Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | January 31, 2012

Christmas All Over Again!

Today is the last day of January, 2012…just 5 weeks since Christmas, and it seems quite fitting that today I post on our use of the gift certificate to Bella Luca Cafe Italiano that we received for Christmas from one of my daughters and her family.

It was kind of like Christmas all over again – but better – because dining out is much more special during this time of winter doldrums, than it would have been in the midst of the holidays.

Last Sunday, Keith and I awoke to a gorgeous New Mexico morning, and decided that it was the day to stroll over to Bella Luca for their Sunday brunch.

We’d checked out the menu online, and our mouths were watering for their Steak and Eggs ~ a 6 oz filet of beef with two organic free range eggs, red bliss home fries and sour dough toast.

It had been a while since we’d eaten red meat, and as Bella Luca serves Colorado grass fed beef, we decided that we could enjoy our filet, guilt-free.

The Cafe interior is clean and contemporary, with an open kitchen and high ceilings. Colorful paintings of desert catci decorate the walls.

We arrived around 11 a.m., and chose a table by the window to soak in the warmth of the morning sun, and ordered a Cafe Mocha to sip slowly while our meals were prepared.

The Mocha was definitely a harbinger of good things to come…rich, dark cocoa and organic coffee blended with a hint of cream ~ definitely not your usual coffee shop shot of espresso with Hershey’s syrup and milk.

A sip of the brew left that perfect flavor in your mouth….not bitter….not sweet…..just chocolate heaven, and we sipped in silence as we watched one of the owners carefully wipe off every single chair and inspect each table for proper tableware placement…aahh, pride of ownership!

It was not long before our server set large plates of Steak and Eggs before us, and we were placing perfectly cooked bites of tender, flavorful steak into our mouths, along with our eggs, toast, and some pretty incredible hash browns that were more like tender pasta drizzled with olive oil than the usual crispy potato patty.

We ate slowly and purposefully, with little conversation to dilute our dining experience.

And when we finally walked back out into the desert sunshine, the huge smiles on our faces bore testament to our contentment, and gratitude, for the good fortune in our lives…especially since our gift certificate would cover a repeat performance!



  1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed your meal!

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