Enlightened Lunch

Last week we took a little trip to Santa Fe and had lunch at a place we’ve wanted to try; it’s called LUMINARIA located at the Inn and Spa at Loretto.   The atmosphere is elegant yet comfortable with a casual flare offering patrons a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.   My friends and I have been trying mussels from pretty much every restaurant that offers it on their menu.  My son ordered the house made pappardelle with chipotle butter emulsion and grilled shrimp.  The portion was a good size and would have been more delicious was it a little less spicy.  My husband ordered the salad niçoise which he said was really, really good.  I of course, ordered the mussels.  They were delicious and I have to say the best I’ve had to date.  The sauce was a reduction of chiles, tomato, cilantro and white wine accompanied with a perfect crunchy toast.   I’m actually salivating thinking about it!!!  My only complaint was the portion was too small.  I can’t wait for my next visit to Santa Fe.  I think  a girls’ lunch trip is in our future.  Oh, I almost forgot, they also have great cocktails…just be sure there’s a designated driver 😉


IMG_1495Date visited: June 22, 2012

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