Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Take Portland Oregon's Light Rail to the Airport

Portland Oregon's Red Line will take you to and from PDX

Bachelor Rose Ceremony: Yes, Santa Fe is that beautiful

Monday night the long-awaited rose ceremony in Santa Fe took place. After too many non-Santa Fe sites were featured on The Bachelor, we, who love Santa Fe, got to see the real thing.

The episode began with a view of San Francisco Street leading up to the spiritual center of Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It was dusk and the lighting was beautiful. This was the real Santa Fe. On that street is historic La Fonda. That is where more drama and the rose ceremony took place.

The women gathered in the ballroom, a majestic room lighted with six immense hand made chandeliers with traditional New Mexican tinwork. The decorations were typical of Santa Fe, featuring hand woven Navajo and Mexican Zapotec weavings. Outside on the adjoining terrace, we caught a glimpse of the beautiful tiled fountain and the view of the cathedral.

The beauty of Santa Fe was shattered by Kelsey who was lying on the terra cotta floor, writhing in emotional pain. What was termed a panic attack was quickly resolved when The Bachelor, Chris, responded to her request to see him.

What followed was a beautiful ceremony on the terrace at La Fonda. What we did see of Santa Fe Monday night was real. It is a beautiful, historic town with narrow winding streets, lovingly cared for adobe buildings and luxury hotels such as La Fonda where you can stay right in the middle of all that beauty and history.

It can’t get any more romantic than that!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Bachelor Cast Tells All About Santa Fe New Mexico

Well, I guess they are trying to redeem last Monday's insensitive and inaccurate portrayal of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yes, New Mexico is a state!

Appearing now on ABC's The Bachelor site is a video showing scenes from Santa Fe and surroundings and commentary by the cast including as many mentions of Santa Fe as they could get in! You have to give them credit. The scenes, although more of the surrounding area than within "the City Different," are enticing.

At least Chris mentions ART and Chile Ristras are shown at the Farmer's Market. The poor women, think they have arrived in Santa Fe as they are driven up to the Buffalo Thunder Resort. I hope they got to shop some of the marvelous boutiques of Santa Fe and explore Canyon Road during their stay.

The footage was filmed last October and you'll get a glimpse of the golden aspen in the hills.

We'll see more this upcoming Monday as the Rose Ceremony takes place at La Fonda.

Viva Santa Fe!

Corazonas Bars: Great nutrition for the traveler and good for your heart too!

When you travel, meals are often neglected. You may eat at unusual times and you might not find what is most healthy for you.
This is one of my favorites. The other is chocolate chip!

I have found a nutrition bar that is good for you, tastes wonderful and is heart-healthy. It is not often you’ll find that combination. Bars that are good for you may be dry and crumbly. I’d like to recommend Corazonas, because they taste fantastic and help to lower my cholesterol. Corazonas snacks are infused with plant sterols, which are proven in more than 140 clinical studies to help fight heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol according to the Corazonas website.

Right now I am enjoying a variety of the oatmeal squares. I keep one in my purse to stave off the munchies and, when I am in a hurry, have one for breakfast…. Without guilt.

When you are out and about sightseeing or just out walking, consider Corazonas for good, convenient nutrition. And enjoy!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

What Santa Fe Hotel Hosted The Bachelor 2015?

Santa Fe, the City Different, was all excited about hosting an episode of the TV show, The Bachelor. The Santa Fe episode premiers tomorrow, February 2nd.
Romantic La Fonda in Santa Fe

Fans of Santa Fe may be disappointed, however. Rumor has it that ballooning footage was filmed in Albuquerque (which is not Santa Fe).

The crew bedded down at Buffalo Thunder Resort, north of Santa Fe in Pojoaque (which is not Santa Fe).

So what will viewers see of beautiful Santa Fe? They will be able to catch a glimpse of the historic La Fonda, the backdrop for the Rose Ceremony.

When Santa Fe was founded in 1607, official records show that an inn, or la fonda, was among the first businesses established.

The current La Fonda was built in 1922 on the site of the previous inns. In 1925 it was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, which leased it to Fred Harvey.

Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda
Overlooking Beautiful Santa Fe
From 1926 to 1968, La Fonda was one of the Harvey Houses, a renowned chain of fine hotels.

Today’s La Fonda boasts service and artistic detailing with an eye to the history of the hotel while offering modern conveniences such as wireless Internet, spa services, and Santa Fe culinary delights using fresh, locally grown ingredients. 

There is a pool and hot tub, rooftop bar, lounge with live music nightly and top of the line pillow-top mattresses and down pillows. La Fonda is clearly a Santa Fe mainstay, geared up for the discriminating luxury traveler.

They are offering fall in love-themed packages as La Fonda is now, more than ever, “a place to fall in love.”

La Fonda is a  “must-do” when anyone visits Santa Fe. It is just off the Plaza. If you opt not to stay there, you can enjoy lunch, dinner or one of their signature Margaritas at La Plazuela, just off the lobby, or at the Bell Tower Bar with the best view of the city ever.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nicky USA partners with Portland chefs to offer culinary events: 2015 event listing

Nicky USA founder, Geoff Latham
during a tour of the Nicky USA facility in Portland
While exploring where Portland’s top chefs get their local meats, I learned about Nicky USA. Not only does Portland’s Nicky USA provide chefs with top quality local meats, they have branched out into providing the specialty meats the chefs demand. And, it all started with rabbit!

In 1990 Nicky USA began with one employee, Founder Geoff Latham, selling rabbit to top Portland chefs from the back of his Ford Escort. Twenty five years later, Nicky USA has grown into the premiere butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meats in the region, with 50 employees and 12 delivery trucks bringing product to the Pacific Northwest’s most talented and famous chefs.

Not only has the company grown, but has also purchased its own farm, launched its own line of quality meat under the Nicky Farms label for both restaurants and home cooks, and opened a second location in Seattle. Nicky USA has been grateful for their customers and culinary community every step of the way, evident in their signature event, Wild About Game, which takes place every fall as a showcase of specialty game—a true celebration for the region’s chefs and food lovers. For its 25th Anniversary, Nicky USA will host events all year long throughout Oregon and Washington to say “thank you” to customers and friends.
Nicky USA sausage

Nicky USA 25th Anniversary Events in 2015:

   Nicky Farms Menu Takeovers: Throughout the year, restaurants in the Pacific Northwest will spotlight Nicky Farms proteins, encouraging diners to post images of their dishes to social media using the #NickyFarms hashtag for prizes and giveaways.

   Nicky Farms Dinner on the Farm: On June 27th, Nicky USA will host a farm dinner on their ranch in Aurora, Ore., inviting the public to join chefs and longtime Nicky USA customers for an evening under the stars enjoying Nicky Farms meats cooked by top chefs, fine Oregon wine and local craft beer.

  15th Annual Wild About Game: In early October, Nicky USA will hold their 15th annual Wild About Game, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest, which celebrates specialty game. In this anniversary year, Wild About Game will be the best yet! Stay tuned for announcements and surprises.

      Nicky Farms Pop-Up Dinner Series: Over the course of the year, Nicky USA will partner with pop-ups and restaurants to host one-of-a-kind dinners all over Portland with top chefs and surprise locations, featuring Nicky Farms specialty meats. Stay tuned for dates and details!

Nicky USA partners with top Portland chefs.
Aside from hosting their own events, Nicky USA donates generously to a number of culinary events throughout the year at which their fine products can be tasted, such as Chefs Week PDX, Taste of the Nation, the International Pinot Noir Festival, Feast Portland, Portland Mercury’s Burger Week, and many more.

Geoff Latham and the Nicky USA team are proud of the business and relationships they’ve built with the Pacific Northwest food community to deliver the highest level of service, and these events are a way to express their gratitude and look ahead to a future of further growth, including expanding the Nicky Farms product line, wholesale and retail distribution.

Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit Follow @NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook, and @Nicky.USA on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The 2015 Food Weeks Begin: Portland, Spokane and Beyond

Northwest diners have much to choose from in February this year. 

Photo courtesy: OregonLive
Devour Dumplings During Portland Oregon’s Dumpling Week
The Oregonian/OregonLive will be hosting Portland's first Dumpling Week from Feb. 1-7, 2015. Throughout the week, they will publish features and recipes online and in print, and 19 Portland restaurants will be offering a special dumpling dish on their menus.

Such stellar restaurants such as Aviary and St. Jack will feature their creative take on the simple dumpling. And, we wonder, what will Salt and Straw dream up?

Chef's Week PDX Extravaganza
It's a slow week at the restaurants so Portland, Oregon chefs collaborate on an amazing array of events. Chefs' Week PDX is coming back to Portland for a second year, packing four nights in early February with nearly 30 chefs from across the West Coast and dinners across the city. Many of these dinners are extravagant, exciting opportunities to see well-known chefs create multiple courses. More Information

February is Inlander Restaurant Week in the Spokane Washington Area
Those in the Spokane, Washington area can look forward to Inlander Restaurant Week returning in February to the Inland Northwest.

Restaurants from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene...Spokane Valley to Airway Heights comprise the record number of 97 participants for 2015.

The menus will be available online for public viewing on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Inlander Restaurant Week, Feb. 20 - Mar. 1, features set-price, three-course menu offerings. Participating restaurants offer their special menus at either an $18 or $28 price level. Diners are welcome to choose the special Restaurant Week menu offerings or anything from a restaurant's regular menu.

In addition to the 97 participating restaurants, at least 12 Drink Local participants will be taking part in Restaurant Week. Drink Local focuses on featuring Spokane-region wines, craft beers, spirits and hard ciders with many of the restaurant menus.

For more information about the participating restaurants, their menus and general information about Inlander Restaurant Week, go to