Articles for the ‘La Vida’ Category

Perfecting Pete’s Cafe

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Theresa Padilla, far right, says her staff is what makes Pete’s Cafe a success. The Belen restaurant, which is celebrating 65 years in business, is managed by her niece, Marie Torres, far left. The month-long celebration will include musical performances and specials on every Saturday in October.

For more than 60 years, Pete's Cafe has been more than just a place to eat some of the most sought-after authentic New Mexican cuisine — it has become part of Belen's culture, its traditions.

The seeds of history

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Los Lunas artist, Nicolas Otero and New Mexico author, Rudolfo Anaya, first worked together on Anaya’s book, “How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico,” and the book, “How Chile Came to New Mexico.” Otero painted the illustrations for both books. Anaya is holding a retablo created by Otero as a gift for the author.

The scintillating sweet aroma of roasting green chile is a common feature at this time of year. Nothing says New Mexico quite like chile, red or green, and the gas-fired roasting drums can be seen tumbling chile pods all around the state.

Getting the story

Courtesy of Neil Boggs: As John F. Kennedy announced his run for the presidency, Neil Boggs sat just feet away, documenting the event.

He is the man who interviewed kings and presidents, the man who took notes while a few feet away John Kennedy announced he would run for president, the man who witnessed the world change is a nuclear explosion in the remote New Mexico desert.

County fair

News-Bulletin file photo: The Valencia County Fair has a long history of celebrating the hard work the youth accomplish for raising livestock, such as these cows. The county fair will be held from Saturday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 24.

After months of preparation, one of the county's most anticipated summertime events starts next week.