Up until now, New Mexico was a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, I knew it was in the Southwest and that they probably had some pretty killer huevos rancheros, but otherwise, I was clueless. We recently explored New Mexico and stayed in this airbnb earthship in Taos. It was Halloween and SUPER dark out when we arrived--I have to admit the drive was a little spooky (in a fun way). The earthship itself was totally amazing--it was totally solar powered and rainwater fed, but felt luxurious rather than glamp-y. After sleeping in and taking a walk with our coffees, we headed into downtown Taos for brunch. We stopped at the Rio Grande gorge along the way, which was breathtaking. Vendors selling turquoise, jewelry, and prayer bowls out of their vans lined the street leading up to the gorge--we picked up a bag of pinon nuts (pine nuts with the shell on) and watched the water flow through the gorge before heading to Taos Diner. We when-in-romed the brunch situation and ordered--you guessed it--huevos rancheros. The green chili sauce was something I'll crave for a while and have plans to recreate. We took one last stroll through Taos Market and picked up a wellness elixir, a jar full of garlic, onion, chilis, and tumeric for fighting off winter colds. I loved the artsy vibe, the colorful fall trees, and the huge bundles of dried chili peppers hanging from the buildings in Taos.
New Mexico made me want to host a desert dinner party, complete with gold accents, cacti, whimsy dreamcatchers, and lots and lots of green chili peppers. I'm currently adoring this weekender bag on my travels, which has been perfect for shlepping around a few outfits and some comfy shoes for adventuring.