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Sweetheart date: Scenic Views

Hello! I can’t believe we are half way through June, 2015 feels a little like a whirlwind. Seth and I have been going in opposite directions lately and trying to soak up any chance we can to spend time together. The other day we had a few hours free around sunset and headed to Cross of the Martyrs in Santa Fe. It’s a great look out for the whole city and surrounding area. We were lucky enough to catch a few glimpses of the rain storm that came in later that night.

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^^New Mexico truly does have some of the most dreamy cloud scenes^^

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^^look at the color palette, perf right?^^

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^^this photo that Seth snapped makes me feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff looking over the ocean, when in fact my view was all desert^^

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^^he’s my favorite, i made him wear my rain jacket in hopes of a couples photo that didn’t turn out but i got this great shot which may just end up in a frame^^

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^^ALWAYS making me laugh…. <3^^

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^^Santa Fe, there are moment where i love you and there are moment when i don’t love you so much, this day and in this moment you were pretty great, thanks for that^^

 

-xox

Sweetheart – Surprise Weekend

Did you survive Easter weekend? Are you still on a sugar high from the sweet treats?

Well this morning I felt like I had been hit by a truck and ended up in a sugar crash coma. All signs of a truly great weekend if you ask my head and heart and not my body which has convinced me to go to bed by 9pm every night this week.

I wanted to follow up on my Sweetheart posts with some fun Seth and I had this weekend. I’ve started my Sweetheart posts to help Seth and I have more ‘unique’ dates opposed to constantly watching Netflix or heading to our favorite restaurants. You can see my first Sweetheart post here!

Seth surprised me on Friday by getting off work early and taking me to Albuquerque for a fun night out! He had everything from someone watching the dog to dinner planned out and a massage at a great spa the next morning. Albuquerque may just be 55 minutes away but sometimes you just need a break from your own city routine.

Here are some of my picks from this visit to ABQ: 

Coffee, Zendo – I feel like I’m giving away a secret here but have you tried a Turkish latte? Well, they are my favorite kind of latte (with almond milk) hot or iced they are so mouthwateringly good! Zendo does it right too, they mix the cinnamon and cardamon into the honey pour the hot espresso over that till it’s totally mixed and then dump it into your milk product. If you haven’t tried one I highly recommend it and if your in the ABQ area go to Zendo and try one there, you won’t be sorry about it.

Dinner, Artichoke Cafe – I had the chicken breast with the best pesto spätzle e v e r and Seth the duck with the most killer home-made gnocchi.

Hotel, Parq-Central – SO nice you guys, totally clean and beautifully decorated. It was probably one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at in ABQ and I’ve been visiting the city my whole life. Oh and for any ghost enthusiasts (no-one… just me?!) the hotel is a newly renovated building that used to be a hospital and psychiatric facility. We did not have any strange experiences while there though.

Drinks, Apothecary Lounge – It’s a rooftop bar that has indoor and outdoor seating and beautiful views of the entire downtown area. It’s beautiful both at sunset and at night when all the lights start glittering!

Breakfast, The Grove –  If you’re from New Mexico then you have probably heard of The Grove, it’s a very popular breakfast and lunch eatery in Albuquerque. Seth and I find it worth the wait and crowds every time, we’ve loved every breakfast and lunch dish we’ve tried plus they serve mimosas and have kick ass cupcakes and macaroons!

Massage, La Bella Spa – It was my first time getting to try this place out but it was very relaxing and I had a great massage. It’s true to it’s name and your visit is complete with slippers, robes and access to amenities like the sauna and hot and cold plunges.

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Sunday, Easter day we decided to take our time and make a really great dinner. We spent most of the afternoon prepping and cooking but were able to fit in a few long neighborhood walks and mimosas in!

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^^On most afternoon walks you can find me gushing over the neighborhood tulips^^

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^^I have a crush on both of these guys…swoon!^^

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^^If you haven’t been by the Roundhouse lately you should take stroll, she’s looking beautiful!^^

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^^Kaune’s Market is just charming in the Springtime^^

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^^Proper Sunday roast in the works^^

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^^Smiled because all the yellow and blue in this shot^^

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^^And let them eat cake!^^

There you have it a surprising and simple weekend!

Being an adult is hard, it’s full of responsibility, pressure and fears…It’s a struggle. What makes all those scary things more bearable is spending time with the one(s) you love. It’s so easy to stick to what you’ve always done but what’s more fun, thrilling and invigorating to the mundane(ness) of just being an adult is to just step out in surprise and trust that fun and enjoyment of life can come in many, many forms. Sometimes we just need to step outside our heads and our homes and take the smallest steps towards adventure. Adventure could be the next town over or the dive bar you’ve been to scared to check out or even picnicking in a park for the afternoon. Sometimes life doesn’t afford us the chance to jet set to other other countries and experience other cultures first hand but that doesn’t mean adventure is dead it just means you have to look for it and be committed to finding it where you are. I believe that when we do that we start creating a more beautiful and interesting life.

 

-xox Jane

Sweetheart- Day Date

I’m so excited to start a new series I’d like to call ‘Sweetheart’ posts. After almost year without University on the forefront of our minds Seth and I have actually entered real life. I’d like to note that real life is tough, full of commitments and responsibilities. If I’m being honest those were still there when Seth was in school but I had an unrealistic idea of what life after school would be like. You know, sunset walks on the beach and endless amounts of time with each other. Needless to say life has NOT gone that way and we’ve had to make even more of an effort to carve out time to spend together.

This lead me to create/start my ‘Sweetheart’ posts. As we try to come up with new and fun things to get us out of the house or get us off of Netflix… I’ll be sharing them here.

For the 1st post I’d like to share a day date we took last week to Santa Fe Culinary Academy. They have been doing pop up lunches and we were lucky enough to make it to one of the last ones. This Thursday, Friday (March 12th 13th) will be the last pop up lunch but they will be starting pop up dinners soon – and I can’t wait to try one of those.

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Last weeks lunch was Asian tapas inspired and this week they are doing Italian!

Here are some pictures I snapped while we dined and totally enjoyed the sunny, open layout….

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The food was truly GREAT, we enjoyed everything we tried. My favorite was the hot and sour soup with pot stickers and Seth’s was the steamed pork bun and we both devoured the lemongrass ice cream with green tea fortune cookies!

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Like no joke though I haven’t stopped thinking about that soup (I like food) and it’s left me wanting to try and make my own. Like this one or this one, theirs had a hint of lemongrass (I think) that made it taste so darn fresh!

Thanks for taking a peek into our Sweetheart day date out in Santa Fe. I’m saying this more to myself than to you but it’s important to take any moment of opportunity and spend it doing something that makes you happy even if that means a 45 minute lunch instead of a road trip to California or baking cookies together or …. dinner and a movie. Look at the time you have and make it worth while, take a look at your community and see what’s going on. You may find out, like I did that your local cooking school has pop up menus with killer food on the cheap. Next on my list is to find some awesome St. Patricks Day events. I LOVE ST. PATRICK’S DAY it makes me think of cute things like this and of course I will be in green for the 27th consecutive year!

For me it’s easy to get down because my life isn’t as glam as some of the people I follow on Instagram, I’m not constantly on vacation and can’t buy myself a coffee every damn day… oh and my nails are either not painted or chipped. THIS IS LIFE. So bear with me while I try to get rid of some of my over the top expectations and start living more presently with what’ve got right here in Santa Fe/New Mexico.

I read this today and L-O-V-E-D it… “Thriving is never a destination, but it’s the way you manage the journey.”

Cheers,

-xoxo

Jane

a simple weekend

Seth and I were in need of a major simple and relaxing weekend and I’m so glad we were able to do just that. Today I took a much needed cell phone break (until later in the afternoon of course when I had to check on a few texts and e-mails). I don’t know for you but for me it is so important to disconnect sometimes even if it’s just for 1/2 the day.

It was a funny fall day here in Santa Fe, rain showers off and on which made for an interesting walk for sure. Here are a few shots I got to take on my ‘real’ camera since I chose to be sans cellar device. It was really so relaxing and inspiring to head out of the house with just a camera and no way to check social media- if you haven’t taken a break from in a while, I’d encourage you to try it even just for a few hours.

cheers to a great week- Halloween is coming! It’s one of my favorites.

xoxo

 

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^^our sunday stroll before the rain kicked in^^

 

 

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^^don gaspar is my favorite street in santa fe in the fall, full of beautiful trees turning^^

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^^took a break from the rain for tangerine mimosas, oh sooo good!^^

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^^seth snapped this shot and i just love it because flynn looks so attentive^^

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^^this is our street, i’m just in love with it in ever season^^

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^^flynn couldn’t get enough of biting and running through the leaves^^

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^^just gorg- right?!^^

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^^selfie snapshot – duh…^^

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^^raining leaves and water down on the plaza^^

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^^stopped by our favorite chocolate shop todos santos, couldn’t resist some pumpkin butter-creams!^^

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^^pure joy^^

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^^what, what! santa fe is getting a cheesemonger^^

local love: santa fe. farmers market

I’ve mentioned this before but one of my favorite things in the world are farmers markets and one of my favorite things about Santa Fe is its farmers market.

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Santa Fe’s farmers market has really grown into a great market that highlights so many of the local farms and businesses around town. At this point in the summer the market is totally up and going and they’ve even started roasting green chile! If you are a native to New Mexico you know that sweet, sweet smell of roasting green chile in the air it’s seriously like heaven. If you are not a native to New Mexico then you’re kind of missing out and you should visit us late July-September so that you can experience it.

It’s the kind of smell that when you walk outside and the air is a little crisp and the wind brings the scent of the roasting chile you just totally crave it… instantly, on anything, by itself it just makes you need some asap.

I’m hungry just thinking and typing about it.

 

 

 

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Anyway, our farmers market is 3 times a week: Tuesdays in the railyard  8am-1pm, southside 3pm-6pm and Saturdays in the railyard from 7-12pm

It’s the place you can find me almost every Saturday morning in the summer, picking up fresh lettuces, potatoes, onions, green chile, sage sticks… honey- you name it, it’s there and it’s just so delicious. If your local I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and enjoy the market and if you are visiting add the market to your ‘to do list’ it honestly won’t disappoint plus we are all trying to support being ‘local’ right?

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-xox

Jane

summer beauty

Santa Fe has been killing it lately, totally gorgeous summer weather and flowers.

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^^not my yard, but I thought it looked like the perfect one to spend all summer in, apple tree included^^

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^^this bush was covered in what i thought were butterflies but turned out to be giant moths, who knew!^^

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I was reminded of this quote, one of my favorite quotes from ‘The Great Gatsby’

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

For some reason I feel like anything is possible in the summer, that every turn has an inspiration and that every morning has the possibility for great, great things.

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^^this is just so santa fe…

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^^hollyhocks are one of my favorite things about summertime in santa fe^^

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what does summer look like where you are? apart from autumn it’s 2nd favorite season…..

summer beauty

Today I overheard some older tourists on Canyon Road talking about how it appeared that Canyon Road was in disrepair, “things are falling apart and they’ve let the weeds just overtake everything.” I had to stop and laugh to myself and think ‘welcome to New Mexico’ in general.

I was reminded that, that is one of the major qualities that I love about not only Santa Fe but New Mexico- it’s a little over grown, a little dated and the adobe is cracked in some places. It’s total charm though if you look at it the right way. I’m happy that I live in a historic city that isn’t perfectly manicured.

Here a few shots from my afternoon walk today that I thought captured a little bit of the beauty of summer in Santa Fe. (weeds and all)

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margaritas part 3.

Happy Wednesday!

I thought it was time for another addition to my slight obsession with margaritas. Again, I’m so lucky to live in a city that values a good marg, no sweet and sour here in Santa Fe!

If you are a local or visiting the Santa Fe area I can’t recommend Tesuque Village Market enough, for breakfast, lunch and dinner… and margaritas(of course). I prefer their house marg on the rocks with salt and lime but they offer a variety of different and flavored ones. Their combination is mixed just right every time and is never to salty or sour. Like, it’s the perfect margarita. Like, I could drink them like water…

Tesuque is a little ‘village’ outside of Santa Fe, we love to drive the back road by Bishops Lodge to get there but you can get there a bit faster by taking the interstate. It’s literally like a 10 min drive from the downtown plaza and well worth it. It always has a cool vibe and a relaxed atmosphere – perfect for drinking a margarita if you ask me. If you do end up here for dinner I recommend the fish tacos they are to die for or their wood oven pizza but in all honestly you can’t go wrong with anything you order, they have superb New Mexican food.

And, if you are in the area please let me know because I’d love an excuse to sit on their open patio any day!

-xo

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margaritas part 2

La Fonda.

It’s one of my favorite places period in Santa Fe. If you’ve kept up with this blog you know I’ve mentioned it before, its a place that my whole family has been coming to for a very long time. In my family it’s more of a tradition than a favorite and I just kind of love that. I can recall almost all the family dinners in the main restaurant La Plazuela, the many drinks in La Fiesta Lounge as well as all the mid-day breaks on the comfy leather chairs or next to the big fire place in the back (and Seth and I actually had our wedding reception here on the rooftop La Terraza room).

Needless to say I love La Fonda for many, many reasons but today I’m sharing my love for their perfectly simple margarita and New Mexican food.

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After a long work week I seriously can just crave their margarita and La Fonda’s New Mexican food… if you ask me it’s some of the best in town. While the La Plazuela is a little more fancy (and their menu is wonderful too) after a long week I just want the Rellenos de La Fiesta from the Lounge. Ever had chile rellenos? Well here is the description-

Two Large Green Chiles filled with Mexican Cheeses,
lightly Beer Battered and Fried, topped with your choice
of Red, Green or X-mas Chile, served with your choice
of Pinot Beans or Black Beans, Pork Posole, Shredded
Lettuce, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo
and Sopaipilla

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Back to my point- after a long week of work or a long day of travel this is the perfect spot for a cold drink and good  New Mexican food. As I mentioned before La Fonda is more a tradition for Santa Fe more than a favorite but you’d be hard pressed to find anything you didn’t love and enjoy here.

Here is a shot over looking the main La Plazuela restaurant. It’s an open courtyard in the middle of the hotel and if you walk up stairs you can look down into the space. Beautiful if you ask me.

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Stop in next time and have a drink for me!

Cheers,

Jane

 

 

Backstreet Bistro

Since it’s mid-week I thought I’d share a secret. Since I’m sharing this online it won’t be a much of a secret but… you know.

Backstreet Bistro (513 Camino De Los Marquez)

is kind of like a secret in Santa Fe, it’s a little hidden and I think that is to keep some of the tourists out. I’m pretty happy about that because it’s a great spot of a work week lunch. It has a very relaxed and homey atmosphere almost small town diner(ish). They do soups, salads and sandwiches and man are they good. All home-made and all great. There soups change on the daily and they always have 4-6 options, they even have their own blogspot for the daily soups . One of my favorites is their chicken and wild rice (yum).

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They let you make any combination you like, soup and salad, sandwich and soup or vice versa. Oh, did I mention they have dessert too? If your ever around in the Autumn season you h a v e to stop in for some pumpkin pie, it’s like the best- really. I’m already looking forward to it’s return.

They are open Monday-Saturday but I mostly find myself stopping in mid-week as a little pick me up to the work week.

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Anyway it’s just good food and a relaxed atmosphere that can help make a mundane Wednesday or Thursday more bearable. Hope that you stop in and remember ‘shhh’ don’t tell all the tourists.

 

P.S. Look for the blue awning on Camino de los Marquez , otherwise you might miss it 🙂

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Cheers,

Jane