The brand-new academy—brainchild of native son turned British food
sensation Rocky Durham and former Santa Fe Community College culinary
instructor and pastry expert Tanya Story—offers a new kind of food
education for Santa Fe locals.
Here’s how you know you live in Santa Fe: On a recent Sunday evening,
the man-friend and I decided to go out to eat. We left the house around
8:15 pm and were seated at the restaurant of our choice by 8:45. It was,
as you’ve probably figured out by now, Taberna La Boca.
Inside the bright space, Murphy and Annamaria O’Brien, with their two
adorable children skipping in, out and around their legs, serve a simple
daytime menu, heavy on comfortable egg-based dishes that best define
the café as a brunch spot.
Choosing a table inside Carmelita’s Cocina feels a little bit like dining in a crowded bazaar. It’s Santa Fe’s scaled-down answer to eating in the marketplace—ordering New Mexican classics in the shadow of a dizzying array of goods for sale, much of it from the estate of Carmelita’s late mother or made by Carmelita herself.
I have to admit that I stumbled into Mama Pacha (1722 St. Michael’s
Drive) after a trip to Lowe’s supermarket to purchase squeeze- cheese,
Lay’s Limón potato chips and a box of partially-hydrogenated-everything
crackers for an epic road trip with my kids. We’d be driving out of
Santa Fe armed with junk food like they’d rarely experienced, and this
entirely uncharacteristic additive and preservative binge had taken on
the status of a special mission.