New Mexico was named by 16th century Spanish explorers who hoped to find gold and wealth equal to Mexico's Aztec treasures. These Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive in New Mexico. The Pueblo, Apache, Comanche, Navajo, and Ute peoples had lived in the region for some twenty thousand years prior. New Mexico under Spanish rule was from 1692-1821: 129 years. New Mexico under Mexican rule it was from 1821-1848: 27 years. New Mexico under the United states was from 1848- present: 165 years. There's much more history, but after reading an excessive amount, I stopped and headed down to Cuba, New Mexico to try some authentic cuisine.
New Mexican cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo Native American, and cowboy chuckwagon influences. Having Mediterranean and cowboy DNA, New Mexican cuisine really speaks to me. New Mexican food is similar to, but not quite the same, as Mexican and Tex-Mex foods preferred in Texas and Arizona. The word on the street was to try El Bruno's in Cuba, NM and I have to agree!
New Mexico remains a place isolated enough from the rest of the country that one can still venture out of the city and find great, wild beauty, excellent cuisine, and still catch a glimpse of what New Mexico was like hundreds of years ago. Maybe the gold and wealth doesn't exist, but it certainly is a treasure.
Native American patrons at El Bruno's- I love how they put on their best turquoise even to go to Walmart. You see this more in the older generation.
El Bruno's has excellent chips and salsa and even better margaritas!