Chomp: Embrace the possibilities | Taste, the Santa Fe dining scene

I’m a planner, a worrier, a meticulous researcher. I’m the friend who can never decide where to eat or what to order because making the “right” choice feels like too much pressure.

So when it comes to dining out, I stalk social media and pore over menus. I ask pretty much everyone I meet for their food recommendations. You’d be hard pressed to find me strolling into a place that’s tailor made for impulse decision-makers.

And yet, there I was on a Saturday afternoon: stepping into Santa Fe’s food hall for the first time without so much as a game plan.

This is the story of how I learned to stop worrying and embrace Chomp.

Chomp opened about a year ago in the striking former Talin Market space on Cerrillos Road, promising a mix of artisan retail, freshly prepared culinary items, and a bar serving wine, beer and cocktails. Several

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Bunny Bunny opens dining room and changes menu from Chinese to something new

Nearly a year into business, a popular Eastern Market restaurant is finally welcoming customers to dine inside. At the same time, the owners have changed the cuisine completely. 

The Chinese dishes they served carryout over the past 11 months or so — salt-and-pepper tofu, biang biang lamb noodles, wonton soup, bao buns and more — have all been shelved to make way for a brand new menu featuring cuisines the two chef and owners say better reflect their personal backgrounds. 

For Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla — who cooked Chinese food for a while at Chicago restaurant Thank You and later helmed the kitchen at seafood restaurant Voyager in Ferndale — something more personal means dishes inspired by the American South, India and South Africa. 

“Jen and I were obviously really excited to pick up where we left off cooking Chinese food back in Chicago and we definitely enjoyed our

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Among the easiest of Caribbean islands to visit during these post-vax times, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands does not necessitate COVID testing, nor does it require a passport or incur roaming charges. To top it all off, despite what the pandemic did to dining out on many islands, St. Croix actually saw a flourish of restaurants.

a group of people in a dark room: The Galleon's outdoor space overlooks the yacht harbor at Green Cay Marina

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The Galleon’s outdoor space overlooks the yacht harbor at Green Cay Marina

Its rural temperament, furthermore, is conducive to the thriving crop of artisan farms and markets that support the vibrant restaurant scene. The island’s balmy, sea-breezy climes have always equated with year-round outdoor dining, and here are 10 of the best for feasting al fresco safely and scenically.

Salt – Great Pond

a bunch of food sitting on a table: A spread of starter dishes at Salt

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A spread of starter dishes at Salt

Don’t be fooled by the backroad location and roadside shack appearance,

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Chinese restaurant near Eagle Vale in Perinton NY has outdoor dining

For the past three years, the Yan family has run Beijing Dumpling, an authentic Chinese dumpling shop in Binghamton. But as they neared the end of their lease, they spotted a space available near Rochester, and it was so beautiful they couldn’t pass it up. 

The family recently opened Yanhuang Gourmet next to Eagle Vale Golf Club; the space at 4400 Fairport-Nine Mile Point Road in Perinton was previously home to Thai Mii Up.

The restaurant has two inviting dining rooms separated by a spacious bar. A 16-seat outdoor deck provides an idyllic vantage point for dining outdoors and watching the golfers pass by in their carts.

The Yan family is originally from Beijing, China. Zhengxuan Yan, the mother, along with her son, Yunzhi, immigrated to Seattle in 2014. Yingquan Yan, the father, along with his son Lizhi Yan, arrived two years later. Lizhi is now 18, and goes by

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