Yesterday morning was windy, but not bad, and we ventured out to Mesilla for lunch. Mesilla is a pretty historic town with a good assortment of New Mexican and Mexican restaurants (there is a difference). As we were eating, we noticed the skies getting dark. The wind storm had arrived, and with it came blowing dust. The skies were brown, and it was a bit eerie. We headed back to the hotel where we decided to stay put. We don’t have to go anywhere right now. Besides, Tucson, which is our next destination, is under a winter weather advisory. Snow, in Tucson?
The blowing dust storm got progressively worse as the afternoon wore on, and the interstate highway was shut down for a time due to reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions. Our hotel was full with stranded motorists. I watched a tall light pole swaying in the wind next to where our RV was parked and hoped for the best. The weather was even worse in Albuquerque where flights were cancelled or delayed and power was out for many residents.
|Please Don't Fall!|
|I'm Sure Glad We Weren't on the Highway|
|The Plaza at Mesilla|
|Around the Plaza|
|San Albino Church on the Plaza|
We had eaten lunch the last two days on the edge of town, but today we found a restaurant on the plaza. We discovered that Double Eagle has received many accolades, including “Most Romantic” and “Best Fine Dining” in the Las Cruces area. We would have to agree. We knew as soon as we walked in the door that this would be a special place. The restaurant is housed in what was once a private residence, and we sat in the interior courtyard under a skylight. Although I love good, down-home cooking, and often prefer eating at diners and dives, it’s nice to enjoy a fine-dining experience from time to time. The funny thing is that we didn’t even know what kind of restaurant Double Eagle was when we selected it.
The menu at Double Eagle is a twist on traditional New Mexican favorites. Tim and I shared the Green Chili Cheese Wontons with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa, which was just amazing. I then ordered the grilled salmon with an orange-chipotle chili sauce. The salmon was served with a side of pasta with the same wonderful sauce. Not your typical New Mexican side dish! We just had to finish with a specialty dessert and chose the Banana Enchiladas, which turned out to be crepes filled with banana slices, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a maple-caramel-butter pecan sauce. All I can say is “Wow!” This was one of the best meals of the trip!
|Green Chili Cheese Wontons with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa|
|Grilled Salmon with an Orange-Chipotle Chili Sauce and a Side of Pasta|
We stopped in a few shops after lunch and sampled an assortment of New Mexican pistachios. We bought the ones flavored with green chilies, along with pistachio brittle. We ended our visit to Mesilla with a stop in a hand-made chocolate shop. You can be assured that we did not leave empty-handed.
|New Mexican Pistachios|
Our plan is to leave for Tucson tomorrow. The earlier forecast for overnight snow showers in Las Cruces has been dropped, although freezing temperatures are still likely. The storm should be history by tomorrow, however, and sunny skies and rising temperatures are predicted from here all the way to Tucson.