A Day in Corrales and a Vegan Lunch

My husband picked a beautiful day to take us to Corrales, New Mexico where we took a tour of artists’ studios.

New Mexico is chock full of artists and while you’ve probably heard about the art colonies in places like Taos or Santa Fe, every New Mexican town—large or small—has a cache of wonderful local art. Corrales, or should I say “Corraleans” call their place a village. I suppose with only 7300 people that is true.

The tour included 75 artists which was more than we could manage to visit in one day. As we drove through the village, we saw Villa Acequia, an historic building circa 1862 on Corrales Road. There they had a sampling of all the artists’ work so you could decide which ones to visit. We didn’t want to be that organized. We just wandered around all day but we did stop into this Villa. It was shaping up to be a very warm day.

ENTRANCE TO VILLA ACEQUIA
EASIL
BATHROOM SLASH WINE CELLAR
wine in the bathroom

We’re flirting with summer over here in New Mexico. I was fascinated with these shadows on the front walkway of Villa Acequia. Inside was beautiful too. The owner recently restored this historic building and isn’t sure yet what he’s going to do with it. I thought it would be a beautiful place for a wedding or an event. Inside was all the art and a lot of information. I didn’t photograph art but I did photograph a lovely easel I found inside. This is not an unusual objet d’art, I know, but it was inviting me to come try my hand at painting! I also took several photos of this:   This is the restroom/wine cellar.  Ladies, did you bring your corkscrew when going into the facilities?

We really only got around to seeing about a dozen of the seventy-five artists. We found several that we truly admired including a family of photographers, a glass infusion artist, and wonderful potters.  My Hubbin’ bought me a beautiful pottery serving plate made by Sandy Lipka. You will see more about that when I feature it in a cooking post!

Of course, we got hungry. We went to one of the small, gourmet restaurants in the village (there are many) called The Indigo Crow Cafe. Indigo Crow Cafe is by no means a vegetarian or vegan restaurant but they do feature several suitable choices on their menu. More and more restaurants are doing that these days.

PORTOBELLO SANDWICH 1
FLOWERING CACTUS

My Hubbin’ opted for Sunday Brunch and I chose a portabello mushroom sandwich which was excellent! Unlike most I’ve had, they do not smother it with cheese and it was not in the least bit oily so the mushroom and vegetables actually stayed in the sandwich instead of sliding out of the multi-grain ciabatta..   This was perfectly refreshing and satisfying! It was a lovely day in Corrales!

Rainbow’s End

Traveling is always a challenge for anyone who is on a special dietary program or just wants to eat well. I have been on the road and in fact, I’m still on the road and after almost three weeks of scrounging for something I’m willing to eat and hopefully something I actually want to eat, I’m doing pretty well.

Usually on the road I rely heavily on my Super Blue Green Algae products to see me through. They are mineral rich, whole, organic and they are the greenest of green foods. But you know how it is, at least a few times you’d like to find a nicely prepared meal that you can sit down to and enjoy.

You might even say you’re looking for that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  And I happened to find that in Las Vegas, Nevada where I’m working. A friend told me about Rainbow’s End Health Food Store and its Veggin’ Out Café at 1100 East Sahara Avenue and it turned out to be my little pot of gold for dining.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but around where I live there are no independent “health food stores.”  There are the big chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and something called Sprouts that is really only semi-health food oriented. When I walked into Rainbow’s End I thought of stores I used to go to in the 70’s and 80’s.  And being a hippie at heart, I really liked this store.

For one thing, I found a lot of lesser known brands and local products that looked very interesting—especially in the health and beauty section. Maybe some of the things I saw are readily available on the west coast but they were new to me.

Indie Tea.  Interesting blends with psychedelic labels.
Indie Tea. Interesting blends.
RAW HONEY

The Veggin’ Out Café promised vegetarian, vegan and raw selections of dishes made from organically grown food. See what I mean? It was quite a find! And even more so because the menu was varied and interesting.  (And if you have a meat eater in your party, they offer something for them too.)

Very nice little place!
The Veggin’ Out Cafe is a very nice little place!

My first meal there was Quinoa and Vegetable Soup and a Green Machine Smoothie made with bananas and pineapple & coconut juice. That was such a satisfying lunch after weeks of making do with almonds, whole wheat pita and packaged hummus and veggie wraps featuring mostly lettuce and tomatoes plus some regular restaurant food. I ate with great relish and without stopping to take a picture. (Sorry)

I enjoyed that lunch very much and went back for more meals there. The food is flavorful, not overly salty, very reasonably priced and attractively served.  No bland, intolerable tofu dishes. The chef knows what she’s doing here!

I also met the owner of the store, Sam Friedman, who was working the counter quite incognito and very personable.

If you find yourself in Las Vegas and looking for a meal, I highly recommend the Veggin’ Out Café at Rainbow’s End!  Check out their menu here.