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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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27 Mar


This road trip is shaping up to be the most insane adventure of my life! It’s becoming way more fabulous then I could have ever imagined it to be. I’m not going to lie, our itinerary is insanely ambitious and we may die from exhaustion trying to stay on schedule but that’s part of the adventure…right? Rachel and I will have to survive the driving and appointment booked days armed with laughter, cameras, our beloved computers, lots of red bull and the support of all our readers!!

New things added to the itinerary

{Living Desert Museum}

{Living Desert Museum}


(Cup Cafe- Tucson}

I have a feeling that my Huevos Rancheros breakfast from the Cup Cafe is going to be pretty amazing!

{The Compound Restaurant}

I just LOVE this.

{The Compound Restaurant}

Is that not the prettiest dining room you have ever seen?? I hear the food is even prettier…

{Puye Cliff Dwellings- New Mexico}

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D.- I cannot wait to see it in person!

{El Cosmico- Marfa, Texas}

Sleeping in a teepee!! Yes Please!!

{Torchy’s Tacos- Austin, Texas}

I have been dreaming of eating a taco from Torchy’s Taco’s again ever since I tried one three years ago…so delish!

{Hotel Provincial- New Orleans}

This hotel is supposed to be haunted! I can’t tell if this excites me or terrifies me.

{Haunted Ghost Tour- New Orleans}

To really ensure we see a ghost while in New Orleans we have signed up for a ghost tour as well…

{Poogan’s Porch- Charleston}

The menu at this restaurant makes my mouth water- Rachel and I have decided that we MUST order the fried alligator salad because how often do you see that on a menu?

{Graceland- Memphis}

Elvis! Need I say more?!

{Smith-Byrd House, Alabama}

Is this not the sweetest Bed & Breakfast you have ever seen??

{Carriage Tour @ Middleton Place– Charleston}

The above picture is going to be re-created with Rachel and I inserted in to it.

Have any of you guys been to any of these places?? Do you have any tips? Thoughts?