Once upon a time long, long ago Hubby and I called Southern Nevada home. We loved living in the dessert. It was this appreciation for the red earth that drew us to New Mexico for a much needed couples-only road trip.
The drive was beautiful. The landscape breathtaking – rugged rock formations stretching up to touch a deep blue sky. New Mexico is like taking a giant step back in time to a place that is unspoiled by modern life.
It is also the only place in the world that someone from Las Vegas, when “Where are you from?” must clarify “Las Vegas, Nevada”. If not, you would hear a second question – “which one?” Any place else on the planet and the name “Las Vegas” immediately conjures images of the strip. One would be hard pressed to get Las Vegas Nevada and Las Vegas New Mexico confused.
One thing that stood out on our road trip was the cuisine of New Mexico. It is not to be confused with Mexican or Tex-Mex. The food of New Mexico is awesome, in a category all its own. If you are a huge fan of heat – as in chili-hot smoke coming out your ears hot, New Mexican cuisine is right up your taste-bud alley. Sit down to a meal at any authentic eatery in New Mexico and you’ll notice that sopapilla are brought to the table with your meal, along with a big bottle of honey. And for good reason – you need the honey to cool off your mouth between bites of incredibly spicy food. As huge fans of both spicy foods and sopapillas, we fell madly in love with New Mexican Cuisine. Make no mistake about it, this Filet Mignon is sizzling hot – New Mexican unbelievably HOT over-the-top OMG heat. Continue if you dare, but consider yourself properly warned.