A Tale of Two Trips


The temperatures are moderating (finally!).  The breeze has just a hint of chill contained within it.  The Mesilla Valley remains in full bloom with green in evidence everywhere.

It must be roadster time.  And indeed it is.  A couple of weeks ago I put the roadster into the shop for some long overdo maintenance, and a couple of Fridays ago I was informed that it was roadworthy once again.  Thus, that Sunday, we washed off the grime and dust and jumped into the cockpit for one of our favorite drives — the back roads from El Paso to Old Mesilla just south of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

And what an exhilarating drive it was through fields of cotton and corn, vineyards, and beneath the outstretched shading canopies of countless pecan orchards.

Having reached our destination, we were disappointed to learn that one of our favorite eating establishments had closed.  Fortunately, there are some very delicious alternatives in and around Old Mesilla, so our backup plan became Andele’s for some pork tacos (a plate for two that would easily feed four if stretched with just one appetizer).  We were not disappointed, and that one plate served us well with leftovers a couple of days later.  The guacamole was made with rich, well-ripened avocado, and the salsa bar offered myriad choices to accompany our tacos.  And then there are those great, freshly made corn tortillas served up in a hot, foil-wrapped stack that will singe your fingers if you’re not careful.

On the way back to El Paso we dropped by the Sierra Vista Growers to peruse the flowers on hand.

All in all it was quite a day and quite a drive.  But one good roadster trip calls for yet another, which we’ll see later this week and next.  Meanwhile:

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  1. I ate at this place April of last year (2008). I was on my way to Texas. No, I am not a bot or some random guy putting up posts. I am simply up dating my culinary experiences as I keep remembering. I had finally managed to get to the outskirts of Las Cruces, which mean I was not that far away from the Texas line. I am hungry, so I decide to exit and make a turn. I keep driving, but can’t see anything, so I keep driving further ahead and long behold I see a sign, Adele!. I figured I had to stop at a place with such a unique name for a restaurant. Walked inside and take a seat. Look over the menu and order my food. I ordered some chicken enchiladas. Remember this is New Mexico, I am no longer in Los Angeles where you find stuff that is more true to the pallet of folks that come directly from south of the border. I grew up on food being more like it’s made in Mexico and Central America. I was blown away by how nice the blend of American and New Mexican style of cooking has evolved. The enchiladas were so cheesy. The sauce was cheesy, and the waiter explained to me that it was because cheese was added to the sauce. The chicken was tender, and nice chunks too. I completely enjoyed eating here. To top it all off I decided to order a desert. I cannot remember what the name of this cake is but it was good. It’s made from sweet crackers that are placed on a pan, then some lemon cream is spread on top. This is done a couple of times to create a thick cake like creation. My brother’s mother in law made it a few months ago and it didn’t match the one served here. I don’t think this is a Mexican restaurant. I would rather classify it as a New Mexican restaurant. This past December I was on the road again headed to Texas and decided to stop by this place again, but I couldn’t find parking. The place was packed. There were cars coming in and out. It was just too much for me so I decided to just head towards El Paso.