As you already know, we spent most of our time in Santa Fe skiing. So, what did we do when we weren’t skiing? Not much, because we were pretty exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel. But there’s always time for food! Of course the very first stop had to be our favorite Italian restaurant, the Osteria D’Assisi. In fact, we went twice in three days 🙂 Why? Well, apparently you can’t eat anywhere in Santa Fe on the weekend without making reservations. But also because the food at the Osteria is just that good! While the pizza isn’t bad (even though it is becoming way too American for my taste with way too much cheese!), the pasta dishes are what really stands out. So, next time I’ll stick to the lasagna which is made with actual bechamel sauce (instead of Ricotta), the pasta with beans and tomato sauce, or the stuffed pasta which was really good too. Another good restaurant? Zia Diner. It’s a little cheaper than the Osteria and has more of a Southwestern feel to it. And almost everything has green chili in it… this is New Mexico after all, people 🙂 We tried the meat loaf, the quiche, and a fried goat cheese salad…. all delicious!
And if you’re ever in Santa Fe and looking for a great breakfast place? Give Counter Culture a try! We stopped by before leaving town and it was delicious! It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food is really great. They have lots of choices (from burritos to waffles to granola and much more) and the atmosphere is really nice too (nice art on the wall!). You have to order at the bar coffee shop style and they bring the food out to you. It was really good and I wish we would have found this place earlier. Instead, we ate our hotel, the Lodge at Santa Fe, the other mornings. They had a decent continental buffet, but the eggs we ordered extra were terrible. Must have been some cheap substitute. Yuck! Other than that the hotel was nice though. A little outside the city, cute decor, a nice hot tub to relax our muscles after skiing, … not bad at all!
Of course, there’s a lot more to Santa Fe than skiing and eating, but on this trip we just didn’t have the time. It’s a really cute city though with a lot of stuff to do. There are a lot of art galleries in the downtown area, many cute restaurants, quite a few museums and some pretty churches and cathedrals. And I have really nice memories of visiting the historic plaza one Thanksgiving evening when there were lots of little candles in paper bags on all the sidewalks. So, even if you don’t like skiing, you’ll find stuff to keep yourself busy in Santa Fe.
Thanks to Michelle for many of the pics in this post!!
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