Monday, April 24, 2017

Pet Friendly Taos

In Taos we Love our animals, whether you live here and have wondered about where you can bring your dog, or if on vacation here with your pet, here's a list that hopefully you will find helpful.
Taos has a lot of visitors from the 'drive circle' many bring their dogs on vacation with them. There had been a movement to promote Taos as Pet Friendly, expectations have not quite been met. Many Taos business owners allow dogs on a leash, most restaurants that have patio space allow well behaved dogs to join owners  at table side. Some do not, at this time Guadalajara Grill, Pizanos Pizza and Love Apple, although they have patios, do not allow dogs. Incidents happen and rules change, a restaurant may say yes they allow pets and change their policy quickly after an ill mannered incident occurs. Liability becomes an issue. A business is 100% liable for any damage done by a dog, so please in order to keep Taos pet friendly, I implore you to train and restrain your dog. Let's keep improving Taos as a Pet Friendly place for all. Please Note: Do NOT lock your animal in your car, it is against the law.
These restaurants allow a pet on a leash on the Patio Only

Martyr’s Steakhouse, 146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Bella’s, 122 Dona Luz Street 

La Cueva Cafe, 135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur 

Sushi a la Hattori, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte

Koko Coffee Deli Carry Out, 1033 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

Train Wreck Barbecue at Pilar Yacht Club, 2884 State Highway 68, Pilar

Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane 

Taos Mesa Brewing Tap Room, 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur 
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road 

Cafe Renato, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Jethro’s Genuine Texas Barbecue, 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

Eske’s Brew Pub, 106 Des Georges Place 

Five Star Burger, 1032 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Sugar Nymphs Bistro, 15046 NM 75, Penasco

El Gamal, 112 Dona Luz Street

Gutiz, 812 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Zuly’s Cafe, 234 NM 75, Dixon

Bent Street Deli, 120 Bent Street 

Taos Pizza Outback, 712 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Taos Ale House, 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte

El Meze, 1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Doc Martin’s at Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 

Medley, 100 NM 150 

Old Martina’s Hall, 4140 NM 68

Stella’s Italian Restaurant, 112 Camino de la Placita

Trading Post Cafe, 4179 State Road 68 

Quechua Peruvian, 122 Paseo del Pueblo Sur # 122C 
Salazar Vet, 102 Salazar Road
Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-12
575-770-3687 emergency after hours

Pet Care Products:
Taos Tac, 710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (at Albertson’s Shopping Center) 575-737-9798

Blue Sky, 214 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Groomers and Day Care:
Avalyn’s Paw Spa, 1036 Reed Street Mon-Fri 8:30-5

Dog Parks: Please Note, Taos does not have a proper Dog Park, these two locations are the best available at this time.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, 1200 St. Francis Lane 
11-4:30 Mon-Sat 575-758-2981
*please note, dogs must be up to date with vaccinations

Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
day or night 7 days a week, 
The dog park is at the back of the fenced in space (former Tennis Court)
Most galleries, stores and businesses in Taos allow you to bring a pet on a leash inside with you. Some offer water bowls and some even offer pet treats with the owners permission.

All businesses and restaurants by law must allow a service animal into their establishment.

If you know of a restaurant that is not on this list that does allow pets or if any of these restaurants no longer allow pets, please let me know at thank you for your help.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Banana Bread (Nonnie’s) Uncle Bob's Version

BANANA BREAD (Nonnie's) Uncle Bob's Version

Cream together:
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Lemon Extract
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Mashed Overly-ripe (black skin) Bananas
2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Walnuts

Tip the batter into a parchment lined Bread Loaf Pan
Bake at 350 for up to 1 Hour, until a toothpick test comes out clean from the center.

I like the idea of ‘sweet’ quick breads because they can be a nice snack at anytime of day. This Banana Bread recipe is from my Grandmother Lena Fontana. In order to save family recipes my mom would actually measure ingredients before my grandmother would dump things into a bowl. That’s how a many of my favorite recipes came to be saved. My mom watched, measured and wrote them down. 

From time to time I or my most famous niece tweak recipes, hopefully improving on them. For instance my niece has a lovely Zucchini Bread with a crumble topping on her blog. This one has less sugar than what my grandmother was noted to use and I prefer using butter rather than crisco. Other variations such as Zucchini Bread or Pumpkin Bread are quite similar, just different spices and a substitution of the bananas. Some recipes may also choose to use Baking Powder rather than Baking Soda. I prefer walnuts in this, and couldn’t even think of making this recipe without them. Just enjoy warm buttered slices when you first serve this. Rarely do leftovers last very long, so I’ve never had a chance to try turning it into a bread pudding or a french toast, maybe some day.