June Cuisine Scene

Lynn Cline - June 11, 2019

Foods for fitness, Father's Day, the Opera and more

Summer arrives this month, an ideal time to launch a healthy diet, which is easy to do, and delicious, too, when you visit Terra Verde Organic. This smoothie shop, juice bar and coffee house combo opened in early spring in Verde Juice's San Mateo Road retail space. It's quickly grown into a popular spot for delicious food devoted to wellness. Take a seat and linger, or grab some goodness to go. Smoothies, juice, elixirs, bowls, paninis and empanadas make up the enticing menu. You could start your day with avocado toast, dressed up with roasted red pepper, feta, lemon zest and chia seed. Or dig into a Bowl of the Gods, a divine blend of rolled oats, cocoa nibs, goji berries, chia seeds, toasted almonds, bee pollen and cinnamon with cold or steamed almond milk. Stop by for lunch and savor the Buddha Bowl, a vegan, gluten-free, quinoa-based hot entreée with a selection of add-ons. “Our smoothies and bowls are really popular,” says Kevin Ivens, who owns Terra Verde Organic with his Argentinian wife, Mariana. “The Carpe Diem is our most popular smoothie. It has this coffee ice cream taste, and it's nice and smooth. We're really starting to get known for our sandwiches.” It's easy to see why, with savory empanadas and paninis, including the Tuscan, a combo of shredded chicken, roasted red pepper, basil pesto and mozzarella. Look for two new paninis—the vegan Herbavore, and the El Gaucho, made with chimichurri, boiled egg and tomato. “It's simplicity at its best,” Kevin says.

Father's Day Feast

Looking for a great way to celebrate Father's Day in Santa Fe? Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado will treat dads who dine with a party of four to a complimentary meal. This offer is available all day long, so you can celebrate over brunch with dishes such as Los Bennies, a flavorful feast of house-made green chile sausage, spinach, roasted poblano and corn relish, stacked on an English muffin and draped with Creole-spiced hollandaise. Maybe dad would prefer the Encantado Sunrise Hash, featuring grilled shrimp , chorizo, potato medley and a poached egg, enhanced with green chile hollandaise, corn, cilantro, onion bell peppers and coconut milk. For the father with a sweet tooth, Terra's buttermilk or blue corn pancakes, or the bananas foster French toast, will bring a smile. If you'd rather take dad to dinner, choices include bison, Colorado lamb rack, Kurabuta pork tomahawk, Snake River Farms Kobe NY steak and much more.

Comfort Food Classics

Blue plate specials are an iconic part of America's culinary history, dating as far back as the late 19th century and the Harvey House restaurants that catered to passengers of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. By the 1920s, the blue plate special had become a staple in diners as a hearty, inexpensive meal for hardworking Americans. Blue plate specials aren't as easy to find as they once where, but here in Santa Fe, they're available every weekday at Joe's Dining, devoted to locally sourced, sustainable food that's good for our health and our local economy. Monday's offering, for instance, is grilled sausage and smoked pork loin, served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Tuesday, you can try Mary’s Organic fried chicken, accompanied by a medley of vegetables and good old-fashioned mashed potatoes. Meatloaf lovers should stop by on Wednesday, and Thursday brings BBQ beef brisket. Friday, look for Fish & Chips, a combo of beer-battered Atlantic cod and French fries with cole slaw. Each of these comfort food classics will keep you coming back to Joe's all summer long.

Opera Fare

The Santa Fe Opera's 63rd season begins on June 28, with a performance of Puccini's classic, “La Bohème.” One of the world's most beloved operas, it tells the heart-wrenching story of six Bohemians in 19th-century Paris. If you plan to attend the annual opening night tailgate party in the opera's parking lot, set against a backdrop of sweeping sky and mountain views, why not bring aFrench-inspired feast that pairs with this opera? Order 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar's country pâté with green peppercorns and grilled baguette with house-made pickles and whole grain mustard to go, along with asparagus flan with fresh morel mushrooms and steak frites (get the béarnaise sauce on the side). Don't forget the chocolate pots de crème for dessert.

If you prefer an elegant pre-performance restaurant experience, attend one of the Opera Nights at the Anasazi Restaurant dinner, featuring a different meal for each of the five operas during the season. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, allowing you plenty of time to dine then drive to the opera. (Be sure to make reservations, as this will be a popular event throughout the summer.)

For “La Bohème,” the menu features wild mushroom bisque, summer coq au vin and apple tarte tatin. The dinner honoring Bizet's “The Pearl Fishers” naturally features seafood—lobster poke with baby lettuce, sesame seaweed, toasted macadamia and papaya ginger dressing; then sea bass with coconut curry; and bamboo rice pudding for the endnote. Mozart's “Così Fan Tutte” menu includes escargot, a seafood crepe and chilled cherry souffle. For Czech composer Leoš Janáček's “Jenůfa,” you'll dine one chilled yellow beet borscht; summer pork gulas; and pecan strudel with rosemary ice cream. The world premiere of Poul Rouders' “The Thirteenth Child,” a fairy tale inspired by the Brothers Grimm, features a dinner of little gem lettuce with crisp pork belly, heirloom tomato and blue cheese dressing; grilled sirloin with baked potato, green bean and red wine butter; and apple cobbler.