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Trip Report Santa Fe Trip Report

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Driving into Santa Fe from Alberquerque, I was totally surprised by the architecture of the housing. I had expected traditional suburbs but instead found almost everyone has built houses resembling traditional adobe homes. Houses, businesses, government buildings are almost all built in this style or at least the ones I observed. The colors are traditional as well and the houses seem to blend in with the desert. I had not expected that.

El Dorado Hotel is a lovely hotel built in the adobe style. The public areas are warmly decorated and our room was acceptable. Bed was comfortable, room large, decor Santa Fe-ish, and the bathroom not large but acceptable. The ventilation worked very well and wasn't noisy but we had to unplug the refer.

Luminaria Restaurant - Unknown to us it was restaurant week so the full menu was not available. Travels For Business ordered the Ceasar Salad and I ordered the Baby Arugula Salad which were pretty standard fare. For entrees TFB ordered the Braised Short Ribs  —  French Fries, Bordelaise Sauce but asked for mashed potatoes. I ordered the Grilled Free Range Chicken Breast  —  Carrot Puree, Artichokes, Edamame, Pan Jus. The chicken was cooked perfectly, the artichokes were braised with hot peppers, and the edamame were, well, edamame, and the carrot purée was nothing more than a smear on the plate for color. The food was perfectly prepared but just lacked the pizazz we were expecting.

Wine - TFB was ready to order some wines by the glass but I noted a Trefethen 2006 Cab half bottle for $39. Our waitress highly recommended it and said that there have been Trefethen dinners at Luminaria in the past and this wine was excellent. And it was. Desert was included. TFB had the banana cream pie and I had the angel food cake with blood orange sherbet and fresh berries. I enjoyed my desert as it was a nice finish without being rich. We also had a glass of Penfolds Grandfather Port $15 which was delicious. Our dinners were $35 each for the three courses. Service was exceptional. I would like to go again when I can order from the regular menu.

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