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Kakawa Chocolate House: Taste of heaven in the land of enchantment

Kakawa Chocolate House: Taste of heaven in the land of enchantment

Bittersweet chocolate is one of the main things that attracts the customers here at the traditional Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The only one of its kind in the nation, Kakawa Chocolate House specializes in Mesoamerican Chocolate. It is similar to hot chocolate but flavored with spices and chili rather than sugar. […]

Of chiles and culture: Viguildo Rojo

Of chiles and culture: Viguildo Rojo

Additional reporting by Alyson McClaran. SANTA FE, N.M. — Strips of black electrical tape around his knuckles prevent Viguildo Rojo from getting rope  burns on his hands. Rojo spends five to eight hours a day tightly knotting chiles into the traditional Southwestern ristas. For New Mexicans, chiles aren’t simply peppers, but a culinary tie to […]

Pet parade draws Santa Fe community together

Pet parade draws Santa Fe community together

Screaming children, fried-food stands and dogs in dresses interrupt the quiet artistry of the Plaza. Just past the Plaza, white tents line the sidewalks offering eye-catching goodies from wands with flashing lights, to face painting, to kettle corn. The local gay bar, the Blue Rooster, has a crowd of kids waiting for their turn to […]

Santa Fe urban farm forced to close

Santa Fe urban farm forced to close

When Santa Fe County forced Gaia Gardens to close, owners Poki Piottin and Dominique Pozo wanted their farm to die gracefully. The end of Poki and Pozo’s vision to teach holistic, self sustainable farming was punctuated by a liquidation sale September 12. “It’s time to put it to rest,” said Pozo. “We’re accepting the process […]

Chocolate house creates Mesoamerican traditional drinks with spices, herbs

Chocolate house creates Mesoamerican traditional drinks with spices, herbs

The aroma of bittersweet chocolate greeted customers as they walked through the door of the Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe, N.M. The only one of it’s kind in the nation, Kakawa specializes in Mesoamerican Chocolate Elixirs, similar to hot chocolate but flavored with spice and herbs rather than sugar.