The Regis in Red Lodge

November 10, 2012

Amongst the options for a Sunday breakfast in Red Lodge, Regis Cafe is quite the popular choice. Early morning starts out quietly, but the tables soon fill up with locals and visitors alike– from churchgoers to adventure enthusiasts stopping through town. With a high concentration of sustainable and organic food, the meals are unbelievably fresh. And if you’re in the mood for some grocery shopping, the shelves against the walls resemble what you’d find down the aisles of Whole Foods, so you can always grab that box of Annie’s Mac and Cheese to make for dinner on your way out.

Pineapple French Toast

Pineapple French Toast & Coffee

Bacon, eggs, toast and fruit

Bacon

 

 

 

 

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Montana Kitchen

October 20, 2012

The first snow of the season was falling, and there was nothing quite like staying in, preparing some local Montana fare for dinner. Earlier in the day I ventured over to Babcock & Miles, one of my favorite specialty food shops I had previously photographed, to pick up organic chops of Icelandic lamb from Willow Spring Ranch, feta goat cheese from Amaltheia Organic Dairy and some fresh herbs from their garden. To go with the lamb, we made salad and potatoes. And for breakfast the following day, a berry smoothie and fritadas were the perfect start before a day hiking.

Cheese, crackers and raspberry jam

Goat cheese, crackers and raspberry jam

Garlic

Fresh ingredients

Preparing the lamb

Salad

Smoothies at sunrise

Fritadas for breakfast

A Taco Bus in Red Lodge

October 15, 2012

One of my favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of New York is Red Lodge, Montana. Nestled below the towering Beartooth Mountains, we grabbed lunch at Taqueria Las Palmitas my first afternoon in town. This school bus turned taco truck could possibly have some of the best tasting Mexican around, for quite the deal– only $1.50 per taco. And it gets extra points for its unique location. Parked off the main street alongside historic log cabins, this wouldn’t be a place you’d expect to stumble upon, but well worth a visit. We filled up on tacos and quesadillas while chatting with a local guide sharing adventure stories from Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, and of course the nearby treks of Red Lodge.

Chicken tacos

Pork tacos

Quesadillas

Tacos

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned candy shop? Flashing back to Red Lodge, Montana, this nostalgic emporium in the heart of town has every type of treat imaginable. Stepping inside is like a time machine to your childhood, and you can’t help but splurge to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Milk chocolate with almonds

Milk chocolate with almonds and chocolate covered pretzels

Raspberry truffle

Babcock & Miles

July 6, 2011

Tucked around the corner from Red Lodge’s Main Street, Babcock & Miles is a quaint specialty food shop that boasts fine wines, herbs and pastas to contribute excellent flavor to any gathering or dinner party. I could have very easily spent all afternoon sitting on their front patio soaking up the sun. A perfect place for souvenir shopping, I picked up dried basil and hibiscus flowers for a true taste of Montana luxury to share with friends back in New York. I’ve been looking up fun recipes to make summer cocktails and desserts with the dried hibiscus, so will be sure to share what we come up with soon!

Dried organic basil

 

Storefront

 

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2011

I could not think of a better way to celebrate the American holiday weekend than an outdoor breakfast at East Rosebud Lake in the middle of Montana’s wilderness. An hour of dirt roads finally opened up to a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and we popped up the grill for pancakes with berries, bacon and coffee. I couldn’t resist including some of my other Fourth of July shots from this weekend. Quite possibly one of the most patriotic small towns I’ve been too, these folk in Red Lodge know how to celebrate America with their famous 3 day rodeo and parade. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

Blueberry, strawberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes from the grill

Fresh fruit

 

Cooking the bacon

 

Red Lodge Fourth of July Parade

 

Red Lodge Rodeo and parade