Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One More For St. Rachael



In my first two nights nights in Santa Fe, I've managed, completely by accident, to eat at two different restaurants featured in Rachael Ray's Food Network programs ($40 a Day and Tasty Travels). On Sunday, I ate at the Cowgirl Hall Of Fame, where there was a photo of Rachael in her cowgirl gear alongside the photos of real cowgirls like Dale Evans and Kitty Wells. And last night, I went to Upper Crust Pizza, which also has a signed photo of Ms. Ray on the wall.

I think Rachael might be the patron saint of Santa Fe, NM cuisine. She's literally everywhere here. She must have got through Santa Fe under $40 a day by not drinking beer or wine with dinner. I dropped $20 at the Cowgirl Hall Of Fame and Upper Crust just for myself, but that included a couple of Santa Fe Nut Brown Ales at $3.50 a pop.

Even though I'd never heard of it two days ago, SF Nut Brown is my new favorite beer, so tonight I went to the source (Santa Fe Brewery) to get more. It's only $3 a pint at the brewery, but they didn't have any pictures of Ms. Ray on the wall, so I broke my Rachael streak. Still, one hamburger plus two Nut Browns set me back $15, so I spent well under $40 today, which should earn me honorary Rachael points.

5 comments:

B said...

Bring some of that SF Nut Brown Ale back with you! I want to try that.
I secretly have a crush on Rachael Ray, and some of the other Blackbirds do as well. It was the subject of much discussion during the recording of Houses & Homes before the engineer announced the secret of the spell she had cast over us: "party croak". Her voice sounds exactly like voices of the cute party girls in college who smoke and drink too much. Thus, she takes over the world.
Don't forget to bring me some ale...

Janet ID said...

Mmmm, nut brown ale!

Steve said...

I bought a six-pack of Nut Brown last night at the brewery, but it probably won't make it through the weekend.

The SF Brewing Company does live music (they had Tapes&Tapes last night): maybe the Blackbirds could play there on their way home from SxSW?

B said...

SXSW...not this year, i'm afraid...

125records said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE the Cowgirl Hall of Fame!!! Now I feel like road trippin' there just to get some of their vegetarian frito pie!!!! They also serve hard cider, which is hard to come by in NM for some reason.