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Pig+Fig Featured Winemaker Matthew Rorick And The Trouble With Chardonnay

on January 27, 2017 - 1:26pm
Owner/chef Laura Crucet Hamilton with winemaker Matthew Rorick. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
 
By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos
 
Owner/chef Laura Crucet Hamilton hosted a winemaker’s dinner Jan. 21, at her Pig + Fig Café in White Rock that featured Matthew Rorick, the winemaker from Forlorn Hope Winery.
 
The menu included unique dishes like “Wild red snapper in thai red curry consommé”, “Blueberry sea salt scone, lavender sabayon, stone fruit compote, edible violet”, and “Sea scallops, micro watercress, agave lime beurre blanc.”
 
The wines from Forlorn Hope were a perfect match.

Blue Window Bistro Breaks Curse!

on January 26, 2017 - 4:44pm
Blue Window Bistro owner Melissa Paternoster, back row center, with seven of her 27 member staff gather Monday morning in the entry area of the restaruant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The curse that plagued a string of restaurants at 1789 Central Ave., appears to have finally ended. Diners are flocking to this location since local restaurateur Melissa Paternoster moved her popular Blue Window Bistro there earlier this month.

“We’ve had record breaking sales every single day,” she said.

CME Jazzes Up Blue Window Saturday Night

on January 24, 2017 - 8:45am

The Craig Martin Experience performed jazz music for a packed house Saturday night at the Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Jazz With CME At Blue Window Saturday Night!

on January 18, 2017 - 4:08pm

Craig Martin Experience plays Blue Window Saturday night. Courtesy photo

ENTERTAINMENT News:

The Blue Window Bistro, at the restaurant’s new location in the heart of downtown Los Alamos, will host an evening of jazz with the Craig Martin Experience at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

“We’re pleased to have CME as the first musical performance at our new location,” owner Melissa Paternoster said. “The band was first music we hosted at our former location, too.”

CME will offer a set of traditional jazz favorites along with a mix of inventive original tunes composed by band members.

“We’re excited

Chicken Teriyaki Serves Up Japanese Cuisine And More In White Rock

on January 15, 2017 - 7:44am
Owner and main cook Nhan T. Nguyen behind the counter at Chicken Teriyaki, open seven days a week on Bonnie View in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things have been hopping at Chicken Teriyaki since the White Rock restaurant opened its doors Nov. 12. The restaurant, located at 25 Bonnie View Dr. is housed in the former Pizza Hut, which has stood empty for a number of years.

“I saw this place standing empty and decided I would like to open my restaurant there,” owner and main cook Nhan T. Nguyen said.

Peek Inside Blue Window Bistro Now Open In New Location In Downtown Los Alamos!

on January 14, 2017 - 12:04pm

Blue Window Bistro opens for business Wednesday at 1789 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Read the full story later today in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Blue Window Bistro owner Melissa Paternoster talks about her retaurant Friday during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Courtesy photo

The Blue Window Bistro served its last meal Friday, Jan. 6 Friday at its old location and began serving lunch Wednesday, Jan. 11 at its new location on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Welcoming guests for lunch Thursday at the new

China Moon Undergoes Renovation - Reopens Tuesday

on January 9, 2017 - 8:54pm

China Moon Restaurant in Central Park Square at 15th Street and Central Avenue is undergoing a major renovation this evening and the owners intend to open for lunch Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

It appears this team plans to pull an all nighter to get China Moon ready for tomorrow's lunch crowd. From left, China Moon co-owner Sally Saisa Rrzig, Humberto Zubia, co-owner Ziggy Rrzig and Lupe Cruz. The Rrzig's took over China Moon last year after Sally's father retired.

Scenes From Today's First Lunch Served In Newly Remodeled White Rock Senior Center

on January 9, 2017 - 4:11pm

Today marks the first lunchtime meal served to area seniors in the newly remodeled White Rock Senior Center on Longview Drive. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Seniors dine at lunchtime today in the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Lunch is served for the first time in the newly remodeled White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Interior view of the newly remodeled White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Interior view of the newly remodeled White Rock Senior Center.

Rose Chocolatier Moves To Central Park Square

on January 8, 2017 - 2:03pm
The new expanded kitchen at Rose Chocolatiier in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
 
BUSINESS News:

Rose Chocolatier has moved and is now located at 149 Central Park Square in the heart of downtown Los Alamos.

"We love our new space, especially being so near to other great local businesses," owner Marguerite McClay said. "To be precise we are across from Finishing Touch, between Allure and projectY and about half way between UnQuarked and Pet Pangaea. With Bathtub Row Beer Co-op and El Rigoberto's and other stellar businesses nearby we feel right at home."
 
Rose Chocolatier is in a

Be First To Hear About Pig + Fig Wine Dinners

on January 7, 2017 - 3:34pm
Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton. Courtesy photo
 
RESTAURANT News:
 
The Pig + Fig Café is hosting a wine dinner Jan. 10 ... but it is sold out.
 
Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, has hosted more than 60 wine dinners over the past few years. Every one of them has sold out in less than two hours.
 
Luckily, there are four more scheduled in the next two months. But you have to be on her email list to get a table. (Sign up for their newsletter here).
 
Why are these wine dinners so special?
 
It could be the wines that they choose.

New Year … Big Changes For Cottonwood On The Greens

on January 5, 2017 - 4:26pm

Cottonwood on the Greens owners Pawel and Darota Listwan, center, with their Executive Chef Levi Guarello and his wife Laura Rodriguez who is a line cook at the restaurant. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Restaurateurs Pawel and Darota Listwan and former partners Patrick Mockler-Wood and his mother Catherine Mockler have ended their partnership and divided up their two local eateries.

The foursome came together to open the Pajarito Brewpub in November 2012. They went on to open Cottonwood on the Greens in April 2014.

By mutual agreement of the four

Valentine Five Course Gourmet Dinner To Benefit Self Help Inc.

on January 4, 2017 - 11:02am
Five course gourmet dinner with wine pairings Feb. 4 to raise funds for Self Help, Inc. Courtesy photo
 
SELF HELP INC. News:
 
Looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day date where you can show love to your community?
 
Join us for a five course gourmet dinner with thoughtfully chosen wine pairings. Laura Hamilton, the chef of the Pig and Fig Café, will present this fundraiser for Self Help, Inc. from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 4, 2017, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 Sage St. in Los Alamos.
 
The menu:
 
First Plate 
smoked duck breast, wild arugula + fig brochettes, sourdough

Domino’s Is Open For Business In Los Alamos

on January 4, 2017 - 10:37am

Domino’s in the Smith's Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive is open for business and looking to hire 20 more employees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Domino’s General Manager Celesta Lasater Tuesday in the new restaurant was transferred from a Domino’s in Aztec and said that she held a soft opening at 5 p.m. Dec. 30  and the customers packed in 'like sardine's. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Domino’s wall menu in new store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

History of Domino’s

Domino’s is an American pizza restaurant chain headquartered in Ann Arbor,

Secret City Kitchen Launches ‘Tapas @ The Tub’

on January 2, 2017 - 9:48am
Secret City Kitchen offers a variety of dinners available for pickup or delivery such as this pork tenderloin with fall compote, bubble and squeak and grilled califlower. To find out what's on the menu this week and to order, visit https://secretcitykitchen.com/familydinners. Courtesy photo
 
Secret City Kitchen offers a variety of desserts including dulce de leche. To find out what's on the menu this week and to order, visit https://secretcitykitchen.com/familydinners. Courtesy photo
 
BUSINESS News:
 
The community has made 2016 a success for Secret City Kitchen.

No Cowboy Breakfast New Year's Day!

on December 30, 2016 - 4:22pm

COMMUNITY News:

There will NOT be a Cowboy Breakfast at the Posse Lodge on New Year's Day this year because there were not enough volunteers available to cover the event.

The next Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled for the first Sunday in February.

IRS: Time Is Running Short For 2016 Tax Moves

on December 30, 2016 - 8:06am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to know they have some time left to make any final tax moves for the 2016 tax year.

“There are many opportunities for taxpayers to legitimately reduce taxes or defer income as the year winds down,” IRS spokesman Bill Brunson said. “A little tax planning now could save you time and money later.”  

A few tax items to consider:

  • Make Charitable Contributions. Make charitable contributions (cash or non-cash items) on or before Dec. 31. Give to a qualified public charity and keep a paper trail.

‘The Lodge’ Menu Surfaces After 26 Years

on December 29, 2016 - 8:03am

Courtesy/Roy Hopwood

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rummaging through a drawer some 26 years after his beloved wife died, Roy Hopwood found a menu from one of the couple’s visits to “The Lodge” restaurant in Fuller Lodge.

“My wife Sharon collected things,” Hopwood said with a smile. “I hadn’t looked in that drawer in a longtime and was very surprised to find that old menu.”

He can’t recall the date he and his wife dined at The Lodge and she received the menu but its cover shows vehicles from the 1950s. Food prices include a prime rib sandwich for 95 cents.

Hopwood explained

Scenes From Special VIP Opening Of New McDonald’s Restaurant In Los Alamos This Morning

on December 28, 2016 - 1:10pm

Julian Garza and his daughter Clementina Garza welcomed guests at this morning’s special VIP opening of their new McDonald’s Restaurant in the Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center. The restaurant officially opened for business to the public at 10:30 a.m. today. Julian Garza has been in the McDonald’s Restaurant business for more than 30 years and his daughter, who grew up in the business, joined him 25 years ago. The family owns the largest McDonald’s Restaurant in New Mexico, which is in Espanola.

Old McDonald's Closes Doors At 8 p.m. Today ... New McDonald's Opens 10:30 a.m. Wednesday

on December 24, 2016 - 10:25am

The old McDonald's restaurant on Trinity Drive is closing for good at 8 p.m. today and will open in its new location in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Finishing touches are underway in the new McDonald's restaurant, which opens at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The new McDonald's restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Keep Holiday Food Safe With Four Safety Steps

on December 24, 2016 - 9:18am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah all fall within three days of each other this year.
 
As friends and families gather together this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service has four food safety tips to ensure a healthy and safe holiday.
 
Even on Holidays, Always Follow the Four Steps to Food Safety 
 
Clean hands before food preparation by following these simple steps: wet hands, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse with clean warm water and dry hands with a clean towel.

Pig + Fig Wine Dinner With Tablas Creek Vineyard

on December 22, 2016 - 11:28am
Tablas Creek Winery. Courtesy/Tablas Creek Vineyard
 
BUSINESS News:
 
At 7 p.m., Jan. 10, the Pig + Fig Cafe in White Rock will host a wine tasting dinner with exclusive pairings from Tablas Creek Vineyard (http://www.tablascreek.com/), an organic estate vineyard on a 1,600-foot elevation site in the Paso Robles Wine Country in California.
 
The Pig + Fig at 35 Rover Blvd. specializes in gourmet comfort food and traditional French style desserts.
 
Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, where she studied cuisine, pastry, bakery, wine and

Los Alamos Golf Course Club House Holiday Schedule

on December 20, 2016 - 6:46am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Golf Course Club House announces its holiday schedule:

Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant hours:

  • Dec. 24 - open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec 25 - closed.
  • Dec. 31 - open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 - closed.

The Golf Shop will be closed:

  • Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

New McDonald's Opens For Business Next Week

on December 10, 2016 - 8:42am

The M goes up Thursday afternoon on the exterior wall of the new McDonald's Restaurant set to open next week in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Finishing touches underway on the new McDonald's Restaurant set to open next week in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Secret City Kitchen Expands Dinner Nights

on December 7, 2016 - 8:48am
DINNING News:
 
The Secret City Kitchen is expanding its dinners to four nights a week beginning Dec. 12. . 
 
Wednesday night will still be featured family dinner night. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the eatery will offer tasting plates for either delivery or pick up. 
 
Diners may choose five items to make a meal for the evening. Click here for the menu and order form.
 
Secret City Kitchen also provides catering - visit https://secretcitykitchen.com/catering/.

Kiwanis Club Serves Up Breakfast With Santa

on December 4, 2016 - 8:38am
The Kiwanis Club's Breakfast With Santa drew a big crowd this year to the Betty Ehart Senior Center. More than 800 meals were served to kids and their families. Youngsters lined up to get their pictures taken with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes. Proceeds from the event are used to put on a Christmas party for area children in foster care. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Checking out pictures with Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Families dine on pancakes, eggs and sausange at Saturday's Breakfast With Santa. Photo by Bonnie J.

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