Duke City Family Fun
Dinosaurs, snakes, sharks, amusement park thrills… this summer’s pick of kid-friendly Albuquerque destinations to help your family keep their cool, keep your bank account chilled out, and leave your brood thoroughly exhausted… I mean, entertained.
Read the full Duke City Family Fun feature on attractions and activities for kids at Local Flavor magazine, June 2010.
It’s a Saturday morning in the L-shaped studio of Santa Fe’s Dynamic Kettlebell Fitness. About 30 students are swinging their kettlebells under the direction of trainer Keira Newton, and despite the rigor of the workout, nobody groans, complains, or tries to sneak a moment’s downtime when Newton’s back is turned. In fact, she has to keep admonishing them to hold back when they’re too eager to launch into the next round. “You’re not going yet, y’all. Hold on, hold on.” She clicks her stopwatch to start the new series of movements (“Use your breath, not your momentum!”) and then, when the timed period is over, has to rein in the over-zealous once again: “Stop! You’re done, you’re done!”
Read the full Kettlebell Fitness article for Local Flavor magazine’s health and fitness issue, March 2011.
Artisan Farmers: On the Road in Farm Country
Take one food producer and farming specialist: Lisa Fox of Southwest Chutney. Add one writer: Richard Harris, author of 41 books, most of them travel guides. Stir, blend, and send them out to tell the story of New Mexico’s farmers. The resulting dish was the book Artisan Farming: Lessons, Lore, and Recipes.
But perhaps the most interesting part of this recipe is hearing these two authors from very different backgrounds talk about what they learned on the road. Read the full Artisan Farmers article for Local Flavor magazine, May 2010.
I’m sitting on the patio of the new El Meze restaurant in a historic hacienda under Taos Mountain. It’s sunset, the atmosphere is as mellow as my glass of Rioja. Waiters hush past carrying bowls of fried green olives stuffed with Spanish blue cheese, and steaming sopa verde piled high with mussels. Then chef Frederick Muller swings out of the kitchen, looking Matador sharp in his black chef coat, and shares a few words with each table. All I can say is: Welcome back Fred. It was worth waiting seven years for this.
Read the full PDF feature on El Meze and Chef Frederick Muller, formerly of Taos’ legendary Fred’s Place, and the Moorish influence on New Mexico’s cuisine. For Local Flavor magazine.
This article won the New Mexico Press Women’s Award 2009 for Food Writing.
What’s Around the Next Bend?
Fishing the Southwest with fly fisherman Taylor Streit, a Legendary Guide in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
“I always liked to fish, Streit says. “It’s a good way to get out of the house. The American male, at least in the generation I came from, is not licensed to go outside without some sort of instrument in your hands. You can’t just be a nature boy. You’ve gotta have a gun or a fishing rod.”
Full story at Local Flavor. This profile won the New Mexico Press Women’s 2011 Award for a Personality Profile.
A Western State of Mind
Book Review by Tania Casselle of Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Edited by James Thomas and D. Seth Horton
This impressive anthology showcases 18 stories from emerging writers and literary stars, selected from publications as diverse as The New Yorker and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Part of the pleasure in reading it arises from reflecting on what “The West” really means. What characterizes a Western story, beyond simply being set in the vast and varied lands west of the Missouri River?
Read the full book review at High Country News.
“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, and she proved it by capturing the essence of the red rock lands around her beloved Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe.
→ Full Clip of Immortal Images for Hyatt Destinations magazine on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The magazine is published by HCP/Aboard, The Miami Herald Media Company’s custom publishing division.
By Tania Casselle for Hyatt Destinations magazine, published by HCP/Aboard, The Miami Herald Media Company’s custom publishing division.
I wrote and updated this annual 6,000 word travel section on Santa Fe and Albuquerque for 6 years, from the 2006 to the 2011 editions.
Read the 2011 Santa Fe and Albuquerque leisure guide. This year’s guide covered attractions, dining, shopping, and ballooning in Albuquerque. The 2010 edition also shone a spotlight on nightlife and film in New Mexico.
Through the Photographer’s Eye:
Interview with photographer Kitty Leaken
by Tania Casselle
You’ve probably already seen the work of photographer Kitty Leaken, in magazines and in books including Cooking with Cafe Pasqual’s and Cooking with Johnny Vee.
When publisher Gibbs Smith asked her if she had any other book ideas, Leaken most certainly did. The result is Contemporary Native American Artists, with photography by Leaken and words by Suzanne Deats. It’s a colorful slab of a book, showcasing 18 outstanding artists, and portraying the artists’ work, the artists at work, and sometimes the artists at play. On a first flick through, you register that the production is gorgeous and the photography vibrant and powerful. But unlike so many lavish coffee table books that become a part of the furniture after an initial read (at least in my house) this one draws you back, draws you deeper, revealing new layers in the intimate visual and written portraits.
→ Full Clip of interview with Kitty Leaken about the making of Contemporary Native American Artists. For Local Flavor magazine, August 2012.
From Dawn to Dusk: Ways to Spend the Day during Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
It’s Fiesta time! Out-of-towners join locals to sky-gaze as Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes off. But between the morning ascensions and evening events, you can take time out to enjoy the rest of the Duke City too. Here are our suggestions on how to spend your day, from a soak at Albuquerque Baths, to bike tours and winery tastings, or maybe meet Bobby the friendly ghost at the KiMo Theatre.
→ Full clip at Local Flavor magazine online, October 2012.