During our time in Santa Fe, I had very short list of what I wanted to see and what I wanted to bring home. I wanted to get a sterling silver and turquoise thunderbird necklace for Ellie, freshly roasted chiles for Ethan and some piece of nice sterling silver jewelry for myself. Larr did not want me to bring anything home for him. I thought that would all be pretty easy, but it was not.
Silver Sun, and I was so thankful to have found great stuff! I also picked up some funny skeleton earrings for both of us, as well as some bracelets made of tiny springs.
Kakawa Chocolate House where we sipped on small batch, hand made chocolate drinks and candies. I brought home a large pinon nut chocolate covered caramel, a green chile chocolate caramel, a pecan and bourbon chocolate caramel, a few dark chocolate, almond and sea salt discs, as well as a few milk chocolate and peanut discs. I was going to serve them with the fancy Taco meal I made, but by the time we were to the end of the meal, everyone was too full, even for tastes of different chocolates - imagine that!
Casa Chimayo where I had a soft chile rellenos Christmas style, meaning that it was smothered with both red and green chile. I think that might be my new favorite way to have such meals. The food was excellent, especially the guacamole which had just the right amount of chunk to it. This place will be on my visit again list.
La Choza was absolutely the best meal we had during our entire trip. It is a bit off the beaten path, and there is not a ton of parking, but it is totally worth the effort.
On the way home, we made a point of eating at Maria's as it was on several go-to lists. It was good, and the people were nice, but it was not as good as the other two I just reviewed.
If you like eating at the local, hole-in-the-wall places, like Natalie and I do, then I think this is a good start for you.