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Fans of the beloved margarita are already familiar with the Santa Fe Margarita Trail and its “passport,” which encourages you to taste dozens of the best margaritas in the city. Trail travelers use the proprietary interactive app ($2.99 via Google Play and the App Store) to earn discounts on signature margaritas at each participating location — and each virtual “stamp” on the passport leads to prizes, from a T-shirt to a bartending kit. Seventeen new destinations were recently added to the trail, which raises the count to nearly 50. New participating restaurants and bars include Blue Corn Brewery, Boxcar, Dinner for Two, El Farol, El Nido, Gabriel’s, Harry’s Roadhouse, La Casa Sena’s Cantina, La Reina, Float Bar at Meow Wolf, Rio Chama, The Compound, The Ranch House, Thunderbird Bar & Grill, Cottonwood Kitchen at the Tesuque Casino, the Dragon Room, and Tortilla Flats.

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi recently announced that Peter O’Brien has taken the helm as the new executive chef. The classically trained graduate of Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America has 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and boasts extensive experience with Southwestern cuisine and familiarity with New Mexico’s restaurant scene. In addition to helming a consulting and catering company serving clients in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado, he led culinary operations for The Club at Las Campanas.

These days, Katherine Kagel is widely recognized as a James Beard Award winner, but 40 years ago, she had just begun feeding lucky diners her signature cooking — seasonal and sustainable organic food inspired by New Mexican, Mexican, and Asian cuisines — at Café Pasqual’s, her now-legendary café on the corner of Water Street and Don Gaspar Avenue. Kegel and her team plan to say thanks and celebrate accordingly on Sunday, March 31. The 40th anniversary is commemorated with a ruby, so the menu for the clever event will feature pan-seared ruby red trout, a salad of ruby-red grapefruit, a ruby-champagne aperitif in the evening, and a ruby-colored cookie. The restaurant will also donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to Kitchen Angels and The Food Depot.

Bringing home a bottle of your favorite spirit from Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery is even easier now, thanks to a deal with Trader Joe’s, which now stocks London Dry Gin, Cane Vodka, and Botanical Gin — not to mention their Honey Double IPA. Tumbleroot’s focus on organic, local, and wild-harvested products seemed like an ideal product for TJ’s loyalists, and clearly that hunch was right — the market has also begun selling Tumbleroot’s offerings in its two Albuquerque locations.

Yet another year of Santa Fe’s beloved Restaurant Week has come to a close, and in Albuquerque, the fun ends on Sunday, March 10. However, you have time to visit some of your favorite spots in Taos and Los Alamos during their Restaurant Week, which runs March 10-17. Go to newmexicorestaurantweek.com for more information.

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