Gabriella Marks

Eat, drink, grow Santa Fe


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Santa Fe, like my native San Francisco, is one of those towns that lures pilgrims from distant states. Most people you meet here aren’t from here, and the most common conversational icebreaker is the ever-useful, “so what brought you to Santa Fe”? I’m surprisingly flummoxed by the question, because rather than having a pat answer, I have a stammering tendency to use that polite smalltalk placeholder as an opportunity to really get at the meat of the question, because the real answer is that whatever brought me here doesn’t have all that much to do with why I’m still here, and still happy here. And the reasons I’m happy here tend to shift and re-settle as I explore more.