Ennui Gallery: fighting boredom with art

Originally published in Taos News There is a new gallery in town, a co-op called Ennui. It features the work of Ren Geertsen, Sarah Hart, Cisco Velarde and Montserrat Oyanedel-Tolmo. Ennui (pronounced: än-’we) is French for boredom. “But our creative process is an escape from boredom and all things tedious, and so is our gallery,” said…

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…

Taos cuisine: putting the New in Mexican

Picture taken from Orlando’s website Originally published in The Taos News “The anise and nutmeg fragrance of the biscochitos, the traditional sugar cookies, filled the house,” reads “Christmas in New Mexico,” a heartwarming essay by Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless me Ultima and Randy Lopez Goes Home. Though biscochitos are particularly popular during Christmas,…

The charm is in the chile

   Originally published in The Taos News   When I asked Raquel Troyce, a native of Guadalajara who lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, if she knew anything about smothered burritos, she thought I was talking about some poor little donkeys that drowned. She was familiar with regular burritos (a flour tortilla folded…