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Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

I have not noticed food trucks. I will do a search to see if they are in a particular area.

We did find our way to Ecco Gelato. No pastries or chocolates yet.

about 4 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Southwest

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

So glad we found our way to Joseph's (thanks, finlero).

Forgot to mention we have experienced gracious, professional service everywhere we have eaten. Service was more relaxed at Joseph's, still very good. We had a wine (they only serve wine and beer). We were served small, warm round rolls with an herb butter. Now on to the food:


Cast iron bronzed cauliflower mustard seed and creme fraiche crust , white beans, anchovy tomato sauce, fried capers and green dust. There was a sun dried tomato crisp as well.

Foie gras and lobster mousse with peach and lime foam. It was different than expected from what I read on the menu. You dipped your spoon into the foie gras mousse and got a taste of lobster and peach with a lime foam finish on the palate. Delicious!


SO had Joseph's Table's N.M. steak au poivre, natural NM grass fed beef tenderloin Iadeira wine and wild porcini orange coral Hawks wing sa, smashed potatoes. An investment at $42, that did not disappoint. So tender he cut it with a fork.

I had crispy duck salt cured confit style, sweet potato caramel glaze, French lentils, warm radicchio, dates and salad. I really appreciate that the Chef and kitchen served it without the pancetta. The best duck confit I have ever had. Fell off the bone.


We had espresso, sherry (I have consumed more sherry in Santa Fe than ever before. . .)

Gina's bay leaf panna cotta with blackberry espresso sauce, garnished with a few fresh blackberries.

A fabulous meal in a beautiful space.

about 4 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Southwest

Santa Fe: Arroyo Vino?

Read finlero's post on Arroyo Vino. . .

We ate there recently (thanks, finlero). Delicious. Surprising. Very special place.

Well worth the short drive on 599 to get there. Closed Sunday and Monday. I believe they will also be closed the end of January, so plan accordingly.

Saratoga Springs

Thanks for reporting back, cold beer.

The more desirable seating is in the front of the house or bar area. We've sat in the booths and there is a lot of traffic back and forth from the kitchen there.

Looking forward to dining on the patio in the future.

I have not been to Sweet Mimi's and will need to check out their pancakes.

Saratoga Springs

There is an updated thread I started before Track Season, Best Restaurants in Saratoga Springs. . .Your Favorites Now?

It updates the thread davmar77 posted.

If you do a search it should come up.

Rocco's at The Jonesville Store (ETA?) [Clifton Park]

Anyone been yet?

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

finlero, your were spot on about La Casa Sena. Amazing wine list.

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

Really enjoying Santa Fe.

So far we've been to Thunderbird (al fresco dining overlooking The Plaza), La Boca, Coyote Cafe, Cantina at La Casa Sena, Leona's (delicious tamale & so much history on the walls), Cafe Pasquale's.

Thunderbird was good for what it is. We had some guacamole and chips, margaritas and soup. Good casual snack place in a great location.

I had duck quesadillas at Coyote Cafe. SO had fish taco. Food was good. Perfect for a snack or quick lunch outdoors. Service was very good. I'd go back, SO probably wouldn't.

We both loved Pasquale's. I had one of the best turkey burgers I've had in a long time. My salad (greens, fennel, etc.) tasted like I had just gone out to the garden and picked it myself. Everything was fresh and delicious. SO had the chicken enchilda, chile relleno, beans.

La Boca was our favorite meal (will report details later) and La Casa Sena (details to follow) was our least favorite. Entrees were pricey and not special enough to justify the cost, though they have an amazing wine list and dining on the patio was very romantic.

Saratoga Springs November 2-5

yellowlablover, we have been to Little India a few times and enjoy their food. A friend told us about it, otherwise we probably would not have discovered this hidden gem. We have not been to Karavelli.

Feed me! Where to eat?

Went to Northern Spy recently.

Will report back when I have some more time.

Santa Fe Report

Thanks for the report, mousse.

Looking forward to Arroyo Vino.

I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

Second steel wool. Sealing should do the trick.

Depends what the surfaces are. I am not a fan of bleach, etc.

Hopefully your LL will get a better exterminator. I'd tell my LL so she has an opportunity to fix the problem.

Just read OP's "not scolding" post. When possible, it's probably a good idea to avoid leaving food, etc. that might attract vermin out.

Better mice than rats. Just read the latest on what NYC is doing to deal with rats.

I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?


Classic NY Pizza in Lower Manhattan?

You might want to check out Russ & Daughters Cafe.

Puerto Rico (ESJ, OSJ, Condado) Suggestions?

Thanks, i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream.

Look forward to reading your trip report. Will pass on Aguaviva next time we head to PR.

Almost forgot what a long, cold Winter 2013/2014 was until I revisited this thread. In a PR state of mind. Casa Adela on Losaida/C is the next best thing to being in PR. I wonder if they have mofongo on their menu?

going to Puerto Rico first time since 1974

crispi, where did you end up?

How was it?

PS I had hoped to go back last year but we went to Montreal.

Birthday Dinner Old San Juan

hhodgdon, you don't mention when you are going, so hopefully this post is not too late to be helpful.

Maybe Carli's? Ambience. Live music. You could purchase a CD as a memento of your first time in PR and the special birthday (ask Carli to sign and personalize it). Ambience is better than the food. That said, we've been many times and always enjoyed our meals there.

El Convento (former convent, now a hotel with a lovely courtyard) ambience is better than their food.

My last trip report (long!):

I hope you love PR as much as we do.

Cafe Cortadito (EV vicinity)?

Was wandering around C/B after a late lunch at Casa Adela.

Passed Cafe Cortadito (most recent post on this Board circa 2010).

Anyone been recently?

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

Appreciate all your suggestions, finlero. Joseph's looks really good:

Really good food is more important than (so easy when I'm busy).

Reservations can be changed (Taberna?). Also, The Shed and Cafe Pasqual (no outside seating) might be worthy of a second visit.

We'll play breakfast and lunch by ear, grateful to have a hound vetted list to choose from. Maybe I'm being overly planful, coming from NYC where reservations are typically a MUST.

Mrs. London's & Max Londons [Saratoga Springs]

That's what I was thinking, Elisa515. Maybe they plan to retire.

There have long been rumors of financial challenges.

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

Thanks for the report, small h :)

Any specialty cocktails?

Why would anyone go to Denny’s these days?

Come to NYC.

We have champagne with our Grand Slam.

Wine Mark up

But restaurants make more revenue on bottled water over New York's finest (aka tap water) . . .

Wine Mark up

I had to look "nescient" up in a dictionary. Per Google (Google's sentence, not mine):

Lacking knowledge; ignorant.
"I ventured into the new Korean restaurant with some equally nescient companions"

No mark up in SO's wine cellar :)

He's a really good cook, as well.

It's rare when the food check is less than the wine. That said, we enjoy dining out. Think of it as supporting an industry/jobs.

NYC wine markup can be obscene (Dovetail's was near 300% when we went years ago). But so is their rent.

Anyone been to Mexican Radio (Schenectady) yet?

Went to Mexican Radio recently. There is a community parking lot just around the corner. A great location to grab a bite if you're early for your train (Amtrak Schenectady station is nearby). Weather was gorgeous so I sat outdoors. They have a fabulous patio. The restaurant is enormous and perfect for special events. I remember shopping there in its' pre-OTB days.

Service was very good. My margarita came just as I ordered it (I'm very particular). Served in a high ball glass, I prefer a traditional margarita glass (picky, picky). Guacamole was fresh. Could have been a little chunkier for my taste. Not properly seasoned. Needed salt and pepper. Didn't taste any cilantro.

I had a chile rellano. Good. It came with my guacamole and chips (I should have requested and server should have asked whether I wanted both apps at the same time).

I also had the black bean and butternut squash soup. Simple. Very good. Loved the surprising presentation.

I'm usually a "don't eat Mexican food unless you're out West" purist and everything was good.

Good to have another Schenectady option besides Tara Kitchen, Cella Bistro, The Bier Abbey, More Perreca's. I'd go back for drinks and appetizers when in Schenectady. I do have concerns about their future "franchise" plan. Not a fan of chains.

Mrs. London's & Max Londons [Saratoga Springs]

Mrs. London's and Max London's have been sold, per the TU:

Hopefully they will remain favorites for French baked goods/lunch and brunch. Mrs. London's almond croissants are so good.

Rayuela (LES)?


It's one of our favorites. SO walked by Saturday night and it was closed. What's up?

Rayuela made it through the "Great Recession" and the passing of Chef Maximo Tejada (2012).

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

Thanks for your help. Four down, one to go. So hard to decide!


Tia Sophia's or The Pantry or Tecolote (if re-opened)

La Boca*


Coyote Cafe*

La Cantina* Live music.


Rancho de Chimayo

Arroyo Vino (Contemporary American)*


Cafe Pasqual's (no outside seating)

___________________El Meson**? El Farol*? Los Potrillos***? Galisteo Bistro*? What's best for a Sunday evening? Or is day of week irrelevant? Prefer restaurants on


The Shed (or La Choza?)

Taberna* Too similar to La Boca? Should we go to both or just one?

**online on their website or 505-983-6756

I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

Too bad I only eat fish and poultry . . .anyone had mouse? What's your favorite preparation?

Soap (unless it's a cast iron pan, no soap!) and hot water should do the trick.

Santa Fe trip. . .suggestions?

Thanks so much, finlero. Just saw your post.

Getting ready to make reservations for dinners.