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Cafe Pasqual’s – Santa Fe, NM

16 Jun

After celebrating the nuptials of the new Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brauer early into Sunday morning, the only logical cure for the mix of mojitos, wine, champagne, and tequila was of course, a breakfast burrito. I have to say, breakfast burritos are one of my favorite dishes. I mean combine breakfast (awesome) with burritos (even more awesome). It’s truly a winning combination in my book.

Cafe Pasqual’s also came very highly recommended and this time, I was not disappointed. I ordered the Chorizo Burrito which is a whole wheat tortilla with scrambled eggs, home fries, and sauteed chorizo covered in green chile and jack cheese. I know a good breakfast burrito, and I’ve tried a number of them (everything from Nick’s Crispy Tacos, Cafe Venue, Rex Cafe, to my office cafeteria). I’m going to go on the record and say this was the best one I’ve had to date. I would gladly accept a challenge from someone who can tell me the best breakfast burrito. If you’re going to be in Santa Fe, Cafe Pasqual’s is a must for breakfast.

They even give their recipe for the Chorizo Burrito. – (505) 983-9340


The Shed – Santa Fe, NM

15 Jun

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the wedding of two of my dear friends, Liz and Dan. It was my first trip to Santa Fe, but I had heard great things about this city from my friends and family.  Our schedule was pretty packed for the weekend but my friend Haylee, her boyfriend Adam, and I decided to check out the Georgia O’Keefe Museum Saturday morning before all the festivities Saturday afternoon. All our walking around left us hungry and in need of a nice lunch. The Shed came highly recommended by a coworker of mine that is from New Mexico and has gotten rave reviews. It won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2003 and “Best of Santa Fe” numerous times over the last decade for their red chile and enchiladas. With all of this hype, maybe my expectations were too high? I somehow left The Shed desiring much more from my meal…

First of all, this place is packed. Apparently everyone and there mother wants to dine here and is willing to wait to do so. We waited about 35 minutes for a table, but in the meantime snagged a spot at the bar and enjoyed a nice margarita.  I’ll give their marg’s good marks as they were nice and fresh and somehow I’m starting to like tequila, after hating it for so many years.

We finally get seated and decide that chips and guacamole is necessary to start off this luncheon. The guacamole is probably going to get the highest marks from all of us at the table. A little bit spicy, but just the right amount. I was originally going to order the Shed Burger, but after talking to our waiter, he talked me into getting the enchiladas, since it’s what they’re known for. Given that this is one of their ‘signature’ dishes, it should’ve knocked my socks off, right? The dish left much to be desired. I thought overall they were pretty bland. The red chile sauce lacked flavor and I’ve had better enchiladas at ChiChis before (does that place even exist anymore?)! I have to imagine there are better spots in Santa Fe to get enchiladas! Overall, all of us felt like the food could have been much more flavorful. When in Santa Fe, I’d suggest checking out a different lunch spot instead of The Shed (or just come for drinks). – (505) 982-9030