Dessertcation at the Inn & Spa at Loretto {Santa Fe}

My first experience at Santa Fe couldn’t have been better.  From the road trip with my two darling daughters, to the authentic southwestern style of the Inn & Spa at Loretto, and Chef Andrea’s desserts at Luminaria, I will always hold these memories dear to my heart.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is one that must be seen.  This world class Inn, listed #27 on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Gold List Elite,  is situated right next to the Loretto Chapel.   The room we stayed in had a balcony that faced the Chapel;  my morning coffee view…

Loretto sits about a block from “The Square”, where local merchants sell their pottery, art, silver and turquoise.  But even if you never left the hotel, you’d still get a great grasp on the culture of Santa Fe, with the hotel’s shops and restaurant, Luminaria, you’d get the full taste.  Pastry Chef Andrea Clover, a sweet-genius, is the creator behind the next 4 desserts I’m about to show you.  She’s so enthusiastic about her culinary craft, everything she touches turns to a big sugary award, including 2 years in a row the Chocolate Fantasy and the Girl Scouts Cookie Caper Award.   She’s incredibly talented and sweeter than pie.   When you visit, make sure you ask to say “hi” to her.

Now for the dessert… Brace yourself.

My first sliver of delight, and my favorite, was the Panna Cotta BruleeMadera, Lemon Lavendar Macerated Berries.  The vanilla taste and feel of a brulee (without the crisp sugar coating), the berries adding such a nice light and refreshing component to the brulee.  It was love at first bite.Baked New MexicanAncho chocolate ice cream, triple chocolate brownie, mango ginger chile sauce.  Santa Fe is known for their chiles, so why not add them to a dessert?  Baked New Mexican is  Chef Andrea’s take on the classic Baked Alaska.  I love a good toasted meringue, especially when it’s coating a big heap of chocolate ice cream and brownie. That mango sauce?  Get ready for it to kick you in the back of the mouth.  YEE HAW! She’s spicy!

Chocolate Banana Cream Tartlet – Chocolate ganache, coconut banana sauce, English toffee. A little bit of everything to tempt your taste buds.  A creamy-dreamy tart perfect for sharing (if you’re not me, I’ll bite you if your fork nears my tarlet).  Nutterfinger Chocolate CakePeanut butter mousse, peanut butter cream, spicy peanuts.  An overturned chocolate cupcake, sliced and gone peanut-Loco.  There she goes with the kick again, but not too hard.  A light tap when you bite into those spicy peanuts.  One of the richest items on the menu, but so worth it..have a glass of milk on standby.It’s no wonder people fall in love with the town of Santa Fe, or better yet, the Inn & Spa at Loretto.  It is truly its own {spicy, yet sweet} world.

Like what you see?  Show them some sugar…


Disclaimer:  Thanks to the Inn at Loretto for the complimentary stay at the hotel and tasting at Luminaria.  All opinions are my own.


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