Chef Martinez helms the kitchen at De La Tierra

“When things get hectic, just keep swimming” Story and picture originally published in Taos News Cristina Martinez felt the pull of the kitchen early on. The new executive chef at El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa has been cooking for about 17 years. She is 34 years old. “My mom used to cook for many…

From the heart of the Andes comes Taos chef Roberto Joe Najarro-Huaman

Peruvian cuisine is as varied and rich as a colorful Andean tapestry. Hearty indigenous ingredients have mixed with Spanish, Japanese and African culinary traditions, resulting in a fusion of cultures and flavors. Originally published in Taos News Photos: Katharine Egli Lima-born chef Roberto Joe Najarro-Huaman has been living in Taos for around five years, but…

Chef Horton: Hot food, cold beer, good wine

It’s Sunday, around 6 p.m. and all hands are busy at Common Fire. People are filling the restaurant, partly because it’s the Fourth of July weekend, but also because Chef Horton’s creations are quickly gaining recognition among Taos foodies. Originally published in Taos news Photos: Katharine Egli Common Fire Chef de Cuisine Andrew Horton grew…

Biscochitos: a traditional New Mexico treat

  The name comes from the Spanish word bizcocho used in its diminutive form, biscochito. But there is nothing “diminutive” about these spicy, anise-flavored cookies. They are utterly satisfying, and, like so many delicious treats, loaded with carbs. Their main ingredients are flour, sugar, baking powder, and lard. Story originally published in Taos News The…

Ray Naranjo, Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado, at work En la cocina Photo: Katharine Egli Images and story originally published in Taos News Ray Naranjo, Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado, has a personal motto that keeps him going in life and in the kitchen. “I feel I need to work until my heroes…

Sol Food Market: Café, grocery store and more

Originally published in Taos News Hungry in Arroyo Seco? Whether you choose to eat out or cook at home, Sol Food Market is the right place to go. Sol Food Café offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as freshly made smoothies. Its outdoor seating area makes it a social hotspot for…

Second acts: four women blaze new trails after retirement

Originally published in Taos News Bonnie Lee Black According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau, many baby boomer women, currently between sixty and seventy-five years old, are expected to live into their nineties. But exactly does that mean for them? For a long time, “life after sixty” meant slowing down, working less, or not working…

Chefs from Mexico, the East Coast and Patagonia make Taos their home

Photo: Katharine Egli Chefs Wilks and Colleen Medley Originally published in Taos news Jaime Nieves-Flores: El Chef at The Gorge Jaime Nieves-Flores grew up surrounded by the aromas and flavors of his mother’s fonda, a small restaurant in Mexico City. His father owned a deli store nearby. “There was food all around me and I…

Aceq: fun comfort food and esoteric wines

Chef Johnny Treasaigh Photo: Katharine Egli Picture and story originally published in Taos News With an extensive wine selection and unique house-made specialties, Aceq has been called “a hidden gem in Arroyo Seco” by a number of patrons. The restaurant has outstanding reviews in Yelp and other online guides. Owner and Sommelier Michael Wagener and…

Frank and Nancy Zinno: bound by love and scones

Nancy Zinno finishes a batch of scones Photo: Katharine Egli Image and story originally published in Taos news Taos Farmers Market vendors and habitual customers will readily point to the booth manned by Frank and Nancy Zinno when asked about a place to buy scones and coffee. “Not just regular ones, but the best scones…