Day 3, Part 2: Santa Fe, The Compound & Evangelos

18 Apr


{photo by One Part Gypsy}

 Day 3, Part 2

 Snow in Santa Fe, scallops, great talks and Evangelo’s

 After The Georgia O’Keeffe museum we decided we needed to get out of the cold (my toes were seriously turning blue) and hole up for a bit in our hotel room to write, edit photos and catch up on everything. I could think of worse places to hole up for an afternoon to work -we sat in our gorgeous room at La Fonda, in our separate beds, listened to music, wrote and watched snow flakes fall outside our window.  The whole scene was a bit surreal.  I love this picture I snapped from our patio of a woman taking in the moment as well.

 After an afternoon of work we pulled ourselves together (layering on more clothing) for a dinner at the famous Compound Restaurant. Since we planned our itinerary, I have been looking forward to this meal- the chef Mark Kiffen is a “Best Chef in the Southwest 2005” James Beard award winner and the restaurant is considered the best in town.

{photo by One Part Gypsy}

 Our experience at the restaurant was superb. We were warmly greeted by Theresa, the event planner there, and led to a cozy table in the corner. She insisted we try the blood orange margaritas to start, and she even joined us for one. We all got along famously and she ended up sitting with us the entire meal 3 hour meal. We talked about life, choices we make, paths we take and lessons we learn. It’s always such a nice surprise when you meet like minded people out of the blue. The conversation was great and the food was delectable- I started with scallops and then had the salmon as my main course (can you tell I like fish?), both were cooked to perfection.

 After dinner I tired and full, but there was no way I wasn’t taking Rachel  to one of my favorite bars downtown, Evangelos. It’s a well known spot in Santa Fe because Angelo, the man who opened the bar in 1971, was a World War II veteran whose photo appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. The photo hangs proudly above the bar and his son, Nick, who is now the owner, enjoys telling you stories about his father. It also happens to be the bar they shot scenes from the film Crazy Heart at. I fell  in love with the history of this place, the lively music and well, ok, the drinks aren’t too bad either.


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5 Responses to “Day 3, Part 2: Santa Fe, The Compound & Evangelos”

  1. vincentfarrellartist April 18, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    love santa fe!!! one of my favorite places in the world because it is another art haven and so colorful. filled with amazing views, architecture, art, photography, galleries, native american culture…love love love it!!!!great post!

    • katemcclafferty April 18, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you so much!!!! I know isn’t Santa Fe amazing!!!! I didn’t want to leave!

      • vincentfarrellartist April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am #

        santa fe’ is the one place when my european friends come to visit america i always tell them to go. the town was founded , if i remember correctly in 1636 the same year as Harvard university! its so cool and they have so many great restaurants that serve organic veggies. i never want to leave when i pass through there too!

  2. Wendell A. Brown AKA The Brown One Poet April 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I Love Sante Fe! Wish I was there!

  3. fivereflections April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    hope you are having fun, love the atmosphere

    David in Maine USA

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