Monday, November 19, 2012

New Exhibit at The International Folk Art Museum

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       New World Cuisine is the new exhibit coming to the International Folk Art Museum in December. It will feature the histories of Chocolate,Mate,y Mas. (and more). The exhibit will run from December 9 through January 3rd,closing on the 4th. The museum is closed on Mondays and also Christmas Day and New  Years day.
        This exhibit will show the earliest cultural mestizaje (mixing) of foods to take place in the Americas.This will highlight foods that were brought over from Europe via Spain and Asia via the Spanish.Chocolate and Mate are the two foods that are being featured and will trace the history of these two drinks and show how they became so popular during the colonial period as well as today.Mate is prepared by heating water and adding mate powder or leaves  and then straining it. It is drunk from a shared gourd or vessel with a silver straw. Sharing mate is a ritual and has it's own rules.The exhibit will include over 300 objects related to food gathering, preparation, table setting, kitchen items and utilitarian and decorative items that have helped to create the rich culinary traditions of the Americas today.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Visit with Robbie O'Neill to the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

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     I had the wonderful opportunity to witness two unique artist Andrew Garcia ,Silversmith and jeweler and Manuel Chavez , a very talented leather moccasin artist this week. Robbie O'Neill has started a new business called Cultural Treasurers here in Santa Fe. She organizes small groups to visit and talk with Native Americans about their art, history, culture, food and family in their home setting at different pueblos.
     We met Robbie at the Ohkay Owingeh Hotel and then followed her to the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo where we first visited with Andrew Garcia who is a fifth generation artist in this pueblo. He said he watched his grandmother make pottery and learned the art of being a silversmith on his own. He taught classes at the Institute of Indian Arts on Cerrillos Road and has a very facinating story. We watched him intricately cut out a deer pendant and use natural stones to ornate the pendant and then buff and polish it.
      Manuel Chavez showed us how to make leather moccasins ranging from tiny to adult size or even an ornament for your christmas tree. Manuel has Laguna and Jemez heritage and currently lives at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. You can purchase items after the demonstration and ask questions.
     We were then treated to an authentic Native American meal which consisted of  Fry bread topped with homemade pinto beans, red chile with ground beef, lettuce, tomato,onion , and cheddar cheese. Melanie Garcia, Andrew's daughter prepared this delicious meal for us. She also had pumpkin rolls for dessert.
     Please visit Robbie's website to see her different tours. She is from Texas and has a background in sales and marketing. She moved to Santa Fe in 1999 and worked for the Santa Fean Magazine. She was named in Tewa by a dear friend "P' a' ho"  which means one who laughs. I think you will really enjoy this experience and it will give you a taste of the real Native American culture.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Santa Fe Culinary Event: Wine and Chile Fiesta

It's not too late to plan a New Mexico getaway for the annual Santa Fe Wine &; Chile Fiesta, during the weekend of September 26-30, 2012.  This annual event brings together the area's best culinary treats and wines from all over the United States, proving that Santa Fe is a force in the culinary world.  Our bed and breakfast is the perfect 'home base' during this incredible food and wine celebration, letting you leave the daily excitement to relax with the beauty and solitude of our inn, just 15 minutes from the Fiesta locations!

While the list is always being tweaked, at the time of this writing, a total of over 150 wineries and 75 area and regional restaurants will be represented throughout the Fiesta  at a number of different programs, including wine seminars, cooking demos, guest chef luncheons, guest chef tours, The Grand Tasting, and Reserve Tasting.  Wine dinners will also be offered, with a wine-pairing menu at each.

While the Fiesta boasts a full daily schedule, there are three specific happenings that will interest most attendees:
  • The Reserve Wine Tasting & Auction on Friday, September 28, 2012 features wines from all participating vintners and a silent auction of 50 rare wine lots.  All auction monies will be used by Santa Fe Wine & Chile to put towards their community programs.
  • The Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 29, 2012 is definitely the main event.  Spend the afternoon tasting great food from all restaurants and wineries participating in the Fiesta!
  • If you are a golfer, definitely consider the Gruet Golf Classic on Sunday, September 30, 2012, where you will enjoy a day of great fun paired with different sparkling wine/food pairings at every third hole!

Events are sold individually and can be purchased online.  It is up to you to make sure that none of your chosen events overlap.  Please note that tickets are not refundable.  Having said that, please also know that tickets to the most popular events are selling out quickly!  Tickets to sold-out events will be posted at the Fiesta's bulletin board, so you may still have a chance to attend any that are already sold out.

Be advised that NO ONE under 21 will be admitted to any Fiesta program or event.  Other information about the Fiesta and locations can be found online.

Each morning, we promise you a delicious breakfast to prepare you for the Fiesta events.  And with the downtown excitement, you will be glad to return to our welcoming hacienda for tea and cookies in the great room, and a restful sleep each night.  So reserve your favorite room now at our inn in the southeast foothills for this landmark Santa Fe celebration!

Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay during this festival.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Discover Native American Culture at the Santa Fe Indian Market

If you are familiar with Santa Fe at all, you know of our Native American, Mexican, and Spanish roots.  Designated as a Creative City by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Santa Fe is recognized as a cultural melting-pot that supports and promotes our residents' creative art products, and hosts a variety of events to showcase this very creative side of our city.  In this spirit, we invite you to be our guests between August 13-19, 2012 during this year's Santa Fe Indian Market!

Hosted by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) at the downtown Santa Fe plaza, this prestigious Native arts market and festival is now in its 91st year.  This event is technically much more than a "simple" crafts and folk art fair:  this week-long series of events includes programs, lectures, films, readings, book signings, art awards, live performances, auction gala, and more are all part of one big celebration culminating in the Market itself!

Whether it be jewelry, paining, pottery, textiles, wood, baskets, or something else entirely, you'll definitely find a reason to incorporate Native American art into your life during this week.  Over 1,100 artists from more than 100 tribes located all over the country and Canada offer their original artwork and creations.  The Market expects to see over 100,000 visitors from all over the world, making it the the largest cultural event in the southwest United States!

And no celebration is complete without food and drink.  You'll find a varied and vast selection of both traditional and contemporary Native foods.  From pemmican to Nokake to frybread; soups and dishes potentially featuring mutton, buffalo, and salmon; and a variety of offerings containing berries, whole grains, and squash, you'll likely find it all at the Market.  Pair all that with versions of morada drinks and teas, and you have a complete culinary experience!

Not only does the event satisfy the public's want of Native American goods, art, and culture appreciation, but it also helps to further the careers of the artists and performers alike.  Cartoonist Ricardo Cate, sculptor Michael Naranjo, and the Git-hoan Native Dance Group are just a few of the artists that have become more widely known, and will all be attending during the celebration.

While the site lists the typical hotels in the area, we (of course) recommend the short drive to our bed and breakfast in, just 9 miles from downtown Sante Fe, for ideal accommodations. Take in the art, food, performances, and events during the day, and return to your inn home-away-from-home for a relaxing evening and a great night's rest.  Why not extend your stay and enjoy a great New Mexico vacation?  Either way, you'll be treated like family.  Come discover why people love the Bobcat Inn!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Santa Fe Opera 2012 Season - Not to be Missed!

Whether you are a seasoned opera aficionado planning a Santa Fe music getaway or contemplating buying a ticket for the first time, the range of performances and talent at this year's Santa Fe Opera is as vast as the glorious skies above our spectacular outdoor theater.

There are still plenty of seats available for each of the 2012 performances:

 Soprano Amanda Echalaz will perform as Tosca in the eponymous opera's debut in Santa Fe. The evil Baron Scarpia is portrayed by Raymond Aceto and heroic Cavaradossi is sung by Andrew Richards.
8:00 pm performances: July 30; August 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24

Bizet wrote "The Pearl Fishers" at the tender age of 24, instantly marking him s a musical genius. Even novice opera fans will recognize the lovely duet : “Au fond du temple saint”. The performance will be sung in French. 
8:00 pm performances: July 31; August 10, 13, 22, 25

Maometto II is the story of the seige of Negroponte by the Turks. Under this dramatc backdrop, Luca Pisaroni sings the titular role, with Leah Crochetto as Anna . 
8:00 pm performances: August 2, 7, 16

King Roger will be performed in Polish by lead baritone Mariusz Kwiecien. The story centers on a Christian king and his court befuddled and "enlightened" by a mysterious young shephard.
8:00 pm performances: August 3, 9, 14

A romance of mistaken identity and concealed desire, Arabella leans heavily on social convention for it's message that love will conquer all. The lead is sung by Erin Wall.
8:00 pm performances: August 1, 6, 17, 23

Tickets for the 2012 Santa Fe Opera season are conveniently available for purchase online.

With so many world-class productions weaving their way through the calendar this summer, you may not be able to resist seeing more than one opera this year.  The Bobcat Inn bed and breakfast is less than 30 minutes from the opera theater so make plans now to stay with us during your next visit operatic or other to Santa Fe.

The Bobcat Inn 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bizcochitos A real New Mexican Tradition - recipe

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Happy Holidays!
The inn is all decorated for Christmas and it is a cold snowy day. It would be a great day to make bizcochitos,a wonderful New Mexican cookie dating back from territorial days. I am including the recipe if any of you want to make them. It is one of the only recipes I use lard in and it does make a difference.
Our cookbooks make great Christmas presents as well as gift certificates to the inn. You can buy a gift certificate online through our reservation system and you can print it off. We still have availability for Christmas and New years so don't wait to make your reservation. We are filling up fast. Christmas is a magical time in Santa Fe. The farolito walk is on Christmas eve and is beautiful. The historic east side residents and galleries light candles in paper bags filled with sand and build small fires for carolers to warm up by. There is hot cider and if there is snow it is even more special. The Plaza is all lit up and the Cathedral welcomes everyone.


1 cup lard
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon anise seed
3 Tablespoons sherry
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Cream lard and 1/2 c sugar till quite creamy. Add egg and beat till very fluffy. Sift together flour ,baking powder and salt and add to creamed mixture and combine. Stir in sherry and anise seed. Roll dough out onto floured board about 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and sprinkle on top of each cookie. Bake in a pre- heated oven at 350 for 15 -20 minutes or until light brown. Makes 4 dozen small cookies.

Please view the Bobcat Inn on facebook - We have pictures of Jenn and I making bizcochitos.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jeff Bridges Band to Play Santa Fe New Mexico

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The first Live Stage Performance of Jeff Bridges' Band is to Play at the historic Lensic Theater in Santa Fe , New Mexico on Sunday April 18 at 3:00PM. Bridges was highly acclaimed for his perfomance as Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart". The film was filmed mostly in Santa fe New Mexico, in fact a lot of the movie was filmed at Evangelo's a local watering hole right across from the historic Lensic Theater.
Bridges won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for his portrayal of a down and out singer , and hard drinker in the movie. TBone Burnett and co-producer Ryan Bingham also won an academy award for Best original song , "The Weary Kind"
This charitable event will host an auction on Crazy Heart Movie memorabilia , silent auction and screening of Crazy Heart along with the music. The event is being staged to raise money for New Mexico film Makers Give Back, sponsored by Hutton Broadcasting & NM Filmmakers union. Tickets are available through Santa Fe at The Lensic 505 988 1234 or Ticket prices are $20 $50 and $100
For more information contact Jon Hendry 505 670 7381