Friday, March 21, 2014

Taos Pizza Out Back

Taos Pizza Out Back

Taos Pizza Out Back is one short block from my house. This is a really good thing because I can walk over whenever I crave pizza. And, because I can smell the dough baking each morning, this is a frequent occurrence. The pizza is amazing but so is everything else on the menu. The slices are huge!! (I promise you won't need more than one), the salads are delicious with an impossibly good pesto dressing, and perfect pasta is always on the menu. The ingredients are local and organic and the atmosphere is Taos cool, Taos funky. Really a perfect place for lunch or dinner.

Recently Curbed Ski voted Taos Pizza Out Back one of the Top 14 Best Ski Town Pizza restaurants in the country. They said:
"Opened in 1999, Taos Pizza Out Back has impressed everyone from locals to the New York Times, so it's no surprise it's a fav after skiing. The slices are huge and the pesto salad dressing will keep you coming back for more."

Read the entire article at Best Ski Town Pizza: Because Pow and Pies Just Go Together

Taos Pizza Out Back Sign

Here are sixteen reasons to try Pizza Out Back. My favorites are The Taos, Greek and Southwest. The Shredder and Ranchero are family favorites (I am talking to you Peter and Eric) but, trust me, you can't go wrong. And, whatever you do, do not skip the salad...with the aforementioned pesto dressing. If you are like me you will probably order some of the dressing to take home! Check out the menu for all the offerings.

Slice (huge)12," serves 2-314," serves 3-416," serves 4-5
THE TAOS - Mushrooms, black olives, black beans (yup!), onions, green chile:
THE VEGGIE - Mushrooms, black or green olives, onions, bell peppers; we’ll make reasonable substitutions:
CARNIVORE SPECIAL – Any FOUR of the following meats: Italian sausage, pepperoni, genoa salami, Canadian bacon, copocollo, marinated chicken breast:
SANDY'S SPECIAL - Marinated strips of chicken breast, bell peppers, pineapple, and a rich bar-b-cue sauce in place of traditional pizza sauce:
PIZZA VERA CRUZ (or Pierre’s Pizza) - Marinated chicken breast, bell peppers, onions, garlic, in a honey chipotle chile sauce, covered with smoked mozzarella:
WHITE PIZZA - Ricotta, fresh tomato, fresh basil, parmesan, mozzarella-no sauce:
GREEK PIZZA - Fresh spinach, feta cheese, fresh basil, Kalamata olives, roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes:
PIZZA PRIMAVERA - Mushrooms, artichoke hearts, black or green olives (or both), sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, toasted walnuts:
PIZZA FLORENTINE - Fresh spinach, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken breast, mushrooms, capers, garlic - all sautéed in white wine:
THE SHREDDER - Smoked mozzarella, fresh tomato, green chile, mushrooms, choice of meat, topped with house dressing:
VINNIE'S SPECIAL - Basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola:
PROVENÇALE - Basil pesto, Kalamata olives, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh thyme, fresh oregano-no sauce
THE ALFREDO - Marinated Chicken breast, green chile, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, & alfredo sauce:
RANCHERO - Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatos, smoked Mozzarella, green chile, red onions
SOUTHWEST - Basil pesto, feta, green chile, smoked Mozarella, roasted garlic, tomatos-no sauce:
THE BOTTOM LINE - Mushrooms, black or green olives, bell peppers, fresh tomato, onion, pepperoni, Italian sausage:

712 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571

(across from north branch of Centinel Bank)
575 758 3112 Call for to-go orders.

My best,
March 21, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Taos Shortz Film Fest

Anna Cosentine
Today is the first day of the 2014 Taos Shortz Film Fest. From their website:

Who Are We??!


Taos Shortz Film Festival

 Mission Statement:
We are a forum that unites short films and filmmakers with the community,
with the belief that films have the ability to change peoples lives.

Vision Statement:

Our festival strives to exceed in quality.
We select short films that have compelling and thought provoking subject matter and are of a technical excellence

Taos Shortz Film Fest 2014
4 Days ... 111 Films ... 22 Countries
Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the country.
Taos Shortz is dedicated to featuring quality juried short films from around the globe
and we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest.

Take the opportunity to strut your stuff amidst the mountains and mesas of Taos, New Mexico
The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to bring global world class cinema to the community and to provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.
Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal?
A truth that screams to be heard? If you think you have what it takes...


Ticket info is as follows:
    BUY EARLY! Tickets Are Available Locally at FX-18 and La Bodega Fresca 
Taos Hmmmm Pass
(Full Festival Pass)
 Access to All Taos Shortz Programs with priority seating, Entrance to all parties, filmmakers lounge, drink specials and discounts, and all around VIP treatment. Only Available On-Line 
Taos Hmmmm Pass
Individual Tickets
prices vary per program
$5, $8, $10, $12, $15

 Program 1 LOCALSTaoseños Locals$5 
 Program 2Global Shortz$10 
 Program 3Emerging Filmmakers$10
 Program 4Global Shortz$12 
 Program 5Global Shortz$15 
 Program 6Freak fest$10 
 Program 7Family Friendly$10 
 Program 8Global Shortz$10 
 Program 9Global Shortz$12 
 Program 10Global Shortz$15 
 Program 11Art Scapes$10 
 Program 12Tamalewood Zia Showcase$12 
 Best Of The FestAwards Ceremony$15 

We are going to see as many of the films as possible. I can't wait to tell you all about the
If you are in or near Taos this weekend, this is the place to be. If not, start making your
plans for next year's film fest. For movie schedules, times and locations, please visit
the website.

My best,
March 20, 2014

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Planting in Taos

Happy Spring!

I received the following email today from Lettuce Grow Farmsa family operated farm on 2.25 acres located in El Prado, New Mexico. They are dedicated to saving and selling open-pollinated (reproduce true to form) heirloom seeds. (handed down for generations) :

"Hello and Happy Spring!

We started selling heirloom, open pollinated seeds a few years ago. Attached is a list of seeds that we have available this spring. The packets sell for $2.95 plus tax. You can email us your order and we will get them packaged up. Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone that you think might be interested. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

Julie & Darren Shedko
Lettuce Grow Farms"

The list of seeds available is as follows:

These seeds are open pollinated, heirloom and non- GMO

Arugula- Slow Bolt
Basil- Italian Large Leaf
Chamomile- German
Dill- Bouquet
Cilantro- Slow Bolt
Parsley- Dark Green Italian Flat Leaf
Sage- Broad Leaved
Thyme - Common
Kale- Red Russian
Radish- Easter Egg
Radish, Sprouting- China Rose
Sunflower, Sprouting-Black Oil
Swiss Chard- Bright Lights
Artichoke-Green Globe
Lettuce, Romaine-Cimmaron
               Romaine-Parris Island
                Muselun Mix
Spinach- Giant Noble
Bean, Bush - Black Valentine
Beet- Chioggia
Tomato-Brandywine Pink
             Black Russian
               Yellow Pear
Eggplant - Long Purple
Pumpkin-Connecticut Field
Broccoli, Sprouting - Di Cicco
Bean - Purple Pod Pole
Carrot- Rainbow Blend
Squash, Black Beauty Zucchini
               Summer Crookneck
               Early White Bush Scallop
Pepper, Jalapeno Traveler Strain
Pepper, Ancho Grande
Cucumber, True Lemon
                   Straight Eight
Cabbage, Copenhagen
                 Pak Choi white stem
Corn, Oaxacan Green Dent
          Golden Bantam 8
Chia Seed
Onion- Bunching Tokyo Long White
Pumpkin-Connecticut Field

Sunflowers-Mammoth Grey Stripe

Sadly, due to our construction project, our back yard is currently housing all the equipment, tools, trucks and supplies. The rest is, literally, just dirt. So I will not be doing much gardening this year. I will have to be satisfied with growing herbs, chile, peppers and flowers in large pots. (maybe a couple of tomato plants?) But I can dream about next year.

For those of you living in Taos...or visiting from close by...I suggest you visit Lettuce Grow Farm. And please check out their website to learn more about this wonderful organization.

My best,
March 19, 2014

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Millicent Rogers Museum

millicent rogers
The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) is one of my favorite places to take guests when they visit Taos. The beautiful building, located in a historic hacienda, is the former home of Claude and Elizabeth Anderson who were friends of Millicent Rogers. The museum was established to "showcase Millicent's stellar collection of Native American jewelry and textiles and superb examples of Hispanic religious and secular artists".* The museum also houses an extensive collection of Native American Arts, Hispanic Arts, Contemporary Arts and an extraordinary collection of pottery by Maria Martinez and her family, of San Ildefonso Pueblo.

*From the Millicent Rogers Museum website:




Established as a memorial to Millicent Rogers whose inspiration, patronage and collections form the cores of its holdings. 


Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) was the granddaughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the founders of the Standard Oil Company. At her homes in New York, Virginia, Italy and elsewhere, she entertained the great and splendid from American industrialists to European nobility. She was the fashionista of her day!

In her later years, she visited and eventually settled in Taos, New Mexico. Here, she became close friends with many of the founding members of the Taos artist’s colony including Dorothy Brett.

Due to rheumatic fever as a child, Millicent was often ill and so the high mountain air helped her physically. Sadly, however, she died very young leaving three sons and a collection of jewelry, weavings and art that live on in the museum named for her. A central permanent exhibit in the museum showcases the turquoise and silver jewelry collection assembled by Millicent during her life.

The Millicent Rogers Museum was established in 1956 by her family as a memorial to her memory and to showcase the arts and cultures of the southwest that had so fascinated Millicent. Millicent’s sons Peter Salm, Paul Peralta-Ramos and Arturo Peralta-Ramos were the leading forces in establishing the museum. In particular, Paul Peralta-Ramos dedicated much of his life to building the extraordinary collection of more than 7000 objects documenting the arts and cultures of the southwest.  
Paul Peralta-Ramos

His friendship with Maria Martinez, the famed potter of San Ildefonso Pueblo, ultimately led to her family donating what is the largest publicly held collection of Maria material in the world. This collection encompasses not only Maria’s professional career as a potter but also includes numerous items relating to her private life including clothing, jewelry, and papers. That collection is now the centerpiece of a major permanent exhibition on her life and work.

Paul devoted himself to building a premier collection for the museum of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo arts from the southwest. This collection includes more than 1000 pieces of pottery from the prehistoric to the present and representing every major pottery-making center in the region. Having built this collection for the museum, he then focused on acquiring the best available examples of Hispanic Santos from the region. Santos are arguably one of the few truly American folk arts. Crafted within familial dynasties, Santos or saints were made as part of traditional southwestern Roman Catholic religious traditions. The museum’s collection spans from the great master carvers of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Jose Aragon, Jose Rafael Aragon, Antonio Molleno and Pedro Fresquis to the work of contemporary makes such as Victor Goler, Sabanita Lopez Ortiz, and others.

Other significant collections assembled by Paul Peralta-Ramos include Apache baskets, Plains beadwork (much obtained locally and reflected inter-tribal trade), katsinas, and Peyote-cult materials. Like his mother, he shared an interest in southwestern textiles. Using Millicent’s collection as a core to build upon, he acquired major weavings representing all four phases of the evolution of the Navajo Chief’s blankets. He also purchased significant, and in many cases unique, examples of Hispanic weavings from the Rio Grande Valley. Scholars now know that Hispanic weavers have been producing fine weavings in this region for more than four hundred years. In many cases, the production of these weavings is through an unbroken chain of interconnected families.

Since Paul’s death, the museum has continued to refine and define its collections. In the last several years, this has included major donations of contemporary pottery and jewelry as well as select acquisitions of historic materials to fill in critical gaps.

The museum rotates its collections on a frequent basis through its galleries. The museum is unique in the southwest because of its intimate exhibit spaces. The museum is housed in a hacienda that was donated by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Anderson. Enlarged over time, including a wing by the famed architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the museum is truly a place to come face to face with the rich and diverse heritage of the cultures of the southwest.
photo from the MRM website
There are often special events and shows at the museum so, if you are lucky enough to live here, you may find yourself visiting often. For tourists any time you visit Taos is a good time to check out MRM. 

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Taos Pueblo Artist's Winter Showcase. From late winter to early spring the Pueblo closes for about 10 weeks for what is called "quiet time". During this time, the artists who live and work at the Pueblo need to find other ways to show their art. The showcase provides this opportunity for a number of extremely talented artists.

The "headliner" (my term, not theirs) was Patricia Michaels, a Season 11 finalist in the show Project Runway. In addition, there were potters, painters, glass blowers, photographers, tribal drum makers, carvers and jewelry makers. We bought a beautiful piece from local artist Jocelyn Martinez, a monotype called "evening harvest" which is an abstract depiction of a corn field. I can't wait to share it with you...I will photograph and post as soon as we get it framed. 

The show has ended but if you visit Taos next March you can check it out then. Or visit the artists in their studios when the Pueblo is open. And don't forget to tour the Millicent Rogers Museum. A very worthwhile use of your time in Taos.

The Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, 4 miles north of Taos Plaza and 1/2 mile south of Highway 64. 

"The Museum is open every day, April 1 through October 31 from 10:10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We suggest a 1-2 hour visit in order to view all our exhibitions. Please note that during the winter months, from November through March, the museum will be closed on Mondays although our hours on the other days remain the same."

My best,
March 10, 2014

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