Sunday, May 12, 2013

Saturday in May

This is what a perfect Saturday in May in Taos looks like:

Start the morning at the first Taos Farmers' Market of the year.  While there is not a lot of fresh produce yet, there were plenty of greens, carrots, spring garlic, fresh baked goods, honey, grass fed beef, pork and lamb, eggs, and veggie starts.

spring garlic

After shopping at the market it is off to brunch at a new favorite, Old Martina's Hall in Ranchos de Taos.  This building has such amazing history and restoring the building and opening the restaurant was a multi-year struggle.  Read about the history here.  If you plan to visit Taos, do make a stop here for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Peter had the steak and eggs

I had the huevos rancheros with red chile (delicious)

After brunch we wandered across the street to visit St Francisco de Asis Church, the iconic Catholic church that was built in the late 1700's.  You will find many paintings and photographs of this beautiful building but, if you get the chance, visit in person.

While in St Francis Plaza, we visited one of our favorite galleries...Two Graces.  They had an antique 7 foot cross for sale at an unbelievable price.  I instantly fell in love and knew it would be perfect in our dining room.  (This makes loads of sense if you live in an old adobe in Taos).  We snapped it up and had the interesting experience of loading it in the jeep, carrying it in the house and placing on a banco between the vigas for support. (banco is a built-in plastered bench, typically in front of kiva fireplaces, along low walls, and under windows. Vigas are large (6- to 12-plus inches in diameter) usually peeled round logs used as ceiling beams regularly spaced across the width of the room. In traditional Southwestern architecture, the exposed interior vigas, along with latillas, decking, or even plaster, form a strong design element at the ceiling. A classic feature of Santa Fe style, they often are exposed outside, too, protruding through the exterior walls.)* courtesy Su Casa magazine.  

The cross looks perfect, we are well fed and stocked with food for the weekend and it is only 1:00 pm.  I think we will get the dog and go on a hike...or check out the craft fair....or drive up to Arroyo many choices.  I love Taos!

my best,
May 11, 2013

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