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May 31st, 2012 | 12:57pm

The Inn and Spa at Loretto Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The Inn and Spa at Loretto earned the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor! We would like to take this time to thank all our guests who have reviewed and rated their stay with us. Everything we do is based around providing our guests with superior service. It is always rewarding to hear the specifics of a guests experience and is very helpful for other travelers to read. Again, we thank you!

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality excellence. The accolade is presented to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Roughly, only 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

May 24th, 2012 | 1:02pm

Restaurant Recipe: Baked Brie with Raspberry Marmelade Recipe

Destination Hotels & Resorts has challenged their chefs across the country to take part in the Destination Dish. Each month one ingredient is selected for the chefs to create a recipe around the chosen element and to incorporate it into their restaurant menu. Be sure to check our blog each month for a new delicious recipe you can enjoy in the comfort of your home or in Luminaria.

This month's featured ingredient is RASPBERRY!!

Baked Brie with Raspberry Marmelade
Serves 6 people as an appetizer or dessert

2 lbs French brie
3 c raspberry marmalade (recipe below)
1 c Spanish olive oil
1 c baby arugula
1 French baguette, sliced and grilled

Raspberry Marmelade
5 c fresh raspberries
1.5 c sugar

Combine ingredients in saucepan, cook slowly until marmalade consistency occurs.  Transfer to small bowl for dipping or spreading.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray then place brie in the middle and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for 25 minutes or until brie is gooey. 

Slice baguette on bias.  Brush with olive oil and season with salt, grill or toast until crispy.

In small mixing bowl toss baby arugula with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Transfer brie to serving platter with raspberry marmalade.  Then place arugula and sliced bread around.

Serve with champagne or wine. Enjoy! 

Posted by Brett Sparman, Executive Chef

May 22nd, 2012 | 5:53pm

Restaurant Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Turtle Cake Recipe

The season has changed and so have our menus in Luminaria. This bittersweet modification has resulted in many requests for Pastry Chef Andrea Clover’s Mexican Chocolate Turtle Cake.  We feel this delicious dessert is too heavy for summertime eats so it was removed from the menu for the time being. As requested by many Luminaria visitors she has revealed below how to make this mouthwatering treat. 

Mexican Chocolate Turtle Cake Recipe

Cream together:
1¼ c sugar
½ c oil
2 large eggs

Add and mix slowly:
1 c all-purpose flour
2 tbs cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda

Add and mix until fully incorporated:
½ c sour cream
1 c buttermilk
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon

Other ingredients:
store-bought caramel
store-bought chocolate sauce
ice cream (if desired)

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. When cooled cut into desired portions and drizzle with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and pecans. Then warm in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes and serve immediately with a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream. Enjoy!

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

May 14th, 2012 | 5:35pm

Santa Fe’s Best Kept Secrets

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a perennial favorite travel destination, well-known for its arts, cultural and historic offerings, unmatched scenery and outdoor activities, fantastic year-round weather, and world-class culinary scene. A rare few know about Santa Fe’s hidden gems. Below are a few local top picks for things to do (and eat) and places to go in and around the United States’ oldest capital city.

“I’m a fan of white water rafting in Santa Fe. May and June are the best times, when the water is high from all of the snow melting off the mountain.”  
- Andrea Clover, Pastry Chef at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“My favorite Santa Fe things to do are to take the Santa Fe Southern Railways train ride to Lamy, people watch at the Plaza, visit the historical churches including Loretto Chapel, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, and San Isidro, take in the exhibits at the Friday night art-walk on Canyon Road, and enjoy the culinary and hand-made treasures offered at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market.”  
– Jenna Proctor, Sales Manager at Hotel Santa Fe

“Favorite eats include the stuffed French Toast at Tune-up Café, burritos at the stand in front of Big Jo Hardware, and anything (especially homemade pies and cinnamon rolls) at San Marcos Café and Feed Store on the Turquoise Trail.  A perfect spot to visit is the peacock/quail/turkey/dog/cat/goat reserve, also on the Turquoise Trail.”
– Susan Vander Mast, Sales Coordinator at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“My favorite out-of-the-way places are the wind sculpture garden at Wiford Gallery, just off Canyon Road, and the Allan Houser sculpture garden off the Turquoise Trail.”
Patti Rogoff, owner of Santa Fe Baskets

“My top favorites include Ristra’s Glass Class, a two hour art class and culinary experience, Santa Fe Opera behind-the-scenes tour, the Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and stone-carving lessons at Rift Gallery in Rinconada, near Taos.”
Betsy Ehrenberg, a Santa Fe resident and host to 2,500 visitors to Santa Fe in 2011

“Anyone who enjoys tennis should check out Shellaberger Tennis Center.  It offers world-class facilities, terrific pro shop, and well-trained and fun-loving staff." 
– Guin White, Corporate and Leisure Travel Manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“I always enjoy Del Charro, which I consider the best casual spot to meet up with friends, Tesuque Village Market for lunch, Ojo Caliente Hot Springs for a quick and indulgent day-trip, Sunrise Springs Resort at La Cienega as a tranquil place for dinner or just walking around, and The Pantry for a great breakfast (their home made potatoes are the best!!!)”  
– Christine Steinhauser, HR Director at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“One of my favorite places to take out-of-town guests is Tent Rocks.  It’s a great photography spot as well.”  
– Lisa Chadwick, Concierge at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“In town just off Canyon Road, the School of American Research is a hidden treasure, unknown to most people who live in Santa Fe and rarely visited by tourists. Their Indian Arts Research Center hosts tours of its incredible working collection of pottery, baskets, and jewelry on Fridays. A really splendid little get-away is Los Poblanos Lavender Farm in Los Ranchos, between Albuquerque Old Town and Corrales. It has a fascinating history and the food is marvelous. Michelle Obama recently held a fundraiser there.” 
– Mary Thomas, Concierge at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“One of my top picks would be the Original Johnnie’s Cash Store, just off Canyon Road. It’s Santa Fe’s least known landmark and the city’s oldest neighborhood grocer.Their tamales are the best in town.”
- Erik Berntsen, Catering Manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Posted by Guin White, Corporate and Leisure Travel Manager

May 2nd, 2012 | 2:24pm

Wine Time: Thoughts on Vintage

Generally vintages matter less in California than they do in Europe, but it doesn’t mean the taste of the wine does not differ somewhat year to year.  Wine vintages in the old world are, and have been more susceptible to extreme weather conditions.  Severe frosts, hard rain during the harvest, or shortened summers all have an effect on the grapes.  However, California truly benefits from the weather, which in short means, the wine makers and drinkers don’t have to be overly concerned about running into really poor vintages, seemingly nature is on their side.

Posted by Natasha Aasgaarden, Director of Restaurants

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