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Tidbits: Santa Fe Bite, farm tours and more…

Relatively speaking, it’s quiet in Santa Fe; the quiet after Indian Market Week. Rest assured, there is still a lot going on. It’s your last week to catch a performance at both the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Take advantage of this musical bounty. There are other music and art events (check last week’s Tidbits).

Santa Fe Bite n ow open photo Steve Collins

The new Santa Fe Bite n now open, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe food:
The long awaited reopening of local burger icon Bobcat Bite, rechristened, Santa Fe Bite was last Thursday. Their new digs at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail at Garrett’s Inn, a few blocks from the Plaza, are spacious and contemporary; a far cry from the funky adobe “cabin” miles from town. The classics remain on the menu: the 10oz burger, the steak, home fries are all there. Additions include milk shakes, hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, and fish and chips. They also have added the Big Bite, a 16oz burger for those that can’t get enough of these hand-ground patties and are serving breakfast.

We were pleasantly surprised to find pastry chef extraordinaire, Andrea Clover, formerly of Luminaria at the Inn and Spa at Loretto at Santa Fe Bite. Her decadent pastries and breakfast offerings are there for diners to indulge in or to take-home are featured at a small counter in the eatery. You can also stop by and pick up pastries without eating. Chez Dre is a great addition to the Bite!

Babaluu Pig Roast Santa Fe NM

Chef Amaury Torres a roasting a pig photo/courtesy Babalu Cocina

Want to go to a Cuban pig roast? Hit the highway (NM Rte 14 South) and had Babaluu’s Cocina Cubana. The reservation only event is $45 per person. In addition to pig they’ll be serving Picadillo, Chicken Friscasse, Empanadas, Black beans, Jasmine rice, Tostones, Maduros, Yuca, Caribbean salad, Arroz con leche and Rum Raisin bread pudding. And be prepared to party. There will be Cuban music and dancing. Guests are invited to bring vintage Cuban dance CD’s, bongos, Caribbean instruments and dominoes (?). Call (505) 471-1100 for more information and reservations.

Santa Fe Symphony's guest conductor Benjamin Rous

Guest conductor Benjamin Rous, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

Santa Fe music:
Join The Santa Fe Symphony for their 30th Anniversary Season Opener, Showcase of the Stars, on Sunday, September 8th at 4pm at the Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center. The program, “a once in a lifetime concert,” featurrs guest artists Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko and violinist Chee-Yun with guest conductor Benjamin Rous. Tickets can be purchased at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe.

Those great folks at Santa Fe Performance Exchange have another singer/songwriter coming to town. Donna Dean will be in the Music Room at Garrett’s Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail on Friday, September 6th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door which opens at 7pm.  For more information call (505) 577-8015. It’s a great tome to treat yourself to a pre-concert burger at the new Santa Fe Bite located in the same building.

From Axle Contemporary's "Magnetic Drift"

Minimalist art from the show “Magnetic Drift”, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Santa Fe art:
Axle Contemporary, the quirky gallery on wheels, has a new show. The Lady Minimalists Tea Society: MAGNETIC DRIFT, opens on Friday September 6th from 5 to 7pm at the Farmers Market in the Railyard. The show runs through September 29th. The Lady Minimalists Tea Society is a collective of 6 Northern New Mexico artists who work in small scale. More information on the show and daily locations can be found on their website.

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm will be on the Santa Fe Farmers Market tour photo Steve Collins

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm will be on this years Santa Fe Farmers Market Tour, photo/Steve Collins

The Santa Fe Farmers Market’s Annual Farm Tour will take place on Sunday, August 25th . We went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to exploring one of this year’s destinations, Synergia Ranch. I camped out here in 1973, when the Theater of All Possibilities was headquartered there and I haven’t been back since. One day I will write about the amazing Southwest odyssey that Hoving, the Wonder Dog and I shared. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like today. We had a great time on last year’s tour.

Hiking at Bandelier photo Joy Frank-Collins

Hiking at Bandelier, photo/Joy Frank-Collins

Also on Sunday the 25th: Bandelier National Monument is offering a “fee-free day” to commemorate Founder’s Day. On August 25, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) was established.  Visitors can pick up a park shuttle at the White Rock Visitor Center. No private vehicles are permitted at the Monument until after 3pm each day. For more information visit the Bandelier National Monument website or call the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861.

Zozobra photo Leslie Alsheimer

Time again for Zozobra, photo/Leslie Alsheimer courtesy of Kiwanis of Santa Fe

It’s time again for the annual Burning of Zozobra (aka Old Man Gloom). The 89th burning of this giant puppet takes place Thursday, September 5th at Fort Marcy Park from 6 to 9pm. Gates open at 2pm. Admission is $10; children under 10 are admitted for free.

Have a great week. Tidbits will be back next Tuesday.

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