For roughly 50 miles, the Rio Grande winds through canyons and the Taos Ski Valley, passing along reddish-brown hills and the distant peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, fisherman Taylor Streit casts his line into the rushing water and snags a rainbow trout. An expert fly fisher, Mr. Streit has guided other anglers through Northern New Mexico's waters for more than three decades. He's written three fishing books, been inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and lit up television screens on programs such as Legends of Rod & Reel. But perhaps the greatest testament to Taylor Streit's success is his son Nick—a championship fisherman in his own right and the current owner of Taos Fly Shop.
Nick has guided trips alongside his dad since he was a teenager, and —along with a full staff of expert anglers—the two continue to lead fishing trips that catch brown trout, rainbow trout, and other fish species in waters such as the Rio Grande and the lower Red River. For their most-dedicated customers, they run a fly-fishing school. Their beginner programs teach basics such as how to cast a line, whereas intermediate classes teach anglers how to read a river's water. Back on dry land, Nick also sells flies, fly rods, and other fishing gear.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
Pranzo Italian Grill treats lunchers and diners to authentic Italian fare. Lunch offers pizza pepperoni with marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni ($14.45), which can be paired with insalata mista, whose green mixture is decked out with toasted pine nuts, tomato, and sweet red onion ($7.95). For dinner, sip a mochaccino ($4.25) while snacking on cozze con finocchio, an antipasto dish of black Mediterranean mussels soaking in a saffron-garlic broth ($10.95). Lasagna Bolognese keeps guests satisfied with layers of pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, meatballs, Bolognese, and marinara ($16.95), and gnocchi astice fills stomachs with house-made gnocchi and lobster among bacon, chili flakes, garlic, peas, and saffron cream ($25.95).
Body pampers and tones physiques with spa services and fitness training and tends to wee ones with childcare services and sating hungers at an organic café. Aestheticians buff visages with organic, Ecocert-certified Naturopathica products during custom facials and tighten sagging skin until it's smooth enough to host a microscopic roller derby with microdermabrasion, microcurrents, and derma-rollers. Yoga and dance classes invite limbs to bend and shake, working up an appetite sated by the café’s menu, which pleases raw and vegan palates as well as source-conscious carnivores. After a massage or personal-training session, clients pick up eco-friendly fashions at an on-site boutique, where sustainable, fair-trade garments give patrons something to wear to a dinner party at Mother Nature's house.
Throughout the day, The Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café buzzes with visitors who dine on kitchen specialties while savoring aromas of fresh pastries from the onsite bakery. With a commitment to locally sourced ingredients and a flavor for international fare, the kitchen crafts dishes such as crispy Mediterranean pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes or empanada pastries with butternut squash. They regularly turn out decorative cakes, bread, and sweet treats as well. True to the eatery's name, the bakery offers vegan sweets and a selection of chocolate goods praised by the Santa Fe Reporter for being "utterly decadent."
At Revolution Bakery, desserts and baked goods such as bundt cakes, whoopee pies, and focaccia undergo gluten-free makeovers amid the scenic vistas of Santa Fe’s Railyard district. Treat you and your future self to a pair of peanut-butter-swirl brownies ($5/2) or make gourmet s'mores with a dozen decadent marshmallows ($10/bag) infused with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa. Not to be outdone by their sweet kitchen compatriots, savory fare such as artisan loaves of challah and pizza dough (market price) beg to be brought home and transformed into sandwiches and pies.