The Can't-Miss Dinner of the Year at the Taos Summer Wine Festival

I am so sad while writing this blog post, which is full of photos from the third annual Taos Summer Wine Festival, held in the breathtaking New Mexico mountains. We had the best time, eating gourmet food and toasting new friends at the ski resort, but...
...we don't get to go to the Taos Summer Wine Festival again for an entire year.
:'( Photos from the 2017 and 2018 Taos Summer Wine Festivals

For the first time in 3 years, we didn't have to make a mad dash to scramble 3 hours to the Taos Ski Valley in time for dinner. My husband and I were actually able to take the day off on Friday! 

The festivities on the first day didn't begin until the evening, so we opted to drive one of New Mexico's secret gems, the Enchanted Circle. It's a National Forest Scenic Byway that goes around Wheeler Peak, which has an elevation of more than 13,000 feet and is the highest natural point in the state. Our stops included Taos and Red River, which are popular weekend destinations for Ne…

2019 Green Chile Cheeseburger SMACKDOWN in Santa Fe, NM

It's green chile season. Here in the Land of Enchantment, where every food order comes with the question "red or green," that's a big deal. If you're reading my site and have never been to NM (such a shame), think of this as a virtual visit.

Can you smell the chile wafting through the air? Mmmm.
An important milestone in the life of any New Mexican, we recently drove to Albuquerque to celebrate Olive's first green chile roast. (No kids, you know.)
No gloves! You're a real New Mexican when you finish peeling and bagging 25 pounds of Hatch green chile and worry that you should have bought a second case.

New Mexico does green chile bigger and better than anywhere else. We even have the only green chile cheeseburger competition in the entire world, our much beloved Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. In the weeks leading up to this event, secret judges visit restaurants all over the state and recommend only the very best 7 chefs to compete in the exclusive Smackd…