Thursday, August 25, 2011

End-of-Summer Sales

Santa Fe is known for its plethora of fun and inspired boutiques, and many of our guests return to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn with their arms full of new purchases. This is the time of year to take advantage of great end-of-summer sales, and two of my favorite shops are now offering mega sales worth checking out.

Bodhi Bazaar, located in the Sanbusco Center, currently is discounting all spring and summer merchandise at 25-70% off. They have an array of both hip and trendy attire, as well as some more sedate dresses and pants for those a bit less adventurous.

Take advantage of 30-50% off at On Your Feet and the adjacent Get it Together, also located in the Sanbusco Center. Here you can find the most fashionable and comfortable (!!!) footwear right next to very wearable and affordable fashions.

Sanbusco Center
530 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mucho Gusto es Muy Delicioso

We recommend Mucho Gusto to many of our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn who are seeking traditional New Mexican cuisine within walking distance of the inn. Mucho Gusto fits the bill perfectly, serving up delicious fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, chalupas and much more, all less than three blocks from Hacienda Nicholas.

It is important that I sample the fare of the restaurants I recommend, just to make sure they are still on top of their game. This weekend brought such an opportunity when my family and I celebrated my brother's 50th birthday with a dinner at Mucho Gusto. We were given a private room which perfectly accommodated our party of seven. Our meal began with flavorful tomatillo salsa, guacamole and chips - if you are a large party, I would suggest getting two orders of guacamole, as the serving size is a bit small. One of the signature dishes of Mucho Gusto is the fajitas - the owners of the restaurant used to own The Old Mexico Grill, the best fajita restaurant Santa Fe has ever known. I had the tasty vegetable and tofu fajitas, two others in our party savored the succulent lamb fajitas (that night's special), though you can also opt for chicken, beef or shrimp. I love the sound of sizzling fajita platters coming to the table, with the accompanying tortillas, guacamole, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Mucho Gusto is also famous for "The Bomb", a thoroughly decadent and delicious dish of chicken breast stuffed with jack cheese, poblano chiles, almonds and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with a rich mushroom chipotle cream sauce.

Be sure to save room for dessert. If you are an ice cream lover, the Chocolate Toffee Pie is a fabulous end of the meal.

The decor of the restaurant is fairly nondescript. In my opinion they would benefit tremendously mimicking the decor of The Shed or La Choza, with their brightly painted walls and fun murals. Nonetheless, the combination of delicious food, reasonable prices (entrees are $12-14) and convenient location continue to make Mucho Gusto one of my top picks for guests of The Hacienda Nicholas B&B.

Open Daily from Noon-9pm
839 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

90th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn has been booked out for over year, mostly with repeat guests who enjoy the tradition of the Santa Fe Indian Market time and again. This event, now celebrating its 90th year, will take place on August 20 and 21st at the Santa Fe Plaza. Because it is the most prestigious and well-known Native Arts Market in the entire world, it attracts both major collectors and those curious to see what all the fuss is about. Serious buyers are known to camp out in front of the booths of the most sought-after artists for half the night in order to get first pick at the best items.

Featuring 1100 vendors from over 100 tribes, Indian Market brings together jewelers, potters, weavers and visual artists, along with film-makers, musicians, dancers, writers, culinary artists and more.

We recommend to our guests that they try to get to Market early in the day, before things got too hot, and when the selection is best. Of course at the end of market there are some terrific deals to be had! Remember, wear a hat and drink plenty of water along with that tasty fry bread.

Saturday August 20, 7am-5pm
Sunday, August 21, 8am-5pm
At the Santa Fe Plaza
Free Admission

Friday, August 12, 2011

Taos Musician Robert Mirabel in Po'Pay Speaks

Visitors to Santa Fe and The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated with the rich history of the area, particularly the Native American culture. Here is an opportunity to learn more of this vivid history during a premiere of the one-man show, Po'Pay Speaks. Starring Taos Pueblo musican, artist and writer Robert Mirabel, Po'Pay Speaks is a depiction of Po-Pay, the leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt against Spanish colonial rule. Mirabel, a two-time Grammy winner, will use music, story-telling and dance to tell the story of Po'Pay's tremendous achievement in uniting the Pueblo peoples to drive out the Spaniards. The production then segues into a message to Native American youth today, given in the spirit of a current-day Po'Pay. He laments the adverse of effects of consumerism, facebook and mass media on Native American culture, and implores Pueblo peoples to re-examine and re-connect with their roots.

The premiere of Po'Pay Speaks is on August 16, followed by another 17 performances running through September 4, 2011. Tickets are $45 and $55 and may be purchased at or by calling 505.988.1234.

Po'Pay Speaks
August 16-Sept. 4, 2011
The Lodge at Santa Fe - Maria Benitez Room
750 North St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cook With the Chef Series at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market

As we are big proponents of organic and local foods here at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, we happily recommend all events affiliated with our famous and fabulous Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Besides selling the best local and organic produce of the area, the market is active in promoting all aspects of healthy eating and lifestyle.

One example of this is the weekly "Cook With the Chef", happening every Thursday at the Railyard from 5:30-6:30pm. This event features a number of the city's top chefs demonstrating their signature dishes as well as discussing their recipes and local food sources. There is also an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the recipes discussed.

This Thursday, August 4, you can get an inside look at Amavi Restaurant with Chef Megan Tucker. Next Thursday's event features the cooking of Louie's Corner Cafe, with Chef Alea Jensen.

This fun and informative series is presented by the Santa Fe Alliance, a group working tirelessly to promote a local and sustainable economic community.

The Santa Fe Farmers' Market is also open in the Railyard on Saturday mornings, 7am-Noon.