NOTE: It has become necessary to note that this piece was posted back in November of 2012 and things can sometimes change. So please bear this in mind when making decisions about visits.
As most of you know by now I’ve been dealing with an extended bout of shingles (see previous post An Antidote for Pain) so I don’t get out a lot. Anna and I haven’t been tromping around Santa Fe and Taos together for months to be sure. But the other day we decided we just had to get away, so we headed to our favorite restaurant in Taos, The Trading Post Cafe (see previous post Trading Post Cafe & Gallery, Taos, NM), and of course it was spectacular.
Kimberly Armstrong, one of the two owners, greeted us warmly as always and we were seated in the sun filled side room. There was a wonderful show hung but, I confess, I didn’t get the name of the artist. I was too interested in settling in for some great food and good wine.
We started with their wonderful basket of bread…
… and then decided to try their special soup of the day, a delicious, creamy pumpkin topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and Parmesan cheese. Truly a fall delight.
Anna was hoping for a very special seared tuna she’d had before but it wasn’t on the menu this day. They made it for her anyway. How lovely is that?
And I tried one of the day’s specials, a tremendous homemade ravioli, half stuffed with mushrooms, the other with pumpkin. It was all finished with walnuts, snow peas, chunks of pumpkin and Gorgonzola, in a surprisingly good sauce. Simply sumptuous.
We didn’t think we could eat another bite, but this was a special day and their incredible Napoleon was on the menu so, you guessed it, we splurged and split one. What can I say? We sure weren’t sorry we did. Diets can wait for another day, right? Right!
With the holidays approaching, I hope another visit to the Trading Post is in the offing. In fact I think I’d better start planning for it right now, this minute. And I highly recommend it to any of you who are local or visiting for the holidays. I think a lunch or a dinner out with a loved one is one of the best gifts we can give–sharing wonderful food at a warm and welcoming restaurant and spending time with someone we care for. What could be better than that?
Trading Post Cafe & Gallery
4179 HWY 68 (at HWY 518)
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557-0698
Love to you all,