The Cowgirl BBQ – Santa Fe, New Mexico

You don’t have to be Patsy Montana to have a rip-roaring good time or great meal at Cowgirl BBQ, a jumping joint in the Bohemian Guadalupe District renowned for its festive ambiance, raucous nighttime entertainment and inviting summertime patio.  Launched on June 1, 1993 as The Cowgirl Hall of Fame, this bustling restaurant quickly became a popular good time venue, garnering a reputation for its margaritas, nachos, barbecue and more.  It’s still going strong more than twenty years later.  Known…

Kakawa Chocolate House – Santa Fe, New Mexico

In a 1995 episode of Seinfeld, Kramer attempted to deduce George’s ATM code: “You’re a portly fellow, a bit long in the waistband.  So what’s your pleasure?  Is it the salty snacks you crave?  No, no, no, yours is a sweet tooth.  Oh you may stray, but you’ll always return to your dark master, the cocoa bean.” America is, like George Costanza, a nation of chocolohics.  The Chocolate Manufacturers Association estimates that the per capita consumption of chocolate among Americans…

Tomasita’s – Santa Fe, New Mexico

The decade following America’s Civil War was one of burgeoning expansion westward with railroads leading the way.  Railroads helped open up the Wild West which included the then territory of New Mexico.  They transported wool, hides, piñon, lumber, coal, chile and other agricultural products.  They served as “connectors” between villages, towns and pueblos.  They bridged cultures and transcended distance, traversing through rocky promontories, barren mesas and fecund river valleys.  Railroads spread the news, enlightened the culture and introduced modern amenities to…