Sunday October 27, 2013
Monday October 28, 2013
Paul had an omelet. We left there and walked to the plaza.
The place is ginormous. We went thru a large section and then we walked across to another part of the museum called Palace of the Governors.
We walked thru that entire display and then back over to the Cowboy exhibit and did the downstairs displays. Just when I thought we were done, nope, there an upstairs section too. Like I said, ginormous! When we finished there (maybe 3:00-ish) I was in desperate need of a beverage. We saw a place on the second story of a corner building of the Plaza that had a nice veranda. The Thunderbird Bar & Grill. The veranda had a waiting list and the hostess was kind of rude about it so we decided to sit at the bar because Football was on. Go Cardinals. I had water and it arrived with a Prickly Pear Margarita. Imagine that!
It had Esponon Blanc (pure agave tequila), triple sec, prickly pear puree, fresh lime and agave nectar. It was pretty darn tasty.
Disclaimer: I rarely drink when we’re at home but on vacation I like a toddy or two! No guilt. Don't judge!
Paul had a couple of Porters. We walked back to the resort for a little R&R.
We decided to go to Coyote Café (as seen on TV’s Chuck Eats the Street). We got a little lost finding the place (there are two Water Streets in town and of course we were on the wrong one, don’t ask). Reviews said food was excellent but service was poor. I agree. Using TripAdvisor and Urban Spoon’s ratings of 5 stars is best, I would give the food a 5, the bus boy a 5 and the server a 2. I had lobster and it was amazing.
Mesquite Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Handmade Pappardelle Pasta, Organic Spring Onions, Spicy Creamy Chili Sauce. The spring onions were in the pasta and not overwhelming. Paul had a filet which is not on their on-line menu so I can’t give the mouth-watering description but it was on a bed of roasted fingerling potatoes and squash and drizzled with some delicious sauce. I gave him one of my tails and he gave me a piece of his steak and it was truly melt-in-mouth tender and completely delicious. For dessert we split a Banana Cream Pie. I thought of my sister with every bite! (It's her favorite.) Caramelized Bananas, Italian Meringue and Cappuccino Ice Cream. It was in a tart crust. We both agreed the Ice Cream (which was a mini scoop) really didn’t seem to belong but it was still delicious. Paul ordered a Port and the manager brought it with a “complimentary Orange Muscat”. The server later confessed that he poured the Muscat by mistake so they gave it us to enjoy. I’m not sure how that man got a job in this upscale restaurant. Must be a relative of the owner!
Wednesday October 30, 2013
It was the late 1800’s when the Chapel was built. The contractors put a ladder to the loft for the choir. The nuns didn’t want to climb the ladder due to their heavy garments so they asked the contractor for a staircase. The contractor said they could put in a staircase but it would cut down on the prayer space. The Sisters didn’t want to give up prayer space. Legend has it the Sisters made a Novena (nine days of prayer) to St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of Carpenters. On the ninth day a man appeared with a toolbox and said he would build the staircase but he had to work alone. They gave him his privacy and when the staircase was completed the carpenter disappeared without being paid. The Sisters wanted to do right by the man so after they looked for the carpenter to no avail they decided at least they could pay for the wood. They went to all the lumber yards in the area but no trace of a purchase of the wood. The Sisters came to the conclusion that their prayers had been answered and the staircase was built by none other than St. Joseph himself.
It is very impressive looking. The staircase has no center or ‘visible’ means of support. It was built without nails, just wooden pegs.
The pastor borrowed money from the Jews to build the Cathedral. He ran out of money and couldn’t repay the loan. He went back asked for more money to finish the Cathedral. When it came time to repay the loan he still had no funds. He went back to the Jews and explained the situation. The Jews gifted the loan. In honor of their generosity there is a triangle in the arch with a Chai (Jewish symbol for life).
My Jewish husband says they must have gotten a tax credit for the gifted money! Bada-Bing!
I rang the bell. Truth be told I didn't know that was the legend until after I rang it.
Lois gave us a good tip. She's not a fan of aluminum (cookware or foil) due to research of it's connection to Alzheimer Disease. She said anything you can cook in foil you can cook in nature's alternative: wet corn husk.
We split a Caesar Salad. I ordered Veal and Mushroom Ravioli and Paul had Osso Bucco. Both were very good. We split a piece of Lemon Meringue Pie that could win any pie contest imaginable. *Oh*So*Good*. I called the resort and Maria picked us up in a matter of minutes. When we got back to the resort I went into the lobby to grab a cup of tea. My pick-of-the-night was Enchanting Moments, herbal tea with chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon and orange blossoms. Yummmmm.
Not the most flattering photo of me but how can you climb all the way up there and not check out the dwellings?Some of the stairs in the cliff are narrow and windy and one spot was actually steep and a little scary but we survived! And yes, my quads are screaming this morning. We left there and went to Jemez Springs and went through the Ancient Ruins of Gisewatowa Pueblo at the Jemez State Monument. Check out the remains of this church (actually some of it has been reconstructed):
There was a really cool Trading Post with a petting zoo.
BTW I was shocked to see the scale this morning. Maintenance Baby! All that food and alcohol must have been balanced out by the 90,000 steps and million miles we walked (okay closer to 40 miles but it felt like a million). Actually of all the food, I ate about half of all my meals. Except for dessert. I always finish the dessert! At least we split them so there’s that.
Until next time...