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Best Sports and Gear Shop 2008

 to Get into Gear

Annual Manual 1 Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works328 S. Guadalupe St.505-984-8221In 1994, Kent Little moved to Santa Fe and opened a climbing-oriented store to combine his experience in retail management with his lov

July 24, 2008 by Charlotte Jusinski


The Locals' Guide to Living in Santa Fe.

Annual Manual The Locals' Guide to Living in Santa Fe. Whether you're new to Santa Fe or Santa Fe is still new to you, SFR's Annual Manual is the best resource for helping you get the most out of living in the City Different. 

May 20, 2008 by None

Bar Stars

SFR’S 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide In this year’s Bar & Nightlife Guide, SFR took the opportunity to highlight the stars of Santa Fe’s bar scene.

April 23, 2013 by SFR

Best Local Brew

SFR’S 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Earlier this month, SFR unveiled its first-ever Local Beer Championship.

April 23, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Born To Be Wild

Karaoke kings, queens and cult leaders

Bar & Nightlife Guide Nanci Bushrow, co-host of Showcase Karaoke, paces in front of the packed lounge in a western button-up shirt, sternly shaking her permed, blonde head like a teacher scolding an uncooperative class.

April 23, 2013 by Loren Bienvenu

Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide It’s a shame to hide from the fresh mountain air, sweet scent of lilacs and green oases of mountain aspens and river-lining cottonwoods.

April 23, 2013 by Mia Rose Carbone

Best Happy Hour Deals

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Though happy hours are popular at well-known Santa Fe destinations like the Cowgirl, many of the city’s best end-of-the-workday deals remain well-kept secrets.

April 23, 2013 by Joey Peters

Best Place to Smoke

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Smokers are modern-day lepers.

April 23, 2013 by Justin Horwath

Best Summertime Drinks

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Summer’s on the way, and with it the opportunity to indulge in libations that, like my preference in men, are strong yet fruity and ideally toting a parasol.

April 23, 2013 by Enrique Limón

Eight Days A Week (Well, Six)

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Karaoke all week.

April 23, 2013 by SFR

Best Manhattan

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide While I tend to consider my own Manhattan recipe pretty fantastic, several local bars present a stiff challenge to its dominance.

April 23, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Best Late-Night Eats

SFR's 2013 Bar Guide

Bar & Nightlife Guide Don’t believe the hype: It is not impossible to find food in Santa Fe after 9 pm.

April 23, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Best of Santa Fe 2010

It's a Wrap

Best of Santa Fe Several times last spring, I was approached by friends and strangers wanting to know if “it was too late to vote.” Being the dullard that I am, I would then dutifully launch into a recitation of all the various deadlines for the primary elections... Of course, folks weren’t asking about that. They were asking about SFR’s annual Best of Santa Fe Readers’ Poll.

July 28, 2010 by None

Arts and Culture

Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe From best band and craziest karaoke to favorite museum and absolutely illest DJ, the City Different struts it's culture different.

July 28, 2010 by None

Food and Dining

Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe There's eating drinking and then there's eating and drinking in Santa Fe. Readers poke their top picks of 2010 for slurping and slushing in da Fe.

July 28, 2010 by None


Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe Santa Fe ranks among the most giving in the nation with huge amounts of philanthropy and more than 1,000 non-profit and charitable organizations. But, let's face it, sometimes you just want to buy something nice. Luckily, Santa Fe is good at that too.

July 28, 2010 by None


Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe Whether it's the person pushing a drink across the bar, delivering a plate of nachos, doing your hair, drilling your teeth or performing any skilled service you can think of, Santa Feans have opinions about who does it best.

July 28, 2010 by None

Local Living

Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe Government, community services, charities, festivals and access (even when limited by––argh––government): These are the things that quietly making up local living. Discerning Santa Feans pick the stand-outs.

July 28, 2010 by None

Staff Picks

Best of Santa Fe 2010

Best of Santa Fe Yes, the voters know what's best about Santa Fe, but what does the Reporter's staff think is strangely exceptional about life in Santa Fe?

July 28, 2010 by None

Best of Santa Fe 2009 Party Slideshow

Why'd you get drunk and make that funny face?

Best of Santa Fe The Best Of party chronicled in photographs.

July 24, 2009 by None

Best Roofing Company

…Stupid Flat Roofs  

Best of Santa Fe McPartlon Roofing

July 23, 2009 by Zane Fischer

Best Art Framing

for Your Priceless Treasures  

Best of Santa Fe Frontier Frames

July 23, 2009 by None

Local Living

Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 After the 2010 Census figures came out, revealing that close to 5,000 fewer people aged 25-34 lived in Santa Fe County in 2010 than did in 2000, I began to have this conversation with some regularity, and it always drove me crazy.

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Food & Dining

Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 It's been an exciting year for Santa Fe's food scene. Exciting isn't always good, though. During the past year, SFR witnessed the closing of three of the best restaurants in town: Amavi, Max's and Real Food Nation. But the departure of some of our favorites also makes way for newcomers.

July 25, 2012 by SFR


Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 Either you've done this, or you know someone who has: You work three different jobs, at least one of which is in the service industry, while using your elusive "free time" to build art installations and perfect your telemark squat. Right? In Santa Fe, we do it all.

July 25, 2012 by SFR


Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012   There's a lot of buzz about shopping locally--how it creates a multiplier effect that stimulates the local economy, fosters relationships with the people who sell you gardening supplies and designer shoes, etc. But Santa Feans don't really need to be convinced: We're all about the local thing, and we're passionate about the shops and businesses that define our city.

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Arts & Entertainment

Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 Santa Fe may be a small town, but it was recently named the nation's "most artistic city"--a distinction it surely deserves, if we're to judge by the percentage of people who love/talk/make/buy/support art in any of its multitudinous forms. And while Santa Fe's visual arts have long enjoyed (or suffered from) a reputation for desert landscapes and the like, its current identity is growing and changing in exciting ways.

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Best Thing About SFR

Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 It exists! - It's free!! - It's local. - It's weekly - Savage Love - It's FREE! - It's local - Alex De Vore - EVERYTHING!!! - Horoscopes - Best of SF - Daddy Needs a Drink - sense of humor - 7 Days and Overheard in Santa Fe

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Best Thing We Forgot

Best of Santa Fe 2012

Best of Santa Fe 2012 Best Burger - Best Place to Meet Girls - Best Locksmith - Bacon - Best Local Promoter - Best Bakery - Best Bass Player - Best BBQ - Best Builder - Best Casino - Best Chocolate - Best Reason Not to Leave Town

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Tour Thing

A semi-local's guide to touristy Santa Fe

Best of Santa Fe 2012 First impressions are the ones that stick, goes the adage. For Santa Fe's average of 2 million visitors per year, according to Steve Lewis, spokesperson for the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, that impression often comes in the form of a guided tour.

July 25, 2012 by Enrique Limón

Best of Santa Fe 2012

SFR Reader's Picks of the Best Bands, Restaurants, Bars, Shops & Services

Best of Santa Fe 2012 This year's Best of Santa Fe issue features some new successes and longtime favorites--and SFR contributor Chicken Joe (yes, it's a pseudonym) has a companion piece on the quirks that make Santa Fe the City Different--but ultimately, these pages are all about why we can't help loving Santa Fe.

After all, we're still here.

July 25, 2012 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe 2013

Santa Fe's best shops, restaurants, celebrities, bacon, bars, adventures, politicians, popcorn and much, much more

Best of Santa Fe 2013 “Best” is a bit of a misnomer. How, for instance, could one compare the very different, but equally overindulgent, breakfast burritos of Posa’s and Jalapeño’s?

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Eat It!

Eat It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013  Best preempted movie theater popcorn award“Patronizing the competition, I see,” Game of Thrones mastermind and newly minted cinema impresario George RR Martin told me as we bumped into each

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Drink It!

Best of Santa Fe - Drink It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013 OK, bros: you might recall the hazy boyhood nights of drinking a case of Budweiser or a bottle of Wild Turkey, straight...

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - See It!

Best of Santa Fe - See It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013 If there’s a place to be seen in Santa Fe, it’s a second-story patio. Pick any—Marble Brewery’s Plaza-side taproom...

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Do It!

Best of Santa Fe - Do It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013 If you want to have a beer with hairy, toothless bikers, gypsy artists and an assortment of wandering dogs...

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Play It!

Best of Santa Fe - Play It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013 We’ve all been there: the dulcet tones of the summertime Bandstand series finds our ears, and we are drawn to the Plaza...

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Localize It!

Best of Santa Fe - Localize It!

Best of Santa Fe 2013 The problem every Santa Fean should envy is clearly that of Forrest Fenn: millions’ worth of his wealth is stashed somewhere—somewhere?—in the mountains...

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Voter Results - Local Living

Voter Results

Best of Santa Fe 2013 Best Local PoliticianMayor David Coss2nd Gov. Susana Martinez3rd City Councilor Patti BusheeBest Local Political ScandalGov. Susana Martinez-related scandals2nd Jerome Block and the PRC 3rd Santa Fe C

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Voter Results - Food & Dining

Food & Dining

Best of Santa Fe 2013 Best New Café or RestaurantTaberna La Boca125 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 117, 988-71022nd Revolution Bakery1291 San Felipe Ave., 988-21003rd Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen1512 Pacheco St., 795-7383Best Food Cart

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Best of Santa Fe - Voter Results - Services


Best of Santa Fe 2013  Best Hair SalonRock Paper Scissor SalonspaSanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma St., 955-85002nd TIE: Adorn Hair Studio, Chrysalis Hair Salon & Beauty StoreAdorn Hair Studio: 1600 Lena St.,

July 23, 2013 by SFR

Food & Drank

Best In Class - BOSF 14 Editorial Picks

Best of Santa Fe 2014 Santa Fe us a true foodie paradise! Sit back and relax. We saved you a corner booth.

July 16, 2014 by SFR


Best In Class - BOSF 14 Editorial Picks

Best of Santa Fe 2014 From buying organic to decorating your home with sustainable wares, Santa Fe is a fantastic shopping destination.

July 16, 2014 by SFR


Best In Class - BOSF 14 Editorial Picks

Best of Santa Fe 2014 From film to theater and, of course, music, there's never a dull night in Santa Fe. In the mood for some killer karaoke? Step right up.

July 16, 2014 by SFR

Everything Else

Best In Class - BOSF 14 Editorial Picks

Best of Santa Fe 2014 Some standards of excellence defy being categorized. Here you will find everything from illustrated SFR contributors to road rage.

July 16, 2014 by SFR

Food & Drink

BOSF 2014 - Voter's Choice

Best of Santa Fe 2014 From breakfast burritos to beers to dinner dates, you picked the best. Including kid-friendly, green chile, gluten-free, outdoor patios.

July 15, 2014 by SFR


BOSF 2014 - Voter's Choice

Best of Santa Fe 2014 We know you have great taste, that's why we asked. Here you have it: the best spots you, your friend and your crazy neighbor like to shop.

July 15, 2014 by SFR


BOSF 2014 - Voter's Choice

Best of Santa Fe 2014 Get serviced, the spots you use and trust, as well as a few others you may not have known.

July 15, 2014 by SFR

Arts & Entertainment

BOSF 2014 - Voter's Choice

Best of Santa Fe 2014 As one of the largest artistic cities in the USA we proved our candidacy via arts and entertainment. Music, film and performing arts? Check!

July 15, 2014 by SFR

Local Living

BOSF 2014 - Voter's Choice

Best of Santa Fe 2014 We also celebrate all the local people, places and experiences that make Santa Fe such a unique place to dwell.

July 15, 2014 by SFR

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

SFR's picks for the best local gifts

Holiday Gift Guide Each year, SFR publishes an annual gift guide to kick off the holiday season. We do it after Black Friday—because, as it turns out, Black Friday isn’t about gifts. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, approximately 60 percent of Black Friday shoppers planned to spend money on “non-gift items”—to the tune of $140. So, now that we’ve treated ourselves to those “non-gift” flatscreens, iPads, pea coats and platforms, it’s time to think about others. In this year’s gift guide, we’ve grouped presents by category—food, drink, books, games, toys and so on. There’s something for everyone in here, and we’ve tried to focus as much as possible on local retailers and suppliers. Sure, it’s easy to find everything your new puppy might need at Petco, but a couple of local shops do it better, with eco-friendly beds, organic treats and high-quality jackets to keep him warm. Read about much more in the ensuing pages—and then get out there and support your local economy! And, of course, happy holiday wishes from your favorite local alt-weekly! Disclaimer: Prices may vary for the items listed; SFR has ensured their accuracy to the best of our ability.

Dec. 04, 2012 by SFR

You Got Game

Gifts for the gamer (read: any man under 50)

Holiday Gift Guide For all of us hardcore gamers in the know, the months of October, November and December are glorious weeks full of nonstop triple-A releases and the death of our non-online social lives. But what are those of you who might not know the industry, despite having gamer friends and family, to do? Easy. I’m going to help you with a few suggestions, and I’ve arranged them into age-appropriate groups.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Alex De Vore

Words that Count

Books for every kind of reader

Holiday Gift Guide Giving the gift of words is kind of like buying someone perfume: It’s hard to know where to start, harder to know exactly what your gift recipient really likes and distinctly possible you’ll end up bringing another white elephant into the world. (Really, just don’t ever give anyone perfume. Trust me.) That’s why we asked for a little help this year from two of our favorite local booksellers: Garcia Street Books and Collected Works Bookstore. Conveniently, their suggestions are even categorized by gift recipient—so hopefully, you’ll know just what to do.

Dec. 04, 2012 by SFR

Give Guide

Not in the mood for more clutter? Here’s where to volunteer your time, hand-me-downs and money

Holiday Gift Guide The holidays are the ideal time to give back to the community. Finding the right place or way to give your cash, time or goods can be a bit overwhelming, given how many local organizations do great work.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Katherine Cox

Furry Favors

Gifts for your pet—or your pet-loving friends

Holiday Gift Guide When it comes to pet-related giving, you can always big-box it up at Petsmart or Petco, but the locally owned Teca Tu sells an exclusive “doggie vestido vest”.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Film Fetish

What to buy for (or do with) your cinephile relatives

Holiday Gift Guide The greatest gift you can give your family and yourself this Christmas is a simple one: two-plus hours of silence.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Corey Johnson

Holiday Music

Adding harmony to the holiday season

Holiday Gift Guide It’s hard to top the personalized quality of an iTunes gift card, which allows loved ones to legally download all those songs that they’ve already pirated. But if you believe thought really does count, here are a few suggestions that are sure to satisfy even the most picky or pedantic music enthusiast, from scavenged items to bank-busters.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Loren Bienvenu

Yuletide Libations

Whether they’re 80-proof or kid-friendly, these drinkable presents will make you merry

Holiday Gift Guide It’s December, which means holiday party season is officially upon us—and while it’s perfectly acceptable (or should be) to give the gift of a few cocktails at your giftee’s favorite watering hole, most parties call for a bit more formal, sharable take on presents.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Sweet Nothings

Spicy, sweet, chocolatey and roasted: edible gifts for the foodie in your life

Holiday Gift Guide Got a foodie in the family?

Dec. 04, 2012 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Gimme Gimme!

Gifts for children or, at least, inner children

Holiday Gift Guide Having both attended and worked at a Montessori school, I am a big proponent of hands-on, technology-free activities for children—preferably made out of glass or wood, involving clay or paper or liquid or scissors and cloth with not-too-sharp needles for sewing: things that are not toys per se, but practical, everyday products that help develop motor and mental skills in growing human beings.

Dec. 04, 2012 by Mia Rose Carbone

Living Green 2013

The No-Nonsense Guide to Sustainable Living in Santa Fe

Living Green Beyond profiling some worthy local businesses and nonprofits—unfortunately, it’s impossible to include them all—the 2013 Green Issue also offers useful information for green consumers, whether it’s eggs or condoms you’re after.

March 12, 2013 by SFR

Home Grown

The dirt on Santa Fe Community Farm’s 2013 growing season

Living Green There is a little farm in the traditional historic village of Agua Fria. The farm, which lies along the Santa Fe River, is home to apple and pear orchards, and fields of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

March 12, 2013 by Mia Rose Carbone

Green Eggs and Sham?

Cracking the code to egg carton labels

Living Green It’s tough to be a chicken these days. Americans consume roughly 79 billion table eggs each year. That’s a lot of eggs to lay, and most hens in the US are working overtime in battery cages, or 67-square-inch pens (about the size of a sheet of paper) that restrict nesting, foraging and walking.

March 12, 2013 by Elliott Teller

Grease Balm

Santa Fe startup keeps biodiesel local

Living Green Most Santa Feans have heard of biodiesel—waste oil that can be recycled through your car’s engine for a cleaner-burning version of gasoline—but local biodiesel outfit Reunity Resources is breaking new ground by keeping the entire process local.

March 12, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Laws of Nature

Environmental bills in the 2013 legislative session

Living Green This year, state lawmakers put renewed energy behind both pro- and anti-environment bills—and in the waning days of the 2013 legislative session (which ends March 16), several key measures are still wending their way through the House and Senate.

March 12, 2013 by Sterling Fluharty

Farmer’s Market

Green-marketing guru Carolyn Parrs on doing business in a green economy

Living Green Carolyn Parrs is the CEO and co-founder of Mind Over Markets, a local green-marketing firm celebrating its 10th anniversary, as well as the new board president of the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce.

March 12, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Green Legacy

Earth Care’s youth-driven sustainability

Living Green BJ Davis is full of infectious energy. And since taking over as executive director of Earth Care last year, she’s been channeling that energy into new ideas for this youth-oriented environmental nonprofit.

March 12, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

The Environmentally Conscious Condom Consumer

A (tongue-in-cheek, all-puns-intended) guide to eco-friendly action

Living Green Being an environmentally aware citizen in the 21st century is a tricky business.

March 12, 2013 by Robert Sobel

Survivor Men

Two survival experts teach you the basics

Living Green Art Judd wants to save your life. That’s why he’s been teaching the same wilderness survival workshop at Santa Fe Community College for 25 years.

March 12, 2013 by Elliott Teller

Earthy Events

Green stuff to do in March and April

Living Green

March 12, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Smart Sex

Wake up with brains! It’s natural!

Love & Sex Pssssssst! Bob? Pssssssst! Yes, I’m here. Why are you whispering and acting all furtive? Shhhhhhhhhh! Because I need some advice on Santa Fe sex.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Robert Basler

Legos and Labia

Giving Little Kids the dreaded Sex Talk

Love & Sex I have not had The Talk with my kids. We talk about our bodies and see each other naked, and I answer whatever questions come, but I hope to avoid The Talk.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Lauren Whitehurst

Three’s Company

Santa Fe’s polyamory community is small but proud

Love & Sex He was a mediator working with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. She was a substitute teacher. And the other guy worked at the post office. They all lived together in a house in Silver City with their children.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Emily Zak

Talk Industry to Me

Two adult film stars open up on misconceptions, current challenges

Love & Sex Mickey Mod and Skin Diamond share their stories of working in the porn industry.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Hunter Riley

Might as Well Face It, You’re Addicted to Porn

In the advent of 24/7 streaming, porn buffers on

Love & Sex Off the lonely Old Las Vegas highway just southeast of Santa Fe sits a clinic that treats a very private activity: compulsive masturbation to porn.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Joey Peters

I [Still] Do

Fight from marriage equality not over yet

Love & Sex It’s been a year and a half since we’ve been able to print these words in SFR’s pages as a statement of undisputed fact: The state of New Mexico recognizes the marriage between two people of the same gender.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Justin Horwath

Ditch Tape

How to get dumped with the power of local music

Love & Sex I once had a crush on this cashier whom we’ll call K-Mart Girl. After I became aware of K-Mart Girl, everything I ever needed was thereafter purchased at the retailer, whether or not it was a convenient trip.

Feb. 11, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Sipping Sexy

Get turned on with these aphrodisiac cocktails

Love & Sex Tequila shots and clumsy kisses across barstools can happen any time. But Valentine’s Day brings an opportunity to really impress someone with whom you want to get drunk and naked!

Feb. 11, 2015 by Natalie Bovis

Eat Me

Your food fetishes aren’t that bad. Usually

Love & Sex Do you remember the first time you associated food with sex? Was it while eyeballing the froth-slathered woman on the cover of the 1965 album Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass?

Feb. 11, 2015 by Rob DeWalt

And Now, Your Cinematic Cigarette

Here are some movies to get you in the mood (or kill it with an icepick)

Love & Sex Like everything else in our super advertised, heavily marketed consumer culture, the day has been taken over by large corporations that want you to spend money unnecessarily on bogus products to prove, loudly, the love that you spend the other 364 days of the year proving quietly.

Feb. 12, 2014 by David Riedel


Do’s and Dosha’s: Ayurveda is everywhere

Mind Body Spirit Ayurveda in Santa Fe is the proverbial Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Once I saw it, it seemed like it was everywhere—in my spa treatments, my food, my jewelry.

March 11, 2015 by Ashley Biggers


Treasure your body with local feel-good products

Mind Body Spirit As people pay more attention to what they put in their bodies, they’re also more concerned about what they put on their bodies.

March 11, 2015 by Ashley Biggers


Drinking the good stuff

Mind Body Spirit It isn’t just Popeye who’s eating his spinach these days. And maybe eating isn’t the only verb we should consider when talking nutrition. The health- and fitness-conscious are pounding down the greens in liquid form.

March 11, 2015 by Ashley Biggers


Walk-in clinics fill in for the family doc and the emergency room

Mind Body Spirit Maybe you’ve been there. Stuck in an emergency room for hours for a minor problem—only there because getting in to see the family doc, or finding a primary care doctor in the first place, has proved too difficult.

March 11, 2015 by Zoe Baillargeon

Spring Into Healing

Geothermal hot spring pools cure what ails you

Mind Body Spirit “I took 14 baths in the arsenic water of Ojo Caliente and bathed my eyes in the water for a few minutes each day,” she reported. “I suddenly discovered that the growth had disappeared entirely from my eyelid. I was not deliberately trying to treat my eyes with the water when I noticed the growth had gone.

March 12, 2014 by Justin Horwath

PEACE, LOVE and Yoga

In the City Different, there’s practice space for all

Mind Body Spirit Some practice yoga for strength and fitness. Others practice to sweat out last night’s silver coin margaritas. And some are on a path to spiritual transformation.

March 12, 2014 by Stephanie Pearson

DANGER ZONE Intervention

Could mindfulness counseling fight fat?

Mind Body Spirit Obesity, defined as having a body mass index of over 30, is poised to overtake smoking as this country’s leading cause of preventable death. It is linked to a growing number of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

March 12, 2014 by Daniel Mintie


Ghost buster offers home energy clearings

Mind Body Spirit Jane Phillips looks the part of a put-together professional as she enters the three-bedroom house that I share with two roommates. She’s not quite what I expected from someone who promises to rid houses of evil spirits, although she did warn me over the phone that she’s “not the stereotypical flowing-skirt person.

March 12, 2014 by Zoe Haskell

WHOA, doc!

Non-surgical skin cancer treatment does the trick

Mind Body Spirit Whoa, doc! That word alone was enough to shift me well back in my chair. And there went all my comfy denial. We’ve all heard the horror stories of melanoma being darned near a death sentence because it can spread to infest vital internal organs. And most of us tend to imagine the worst.

March 12, 2014 by Mike Masterson

Mind the MAGIC Shrooms

The sad canon of the hallucinogenic mushroom

Mind Body Spirit .firstcharacterff { float: left; color: #black; font-size: 75px; line-height: 60px; padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 8px; padding-left: 3px; font-family: Georgia; } Fact: New Mexico’s Court

March 12, 2014 by Bett Williams

Southside Story

Promotions With it's diverse offering of shops, restaurants, movies, nightlife and so much more: Santa Fe's Southside is a vibrant, growing part of our community.  Get your honey-do list done quickly on the Southside while enjoying a bite to eat, maybe even a movie with the kids.  It's all here, so why go anywhere else.  

Jan. 28, 2014 by SFR promotions

SFR Restaurant Guide: 10 Best


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide This year's 10 Best Restaurants.

Oct. 16, 2012 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide: 20 Faves


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide SFR's 20 Favorite Restaurants in Santa Fe.

Oct. 16, 2012 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide: Food Carts & Cheap Eats


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Looking for cheap and mobile food in Santa Fe? Find it here.

Oct. 16, 2012 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide: The Classics


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Unfortunately, we at SFR can’t profile every single deserving restaurant in Santa Fe. Hence our list of classics—some of the best restaurants around at achieving excellence, year in and year out. We’re lucky to have such a vibrant food scene—not to mention one with staying power.

Oct. 16, 2012 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide 2012-2013

SFR's annual guide to eating in Santa Fe: The Classics, 10 Best Restaurants, our 20 Favorites, Cheap Eats and Food Carts

Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Bear with me through this metaphor: Editing SFR’s annual Restaurant Guide is torture.

Just imagine, for a moment, that you are a person who defines “lunch break” as a cup of coffee and some almonds, consumed as quickly as possible while frantically replying to emails and building campaign-finance spreadsheets. Imagine that, after said break, you must read pages upon pages of mouthwatering details about the pâtés, short ribs, chocolate mousses, bellinis, green chile cheeseburgers, breakfast burritos, seared scallops, fried pork bellies and vegan sandwiches that comprise Santa Fe’s rich, diverse, inventive food scene.

See? Torture.

Oct. 16, 2012 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide 2011-2012

SFR's annual guide to eating in Santa Fe: The Classics, 10 Best Restaurants, our 20 Favorites and a complete list of where to eat.

Santa Fe Restaurant Guide This may be the last Restaurant Guide you ever read.
Not to be alarmist or anything, but 2012 is, in some circles, considered the date of the coming apocalypse. And it’s not just the guys peddling crystals on the side of the highway; many Americans believe that, sometime next year, the world will come to an abrupt, fiery end [cover story, Nov. 18, 2009: “My Oh Mayan!”].
The events of 2011 seem to support this eventuality: fires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, and Congress’ near-failure to raise the debt ceiling (and utter failure to do anything else).
Lawrence E Joseph, the author of Apocalypse 2012 (and Aftermath, the guide to surviving said apocalypse), has a name for the shape of the solar flare that could spell our demise: “cosmic croissant.” 

Oct. 19, 2011 by Alexa Schirtzinger

SFR Restaurant Guide: The 10 Best


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide  The City Different is as perfect a place as anywhere to eat, drink and be merry before the world ends.
In order to equip you to do just that, we’ve changed the format of this year’s Restaurant Guide. Instead of a single Restaurant of the Year, the 2011-12 guide profiles the 10 local restaurants we consider the city’s very best.

Oct. 19, 2011 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide: The Classics


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Each year, SFR makes a list (and checks it twice) just for those restaurants that define the City Different. They’re the ones we know and love—and have for years—for their consistent quality, reliable service and special spark. They’re the comfy jeans of Santa Fe’s restaurant world—ripped in the knees and soft as silk. Obviously, that only makes them sexier. (Alexa Schirtzinger)

Oct. 19, 2011 by Zane Fischer

SFR Restaurant Guide: The 20 Favorites


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Our 20 favorite places you have to eat before the Mayan apocalypse.

Oct. 19, 2011 by SFR

SFR Restaurant Guide: Where to Eat What to Eat


Santa Fe Restaurant Guide Where to Eat and What to Eat in Santa Fe.

Oct. 19, 2011 by SFR

Art Attack!

2013 Summer Arts Preview

Summer Arts Preview It’s easy to forget the bounty of cultural offerings a city like Santa Fe offers.

May 21, 2013 by SFR

Time to Get Festive

A summer music festival roundup

Summer Arts Preview Upon hearing “festival,” some people are reminded of the Medieval Latin word festivalis, referring to a feast.

May 21, 2013 by Loren Bienvenu

Fests for the Wicked

You want art festivals? You’ve got art festivals

Summer Arts Preview Some of the city’s top art festivals might be well over the hill, but with an influx of fresh faces on the cultural scene, don’t relegate them to RainbowVision just yet.

May 21, 2013 by Enrique Limón

Summer Readin’

A summertime guide for reading, listening and discussing

Summer Arts Preview Despite the vibrant visual-art scene in town, the local art world is not limited to galleries and museums, paintings and sculptures.

May 21, 2013 by Mia Rose Carbone

She Will Sing

The Santa Fe Opera and Chamber Music Festival rev up new offerings

Summer Arts Preview Steady on, Santa Fe. Summer’s nearly here, bringing world-class music festivals, out-there programming and, uh-oh, potential cultural overload.

May 21, 2013 by John Stege

Where’s Your Aspen?

Santa Fe’s School of Aspen SF rolls out their big Spring Recital

Summer Arts Preview Gisela Genschow grew up in Hamburg, Germany’s major port city and home to The Hamburg Ballet.

May 21, 2013 by Tess Cutler

We’ve Seen That One, Too

Originality takes a backseat to explosions, bombast and bluster ‘cuz it’s summer, baby!

Summer Arts Preview It’s late May, but the summer movie season is upon us.

May 21, 2013 by David Riedel

Shrinking Violet

As Violet Crown deal sets, is community support for the multiplex diminishing?

Summer Arts Preview Last Wednesday, Santa Fe Clay director Avra Leodas posted a message on her company’s Facebook page.

May 21, 2013 by Enrique Limón

Summer Arts Preview

The art of it all

Summer Arts Preview In Santa Fe, summer has a sort of springlike effect on the arts scene. As soon as May loses its last vestige of winter, every corner of the city suddenly bursts with art. The galleries and museums blossom with new exhibits; the Plaza hums with the reverberations of the popular, twice-daily Bandstand music festival; the Railyard plays host to outdoor movies and concerts; the opera attracts aficionados from all over the globe; the libraries and bookstores and parks and summer camps offer various artistic outlets for hordes of children blissfully free of classes and homework.

In fact, Santa Fe’s summer arts scene is so extensive that we found it necessary to dedicate an entire special issue to helping you navigate the season’s festivities. In these pages, you’ll find local arts leaders’ recommendations for don’t-miss events, and you’ll gain some perspective on the work it takes to bring those events to Santa Fe. We don’t mind if you rip out the festival calendar on page 22; you may need it to keep track of all the major festivals slated to hit our city this year. Parents, we haven’t forgotten about you (or your children)—on page 21, find a rundown of all the great activities that let Santa Fe’s kids express themselves, artistically and otherwise. And if your idea of a perfect summer afternoon involves lolling in De Vargas Park, just within earshot of the Cowgirl’s band du jour, that’s fine, too.

May 23, 2012 by SFR

The Music Man

Local promoter Tim Franke works hard to bring you great music

Summer Arts Preview Having spoken with concert promoter Jamie Lenfestey of Heath Concerts for the Santa Fe Manual, I figured I should speak to his counterpart at T-Cubed Productions, Tim Franke, for the summer arts preview. This dude has been booking great shows for a few years now and, as we head into summer, he’s got more great stuff and some good advice for our community.

May 23, 2012 by Alex De Vore

InstaSummer: Just the Photos

All the editorial images from SFR's Summer Guide shoot

Summer Guide A look at all the editorial images from SFR's Summer Guide 2014 photo shoot. 

June 13, 2014 by Enrique Limón

Le Quiz

Are you a Santa Fe summer insider?

Summer Guide How well do you know summer? Think you've got what it takes to be a Santa Fe summer insider?

June 13, 2014 by SFR

Dip In!

An insider’s guide to local water holes

Summer Guide As swimsuit season approaches, two questions emerge: Which is the best pool for me and How can I get in without paying?

June 11, 2014 by Ian MacMillan

Paddle It!

Enter the world of whitewater cowboys

Summer Guide While New Mexico draws countless hordes of tourists to her stunning mountains and vast sweeping desert landscapes, not a lot of people associate the desert Southwest with water sports.

June 11, 2014 by JP Stupfel

Hike It!

I’m too sexy for your trail

Summer Guide This just in: Trees think you dress funny. REI labels it “outdoor gear.” Juniper trees call it ugly. They go as far as saying that what you are wearing on your little excursions hurts their feelings.

June 11, 2014 by Bett Williams

Drink It!

The long and win[e]ding road

Summer Guide Cindy Capelli keeps her New Mexico wine tours low-key and fun.

June 11, 2014 by Julie Ann Grimm

Bottoms Up!

A locals’ guide to summertime drinks in Santa Fe

Summer Guide A locals’ guide to summertime drinks in Santa Fe.

June 11, 2014 by Zoe Haskell

Eat It!

Get your picnic on now, ask us how!

Summer Guide What’s better than a delicious picnic on a Santa Fe summer day? Nothing, right?

June 11, 2014 by Austin Eichelberger

Stab It!

Sports That Make You Go Hmmm

Summer Guide Your Saturday afternoons are now reduced to laying on the Plaza grass, glassy-eyed, longing for something new. Here are a few suggestions for shaking up your summer days.

June 11, 2014 by Emily Zak

Pitch It!

Bummer Camp

Summer Guide I hate camping, but my girlfriend Sarah and Enrique Limón somehow talked me into doing it for this here special issue. Here’s the blow-by-blow of the whole awful experience.

June 11, 2014 by Alex De Vore


Burn, baby, burn (fat, that is) with SFR's fitness guide!

Sweat The first choice for our fitness mega-issue cover image—a depiction of St. Francis in a banana hammock flexing his pecs—got vetoed, so we settled for this.

Aug. 27, 2013 by SFR

A New Martial in Town

Enter the world of kiddie MMA

Sweat Last year, Alejandro Rivas got into a bus accident when he was visiting family in Mexico. “When we were coming back on our bus, the bus was going too fast and there was a sharp turn,” Rivas, 11, explains.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Joey Peters

The Icemen Cometh

Curling makes its Santa Fe debut

Sweat On Friday, for the first time at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center (3221 W Rodeo Road, 955-4000), participants pushed their feet off hacks and guided 42-pound stones toward a large target called a house, while sweepers frantically brushed in front of the stone to ensure the integrity of its path.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Justin Horwath

A Divine Journey Into Derby

How ritual ass-kicking became my religion

Sweat Roller Derby—it’s the best cult I’ve ever joined. My heart just wasn’t into the other ones. Instead of chanting dreary prayers, we cheer, “Play Together, Skate Together, Win Together, Sleep Together!” And so, the ritual ass-kickings begin.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Jenni Higginbotham

Pastry Unpuffed

Donut Man Micah Ortega is here to pump you up

Sweat A lot has happened in one-man “mobile marketing” machine Micah Ortega since SFR first spoke to him last year [cover story, Sept. 26: “Character Driven”].

Aug. 27, 2013 by Enrique Limón

Footman's Haven

From mild to wild, get your walk on at one of Santa Fe’s many trails

Sweat I walk everywhere. I always have. Santa Fe, where I’ve lived off and on since 2006 (I wasn’t born here all my life), has become a dusty, meandering, hot, cold, sweaty, damp, hilly and very familiar landscape for me.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Mia Rose Carbone

Dodgeball, Shmodge-ball!

Get back to your childhood roots for some serious fun and exercise

Sweat We get it, in-shape people—you’re all amazing, and the rest of us (read, those of us who don’t look at a room full of crying people being screamed at while impossibly gigantic weights are lifted above their heads as a good time)—suck feet.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Alex De Vore

Why I Clean and Jerk and You Should Snatch Too

Release your inner Schwarzenegger at DeVargas mall

Sweat As someone newly outfitted with a BA in liberal arts, I have to admit that the entirety of my fitness knowledge comes from magazine covers and Internet forums. The most heavy lifting I’ve done was carrying War and Peace around with me for a month.

Aug. 27, 2013 by Sophie Engel

Giga Om

Finding center amid uncontrolled chaos

Sweat As I write this, my fiancé and I are in the midst of trying (operative word) to write our vows. It’s surprisingly difficult, made worse by all the people who say, “But you’re a writer!”

Aug. 27, 2013 by Alexa Schirtzinger

Drop and Give Me None

There’s no reason to get off your bloated ass if you watch these flicks

Sweat This summer has kind of sucked. Knee injury revisited, physical therapy, another trip to the doc for, perhaps, an MRI; maybe a cortisone shot, maybe surgery. Worse, the PT leaves you so tired, there’s nothing to do but lie on your ass on the sofa all day and brood

Aug. 27, 2013 by David Riedel

Winter Movies...Baby!

Set the winter mood with these chill embracing flicks

Winter Guide Winter has come early to most of the US, and if the bad weather, relentless TV ads and climate change news stories haven’t got you in a winter mood yet, take a look at these 10 flicks. Some are good. Some are bad. But they all scream WINTER, BABY!

Dec. 03, 2014 by David Riedel

Cool List

Mark your calendar for these awesome holiday happs

Winter Guide As the principal for SFR’s Calendar section, I can tell you that winter is definitely not the exception for the plethoric amount of cultural happenings that flood Santa Fe days and nights.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Enrique Limón

Santa Fe Winter for Dummies

How to keep on keeping on during the cold months

Winter Guide Get in gear for the howling winds, sputtery snowstorms and black ice of the Santa Fe winter with SFR’s step-by-step guide on how to, well, enjoy it. 

Dec. 02, 2014 by Emily Zak

Farolitos: An Almost Factual History

Candles burning in bags on the roof? What could go wrong?

Winter Guide It was Christmas Eve, 1872. The notorious outlaw Joaquín “Dusty” Faro and his gang had emptied the vault at Santa Fe’s First National Bank, and were galloping toward their hideout when an avenging posse headed them off at the pass.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Robert Basler

The Ski Grid!

Everything you need to know about skiing New Mexico

Winter Guide Everything you need to know about skiing New Mexico

Dec. 02, 2014 by Emily Zak

Christmas Crafts

Santa Fe has a wealth of locally made holiday ornaments, each with distinct themes

Winter Guide Douglas Johnson likes to make holiday paintings depicting the bright side of a harsh time in New Mexico history. One features members of the San Juan Pueblo conducting the Turtle Dance to celebrate the return of the sun after the winter solstice.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Joey Peters

Sip into Winter

Ditch the cloying eggnog sameness and revel in some of Santa Fe’s finest cold-weather liquid comforts

Winter Guide A good winter beverage is like a cozy state of mind blended with a small but carefully curated collection of ingredients.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Rob DeWalt

Advent of Chocolate & Caramel

Take a trek down Santa Fe’s Chocolate Trail

Winter Guide Counting down to Christmas with a piece of chocolate every day is a long tradition among those who celebrate the holiday. 

Dec. 02, 2014 by Julie Ann Grimm

Sad Santa

I played Santa Claus last year and all I got was this lousy self-hatred

Winter Guide When I was asked to play Santa Claus at an unnamed business in the weeks leading up to last year’s Christmas, I couldn’t decide whether or not I was being told I’m fat.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Alex De Vore

Enrique’s Favorite Things!

Your Cultural Gift Guide

Winter Guide Step away from the big-box store. Most of Santa Fe’s venerable culture institutions have shops with oddities guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest person on your list. 

Dec. 02, 2014 by Enrique Limón