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Friday, October 31, 2014

New Mexico Chile (This is How They Spell Chili in New Mexico)

Aloha Everyone,

New Mexico is known for its chile and they come both in green and red.  \People here love their chile. We were informed that even national franchise restaurants such as McDonald's and Wendy's have modified their menus to include chile on their hamburgers. J.J. and I have seen Chile Ristras at entries to restaurants, offices, and RV parks.

The difference between green and red chile is the time of harvest. The chile starts as green pods and you can pick it while still green. When it's ripe, it turns into a rich, deep red color. Chile is a serious business in New Mexico and The New Mexico Chile Advertising Act makes it illegal to advertise that a chile is New Mexican unless it has been grown in the state.

One of the main event of the day was our lunch stop at Applebee's. J.J. had a Scampi pasta dish while I enjoyed Grilled Salmon on a bed of spinach.

Here is our server Jules.

And our lunch:

Today we drove from Santa Fe to Gallup on I-25 and I-40. Most of these places were the roads we have previously taken. I tried to capture the beauty of the changing scenery.

Tonight we are back at the USA RV Park in Gallup.

Aloha -- Cathi