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El Meze
1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Taos
NorthCentral
575-751-3337

During my research while writing La Comida, The Foods Cooking and Traditions of The Upper Rio Grande, Pruett Publishing, 1995, I discovered a great deal of North African influences in Northern New Mexican culture. Words like adobe, acequia, and horno were Arabic in origin. The architecture, such as enclosed adobe compounds like the El Torreon Hacienda, can be found in Tunisia and across the Middle East to Afghanistan. And harissa, a spicy North African condiment, does not really differ from chile caribe served throughout New Mexico.