La Risa ... less a Picture of the Day than a rave restaurant review. This is one of those establishments that one dreams of finding, miles from anywhere, with the best New Mexican food imaginable. We read a piece about the establishment, formally known as the Sad Cafe (as in Ballad of ...), in the Santa Fe New Mexican last summer, just as we were leaving town, and they are closed during the winter ... it is totally worth the trip, with better enchiladas and red chile than we've ever had anywhere in town, served in a covered patio with hummingbirds buzzing around at the feeder outside.
It's situated in Ribera, a tiny and ramshackle town off I-25, about half way between Eldorado and Las Vegas NM - once on one of the Route 66 routes, and with an old gas station, and various buildings that seem to date from the 20s or 30s, including a ruined school that has signs saying that it's being turned into an arts center, but who knows how long those signs have been standing? Luckily there was no sign of Don Imus, whose ranch is just up the road, and whose proximity is the only conceivable reason not to visit (I will never forgive him for the remarks he made about the RU women's basketball team some seasons ago) - there seemed to be a small but steady trade, and the place is run by the friendliest people. Go.