Local Flavor’s monthly missive arrived a little later than usual this time.
When I queried as to why it had not yet appeared in my inbox, Cullen Curtiss (the magazine’s Editor), informed me it was due to the fact it’s a double issue this time,covering both December and January of 2019!
“Here’s to our shared experience of winter life in the high desert mountains — the spiritual communion, the snow-sports, the après-slope libations and desserts, the welcoming tables of family and friends.” Writes Cullen in her introduction to this issue that will have you turning pages through the Season. “And to a peek at 2019 from trend setters in the hospitality world, who foretell that people will need more authenticity, grace, and comfort.”
There are a couple of familiar faces here! Joe Wrede (who owned Josephs Table in Taos for many years before opening his eponymously named restaurant in Santa Fe, is one of the chefs featured in What’s On Your Plate For 2019? And taoStyle fav Andy Lynch (pictured here with partner in crime, Billy Sarokin) is of course long known in these parts, starts off the issue with a Mountain story.
MY MOUNTAIN. Andy Lynch of Taos’ Common Fire restaurant writes about his home, the mountains, where skiing is “a spiritual practice mistakenly known as exercise,” where “benevolent gravity” transforms all of us.
WINTER-UP. Go local for your winter sports equipment inquiries and needs and expect great service and the perfect fit every time. Shop with outdoor writer Michael Dax at five shops in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.
APRÈS-SLOPE. Extend the buzzy feeling of adrenaline, friendship, and high peaks in one of writer Melyssa Holik’s hand-picked après-slope hot spots in Santa Fe. The bartenders will welcome your snow pants, and dewy, red cheeks, and greet you with a hand-crafted cocktail to warm you inside and out and back again.
COGNAC OR ARMAGNAC? Oenophile Philip de Give gently guides the brandy neophyte in the direction of cognacs and armagnacs for “fine fire in the glass and belly–the perfect complement to those delightful fireside moments.”
TABLESCAPING WITH FOLK ART. Writer Lynn Cline spends a day in the home of folk art collector Judith Espinar, whose love of the “joyous art” has led her to tablescaping, a deliberate marriage of cultures at a set table. As a guest at Judith’s table, you’ll feel the harmony of Portuguese glasses, Oaxacan plates, beer vessels from a Zulu potter, and vases from India.
A GOOD YEAR FOR VEGANS. Though Vegan Awareness Month has passed (Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber anointed November), we’re still on the food truck. Writer Amy Morton makes the rounds at three new spots in Santa Fe that cater to vegans. And omnivores, beware: This is some of the best food around!
#MYLOCALFLAVORMOMENT. These readers joined the movement and shared their #mylocalflavormoment in response to the question: what does it mean to live in New Mexico? Their words are pearls of beauty that will leave you with a rich, enduring picture.
STILL HUNGRY? Three pastry chefs are out to sweeten your holiday with recipes for delicious desserts that will make special any full-course meal. Their personal anecdotes are pretty sweet, too.
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE FOR 2019? What do 11 trend-setting chefs, hoteliers and sommeliers from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos foretell for 2019? Our writer Mark Oppenheimer helps them get to the heart of the matter.
All images thanks to Local Flavor,except for the shots Andy Lynch and Billy Sarokin (top) and Joe Wrede (bottom), lifted from their respective Facebook pages.