Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last Chance for Spring Skiing in Santa Fe

The daffodils are popping up in the gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn but up the mountain, there are still a few days of skiing to go this season.  As one walks around town in jeans and a t-shirt, enjoying the warm sun and temperatures in the high 60's, it is hard to believe one can still be skiing, but the Santa Fe Ski Basin is open for just another four days. 

With 85% of the mountain open and a special end-of-season ticket special going on, this is a great time to head up for a last bit of winter fun.  Adult all-day lift tickets are $45, while children and seniors pay just $35.  Half-day prices are $34.  There is also a mega-sale in the shop, where you can get all you need for next year's season at 50-70% off!

Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen - intense blue skies and blazing sun feel heavenly while you are skiing, but can wreak havoc on your skin!

Santa Fe Ski Basin's last day of operation for the season will be Sunday, April 3.  The day brings goofy races, music, good deals on food and a general good time for all. 



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dining Out for a Good Cause in Santa Fe

We serve an ample breakfast every morning for guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, but visitors to Santa Fe are always on the prowl for a tasty evening meal.  Surely a meal that is not only delicious but also benefits a good cause will taste that much better!

Every year a number of Santa Fe Restaurants participate in the "Angels Night Out", a fundraiser for the phenomenal non-profit Kitchen Angels.   For almost twenty years now the saints who work for Kitchen Angels have been making and delivering healthy meals to home-bound people who are unable to attend to their own nutritional needs.  The organization, comprised of 227 volunteers and only 3 full-time paid workers, has delivered over half a million meals to the elderly and infirmed since inception.

This year's Angels Night Out is on Thursday, April 7.  A full 25% of your bill will be donated to the Kitchen Angels' fund.  There are 22 participating restaurants - my favorites of the group are:  Vinaigrette, Pranzo, La Boca, India Palace, Clafoutis, Cafe Cafe and Adiamo.  A full listing of participating restaurants can be found on the Kitchen Angels website.  Whether you are in the mood for fresh sandwiches and salad, Italian, Spanish, French or Indian cuisine, you can contribute to a good cause while enjoying a fabulous meal.

This is a popular activity for Santa Fe locals, so you will want to book your reservations early.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

24th Annual Choreographer's Showcase in Santa Fe

Visitors often come to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn for the musical and visual arts that proliferate in Santa Fe, but the dance scene is far less recognized.  This weekend is an opportunity to see what local dancers are up to in this artist's mecca.  The New Mexico Dance Coalition will be presenting the 24th Annual Choreographer's Showcase on March 25 and 26th at the Railyard Performance Center.  There is always a wide variety of dance styles to enjoy, including modern, jazz and tango.  The caliber of the dancers is also quite good, though don't expect to see American Ballet Theatre or Alvin Ailey abilities.   Nonetheless you will be treated to a night of innovative movement and there is always at least one brilliant piece in the program.

The event will take place at 7:30pm - $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Railyard Performance Center
1611 Paseo de Peralta
505.920.0554

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Life and Art of Tony Da

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to set aside time for a visit to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to view Creative Spark!  The Life and Art of Tony Da.  The exhibition, which is up now through December, is the first comprehensive retrospective of pottery and paintings by Da.  Incorporating traditional motifs (his favorite being prehistoric Mimbres designs) with his own contemporary ideas, Da created some of the most innovative and varied art of any Native American artist of his time.

Tony Da came from a long lineage of talented potters from the San Ildefonso Pueblo.  His father, Popovi Da, was one of the first pueblo potters to break the tradition of creating only black-on-black pottery.  His very famous grandmother, Maria Martinez, was also a ground-breaker.  Rather than work exclusively with the traditional polychrome pottery that was the style in the 1900's, she is actually credited with creating the black-on-black pottery we now associate with San Ildefonso. 

Unfortunately Da's exciting career was dramatically shortened after a motorcycle accident in 1982 left him with severe head injuries at the young age of 42. He did some work between the time of his accident and his death in 2008, though the bulk of his work occurred before the tragic incident.  With such a brief career, the work of Tony Da is rare and becoming quite valuable.

The exhibition showcases about 40 pieces of pottery - red, black, and polychrome pots, jars and plates, along with some sculptural animal pieces.  Also on display are about 20 paintings, both abstract and representational.  This retrospective includes work done from the 1950's through the 1980's.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
710 Camino Lejo (Museum Hill)
Hours:  10-5 Tue-Sun (open Mondays during the summer months)
Admission:  $6 for New Mexico Residents
                   $9 for non-residents
                   FREE for children under age 16

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Frankenstein for St. Patrick's Day? Only in Santa Fe!

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have an opportunity for a completely surreal evening - while everyone else it out drinking green beer,  you can spend St. Patrick's watching the National Theatre of London's play of "Frankenstein".  The play, directed by Oscar Winner Danny Boyle (of "Slumdog Millionaire"), will be show at The Lensic Performing Arts Theatre on March 17 at 7pm.  While not a live performance, you will be able to see this memorable performance on the big screen in HD. 

The sold out performances in London received four star reviews.  The Daily Telegraph referred to "Frankenstein" as "the most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town", while the Independent commented that the lead actors are 'transcendent'. 

"Frankenstein", written by Nick Dear, is based on the original novel by Mary Shelley.   The classic tale of a man-made monster seeking acceptance from society despite his hideous appearance explores the subjects of scientific responsibility, parental neglect and the struggled between good and evil.  This presentation is not recommended for children under the age of 15.

Tickets are $22 ($15 for students) and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Santa Fe Blues Festival

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn may want to take in a night of blues, zydeco, brews and barbeque this Saturday, March 13, at Corazon.  The evening, billed as The Second Annual Santa Fe Blues, features: Ken Valdez, a solo acoustic blues-based singer-songwriter (6-6:45); the Hazel Miller Bank doing deep soul-blues powerhouse vocals (7-8:15); Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe bringing killer zydeco from Louisiana (8:30-10:30); and ends with a late jam by Alex Maryol from 10:30-midnight.

For a rousing night of get-your-groove-on, soul, hard-driving, funk, where-are-my-dancing-shoes-?!?! live music, head down to Corazon tonight!

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Lensic Box Office at 505.988.1234 or online at www.santafetickets.com.

Corazon
401 S. Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Beadfest 2011

Every year we enjoy the company of many a beading enthusiast here at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Santa Fe has several interesting and unusual beading supply stores, such as Beadweaver and Beauty and the Beads, but the biggest draw of the year is the annual Beadfest.  This year the show runs from March 10-13, with the bazaar and workshops taking place at the Santa Fe Convention Center, the Hilton Hotel and the Lodge at Santa Fe.  There will be shuttles running between the Convention Center and the Hilton all day, every day.  Whether you are a novice or a professional, the 130 booths and 90 workshops will have something just right for beaders of every level.

Admission to the bazaar is free to those who sign up for a workshop, which can be done online at the link above.  Otherwise the cost is $12 for a one day pass, $14 for a two day pass, $16 for three days and $18 for four days.  Show hours are:

Thursday:  5-9pm (Hilton Hotel only)
Friday:  10am-6pm
Saturday:  10am-6pm
Sun March 10:  11am-5pm   

Santa Fe Convention Center
201 W. Marcy St 
Santa Fe, NM

Beadfest is the place to be for anyone with an interest in this intricate craft.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Restaurant Week in Santa Fe

We have been inundated at both  The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn and Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn with menus for this year's New Mexico Restaurant Week.  With fifty-four participating restaurants in Santa Fe alone, this is a great time for visitors and locals to get out and sample some of the city's highly-acclaimed dining establishments.  Take a veritable tour around the world and enjoy French, Asian, Spanish, Italian, and of course, Southwestern.

The restaurants, ranging from the high-end Compound Restaurant (special three-course menu at $40/person) to the very casual Cowgirl BBQ (three courses for $20/person), will be offering specially-priced menus for both lunch and dinner.  Restaurant Week, which started last night, will run through Sunday, March 13.

Take advantage of special events throughout the week, from wine tastings to chef demonstrations.   There is an interesting line-up of demonstrations and special luncheons available, including: how to make mole at Epazote; a discussion on Italian Food and Wine at Il Piatta; the art of making Caesar Salad at Osteria d'Assis; how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls at Louie's; and so much more.  

You will want to make reservations in advance for both meals and events, as this is a very popular event. 

Happy Dining!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Passport to Health & Wellness

Check out the new "Passport to Health & Wellness" we have created for guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn and The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  As members of The Green Hotels Association, we are committed to incorporating sustainable earth policies and practices in the running of our inns and spa.  

Santa Fe has long been a mecca for health and wellness, particularly for the more alternative forms of healing.  This tradition began with the healing methods of the curanderas and has evolved to encompass a much larger scope.  Santa Fe is now a center for yogis, health food aficionados, sustainable living advocates and people interested in living a clean and spiritual lifestyle. 

The "Passport to Health & Wellness" promotes Santa Fe that we know and love, all of whom focus on some aspect of health & wellness.   In addition, these select businesses are offering discounts to our guests of 10-20% on their services and/or merchandise.

Participating businesses include The Ark, El Milagro HerbsPilates Santa Fe, Emerald Earth, Casa Natura, Center Santa Fe Yoga, Lotus Beauty Salon, Lumari (psychic readings) and Structural Integration by L'aura Campisi.




Pasqual's a Bust - Boo Hoo

I feel as though what I am about to write is an act of treason, but feel compelled to share that Ted and I had a very mediocre dinner recently at Cafe Pasqual's.  Yup, much as I want to write a rave review, I am unable to do so.  I have always loved Pasquals, for both the fabulous food and inviting setting, and thus have recommended the restaurant to many a guest from The Madeleine Inn and The Hacienda Nicholas B&B

We began with an appetizer of Warm Brie, which I  remembered fondly from a few years ago.  We found the plate to be a melted mess of over-heated cheese mixed in with a couple of so-so salsas.  The roasted garlic was the best part of this item.  After an uninspired Greek Salad, we were served a plate consisting of three scallops on a potato cake.  The scallops were fine, nothing to jump up and down about, but the potato cake was rather burned on the bottom.  For $32, we were underwhelmed.  Then came the $27 vegetarian enchilada.  The cilantro rice was an interesting twist, but the rest of the dish was just not that good.  While we had asked for Christmas (red and green chile), the dish came with only red.  The biggest problem with that was that the red chile sauce smothering the dish was very bitter, ruining the taste of everything.  Honestly, I had a far tastier chicken enchilada at The Tune-Up Cafe for $9!  Since the meal was so lackluster, we decided to forgo the dessert and instead finish off the pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the freezer at home.

I still have some money left on my gift certificate so will give them another try for lunch next week.  Sure hope it is better than our dinner, because I just love what Pasqual's is all about.  I love that they use a lot of organic and local produce and meats.  I love the festive decor and warmth of the place, and that it  has been a local haunt for decades.  However, if the lunch doesn't renew my faith, I don't see how I can continue to recommend Pasqual's to our guests at the inn.  Gee, I hope they can redeem themselves!