One of my favorite things about traveling is discovering ridiculously neat local places. Currently, John and I are en route to Phoenix via car (road trip!!!) and we stayed in Santa Fe last night as our stopover. For breakfast, I knew without question we'd be going to Modern General. It reminds me of Santa Fe's smaller version of The Shed in Healdsburg from last summer's CA trip.
"Sorted, Sifted, & Selected" and "Nothing you don't need", Modern General is part cafe, part smoothie and juice bar, part homeware store, part high-end hardware store, and part mill (grain and soaps). So, as the name explicitly implies, it is a modern general store. Everything from beautiful copper pans handcrafted in Mexico, quaint hand thrown coffee mugs, hand painted bowls ... all of which they use in the kitchen and to serve. Cotton baskets, gorgeous fine wood cutting boards, wooden spoons, and ceramic mixing bowls. A curated collection of books (cook books and more) and fine grocery items. And, a selection of Swiss-made tools ... gorgeous enough to just hang on the wall, but also of the highest quality for use.
The menu is small-ish and limited, but far from limiting. A selection of fresh pressed juices and smoothies, a strata (American quiche), a daily breakfast sandwich, blue barley porridge, toast options (i.e. avocado on toast, PB&J, or roasted asparagus and prosciutto) and a few lunch sandwich options.
I had one of the tastiest smoothies of my life - the cold brew coffee cacao smoothie (cold brew coffee, banana, peanut butter, mint, milk, and toasted cacao nibs). John had the daily breakfast sandwich (egg, bacon, guacamole, and cheddar and a toasted seed bread). He also had a peach pollen smoothie which had peaches, honeydew, mint, and bee pollen among other things. We also each got a box lunch to go ... a strata for me and the daily sandwich (pulled pork) for John. The boxed lunches come with a salad and "treat".
Needless to say, I am in love. I could live here. Or at least stay all day. Our food and smoothies were exceptional. The story behind Modern General and it's owner, Erin Wade is worth a read. Wade's concept is perfect and the execution is phenomenal. If and whenever we come to Santa Fe, Modern General is sure to be a highlight of the trip.
I am overdue for an update here on the blog regarding the goings-on in my life including the reason for our road trip to Phoenix. Change is in our air again, and I will update you when the time is right ... soon.