Sunday, November 18, 2007

Old Oaken Bucket Game - Indiana University vs. Purdue University

Since 1925, each year the Indiana University Hoosiers and Purdue University Boilermakers play a Big Ten conference football game to determine the winner of the Old Oaken Bucket; one of the oldest football trophies in the nation. The Old Oaken Bucket is symbolic of collegiate football supremacy between the two largest public universites in Indiana - the bucket is in it's 83rd year of spirited rivalry. These teams play at the highest level, NCAA Division I.

On Saturday, November 17, I attended my first "bucket game" in person and enjoyed the experience with the company of my son who is a sophmore at Indiana University - Bloomington, and a close friend of mine and his son from Chicago (who are avid Boiler fans).

The Hoosiers won the contest 27 - 24 with kicker Austin Starr sending a 49-yard game winning field goal squarely between the goal posts with 30 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the game Starr had made a 42-yard field goal to set an IU school record for field goals in a season with 18. Ironically, Starr wears jersey #18. "I had a dream this week about me doing this," he said of the game winner. "I'm not sure how long the kick was in my dream, but I prepared myself all week to be the guy to enable us to beat Purdue, to have a game-winning kick."

The weather could have have been more gorgeous; an absolutely beautiful warm sunny, southern Indiana fall day where the afternoon temperature at the 3:30 pm kick-off was 57 degrees, clear skies and no wind. Those from this region know the setting for Indiana football does not get any better than this and Memorial Stadium, with a capacity is 50,180 was sold out.

Accordingly to the Chicago Chapter of the IU Alumni Association, the history of this rivalry began when both institutions, who had met on the field since 1891, held a meeting of the Indiana and Purdue Alumni Chapters of Chicago in 1925 to "discuss the possibility of undertaking worthy joint enterprises in behalf of the two schools."

The creation of a traditional football trophy to go to the winner of the annual clash was proposed. Dr. Clarence Jones of IU and Russell Gray of Purdue were appointed to recommend a suitable trophy.

At a later meeting they recommended "an old oaken bucket" as the most typical Hoosier form of trophy, that the bucket should be taken from a well in Indiana, and a chain to be made of bronze block "I" and "P" letters should be provided for the bucket. The school who wins the traditional football game each years should have possession of the "Old Oaken Bucket" until the next game and should attach the block letter representing the winning school to the bail with the score engraved on the latter link."

Fritz Ernst of Purdue and Indiana's Wiley J. Huddle were givent he task of finding the bucket. They located it on the old Bruner Farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana. The region had been settled by the Bruner family in the 1840's, making today's bucket well over a century old. For the first game, in 1925, excellent repair work put the bucket, moss and mold-covered with some staves showing signs of decay into good shape for its initial appearance, which ended in a 0-0 tie!

I am glad 82 years after the first Old Oaken Bucket game that I was able to enjoy a Hoosier victory! After the win, we all went down onto the field and mixed with the team, students and fans - this was a unique experience that I hope to have again.....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Reflection - When I met Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer died Saturday, November 11, 2007 in New York City at the age of 84.

He probably would not have wanted an old man's death. He would most likely have liked it to have gone another way - an accident or a bar fight, a lover's brawl, or perhaps at the White Horse Tavern, the Geenwich Village bar where another gifted writer, the poet Dylan Thomas, literally drank himself to death. Mailer was as renowned for hard living, womanising and fist-fights as he was for his literary works. He had nine children by six wives, including one who he stabbed, nearly fatally, in a drunken fight at a party; he also bit off part of the ear of actor Rip Torn.

His career took in other such bizarre events as running for mayor of New York City in attempt to make his beloved city the 51st state. During the 60's and 70's Mailer was one of the leaders of "hipsterdom" in New York; dabbling in avant-garde culture, black power, drugs - he was also co-founder of the alternative newspaper the Village Voice.

While many would have predicted a much more flamboyant demise, unlike his hero Ernest Hemingway; Mailer, the giant of American literature and one of English Language's most gifted writers, died of renal failure in a New York hosptial bed. A few month earlier he had an operation on his lungs to remove scar tissue.

Each year in my hometown of the Indianapolis - Marion County Public Library has sponsored the Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture series; an annual presentation that has hosted such notables as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Judy Blume, Maurice Sendak, Margaret Atwood and John Updike, Saul Bellow and most recently Kurt Vonnugut Jr's son, Mark, who presented the very speech his late father had planned to deliver at this year's 30th anniversary of the McFadden lecture series.

This yearly lecture was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. The lecture typically occurs in the Spring and has been offered free to the public since 1978.

I was fortunate enough to meet Norman Mailer at the end of his lecture in probably 1979. My mother, who instilled in me and my brother, and later my son a love of books and reading, wanted to attend this lecture due to her affection for Mailer's works. I recall the lecture being serious, funny, cynical, political as well as deeply intellectual; Mailer talked much about Gary Gilmore, the central figure in the book he was finishing that went on to win the 1979 Pulitizer Prize; The Executioner's Song. This novel was based upon a true story of the double murderer from Utah, Gary Gilmore. Gilmore was the first person executed in the US after the re-instatement of the death penalty in 1976. He made famous the line "let's do it" when he faced his executioner.

My late mother took with her a small 5" x 6" red textile copy of "The Naked and the Dead" (1948) the World War II novel, set in the Pacific, inspired by his experiences as a soldier that made Mailer famous at the age of 25. After the lecture, Mailer stood at the edge of the stage at North Cental High School and talked with a small group of people who had gathered to greet him.

I escorted my mother up the steps on the left side of the stage and Mailer immediately made eye-contact and smiled at my mother as she stood in the circle of probably 8 - 10 people. He quietly acknowledged her and said "hello" and my mother said she loved his novels and asked if he would he be so kind as to sign the book she had brought. He genuinely seemed touched and said "I would love to, what is you name dear". My mother replied Marie and he took out a black cartridge pen and wrote inside the front cover "Best Wishes Marie, Cheers, Norman Mailer". We both shook his hand, relayed our thanks and departed the stage. My brother now has the book in his personal collection.

Several years later my wife and I honeymooned in Provincetown, where Mailer's spent much of his time and was a pillar of the community. Considered an eccentric and outcast in many circles, when in Provincetown he could be himself; the hard-fighting, serial-marrying and Pulitzer Prize winning Mailer played in the town poker tournament, gave numerous readings in support of the Fine Arts Work Center and the local library, and helped raise money to build the town's first theater in nearly three decades.

Mailer's love affair with Provincetown began on a 1943 visit while he was a student at Harvard University, according to J. Michael Lennon, his longtime editor, archivist and friend. Mailer loved the 18th century white clapboard houses in Provincetown as much as he liked the artists, merchants and fisherman who occupied them.

For 60 years he would return to Provincetown, where he bought a brick house overlooking the bay living with his sixth wife of 32 years, Norris Church Mailer. To Mailer, according to Lennon, "Provincetown was the perfect place to write, a place with all the bohemian charm of Greenwich Village without the noise and distraction".

Lennon has gone on to say "he became a fixture in town, everybody knew him, he'd walk down the street to buy a newspaper and wave to people and stop to chat". In his younger days, he would walk the dunes during the day, write late into the night and hold court on the back porch of his home as the sun and into the horizon.

"He choose to live in a small town at the edge of the continent, but he was at the center of the nation's political and social discourse, whether he was taking on the war in Iraq or taking on Adolf Hitler", said friend Seth Rolbein, editor of the Cape Cod voice.

"In his final days, assisted by two canes, Mailer would walk the quarter mile from his home to his favorite resturant, Michael Shay's, order two dozen Wellfleet oysters and take the shells home to ponder them, discerning the face of a Greek warrior in on or a sun goddess in another".

"He had deep blue eyes" said owner Shay Santos, "and when you had a conversation with him, you knew you had his full attention".

The photo I selected to place on this entry is quite similar to the way he looked the night I met him in Indianapolis. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to hear Norman Mailer speak his thoughts in a setting such as this; I am even luckier to have had the chance to make eye contact into those deep blue eyes for just a moment in time, and shake the hand of one of our great literary contributors.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Almost Famous

While growing up I played the drums and other related percussion instruments beginning in the fifth grade and continued through high school and beyond. During grade school I quickly became the best drummer at public school #18, located in the Fountain Square section of Indianapolis. While the first chair drummer in grade school I began the first ever pep band for athletic events and even marched in a parade; something not many people in the 7th grade did in those days, the year was 1968.

As I transitioned into high school, I eventually sat first chair and studied privately from the head of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for all four years of high school. A key event was placing 1st in the state solo ensemble contest held at Butler University for snare drum competition. During high school I played in concert band, orchestra, pit band, pep band and marching band. I was fortunate enough to march in the Indianapolis 500 parade, around the track before the race, and on Monument Circle for various city events that required a high school band. The high school was Manual, which is on the south side. In the 1970’s Manual had a reputation for being the best band and music program in the city.

David Letterman had a show on Saturday morning at channel 13 called “Clover Power” which was sponsored by 4-H to showcase local high school talent. I put together a drum ensemble called “36 heads” which was one of the coolest music events going on at that time. The piece called for 4 drum sets, 8 drum heads each, i.e. two heads on the snare, two heads on the ride tom, two heads on the bass, and two heads on the floor tom. 4 x 8 = 32, then you add in the human head of each drummer which is 4 total and you have 36 heads. The piece was so extraordinary we played at various schools, art museum, and sectional basketball games at half time.

We were spotted by a scout from Clover Power and they had us on the show. I remember it well, we drove to 11th and Meridian where the old channel 13 studio was located (now channel 20) and met a very, very young an not famous, not yet discovered David Letterman. He was very nice to us, and very funny. He told us what a break it was to have something besides kid with their sheep. He bought us cokes in the commissary and joke with us during the taping. I like to tell people “have I ever told you about the time I played the drums live on David Letterman”.

I graduated from high school and went to London with the thought of trying to live there and play live music. Understand at this time I have been playing every day and practicing no less than 30 minutes per day every day of my life since grade school. I was among the best out there. I met a music booking agent in London who told me Steve Miller (who I didn’t really know at the time) was looking for a studio drummer for his next album and was auditioning. If the drummer selected fit the band well, they would go on tour with them. The audition neared and I had met some friends who were going to the continent and down to Greece for the winter. I thought this sounded just about perfect so I took off with them and did not show up for the audition.

I came back to the US and through correspondence learned Steve Miller had really wanted me to audition after hearing my credentials (which were impressive for an 18 year old). He did get a drummer and they cut the studio album which was called “The Joker” and went to #1 within one month after release. The song is still popular to this day.

So, here I am writing about it and thinking whenever I heard the song “The Joker”, I smile and think to myself - that could have been playing the drums on that album…..but at least I got to play on David Letterman!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Indiana University Kelley School of Business News Release

Kelley Indianapolis News Room
IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis students learn financial markets firsthand during trip to NYC

2/12/2007 (Kelley Indianapolis)

The New York Stock Exchange and other securities markets have driven capital investment and economic growth in the U.S. for more than 200 years – yet many Americans still lack a basic understanding of these institutions. A recent survey by the National Council on Economic Education showed that more than half of students couldn’t identify the basic purpose of the stock market.

At the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, Professor David Steele is helping reverse this trend, one classroom at a time. For the last six years, Steele has organized a unique field trip for freshman undergraduate students in his Honors X105 course: These students travel to the heart of the U.S. financial capital, New York City, and learn firsthand the history and operations of the securities and public equity markets.

“I saw a lack of understanding of the capital-raising process, which is really a fundamental concept,” said Steele. “I starting thinking, ‘What’s the best way to bring this to life?’ A trip to New York seemed like a great way to get students excited about our financial history and how the system works today.”

In Steele’s Fall 2006 course, 24 students traveled to New York, each spending just over $500 on airfare, lodging and meals. The trip’s itinerary mixed a study of the current markets with a look into the past.

“We visited Alexander Hamilton’s grave and Federal Hall, the first U.S. seat of government; we toured the Museum of Financial History, and stood on the spot where the agreement to form the New York Stock Exchange was signed in 1782,” said Krista Bontreger, one of the students on the trip. “Learning the history helped us understand why things are done the way they are today, and how our government and our financial markets developed together.”

In delving into the modern New York Stock Exchange, students learned the ins and outs of the largest capital-raising market in the world.

“We learned that exchanges like the NASDAQ are 100% electronic, while the New York Stock Exchange trades electronically and manually – that’s the trading floor that’s usually seen on TV,” said Stephen Reusser, another of Steele’s students. “We talked to several traders and learned about the process, how they spend their days – it’s very hectic.”

Students also toured the offices of Merrill Lynch, exploring areas of the global brokerage that are typically closed to the public. The class also heard from Merrill Lynch associates who had been evacuated from the firm’s headquarters on 9/11, when three employees lost their lives during the terrorist attacks.

Steele’s class also broadened their horizons with a taste of New York culture, visiting historic neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo.

“We were enlightened by the cultural diversity, and found that the New Yorkers we met were actually very nice and outgoing,” said student Morgan McTargett. “We had a great time, and learned a lot.”

Steele deemed the trip a success.

“The student came back from New York with a much greater understanding of our capital-raising process and financial markets than they did when they left, and memories that will last a lifetime,” he said. “Just as important, it helped them learn concepts that will appear again and again throughout the rest of their business education at Kelley.”

The IU Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 80 years. With an enrollment of 3,716 undergraduate and over 1000 graduate students, it is among the premier business schools in the country, with both the undergraduate and graduate programs ranked among the best in the United States. Kelley’s Indianapolis campus, based at IUPUI, is home to the school’s Evening MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy programs and a full-time undergraduate program.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Broken Angel House

Broken Angel or the Broken Angel House is a building located at 4 Downing Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, at the intersection of Downing and Quincy Streets. The house was featured prominently as a backdrop in the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party. The photo to the left is looking from the east (Quincy Street) toward the facade of the building.

My son is a huge fan of Dave Chappelle and encouraged my wife and I to see the film, a.k.a. Block Party which we did some time ago. We thought this film, with a strong hip hop spirit, was well done and we both enjoyed it very much.

The Broken Angel House which serves as the backdrop for much of the movie is such and interesting focal point of the film, my son and I decided during our next trip to New York we would drive by and see it in person.

While in New York with my son about a year ago we drove by the house and took several photo's. This past week, on Thursday, January 4, 2007, my wife, son and I were in New York and we made the trip again so my wife had the opportunity to see the Broken Angel House.

Broken Angel House is the home of Brooklyn artist Arthur Wood who originally purchased the 4-story brick tenement building in 1972 for $2,000. He lives in the house with his wife Cynthia and raised their son Christopher who is now a stone carver. The artist explored ideas about design and vernacular architecture with improvised construction to add new floors and rooms to the orginal building, to the point where the structure reaches 104 feet, or about 9 storys above the sidewalk. The site had been compared to Watts Tower in Los Angeles for the ad hoc construction and is acknowledged for its value as folk art and as part of the cultural heritage of the area.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. The budget for the movie was $2,000,000 and was distributed by Rouge Pictures. As of July, 2006 the film grossed a total of $16.9 million dollars in US box office and DVD sales.

The film features Chappell during the fall of 2004 when he threw a block party on the corner of Quincy and Downing Street in Brooklyn. The Broken Angel House is on Downing where it dead ends and joins Quincy. The film gained prominence after its production, which took place after Chappelle's highly-publized decision to walk away from a $50 million deal to continue his hit Chappelle's Show.

He invited several alternative hip hop and neo-soul musical artists to perform at the party, including Kanye West, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Erykah, and The Roots along with The Central State University Marching Band, Lauryn Hill was also scheduled to perform at teh party, but since Columbia Records refused to release her songs for use in the production, she decided insteead to reunite The Fugees for the occasion. In addition, Chappelle performed comedy monologues and sketches in between the musical acts.

I recommend the movie and I also recommend driving by and seeing the Broken Angel House in person; it is quite a piece or "living artwork".

Broken Angel House
4 Downing Street
Downing & Quincy Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11238

Monday, September 04, 2006

Beatles in Indianapolis - September 3, 1964

I was in the fourth grade when The Beatles came to Indianapolis on their first ever North American tour. I did not attend the show but remember the hype and the folklore (urban legends) very well and thought I should write a posting on my memories of these days. I tell the story of their first trip to the US and the events in Indianapolis often as the city has changed much and many don't even remember the Coliseum where concerts were played and the Indiana Pacers had their first home some 40 years ago.

The Beatles traveled from Philadelphia to Indianapolis, playing 2 shows on September 3rd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. They had played one show at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 2 at Conventions Hall. After a fun and entertaining chat with the press, and a quick meet-and-greet with a group of lucky locals, the Beatles took to the stage.

According to motor racing writer Bob Jennings who was one of the teenagers in attendence that day: "There was an afternoon show in the fairgrounds Coliseum before a packed house of something like 10,000 screaming fans. Ticket demand was so hot, an evening show was hastily scheduled in front of the grandstand on the one mile dirt race track because the Coliseum was already booked for another State Fair event. I was able to get tickets to the evening show... a couple hundred yards from the stage. There was an electricity that's hard to describe... about the only thing I can compare it to is the start of the Indianapolis 500."

Following their two performances that day in Indianapolis, the Beatles departed for Milwaukee Wisconsin, the next stop along their franticly-paced 1964 North American Tour.

I remember most of the "hype" centered around where the Beatles stayed during their visit to Indianapolis. As a young boy at the time, I recall every news report speculated they were staying at the now demolished "Essex House", an upscale hotel in downtown Indianapolis which sat on the east side of Pennsylvania Street across from University Park; the actual address of the Essex House was 407 N. Pennsylvania Street. Various plans have been reported through the years for former Essex House site.

Crowds camped out by the hotel in hope of viewing the "mop tops" who were the sensation of the world at this time. Also fans made their way inside the hotel ripping off wallpaper, removing doornobs and other artifacts. The promoters then moved the Fab Four to the Speedway Motel.

The Speedway Motel (on the site of the Indianapolis 500 race track, is still at this location and in use; it is literally the same as it was during the Beatles visit with some minor innovation renovation of the rooms, but no structural changes to the building. The Beatles stayed in rooms 228, 230, 232 and 234. These rooms are virtually the same as when the band stayed in them with the exeption on new carpet, wall paper, etc.

Also, Clark Gable has stayed at the hotel; as well as virtually every driver of the Indy 500 from the time the hotel was built to present. Paul Newman filmed a scene from the movie "Winning" in room 214.

The Speedway Motel was built in 1963 and rennovated in 1981. It is now called the Brickyard Crossing Resort & Inn which includes a complete rennovation of the former "Speedway Golf Course" by local Indiana golf course architect Pete Dye. By visiting the pro shop, you can view a photo on the wall of the Bealtes in 1964 just off turn 2 putting golf balls; on what was at that time the location of the practice putting green.
The Beatles arrived at Weir Cook Airport on September 2, and
Afternoon Show1. Introduction2. Twist & Shout3. You Can't Do That4. All My Loving5. She Loves You6. Things We Said Today7. Roll Over Beethoven8. Can't Buy Me Love9. If I Fell10. I Wanna Hold Your Hand11. Boys12. A Hard Day's Night13. Long Tall Sally (incomplete)
THE BEATLES' FIRST US TOUR, 196419 August Cow Palace, San Francisco20 August Convention Hall, Las Vegas21 August Coliseum, Seattle22 August Empire Stadium, Vancouver23 August Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles26 August Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver27 August The Gardens, Cincinnati28-29 August Forest Hills Stadium, New30 August Convention Hall, Atlantic City2 September Convention Hall, Philadelphia3 September State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis4 September Auditorium, Milwaukee5 September International Amphitheatre, Chicago6 September Olympia Stadium, Detroit7 September Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto8 September Forum, Montreal11 September Gator Bowl, Jacksonville12 September Boston Gardens, Boston13 September Civic Centre, Baltimore14 September Civic Arena, Pittsburgh15 September Public Auditorium, Cleveland16 September City Park Stadium, New Orleans17 September Municipal Stadium, Kansas City18 September Memorial Coliseum, Dallas20 September Paramount Theatre, New York

03/09/1964 - Indianapolis cenes at Weir Cook Municipal Airport with newsreel voiceover.Scenes around the Speedway Motel (2:35)
12,413 people filled the State Fair Coliseum for the afternoon show (The Beatles stepped on stage at 6:21 p.m.) of which some footage follows:
State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis - Concert Footage
Concert Introduction and tuning (1:18)
Twist And Shout (1:21)
You Can't Do That (3:08)
All My Loving (2:16)
She Loves You (2:38)
Things We Said Today (3:01)
Can't Buy Me Love (2:37)
If I Fell (2:12)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (1:06)
Boys (3:36) ... followed by film of The Beatles leaving the stage Some crowd shots are the same as in the Philadelphia - Concert Footage above on disc one !And some are repeated during this footage !!
03/09/1964 - IndianapolisPress conference after the afternoon show, plus motel footage and newsreel voiceover. Also scenes at the airport.When The Beatles boarded their chartered plane at Weir Cook Municipal Airport, they were $85,231.93 richer. ($1,719.02 had already been deducted for state gross income tax).

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Maria's - Santa Fe

I had the good fortune of discovering one of the best resturants I have ever been to; and without any doubt, the best margaritas I have ever tasted. The place is called Maria's and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Maria's is owned by Al Lucero, a former television executive who is the fifth owner. Started by Maria Lopez and her husband Gilbert in 1950, on the very spot, in the very same building Maria's exists today, it began as take-out kitchen. Maria's business boomed and the couple added two booths and a patio. Over the years, Maria's has had it ups and downs, and now that Al Lucero has retired, returned to Santa Fe, and with his careful attention to preserving the history and traditon of the Maria margarita, and his passion for this Santa Fe historic landmark, it looks like we can taste Maria's margaritas for years to come.

Maria's is a very, very special place; Robert Redford has written the introduction to their book "The Great Margarita Book", the Seattle Times has called Maria's "The Motherload of American Margaritas", the New York Times has called Maria's margaritas the "best in town", The Washington Post added they are "world class", Southern Arts described Maria's as "Margaritaville" and named their margaritas as one of the 101 reasons to visit Santa Fe. From Better Homes to Playboy, newspapers and magazines nationwide, as well as almost every state and local publication have given Maria's margaritas sensational reviews.

While in New Mexico on business to meet with the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership, I arrived at the Sunport (Albuquerque's name for their airport, which you gotta just love) at 7:30 pm on a long flight from New York's LaGuardia. Hot, tired and hungry, my host asked if I wanted to grab something to eat during the next two hour driving leg of my trip to Las Vegas, New Mexico. I have been to New Mexico enough to know you do two things while there: buy turquoise and have margaritas. My reply was "let's go somewhere and have a margarita".

Little did I know upon driving into the parking lot of a very small, crowded and unpretentious building that I would soon be in "Margarita Mecca". This place is special and you feel that as soon as you walk in the door. Take it from Robert Redford who writes in the foreword of Maria's book:

"When people have asked of a place to eat in Santa Fe, I find myself referring them to Maria's. Is it fancy? No. Is it chic? No. Is the good good? Yes. But the margaritas - they are the best. Like anything of quality, it takes love and care - a degree of passion to execute it, love to start it, commitment to that love to sustain it. Maria's is a history and a definition. I am glad it's there. I'm glad I've tasted their margaritas, and I hope not too many people find out about it".

Since much of Santa Fe presents upscale eclectic shops, gallaries and resturants, I was expecting this place might be the typical trendy place frequented by locals and tourists alike. What suprised me was the fact this place is what most of us would refer to as a "hole in the wall". I might add that is much of the charm as well. With over 100 margaritas to choose from, I have been asked "are they frozen? those kind like you buy on Bourbon Street in New Orleans from dispensers?" - my answer is no, no, not at all - each one is handcrafted behind a tiny bar by some of the absolute nicest people I have ever met in my life. This place is an absolute "must do" on anyone's travel list; good food, superb margaritas, outstanding wait staff and bartendars - how often do we find all of that? an unpretentous resturant with unpretntous staff, in an unpretentous building!

After two margarita's and a wonderful meal we proceeded to Las Vegas, New Mexico, checked into the Historic Plaza Hotel and had the best night's sleep with my belly full of Maria's sausa, chips, taco's and of course, those superb margarita's.


Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
555 West Cordova Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
b: 505.983.7929
f: 505.983.4700