HABANERA, A PORTRAIT OF A CUBAN FAMILY

Excerpt from the novel Chapter 1 The Havana cemetery was my first playground. Ponciano Querejeta, my maternal grandfather, liked to stroll by the graves and to read under the palm trees. He often sat on a bench and sang in his baritone voice. His favorite tune came from the Spanish zarzuela Los Gavilanes: “Oh, mi…

Mosaic Fine Dining: something for every palate

Chef Bartel at Mosaic Fine Dining: “I’ve been planning this business for a decade.” Originally published in Taos News The chefs and the staff Mosaic Fine Dining opened on May 14th.  It fulfills a lifelong dream for executive chef and owner George Bartel, who has been coming to Taos for about 30 years. “I always…

The Taos Elementary Arts’ Visiting Artist Program celebrates nine years

Originally published in Tempo Bilingual play La Grilla. Fifth-grade, dual language class students from Enos Garcia Elementary School. Photo courtesy of John Gusdorf The Taos Municipal Schools celebrated a gala event at the Taos Community Auditorium on May 2nd. It featured students and visiting artists from the Taos Elementary Arts Program and included performances directed…

Susana Guillaume brings “King Laz” to Taos

Originally published in Tempo Susana Guillaume is back in Taos, this time with her third one-woman show, “King Laz.” The Taos community already knows her by her performance of “The Pinnacle of my French Ambition” that took place three years ago. “I’m looking forward to performing again in Taos,” Guillaume said. “For one thing, I…

A haven for chile lovers—the five hottest restaurants in Taos

Originally published in Taos Summer Guide Chile is an essential ingredient in the northern New Mexican cuisine. But not all chile sauces are created equal. Should they be vegetarian or have a pork base? Which one is better, red or green? These questions are answered here by restaurateurs, chefs and managers who use chile, in…

‘Indy’ the dog finds home after 972-mile trek

Originally published in Taos News The 14 students in the classroom seem relaxed and attentive. So does the dog under the teacher’s desk. This is the Taos Waldorf School eighth-grade classroom and the dog is the (unofficial) school mascot, Indy, who traveled a long distance — at least 972 miles — to get there. “He…

Atira’s Southwest, where shopping is an art

Originally published in Taos News Pat Zamora, from Antonito, holds a sterling coral bracelet that protects babies from “mal ojo.” The trolley connection Atira’s Southwest started in 2004 as an offshoot of Atira Montoya’s first business, the Historic Taos Trolley Tours. “I just wanted to sell trolley tickets from the Plaza so I rented a…

A mother’s sage advice: ‘Savor the moments’

Originally published in Taos News Patricia Gallegos is the credentialing specialist, administrative assistant and mentorship program coordinator for NonviolenceWorks. She is married to Donald Gallegos and is also the proud mother of three: Stephanie Francisco, who also works at NonviolenceWorks as an intake coordinator, Ariana Gallegos, a sophomore at Questa High School, and Miguel Gallegos,…

Toribio’s: a taste of Mexico in the heart of Taos

Originally published in Taos News The two Toribio’s Many Taoseños are familiar with the name Toribio’s. The Paseo del Pueblo Norte restaurant, which has been in business for 18 years, has built a loyal clientele. Its homemade Mexican food, pura comida Mexicana, as the owner calls it, is tasty and reasonably priced. “We have a…

Thunder Lizard —bones, stones and the benefits of beadwork

Originally published in Taos News It all goes back to dinosaurs. Kyle Henry, owner of the arts and crafts supply and jewelry store Thunder Lizard, was in the business of selling petrified dinosaur bones after he cut them and made them into beads. “That’s where the store’s name comes from,” said his wife, Sharon Henry….