All About Timing
Luminaria's Seasonal Berries
We got a wonderful five-minute summer shower tonight in Santa Fe that made everything feel fresh again, just at the exact same time as Stevie Nicks and Javier Colon were performing that beautiful rendition of "Landslide" on "The Voice" telecast. It was such great timing! For a few minutes, everything felt so right in the world. Everybody in Santa Fe is talking about the wildfires. First the Wallow Fire, then Pacheco, and now most dangerously the Las Conchas Fire that is encroaching on Los Alamos National Laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums storing plutonium-contaminated waste. Good article about it in the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/29/los-alamos-nuclear-laboratory-wildfire). Los Alamos is only 30 miles from Santa Fe. Inside Santa Fe city limits, the sky is hazy and we’ve got headaches. And yet summer is Santa Fe’s high tourist season, so restaurants and hotels are valiantly stepping up their game.
Consider Luminaria at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, with a summer menu sporting a Blood Orange Mojito and house-made Sangria, flavorful blue-corn muffins and red chile-pumpkin seed biscotti, a light and tasty Green Goddess Caesar Salad, and a luscious yet not-too-caloric dessert of Seasonal Fresh Berries with Marsala Marscapone Chantilly Cream (http://www.innatloretto.com/new-mexico-dining/santa-fe-dining.php). Shrugging off the calorie issue entirely, I just split a fabulous wood-oven, thin-crust pizza and Caesar salad dinner with a friend at Pizzeria da Lino on Guadalupe (http://www.pizzeriadalino.com/), and it only cost us $15 each including a generous tip!
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Above: My mustang Ryo in Tesuque, NM. Our barn owner in Malibu described him as Ghandi-esque because Ryo didn't fight for the best feed bin like the other horses. When Ryo died in Tesuque, I turned on my car radio to hear John Lennon singing "Imagine"... that was Ryo "living life in peace."
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