First stop…Marfa!

16 Aug

At the end of yesterday’s post, I promised that I would let you all in where we were going on our family vacation. We left Austin (in a car) on Sunday morning for Santa Fe. Yes, we’re road-tripping it to New Mexico.

Yesterday, we drove about seven hours to Marfa, Texas and spent the night there. Marfa is a quaint town in West Texas, with a population of about 2,100 people. The terrain is mountainous and it is fairly cool at night, because it is in the dessert. Marfa is best known for the mysterious Marfa lights, the filming of the movie Giant (made in 1956) and minimalist art.

Marfa has many artists that reside locally and many that come from New York because of the large art gallery scene. Just to give you an idea, outside of Marfa, we drove by a permanent land art exhibit, modeled after a Prada boutique. The structure includes luxury goods from Prada’s 2005 collection. The sculpture will never function as a place of commerce and the artists had to receive permission from Prada to use the name. This was particularly fascinating because there was nothing else around for many miles and art based on Prada, is what you would least expect in the middle of nowhere Texas!

A family friend has a second home in Marfa, so we were able to spend some time with him. He is a caterer and an unbelievable cook. Thanks to him, we had a wonderful home-cooked dinner last night. He made a Caprese salad, which is one of my favorite dishes. The tomatoes were grown in Fredericksburg, Texas and perfectly ripe and the basil was grown in Marfa.

Dinner was vegetable paella, a classic Spanish dish, which consisted of rice, squash, peas, yellow and red peppers. The paella was light and enjoyable. In college, I studied in Spain and the program was set up so that we lived with families for the semester. Since Spain is so meat-centric in many of their dishes, the woman I lived with cooked paella for me at least three times a week. It’s a dish that can often be overcooked because of the way the rice is cooked and sautéed. However, last night’s was great.

He made a peach cobbler for dessert. I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of peaches because of their texture. These peaches were grown locally in Marfa by one of his neighbors and in the cobbler, I was surprised by how unbelievably juicy and delicious the dessert was.

Locally grown ingredients make a huge difference in the overall quality of the food. Do you find that when you cook with locally grown fruits and vegetables you can taste a difference?

We just arrived to our condo in Santa Fe. We are heading out to explore the city, I will update soon!

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3 Responses to “First stop…Marfa!”

  1. Michele Schwartz August 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    I love Terry’s food! He just catered a vegetarian Bar Mitzvah reception I went to last weekend. It was fabulous. I’ve never heard of veggie Paella. Hope you’re having a blast and continuing the snacking!

  2. Candy August 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    I thought Marfa was wonderful. Having our friend there to give us a history of the town and cooking such amazing meals made a perfect first stop for our family road trip.

  3. Leah August 17, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    his homemade breakfast scones and fresh fruit were a perfect ending to our stay. terry had an amazing home with such great features. i was so glad he was there to tell us more about the city. i can’t wait to get a chance to go back soon and see more of the art and galleries. it was really such a cool and unique town in the middle of the dessert.

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