Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Las Cruces

We had a few wonderful days in Las Cruces of eating, sleeping and just hanging out together.

Food highlights:
  • Double Eagle restaurant in Old Mesilla. It was here that we enjoyed 28 day aged steaks for dinner. It was here that we enjoyed a champagne brunch. Lucy loved dipping strawberries in the chocolate fondue and then eyed off the desserts until she was allowed to have cake. It was a truly resplendent spread and at midday the champagne corks were popped.
  • La Posta, also in Old MEsilla. Three words: fajitas, margaritas and empanadas. We enjoyed some good authentic Mexican food (I assume it was authentic as there were lots of Mexicans eating there which I take to be a good sign) This is the restaurant famous for its tropical birds in the entryway.
  • International Delights. A middle eastern cafe where we enjoyed lamb for lunch. The cafe was PACKED and the food was fantastic. We especially enjoyed wandering through the attached supermarket and picked up some turkish delight and tandoori paste. Look at Henry's face below showing his reaction to the lamb.
  • Caliches. This place was a highlight for Lucy because she was allowed to have ice cream for lunch. Just ice cream. She had a strawberry shortcake concoction complete with whipped cream.

Apart from eating we wandered around the Old Mesilla Farmers Market looking at the locally produced art and jewellery and every day we spent some time swimming in the hotel pool and spa (a big thanks to the kind family who loaned Lucy a swimming vest for the duration of our stay).

We visited the New Mexico Farm and Ranch museum. Because we got there at opening time in a somewhat feeble attempt to beat the heat we were the only ones there for a while. We saw a cow being milked and then had a private golf cart tour around the property to see all of the animals. Being incredibly kid friendly there were lots of different areas for the kids to play in, both indoor and outdoor. There were a lot of exhibits and we could have spent all day here (except that we wanted to eat again)

During our drives we enjoyed the view of the Organ Mountains. Living in a flat city we greatly appreciated the changing views and the various sunsets.

1 comment:

BKR said...

looks like you guys had a great trip! i love looking at the pics! everyone looks so happy :)