Izumi of Hybrid Hunter is both a food and fashion lover. As an edgy and creative lifestyle blogger, I’ve asked her to share a little taste from her recent trip to New Mexico…
When I told people I was going to New Mexico for a vacay, the first piece of advice they gave me was “try the green chile!” and I definitely did.
The first night of our trip, my family and I went to Monroe’s Restaurant in Albuquerque. The place itself was homey and kind of reminded me of a church cafeteria (haha). I found it comforting, in an unusual way, and it certainly felt very American.
They give you the option of ordering your meal green, red, or “Christmas” (green + red). I went with green, after the advice of my friends, when ordering my chile relleno plate.
The green chile was citrusy, bold, and a tad bit spicy. It had a fresh taste that you just don’t get with red chile. Monroe’s chile was chunky, with a few seeds mixed in for taste. It complimented the chile relleno perfectly, which wasn’t greasy at all. With a side of hearty rice and slow-cooked refried beans (I love refried beans!), this was quite a meal.
Probably the most surprising part of the meal was the sopapilla that came on the side. Apparently there are many versions of this bread served in different Latin countries, but the ones they serve in New Mexico are pillow-y pockets of fry bread. They were rustic, simple, and came with a side of honey for dipping. The slight sweetness of the bread and honey went well with the spiciness of my entrée.
Given that this was my first meal in New Mexico, I was excited for what was to come on the rest of my trip; not only the food I was going to taste, but the beautiful landscapes I would see, and the cultures I would experience. I made sure to document my Meso-American cultural adventures here and here.
After such an amazing trip, I know I will be visiting New Mexico again!