After spending the last 3 months in New Mexico, I have learned why it is referred to as “The Land of Enchantment.” The scenery and people are beautiful, and more importantly the food… OMG. New Mexican food is full of tradition and soul. Perhaps one of the best things I experienced during my stay in the southwest was a wonderful little something called a sopapilla. Very similar to Native Indian flybread, New Mexico has a long history of creating and enjoying these pieces of fried dough. On our first night in, my new roommate and I went out to eat at a local Santa Fean spot and we were introduced to these beauties.
When ordering, our waiter, originally from Connecticut, told us “Oh yeah you’ll want these.” Truer words have never been spoken. AMAZING little pockets of fried dough smothered in simple honey. DO NOT forget the honey. It became an instant comfort food and the perfect dessert to top off a good meal of red/green chile.
If you ever find yourself in the southwest definitely make a trip to New Mexico and enjoy all that it has to offer. The food, the mountains, the desert, and the people. They are all a treasure held within this other land that time forgot.
“New Mexico is a land of rich heritage, deep people, frank food, and long sunsets.” – Jon Hunter, Las Cruces