Acoma, a 10th century Pueblo (village) on a high hilltop. In fact, Acoma translated means "Sky City" and the setting was majestic, as you can see.
Anasazi people were the ancient ancestors of these Indian tribes and they planted beans, corn, and squash at the bottom of the mesas.
Of course Santa Fe is a lovely town, full of hand made silver and turquoise jewelry, Navajo rugs, and painted traditional formed pots; so I bought artisan Balsamic vinegar...and specialty salt... and vinegar. I have my priorities straight :)
Oleaceae is a small shop near the town plaza, right on the Old Santa Fe trail that sells custom made olive oils, salts and vinegars. They import the oil and vinegar from all over the world and add their own flavors. Big silver vats are all around the store with small tasting cups for sampling, and sample we did. I was like a kid in a candy store. After much sipping, we came home with two bottles of balsamic; Georgia Peach and Cranberry Pear, our favorites. The base was an 18-year old white balsamic from Italy. I also bought a lime-flavored sea salt. I can't wait to use all of these products. Stay tuned to see what I make.
Here are the links in case you are interested: