Native artists from the US and Canada.  A special treat are six open studio artists demonstrations by award-winning artists, as well as Native American music, dance and food.  A highlight of this winter's market is a performance of "The Immersion" by world champion hoop dancer and Cirque de Soleil star Nakotah LaRance, accompanied by Brian Frejo playing the Native flute, hand drum and a mix of hip hop beats.  This performance will take place at 1:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the Winter Indian Market is $10/day or $15 for the weekend, with members and children admitted free of charge.  Stay away from the crowds at the mall and take advantage of this cultural event - a great place to buy some memorable and unique gifts.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Joseph's Table Opens in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn attracts foodies from all around the country who are enamored with Santa Fe's cultural offerings, art scene, and of course, the myriad of great restaurants.  We are very fortunate to have such an array of great restaurants in Santa Fe, including award-winning fine dining establishments such as The Compound, Santacafe, Luminaria and Geronimo's.  Then there are many ethnic options, from traditional New Mexican (The Shed, La Choza, Tomasitas) to Caribbean (Jambo Cafe) to Japanese (Shoko) and much more.

New to the Santa Fe restaurant scene is Joseph's Table, an intimate and romantic little establishment with a creative and innovate menu.  Chef Joseph Wrede had opened the original Joseph's Table in Taos, where it was very successful for many years.  He closed it several years ago, perhaps due to the hard economic hit taken by Taos during the recession, and moved to Santa Fe in 2011 where he worked at The Palace Restaurant and then at Tomme, which is now closed.

This past October Joseph's Table re-opened at 428 Montezuma, home of the now defunct Azur Restaurant.  The restaurant business is a tough one!  The menu features a wide variety of dishes, from Starters such as Rock Shrimp & Smoked Butter with Crispy Whole Wheat Phyllo and Sherry Wine Beurre ($14) or Grilled Polenta with Warm Chicken Liver Mousse, Parma Prosciutto, Crispy Shallots & Parsley ($12).  I dined there a few nights ago with friends and began with a Raw Vegetable Salad with Zucchini, Squash & Fennel with Butter Lettuce & Black Truffle Vinaigrette ($11).  I was expecting something with more raw veggies, given the description, but it was really a Butter Lettuce Salad with a few shavings of vegetables.  Tasty, but not what I had anticipated.  One of the highlights of our meal, in my opinion, were the French Fries, fried in Duck Oil, that we ordered for the table.  Delicious!  Also incredibly good rolls with herb butter. Yummy!

Main dishes include Local Lamb & Banana Yellow Curry Tagine with Lemon Coriander Jasmine Rice ($24), Organic Scottish Salmon with Corn Pudding, Sweet Potato Tamale and a Warm Tomatillo Sauce ($27) and Mustard Seed & Creme Fraiche Crusted Cast Iron Cauliflower, White Beans, Anchovy Tomato Sauce, Fried Capers & Green Dust ($18).  I opted for the Pumpkin, Kale, Corn & Local Chanterelle Enchiladas with Cotna Cheese, Spicy Green Rice & East Indian Spinach Puree ($22).  I found the combination of flavors to be quite pleasing to the palate, but it didn't knock my socks off the way I had hoped.

I really wanted to love the restaurant, having heard such rave reviews about Joseph's Table in Taos.  The interior is so warm and inviting, and I appreciate Chef Wrede's innovative menu.  Because of those two factors, I will go back again when I am not part of a large group, and will perhaps have a very different experience.  There were about 12 of us at the table, and I recognize it is hard to service such a large party.

Joseph's Table serves dinner Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5:30-10pm,  Friday and Saturday's until 11pm.

It was quite full when we were there on a Wednesday night, so I recommend calling ahead for reservations at 505.982.1272.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

42nd Annual Balloon Fiesta

All week long guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have been heading off to Albquerque, whether at the crack of dawn or later in the afternoon, to experience the 40th Annual Albquerque Balloon Fiesta. If you have never seen this event, a Kodak moment if there ever was one, be sure to make it part of your New Mexico itinerary. The Albquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest of its kind in the world, and they are always on the cutting edge of hot air ballooning. In fact it was in Albquerque, in 1979, where the idea of balloon glows originated.

My favorite part of the Balloon Fiesta is the night glow, when the burners of each balloon is fired up at the same time, creating a spectacular sight of glowing balloons of all shapes and sizes. This is followed by a memorable fireworks display.

Another highlight of the Balloon Fiesta is the Dawn Patrol. Balloonists prepare their balloons at 5:45am, taking off while it is still dark, and fly until there is enough light to find a safe landing spot. While there are no mass ascension days left during this year's Festival, you can still see dawn ascensions this weekend.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn utilizes local harvests of everything from apples to chiles, but what could be more fun than spending a day at the annual Harvest Festival taking place at Rancho de las Golondrinas on October 5 & 6, 2013.  The full day events run from 10am-4pm and are the most popular of their weekend events - certainly my personal favorite of the Golondrinas festivals.  Watch as grapes are crushed by foot for wine, chiles are strung for ristras, burros crush sorghum in the making of molasses, and apple cider and tortillas are made (and consumed).  Also demonstrated are milling, blacksmithing, bread making, dying of wool and tanning of hides.  Join in the fun by making your own corn husk doll or participating in the tin stamping workshop, trying out your archery skills, enjoying storytelling with Paulette Atencio or going on a wagon ride.  There is also music, flamenco dancing, and delicious food and drink available throughout the day.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and teens, with children 12 and under admitted for free.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Revelry at the 2013 Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn enjoy visiting Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) throughout the year: visitors of all ages take great delight in this living history museum.  The early 18th century Spanish colonial ranch is especially memorable when visited during one of the many weekend events, such as this weekend's Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, taking place from 10am-6pm on September 21 & 22, 2012.

The Fair features music, flamenco & belly dancing, a medieval village, costume contest and medieval combat, as well as Celtic games, food and drink, including ale and mead!  Of particular note on the entertainment schedule are the performances by the enchanting Clan Tynker, with its jugglers, magic shows and fire tricks.

Tickets are a modest $10 for adults, $7 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children under age 13.  Proceeds from the fair benefit The Interfaith Community Shelter, an organization which serves the homeless of Santa Fe.

Rancho de las Golondrinas is located 20 minutes south of town.  From 1-25 South take Exit 276 and follow the signs.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Two Decadent Fall Spa Specials

In the back gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa, a destination for locals and visitors seeking top-notch bodywork as well as authentic Balinese spa treatments.  Throughout the year the spa offers seasonal specials, and this time of year brings two of our  most popular offerings.  Fall is in the air, with crisp cool nights, falling leaves, and heavenly aromas of pumpkin pies, sugar and spices, inspiring us to create two Pumpkin Spa Specials.

Along with its heavenly aroma, pumpkin is also fantastic for your skin.  Pumpkin is rich in carotenoid antioxidants that repair skin damage while simultaneously polishing and hydrating dull skin.  The plant is also full of natural plant enzymes that accelerate the exfoliation process to peel away dry dead skin cells, reduce fine lines and sun damage, leaving skin renewed, refreshed and amazingly soft and glowing.

Our Pumpkin Decadence treat takes advantage of all the gloriousness of pumpkin:  Treat yourself to a full body massage and exfoliating body scrub of brown sugar and cinnamon, followed by a nourishing mask of warm pumpkin, honey and cloves.  One and a half hours of yumminess for just $165.

Or indulge in a Delicious Pumpkin Facial, incorporating the natural exfoliating and nourishing properties of Naturopathica's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel to increase collagen production, leaving the skin firm and radiant, with increased elasticity.  One our of cleansing, exfoliation, hydrating mask, steam and nourishing cream for $105.

Once you have been inundated with the tantalizing smells of pumpkin and spices, add to your indulgence with a trip to Harry's Roadhouse for a slice of Peyton's fabulous Pumpkin Pie!